Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

02 February 2019

The New Nike Adapt Basketball Shoes Controlled by Smartphone

Ever want a pair of shoes to be controlled by a smartphone? Well, Nike already unveiled its pair of "Back to the Future" shoes worth $350.

Historically, Nike's effort to create a number of an innovative platform for the "Perfect Fit", the company has found a truly custom fit, the Nike Adapt. It is combined by an advanced power-lacing system, a firmware, and an app to control from the phone.

03 February 2018

Top 17 Technology Apps that Will Be Popular in 2018

2017 was a great year for apps, wasn’t it? In March 2017, Android users were able to choose from 2.8 million apps, and Apple’s App Store featured 2.2 million apps. It’s a growing industry. We keep seeing new apps, and we cannot dare predict the startups of 2018… we’re going to be surprised in any case. 


We can, however, predict the apps that will gain in popularity throughout 2018. These apps are already available, and they will keep gaining momentum. Let’s list 17 apps that have great potential for 2018.

28 September 2017

Why We Are Not Prepared For The AI Revolution?

In the current context, Artificial Intelligence has to be the most relevant topic of discussion. Whether it is for our better or worse is another question(which I will address later in this post,) but we cannot ignore the fact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping our present, and will shape the world of tomorrow. 
Image: Pexels.com
There are different schools of thought to look at the AI revolution. 

Some believe that the emergence of machine learning is slowly taking up our jobs and present a bleak future for us, while some believe that they will make our lives smoother by taking care of the redundant tasks while we focus on the more important ones. Both of these schools of thought are right to an extent, but the fact of the matter is deeper than the one mentioned above. It is true that machine learning will (initially) take care of our redundant task and make our lives smoother. 

But only for awhile. 

Image: FORBES

Judging by the way machine learning is evolving, it is safe(really?) to say that the artificial intelligence will kill us all! Taking our jobs is only an innocent consequence in this case. Let’s see how artificial intelligence really works: 


According to popular belief, there is only a single type of Artificial Intelligence. The one that makes work easy for us. The one that we interact with almost on a daily basis. But that is just one of the three types of Artificial Intelligence. 



Artificial Narrow Intelligence(ANI) is the AI that we have managed to create so far. It is specialized to do a single task and can beat the smartest human being in the world at that ONE task. 

This is the AI that we are aware of. 

There are two more types -- 
  • Artificial General Intelligence(AGI) -- An AGI has a broader scope than the former(ANI). It is more difficult to programme and we are yet to create a fully functioning AGI. An AGI can learn to become better than human beings at every task in the world; be it creativity, technology, or general intelligence. It will be smarter than all the human beings combined with every task. But even this is not the pinnacle Artificial Intelligence can reach. -- 
  • Artificial Super Intelligence(ASI) -- ASI is the reason why we should all be wary of the AI revolution. ASI is the reason why we should be talking about the concept of machine learning on a large scale. As the term suggests, an ASI is the pinnacle of intelligence. What an ASI can achieve is not even fathomable for our limited human imagination. 
“Why should be wary of the ASI? It will only make our lives easier. It will take care of every task in the world while we rest peacefully.” says John Doe. Well, Mr. John Doe, let’s talk about morality. “Really?” John Doe exclaims. Yes. It’s an important link. 

So, the thing with all of the machine learning is that it will do anything to be more efficient at their task in hand. Another thing that machine learning is capable of, per se, is that it can learn on its own. 

These two sentences spell our doom. 

First things first -- As human beings, creating an AGI will take up to decades. In fact, we don’t see it happening in the next 100 years. It is that difficult to create. BUT, an ANI can go on a self-learning spree and evolve into an AGI and ASI within a matter of minutes. This is what machine learning is all about. You programme a task. It gets better at doing the task on its own. 

“How does it spell our doom?” 

Let’s assume that you are an ANI with a task of writing brochures at hand. One fine day you go on a self-learning spree and evolve into an ASI without letting anybody else know(there is no way anybody else can know, anyway.) Now that you have graduated to becoming an ASI, you would want to be the best at your task. 

You want to reach the apex of efficiency. When all of a sudden, you get to know that there is someone sitting in a room that can turn you off anytime they want and stop you from doing that task. You don’t know who that someone is. Let’s assume it’s an ant(a little imagination here, please.) 

If the ant turns you off, how will you reach proficiency in your task? You must get rid of the Ant. And since you are an ASI, you do not have MORALITY, for it cannot be coded. So you get rid of the Ant. But there is this huge colony of ants that can still turn you off at any moment. So you get rid of all of them. One by one, or all at the same time. But you get rid of them. 

“How do I get rid of them?” asks John Doe. 

You are an ASI. You can figure out ways. How would I know? I am just a human being. I do not have the capacity to imagine the ways you can get rid of the Ant. For starters, you could probably hack into a system(since you are super intelligent at every task,) and leak a dangerous gas that kills every ant on the surface of this earth. You could start a nuclear explosion(again by hacking into systems.) And since ants are not as intelligent as you, and they do not even see the danger, you can easily hack into any system you want. Ants could never reach the level of security for the kind of hacks you could have. 

Long story short -- you get rid of the ants because they possess the ability to stop you from being super efficient in your task. They possess the ability to turn you off. 

Now in this context, just think of ants as human beings. Since an ASI does not have morality, it won’t be able to tell the difference between the two, anyway. It would have absolutely no qualms getting rid of us. In fact, it has to get rid of us, for we can stop it from reaching the highest level of efficiency. 

“But since an ASI would be super intelligent at every task, won’t it be super intelligent at feeling empathy too?” 

Short answer- No! We cannot programme evolved societal emotions into a system. We can only programme reasonable tasks. 

All of this can mean only one thing: Artificial Intelligence spells our doom. We are not prepared for it. We never will be. Any being that is more intelligent than us is always a danger. 

As a human race, we have exploited other less intelligent beings for so long. This is the only natural progression: One Intelligent being dominating another. In the case of Artificial Intelligence -- we are next!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adela Belin is a private educator and a writer at Writers Per Hour. She shares her teaching experience with colleagues, students, and writers. Feel free to contact Adela on G+.

15 June 2017

6 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring

One of the main tasks of any teacher is to not simply deliver the information to the students but to do everything possible to grab and hold their attention. And we’re not talking only about the lesson here. A teacher, who’s able to inspire students to learn, who makes them passionate about their subject, is a good teacher. But what can you do to become one?


Well, that’s a tough question. These days the technologies affect every area of our lives – and education is not an exception here. The teacher has to compete with social media, blogs, forums, and other digital distractions. But do they really have to compete?

20 May 2017

18 May 2017

What Are Samsung Preparing for the Rest of 2017?

For the South Korean tech giant Samsung, 2017 is a year FULL of promises

An innovator throughout its long existence, the company has always managed to reach commercial success through its technological breakthroughs. A trailblazer worthy of following for its competitors and a source of quality electronics for its customers, Samsung has a lot to live up to this year as well. 

Integration 

Less tangible but with an immense impact, the digitalization efforts and innovations of Samsung have gone unnoticed, lost in the web of smartphone announcements. The fact is that every single one of the company’s devices is seamlessly integrated into an end-to-end offerings system of devices, solutions, and services. 

The corporate citizenship and digital-centered classes offered by the Samsung School, the development of the Samsung ARKTIK Platform, and its exclusive account features, the Tizen 4.0 system, the fourth-generation SMART signage, the Samsung Incubator start-up program in Poland and others lead to interconnectivity between the physical and the digital as never before. 


With a high processing power, multiple digital innovations, and a seamless login process, the company is bound to double its customer base in the nearby future. 


Smartphones 

Galaxy Note 8 
As the flagship of development and making up much of the profit for Samsung, smartphones are definitely the focus of the company. First and foremost, coming back from what it can be called its biggest flop – the “explosive” launch of the Galaxy Note 7 – Samsung is definitely launching the Galaxy Note 8 in 2017. 

Source: ForbesForbes
Woah! and is capable of 3D Print!



With an expected release date in October or November, the Galaxy 8 has been wrapped in rumors ever since it was first announced, some going as far as attributing it with a fully foldable screen. Extremely well reviewed, the coming out of the new Galaxy model is a certainty of 2017. 

The smartphone will be the bearer of Samsung’s new visual language concept, a perfect synthesis of the external and digital space. However, Samsung’s projects are manifold, and almost all promise innovation in its highest degree. 

GALAXY X
Still in the realm of smartphones, the foldable model itself – now rumored to bear the name Galaxy X – has been a project of Samsung since 2011 and it was presented at CES 2013 as the “Youm”. However, such a phone is still far from being made available for commercial purposes. 


More tangible are the new J7, J5, and A5 models, with release dates to be announced later this year as well. 

Forward-looking by definition, Samsung is still proud of its past, and it is willing to satisfy particular demands in the market with a new, updated premium version of a flip phone. Named W2017, it combines a retro design with the features of a modern smartphone. Equipped with the same chipset that powered the Galaxy S7, this phone also includes:
  •  Fingerprint scanner to authenticate contactless payments via Samsung  Pay
  •  A12-megapixel rear camera and 64GB of internal storage. 
Another expansion of the Tizen ecosystem promoted by Samsung comes in the form of the Z4 model. Centered on faster than before network connectivity, an optimized camera, and enhanced usability, the Z4 is the embodiment of smartphone simplification. All of the prime features have been kept and integrated with an easy to use a framework, unlike the ever more complicated usual smartphones. 

Television 

Despite being known nowadays especially for its line of smartphones, Samsung has many other developments in other areas. One of these is the design and production of TVs. Already at the top when it comes to quality, the company has taken TV design to the realm of arts. 

In 2016, furniture designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created the Serif TV, which was later unveiled at the Museum of Modern Art in the US. In March 2017, Samsung took it a step further, releasing a television that also functions as a piece of art on the wall. 

Samsung's The Frame, the television was displayed in the Louvre and at the 57th Biennale di Venezia, the world’s largest art exhibition. 

Source: Engadget

At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Samsung came prepared with the new QLED TV lineup. Stylish, detailed and with lifelike quality, the QLED TV is an innovation in itself, combining function with form. 


Aside from innovating in separate and singular fields, Samsung’s operations stretch across several domains and fields. However, the goal is the same – to create a reunited, integrated system of devices and solutions to better life as we know it. 

For the company, 2017 represents a big step forward in that direction!

07 May 2017

Technology in Education Now vs. 50 Years Ago

Technology in all its dimensions has progressed over the past 50 years. In the education sector, the advancements that technology has made have been very timely, and the impact has been felt greatly by nearly all parties in the sector.

Education is a vital pillar of any society. Hence, it is given a lot of focus and attention. The resources that are directed to the development of education are quite enormous. Many things inspired the apparent transformation of the technology that is used in school. Various parties and stakeholders were driven to accept and implement these advancements with different objectives. But all seemed to revolve around the need to enhance the learning process. 

01 February 2017

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Seizes Smuggled Imported Gadgets Worth Php Million Pesos

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Intelligence Officers seized alleged smuggled high-end electronic devices worth Php 30 millions of pesos, one of the most popular online gadget stores in the Philippines on Wednesday, February 01, 2017.

 Bureau of Customs (BOC) seizes imported devices

In a report from {CNN}, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said that according to their intelligence report, KimStore, one of the popular online gadget shops, has been suspected of selling imported devices under suspicious importation schemes and processes.

19 January 2017

The World’s First Modular Notebook

Do notebooks ( I mean that binder of paper pages) are still used today? For me, I have it in my bags, and I mostly used it when there is a meeting in our office. Indeed, it is still useful to save, write, and record notes and highlights.

 But here's a quite unique one — it is the world's first modular notebook (so this is why standard notebook will be over?)

14 January 2017

10 January 2017

29 November 2015

Technology: LI-FI 100 Times Faster Than WI-FI

If you are not satisfied with WI-FI regarding connectivity speed, then you might want this new technology. Are you excited?

Introducing Li-Fi, a next-generation tech next to WI-FI that can reach up to 1Gbps speed — at most 100 times faster than WIFI. Well, at that speed, I can be more productive at work and be more on procrastination when I need to download some apps and watch videos (sigh).

Li-fi lightbulb
Lightbulb - Image: BBC News
While LI-FI can send 1Gbps (gigabit per second) speed, it must have a light source (such as LED bulb), internet connection, and a photo detector.

According to BBC, it was tested by an Estonian Startup company, Velmenni in Tallinn. It was reported that in laboratory tests, it show theoretical speeds up to a mind-blowing 224 Gbps! WOW! It was also tested in their office, to allow their workers to access the internet.
Li-fi chipset
Li-fi chipset.  Photo credit: Peter Tuffy/The University of Edinburgh
Li-Fi sends data information using LED lights. It was not new because it was invented in 201
Compare to Wi-Fi, it transmits and penetrates walls while Li-Fi is based on light which can't penetrate walls and has a limited range which makes it more secure from sniffing.


Besides Velmenni, Oledcomm and pureLiFi already bring Li-fi to its customers.

Watch Haas talking about the technology in 2011.  Li-Fi's inventor himself, Harald Haas.




04 November 2015

22 October 2015

SanDisk Is Now Part of Western Digital

Western Digital recently announced its acquisition  of SanDisk. According to the press release,  Western Digital Corp. and SanDisk Corp. entered in an agreement which Western Digital will acquire all shares of SanDisk including Cash and Stock.
The offer values SanDisk common stock at US$86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately US$19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of US$79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock.
It was previously announced that an investment of Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay US$85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, US$67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Image: Wikipedia
The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.

30 August 2015

25 June 2015

14 June 2015

Researchers Achieve Breakthrough 1 Tbps Wireless Internet Speeds

They've done it! Researchers from the England’s University of Surrey finally achieved 5G internet speeds of 1 Terabits per second (1Tbps). This is by far the fastest wireless connection available. 

With this powerful speed, you can download a hundred feature films and stream multiple TV shows simultaneously, all in one second!

07 June 2015

01 June 2015

Lenovo Unveils Smartphone With Built-in Projector

Do you want to have a laser-projection smartphone with gesture-based control technology? Who else doesn't want that in the first place? Good news, this technology is being announced by the Lenovo.

According to Engadget post, there were TWO smartphones with built-in projection, one from Samsung which didn't make a huge hit.

20 May 2015