Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and The Verge’s sister site Recode, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.Speaking to Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Pichai said AI is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on.It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire,” adding that people learned to harness fire for the benefits of humanity but also needed to overcome its downsides, too.Pichai also said that AI could be used to help solve climate change issues, or to cure cancer.The remarks from the chief executive of Google, which is largely perceived as one of the world leaders in the development of artificial intelligence, came after Swisher asked repeatedly about AI’s impact on jobs and observed that Silicon Valley tends to have a “shiny happy future” outlook about disruptive technologies.“I get that shiny happy future, but, jobs,” Swisher said.
That’s the amount global investors staked in edtech companies in the first 10 months of 2017.In 2016, global investments in Chinese edtech companies rose to $1.2 billion, according to Goldman Sachs — to put that into perspective, that’s more than triple the amount raised in 2014 and comparable to Lyft’s most recent funding round.Going forward, the edtech industry in China is expected to grow 20 percent annually, while a joint report released by Google and KPMG estimates that India’s online education market will rise more than 6x to $1.96 billion over the next four years.The entire Asia-Pacific region is projected to represent 54 percent of the global edtech market by 2020.It could come down to a numbers game.The Asian education system is the biggest in the world: more than 600 million students are enrolled in K-12 schools in Asia, a figure that positively eclipses that of the U.S. by a magnitude of 10.
Adding one more page to the OnePlus credit card fraud incident, it is now confirmed that data was compromised.OnePlus today came clean on the issue after an investigation probe and issued a statement on its forums regarding the breach.The Chinese phone maker said that it’s customers credit card data has indeed been compromised.This statement comes after the company disabled credit card payments on Oneplus.net yesterday after the issue came to light.According to some sources, the number of affected users might be around 40,000.Even though that is a huge number, what’s good is that not all stand to lose money.
Discrete manufacturing, professional services and banking are set to lead the way in the 2018 global public cloud spend.Soaring interest in public cloud services has prompted a prediction that a huge $160 billion will be spent in 2018, marking a 23.2 per cent increase over 2017.The IDC forecast also predicts that public cloud services market will achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate of 21.9 per cent.This would place global public cloud spending at $277 billion in 2021.Eileen Smith, program director, Customer Insights and Analysis, IDC, said: “The industries that are spending the most – discrete manufacturing, professional services, and banking – are the ones that have come to recognize the tremendous benefits that can be gained from public cloud services.Organizations within these industries are leveraging public cloud services to quickly develop and launch 3rd Platform solutions, such as big data and analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), that will enhance and optimize the customer’s journey and lower operational costs.”
LG mobile out of nowhere has officially announced the addition of a new member to its X series phones.The new entrant dubbed the LG X4+, unlike other members of the X series of LG phones comes with military grade durability with MIL-STD-810G that can withstand impact, vibration, high temperature, low temperature, thermal shock, and humidity and also has a dedicated digital to analog converter (DAC) for Hi-Res 32-bit 192 kHz audio listening.Aside from its military grade specs, the new LG X4+ is also the first smartphone from LG to feature the LG pay for making payments seamlessly using the rear fingerprint or password.Furthermore, the device features the Hi-Fi DAC (digital to analog converter) for immersive audio quality.The device sports an aluminium rear cover with a fingerprint sensor, a single rear camera with LED flash.The smartphone flaunts a 5.3-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a pixel density of 277 ppi.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY - Counting is vital in nature.Today, a team of geneticists reveals a remarkable mechanism that enables plants to count their chromosomes, solving a century-old mystery.The mechanism behind this classical problem now has been solved by Professor Rob Martienssen of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a team led by Filipe Borges, a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, with Dr. Claudia Köhler and colleagues at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.Their research stems from the knowledge that chromosomes are covered with transposable elements (TEs), commonly called jumping genes.Martienssen and Borges discovered a special kind of small RNA molecule found only in the pollen of flowering plants, called microRNA 845 (miR845).In a series of experiments reported in Nature Genetics the team now shows that miR845 seeks out and targets most transposons in plants genomes, triggering synthesis of secondary small RNAs called easiRNAs (epigenetically activated small interfering RNAs).
Last week, Intel shared initial benchmarks for its Spectre and Meltdown patch for recent consumer-focused Core i7 CPUs.Those benchmarks showed us the average performance hit we could expect when doing various tasks, with some tasks suffering a larger performance drop than others.Looking at the new benchmarks Intel shared today, the same is true on the data center side of things.The good news is that for most tasks, Intel’s data center benchmarks don’t show a very big hit to performance.In a new blog post, Intel’s Navin Shenoy says that his company’s tests revolve around servers using two-socket Xeon CPUs, which is Intel’s latest server microarchitecture.Because of this, we don’t really get a full picture of the impact, but we should learn more as time goes on an Intel shares additional benchmarks.
Toyota’s new 2019 Avalon was just announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and the new model includes a long-awaited and welcome addition: Apple’s CarPlay platform, a first for a Toyota car, according to AppleInsider.Toyota has famously abstained from adopting either CarPlay or Android Auto in its cars.Back in 2015, John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, commented to The New York Times that the company “prefer[red] to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions.” Even when Toyota switched to another company’s system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google’s software.Last year at NAIM 2017, Toyota and Ford founded the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, with a focus on extending iOS and Android apps to car dashboards without having to cede control to Apple or Google.The company confirmed in a comment to MacRumors that CarPlay will show up in additional 2019 cars from Toyota and Lexus that run the company’s Entune 3.0 (for Toyota) and Enform 2.0 (for Lexus) infotainment platforms as well.It has yet to clarify whether or not 2018 models already running those platforms will get support through a software update.
Apart from Samsung, Huawei is another manufacturer that is brave enough to innovate in the slow-mo smartwatch industry.Rightly so, Huawei’s smartwatch is one of the best wearables with Android Wear out there.Now, a new report suggests that the company is planning to up the ante and bring touch-sensitive bezels to its smartwatches.As such, a new Huawei smartwatch is in the offing.The report by popular Android portal, AndroidAuthority says that Huawei has applied for a patent with WIPO for bezel-controlled watches.The patent is also quite clear and detailed as can be seen in the images.
Mars boffins have spotted lots of almost-pure water ice on Mars.Detailed in a Science paper titled ” Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes”, the find was made using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.The scientists who tend that instrument spotted patches of blue on the red planet, decided to look more closely and eventually found eight patches of ice.The discovery is very exciting: cliffs seem to be the face of glaciers hundreds of meters deep and composed of water ice.Some of the deposits are under just one or two meters of dirt.Better still, they’re at latitudes of 55 degrees north and south.
Your Facebook feed will soon start to look pretty different.The social network said Thursday that it's overhauling the news feed prioritize posts from family and friends, as opposed to ones from brands and publishers.That means fewer news articles, and more baby pictures and status updates from your aunt or coworker."I'm changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.He also acknowledged that the company's business could take a short-term hit as a result of the change -- but it was an important move to make anyway."By making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down.
Meet GM's first car without a steering wheelThe road to autonomy now has a carpool lane: CES 2018 wrap-upVisteon puts cutting-edge displays in cars at CES 2018Uber's tool Ripley let it remotely disable staff laptopsHenrik Fisker set to redeem his electric car vision with EMotionHere are the top car stories from CES 2018
One would think that I would remember the challenges of building up a new firm, like a type of muscle memory, but I always forget how hard it is to stay relevant and have a seat at the table for top tier deal flow.Techcrunch sums up the resulting challenge well, “The large number of new venture capital funds may hint at broader structural changes in the startup ecosystem, but for the young and eager partners at the helm of many of these funds, all the rush of money means is more competition.”Arguably, it has never been better for an entrepreneur with the abundance of capital sourcing options, but for fund managers, how do we differentiate ourselves and win the best deals?Two of our recent deals came from these early-built relationships.Both deals got competitive towards the end but the early bedrock we laid and the value we demonstrated ultimately gave us the edge.We are an enterprise software focused seed fund based out of Los Angeles.
Just about everyone agrees virtual and augmented reality are going to be important.No one knows exactly what AR and VR will be good for, or when.Clay Bavor, the leader of Google's virtual reality team, is trying to strike a difficult balance: Bavor and his team are trying to build products that people will buy and use now, while preparing for the future, who knows how long from now, when all this world-changing stuff starts to happen.Right now, before all the tech is ready and everyone's used to it, coming up with things people want is tricky.But recently, Bavor says he's found something that might be special: VR as a way to capture and relive important memories in your life.Lenovo's making the Mirage Camera, designed to go along with the Mirage Solo headset, a completely wireless and self-sufficient Daydream VR headset.
WATERTOWN, Mass., January 9, 2017 - Lyndra Inc., an emerging biopharmaceutical company developing oral dosage forms designed to release drug for up to a week or longer, today announced the publication of a feasibility study of an oral, once-weekly drug delivery platform for HIV antiretroviral therapy in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications.The study demonstrated proof-of-concept of sustained oral delivery of three key potent anti-HIV therapies - dolutegravir, rilpivirine and cabotegravir -- in an animal model using a novel drug delivery system comprised of drug-polymer matrices.Yet, non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy occurs at a rate of about 30 percent, leading to treatment failure and driving the development of viral resistance.Long-acting injectable formulations of HIV medications that could release the drug for months and ease the burden of daily adherence are in clinical development and one from ViiV/Janssen is nearing approval, but their long-term favorability among patients and effect on adherence is unknown.Lyndra's goal is to address the issue of nonadherence by using its platform, which has the potential to enable linear drug release of small molecules and peptides for seven days or more from each orally administered capsule, to develop long-acting HIV medications that can be administered orally.By fitting into a patient's regular routine, an ultra-long-acting therapy would be taken consistently, improving therapeutic success and helping avoid viral resistance," said Andrew Bellinger, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Lyndra.
Ford is ramping its autonomous vehicle program in 2018, with plans to expand testing its cars in a new city this year.This will serve a number of purposes, including helping partner autonomous platform partner Argo AI build out its self-driving tech, as well as helping to research further its dedicated AV vehicle design requirements.But it’s also going to allow Ford to test its new partnership platform, which is now ready for testing and which allows partners to offer services using Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet.Ford’s early partners for its AV service platform include Domino’s, Lyft, and, as of today, Postmates.The idea is that Ford will eventually launch and operate its fleet of autonomous vehicles, and that partners including those listed above will be able to essentially plug into the fleet and use it as they would their current delivery drivers and vehicles, with communications protocols and intelligent dispatch built into Ford’s vehicle management system.Basically, this will mean that Ford can use its cars for delivering goods and packages, picking up and transporting passengers (and even supplementing public transit system), and sending out food, all with the same cars.
Scoot has launched a new 360 degree and 3D virtual tour experience of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to give prospective customers a very unconventional tour of its flagship aircraft.The low-cost long-haul airline, which is owned by Singapore Airlines, hopes the VR experience, which will be activated in pop-up showcases in nine countries across Asia Pacific, will challenge the conventional notion that low-cost means low expectations.The experience, which is a mixture of real footage and animation, combined with a tongue-and-cheek approach, was created by experiential design studio Untitled Project to support the airline’s new campaign ‘Permitted on Board’ and the launch of the Scoot brand in new cities across Asia.It invites the viewer on board one of Scoot’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which has been shot in 360 and provides options to select ‘Scoot Economy’, ‘ScootBiz’ or ‘ScootinSilence’ for a guided tour of the respective cabins.Once on board the real aircraft, viewers will find dancing holiday-makers, mischievous children, astronauts, robots and a levitating yogi as some of the fun, animated characters making up the cabin crew and passengers.Creating this complex VR experience was no mean feat, as it required a 360 shoot of the aircraft itself and creation of animated CGI characters, which are based on the portfolio of illustrated characters that the airline has created for marketing purposes.
Kwikset, maker of the Kevo line of smart deadbolts, displayed a new model at CES.The Kwikset Kevo Contemporary uses the same technology as the second-generation Kwikset Kevo we reviewed in 2016.The new design is styled after contemporary design with sleek lines and a square shape.Previously, the Kevo was only available in a traditional, round deadbolt style.Like previous Kevo models, the Kevo Contemporary will work with Bluetooth for touch-to-open unlocking.Kevo lets you use your phone as a key when you're within Bluetooth range.
If you’ve got an underpowered Windows PC, you’ll soon be able to use it to play some of the most demanding games available today.Nvidia will let you do that using the cloud-gaming technology of GeForce Now, which is launching an expanded free beta test soon.Phil Eisler, head of GeForce Now at Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia, said in a blog post that users will be able to access high-performance GeForce GTX graphics processing units (GPUs) in cloud-connected data centers through GeForce Now.The beta test is compatible with most Windows-based desktops and laptops.That means people with old PCs could play high-end games.GeForce Now can connect gamers to their library of titles from many of the top digital stores, and, starting today, that includes Uplay PC, Ubisoft’s PC games portal.
Apple is one company whose products are fancied by a set of users loosely called “Apple Fanboys”.While some believe that the company’s products are unnecessarily overpriced, others think that its products are worth every penny spent on it.Nevertheless, Apple appears to have had a really good time this holiday season as the company recorded app purchases of about $890 million (roughly Rs.5,046 crores) in the 7-day period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.However, on New Year’s Day, it sold $300 million (roughly Rs.1,900 crores) worth of app which is about 25% increase from the $240 million (roughly Rs.