Wednesday 21 December 2016

Watch the fun summary of Zuckerberg’s Jarvis AI

By Regina Dias


Mark Zuckerberg introduced his virtual butler yesterday on Facebook in a video post which shows Mark, Priscilla, Max and dog Beast at home in different scenarios where Jarvis can help. The video showcases an idealized version of how the Jarvis system works.

For those of you who don’t know, the whole invention of this AI is inspired from the artificial intelligence system designed by Marvel comics’ Iron Man aka Tony Starks where Jarvis can run voice commands, respond to texts,  run music, operate the air conditioning,  doors, recognize visitors and even shoot t-shirts from a cannon in his closet.

Not just functioning like a robot, Jarvis can also take decisions like whom to tickle next and in the video it was Max. Zuckerberg has bigger plans with Jarvis by not just confining him to the walls of a home. He states, “It could be a great foundation to build a new product” he wrote on a note released on a day prior to the launch of the video post. Read the note here.

He identifies the common obstacles like the absence of common standards for communicating with connected devices, machine learning and the challenges related to speech recognition. However, he also states that challenges lead to greater inventions.

Teaching computers new things is difficult, while they are very good at picking up patterns says Zuckerberg. Everything done by him this year including natural language, face recognition, speech recognition, are variants of the same fundamental pattern recognition techniques. He says even if he spends another 1000 hours more, it won’t be possible to build a system that could learn skills on its own.

In the meanwhile being sweet to his wife Mark posted another video on his timeline showing the kind of patience she displayed while he was busy building the butler. 

Source: Hindustan Times, The Verge

Friday 16 December 2016

Amazon to launch Cash-Free Convenience stores

No long queue’s, No checkout (No, seriously)

While going cashless is the new big dream here, somewhere on the other side of the globe, Amazon is planning on taking the retail market by storm by launching over 2000 cash-free convenience stores according to The Wall Street Journal. 

Pic Source: CNet

Amazon’s new self-checkout technology called ‘Amazon Go’ will literally allow people to walk-in the store, pick what they want and walk out- no checkout process at all, so no time wasted! 

To test this technology Amazon has opened a 1800 sq ft store it its hometown Seattle – for its employees. If proved successful the store will be open to the general public early next year. Unlike the technology - RFID scanners used in the regular retail stores which are subject to the RFID tags on the products; Amazon Go uses a completely different approach – it uses computer vision & sensors to detect what items are taken outside the store. When walking in, you need to scan the app, do your shopping and the sensors will charge them to your account when walking out of the door and although it feels like shoplifting, remember you are being watched by numerous cameras.

In theory, it sounds fantastic! Now all we have to do is wait and watch for if it does prove successful, it will definitely transform the retail market.

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app turns Smartphone into Emergency Rescue system

Your whereabouts now can be requested and monitored by close family & friends after being added as contacts during potentially dangerous situations

Today, the internet anyway follows us wherever we go - even into dangerous situations.  One’s security is a top priority and many tech firms are thus investing their time and interest in promoting personal safety. Based on this, Google’s Trusted Contacts mobile app lets you connect with your family and friends in case of an emergency.
The app was released on the 5th of December, 2016 coincidentally after the deadly Oakland, California fire, which led Facebook to activate it safety check feature as quoted by San Jose Mercury News.

How it works ?

The app lets you tag people from your contacts. During an unforeseen emergency like an accident, wildfire or an earthquake or any such event or simply when you are unavailable to talk; it lets you send your location and a message. If you are offline for a long period of time, it can track your last location activities as stated by Minh T. Nguyen, a Google software engineer, in a Company blogpost announcing the launch of Trusted Contacts. According to Google you can turn the location settings down or change the trusted contacts whenever you want if you are worried about privacy.

Looks like there’s lots more than what we have share which can be learnt once you use the app..
Please share your thoughts and views about the app with us…

Thursday 1 December 2016

Be a part of a Worldwide quantum physics experiments powered by human randomness

Researchers need people from all over the world to get involved by helping them test the laws of quantum mechanics.  Yes! The world's largest quantum physics experiment is here.

The experiment run by 12 different labs around the world, will test Albert Einstein's idea of local realism - one of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

So what can you do to help?

All you have to do to help out is play a bunch of online games for science. Now isn't that fun? All the Game fanatics are going to love this one I bet!

To participate go to the quantum physics experiment page: click here

Read to learn more about the the world's biggest quantum physics experiment.

The experiment needs at least 30,000 volunteers from all over the world, and of all ages, to take part in order to generate enough random data to properly test out Bell's inequality.

You can be a part of it.

You do this by playing a game where you have to introduce the most random sequences of 0s and 1s as possible. These sequences you generate in your game will determine the order of measurement of quantum entangled particles in each lab around the world.

The games are accessible to people of all ages, and all you need is an internet connection.
If you pass all the levels, you'll have generated enough random sequences of information to help the scientists complete their Bell's inequality test.

source: Science alert