The most cutting-edge gifts for the techie in your life

Washington Post

They're probably the person in your life you go to help for all your technology needs. So how can you give something good to the tech-savvy person in your life? Here are some suggestions for gifts to delight those who are always looking at the hottest tech trends and products. As with all cutting-edge tech, this isn't for the faint of heart, both in terms of price and in willingness to try something new. You still won't find a headphone jack with the The iPhone X.

Invisible Cities


"With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else." A project made during "Machine Learning for Artists workshop" with Gene Kogan @Opendotlab In this project, we trained a neural network to translate map tiles into generative satellite images. We trained individual models for several cities–Milan, Venice, and Los Angeles–allowing us to do city map style transfer (example above) by applying the aerial model of one city onto the map tiles of another. Also, we can create imaginary cities by hand-drawing sketches and feeding them to the generative model.

Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control


They're true... and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks as if Apple will be using a cut-down version of the iPhone 7's A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor. While its full functionality isn't clear yet, developer Steve Troughton-Smith notes that the A10 appears to handle macOS' boot and security processes, such as passing firmware to the main Xeon processor and managing media copy protection. More importantly, Guilherme Rambo has found references to "hey Siri" support -- as with Cortana on Windows 10, you might not have to click an icon or invoke a keyboard shortcut just to ask about the weather. It's possible that the A10 chip is always running, which would represent a break from the custom T1 chip driving the Touch Bar in some recent MacBook Pro models.

How Healthcare Providers Can Future-Proof Technology Investments


Now that artificial intelligence is living up to the potential that future-minded commentators have touted for a long time, many healthcare providers are considering how to factor AI and big data projects into their processes to improve care and increase efficiency. However, investing in one platform or one focus area can be risky because of the pace of change. Putting millions or billions into one platform or project, which could be obsolete or fall flat in a few years is a huge risk. Nooman Haque, Managing Director for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Silicon Valley Bank believes the industry needs "runaway successes" to drive wider global adoption. The key issue for me is around workflow.

Can a smartphone be used to land on the moon? – a short history of artificial intelligence – first eCRM for eCommerce


Artificial intelligence is not fiction. It is already our reality and has been for a very long time. Its origins date back to the 1950s. How has it changed since then? Are computers able to teach themselves?

Gadget Lab Podcast: Pixel Buds, AirPods, and the Future of Ear Computers


Headphones aren't really just headphones anymore. Sure, you can use them to listen to music, as always. But they've got touch controls now. They're embedded with custom wireless chips to ease pairing. They also open a direct line to the voice assistant on your phone.

Apple delays HomePod speaker until early next year

Daily Mail

Apple has delayed its $349 'HomePod' home speaker until early next year. The gadget will battle Amazon's Echo and Google Home for the lucrative smart speaker market, using Apple music and Siri to do everything from play music to give news and traffic updates. The firm today said it needed'a little more time before it's ready.' The new $349 smart'HomePod' home speaker will go on sale later this year, and use Siri to aplay music and answer questions. Apple also unveiled iOS 11 and new iPads at the event.

Google launches TensorFlow Lite for machine learning on mobile devices


TensorFlow Lite for machine learning on mobile devices was first announced by Dave Burke, VP of engineering of Android at the Google I/O 2017. TensorFlow Lite is a lightweight version of Google's TensorFlow open source library that is mainly used for machine learning application by researchers and developers. Now, the search giant has launched the developer preview of a new machine learning toolkit designed specifically for smartphones and embedded devices and will be available for both Android and iOS app developers. This platform will allow developers to deploy AI on mobile devices. It enables on-device machine learning inference with low latency and a small binary size.

The 10 best deals you can get from Amazon’s Black Friday Countdown Week


Samsung 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV--$1,197.99 (Save $300): This 2017 model won our Editors' Choice award for its impeccable picture quality, and now you can get it for the lowest price we've ever seen. Plus, it's down to the lowest price we've ever seen. Playstation 4 Slim 1TB Console Playstation VR Headset--$549.99 (Save $137): Kids clamoring for VR this year? This bundle is the perfect "big" gift if you want to get them a new console too. Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones--$99.99 (Save $30): These headphones are fantastic for anyone who works out (Hello, New Year's resolution-ers).

Research Shows Training Key to Improving Employee Comfort with AI


For as long as artificial intelligence and machine learning tools have been moving into the workforce, there have been rumblings of robots taking over the work of people, and the impact that could have on their career prospects. However, new studies undertaken by global professional services brand Genpact of 5,000 respondents in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia, shows that the level of concern among the workers themselves is not very high. Roughly twenty percent of those surveyed in the UK felt that their jobs were threatened by AI, with only six percent feeling this strongly. But, although they did not feel overly cautious about their own prospects, they saw the potential disadvantages for the next generation of workers, with over fifty percent responding there was a threat to their children's careers, and over eighty percent stating that new skills will be needed for those workers in order to succeed in an AI advanced environment. The reason for this caution can be found in the training, or lack thereof, in the use of AI.