Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has announced a Google for India Digitisation Fund through which the company will invest Rs 75,000 crore, or approximately $10 billion, over the next five to seven years to drive digital transformation in the country. "We'll do this through a mix of equity investments, partnership investments, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy," Pichai said during the Google for India virtual conference. The fund will focus on four areas that are important to India's digitisation. These include enabling affordable access to the internet and to information for every Indian in their own language and building new products and services that are deeply relevant to India's unique needs including consumer tech, education, health and agriculture.
From drones for food delivery and robots for automation to COVID-19 contact tracing apps, and online education learning platforms, we've seen a great acceleration in adoption of different technologies in the past few months. Technology has been a great pillar of strength during the pandemic and it's also going to help redefine the post COVID-19 world. Now, different businesses and industries will benefit from different technologies, but there are some common ones that are likely to dominate the world after COVID-19. Nuff said, let's take a look at some of the tech trends that are likely to see a surge in adoption post COVID-19. We know this one's too obvious but that's for a reason - AI is playing a massive role in helping us all get through the pandemic and it will see a greater adoption after the pandemic is over.
Lenovo's excellent Smart Clock with the Google Assistant hit $40 today, which is 50 percent off its normal price. It's a great deal on the smart display that would make a good upgrade to your regular alarm clock with its sunrise alarm feature, ambient light sensor and minimalist design. You can buy it at the sale price on Lenovo's website, but bare in mind that only the charcoal model (not the gray model) is $40 when you use the code CMTABFDEALS1 at checkout. The Lenovo Smart Clock has fallen to $40 in the past and we recommend waiting for it to hit this price (or close to it) before buying it. It's a much easier buy at $40 than at $80, and it's arguably one of the best smart alarm clocks you can get.
As the world prepares to embrace the new normalcy of life, a lot of companies have started allowing their employees to work from home to ensure their safety after the outbreak of COVID-19. This is especially true for organizations with computer programming, data science, artificial intelligence, engineering, and machine learning workforce. Implemented as a temporary solution, remote work is likely to become the normal way of keeping such businesses functional. Most of the companies have always preferred hiring locally, requiring employees to stay in the local region even when allowing work from home. Due to this, individuals from different parts of the world migrate to locations that have more job opportunities such as Silicon Valley, New York City, Seattle, etc.
Smart Cities Mission, an initiative launched in 2015, aims at creating the next generation cities in India. These cities would not just have an easy-to-access infrastructure but also be technologically advanced in government-citizen interaction. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Radio-frequency identification (RFID), cloud computing, and many more would be used by the government to offer'smarter' solutions. It would ease the resource-deficit burden of the country by empowering the government to do much more with less. And when cities are becoming smarter, the traditional methods of governing would not suffice.
While the consumer-facing telecoms companies talk only about the speed of downloads, for manufacturing, the focus turns to ultra-reliable low-latency, density and ubiquitous connectivity. It's these lesser-known features, beyond the breakneck 5G speed, that will encourage industry to construct private 5G network infrastructure in industrial plants and warehouses. The sector is a production line for buzzwords; everything from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to Industry 4.0 are common, with'smart factories' and'edge computing' not far behind. From high-precision assembly lines and augmented reality overlays, to cloud robotics and cable-free factories, here are 12 ways 5G could transform manufacturing. Although it's an overstated part of 5G, there is no getting away from the fact that the ability to download data much, much faster will be a major attraction of 5G to the manufacturing industry.
To appraise the trends of Artificial Intelligence (AI) 2020, we have to recall that 2018 and 2019 saw a large number of platforms, applications, and devices that depend on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Such technology patterns laid huge implications on programming and the Internet business. Moreover, its impacts on fields like healthcare services, assembling, manufacturing, agriculture, and automobile are valuable. The advancement of ML and AI-related advancements will have a long journey in 2020, or considerably further. As the hardware and skill expected to deploy AI become less expensive and progressively accessible, we will begin to see it utilized in an increasing number of tools, gadgets, and devices.
The COVID-19 virus has caused millions of white-collar knowledge workers to work from home, and while this could be seen as a boon to productivity, unfortunately it is not. These remote workers battle hundreds of daily distractions from helping children to making dinner along with the usual online breaks. Over time, these non-company activities add up and can yield at least 3-4 hours of unproductive work time. Yet, these workers are worried about their jobs and want to hold on to them during a time of record unemployment. They want to show their organizations that they are as productive and valuable as ever to retain their coveted positions.