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Video streaming device leader Roku debuts new soundbar, player and Roku Channel app

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The newest Roku products include a streaming device promising improved video delivery throughout the home, a smaller soundbar that also streams, and an updated mobile app for viewing on the go. The nation's leading streaming platform, Roku said it had about 43 million monthly active accounts at the end of June 2020. Research firm eMarketer estimates Roku captures about 33% of U.S. internet users and 47% of connected TV users. Roku's lineup of devices includes the Roku Express ($29.99) and Roku Streaming Stick ($49.99). But its marquee standalone player – it also markets Roku TVs with built-in streaming capability – is the Roku Ultra ($99.99).


The creation of the integrated digital ship - Splash247

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A survey of upcoming tech trends carried out for our new Shipping in 2030 magazine, published in association with MacGregor, has a strong focus on ship performance. The maritime technology outlook for the coming years is very much about vessel optimisation according to a survey of owners, operators and managers carried out by this title. The fragmented nature of the tech providers and the naturally conservative, cost-conscious shipowning set will put the brakes on any huge technology changes. We're seeing the creation of the integrated digital ship "The obvious first driver this year is technology that can deliver genuine fuel savings, lower emissions and better vessel performance," says Tore Morten Olsen, president of maritime at Marlink. In support of that, Olsen says simplified data collection for efficiency and compliance is increasingly vital.


The Future of AI Part 1

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It was reported that Venture Capital investments into AI related startups made a significant increase in 2018, jumping by 72% compared to 2017, with 466 startups funded from 533 in 2017. PWC moneytree report stated that that seed-stage deal activity in the US among AI-related companies rose to 28% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, compared to 24% in the three months prior, while expansion-stage deal activity jumped to 32%, from 23%. There will be an increasing international rivalry over the global leadership of AI. President Putin of Russia was quoted as saying that "the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world". Billionaire Mark Cuban was reported in CNBC as stating that "the world's first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur".


Smart farming: a revolution for traditional olive production on Crete

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Technology has come so far in the last century; from the chunky and in retrospect clunky early computers and communication equipment, to the sleek devices of today. Then there's Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet Of Things (IOT) - that is, the interconnectivity of all our devices, fuelled by increasingly powerful systems. In Crete, olives are big business and an important part of the economy of Greece's largest and most populous island. There are 30 million olive trees on Crete, so the potential effects of smart farming are very far-reaching. The idea of using smart technology is to substantially cut any waste.


Huawei Strives to Build industry Intelligent Twins with Intelligent Connectivity

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These solutions will help Huawei deliver intelligent connectivity that is characterized by ubiquitous gigabit, deterministic experience, and hyper-automation in order to build industry Intelligent Twins. Huawei also launched autonomous driving network (ADN) solutions for enterprises, propelling enterprise networks into the ADN era and accelerating the intelligent upgrades of industries. David Wang, Huawei Executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Review Board, delivered a keynote speech titled "Building industry Intelligent Twins with intelligent connectivity." According to Mr. Wang, connectivity is productivity. It is not mere computing power, but strong connectivity that makes Intelligent Twins smarter.


How AI can impact and transform business IT operations

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AI can impact and transform business IT operations. The technology has never been more useful as IT teams look to enable mass remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nick McQuire, SVP, Enterprise Research at CCS Insight, explains that "the area of IT Helpdesk support has become a big use case for AI especially in the context of remote IT operations during the pandemic and we have seen the domain become a big focus for the likes of IBM recently with the launch of Watson AIOps, for example." Generally, he points out that AI can help business IT operations quickly diagnose problems and handle support tickets through greater automation. In some cases, "IT is also able to proactively fix problems based on predicting when an issue will arise," McQuire adds. Dr Iain Brown, head of data science at SAS UK & Ireland, says that it is "no understatement to say that AI can revolutionise business IT operations.


AI Conversations: AI and 5G Perfect Each Other

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Some pairings create an exquisite experience that's simply not otherwise imaginable. The same is true of artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G networks. As all types of 5G-capable devices become more widely available, 5G networks roll out globally delivering greater than 10 times the speed at a fraction of the latency of 4G. Meanwhile, AI use cases for consumers and enterprises also continue to mature quickly. These two trends are significantly interrelated, and together have huge implications for consumers, enterprises and communication service providers (CSPs) alike.


GPT-3's bigotry is exactly why devs shouldn't use the internet to train AI

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"Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." It turns out that a $1 billion investment from Microsoft and unfettered access to a supercomputer wasn't enough to keep OpenAI's GPT-3 from being just as bigoted as Tay, the algorithm-based chat bot that became an overnight racist after being exposed to humans on social media. It's only logical to assume any AI trained on the internet – meaning trained on databases compiled by scraping publicly-available text online – would end up with insurmountable inherent biases, but it's still a sight to behold in the the full context (ie: it took approximately $4.6 million to train the latest iteration of GPT-3). What's interesting here is OpenAI's GPT-3 text generator is finally starting to trickle out to the public in the form of apps you can try out yourself. These are always fun, and we covered one about a month ago called Philosopher AI.


AI Remote Learning for Professionals

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The way we work has changed and it's continuing to change. People are working remotely while being part of their team irrespective of the location. With this change, traditional training methods being restrictive and costly have become less relevant. One of the challenges faced by teachers is to provide customized learning catering to the needs of every student. As different students have different requirements, even teaching one student is an arduous task as the teacher is challenged to find the right curriculum to meet their requirements.


Intelligent IoT: Bringing the power of AI to the Internet of Things - ELE Times

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The IoT is getting smarter. Companies are incorporating artificial intelligence--in particular, machine learning--into their Internet of Things applications and seeing capabilities grow, including improving operational efficiency and helping avoid unplanned downtime. WITH a wave of investment, a raft of new products, and a rising tide of enterprise deployments, artificial intelligence is making a splash in the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies crafting an IoT strategy, evaluating a potential new IoT project, or seeking to get more value from an existing IoT deployment may want to explore a role for AI. Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in IoT applications and deployments, a shift apparent in the behavior of companies operating in this area.