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Can't Find a PlayStation 4? Blame It On a Part Barely Bigger Than a Speck WSJD - Technology

A proliferation of smart devices, factory automation robots and more sophisticated cars has lifted demand for the MLCC. A typical gasoline-powered car may require only a few thousand, but an electric car might need 10,000, say industry experts. "The industry is going through tightness it has never seen before," says SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Ryosuke Katsura. He says electronics makers accustomed to getting the part right away now have to wait six months. Only a handful of makers, mostly Asian, produce the component.

Will Artificial Intelligence Put Attorneys out of Business?


PLEASE NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS OF MORSE BARNES-BROWN & PENDLETON at 480 Totten Pond Road. Artificial intelligence technologies are threatening to take over many decision-making tasks humans perform at work and in personal life. AI systems are already making critical decisions in areas previously thought to be the exclusive domain of humans: driving cars, reviewing job applications, underwriting loans, and even endeavoring to create patentable innovation and recommending sentencing in the criminal justice system. What does this rapid and seemingly unstoppable development in artificial intelligence mean for the legal profession? In his talk, Joe Barkai will provide an overview of key AI technologies.

Companies will be the driver of China's AI implementation


Private enterprises and companies are likely to be the driver in China's push to catch up with the United States in implementing artificial intelligence across a broad swathe of industries, owing to the size of the Chinese consumer market, fast-developing "smart" infrastructure and a growing focus to innovate by organisations of all sizes, technology experts said. Their views on AI as an opportunity to transform traditional industries, including transportation, financial services, retail and media, took centre stage at the opening of this year's Rise technology conference, which concludes on Thursday. China was the world's second-biggest investor in AI enterprises last year, injecting US$2.6 billion into the sector, according to the state-run Chinese think tank Wuzhen Institute. The US topped the list with US$17.9 billion in investments. Li Zhifei, the founder and chief executive of AI start-up Mobvoi, said conditions are ripe for China to take the lead in rolling out self-driving or autonomous vehicles across the country before the US.

Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the 'Internet of Cars'

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What if large groups of people could go beyond ridesharing – replacing traditional car ownership altogether through on-demand access to the cars they want: a convertible in the summer, an SUV for winter ski trips? What if driving skills could be computed as a score that warned us of bad drivers nearby – real time, on the road – also enabling navigation systems to offer safer alternative routes? Imagine if we could get rid of traffic jams and accidents altogether. Or how about if our cars picked up our groceries on their own -- and dropped us off at the airport like a self-contained limo service? What if automakers could subsidize our car purchases by working with telecommunications and other companies that want to capitalize on the lifetime revenue opportunity of a connected driver?

Akita art student campaigns to eliminate YouTube body-shaming ads

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Saitama – An art student is taking aim at body-shaming in YouTube advertisements with an online petition campaign to root out images that promote discrimination based on appearance. Aoi Murata, 20, a third-year student at Akita University of Art, had amassed over 46,000 signatures by early September in support of a campaign she began in April to stop companies from streaming ads that debase people based on "appearances such as body hair or body types." She plans to send out the signatures to companies that stream such ads and YouTube after reaching a target of 50,000. Experts say such internet ads for diet supplements, hair removal and other products have the potential to appeal to feelings of inferiority to promote a false sense of beauty -- with the implication that being fat is out or hairy unclean. With protests and complaints about such ads on the rise, some companies are tightening regulatory measures, while experts argue a mechanism needs to be in place to scrutinize harmful internet content and eliminate it when necessary.