2020: A look back at the decade in tech from Alexa to Xbox

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"Alexa" was just another female name. Uber hadn't taken anyone for a ride yet. And the buzz around Facebook had more to do with the fact that seemingly everyone you once knew was turning up on "The Social Network," and less about the numerous data and privacy scandals that would tarnish the company's reputation later on. The year was 2010, the dawn of a new decade. And while 10 years is a long time for most every industry, in consumer tech it might as well be a lifetime.

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In a hyper-connected world, game-changing digital age technologies are powering enterprises for superior business outcomes and unmatched customer experiences. Intelligent automation, power plants, digital twins and digital ecosystems are enabling cost savings, improved performance and greater RoI across industries. Enterprises are raising the bar with intelligent, agile supply chains and design-centric approaches. Personalized, conversational banking with AI has become a reality, blurring man-machine boundaries and enabling superior customer engagement. Social platforms too have enabled quicker response times and faster issue resolution, ensuring'customer delight'.

Big (data) labelling conundrum


Every 18 – 24 months, the world is doubling the quantum of data available. In other words, we are generating as much data produced by all of human race, every 2 years. This is not because we have suddenly turned interesting and everyone is documenting their lives! Rather, a couple of other factors have come together in the past decade. One, we are using many data formats today.

For the sake of privacy: Facebook new AI tool changes facial features, prevents identification of people


SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook's artificial intelligence (AI) research team has developed a tool that tricks the facial recognition system to wrongly identify a person in a video, the media reported. The "de-identification" system, which also works in live videos, uses machine learning to change key facial features of a subject in a video, according to a report in VentureBeat on Friday. "Face recognition can lead to loss of privacy and face replacement technology may be misused to create misleading videos," reads a paper explaining the company's approach, as cited by VentureBeat. This de-identification technology earlier worked mostly for still images, The Verge reported. "Recent world events concerning advances in, and abuse of face recognition technology invoke the need to understand methods that deals with de-identification. Our contribution is the only one suitable for video, including live video, and presents quality that far surpasses the literature methods," said the paper.

How Technology and Artificial Intelligence Are Shaping Art


Art and technology have always intermingled throughout human history. In years past, oftentimes art would push the bounds of technology, but today, new technology is pushing the bounds of how artists are able to express themselves and develop their artistic vision. Artificial intelligence is one of those technologies that is allowing artists a tool like they've never had before – the ability to design something that creates art itself. Before we're able to look into technology as an artistic tool or medium, we have to examine just what it's done to the art world in general. Smartphones, the internet, Instagram – social tech – is drastically changing how the world engages with and reacts to art.

Shortcuts to Artificial Intelligence -- a Tale


The way we do Artificial Intelligence has emerged over the years, as the result of various shortcuts we took, to bypass difficult problems. The behaviour of the current AI systems, including some concerning aspects, is due to those choices. And if we answer no, what other method should we use? Read the story of how we ended up in this situation:

These are the top 15 emerging jobs in India, according to LinkedIn


Professional networking platform LinkedIn unveiled the Top 15 Emerging Jobs in India for 2020, today. Blockchain Developer, Artificial Intelligence Specialist, and JavaScript Developer are likely to be the top roles in 2020. Among the non-technical profiles are Digital Marketing Specialist and Lead Generation Specialist. India adds 12 million people to its workforce every year. And, as automation makes inroads to the job market, humans are competing with machines to keep up.

Mastering Intensive Care: Episode 49: Hugh Montgomery - "We've got to act right now"


Climate change is a conversation we need to be having in Intensive Care circles. If the environmental catastrophe that is unfolding around us continues unabated there may no longer even be Intensive Care Units. The rising global temperatures, the melting ice, the extreme weather events, and their impact on agricultural crops and human habitation may well lead to such a fall in the economy that our healthcare system may not have the financial resources it does now. And given ICUs are the most expensive part of our hospitals, have a guess what might disappear first. So who is there better to listen to about the climate crisis than British intensivist, Professor Hugh Montgomery, a deeply passionate and highly intelligent man, who was a founding member of the UK Climate and Health Council, and who has helped raise awareness about climate change for over 2 decades.

The 10 Best Examples Of How Companies Use Artificial Intelligence In Practice


All the world's tech giants from Alibaba to Amazon are in a race to become the world's leaders in artificial intelligence (AI). These companies are AI trailblazers and embrace AI to provide next-level products and services. Here are 10 of the best examples of how these companies are using artificial intelligence in practice. Chinese company Alibaba is the world's largest e-commerce platform that sells more than Amazon and eBay combined. Artificial intelligence (AI) is integral in Alibaba's daily operations and is used to predict what customers might want to buy.

As Amazon Ring Partners With Law Enforcement on Surveillance Video, Privacy Concerns Mount


While Amazon takes special care to position its Ring video doorbell product as a friendly, high-tech version of the traditional "neighborhood watch," U.S. lawmakers and privacy advocates are becoming increasingly skeptical. As they see it, Amazon Ring is putting into place few if any safeguards to protect personal privacy and civil rights. Now that Amazon Ring is partnering with hundreds of law enforcement and police agencies around the nation to share surveillance video, these privacy concerns are only mounting. In November, Amazon Ring released new details about its surprisingly extensive partnership agreements with law enforcement agencies. This update is a follow-up to a Washington Post article outlining Amazon Ring's new partnerships with law enforcement.