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Fitbit Sense review: A half-baked smartwatch for the wellness warrior


It's taken almost four years, but it feels like Fitbit has finally found its footing in the world of smartwatches and the Fitbit Sense is proof -- sort of. At this point, it's no secret that Fitbit is extremely capable of manufacturing accurate, easy-to-use, sleek, and affordable fitness trackers. But when it comes to smartwatches, it's safe to say the journey hasn't been as smooth. Between 2016 and 2017, Fitbit released two devices that straddled the line between smartwatch and fitness tracker: the Blaze and Ionic. While both packed every sensor necessary to track your daily fitness needs, each one was just as clunky and unattractive as the one before it. These just weren't wrist-worn accessories anyone really wanted to wear on a daily basis.

Japan's robots fill the void as social distancing becomes the norm

The Japan Times

The coronavirus pandemic has forced society to reshape how people interact, and robots are fast filling the void, even to the point of helping alleviate feelings of loneliness in a world where social distancing has become the new norm. While automatons were primarily utilized to perform menial tasks such as cleaning in the past, their ability to remove the need for close contact has now elevated their status and importance. In February, robot and technology solutions company Seikatsu Kakumei Inc. began selling what it dubbed a "digital teleportation robot" package to help businesses carry out customer-facing activities during the pandemic. By helping shops, showrooms, conventions and trade exhibitions handle visitors, robots "can bring people closer to the normal state of communication," said CEO Yuko Miyazawa. "Being holed up in a room is unnatural for human beings," he added.

The Whiteness of AI


It is a truth little acknowledged that a machine in possession of intelligence must be white. Typing terms like "robot" or "artificial intelligence" into a search engine will yield a preponderance of stock images of white plastic humanoids. Perhaps more notable still, these machines are not only white in colour, but the more human they are made to look, the more their features are made ethnically White.Footnote 1 In this paper, we problematize the often unnoticed and unremarked-upon fact that intelligent machines are predominantly conceived and portrayed as White. We argue that this Whiteness both illuminates particularities of what (Anglophone Western) society hopes for and fears from these machines, and situates these affects within long-standing ideological structures that relate race and technology. Race and technology are two of the most powerful and important categories for understanding the world as it has developed since at least the early modern period.

How artificial intelligence helps firms stay relevant amid pandemic


COVID-19 has put technology at the heart of many companies. Consumer behavior has shifted dramatically over the past few months, and ever more transactions are taking place online. While the pandemic has brought financial and operational challenges to all markets, technology, especially artificial intelligence (AI), proves that growth is still possible during times of crisis. Unfortunately, despite being around for quite some time, there are often misconceptions about what AI can and cannot do. Indonesia, with its large population and a deep smartphone penetration, presents a huge opportunity for data intensive technology.

5 steps to AI transformation and survival


If an operating model defines how an organization positions people, process, and technology to deliver customer value, then companies with an AI-first operating model are those that prioritize the use of AI to weave more intelligence and automation into the firm's products, processes, and experiences. Data gathered from 100 global CIOs at the Metis Strategy Digital Symposium in July 2020 personifies the trend toward AI-first operating models: 66% of CIOs stated that they have teams focused on identifying AI use cases, conducting pilots and scaling those cases that improve outcomes. Of the CIOs who do not currently have resources focused on this, roughly 60% indicated it is on their roadmap. In our work with Fortune 500 companies, we have identified common characteristics among organizations that successfully navigate the shift to AI-first. Below are a series of smart first steps digital leaders can take to initiate, accelerate, or course correct their AI transformation.

AI in the context of the 'new normal'


Initiating something new, particularly in the midst of change, at the local, national and global levels, takes courage. I would also argue that truly sustainable change happens when we bring multiple perspectives, disciplines and sectors together around a challenge or opportunity. That's why UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) was formed, and Innovate UK is part of it. It invests over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia, industry and government to make the impossible, possible. UKRI will ensure the UK's research and innovation system is fit for the future and able to respond to environmental, social and economic change on a global scale by: This brings together researchers and innovators across disciplines and sectors including engineering and physical sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences, the natural environment, biological sciences, among many others.

FedEx Seeks to Add Small Self-Flying Planes for Remote Areas


FedEx Corp. is looking at using small self-flying cargo planes to serve remote areas after experimenting with a technology startup on autonomous aircraft, said Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith. The effort builds on the courier's work with Silicon Valley's Reliable Robotics, which was founded by veterans of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. With approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Reliable Robotics demonstrated in June a fully automated remote landing of a Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop owned by FedEx. "This initiative deals with small turboprop airplanes and in this particular case the single-engine C208, which we're looking at putting in very remote and uninhabited areas as part of our network," Smith said Monday at FedEx's annual shareholder meeting. FedEx pilots shouldn't be concerned about robots stealing their jobs -- for now.

8 artificial intelligence trends transforming 2020 - Fintech News


Among the many benefits associated with AI, the most important is the ability to predict and recommend, ultimately benefitting every industry out there. Additionally, AI helps improve marketing efforts, initiates conversations with users, and also increases user engagement. We are already seeing intense and defining trends in 2020 that encompass AI and offer incredible solutions for businesses. Here are eight AI trends that will transform 2020 and beyond. Artificial Intelligence is dependent on deep learning and machine learning methods to introduce and enhance various systems.

To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box


Physicists built the Large Hadron Collider to study the inner workings of the universe. Inside a 27-kilometer underground ring straddling the French-Swiss border, the machine smashes protons together at nearly the speed of light to produce--fleetingly--the smallest constituent building blocks of nature. Sifting through snapshots of these collisions, LHC researchers look for new particles and scrutinize known ones, including their most famous find, in 2012: the Higgs boson, whose behavior explains why other fundamental particles like electrons and quarks have mass. Less well known is the intricate software engine that powers such discoveries. With particle collisions occurring at approximately a billion times per second, the facility generates about 40 terabytes of data per second, according to LHC physicist Maurizio Pierini.

Here's how three Israeli tech companies are helping tackle COVID-19


Israel's tech sector has long punched above its weight. Although only home to a population of about nine million people, Israel is set to become a 2020s tech powerhouse. As ZDNet has previously noted, some of the factors shaping that growth include a high level of investment in R&D – 4.6% of GDP in 2017 – and among the highest per-capita indicators for venture capital and startups in the world. "In 2016 alone," Deloitte reports, "Israeli startups raised a record $4.8bn from investors, while high-tech and startup companies were sold for $10.02bn through acquisitions or IPOs." Alongside this level of investment, compulsory military service introduces many young people in Israel to technology, developing skills and tools that often cross over into civilian uses. Here are three Israeli tech companies that have adapted to the COVID crisis and confronted some of the key challenges the pandemic has presented.