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Forward Thinking on China and artificial intelligence with Jeffrey Ding

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In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute's Forward Thinking podcast, host Michael Chui speaks with Jeffrey Ding, researcher and founder of the ChinAI Newsletter, about information asymmetry in artificial intelligence between China and the West. They cover why data may not be like oil, the Chinese industry adage on products, platforms, and standards, "unsexy AI," and more. An edited transcript of this episode follows. Subscribe to the series on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Anna Bernasek, co-host: Michael, there's a lot of talk right now about artificial intelligence, or AI, and what it means for global competition. I'm really glad we've got a guest today that can talk to us about what's really going on, particularly when it comes to the US and China. It definitely is a fascinating topic--at least, I find it personally. I'm a former AI practitioner and more recently, at the McKinsey Global Institute, have been able to study the impact of AI on business and more broadly. And one of the reasons I'm so excited about today's conversation is because it's with somebody you probably don't know yet but probably should. He's famous in certain corners of the internet but his work, it turns out, is relevant everywhere.


5G & The Future Of Connectivity

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The next generation of wireless technology could affect a wide range of industries, from healthcare to financial services to retail. The technology enables faster data transfer speeds -- up to 10x faster than the speeds achievable with older standards -- lower latency, and greater network capacity. As a result, 5G creates a tremendous opportunity for numerous industries, but also sets the stage for large-scale disruption. Download the free report to understand what 5G is, the industries it's disrupting, and the drivers paving the way for its implementation. As of June 2021, commercial 5G services have already been deployed across more than 1,500 cities in 60 countries worldwide, according to Viavi Solutions. The number of IoT devices -- which will rely on 5G to transmit vast amounts of data in real time -- is projected to grow from 12B in 2020 to 30B in 2025, per IoT Analytics, more than 4 devices for every person on Earth. Executives across industries are already jostling to take advantage of 5G tech -- and avoid being disrupted by it. Earnings call mentions of 5G have soared in recent years. From enabling remote robotic surgery and autonomous cars to improving crop management, 5G is poised to transform many of the world's biggest industries. The impact of 5G on manufacturing could be huge. It's estimated that improved connectivity through 5G will create $13T in global economic value across industries by 2035, according to IHS Markit. A third of that total is projected to come from the manufacturing sector alone. This would enable manufacturers to build "smart factories" that rely on automation, augmented reality, and IoT. And with 5G powering large amounts of IoT devices and sensors around the factory, artificial intelligence can be integrated more deeply with operations. On fast-paced assembly lines, even microseconds of latency can cause costly disruptions for the manufacturer.


'Finch' trailer sees man, machine and dog try to flee climate change

Engadget

Apple offered a brief glimpse of the Tom Hanks-led Finch at its recent iPhone 13 launch event, and now you can watch the first full trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film. The clip sets the stage for the story that follows. A solar flare knocked out most of the technology on Earth and left much of the US a desolate wasteland. Hanks' character, the titular Finch, survives in an underground shelter with his only companion, a dog named Goodyear, until he builds a new Android companion. The three of them eventually leave their home when it becomes threatened by the sandstorms that dominate the world of the movie.


Chinese developers expose data belonging to Android gamers

ZDNet

The Chinese developers of popular Android gaming apps exposed information belonging to users through an unsecured server. In a report shared with ZDNet, vpnMentor's cybersecurity team, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, revealed EskyFun as the owner of a 134GB server exposed and made public online. EskyFun is the developer of Android games including Rainbow Story: Fantasy MMORPG, Adventure Story, The Legend of the Three Kingdoms, and Metamorph M. On Thursday, the team said that users of the following games were involved in the data leak: Rainbow Story: Fantasy MMORPG, Metamorph M, and Dynasty Heroes: Legends of Samkok. Together, they account for over 1.6 million downloads. In total, the team said that an alleged 365,630,387 records contained data from June 2021 onward, leaking user data collected on a seven-day rolling system. The team says that the developers impose "aggressive and deeply troubling tracking, analytics, and permissions settings" when their software is downloaded and installed, and as a result, the variety of data collected was, perhaps, far more than you would expect mobile games to require.


Could 2021 be the year for technology? Here are some trends to watch out for

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The icing on the cake is that the action takes place in the PUBG universe. Some of the most exciting inventions in TV will be in 2021. LG has hinted at ditching the E-Series OLED and bringing in Gallery Series. On the other hand, Samsung might unveil a rotating Sero TV. This year will be bigger and mightier with TV screens measuring above 75-inch becoming mainstream.


The Role of Social Movements, Coalitions, and Workers in Resisting Harmful Artificial Intelligence and Contributing to the Development of Responsible AI

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

There is mounting public concern over the influence that AI based systems has in our society. Coalitions in all sectors are acting worldwide to resist hamful applications of AI. From indigenous people addressing the lack of reliable data, to smart city stakeholders, to students protesting the academic relationships with sex trafficker and MIT donor Jeffery Epstein, the questionable ethics and values of those heavily investing in and profiting from AI are under global scrutiny. There are biased, wrongful, and disturbing assumptions embedded in AI algorithms that could get locked in without intervention. Our best human judgment is needed to contain AI's harmful impact. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of AI will be to make us ultimately understand how important human wisdom truly is in life on earth.


Prime Day 2021: The 66 Absolute Best Deals (Day 2)

WIRED

Amazon's Prime Day has grown into one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year, thanks to the tech and retail giant's massive commercial reach (which is also cause for concern). Rival sales from other retailers are plentiful now too. As we have for many years, members of the WIRED Gear Team are sorting through hundreds of thousands of deals, cross-checking our "Best of" guides, and debating what the absolute greatest Prime Day deals are right now. Below you'll find our top picks. If you're new to this shopping holiday, be sure to check our Prime Day shopping tips before you start clicking. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and we mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals. Updated Tuesday: We've updated pricing throughout, struck out or removed dead deals, and added new ones like the MacPook pro, Acer Swift 3, Dyson V8, Dyson Air Purifier, Traeger Grill, and more. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism.


Prime Day 2021: The 66 Absolute Best Deals (Updated)

WIRED

Amazon's Prime Day has grown into one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year, thanks to the tech and retail giant's massive commercial reach (which is also cause for concern). Rival sales from other retailers are plentiful now too. As we have for many years, members of the WIRED Gear Team are sorting through hundreds of thousands of deals, cross-checking our "Best of" guides, and debating what the absolute greatest Prime Day deals are right now. Below you'll find our top picks. If you're new to this shopping holiday, be sure to check our Prime Day shopping tips before you start clicking. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and we mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals. Updated: We've added deals for the Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer, Colgate Hum electric toothbrush, Native Union Dock Wireless Charger, and Moment phone lenses and cases. We've also updated pricing throughout.


Mobile Augmented Reality: User Interfaces, Frameworks, and Intelligence

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) integrates computer-generated virtual objects with physical environments for mobile devices. MAR systems enable users to interact with MAR devices, such as smartphones and head-worn wearables, and performs seamless transitions from the physical world to a mixed world with digital entities. These MAR systems support user experiences by using MAR devices to provide universal accessibility to digital contents. Over the past 20 years, a number of MAR systems have been developed, however, the studies and design of MAR frameworks have not yet been systematically reviewed from the perspective of user-centric design. This article presents the first effort of surveying existing MAR frameworks (count: 37) and further discusses the latest studies on MAR through a top-down approach: 1) MAR applications; 2) MAR visualisation techniques adaptive to user mobility and contexts; 3) systematic evaluation of MAR frameworks including supported platforms and corresponding features such as tracking, feature extraction plus sensing capabilities; and 4) underlying machine learning approaches supporting intelligent operations within MAR systems. Finally, we summarise the development of emerging research fields, current state-of-the-art, and discuss the important open challenges and possible theoretical and technical directions. This survey aims to benefit both researchers and MAR system developers alike.


12 life-changing tech hacks: Teach Siri to say your name right, blur out your house on Google Maps and more

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Let's face facts here: While technology can be a godsend, it's downright frustrating at times. Just ask anyone trying to get into their phone after accidentally locking themselves out. Or someone whose Zoom call keeps freezing up because the bandwidth is spotty because it's being shared by three other people at home. And some days, more time is spent on deleting spam emails than getting work done. Mastering tech is an iterative process.