The ethics of the use of artificial intelligence is a serious area, which is still under discussion in many parts of the world.

The ethics of the use of artificial intelligence is a serious area
The ethics of the use of artificial intelligence is a close area.
The week met with Strategic Marketing Manager SMART business Andrei.


Burlutsky to discuss the implications of introducing artificial intelligence (AI), its possible scope and myths around this phenomenon.



If we talk about the implementation of artificial intelligence, what is the timeframe is - is it yesterday, now or vice versa, the distant future?

The first thing to note is that artificial intelligence does not exist. Instead, it refers to AI methods, such as deep learning and machine learning. Regarding the terms, I always use the following thesis: today, using AI everywhere, in all spheres of human activity, it is too early, but it's too late in some areas to not use it at all.

The reason is straightforward - for this, there were opportunities. Even a new religion, database, has already been founded, whose followers believe that the thinking and decision-making functions of a person who can not cope with the enormous amount of information can now be transmitted to the AI ​​because he can process data faster and better.



Each year, the research company Gartner presents a report Hype Cycle, which details in detail at which stage of development is those or other technologies. There is an origin, evolution, peak, decline, and output of a particular product. It usually follows disappointment, refinement, and, finally, heavy use. So, according to the Gartner report, several technologies go to the performance stage: 5G connectivity, virtual assistants, and neural networks.

The plan of revenues of these technologies for large-scale production and application - 2-3 years from the date of publication of the report in 2018. So, let's talk about 2020-2022 when we come to practical use or testing of these technologies by almost all companies. This is because these technologies become affordable, and above all, given the cost of the product. Then we get a lot of information, experience and we can draw conclusions about the feasibility of introducing these technologies, the benefits for business.

I recently watched the "Billiards" series. There, in one of the episodes, the head of the department of exchange analysts suggests instead of people implement AI for better and faster analysis of market data. The series clearly shows the chaos that began after this, because all the workers in a panic ran to the psychologists, complained that they are about to be replaced by robots. But this is one of the myths. There are different estimates from different companies regarding what percentage of human activity can be replaced by AI or automated.

And the grades range from 9% to 57%. This is normal, it's going to happen now and will continue to grow. The AI ​​algorithms will handle routine tasks faster and better. AI will be more accurate compared to the human eye, it will be faster, it will more quickly find specific patterns in the data and will suggest possible solutions. But the final decision at this stage will still be accepted by a person. It is still not possible to use WI everywhere, but it is merely necessary to apply it to improve human decisions.

Also, nowadays in western companies, and in our Ukrainian, too, workers are increasingly complaining about the growth of the load. People cover a wave of operational tasks, such as filling out forms, deleting, or entering data. If this small operational work can be automated, to instruct AI, employees will have time and energy to think and search for non-standard solutions within their functional responsibilities. They will have more time for creativity, someone will finally be able to think about the future of their business. The implementation of AI will also help minimize mistakes, the so-called human factor.


It should be borne in mind that total and full automation began in the mid-1980s of the last century. However, for today, as far as I know, only the elevator's profession was fully automated. Will we get to the level when people are replaced at other workplaces?

So, it'll happen once. First of all, as I have noted, this will apply to individuals whose duties include daily routine operations. For example, a driver's profession will soon become the object of automation.

But it's not about all drivers. One of them must stay and engage in "training" unmanned cars, how to behave on the road. That is, such drivers will turn into teachers and trainers. There will be a refreshing change when these people receive new tasks, new functions from "communication" with robotic systems of autopilot. Drivers, by their example, experience, and behavior, will learn the AI ​​because it trains on data, like a child: sees and repeats.

The introduction of new technologies, such as neural networks, or virtual assistants, leads to the emergence of new professions or to a specific upgrade of existing ones.

To manage an unmanned drone in an agro sector, you need from nine to twenty experts. This is a programmer, a pilot, a person loading a flight task that decrypts the data received, techniques ... In China, the "pilot drone," "complementary designer" or "coach AI" - these are already new official professions, they are made in the relevant state registries And this must be done, and consequently, to undergo appropriate training or retraining.

Teachers from schools or colleges will be able to become mentors for AI because they have the necessary pedagogical skills.



How does robotics affect the economy and the labor market? Where does work replace people?


- If you imagine an AI as a mechanism, a robot, then it can really, for example, rearrange something in stock. Round the clock, without weekends, sick leave and vacations. But human power is still cheaper than work.

And only a person can use for decision-making not only analytical factors and figures but also some external features that cannot be digitized. Intuition in the AI ​​will not last for a very long time, modern works cannot reach the level of the heroes of fantastic films. In 2016, a Future of Jobs study was presented at the Davos World Economic Forum, which analyzed the critical skills needed by workers in the future (then it was about 2020). Today, you can check how accurately the forecast was made.



The primary skills were called the ability to solve complex problems, critical thinking, and creativity. They become meaningful when a person frees himself through automation for a specific time, and thanks to the use of AI, there is an entirely new analytical information. In this case, the task of the person remains extremely important - to make decisions and interpret the findings. This is something that so far, cars do not know how.

For example, you can create an algorithm that analyzes and counts sales for a retail point in a way that sells all inventories without balances. In this case, the AI ​​can tell where the critical link appeared in the chain, but decide who to do with it, the person must. Although there are already examples of other behavior.

The Renault team, in its Formula 1 racing cars, uses a complex sensor system, the Internet of things and machine learning to predict the failure of individual units and units. At the same time, data is automatically transmitted to the manufacturer, so that a replacement is made in advance and sent to the right place.

In your opinion, the basic income for workers who are replacing jobs is a panacea or a utopia?


- All talk of the dangerous consequences of the mass implementation of the AI ​​is unreasonable but much exaggerated. And total replacement of workers, and intercepting the functions of making vital decisions - all this is real but hardly so fatal. Adaptation to technological progress in a society already has centuries of experience.

We will also cope with these challenges from the AI. But at the same time, there is a problem. The weakness of the system of post-industrial society, which has become too complicated lately, is not so vulnerable to AI threats as the community's response to the risks of spreading it.


The theme of basic income is not utopian. After all, it will be necessary somehow to solve the problem of changes in the labor market. Perhaps not today, however, after 30 years, a significant proportion of the work will be automated, people who will need to do something and live on some kind of money will be released.

Taking into account that the use of AI promotes the receipt of additional income by companies, we can assert that from the standpoint of the economy, such an exit exists. That is, states or companies using AI will be able to allocate funds to people who were released as a result of total automation.

Tax on robotics, if simplified?


- So. At the same time, the state should establish some control bodies that will determine the degree of automation and estimate additional profit, so that based on these data, the amount of contributions to a fund similar to a pension is calculated. In Ukraine, there are no candidates for such a body yet.


However, the universal base income will not be able to solve these problems stably. The future, in which 99% live at the subsistence level through the use of robotic labor, and 1% of the elite (the upper class that controls robots) builds its empires and earns unprecedented wealth - is shaky and explosive, and therefore will not last long.

What can be entrusted to robots, and what should people leave? Where do we not have the right to apply algorithms?


- With excellent opportunities comes great responsibility. Therefore, an aspect such as the ethics of the use of AI is a new severe area, which is still under discussion in Ukraine so far. However, the ethical aspect will play a key role, since the one who creates the code, program, or robot algorithm and puts in its specific characteristics, including behavior. Let's try to imagine the work that makes a medical operation (and they really exist).

Depending on the principles laid down by the program, we get the output at the output. If it is very simplistic - a robot can operate at some point damage if it is not taken into account in the program. About stock trading, then the algorithm may appear such elements as speculation, receiving insider information, corruption. And this will be a violation of the law, business principles and, of course, ethical standards.



However, he will better fulfill his primary function - will earn more money in comparison with the "honest" algorithm.


Yes, but think about what corruption causes: it destroys the state and creates chaos. In this case, we must solve two problems simultaneously: to overcome the consequences of automation and to combat unfair work. However, AI is not necessarily evil. If the algorithm is configured correctly, then it will be better than a human to work in those areas where it deals with processing large amounts of data, such as CRM, ERP and BigData, modeling and forecasting.

And then the factories will not produce surplus goods, repositories will not be overcrowded, the minimum amount of transport needed will be the optimal amount of products in shops where the products will be purchased, and there will be no need for utilization. This, in the end, will also affect the environment. That is, the application of AI can have a positive effect on global problems. For example, Microsoft has a separate AI for Earth application that addresses global human issues with AI.

Another field is medicine. There is still a question about the effectiveness of AI, the results are very volatile. After all, a person may notice some additional factors and accept the correct diagnosis. Therefore, the feasibility of using robots in medicine is perceived ambiguously.

However, with the help of complemented reality, doctors can be trained before a real operation, working out all possible variants and complications. Therefore, the application of AI should be approached carefully.



In the military sphere, the two superpowers, the People's Republic of China and the US, are running a crazy race for the championship in the development of AI.

It's about using his technology for espionage, cyberattack, and crypto-protection. In China, the highest level of implementation of the AI ​​implies all spheres of activity, including military.

And in this Beijing is far ahead of Washington. China is expanding on an unprecedented scale a broad surveillance network that uses the achievements of AI and machine learning, to eliminate domestic political dissent, and to optimize the political control of the Communist Party. Speaking of figures, Beijing invests more than $ 6 billion in AI development, while the US spends three times less. And the nation's national strategy for AI was presented only at the beginning of this year.



Is it necessary to beware of the "uprising of terminators," since this is one of the main arguments against the AI ​​opponents?


Of course, a lot of talk about the worst scenario - the war of robots, like those already produced by Boston Dynamics.

However, nowadays, this is unlikely due to the limited capabilities of AI. As long as the algorithms that a person creates, they will not reach the level at which they can decide on their own actions, we have nothing to fear.

Scientist Boris Katz, who has joined the development of virtual assistant, is convinced that the modern approach to AI is not able to make Siri or Alexa truly intelligent.

We have to go a different way: at first, correctly understand the principles of human intelligence, and then use it to create smart machines.


There is, however, another point of view: the emergence of new burglary tools may allow intervention in the management of robot units, which may already lead to negative consequences. We become vulnerable.

And so the security issue is no less relevant than ethics. Systems that employ AI algorithms should be safe and secure, and access to objects controlled by these systems should be limited. This applies not only to military purposes with military operations but also to civilians belonging to critical infrastructure.

Fortunately, we have not yet seen examples of break-in and interception of combat robot control.


However, there are already examples where an unmanned car killed a pedestrian. And this issue needs to be resolved. No wonder after the first such incident a meeting in the United Nations was going to decide how to react. Necessary detailed consultation and discussion of lawyers to work out common recommendations for all states.

Will computers be able to conquer humanity?


In theory, this is entirely possible. In my opinion, technology, robotics, algorithms develop much faster than a person in the last two thousand years of his history. The pace is just colossal. It is difficult to determine the extent to which work can be done, but they will definitely be able to be equal to a person.

Today, artificial intelligence lacks intuition, ability to associate. But we should take into account the pace and latest technology, such as quantum computing, which in the future will significantly expand its capabilities.

Also, some organizations work precisely on the development of such algorithms and trying to give the machine the properties of real intelligence, but still far from being successful. Incidentally, I like the work of science fiction writers, because most of what they wrote a few decades ago, in one form or another, is becoming a reality today.


Among the most serious and most dangerous prospects, I see not at all a work-apocalypse or an uprising of machines, but the gradual degradation of people's ability to altruism, love, friendship, and cooperation caused by the spread of SI-centaurs (sometimes called the hybrid interaction of a real person with artificial intelligence machines).

Artificial intelligence, trained by Google, detects lung cancer more precisely than doctors

During the diagnosis, the model developed by the company, allowed to detect 5% more cases of the disease.

Artificial intelligence, trained by Google, detects lung cancer more precisely than doctors
Artificial intelligence, trained by Google, detects lung cancer more precisely than doctors.


Over the past three years, Google's teams have been using artificial intelligence in the health sector - from eye disease diagnostics to cancer detection. The company described one of its studies, which showed that AI can detect lung cancer more accurately than physicians. This is stated in a message on the company's website.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.7 million people die every year from lung cancer, making this cancer the most deadly of all types of the disease worldwide, more than breast cancer or prostate cancer, and is the sixth most widespread the cause of death in the world. The company emphasizes that intervention is more successful if the disease is detected at an early stage, but statistics say that in most cases, cancer is diagnosed at later stages.

In the last decade, screening methods have been invented to identify people at high risk for lung cancer. Google has focused on improving this technology.

In 2017, the company began to explore how to solve existing problems using AI technologies. Using advances in 3D modeling, Google has made progress in modeling lung cancer prediction, as well as in creating the basis for future clinical trials.

Radiologists usually look at hundreds of 2D images in one CT (computed tomography), but cancer can be so small that it's hard to detect. Google reports that it has been able to create a model that can not only generate a general forecast of cancer of lung cancer but also identify thin malignant tissues in the lungs (nodes). The model can also take into account information from previous scans that is useful for predicting lung cancer since the growth rate of suspicious nodes may indicate its destructive nature.

The model created by specialists of the company was trained on the data of surveys using computer tomography (in total - 45 856 cases). The results were verified on the second set of data and compared to the effects of six certified professionals.

Using data from only one survey, AI found 5% more cases than doctors, with a simultaneous decrease in the number of false positives of more than 11%.

At the moment, the company is negotiating with partners all over the world to continue research and deploy clinical validation.

ANY iPhone or iPad can be SPART with this Software

Any iPhone, iPad, Apple's iPod Touch can be broken with this particular software and can have any data extracted through it.

ANY iPhone or iPad can be SPART with this Software
ANY iPhone or iPad can be SPART with this Software



Any iPhone or iPad, irrespective of the iOS version it is running, can be broken with new software created by an Israeli company called Cellebrite, helping 2 years ago and the FBI to get access to data from an Apple phone. Now Cellebrite says they've gone even further, and they've managed to get vulnerabilities that allow them to exploit any iPhone or iPad with any version of iOS.

Cellebrite Israelis say they can crack any iOS version, including iOS 12.3, but they should theoretically be able to break including iOS 13 because they're more likely to use vulnerabilities that Apple does not know. Universal Forensic Extraction Device Premium is the software the Israeli company uses to store any iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, saying it's the only one the police can use to extract data from iDevices.


ANY iPhone or iPad can be SPART with this Software
From iOS 7 to laiOS 12.3, any iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch can have the data extracted without the information being lost, whether protected by access code or Face / Touch ID. The Israeli company sells individual devices to extract data from the iPhone or iPad, each costing a few thousand dollars on the acquisition, but Apple buys them like the police, the FBI, etc., and quickly blocks the vulnerabilities they use.

"Bypass or determine locks and perform a full file system extraction on any iOS device to get much more data than what is possible through logical extractions and other conventional means. Gain access to third-party app data, chat conversations, downloaded emails and email attachments, delete content, and more, increase your chances of finding incriminating evidence and bringing your case to resolution. "

Given the level of security implemented by Apple in iOS for iPhone and iPad, state authorities do not always have other solutions to extract data from American products. Of course, there is an information agency that has its own unique solutions to extract data from Apple products, but the vast majority use such products because they can not get the information they need.

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The reasons why you want to move from Android to iPhone

There are many reasons why you prefer an iPhone to the detriment of an Android phone, and the iOS 13 operating system brings even more.

The reasons why you want to move from Android to iPhone
The reasons why you want to move from Android to iPhone


iOS 13 seems to be a fantastic update for iPhone owners and a reason for Android fans to change the camp. What are the changes brought to iOS 13 that could convince you to move from Android to iPhone?



Apple seems to put your data protection first
The American company has implemented a system that allows you to be more secure when you are online. "Sign in with Apple" is similar to Google or Facebook, but Apple is one that keeps your data confidential, nobody can track you, and if you do not want to, you can not give your mail address and choose one randomly generated by Apple.

Another feature that iOS 13 brings is the notification of how apps are tracking you. You'll be able to see when an app started to analyze your location, and you can choose location analysis to be active only when you actually use that application, not in the background. So, you will not even wake up with the fact that an app knows where you're going, though not yet used (this will also be possible on Android Q).

A great feature on Android comes to the iPhone
The fingerprint swipe feature on the keyboard also goes on iOS. This way, users will be able to quickly write messages just by sliding their finger on the keyboard. Apple realizes how important this writing method is and implements it directly in iOS, so you do not have to install another application.

Another thing that comes to the American company's smartphone is the ability to read an external drive. If you insert a USB stick into an iPhone (with adapter) or an iPad, Apple will be able to read it and make it easier for you to work with files and photos. You can use the mouse and keyboard on your iPad.

Safari will be a better browser and will close your old windows. Did you open a Google Chrome or Safari link on your mobile and did you see that you have more than 50 open tabs? This should not happen again. In iOS 13, Safari automatically shuts down older windows.

The hottest iOS 13 feature you want on Android
Phone theft is still a problem, but there is a solution if you are an iPhone user. If you lost your phone (or any other Apple product) or stole it, then you can find it with Find My Phone because your phone will communicate with Bluetooth with other Apple products (iPhone, Mac or iPad ) and so the position of the product will be more comfortable to find.

This Bluetooth communication would work even if Apple devices are closed and should not consume a lot of battery power. That should much discourage the theft of Apple devices. Also, this type of communication is encrypted, and neither Apple will have access to information.

The iOS 13 will be available in the autumn on iPhone, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and iPhone SE.

How do you make money as a student this summer in Bucharest with the help of the phone

If you are a student, you probably know how difficult it can sometimes be to live from one day to the next without turning to the help of parents.

How do you make money as a student this summer in Bucharest with the help of the phone
How do you make money as a student this summer in Bucharest with the help of the phone


You may have a scholarship, maybe you have a job more or less tiring, inevitably, the money does not come from heaven for anyone. When you are a student, the pressure to make money on your own comes out of nothing - even when your parents help you - and it hits you strongly.


You realize that for the first time in your life you have to work hard to support yourself, not just look at your parents with big puppies and promise that you will only get high grades at school if they give you money.

If, however, the idea of ​​a job seems too intimidating, there are always more straightforward and more friendly ways to get started.

I remember that in my first year of college, such a way came in the form of making weekend promotions in supermarkets - that is to be one of those smiling and friendly faces that invites you to indulge things and buy them, hoping you will win any promotion.

It kept me up until the second year when I found a good job. Even so, those weekend earnings from promotions were a way of demonstrating to me that I can still make some money without asking my mother or dad.

Today, besides promotions, several options were not a few years ago: Glovo, Uber, and Lime. Each of them requires something different, but they all come with the same guarantee - that you can still make money on your own when you're on holiday.

What can you do with Glove
You may have seen them on the street - those bicycles with yellow cubicles in the back of the cubicle, which crossed the large and vast city. Basically, if you are a courier to Glovo, your responsibility is to deliver food (most of the time), but also shopping in supermarkets and top stores to Glovo customers.

The official website says that such a courier can earn 12 lei per order, but the income varies according to experience and valuations.

The good part is you can do this anytime you like. You choose when you connect and which orders you accept - and such autonomy is significant when you want to step into the labor market, but you are ashamed.

But to become a glover, you must have a vehicle (it can be a bicycle, a motorcycle or a car), an Android device or an iPhone and, of course, be over 18 years old.

If you want to try, you can sign up HERE.

What can you do with Uber
If the phrase "to be your own boss" usually applies to sad and tired MLMs, Uber is excellent. Basically, if you have a car that meets the Uber standards and driving license, you're liable to be a Uber driver.

Of the entire race, the Uber commission of 25%, the tax (3% for the PFA), the fuel (at 7% consumption) and the car wear, as shown by invitation, is reduced. On a typical day, a driver who runs 20 races in eight hours can earn a net income of up to 200 lei.

If the day is more crowded or rainy, Uber's dynamic fare takes place, which involves more money earned by the driver.

Like Glovo, you can be a Uber driver whenever you like and as much as you like. Choose which races you accept and which races do not have enough freedom of movement. You just have to be decent, as a human being with your clients (read: "Do not be a freak like most taxis"). To become a Uber driver, you must have a driving license of at least one year and a criminal record without a criminal record.

If you're curious, you can record HERE.

If you do not want to ride on sharing, you can always get food. Uber Eats allows you to do both a bicycle and a car or a scooter. The delivery costs 7.5 leva per customer, but like delivery, the money is different. You have a lion per kilometer, 2.20 lei when you pick up the order and a lion when I place it. But there are also electric rates (up to 2.3 times higher than the usual ones). You receive the total amount per week in your account. Yes, there is a tip option. You can sign up through the official website.

What you can do with Lime?

A method may be even more straightforward than Glovo and Uber is to become a juicer for the recently-launched Lime trotted rental application. Basically, anyone can become a juicer, according to the community manager Lime for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Romanian Rebecca Stella. But what does this mysterious job mean?

Basically, anyone with the Lime app can get into the juicer mode and see what trots are available to be loaded. Once these have been found, you have to go to them, pick them up, and then put them back on the street.

It's a fast way and does not require much effort to make money. The reward will be per trout and will start at 10 lei. If you load a trotting correctly and place it where you need it, you get 10 lei. If the battery is empty, it takes up to 4-5 hours to charge 100%. Stella even pointed out that he hoped the students would take advantage of this opportunity in an interview with Startup Cafe.

The worst predictions on technology made by intelligent people

Making predictions is a dangerous job: you can hit it and say the world that you are a visionary or you can throw it down like the people on this list.

The worst predictions on technology made by intelligent people
The worst predictions on technology made by intelligent people


Some people like John Elfreth Watkins, who predicted the emergence of mobile phone, digital photography, and television since 1900, have a special gift in seeing the future. Others do not have the power to see the big picture and say things that turn out to be wrong. Let's see some of the worst predictions about technology made by intelligent people.


Facebook

Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017, claimed two Princeton teachers in 2014, after assimilating the social network with infectious diseases and believed that Facebook, like bubonic plague, would disappear at some point. We are in 2019, and more than 2.3 billion people use Mark Zuckerberg's platform every month.

Internet

Paul Krugman, the winner of the Nobel Prize, said in 1998 that by 2005 "it would become clear that the impact of the Internet on the economy was not greater than that of the fax." He is also a professor at Princeton University and is well known in the scientific world for his contributions to the trade. He won the Novel for Economics in 2008.

Robert Metcalfe, one of the Ethernet inventors, said the internet is codified as a failure. In an article for the 1995 InfoWorld publication, he said the internet would not grow and that it would be a failure until 1996.

Not everyone thought each of us would have a PC at home
Computer

Ken Olsen, a pioneer of the computer industry, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, who built minicomputers, saw no reason why a person would want a computer in his home. He would have said that sometime in 1977, and the quote is attributed to him in several April 1980's Creative Computing. At present, almost every person on the globe owns at least one computer, whether it's a PC, smartphone, or a console.

Another smart man who underestimated the potential of computers was Thomas Watson, IBM's president. He said in 1943 that "there is a global market of up to five personal computers." Perhaps at the time, it was true, but the lack of vision is notable.

YouTube

Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder, did not think the platform would be too successful. "There are not many videos I want to see," he said in March 2005. At that time, there were about 50 clips on YouTube. On November 13, 2006, Google bought YouTube for $ 1.65 billion. Approximately 300 hours of video content is loaded on the platform every minute at this time.

Predictors of technologies that have proven to be wrong
photocopiers

The potential market for photocopiers is up to 5000 units, at most, "said IBM's Xerox founders in 1959. By 1961, Xerox had revenue of $ 60 million, and by 1965 the amount jumped 500 million dollars. Over time, the photocopier has become synonymous with Xerox and is also being used extensively in the digital world today.

spam

Nobody likes smap, and that's why Bill Gates said in January 2014 on the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that spam would die in two years. 45% of all mails sent in 2018 were spam.

Televisions

Televisions began to sell widely in the 1930s. Darryl Zanuck, the founder of the 20th Century Fox film studio, said in 1946 that "people will get bored of staring at a wooden box every night." Let's give him a little thought because he did not know about Netflix or HBO.

Who thought the iPhone would be a failure
iPhone

Steve Ballmer, the head of Microsoft, said in 2007 that Apple's iPhone has no chance of gaining a significant market share. He believed that Apple's phone was too expensive and that people would not spend so much money on such a device. How well we did not get to the point where the phones cost over 1000 euros.

tablets

"In the next five years, I do not think there will be any reason to have a tablet," Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry, said in 2013. Sure, tablets did not revolutionize the world, but they did not even disappear. Apple makes nice money after the iPad and extends the tablet's capability into the PC world. Funny is that Heins, probably after being squeezed out of his ears, returned a month later with another statement, saying that "we are interested in the future of tablets, whatever it is."

Windows Phone

Several analysts from research firms thought Windows Phone would be massive. They predicted that Windows Phone will dethrone Apple and will be the second operating system after Android. IDC's prestigious research firm believed in 2011 that by 2015 Windows Phone will have a market share of 20.9%, over iOS (15.3%) and over BlackBerry (13.7%). The adoption rate of the operating system was a huge one of 67%.

What are your predictions for 2020?

Three Romanians participate in the Genius Olympics. What they did to get there?

Three high school students from the "Octavian Goga" National College in Sibiu attend the Genius Olympics in the USA. The young people will represent Romania with two inventions.

Romanians participate in the Genius Olympics
Romanians participate in the Genius Olympics.


Alexandru Rădac, Daniel Marpozan, and Codrin Muntean are students in the 10th grade in mathematics and computer science and form the Aerotech team. The three young people have made two inventions: a robot and intelligent energy saving system.

The robot is not a simple one, but one capable of saving people from a fire without endangering the life of rescuers. The robot created by the three pupils in Sibiu has an arm that can be extended, with which people can be removed from the firefighting buildings without the firefighters having to risk their lives.

The inventions that led high school students to the Genius Olympics.

The second invention will be presented in the science-innovation section and consists of an intelligent energy-saving system. It will be able to control the lights in a home via a sensor network. The three high school students have created the system based on infrared barriers, which automatically constrain the views in a home and keep track of the number of people in the room.

The idea is that this system only provides light when a person needs it. They participated with this project at a contest in the country where they presented the layout, but in the US, they must demonstrate how it works and have a mobile application. In the US, they will show how two door-mounted devices can count how many people are in a room, they can provide their light while they are inside, all without pressing on a switch.

"Participating in this event would be an opportunity to meet both new technology and the talented people behind them. The presence of our team in the contest could make a significant contribution to the local development of the technological equipment, taking information from this sphere from both the organizers and the participants, "the three high school students show in presenting their project.

What is deep fake: technology that can make you believe anything?

Artificial intelligence has gotten far enough to be extremely easy to trick you into. Deepfake technology takes everything to the next level.

What is deep fake: technology that can make you believe anything?
What is deep fake: technology that can make you believe anything?


A video with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, appeared on Instagram. Here, he recognizes that he has control over all data, secrets, and even the lives and the future of billions of people. Users instantly realized that the video was a fake video and that it was actually a deepfake. Still, images seem real enough for some to fall into the net. For this reason, I think it's good to know a little more about this technology.


Deepfake technology has been in place for some time, and the name refers to both the method by which they are made and the resulting images in the process. It is an adjunct to two terms, deep learning (the technique used in artificial intelligence that helps computers learn through examples) and fake, which you can see for yourself.

Thus, artificial intelligence allows anyone to create a compelling simulation of a human subject. Everything is possible through deep learning, technology by which the computer is shown enough images with that person and then uses it to create these fake videos.

The worst part is that the pictures seem so real that you can easily fall into the net.

This video, as well as other deepfake with Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian, were made for an art exhibition. Its purpose was to draw attention to the way people can be lied, manipulated, or even monitored by politicians, celebrities, or influential people.

In the case of deepfake with Mark Zuckerberg, the advertising agency that created him announced that he used an original video with the Facebook CEO. He thus trained an AI algorithm with those initial images and an actor's audio recording, which is heard in the background. Therefore, he rebuilt the frames to make Zuckerberg's facial movements match the rhythm of the actor's voice. In fact, this was the reason why most people realized it was a fake: the sound did not match that of the Facebook head.

The advertising agency says it created these deepfake to educate the public, who should better understand how artificial intelligence can be used.

Why the video will not be deleted from Instagram
These videos come as a test of Facebook's policy regarding the fake images on its platforms.

The fact that Facebook's CEO himself was involved in this situation raised the following question among the people: Will the video be deleted from the social network? The answer seems to be that it does not. The company has announced that it will treat the video just as it would in any other form of misinformation on Instagram. Usually, misinformation is not deleted from social networks but is not recommended to users.

The tech giant might have reacted altogether if something similar would not have happened earlier this year. Facebook refused to delete a fake video with Nancy Pelosi, an American politician. It had been modified to make Pelosi drink. At that time, the company had to define its position regarding the altered images. Decided then your video will stay on the platform.

This complicates any attempt by the company to delete the video with the Facebook founder. He would be hypocritical in the process. If he had predicted the situation, he might have done otherwise with the American politician.

How easy it is to do that?

The exciting part is that these deepfakes are not very difficult to accomplish. Researchers have recently demonstrated how software can be used to make a subject say what you want.

Thus, you can edit a video clip to add, delete, or edit the words that come out of a person's mouth. The results were entirely satisfactory. From a group of 138 volunteers, approximately they considered deepfake videos to be real.

Although artificial intelligence is an incredible technology that makes life easier in many ways, it also comes with negative parts. With this deepfake, the fake news phenomenon could grow. It will be easier for those malicious to promote false content as truthful.

Soon you will not know what is right and what is false, which makes it even more necessary to use the internet with care and a skeptical approach to all the information running on the web.

A good explanation of the danger that deepfake represents is provided, well, even though a deepfake. Actor Jordan Peele has used artificial intelligence to deliver a kind of public service announcement about the dangers deepfake technology poses. He did this with the image of Barack Obama, the former president of the United States.

In the case of such videos where the subjects say or do something out of the ordinary, it is advisable not to take everything well first. Check the source and look closely at the images to see any sign that they are false (usually these modified videos contain deformations and blurring of the vision).

Perhaps the phrases pronounced by the CEO of Facebook are not far from the truth, but more positively, Mark Zuckerberg would never have said this publicly.

Experts are now working on tools where fake can be identified, but until they become available, the best protection is a better selection of the information we encounter in any form they would present to us.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in the newest images, Confirms how the company's new top phone will look?

New images of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have emerged, which could confirm how the future phone will be launched by the South Korean company this autumn. It would be the best performing Samsung phone so far or, at least, as good as the S-tip, Galaxy S10 Plus and S10.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in the newest images, Confirms how the company's new top phone will look?
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in the newest images, Confirms how the company's new top phone will look?


Until the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S10 trio, the company got used to the fact that their Notebook phones were the best. Earlier this year, the S10 has slightly changed the performance balance between the two categories, but there are already high expectations from the forthcoming Note 10, especially since it will not come in a single version, as it has been before.


It's still too early to say whether the Samsung Galaxy S10 has been successful on the market. For the moment, the first signs show that there is much enthusiasm for the three versions, especially the cheap ones, and especially because Samsung has dropped quite a lot and unexpectedly quickly their prices. It remains to be seen by the end of the year a final verdict.

Meanwhile, the company's fans are eager to find out what the new Note 10 will look like, or at least have precise technical specifications. Obviously, the manufacturer will have to come up with something new to the features of Notes 9, and it will undoubtedly be.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 was a real surprise for loyal customers because the tenth generation of the S-Series really came with real improvements - the newest Android operating system, unique features such as the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen, but and the design, much better and more spectacular, than to the S8 or S9.

New images with the possible design of the future Galaxy Note 10 were first distributed on Twitter by the @OnLeaks user. This is a source that often publishes renders as close to reality as they are made with the technical sketches of the current Samsung phones.

What you see in the pictures are in fact two Galaxy Note phones, one that will be cheaper and probably with modest specifications, and the other, the larger, Pro version, which will be the top of the range. The manufacturer may follow the same strategy as the S10, but there are three versions. Interestingly, we see, finally, another color, except black and that dark blue, specific Notes.

Sony reported more than doubling the Playstation Plus award

Several readers probably put their coffee in their throats this morning, when they received an email from Sony where it was black and white that the price of PlayStation Plus would increase by well over 100 percent.

Sony reported more than doubling the Playstation Plus award
Sony reported more than doubling the PlayStation Plus award.


As of August 1, 2019, the prices for PlayStation Plus subscriptions in Norway will increase. This is due to market inflation.

12-month ongoing subscription to PlayStation Plus increases by NOK. 580.00
A 3-month current subscription to PlayStation Plus increases by NOK. 240.00
1-month running subscription to PlayStation Plus increases by NOK. 85.00 "
In that case, this would entail a sharp increase from the current prices of NOK 485, 205 and 65 respectively.

There has been a mistake
However, Sony Interactive Entertainment's Norwegian public relations adviser Silje Grønli can reassure Norwegian Playstation Plus customers.

- Unfortunately, there has been an error that we are working on. There has probably been something wrong with the translation of this email, and "with" should have been replaced by "to". We are working on sending out a new e-mail, she says to Tek.no.

Level up with Xbox Live Gold
Even though the wording of the e-mail was incorrect, PlayStation Plus users must, therefore, rely on the price increasing from 1 August.

The monthly subscription increases by about 30 percent
The 3-month subscription and the annual subscription both increase by about 20 percent
The price increase was, however, expected, considering that the main competitor Xbox Live Gold recently increased in price from NOK 499 to NOK 599 for an annual subscription and from NOK 159 to NOK 199 for three months.

Both of these services provide access to multiplayer online gaming, as well as providing access to discounts and some free games each month.

Microsoft Xbox price increase comes into force on August 7, but the monthly subscription will still cost $ 59, which for some reason causes three single months to cost less than a three-month subscription.

Sony, in turn, reports that all PlayStation Plus purchases for August 1 will be added to your current subscription period.

Google Maps rolls out speedometer alerts

Google rolls out these days a new update of the Google Maps map, which will notify speedometers and speed controls directly in the app. This includes the Tech Crunch website.

Google Maps rolls out speedometer alerts


Google has been working on this feature for a long time, but so far, it has only been available in a small area in California and in one city in Brazil. Now that the function is thoroughly tested, it becomes available in 43 countries, where Norway is one of them.

We are confirmed by Google Norway's communications manager Helle Skjervold that the new feature was rolled out in Norway. Skjervold also says that Google Maps only warns about stationary speed measurements.

Appears as icons on the map

Speedometers appear as icons on the map, and if you are out and about, you will get the speed limit on the road at the bottom of the app.

Exactly how Google knows where speed controls are, they have not yet said anything about. However, the new app update allows Android users to manually report speed controls or accidents directly into the app.

This is how the reporting menu looks for Android users. It is available by pressing a plus sign that appears while in navigation mode. Photo: android
- The fewer pictures taken in the photo box, the better they work
We get confirmation from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that Google does not retrieve data from them:

- Google does not recover its data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. We are, however, in a process now that we are working on publishing this data, as it has been considered that it is time to post this data and that we know that it will not detract from the effect of the photobooks, but instead on the contrary. Says Bjørn Brændshøi in the Transport Department at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to Tek.no.

Brændshøi also says that any function that can lead to fewer accidents they consider positive:

- It is essential to point out that the fewer pictures were taken in the photo box, the better they work. If the driver is slowing down because she knows the camera is there, because Google Maps tells her, or because she has other tools that tell her to slow down, it doesn't matter because the desired speed reduction is achieved anyway. Photobooks are deployed on particularly road-exposed road sections where we know that speed is a significant contributor to the accidents.

Although these features are rolled out to Google's mapping these days, it has been available in the Waze navigation app for a long time, which Google also owns. Google repurchased Waze in 2013, but it took them six years before choosing to move over one of the most popular features of the app.

Safe Traffic: Legal in Norway

Christoffer Solstad Steen, acting communications manager at Trygg Trafikk, says that site verification of controls like this is legal in Norway:

It is permitted to notify both speed measurement, speed cameras and other restrictions. This has been discussed for a long time in Norway based on the various app offers already on the market, says Solstad Steen to Tek.no.

Solstad Steen further writes that notification of automatic traffic controls (ATK) causes people to drive the way they are supposed to. But if the apps also start tracking other types of inspections, such as mobile police controls, it can be more problematic:

- Other authorities should both have a preventive effect on most people as well as weeding out the dangerous drivers who are driving too fast or driving intoxication. If these are alerted in the map function, it can help these drivers avoid control and can continue with dangerous driving on the roads. It is unfortunate for traffic safety, concludes Solstad Steen.

Available for both iOS and Android


The new Google Maps update should already have been available to both iOS and Android users. You can check if you have got the function by plotting a destination in the app and pressing "start." Then tap the small arrow icon at the bottom of the screen to see the entire travel map. If the route has speedometers along the way, you will see them as orange icons.