Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Fmgfear srticle from Bob Pritchard
Facial recognition systems that can verify a person’s identity have been around for several years now with security cameras and criminal databases.
Now with the rapid improvements to big data analytics and artificial intelligence, facial recognition software is about to become commonplace and change the way we live and interact with the world.
Consumers will be able to use facial recognition to make purchases, book tickets and unlock doors simply by looking into a camera lens and letting the software make rapid simultaneous measurements of the face that’s as distinct as a fingerprint.
This AI-powered facial recognition software will be more convenient, far more secure, and create new exciting apps and hardware.
At a time of uncertainty it will also allow security forces to track and identify people with far more precision.
The latest facial recognition software from Baidu, China’s version of Google is currently being used by Didi, China’s equivalent to Uber, to allow customers to confirm the identities of their drivers and is being deployed in high tourism cities to provide ticketless access to attractions. And Chinese security officials are deploying the technology to hunt down criminal suspects by drawing from its national ID database as well as images collected from public security cameras that dot the country.
It is the new applications that facial recognition is making possible that is exciting. When you combine facial recognition technology with deep learning, the AI technique that’s emerged over the last few years, what you get is facial recognition that’s good enough to identify people even when video of them is grainy, if the video is shot at an odd angle or even pick one person in a crowd of a million people in times Square on New Years Eve.
This is one of the profound advancements and also the most disconcerting. With extreme accuracy, the new technology can take a blurry image and identify what parts of the image should be used to create the fingerprint-like facial profile. The results have been extremely accurate.
Deep learning is a relatively new form of artificial intelligence involving a network of complex algorithms that are loosely based on the neural networks of a human brain. It’s basically a very potent pattern recognizer that draws from an immense amount of data that enables computers to do things like automatically add accurate colors to black-and-white photos or visually translate the text of a restaurant menu snapped by a smartphone camera.
This technology has the potential to make consumer life easier with ticketless train rides and transactions that don’t require a form of laminated identification, it will have increasingly significant ramifications for privacy and state surveillance.
The risks to privacy and civil liberties are substantial with technologies like facial recognition that can be used to identify and track people covertly, even remotely, and on a mass scale, for example, identifying individuals at lawful protests. The public should be skeptical of any surveillance technology implemented for consumer convenience that builds a mass surveillance network the government can appropriate for intentions beyond the scope of the original purpose.
As facial recognition technology grows more powerful, it will also heighten privacy concerns. Like many emerging technologies that rely on collecting massive amounts of data, it will be up to the public and lawmakers to decide how far they want to compromise privacy in exchange for convenience.
To be really effective, the government must have the trust of the public. Unfortunately, we have people in some parts of the US who are stocking up on guns and ammunition to protect themselves from the government, as crazy as that sounds. So we are a hell of a long way from trust.
So it all comes down to the core value of TRUST
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Technology Is Everywhere in Medicine
It Pushes Us to Do More Activity
Better Ability for Communication Between Doctors and Patients
More Ability to Do Research into Problems
There Are Devices That Keep the Body Working as It Should
Better Treatment Options for Various Ailments and Diseases
Improved Prediction of Diagnosis and Life Expectancy
Faster and More Accurate Diagnosis of Conditions
Technology Improves Recording of Information in Real Time
There Are Two Sides to Technology
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Article by Bob Pritchard
The future of public transport is arriving - and will change the way we commute long distance!
Time to buy property on the route of Hyperloop
Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority for a Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Hyperloop One unveiled its concept for the futuristic transport system that will travel at roughly 700 mph and take passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, normally a two-hour drive.
Here is how the Hyperloop will operate. Firstly, passengers will check their app to see their transportation options that day. If a Hyperloop is available, the app will list the gate where the Hyperloop is available with details on how long it will take to arrive, detailing every step of your journey. Part of that journey involves taking a pod from the designated gate listed on the app.
Just like in an airplane, there will be different classes of pods, from one designed for multiple people to a "lounge pod" for fewer people to kick back and relax. The pod will then travel to the entrance for the Hyperloop. There will be 120 pod gates accommodating over 8,500 passengers per hour.
Four pods will be assigned to each Hyperloop tube. Three of those pods will be for passengers with a separate one for cargo. You will then have officially embarked on your Hyperloop journey.
Imagine being in New York and being able to travel to Washington, DC, in 20 minutes. These city stops become like metro stops. There is a level of human freedom to be able to live anywhere in the world."
Once the Hyperloop tube arrives at its destination, the four pods will leave the tube, exit the station, and travel on the street to the passenger's final destination.
Hyperloop will also transport cargo. They secured $50 million in a funding round led by DP World, the third largest port and terminal operator in the world.
The port system means unloading can happen offshore, the Hyperloop travels underwater and the tube can unload the load the cargo in the desert. It gets trucks off the roads and unlocks billions of dollars of waterfront property for redevelopment.
Futuristic transport is here!
Monday, February 20, 2017
Interesting article by Bob Pritchard
The flying car has finally arrived and will be commercially available for commuters in early 2018. Liberty is accepting pre-orders. The vehicle’s three wheels and retractable top-mounted rotor may make the vehicle look more like a gyrocopter than a traditional sedan, but it can drive and fly. Revolutionary machines such as this will naturally prompt questions about regulations surrounding their use. But PAL-V assures consumers that the Liberty was not only designed to overcome technical and qualification challenges, it also complies with existing safety standards, as well as car and aviation regulations.
Equipped with a pair of engines, one each for ground and air travel. Both engines are supplied by the Austrian aircraft-engine manufacturer Rotax, and produce 100 horsepower, achieve fuel economy of 31 mpg, and accelerate to 62 mph in less than nine seconds on its way to a 100-mph top speed.
Entering the flying mode transforms the Liberty from a 13.1-foot-long and 5.4-foot-tall car into a 20.1-foot-long and 10.5-foot-tall flying machine. In the sky, the Liberty makes 200 horsepower and can reach speeds as high as 112 mph while reaching a maximum operating altitude of 11,480 feet. Those seeking efficiency, though, will want to cruise at a more economical flying speed of 87 mph, which gives the flying machine a maximum range of 310 miles. Add a passenger in the Liberty's second seat, though, and that range drops to 248 miles. Liberty's operator must have both a driver's and pilot's license to use the vehicle in its two forms.
Those interested in purchasing a Liberty will need to write a nonrefundable deposit check for $25,000 for the Pioneer Edition or $10,000 for the Sport. Alternatively, consumers can drop $2500 ($2000 of which is refundable) to lock in a spot on the Liberty's waiting list.
Flying taxis in Dubai from July
The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is set to become the world's first to allow passenger-carrying drone taxis, according to an announcement Wednesday. Dubai will have people-carrying drones this US summer. Guangzhou-based EHang has received an order from Dubai for its 184 model, which can carry one person and a suitcase with a combined weight of 117 kg. Test flights are currently ongoing across Dubai’s skies.
Passengers simply select their destination, at which point a command center on the ground pilots the aerial vehicles, which have a peak altitude of 3.5 km, a top speed of 160 km/h, and can travel for 50 km (around half an hour) on a single charge.
The Dubai grand strategy will help increase traffic efficiency, productivity, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and save millions of driving hours. In the case of malfunction or connection problems the drones are programmed to immediately land in the closest possible safe area.