Apple is said to release an AR headset in 2022 and a smaller pair of AR glasses by 2023

Everyone knows Apple. It’s one of the richest companies in the world. That’s the perfect time to introduce something knew, to catch their competitors up with newest technologies and to develop AR.

And what is the AR?
Apple explains “Imagine that the boundaries between the real and virtual world simply do not exist. You move from space to the school bench. The past becomes as real as the present. And ordinary things suddenly look quite amazing. With the iPhone and iPad, these experiences are not only possible. They are literally at your fingertips. Augmented Reality is an innovative use of technology that changes the way you work, learn, play and connect with your surroundings. And this is just the beginning. The beginning of a whole new world.”

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And what about it?
Apple plans to release its first augmented reality headset in 2022, followed by a smaller device — a pair of AR glasses — in 2023, as The Information reports. Firstly, the date has been unclear and analysts approximated or even rumoured that it will be launched in 2020. Now, according to Apple headquarter’s internal presentations and conferences, The Information claims that the date will be postponed to 2022 due to technological difficulties. It is better for Apple to wait for the highest quality product than launching something not tweaked, right?

What’s more about this AR headset?
We probably already know the codename, which is N301! It should be very similar to a slimmer version of the Oculus Quest, which was released in May and has AR capabilities and uses external recorders to place the user’s surrounding. It would have abilities to recognise people shapes, furniture or rooms and have high-quality displays to present all information about a virtual world. It will help to blend artificial objects with reality. The software will probably start to be creating in 2021.

Apple now wants to release a smaller version of current prototypes, which look like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames. The newest version is aimed to be slimmer and to be worn for a longer period of time.
The AR area is developing fast and is even about supplanting iPhone in a decade.

 

resources:
– https://www.techspot.com/news/82713-apple-release-ar-headset-2022-smaller-pair-ar.html

– https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/11/20959066/apple-augmented-reality-ar-headset-glasses-rumors-reported-release-date

– https://www.techradar.com/news/apple-ar-glasses-release-date-news-and-rumors

SHELL STARTS USING MACHINE LEARNING

Any failures or unplanned downtime can be costly at the vast Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, where Royal Dutch Shell processes 20m tons of crude oil per year. At Europe’s largest refinery, the machinery and operating conditions are tracked using 50,000 sensors that generate 100,000 measurements per minute.

Shell began using machine learning last year to better analyze and process that data. The model was designed to predict control valve failures and enabled workers to perform maintenance or adjust operating conditions as required.

 

The work at Pernis is an example of how oil and gas companies, often months in advance, use artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect problems before they happen. Since then, Shell has extended the program to 19 assets.

“We have stopped two trips with benefits of about $2 m in just the first two weeks since implementing this,” says Alexander Boekhorst, Royal Dutch Shell’s vice president for digitalization and computational research.

Royal Dutch Shell invests heavily in artificial intelligence research and development, which it hopes will address some of its most pressing challenges. From meeting the demands of a transitioning energy market, urgently in need of cleaner and more efficient power, to improving safety on the forecourts of its service stations, AI is at the top of the agenda.

Current programs include implementing reinforcement learning in its system of exploration and mining to reduce the cost of extracting the gas that still drives a significant proportion of its revenue.

During the data strategy development, Daniel Jeavons, Shell’s general manager for data science said “What it means in practice is that we as a data science team are in a great position because we can make our current business more effective, more efficient, more reliable, safer – by applying AI into those settings. But we can also play a role in creating some of the new business models that we want to create, and that’s really exciting because we’re playing our part in taking Shell into the next generation of energy sources, new fuels, and new sources of revenue.”

Shell rolls out AI at its public electric car charging stations elsewhere over its global business to manage the shifting demand for power throughout the day. It also has computer vision-enabled cameras installed at service stations that can detect customers lighting cigarettes–a serious hazard.

Shell will use machine learning to reduce COGS in the short term for predictive maintenance and output optimization. First, Shell can predict when equipment will malfunction then repair it before it fails by gathering sensor data from the equipment in the field. Preventing unplanned downtime of its resources has reduced costs and since implementation has saved around 3.5 million barrels of lost production. Nevertheless, due to the abundance of data, all the above uses of machine learning are valid. Still, the question “Can machine learning be leveraged to eliminate next high risk with less relevant data?” remains unanswered.

 

References:

https://www.ft.com/content/bfbac636-ee8b-11e9-a55a-30afa498db1b?shareType=nongift

https://digital.hbs.edu/platform-rctom/submission/capturing-value-through-machine-learning-shell-adapts-the-era-of-low-oil-prices/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/01/18/the-incredible-ways-shell-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-help-transform-the-oil-and-gas-giant/#2d5b1cc72701

https://www.ft.com/content/d67962d8-c0d8-11e8-95b1-d36dfef1b89a

https://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/overcoming-technology-challenges/digital-innovation.html

https://digital.hbs.edu/platform-rctom/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/11/nynashamnrefinerynight-1100×200.jpg

Social Robots as a part of our daily life

 

Nowadays it is not an extraordinary thing to observe robots around us. Materials handling, picking, packing, painting and other processes  robots, which help in creating new products. Some of them can be used in medicine. Ot, it would be better to mention, more frequently used robots, as window or floor cleaners.

It has always been a fairy tale for humanity that artificial intelligence, interacting with people, can exist. However, it is. Not so much time ago there were created «social» robots that can engage with people and even have their own emotional specter. Not surprisingly that these robots gain information from scientists, taking into consideration their behaviour, reactions to different news, etc. Robots «use artificial intelligence to decide how to act on information received through cameras and other sensors».

Social robots are equipped by various tools which allow them to recognize voices, appearances and plenty of other personal characteristics of every person.

In studies, made in 2015, it was found out that robot didn’t only  behave in the ordinary way, but tried to cheat on his competitors in the game rock-paper-­scissors. «As soon as the robot cheats, it immediately transitions from being an object to being an agent.» Surprisingly , how fast we rose from creating computers and button phones to intelligence like us, who can be not only clever and funny, but foxy and very unpredictable.

The biggest advantage is that social robots can help kids with autism to recover. Autism has become very common illness nowadays, so it is unbelievably awesome, that thanks to modern technologies we can help these kids. So, from the one side, it is a good way to simplify human’s lives.

 

On the other hand,  as it was told  billion times before me, it can reduce number of working places and the need in people at all. According to statistics, consumer robots sales reached almost 6 billion dollars in 2018 and it is expected this number to be increased to 19 billion dollars in the next 6 years.

Despite everything, we have to get used to social robots, walking around city streets, giving us their mechanical smiles, communicating, making jokes and playing with our children.”Robots that engage with people are absolutely the future. There’s no question that’s where robotics is moving,”says Brian Scassellati, director of the Social Robotics Lab at Yale University.

References:

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/01/cover-social-robots

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/new-technologies-2019

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/social-robots-play-nicely-with-others/

Medicine Drone Delivery

Nowadays more and more inventions and developments are aimed at making our lives easier. Sometimes it turnes to be so difficult to force yourself to leave your cozy house to simply buy some food or walk the dog, that it becomes a real problem to cross the threshold. It often happens that daily routine can greatly affect the mood of an ordinary person, for whom a small stroll should not cause  any difficulty. And now imagine a sick person, who lives alone and has nobody to buy him some medicine. What can be worse than the necessity to go to a pharmacy, when it is so hard to get out of bed.

Now the issue is solved, as medicine drone delivery has appeared.
On Nivember 1, UPS drone delivered the prescription medications from a CVS pharmacy in Cary, North Carolina, to a consumer’s home, and to a customer in a retirement community. Medicine was lowered on the ground with the usage of special winch and cable on the hight of 20 feet above the delivery destination.
These deliveries were made by M2 drone developed by UPS partner- Matternet and monitored by a remote operator in case smth went wrong.
UPS and Matternet partnership was established in March in order to deliver medical samples with a help of unmanned drones at WakeMed’s flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The partnership has already logged more than 1,500 drone deliveries at WakeMed.
“UPS is exploring and developing drone delivery in various industries, including some that need drone delivery to homes,” said company spokesperson Kyle Peterson.
Now UPS is planning to expand drone deliveries beyond healthcare facilities.

The main advantage of drone delivary is that it may be useful in rural residential areas where deliveries occur very far apart.

“Drone delivery has huge potential to get urgent or high-value items to exact locations quickly,” France said. “This is a potentially huge advantage in “last mile” delivery — it certainly won’t be viable for long-range deliveries. In the near term, most of the focus is on delivering high-value, urgent cargo, like prescriptions or even transplant organs, faster and — eventually — for lower cost.”

What about you? Do you see any disadvantages of such delivery?

Links:

UPS Chalks Up Another Drone Delivery First

Video:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ups+dron+delivery&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dups%2bdron%2bdelivery%26FORM%3dAWRE&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=0CA41CA4F7222E4B5C670CA41CA4F7222E4B5C67&FORM=WRVORC

 

Virtual Influencers- new best way of marketing?

You are probably aware that influencers these days play a significant role in marketing. They can promote your products by adding photos on their social medias or by showing with them publicly. It really does work, but on the other hand big companies can’t control what a public person is doing. What if an influencer gets embroiled in a scandal? It can ruin brand’s reputation.

That is why, to eliminate potential risks, companies started to use virtual influencers. They are defined as non-human online celebrities and are created by many digital artists. The main companies, which dominate this growing industry are Brud in California and ModelingCafe in Japan. 

 

Lil Miquela

The most popular computer generated image (CGI) influencer is Lil Miquela, which was created by Brud in 2016. Now, with 1,7 million followers on Instagram, she became a great marketing tool. Her posts are full of emotions, she even has a real boyfriend and best friends, which were created by the same company. Furthermore you can listen to her music on Spotify or watch her videos on YouTube.

 

You can follow her on Instagram at @lilmiquela.

 

Shudu

Created by photographer and 3D artist Cameron-James Wilson, Shudu is considered as a first digital supermodel. You can easily mistake her with a real human, because of her fashion campaigns. She can be spotted in photo sessions from all around the world. She worked for brands like Tiffany&Co or Fenty Beauty, but she is most known from Balmain’s Virtual Army.

You can follow her on Instagram at @shudu.gram.

 

Imma

Imma is a Japanese virtual influencer, created by ModelingCafe in 2018. What differs her from other artificial ‚colleagues’ is that her 3D animated head is transposed into the real body and background. 

You can follow her on Instagram at @imma.gram.

 

When it comes to influencers, the most important things are trust and realness. Are artificial influencers willing to give that to the audience? How can they connect with people if they do not feel anything, they do not have emotions? Their posts might sound real, but everyone knows that they are written by someone else.

Isn’t it to much? Maybe we don’t need to substitute humans in every field? Maybe in some business areas we are just better as real human beings? 

 

References:

https://itp.live/content/5994-cgi-virtual-influencers-2019

https://interestingengineering.com/9-virtual-influencers-taking-over-the-internet

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/virtual-influencers 

 

Neuralink – a way of merging Artificial Intelligence with human brain?

As from 2016, Elon Musk started a new company called “Neuralink”, having the threat of AI taking over the world he created the mission of merging it all. Artificial Intelligence and humans brain. What makes it possible is an almost non-invasive surgical operation, by a calibrated robot which implants threads as tiny as 4 μm to 6 μm in width between blood vessels in our brain. For comparison, human hair has 75 μm.Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania neuralink

 

 

How does it work? In shortcut, these threads would be used as electrodes which fire electric signal to impact surrounding neurons in such a way to improve brain capabilities such as better memory, better mathematical reasoning, coordination or to help with things like depression and Alzheimer. Experiments on people are anticipated to begin in 2020. Is it the next step to a dystopian future or a beginning of a big advancement in technological progress for mankind?

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuralink#Electrodes

https://en.27s_breadthwikipedia.org/wiki/Hair%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-vbh3t7WVI

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/elon-musk-at-sxsw-a-i-is-more-dangerous-than-nuclear-weapons.html

https://www.boldbusiness.com/digital/elon-musks-neuralink-brain-chips/

 

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Learning new skills makes you happier

Most of us learning new skills such as driving a car, a new language or another topic in math associate with stress and rather unpleasant experience but… Maybe we should change our attitude in light of an experiment done by researchers at the University of Richmond.
Dr. Kelly Lambert with her team decided to teach rats how to drive miniature versions of cars. This was less complicated than driving in the city center during the rush hours but for rats, we can imagine that it was something completely new. After the process of learning rats hormones where tested and it showed up that every tested object had higher levels of dehydroepiandrosterone which is a natural antidepressant.
It can seem, to be not worth checking out but according to researchers, it might be the right step into discovering a cure for such sicknesses as schizophrenia and depression.

 

Source:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50167812

 

To disrupt the way health is monitored

After battling it out on Centre Stage, the audience cast their final votes. A moment of waiting and… we have it! Congratulations to Nutrix, who were crowned on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2019 tech conference this week, for their innovative solution to measuring glucose in the blood without needles. [1]

Maria Hahn, CEO & Founder of Nutrix, receiving the main prize at Web Summit 2019
Source: https://portugalinews.eu/web-summit-announces-nutrix-as-pitch-winner/%5B/caption%5D

 

Diabetes prevalence

Firstly, we will look at the data. It is estimated that 415 million people are living with diabetes in the world, which is estimated to be 1 in 11 of the world’s adult population. 46% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. The forecast is as follows: the figure is expected to rise to 642 million people living with diabetes worldwide by 2040. [2][3]

 

Nutrix’s vision

This year’s winner of Web Summit PITCH, powered by Siemens is going to disrupt the way health is monitored. Today it is only when you are unwell that you get the information from your doctor. Nutrix wants to give the people a chance to monitor this before. [4]

Nutrix
Source: https://nutrix.tech/%5B/caption%5D

 

Future of glucose monitoring

Currently, Nutrix is developing a high tech nanosensor that is placed on the tooth which detects glucose level in the saliva and transfers information to an external app. Nutrix is invisible, non-invasive, and patient-friendly. Additionally, it will track food intake and provide valuable information for the patient and artificial pancreas algorithms. [4]

Nutrix’s nanosensor technology
Source: https://nutrix.tech/%5B/caption%5D

 

Progress and development

Nutrix is being incubated at University Children’s Hospital Basel and developed at CSEM lab a private, non-profit Swiss research and technology organization.

 

Advantages

It is not the mere fact of monitoring blood glucose that arouses the greatest enthusiasm. It turns out that you can control the level of other chemicals in the same way. The technology proposed by the startup becomes useful not only for people who are sick and their lives depend on the level of specific substances in the blood. It is also an effective way to control the compounds consumed every day.

Correct blood sugar is important not just for diabetics. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can contribute to weight gain and fat deposits all over the body. Therefore, it is a mistake to think that glucose levels should be controlled only by those who have diabetes.

So we get to the point where we can confidently say that the use of Nutrix is ​​an effective way to prevent civilization diseases.

Finally, Nutrix has a long-term vision that goes further than just glucose. This is their current focus, but ultimately the company wants to go into how to monitor the reaction of the immune system. [5]

 

Diabetes and the environment

There are more advantages. Blood glucose test strips are the basic equipment of every diabetic. The strips are used for self-monitoring of blood glucose. They are used once and then discarded. [6]

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lancets are medical wastes called sharps. Sharps can be dangerous to that handling garbage if they are thrown in the regular trash. What is more, many people do not pay attention to the safe disposal of their medical waste. The use of a nanosensor eliminates the need for strips and reduces harmful effects on the environment. [7]

 

Cost-effectiveness

An additional advantage of eliminating the need to use measuring instruments is not only the reduction of harmful effects on the environment. The less intrusive (read needleless) device will be sold at half the price of existing devices.

Invisible, non-invasive, patient-friendly. Good for the Earth and still less costly. There is nothing else to do but observe how Nutrix revolutionizes medicine. Soon, checking how many chemicals you ate during the day will be a matter of opening the app.

Can you imagine all of that data on your mobile device’s screen without the need of doing blood tests?

 

References:

[1] https://portugalinews.eu/web-summit-announces-nutrix-as-pitch-winner/

[2] https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-prevalence.html

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes

[4] https://nutrix.tech/

[5] https://www.eu-startups.com/2019/11/nutrix-glycose-level-measurement-device-wins-pitch-competition-at-web-summit-2019/

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_meter

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK115277/

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A surgery which can help with drug addiction

There are almost 15 million people in the world each year who are addicted to opioid drugs. Some of them can be treated by medicines, behavioral therapies or hospital treatment. For the others, these ways are not working. Because of it, there is another solution. It’s a brain implant.

It is inserted into a human’s body and then brain activity will be monitored by a special team of doctors and addiction experts to see if it’s working. The purpose is to decrease the desire of taking a drug. It is called deep brain stimulation (DBS) and it’s used not only for drug addiction problems but mainly for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorder. According to the article on BBC News, “there are approximately 180,000 people around the world who have brain implants.”

Lately, there was a first brain implant surgery which was approved for drug addiction. A patient is a 33-year-old man, Gerod Buckhalter, who has experienced two overdoses. He is addicted to opioid drugs since he was 18. His surgery was done by doctor Ali Rezai at the West Virginia University Medicine Hospital on 1 November. From now on for the next two years, he will be monitored to see how the implant works on his behavior.

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Minecraft teaches future programmers

This is not a secret that the IT industry is expanding very quickly. It causes a constant growth of demand for programmers. According to the speculations of the European Committee, EU labour market will not meet this demand until 2030. Because of the money earned by beginner programmists, more and more people older than 30 decide to change their occupancy to “junior programmist”. But it still isn’t enough. The solution is to put kids in the world of programming very early, so when they grow up, part of them will fill the shortage on the labour market.

Microsoft came up with an idea to make young people interested in coding. They developed a learning platform which is Minecraft: Education Edition. Of course, computer science is not the only subject, which can be taught via Minecraft EDU. The platform also contains contents for mathematics, art, science etc. The software is not only dedicated to schools, but also for private educators. Many private institutions have made the use of Minecraft education, creating courses for groups of children.

According to Linkedin data, such skills as mobile development or design of user interface will be in high demand in the coming years. Also, there is no doubt that thanks to programming young children can learn a set of other skills such as problem-solving. What is more teaching computer science in schools is recommended, because it allows students to gain information about the continuously developing technology. However not every child finds programming interesting, probably instead of learning it, they would rather… play some computer game. Here comes MINECRAFT: EE, which combines both, fun and learning. Creators of the content of the lessons of PYTHON developed a set of various tasks, which both make children engaged in it and doesn’t make them bored.

Microsoft and Code.org team up to bring ‘Minecraft’ to Hour of Code (PRNewsFoto/Microsoft Corp.)

The problems, which children need to solve are based on in-game issues. For example, they have to create a script, which will display the number of steps every 10 seconds or they have to build a program, which will build a house in Minecraft on its own. Of course, there are also more complex tasks related to some story: one of them shows a real-world use of AI on an example of predicting a chance of fire.

To conclude, thanks to Minecraft, young learners have an opportunity to gain various practical skills, such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, basics of coding, intermediate programming (AI and python) and understanding the technology. However, such an idea has its dark side. Programming is going to be the next subject in students’ schedule, while they already have plenty of them. Is it appropriate to make young students have more obligations?  Maybe we should abandon some other subjects to avoid making youngsters overworked?

references:

1.https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/code-with-minecraft/

2.https://zielonalinia.gov.pl/-/boom-na-programistow-potrwa-do-2030-roku-prognoza-ekspertow

3.https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/coding-education-important-implemented/

4.https://www.giganciprogramowania.edu.pl/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA2ITuBRDkARIsAMK9Q7PTgcrGDuP0XnNLAmT_gYWvDIuXFvuDQSfbmpnSP0lIz4Jonkca-EIaAko1EALw_wcB

5.https://education.minecraft.net/wp-content/uploads/HoC_Lesson-Plan.pdf

6.https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/coding-education-important-implemented/

7.https://education.minecraft.net/lessons/teach-python-with-minecraft-pi/

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