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Antibiotic discovered by artificial intelligence

Thanks to very fast development of artificial intelligence, every day new applications of this technology are being invented. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just discovered a completely new, very effective antibiotic – halicin. It took its name after the HAL 9000 computer from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Halicin, despite its unconventional structure, has a strong bactericidal activity with a very broad spectrum, also against antibiotic-resistant strains. It influences the bacterial cell membrane, disrupting its ability to produce energy.

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In the first stage, the algorithm developed by researchers learned to identify the desired features of a new antibiotic using a database containing detailed information on 2,500 medicines. In the next step, the program analyzed another database containing over 6,000 molecules for potential applications in medicine. Finally, the program selected 99 compounds that were tested in the laboratory. Over half of them showed strong antibiotic effects.

Halicin has been pre-tested on mice only for now. The medicine will soon be included in clinical tests. According to scientists, this is just the beginning of new discoveries. They are planning to use their algorithm to analyze the entire giant database containing about 1.5 billion chemical compounds. Scientists also predict that in the future algorithm will not only analyze exisiting data, but also create new medicines from many components.

Resources: https://mlodytechnik.pl/news

Hyper Poland is looking for funding for next stage of work on the magnetic rail

Hyperloop is a new type of transport enabling people to travel at a very high speed and it’s a combination of a train and a plane. It will allow travel from Krakow to Gdansk in less than 35 minutes at a speed close to the speed of sound. The capsule moves in a special tube in which the pressure is as low as at a height of 10 kilometers, and because of that air resistance is reduced. The vehicle moves without contact with the ground using magnetic levitation.

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Hyper Poland needs 200,000 euro to complete the construction of the magnetic rail demo which was developed in Poland. The first thing that they need to do is to adapt today’s infrastructure to the requirements of the “rail of the future”. Plan assumes that in the first half of 2020 it will be possible to create a full-scale train in one of the railway test centers. Private issue of shares took place on Friday. It was addressed to investors who had previously declared their willingness to support the project. Launch of an open crowdfunding action on the British platform Seedrs was planned for today. Company has already completed most of the research and development work. The result is seven patent applications for elements adapting existing railway lines and tracks to the needs of magnetic rail, as well as for engine technology, propulsion and levitation.

Company representatives say that railways from all around the world are interested in such vehicles. Hyper Poland already has many potential customers who want to watch the demo, for example Austria, Switzerland, Portual, Spain or India.

resources:

https://www.pb.pl/polski-hyperloop-pokaze-sie-swiatu-956277

https://www.hyperpoland.com/pl/

Polish start-up enters the US market

YetiForce, a polish start-up run by Błażej Pabiszczak and Jerzy Kotkowski is a CRM platform for managing relations with customers. To enter the market, YetiForce proposes a free tool with open software. The fast rate of innovation excludes building everything from basics. It is estimated that modern applications contain more than 80% of open source code.

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Their business model means that along with access to the software they also transfer its source code, which allows customers to rebuild and adapt the tool to their own needs. Thanks to this, the company has a fast scale of operation, because it does not waste time adjusting the product to each customer. At the same time, customers are not dependent on the software provider and do not need to be afraid of delays or increasing costs. In a short time, they achieved more than 35 000 customers from more than 100 countries.

The free version of application gives e-mail system, communication modules and a “virtual desk”. Their software also allows you to coordinate accounting and secretariat, supervise projects, marketing campaigns, create a customer, suppliers and partners base and see history of their relationship with the company.  The business model is about offering additional paid services. Start-up has also launched an online shop integrated with its CRM system. In the future, access to this shop’s services will be offered in a subscripition model.

The most famous investor sells his Apple shares

One of the most famous people in business world, Warren Buffet sold his Apple shares worth at least $800 mln. This is only just a part of Apple’s shares that he is controlling.

The infomation was provided by Business Insider. Analyzing SEC documents, we can see that Berkshire Hathaway (investment fund run by Warren Buffet) sold his shares between October and December last year, when one Apple’s share price increased by 30% (from $219 to $294). Buffet’s company still owns more than 245 mln shares valued at $72 billions. That means that he is an owner of 5.4% of total Apple shares.

Warren only sold a small part of his Apple shares, so we can believe that he still sees the company’s investment potential. Probably his fund was just looking for opportunities to diversify its asssets, because Apple still stands for over 32% of Berkshire Hathaway general portfolio. The company has recently made significant investments in the Kroger food network and the biotechnology company Biogen. The investment fund’s portfolio also includes the following companies: Bank of America, Coca-Cola, American Express, Wells Fargo, Kraft Heinz, JP Morgan Chase & Co., USBancorp, Moody`s and Delta Airlines.

Currently, shares of the technology giant cost about $320 per one. Their price has increased in the last twelve months by nearly 90%.

 

Resources:https://innpoland.pl/158147,warren-buffet-sprzedal-akcje-apple-o-wartosci-800-mln-dol

Polish scientists have created a revolutionary bionic pancreas

One year ago, Polish scientists managed to print the first fully vascularized prototype of bionic pancreas in the world using a 3D printer. Despite such great success, they are still working hard on improving the organ. They are planning to open an European Center for Medical Biotechnology in which they could implement a bionic pancreas in real cases. Currently there is no place in Poland where bionic pancreas transplant therapy can be organized.

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In order to achieve this goal, they organized an auction. Charity auction for the Research and Science Development Foundation will take place on March 12, 2020. Instead of standard photographs, unusual photographs taken with a microscope while working on bionic pancreas will be auctioned. Collected funds will be allocated for the construction of the European Center for Medical Biotechnology.

Printing an organ makes patients completely independent of a potential donor. You don’t need to wait for the organ. “Instead, the patient comes, we take cells from him, isolate the appropriate cell fractions, then transform into insulin and glucagon producing cells; we make pancreatic islets from them, put them in a 3D printer and after printing the organ we transplant it to the patient.” – says Michał Wszoła, director of the project. The researchers also point out that developed technology will allow the printing of organs with a tumor, which will allow the study of cancer.

Resources: https://innpoland.pl/158427,michal-wszola-o-bionicznej-trzustce-i-centrum-biotechnologii-medycznej

Technology which Apple got rid off appeared on Android!

Google has just suprised us with another invention – they elaborated technology that will enable smartphones to have “3d touch” without using any special sensors. Technology has been presented by Apple some years ago, but it required expensive screen parts. Google scientists have been thinking about improving this function for years, and now, thanks to machine learning technology and artificial intelligence they were able to develop it.

It was very hard to achieve this technology only by updating software, but thanks to no need for sensors, it is possible that every Android smartphone will have 3d touch after update (if it is still supported). Software trained with machine learning technology is able to estimate pressure by analyzing touch surfaces; as the pressure increases, larger part of the fingertip touches the screen. What is interesting, Apple couldn’t solve this problem only with code and their costs of production turned out to be too high. That is why newest iPhone 11 Pro is the first Apple smartphone since 2016 that is deprived of this function.

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First smartphone to have this new function is Google’s Pixel 4 and “3d touch” impression will be available after newest software update (March 2020). Firstly, function will be available only in several google’s applications, but we can expect that app developers will make use of this technology.

Resources:

3D Touch od Google już działa na Pixelach. Na zwykłym ekranie!

Asseco losing contract worth 15mln Euro

Polish IT company Asseco won competition to prepare electronic vignettes system for Czech Republic. Contract was worth 15mln euro. Unfortunately, Czech programmers didn’t accept decision of their government – they decided to spend the whole weekend coding. As a result, in two days over 60 developers created system that can be part of new e-vignettes system. They gave it to the government for free to show that politics are not allowed to waste public money and organize competition where only big companies can fullfill the conditions.

Due to these confusion, Minister of Transport Vladimir Kremlik lost his job. “Taxpayers’ funds cannot be disposed in this way” said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz. New Minister of Transport said that he got familiar with system developed by programmers and it will be implemented to the whole system. Polish company ensures that all of their operations were legal. Five companies started in competition and they won. Asseco is not going to apply for punishment for Czech Republic, because they always care about good of their customers. Software created by Czech developers is not enough to run the whole system, so Asseco still can have hope for future projects with Czech government.

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Resources: https://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/asseco-straci-kontrakt-za-15-mln-euro-czescy-programisci-za-darmo-przygotowali-platforme-do-e-winiet3

Is keeping files in cloud safe?

Nowadays many people prefer to storage their private files in cloud, not locally.  It doesn’t require your device’s memory and it is considered to be very safe. But it turned out that Google Drive is not the best place to storage your files. Google has just admitted that random users were able to download some of others’ videos.  Their app was incorrectly exporting files to others users’ archives.

The case concerns the period between 21 and 25 November 2019. We don’t know why Google delayed information about data leakage for such a long time.

The problem was that users who were exporting their files with Google Takeout could find others’ videos in imported data. Company says that problem affects less than 0.01% of users, but Google’s services are so popular that 0.01% can be a large group.

This fail violates trust for cloud services, which were expected to succesfully replace keeping files in local memory. It shows that we can never be sure about our privacy and safety when we choose external services and trust big corporations. Unfortunately, Google did not say exactly which users had troubles with their privacy, instead of that they sent short information to every user, so we cannot be sure if anyone had seen our videos. This case doesn’t mean that we should avoid using clouds, but we must take to consideration that mistakes happen and most important data should be stored locally.

Resources:

https://www.spidersweb.pl/2020/02/google-photos-wideo-wpadka.htm**

Pablo Escobar’s brother presents his own smartphone

A new smartphone is coming to the market – Escobar Fold 2. It is part of the trend of folding telephones with flexibles screens. What distinguish it from the competition is its price – it is valued at $399, while for example also flexible Huawei Mate X costs about $2,000. This may be due to the fact that the device is not a proprietary construction, but a wrapped smartphone from China sold under the brand of famous drug lord’s brother.

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This phone has two screens – 4.6 inch external screen and 7.3 inch main screen. Its camera has a total of 5 lenses, of which the main has 12 megapixels. It’s design is very similar to its competitor from Samsung – Galaxy Fold. Device is driven by a processor Snapdragon 855. Battery has a cell with a capacity of 4380 mAh and is charged by USB type C. Fold 2 is equipped with fingerprint sensor on the edge of the device. Smartphone is powered by Android 10, but we still don’t know if it is clean operating system or with overlays.

Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria tries to convince customers with his recognizable name, low price and naked models in commercials. He promotes his product as a “Samsung-Killer”.

 

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Device will be available in sales in March. The manufacturer intends to produce 200,000 units of this model. It will be only available in gold colour. 

 

References:

https://www.escobarinc.com/product/fold2/

https://www.telepolis.pl/wiadomosci/sprzet/rip-samsung-roberto-escobar-ma-nowy-rozkladany-smartfon-chce-pograzyc-galaxy-folda

https://www.spidersweb.pl/2020/02/escobar-fold-2-galaxy-fold.html

New Tesla Cybertruck – 200,000 orders have already been placed but shares are falling anyway

One of the most innovative companies in the world, Tesla, has just presented its latest model – Cybertruck. Despite the extravagant appearance and unbelievable performance, this car will fight mainly on the US market of popular pickup trucks that almost every family in the US has in the garage.

 

“CYBRTRK” is 5,885 m long. For comparison, the most popular car of this type in Poland, Ford Ranger, measures about 5.3 meters. The width of the Tesla is 2027mm and height is 1905mm. One of the most important issues in pickups is the payload. Tesla has not yet revealed how many suitcases we will pack, but we can expect that the trunk will be both at the front and back due to lack of an internal combustion engine.  The interior is very minimalistic and seats up to 6 people.

 

Tesla technology

The most powerful variant with three engines is expected to reach 100km/h in 2.9 seconds, which is faster than many sport cars. The weakest, however, will do the same slower, in 6.5 seconds. Customers will have a choice of three variants that differ in performance and range. The cheapest, valued at $39,900 will travel 400 km on a single charge. The middle, valued at $49,900, will beat 480 km on a full battery. Best one will surprise you with its 800 km range and a pulling capacity of 6.3 tonnes. 

Market

Elon Musk boasts of a huge number of pre-orders without spending a single dollar on marketing. He gave it to memes and an online journalist. Despite this, even the orders placed by the Mexican Police and Dubai Police did not help stop the fall in share prices, which fell by 7% after Cybertruck release.

 

 

Cybertruck will be on the roads in 2021 and then we will see if it is a success,  for now only Elon Musk can take his ride on streets of California.

Internet reaction

Tesla Cybertruck has been a hit on internet since its presentation. There are a lot of memes with its participation, and Internet users also laugh at the failed presentation of bulletproof glass.

 

Sources:

http://moto.pl/MotoPL/7,170318,25445632,tesla-cybertruck-elon-musk-chwali-sie-zamowieniami-akcje.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Cybertruck

http://next.gazeta.pl/next/7,151243,25495891,elon-musk-na-przejazdzce-ulicami-malibu-nagranie-tesla-cybertruck.html

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Marcel Piekarski