Google open sources Embedding Projector

Google announced that it will open source its data visualization tool, Embedding Projector. It will be used to help researchers visualize data without using TensorFlow.

Embedding Projector helps researchers create a model that can be considered close to a four dimensional model. Since humans, as of now, can’t visualize the fourth dimension, this tool will help using data and vectors.

For a four dimensional model researchers can create a char in PowerPoint using the X and Y axis measurements but as more it gets more complex it gets harder to visualize in the fourth dimension, this is where Google’s Embedding Projector comes in.

 

Amazon will now truck massive amounts of data to the cloud

Amazon has announced a new service to haul massive amounts of data called AWS Snowmobile. The company is storing hard drives full of data in  a 45-foot-long shipping container, which is transported to an Amazon data center to be transferred to Amazon’s cloud data storage services.

Amazon’s existing Snowball service allows secure 80TB storage. This new services allows the transportation of 100 petabytes (1 million gigabytes) of data. Snowmobile attaches directly to the data center, using network fiber to transfer data, which can transfer 1 terabyte of data per second.

While the data is shipped it is secured. All data is encrypted with AWS Key Management Service keys and Amazon offers dedicated security and a vehicle escort to protect the truck and the massive amounts of data. The containers have GPS tracking and video surveillance with cellular and satellite connectivity.

 

Toyota launches V2V communication technology in Japan

Toyota has developed a vehicle to vehicle (V2V) system for use in Japan. The Prius, the Lexus RX, and the Toyota Crown have the option to come with the ITS Connect system.

The communication between vehicles works by using analog channels, which allow the cars to send and receive information such as location and speed. The cars can communicate up to 1000 ft (300m) in a 360 degree radius. The interesting thing is the communication is disconnected from the cloud meaning the cars communicate directly with one another.

The three models are also equipped for vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. This means any object that has the ability to communicate, in this case send out signals using analog channels, can communicate with cars. There are traffic signals that can send information about each color and its relevant action (stop, slow, go) and the time between transitions from each action.

Toyota worked with the government of Japan to promote the technology and to educate citizens about the technology. The benefits include cars being given data about crashes, slow downs, or other important traffic data that can help drivers avoid crashes.

 

Google I/O What to expect

Google I/O is Google’s annual developer conference, a three day conference for developers mto get the latest update from Google on the newest innovations that the company has to offer.

Last year we saw Android M, Android Pay, Google Photos, and Google Cardboard, the company’s VR headset. Here’s what we can expect to see this year.

AI

Lets begin with AI for no other reason than the fact that anyone who is interested in AI has kept up with Google for the past few months. Google has done a lot of work with AI and have persuaded developers to work on their open-sourced AI software. Though the most interesting accomplishment happened when Googles DeepMind AlphaGo AI beat world champion Lee Sedol in one of the most complex games in the world, Go. So it’s not surprising that we might see more innovation from Google on the AI frontier.

Android N 

There’s been a lot of buzz about Android N, the next generation of Google’s smartphone and tablet operating system. Earlier this year in March the company released a developer preview. Android N will have new features such as split-app multitasking, increased battery efficiency, and the ability to reply from within notifications. Like last year we can assume the conference will be heavily influenced by Android N and the latest updates.

Nexus 7

Google recently launched Pixel C, its latest tablet replacement for the Nexus 9. Though it hasn’t had the popularity that Google might have been expecting there have been many rumors that Google would bring back the Nexus 7 tablet.

Chrome OS

Google released its cloud-based operating system seven years go and it has had many mixed reviews, though it’s definitely tilting on the more favorable side for many. We might see new updates to the OS and some integration with Android to create a more single environment.

VR

Its been a big year for reality with so many options from Facebook, Samsung, Sony, and HTC that makes it seem as if Google is falling behind with its Cardboard. Though not to worry as a credible rumor has spread indicating that there will be a new version of Android VR shown at the conference. Which means we might also see more on Project Tango, the experimental augmented-reality software that Google has been working on for some time now.

 

Chirp

It sounds strange at first but when tech website Recode reported last week that Google was designing a competitor to the Amazon Echo code named “Chirp” heads started to turn. Google is already capable of creating advanced virtual assistants and has had made great efforts in voice-recognition, so it makes it all the more likely that Google would create something that it has the ability to create, especially since Google has been developing inside the Internet of Things realm.

Autonomous Cars

In Google I/O 2015 the company announced that its self-driving cars would be driven on California streets. So far there have been great news for self-driving cars, especially Googles’, except for that one incident where an autonomous car crashed into a bus, which was blamed on human error. Google also posted about a potential partnership with Chysler to build autonomous vehicles. We’re sure to see new updates and news for Googles self-driving car.

There are a lot more things to expect from this years Google I/O including Project Tango, Project ARA, Android Wear, Project FI, an update on Nest, and more. Google I/O begins at 10:00 am Pacific Time on Wednesday May 18, don’t miss it! Look out for the app or head over to their official website to watch live streams.

IBMs AI Ross has been hired at a top law firm

A law firm, Baker & Hostetler, has done something risky yet ground breaking, the law firm has hired IBM’s AI Ross, the first artificially intelligent lawyer.

Ross was created by IBM and was built on the popular Watson. Ross is able to read and understand language, create hypotheses when asked questions, do research, and give back responses with references. Ross also learns from experience, can increase response speeds and the more it is interacted with the more knowledge it gains, something that’s becoming very common in modern day AIs.

The website Rossintelligence.com says, “You ask your questions in plain English, as you would a colleague, and ROSS then reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from legislation, case law and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly.”

Baker & Hostetler is one of the biggest law firms in the country and have hired Ross to work on bankruptcy cases. Ross will work as a legal researcher, being able to dig through thousands of legal documents. So while Ross may not be present at court or make legal decisions, the AI will be able to cut the time it takes humans to shift through legal documents.

In addition to Baker & Hostetler there are other firms that are seeking to hire Ross. There are others like Ross out there such as Legal by Lex Machina, which mines public court documents to predict how a judge will rule in particular cases; another is CaseText, which digs through thousands of state and federal legal cases to provide data. There is a trend in creating AI that can help dig through, analyze, and provide relevant information faster than humans can.

This push in AI is already making its way to various markets, not just in tech, therefore its likely that we’ll see a shift in jobs. Take Ross for example, Ross does a faster and one can say will do a better job at analyzing and shifting through legal documents, a job that is often given to recent graduates, which for many can be a stepping stone to better opportunities. While AIs can be very beneficial we are starting to see a shift in job placements, the only problem is that its happening too fast.

 

Microsoft Build the future of AI

You might think an event for developers would be mostly boring. These developer events have gone from dazing to incredibly interesting futuristic spectacles and as the technology advances so do these events. Microsoft Build is one of the biggest developer events, though you might be surprised what they actually have in store for you to see and we’re actually going to do just that. Lets cover one of the most interesting developments: Artificial Intelligence.

Cortana

Hold you horses, you’re thinking first we’ll see Cortana, no Windows 10, no HoloLens, but there’s so much more that Microsoft is doing. Microsoft is really pushing software as constantly stated at the event. The first major update is bots! Microsoft is working to be at the heart of computing, through their intelligent bots. They respond through words to provide you with assistance, no lets not think of Tay, which did not have a great start or end. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said “We want to build technology so it gets the best of humanity, not the worst. We quickly realized it was not up to this mark. So we’re back to the drawing board.” But it did show that bots can learn from humans, granted some very nasty ones. Nadella laid out the bots for everyone with the human language being the UI layer, bots being new apps, which might make them more responsive, and digital assistants being labeled as the new “meta apps.” When we think of digital assistants we think of Cortana, which is a really well done assistant. But Microsoft isn’t stopping at Cortana. Cortana is more of a central, disconnected, AI but now Microsoft is looking at popular services such as Skype to integrate with Cortana and other intelligent bots so for example Cortana can order your food for you. During the demo a bot from Cups and Cakes requests an address for delivery, using Cortana as the mediator the bot was able to obtain location and arrival time which was then forwarded to the user. The most interesting and maybe a bit intrusive, up to you, was when Cortana suggested the user to talk to a friend who was nearby and even came up with an automatic message.

Having integrated intelligent bots would allow for apps to communicate with each other. They run this through the Cortana Intelligence Suite. In past where you had seamless connectivity with your apps, to sky drive, and to many of devices, you did not have a connection between your apps. This would solve this issue. They used a unique take on intelligent bots by creating a Domino’s Pizza bot that can work with various apps and supports natural language.

Cortana is getting an addition or more connectivity, with your Xbox. Cortana will integrate with your Xbox and help you with your searches and provide you with tips, making your Xbox usage more seamless and easier. She’s also getting an update with the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10, where she will be able to identify what you were working on in the past, which places you visited, and help you make calendar appointments through emails and texts. This is something that Google Now does, where it gathers data and provides you with relevant information using various sources such as search history.

These new bots and network of connectivity will change the way users use apps and improve convenience of apps.

China to begin tracking vehicles

China has begun tracking more than 200,000 cars for a new project to decrease crime and accidents from negligent drivers. The program will take place in Shenzhen.

The Chinese government have partnered with China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASC).The CASC develops and manufactures technology such as spacecraft and launch vehicles, it is also China’s space programs main contractor

The program will issue IDs to 8 types of vehicles such as school buses and heavy trucks. These trackers would allow China to gather massive amounts of data to see driving patterns, traffic patterns, and allow vehicles to essentially communicate with other vehicles on the road in real time. The trackers use radio frequency identification through electronic markers to monitor activity.

This type of technology could, however, infringe on citizens privacy, if this program is successful enough to be used across the country. China’s developing at an incredibly fast rate and their race in technological innovation is at a match, which could be used to solve the country’s many problems its facing because of that growth, not to mention the various illegal activities that take place.

 

5D data storage could store data for billions of years

University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) scientists announced on Monday that they have developed a technique for 5D digital data storage that is capable of storing that data for billions of years.

This revolutionary technique works through ultra-fast laser writing and it carves data into a thermally stable disc. The storage allows up to 360 TB per disc, thermal stability up to 1,000°C , and at room temperature it can last 13.8 billion years.

The file consists of three layers of nano-structured dots which are apart by five micrometers and these dots change the way that light travels via glass. This modifies the polarization of light that can be read using both an optical microscope and a polariser, which is an optical filter that allows specific light to be passed through, blocking other light.

SOURCE|Optoelectronics Research Centre, YouTube

This technology was demonstrated first in 2013 by a Southampton researcher team, but at that time storage capacity was 300kb for 5D recording. By three years, they had successfully developed a recording technique and also encoded 5D data storage for important documents of human history such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Peter Kazansky, a professor at the ORC, says: “It is thrilling to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations. This technology can secure the last evidence of our civilization: all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.”

This technology could be a very secure and stable form of portable memory. It will replace the need to store data in the clunky, often failing hard drives. Harddrive.jpg

It can be useful to save and preserve countless historical documents and records from being destroyed or lost.

Researchers will present their research at the SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, USA. SPIE is the International Society for Optics and Photonics. A 5D data encoded copy of the UDHR was also recently presented at the closing ceremony of the International Year of Light to UNESCO in Mexico.