TECH-A-MOMENT 3: Top 10 Trending tech news.

By Aditya Roy

July 12, 2020

From Cambridge Analytica’s user privacy shenanigans to India becoming the 3rd largest producer of electricity, a lot has happened in past few weeks in lieu of technology across the world. Here is our pick of top 10 tech news in this segment of TECH-A-MOMENT 3: Top 10 Trending tech news. We have a lot to cover so let’s begin…………

1. The Fifth Generation

By the end of this decade the world is ready to embrace the next generation wireless system, the 5G. 

5G simply stands for fifth generation and refers to the next and newest mobile wireless standard based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard of broadband technology, although a formal standard for 5G is yet to be set.

According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) to qualify for a 5G a connection should meet most of these eight criteria:

  1. One to 10Gbps connections to end points in the field
  2. One millisecond end-to-end round trip delay 
  3. 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  4. 10 to 100x number of connected devices
  5. (Perception of) 99.999 percent availability
  6. (Perception of) 100 percent coverage
  7. 90 percent reduction in network energy usage
  8. Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices

Previous generations like 3G were a breakthrough in communications. 3G receives a signal from the nearest phone tower and is used for phone calls, messaging and data.

4G works the same as 3G but with a faster internet connection and a lower latency (the time between cause and effect).

2. Drug discovery using AI

The new AI tool, developed by Marwin Segler, an organic chemist and artificial-intelligence researcher at the University of Münster in Germany, and his colleagues, uses deep-learning neural networks to imbibe essentially all known single-step organic-chemistry reactions — about 12.4 million of them. This enables it to predict the chemical reactions that can be used in any single step. The tool repeatedly applies these neural networks in planning a multi-step synthesis, deconstructing the desired molecule until it ends up with the available starting reagents.

3. Apple plans to relinquish Intel

Apple Inc is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from IntelCorp , Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The initiative, code-named Kalamata, is still in early developmental stages but is part of a bigger strategy to make Apple’s family of devices work more similarly and seamlessly together, according to the report.

While Apple’s reported move away from Intel would be a major shift for its Mac lineup, it follows years of increasing focus on designing its own chips for its devices. The company has been designing its own iPhone processors since the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 and has steadily increased the amount of chip work it handles itself.

4. Google Pixel, Automation

Google is planning to make an aggressive move in India that will include a new mid-range smartphone, a new Pixel phone by Diwali and the launch of Pixelbook soon. Google is also expected to spend a lot on marketing for its consumer products, with plans to take on rivals as Apple, Samsung and Amazon.
On a more conceptual level, Google is also looking to join the intelligent home automation market with its Nest products like a doorbell, alarm system, and smoke detector, hopefully over the next year. The main reason Mountain View is not doing a rapid expansion is the issue of brand recognition – many Indians are still oblivious that the search engine also sells hardware. Redington, official distributor partner of Google, will expand the reach with building offline stores and improving store branding in already existing neighborhood shops.

The news of Google trying its luck in new ventures has caught the eye of automation industry and consumers as well. Thus this news piece makes at 4 in this edition of TECH-A-MOMENT 3: Top 10 Trending tech news

5. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica

Facebook was hit by one of its biggest scandals ever when multiple outlets reported that a researcher’s app pulled personal information about 270,000 users and 50 million of their friends, then passed that data to Cambridge Analytica. The political strategy firm then used that data to power messaging, targeting, and more for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Brexit Leave movement.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zukerberg has took out full-page ads in several British and American newspapers to apologize for a “breach of trust” in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mark also laid out a slate of changes Facebook will make to prevent past and future abuses of user data by app developers. Those include:

  1. Blocking data access of apps you haven’t used for three months or more
  2. Auditing old apps that collected a lot of personal data
  3. Reducing the amount of data apps can pull using Facebook Login without an additional permissions screen to just your name, profile photo, and email address
  4. Requiring a signed contract from developers that want to pull your posts or private information
  5. Surfacing Facebook’s privacy third-party app privacy settings tool atop the News Feed to help people repeal access to apps
  6. Telling people if their data was misued by the app associated with Cambridge Analytica, or apps Facebook bans for misuse in the future. 

Facebook’s contingency plan has raised many questions and left a lot of ambiguity amongst internet critiques and hence make at 5th in this list of TECH-A-MOMENT 3: Top 10 Trending tech news.

6. DuoSkin, MIT Media Lab

The marvel comics fantasy just got real. That’s right. Remember the movie Iron man 3 , where our billionaire superhero implants micro-repeater into his forearm and his futile attempts to donn the iron suit leaves him stunned and all over the place. No we are not discussing the Iron Man 3 movie instead here we are discussing something on the lines of the micro-repeater.   

Designs etched onto the body that can be used to control devices are now a reality. Students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab teamed up with researchers from Microsoft Research to create DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo that can work like a touchpad. It can be made in different designs and peeled off whenever the wearer wants. The tattoo can also be designed to change its colour based on temperature.

7. Virtual Reality Surgery

Most surgical training involves reading textbooks, watching videos, practising on plastic models or cadavers, and assisting in real operations. But this often isn’t enough. According to one estimate, more than 30 per cent of US trainee surgeons are unable to perform operations independently by the time they graduate. The solution could be to get some virtual reality practice.

Osso VR is the leading, validated virtual reality surgical training platform designed for surgeons, sales teams, and hospital staff of all skill levels. Our product offers highly realistic hand-based interactions in an immersive training environments that contain the latest, cutting edge procedures and technology.

Our award-winning training solutions are results-driven, allowing teams and individuals to not only train on the latest in medical device technology, but objectively measure their performance through our proprietary analytics platform and dashboards.

The Osso VR team is currently focused on solving training gaps for orthopedic and spine therapies, but is also expanding into other specialties and procedures.

8. 3rd Largest producer of electricity: India

India now generates around 1,160.1 billion units of electricity in financial year 2017, up 4.72% from the previous year. The country is behind only China which produced 6,015 terrawatt hours (TWh. 1 TW = 1,000,000 megawatts) and the US (4,327 TWh), and is ahead of Russia, Japan, Germany, and Canada.

Total electricity production stood at 1,003.52 billion units in India between April 2017 and January 2018. “Multiple drivers (like industrial expansion and rising per capita income) are leading to growth in power demand; this is set to continue in the coming years,” said a report by the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), an arm of the Indian government’s ministry of commerce.

9. Tesla's Prank

Keeping in tune with the April Fool week, Entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk pulled a prank on the whole world with his Tesla going bankrupt tweet this past weekend.

Musk took to Twitter to announce that the electric car-maker, which has been rocked by bad news, was going bankrupt.

“Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can’t believe it,” he wrote.

He later posted a picture of himself pretending to be passed out with his head on a Tesla Model 3 while holding a sign that read “Bankwupt!”

“Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks,” the tweet said.

10. Robo Dance

A new Guinness record has been set in Italy for the most number of robots dancing simultaneously, where 1,372 tiny humanoids synced many different moves to music. Since 2016, technology companies have been setting up armies of dancing robots and battling it out for the Guinness World Records title ‘Most robots dancing simultaneously’ In August last year, 1,069 ‘Dobi’ machines set a record in China, but the mark has now been raised to 1,372.
The latest record-breaking attempt was organised in Italyusing the Alpha 1S robot which is just under 40 cm tall and made of aluminium alloy with a plastic coating. The humanoids were built by Chinese company UBTECH, which also engineered the first record-breaking dance off in 2016.

There is the list of TECH-A-MOMENT 3: Top 10 Trending tech news….. hope you gained some knowledge from this list. 

See ya soon…

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