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The Airbus Vahana flying taxi actually flew for the first time
Posted yesterday by Darrell Etherington (@etherington)
Seems like just yesterday Airbus’ Vahana autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft was little more than a painted concept, but now it’s actually flown, during a full-scale prototype test that lasted just under a minute, and during which the Vahana aircraft was fully self-piloted and fling at a height of 16 feet off the ground.
The Vahana VTOL, which resembles a complicated helicopter or an overground drone, depending on your perspective, is being developed by Airbus Silicon Valley skunkworks A³, and is aiming to eventually become something that can actually offer service to customers and transport people and goods within cities, cutting above traffic and making short-hop trips between strategically placed launch and landing pads.
This first flight is obviously a far cry from a working, commercial passenger drone service, but the successful first flight, which was followed by a second successful flight the next day, is a step in the right direction.
Next, Vahana says it’ll aim to move from being able to hover the vehicle, to being able to have it fly itself directionally, which will obviously be a key ingredient in terms of getting people and stuff from point A to point B.
20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future – Part I
As there are so many amazing things going on worldwide in medicine and healthcare, a shortlist of some of the greatest ideas and developments would give us a glimpse into the future of medicine. It is always a challenge to detect the projects with the biggest potential to be used in everyday medical practices, but here are the most promising candidates for fulfilling this notion.
20 Medical Technology Advances: Medicine in the Future – Part II.
Futuristic medical technologies might change healthcare from the bottom to the top. Here are 10 more technologies that hold the promise for an optimistic future of medicine.
Top 10 Human-Machine Hybrids
32M Becomes First-Ever Company to Implant Micro-Chips in Employees
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Biohacking could be a next big thing in this smart world.
Over two years ago, a hacker implanted a small NFC chip in his left hand right between his thumb and his pointer finger and hacked Android smartphones and bypassed almost all security measures, demonstrating the risks of Biohacking.
At the end of the same year, another hacker implanted a small NFC chip with the private key to his Bitcoin wallet under his skin, making him able to buy groceries or transfer money between bank accounts by just waving his hand.
And this is soon going to be a reality, at least in one tech company in Wisconsin.
Marketing solution provider Three Square Market (32M) has announced that it had partnered with Swedish biohacking firm BioHax International for offering implanted microchips to all their employees on 1st August, according to the company's website.
Although the programme is optional, the company wants at least more than 50 of its employees to undergo the Biohacking procedure.
Like previous bio hacks, the chips will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger, and will also use near-field communications (NFC) — the same technology that makes contactless credit cards and mobile payments possible — along with radio-frequency identification (RFID).
According to the company, the implanted chips would allow its employees to log into their office computers, pay for food and drink from office vending machines, open doors and use the copy machine, among other purposes.
The company CEO has also confirmed that 'there's no GPS tracking at all.'
"We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals," 32M chief executive Todd Westby said."Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."
Interested employees will be chipped at the 32M inaugural "chip party" on 1st August at the company's headquarters in River Falls, Wisconsin.
Three Square Market is considered as a leader in micro market technology, which designs mini-convenience stores using a self-checkout kiosk (vending machines), often found in large companies.
The company has more than 2,000 kiosks in nearly 20 different countries, and it operates over 6,000 kiosks in TurnKey Corrections, the firm's corrections industry business.
While the Biometric information and technology are experiencing an increase in popularity, it also raises widespread concerns around the safety and privacy of people adopting it.
Hackers could misuse the technology used to provide easiness to the public against the public itself, and one should not forget that with the advance in technology, the techniques used by cyber criminals also improves.
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Is 2018 the Year for AI? 2018 Tech Trends and More - Intel
The coming year looks set to be a busy time for developing technologies, covering everything from virtual reality to robotics. Some of the innovations that began to blossom in 2017 have reached a more advanced stage as we move into 2018 and businesses that stay ahead of these tech trends will have a competitive advantage over their rivals.
Perhaps the most important tech trend for 2018 is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Not only will AI continue to help an increasing number of companies to make better business decisions by extracting vital data, it will also be integrated into more consumer devices. The pace of digital innovation will only get faster and all forward-thinking businesses will need to achieve a certain level of AI readiness to ensure that they stay ahead of the pack. The importance of integrating AI into future infrastructure has already been recognised by the newly created Government AI Readiness Index, which reflects how well placed governments are to support AI technology. The report1 currently rates the UK in the top spot, reflecting its strong technology industry and world-leading centres for AI research.
“The pace of digital innovation will only get faster and all forward-thinking businesses will need to achieve a certain level of AI readiness to ensure that they stay ahead of the pack”
AI will be useful to a wide range of sectors from healthcare, retail and sport to manufacturing, logistics and entertainment. This year will also see the rise of conversational AI, the most well-known examples of which are Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistants. We’ll also see voice-controlled purchasing emerging as an additional sales channel. The AI revolution will be powered by technology like the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processors (NNP), which will enable machine learning to extract useful insights from data.
“The Intel® Nervana™ NNP promises to revolutionize AI computing across myriad industries,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in an editorial. “Using Intel® Nervana™ technology, companies will be able to develop entirely new classes of AI applications that maximize the amount of data processed and enable customers to find greater insights – transforming their businesses”.
Along with AI, here are the other key technologies that will create a buzz in 2018:
The 2020 launch date for 5G network connectivity is rapidly approaching and businesses must be prepared. With its fast speeds, low latency and massively boosted data capacity, 5G will be the driving force behind a number of technologies including autonomous vehicles. The next-generation mobile network will enable the transfer of vast amounts of data needed to keep driverless cars moving, including mapping and navigation information, car diagnostics, and real-time traffic data.
As we edge closer to the reality of fleets of autonomous cars on the road, we’ll see more and more driverless vehicle tech emerging this year and beyond. What’s more, as driverless cars become more mainstream and people no longer have to control the cars at all times, a massive amount of time will be freed up for other tasks such as remote working or enjoying streamed entertainment. Intel refers to this huge opportunity as the ‘Passenger Economy’ and predicts that it will be worth $7 trillion by 20502.
“Companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Less than a decade ago, no one was talking about the potential of a soon-to-emerge app or sharing economy because no one saw it coming. This is why we started the conversation around the Passenger Economy early, to wake people up to the opportunity streams that will emerge when cars become the most powerful mobile data generating devices we use and people swap driving for riding.”
With the ability to support billions of connected devices and IoT sensors, 5G networks will also pave the way for the evolution of futuristic smart cities. Super-fast connectivity will allow the gathering of real-time data that will enable town planners and local officials to make better decisions and design more efficient spaces. Not only will this help to reduce pollution and make public spaces safer, it will make services such as parking and shopping more efficient.
Robots are already a staple of the smart manufacturing industry, but 2018 will continue to see the technology branch out beyond the factory floor. This year will see robotics move further towards the mainstream with even more consumer house-bots entering the market. These will include robots aimed at companionship, home assistance and education.
It’s also likely that we’ll see more robotics like the Intel-powered Tally* by Simbe Robotics*, the world’s first robotic autonomous shelf-auditing and analytics solution for retail. AI could well be increasingly integrated into robotic devices, particularly in the service industry, where robots are already used in some smart hotels and retail spaces. The goal is to use AI technology to create robots that are capable of more and more natural interaction with humans.
Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for some years now, but it is finally becoming a widely usable technology thanks to improved hardware and falling costs. Accessed via a Head Mounted Display (HMD), VR is currently largely linked with the video games sector, but it also has many other potential uses, including training, across all sectors. One of the most popular use cases to emerge is in the sporting world, and we can expect to see a lot more of this in 2018.
Not only is VR used as an immersive training tool for professional players, it also enables fans to access immersive behind-the-scenes training with their favourite teams. What’s more, it can be used to enhance the game experience for fans watching at home. Intel® True VR is changing the way people watch sports by capturing each play from a number of angles and enabling viewers to experience replays of the action from their chosen vantage point.
The most powerful VR systems require the user to be tethered to a computer, but the advent of 5G raises the possibility of wireless VR. Headset manufacturers such as HTC have already started to make use of Intel® Wireless Gigabit technology in order to produce headsets that enable users to have much more freedom of movement.
In previous years, there was a tendency for Augmented Reality (AR) to be considered merely as a branch of VR, but the two sectors appear to be gradually diverging. AR involves overlaying computer graphics on top of a real-world view and has made its way into the public sphere thanks largely to the Pokémon Go* craze and the AR face filters from Snapchat*.
Retailers such as Ikea* have started to develop AR apps that show consumers what products would look like in their own home, and the technology is also being used extensively to boost the fan experience across various sports, from virtual face printing camera filters to interactive game day programme covers. These trends are likely to continue, with the popularity of AR being largely driven by its integration with social networking.
Another area set to make waves in 2018 is Mixed Reality (MR), which is a combination of both VR and AR and may also enable users to interact with both physical and virtual objects. "AR/MR is considered to be the next major computing platform, offering a revolutionary technological leap that has the potential to evolve and enhance our digital interaction across industries such as communication, utilities, entertainment and e-commerce,” says Michael Boreham, Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting*3.
Digital Privacy and Security
As digital technology continues to transform every conceivable industry, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the vast amount of data that is gathered by the products and services they use, and how easily it can be hacked. As a result, they expect higher levels of security than before, along with assurances that their data is being stored securely by the companies that they provide it to. This means that businesses are under increasing pressure to ensure that customer data is safe. Enterprises are also faced with the challenge of compliance with new government regulations, such as the UK’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), being introduced in 2018.
This trend towards increased cyber security will drive a move away from traditional passwords to multi-factor authentication and biometrics, including iris scanning and facial recognition. This year is also likely to see more businesses adopting hardware-enhanced security, in place of software-only protection.
The pace of innovation will only get faster, and these are just some of the key technologies that will continue to evolve throughout 2018, with AI likely to be the most influential. Companies that stay ahead of the curve, by considering how these technologies will disrupt their business and how they can be integrated into their operations will have a competitive advantage for the year ahead, and beyond.
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Are You Tuned in? How 5G New Radio Is a Hit for Future Network Connectivity
The introduction of 5G connectivity is set to be truly revolutionary, bringing enormous data capacity, rapid speeds, and incredibly low latency to the mobile networks of the future. As a critical element of the new data economy, 5G will be capable of supporting billions of connected devices, driving the development of autonomous cars, smart cities, and IoT technology.
This next-generation connectivity will enable businesses to gain new insights, streamline their operations, and create new ways to monetise data. 5G will transform industries from healthcare and manufacturing to agriculture and entertainment and with the 2020 5G launch date not so far away, Intel is helping businesses to prepare for the transformation.
Intel is involved in developing a number of technologies that are vital to the future of 5G, including 5G NR (New Radio). This technology standard is the backbone of the next-generation 5G network, just as LTE was for 4G. Making up one element of the complete 5G picture, 5G NR is a global standard for a new air interface that will support all 5G devices, services, and spectrum. It is designed to improve the performance, efficiency, and scalability of current networks, as well as making them more flexible.
“5G can happen only when the network, cloud, and device come together into a powerful end-to-end 5G solution”
In December 2017 an important milestone on the road to 5G roll-out was reached when the 3GPP agreed on the specifications for the first 5G NR standard. The 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) is a collaboration between a number of telecoms partners that aims to make a globally applicable set of standards for 5G. The group has previously worked on standardising systems for 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
The agreement is for Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR, which will enable commercial trials of future 5G technology while the Standalone 5G NR standard is still being developed. “With NSA 5G NR, players across the ecosystem for the first time have rallied around a single internationally recognised specification for 5G radio systems. It provides the technological foundation for the industry to begin testing and commercialising the next generation of wireless services and devices,” says Asha Keddy, Intel vice president and general manager, Next Generation and Standards in an editorial.
Having this standard agreed is useful for businesses, especially telecoms firms and hardware manufacturers, to enable them to prepare for the advent of full 5G. Intel is also helping businesses to prepare for 5G with its 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP). Powered by high-performance Intel® FPGAs and Intel® Core™ processors, the platform supports the new 5G NR standard and enables companies to test their 5G technology in real-world situations.
“We will continue to test and drive results and innovations into the full standalone 5G NR standard, which is expected at the end of 2018”, says Keddy in another editorial. “However, let’s remember that 5G is more than wireless. For it to become a reality, a network transformation is required to replace static, fixed-function equipment with a virtualised, software-defined network. Fortunately, it’s happening already. Leaders in the industry are expecting infrastructures to near more than 50 percent virtualised and realising the benefits of lower total cost of operations and faster service innovation and deployment”.
In November 2017 Intel introduced its first 5G NR modems in the form of the Intel® XMM™ 8000 series, with the first customer devices expected to arrive in 2019. Support for this initial 5G standard will help businesses transition to full 5G in 2020 and beyond. However, this is just one piece of the 5G picture, and other innovations will be needed for a seamless roll-out. “5G can happen only when the network, cloud, and device come together into a powerful end-to-end 5G solution,” says Keddy.
As the first step towards the mobile networks of the future, the agreed 5G NR standard is good news for businesses planning for the months ahead. As the first official standard for 5G connectivity, 5G NR will help to accelerate the development of next-generation networks, giving businesses more time to test and refine their 5G-ready innovations and business models. Companies that stay ahead of the game and develop detailed digital strategies to prepare for the 5G revolution will be well placed to reap the benefits offered by the next generation of mobile connectivity.
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