German supplier Bosch has entered the race to connect the world. The company aims to become a leading provider of mobility services, and it created a division named Smart Mobility Solutions in 2018 to fast-track its projects. Championing connectivity and autonomy is easier said than done, even for a company that has over a century’s worth of experience under its belt. Digital Trends sat down with Bernd Heinrichs, the executive vice president and chief digital officer of Smart Mobility Solutions, during CES 2019 to learn more about the company’s vision for a connected future. Digital Trends: 5G is the talk of the show at CES. Does it open up new possibilities for IoT(internet of Things)? Bernd Heinrichs: In my view, I0T consists of four pieces. You have the things that are connected, the data they generate, the processes that analyze it, and the humans who digest it. Everything is connected. 5G is one possible – and I intentionally say one – means of connecting … [Read more...] about Bosch’s smart mobility division chief on connecting the world, 5G, and more
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Musician Imogen Heap might be best known as a solo artist, but don't assume she's a lone wolf. On the contrary, Heap has worked closely with many artists and on many different projects throughout her career. Most notably and recently, she was part of the Grammy-winning production team for Taylor Swift's album 1989, and almost single-handedly created the music for the stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But her most exciting collaboration could be yet to come. Heap, a renowned tech enthusiast, is preparing to launch an app called Creative Passport, designed to verify and connect musicians all over the world, no matter what their niche, so they can find each other and create music together. Creative Passport will let musicians who've made real world connections with each other (and with Heap as she's traveled the world on her latest tour) share their data -- who they are, where they're based -- on a globe. Heap hopes the app gives musicians a toolkit that'll empower them … [Read more...] about Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world’s musicians (Q&A)
For its fearsome size and confident leadership, Facebook seems strangely precarious. Maybe it’s my feeling that something that can grow so big so fast might disappear swiftly, too. Or the sense that world is revving up to take on Facebook. A hearing last week by a grand committee representing nine governments was brimming with anger, as politicians lashed out at an apologetic Facebook underling unlucky enough to be sitting next to an empty chair behind a Mark Zuckerberg placard. One Canadian member of Parliament spoke for the room when he concluded that, “While we were playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California.” All solutions are on the table: fines, regulations, breaking up the company. And as serious as these inquiries may be, the real problem for Facebook is internal, not external. The mythology of Facebook as a well-meaning company doing good by connecting the world didn’t … [Read more...] about The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World
Technical sessions The other key component of Sensors Expo is its comprehensive technical session program, which looks not only sensor technology, but also related implementation issues as concerns over transmitting and protecting the integrity of sensor data grow. Some advanced sensor applications lie in areas such mixed and augmented reality. In Wednesday’s keynote session, Marc Pollefeys, Director of Science for Microsoft, will discuss how sensors are being exploited in mixed and augmented reality applications, including 3D modeling, image and video analysis, gesture recognition, scene understanding, and power-efficient embedded computing. Pollefeys will discuss the use of these technologies in the development of Microsoft's HoloLens and shares his vision on the future of information access and machine-enabled human interaction. The myriad issues involved with collecting and storing data generated by cutting-edge sensors will also be explored in one of Thursday’s … [Read more...] about Connecting The World Through Sensors: Sensors Expo 2018 Preview
In August 2013, Mark Zuckerberg tapped out a 10-page white paper on his iPhone and shared it on Facebook. It was intended as a call to action for the tech industry: Facebook was going to help get people online. Everyone should be entitled to free basic internet service, Zuckerberg argued. Data was, like food or water, a human right. Universal basic internet service is possible, he wrote, but “it isn’t going to happen by itself.” Wiring the world required powerful players—institutions like Facebook. For this plan to be feasible, getting data to people had to become a hundred times cheaper. Zuckerberg said this should be possible within five to 10 years. It was an audacious proposal for the founder of a social software company to make. But the Zuckerberg of 2013 had not yet been humbled by any significant failure. In a few months, the service he’d launched between classes at Harvard would turn 10. A few months after that, he would be turning 30. It was a … [Read more...] about What Happened to Facebook’s Grand Plan to Wire the World?