Cerf's larger point is that pretty much everything is getting connected to the Internet now, and it will change the way you manage your life. Cerf used to joke that some day light bulbs would have their own IP addresses—now they actually do, and he can't tell the joke anymore, he said. People are starting to talk about smart refrigerators, and Cerf described a future where your 'fridge monitors what's inside it and tells you what kinds of recipes you can make. You could also conceivably have a scale that's connected to the same network, and if you're getting a bit tubby your refrigerator might tell you to eat a salad instead of a burger. … [Read more...] about Vint Cerf’s futuristic wine cellar—and what it means for you
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The symbolism is not without value according to the president. “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” he added. “And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.” … [Read more...] about Obama administration rejects Keystone XL oil pipeline
The G614 mutation is part of a cluster of four mutations that appear together, Korber said, so more work needs to be done on what the other three mutations might do. Another important line of work will be testing the genetic variants in animal models that better mimic human transmission. Scientists are working with a number of animals, from ferrets to Syrian hamsters to macaques, to study the coronavirus, but they haven't yet established which animals best represent how the disease spreads from human to human. (Hamsters and ferrets catch influenza much like humans, so scientists hope that they might also be a good animal model for coronavirus spread.) … [Read more...] about A new coronavirus mutation is taking over the world. Here’s what that means.
ICICI Bank has launched a new facility for its retail banking customers. The private sector bank has integrated its AI chatbot ‘iPal’ with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to avail select banking services with a voice command. Announced in the wake of coronavirus lockdown, the novel facility will enable retail customers to connect with the bank while staying indoors. To start using the new services, customers will need to download the Alexa / Google Assistant on their smartphones and link their ICICI Bank account. The linking procedure is secured by a two-factor authentication process. Once downloaded, they can ask Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant-enabled devices to check their savings account balance and other details like due date of credit card bill payment, last five transactions and more. Here’s a step-by-step guide to start ICICI Bank voice banking Download Alexa / Google Assistant app and link ICICI Bank account Open the Alexa / Google Home app In Alexa, go … [Read more...] about ICICI Bank launches voice banking facility for these customers, here’s what it means
What The IMF Report Means For Tech Markets In 2020 Economic growth rates have a strong correlation with tech market growth rates. We still have to update our tech market forecast model to reflect the bleaker economic outlook. But it is safe to assume that global tech market growth in 2020 will be 2 to 3 percentage points lower than the -5% drop (in US dollars) that we had earlier projected for Scenario A (a short 2020 recession) in our April forecast. That means the probability of Scenario B, with its 8%-or-so drop in global tech purchases in 2020 measured in US dollars, is now over 75%. And 2021 is looking like a year with continued weak demand for tech goods and services. … [Read more...] about New IMF forecasts of deeper 2020 pandemic recessions foreshadow weaker tech markets