Fifth-generation (5G) cellular technology is widely expected to be one of the next decade’s two most important and transformative innovations (alongside AI), and thanks to near-simultaneous network and phone launches in two key countries, this was 5G’s biggest week yet. After years of developing infrastructure and devices, there were finally multiple photo finish winners in the global “race to 5G,” and only one possible loser: Apple. I don’t say that lightly. Apple is unique in being the only major smartphone maker without any stated 5G strategy — no products coming this year, and no confirmed products coming next year. International rival Samsung self-developed and released its first 5G phone. Growing Chinese competitor Huawei self-developed and announced its own 5G device, while numerous other companies are using Qualcomm chips in devices that are coming to market soon, or already out, like the Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod. Unlike some technology … [Read more...] about How will Apple dodge the 5G bullet now that U.S. and Asian networks are live?
Society and technological change
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will launch NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) on Monday at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.NTU, which is one of the most prestigious and top institutions in Asia, has established NISTH to study the impact of technology on human society, as well as to bring industry, government and academics together to find opportunities to enhance the use of technology for the betterment of humanity.DPM Shanmugaratnam, who is also the Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies will visit NTU on Monday and deliver a keynote address on the impact of technology on society. Prior to the launch of NISTH, NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh said that "The global society will continue to undergo rapid changes over the coming decades in response to the accelerating pace of technological progress catalysed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While many of these changes will have positive outcomes for individual … [Read more...] about Singapore DPM Shanmugaratnam to launch NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity
Last week, OpenAI released GPT-2, a conversational AI system that quickly became controversial. Without domain-specific data, GPT-2 achieves state-of-the-art performance in seven of eight natural language understanding benchmarks for things like reading comprehension and answering questions. A paper and some code were released when the unsupervised model, trained on 40GB of internet text, went public, but the entirety of the model wasn’t released due to concerns by its creators of “malicious applications of the technology” alluding to things such as automated generation of fake news. As a result, the wider community cannot fully verify or replicate the results. Some, including Keras deep learning library founder François Chollet, called the OpenAI GPT-2 release (or lack thereof) an irresponsible, fear mongering PR tactic and publicity stunt. Others argued that it’s terribly ironic for a nonprofit named OpenAI to begin closing access to … [Read more...] about AI Weekly: Experts say OpenAI’s controversial model is a potential threat to society and science
Cyberattacks and their potential to cripple critical infrastructure remain one of the biggest risks facing the world today, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned.Both large-scale cyberattacks and mass incidents of data theft feature in the top five most likely risks in the WEF's Global Risks Report 2019. The WEF is an international group that aims to bring business leaders, politicians, and academics together to help shape the global agenda. This is the 14th annual edition of the report, which has been produced with insurance broking and risk management firm Marsh.Cyberattacks and data breaches featured heavily in last year's report, ranking as third and fourth most likely global risks, only finishing behind extreme weather events and natural disasters. This year, massive data breaches and large-scale cyberattacks are ranked as the fourth and fifth most likely global risks, with failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation ranked second behind extreme weather. Natural … [Read more...] about Data breaches, cyberattacks are top global risks alongside natural disasters and climate change
Amazon is working on a massively multiplayer game, but it’s not the World of Warcraft clone you’d suspect. It’s a different beast entirely. The game’s wholly original world mashes medieval, enlightenment, and early industrial themes with a wild frontier. Players set out to conquer this world, alone or together, gathering resources and building small societies. New World uses Amazon’s cloud tech as a backbone on which to build the world, making it possible for hundreds, even thousands, of players to coexist at once. We spoke with three of the game’s developers about why Amazon has backed a game that’s different from mainstream competitors, and how the cloud will be used to expand its scale beyond anything seen before. Matthew S. Smith, Senior Editor, Digital Trends: Just looking at a screenshot of New World makes it clear it’s different from ‘mainstream’ online games. It’s a bold direction for a flagship game … [Read more...] about Can gamers build a society? We’ll find out in Amazon’s ‘New World’