Dialog Semiconductor chief believes Apple will stay a power management chip customer until 2020

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Apple will continue to be a major customer of Dialog Semiconductor, the chip manufacturer’s chief executive has claimed in an interview, insisting Dialog will continue supplying components for use in a number of Apple products until 2020, despite rumors that the iPhone producer may change how it sources some of its power management hardware.
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The man behind Trump’s Facebook campaign strategy will reportedly run his 2020 campaign

President Trump plans to name Brad Parscale, the digital director of his 2016 campaign, to run his re-election bid, according to the Drudge Report. The Associated Press has since corroborated the report.

Parscale, who started off with the campaign by building its website, became known for commanding an ambitious data project, as laid out in a Businessweek profile from the time. He was also known for his use of social media during the campaign. Businessweek described him as one of the few people trusted with ghost-writing Trump’s tweets.

The campaign’s — and Parscale’s — Facebook strategy has drawn particular scrutiny. As The Verge has reported, Facebook’s system rewards more…

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Samsung starts building new EUV semiconductor line, to invest $6 billion by 2020

Samsung back in September announced that it is working on 7LPP (Low Power Plus) with EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography technology for smartphones that is targeted for initial production in the second half of 2018. Today, as expected, the company has announced that it is building new EUV (extreme ultraviolet) line in Hwaseong, Korea. Samsung will use EUV technology starting with its 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) process. Yesterday Samsung and Qualcomm announced that they have expanded their foundry partnership for on EUV process technology and also said that future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will use Samsung’s 7nm LPP EUV process technology. Samsung said that the new EUV line will enable to strengthen its leadership in single nanometer process technology to meet demand from various applications, including mobile, server, network, and HPC (high performance computing). The new facility is expected to be completed within the second half of 2019 and will be ready for production in 2020. The initial investment in the new EUV line is expected reach USD 6 billion by 2020 and the company said that additional investment will be determined depending on market circumstances. Source
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By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.

Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of our browsing sessions will be voice conducted. In addition, audio-centric technologies such as Apple’s AirPods, Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are…

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Blue Planet II Has Inspired the BBC to Ban All Plastic Containers and Utensils by 2020

When the BBC nature documentary series “Blue Planet II” aired in October 2017, series narrator and naturalist Sir David Attenborough asked that people around the world begin taking plastic pollution more seriously. Plastic is not only affecting animal life, but may even be contaminating our tap water in the form of  tiny particles. If nothing is done, plastic pollution will become even more of an issue than it already is — and it’s huge right now.

It seems the BBC itself has been listening to Attenborough’s pleas: the media company has announced it intends to ban the use of all single-use plastics by 2020. It’s starting the plastic ban with cups and utensils this year, before moving on to plastic containers in 2019. According to the UK news outlet, nearly 2 million plastic cups are used by BBC visitors and staff each year.

“Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single-use plastic,” said Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, in the news article about the plastic ban. “We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether.”

As of Tuesday, February 13, the BBC reports that some of its kitchens have already transitioned to using glasses in place of plastic cups. Later in the month, a coffee cup recycling scheme will be implemented and tested out.

It’s refreshing to see a company as large as the BBC step up and publicly address the plastic issue, but it’s going to take a lot more to reduce the effects of plastic pollution. Fortunately, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to end plastic waste in the UK by 2042, and the EU has launched an initiative to ensure all plastic packaging in the country is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

We may be able to achieve even greater success if we’re able to implement other ideas put forward in recent years, such as engineer Toby McCartney’s desire to use recycled plastic to repair roads, or the plastic-eating caterpillars discovered by Federica Bertocchini.

We’re certainly not desperate for solutions to plastic pollution. It’s simply a matter of utilizing them effectively, and making sure those efforts are maintained.

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Meet the Long-Shot 2020 Presidential Candidate Who Might Make UBI a Reality

Looking to 2020

Andrew Yang is a former tech executive from New York with his sights set on the White House. While Yang may be a bit of a long-shot as a presidential candidate, his unique platform certainly sets him apart. That platform? Automation and the devastating effects that advancing technology could have on our jobs and our lives.

So, what does a man who’s focused on the potential of a robot apocalypse want to initiate for America? Yang’s full platform is still developing, but he is pushing for what he calls a “Freedom Dividend.” This would be a form of universal basic income (UBI) that would provide a monthly stipend of $ 1,000 for all Americans between the ages of 18 and 64.

Yang thinks that this could be an effective buffer for automation-linked job loss. He is especially concerned with job loss as it pertains to self-driving vehicles. “All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society,” he told the New York Times“We’re going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are 94 percent male, with an average level of education of high school or one year of college.”

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Andrew Yang is not the only tech-focused candidate pushing the envelope. Zoltan Istvan, the leader of the Transhumanist party, was a 2016 presidential candidate and is now a California gubernatorial candidate who thinks that we should put science, health, and technology at the forefront of politics. His ultimate goal (or, rather, hope) is to allow humans to live forever. 

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However, Yang’s platform is quite different from Istvan’s. While he is science and tech-focused, Yang is more fixated on building infrastructure to support a society whose advanced technology makes a great percentage of human jobs obsolete. This reality that Yang is planning for sounds futuristic, but it’s already begun, with cashier-less stores, driverless trucks, and much more already integrating into our lives.

Some are concerned that Yang’s ideas involving basic income as a solution for job loss are too liberal to be embraced by conservatives. But Yang, a proud supporter of capitalism, believes that basic income is a necessity if capitalism is to continue in our advancing world. He thinks that this business-driven model could appeal to the left as well as the right, and ease us into the future.

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Analysis: Oracle says autonomy now, AI with everything by 2020

Oracle is automating and AI-enables its cloud platform. But is AI simply the new direct debit? Chris Middleton reports.

Oracle has announced that it is rolling out AI-based automation across its Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud offerings.

The enterprise vendor says that the new machine-learning-based additions will enable its cloud platform and developer applications to self-optimise, maintain, update, and patch.

The move follows the launch of its ‘self-driving’ database last year, and extends Oracle’s autonomous capabilities across much of its cloud product line.

Cutting the drudge

Oracle’s stated aim is to reduce customer costs while enabling in-house IT teams to refocus on adding value to the business – in traditional ‘cloud hype’ style.

“We want to provide autonomous capabilities to eliminate the human labour associated with provisioning, upgrades, backup, recovery, and troubleshooting,” said Amit Zavery, executive VP of product development for Oracle Cloud.

A core challenge with PaaS is that “a lot of patching doesn’t happen automatically and a lot of systems don’t get upgraded regularly,” he added.

Also included in the product refresh are tools to enable developers to add chatbots to applications more easily, with a library of use cases that can be customised.

“Once a user defines the kinds of things he wants to integrate, we can take over connecting systems, doing the mapping, and providing endpoint connectivity,” said Zavery.

Securing the automated cloud

New security tools also use machine learning, said Oracle, and analyse user behaviour patterns to intercept data leaks.

This is in line with the new security trend of behaviour modelling. This is essential in large IoT applications, for example, where it may be impossible to secure a range of smart devices independently.

“The future of tomorrow’s successful enterprise IT organisation is in full end-to-end automation,” said Zavery.

“We are weaving autonomous capabilities into the fabric of our cloud to help customers safeguard their systems, drive innovation, and deliver the ultimate competitive advantage.”

Oracle also announced that it is opening 12 new data centres worldwide.

Another big bet on AI

Oracle is making a big bet on machine learning and autonomy in the same way that IBM has refocused its business on cognitive services and Microsoft is putting AI centre stage.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd emphasised the point on Monday when he predicted that more than half of all enterprise data will be managed autonomously by 2020. “AI will become integrated into everything. It’s not a question of if, but when,” he added. “This has everything to do with macroeconomics, business model strategy, and technology,” he said.

In other words, business innovation and agility will be essential if and when traditional sources of growth dry up.

Which brings us to Oracle itself…

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While its on-premise revenues remain five times higher than those of its cloud portfolio, Oracle’s traditional growth in on-premise tech has hit a plateau. However, its quarterly cloud revenues are up 44 per cent year on year.

So Oracle itself is being forced to get smart. After 10 years of Oracle supremo Larry Ellison slamming the cloud as vapourware, the all-too-public u-turn is complete. In traditional Oracle style, it has simply branded its logo on the cloud and pretended the previous decade was a dream.

But buyer beware. When it comes to the new mantra of ‘AI with everything’, all enterprise buyers of platform, infrastructure, and software services should consider this. As automation grows, transparency and trust will become critical issues, regardless of who the vendor might be.

When any services can simply upgrade themselves or add new features autonomously, who is approving any extra costs and any new vendor revenue streams? In these circumstances, AI could simply become the new direct debit, with all the associated problems that may ensue.

There’s no suggestion that any vendor would use AI to print money for themselves; merely that customers should manage their deals carefully and keep an eye on Ts & Cs.

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Dream Chaser’s first ISS resupply mission launches in late 2020

After years of testing, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft has a launch window. NASA has given the go-ahead to the vehicle's first mission, which is now slated for late 2020. Appropriately, it's a straightforward resupply trip for the In…
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Robots to transform Japan’s social care by 2020

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As a global leader in all things autonomous, it’s no surprise that Japan is looking to robotics to revolutionise social care. But in such a sensitive sector, the barriers to mass adoption may be psychological rather than technological.  

The number of people in Japan aged 65 or older is expected to reach more than seven million by 2025. By that same point in time, the country predicts a shortfall of 370,000 caregivers. So in pure mathematical terms, a workforce of robots ready to fill the void has obvious potential.

However, the greatest challenge is likely to be encouraging communities to embrace the technology.

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Relying on robots to restore independence

Robots have the potential to ease the burden on overstretched social care staff by restoring elderly citizens’ autonomy, believes Dr Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of robot innovation research at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

“Robotics cannot solve all of these issues; however, robotics will be able to make a contribution to some of these difficulties,” he said.

Read more: Stonelin launches IoT trackers for social care and logistics

But there is still much to be done, as outlined in Japan’s overarching Robot Strategy. The report proposes that four out of every five care recipients will have some form of robotic support by 2020.

Currently, robots designed to help lift people in care facilities have been deployed in just eight per cent of the country’s nursing homes, for example.

Hirukawa sees plenty of room for improvement, both in terms of reducing the cost of the technology and fostering an atmosphere of acceptance towards it.

“The mindset of the people on the frontline of caregiving is that it must be human beings who provide this kind of care,” he said. “And on the side of those who receive care, of course initially there will be psychological resistance.”

Among the priorities for Japan’s social care robot development are lifting aids, mobility aids, wearable devices, and bots to support bathing and getting dressed.

Situational robots are preferred to all-around helpers. For example, one robotic mobility aid demonstrated by Hirukawa has built-in sensors that read the lie of the land. In this way, an elderly user could be assisted when on a steep incline, for example, while an automatic brake could help to reduce falls when going downhill.

Read more: Australian researchers partner with Huawei for smart healthcare

Plus: Wearable MRI offers speedy brain scans

In related medical news, San Fransisco startup Openwater has unveiled a wearable device capable of  scanning the brain with a resolution a billion times higher than traditional MRI machines.

The device has been designed to fit inside a simple hat and relies on optoelectronics to build a picture of the brain.

Openwater’s stated ambition is for the device to track the flow of oxygenated blood to different parts of the brain and, eventually, to read thoughts in real time.

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As Malek Murison explains, some of the barriers to robotic social care are cultural and psychological. But there are global implications too. Japan is just one of a number of countries that are exploring robotics, AI, and assistive technologies to help support an ageing population. In the UK, for example, the 65+ population will increase from 12 million today to 17 million by 2035. At the same time, investment in social care is falling in real terms by one-third. But robots must also overcome some serious technological challenges to work in health and social care. Among these are scene awareness, social intelligence, communication, data security, safe autonomy, safe failure, cleanliness, and validation by medical authorities. Last year, UK-RAS, the UK’s umbrella organisation for robotics and autonomous systems research, published an excellent white paper on the subject, which you can find here.


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