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Long-time Apple device manufacturer Foxconn is about to get even closer to Apple — thanks to its acquisition of well-known iPhone accessory maker Belkin. According to a new report, Belkin International will be bought by FIT Hon Teng, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Foxconn for a massive $866 million. The acquisition also includes Linksys and […]

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A Renowned Futurist Says We Should Merge With AI to Protect Humanity

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already besting human intelligence in a number ways. Google and DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero is arguably the greatest Go player in the world, and it learned the game by teaching itself. DeepMind researchers claim they never even reached the limit of the AI’s potential, meaning it could be capable of even more impressive tasks.

AlphaGoZero is just one of many AIs under development across the globe, and as the industry continues to grow, these systems are going to get smarter and smarter. According to futurist Ian Pearson, humanity’s only option if it wants to maintain pace is to merge with AI.

Pearson made this assertion today, February 13, during a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

“The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” said Pearson. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up. The way to protect against that is to link that AI to your brain so you have the same IQ…as the computer.”

Pearson isn’t the first to suggest humans merge with AI. Elon Musk has floated the idea in the past, and he even started a company, Neuralink, to work on developing the technology necessary to make it happen.

Pearson cited Musk’s reservations about developing advanced AI during the panel: “I don’t actually think it’s safe, just like Elon Musk…to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain…and then don’t get way ahead.”

Some foresee such a merger leading to the creation of enhanced humans.

During a World Government Summit panel on Monday, Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity and co-founder of Google X, said he believed AI would eventually make people “superhuman,” and last year, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s chief engineer, said AI would enhance, rather than displace, humanity.

In truth, augmenting humans was on a lot of people’s minds at the World Government Summit, which drew industry leaders, experts, and government officials from around the world.

“Such a gathering has been much needed and will help the international community embrace the enormously positive impact of AI while at the same time getting prepared to mitigate potential downsides,” Cyrus Hodes, Vice President and Director of the AI Initiative, told Futurism.

If Pearson is right, we’ll need all of those powerful minds working together to ensure humans remain in control of AI and not the other way around.

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Renowned filmmaker Steven Soderbergh open to using only iPhones to shoot movies

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Apple turned the iPhone into one of the most used cameras out there, upgrading photo and video quality over the years, and introducing new features that allow the latest iPhones to compete against professional cameras out there.

Acclaimed director and Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh just finished his first iPhone-only movie, Unsane a psychological thriller set to debut in March, and said in an interview that he’s open to shooting movies only on iPhone.

One of the first films shots on the iPhone is Tangerine, a movie that received praising reviews at Sundance a few years ago. Then, iPhone 5s units were used for the project because of financial reasons.

For Soderbergh, meanwhile, who’s used to working on multi-million dollar projects, money isn’t exactly a problem.

“I think this is the future,” he said in an interview at Sundance, IndieWire reports. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.”

A fan of high-end RED cameras, Soderbergh said he found the iPhone offered unparalleled quality. “People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me,” he said.

Asked if he’d commit exclusively to shooting on iPhones, the director said he’d “have to have a pretty good reason not to be thinking about that first.”

“There’s a philosophical obstacle a lot of people have about the size of the capture device,” he added. “I don’t have that problem. I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker, and that I continue having. The gets that I felt moment to moment were so significant that this is, to me, a new chapter.”

Here’s a trailer for Soderbergh’s Unsane:

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Renowned Analyst Predicts All 2018 iPhone Models Will Ditch Touch ID

This year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could be the last Apple handsets to feature Touch ID as an authentication method, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said on Thursday.

Face ID currently offers Apple a competitive advantage over Android phone makers, Kuo said, which could incentivize the Cupertino tech giant to fully embrace its new facial recognition platform. Earlier this month, Kuo said that Apple’s TrueDepth Camera and Face ID are at least 2-and-a-half years ahead of its competition, technology-wise.

“We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation,” Kuo wrote in a research note distributed to clients Thursday evening.

Kuo’s forecast could shift our understanding of what next year’s iPhone lineup will look like. According to recent rumors, Apple could be planning on releasing an entry-level iPhone, an iPhone X and an iPhone X Plus next year. Another report suggested that Apple would ditch the numbered iPhone monikers, and just call each new iteration of its flagship an iPhone or iPhone X.

With Touch ID gone, Apple could opt to implement the iPhone X’s minimal-bezel, full-screen design across its entire iPhone lineup. That means the iPhone 8-style form factor with a dedicated Home button could soon be a thing of the past. Additionally, if Apple does decide to kill Touch ID, that would probably spell the end of its work on an under-display fingerprint sensor.

Currently, it’s not clear what Apple would do as far as Touch ID on its Mac or iPad lineup, but Kuo predicted a few days ago that 2018 iPad Pro models would likely make the switch to Face ID, as well. Of course, Kuo’s forecast — although reputable — is just one opinion about Apple’s future plans. Previously, Kuo said that the fate of Touch ID would be largely reliant on whether or not Face ID was “well-received” by customers. His new prediction suggests that KGI Securities now believes customers will receive Face ID warmly.

In addition, as Apple’s products are known to do, Face ID could shift the entire industry toward facial recognition as a standard. KGI predicts that Android makers, going forward, will scramble to “ditch” fingerprint recognition in favor of a Face ID-style solution.

But despite Kuo’s prediction, Apple may not have completely made up its mind yet. In a recent interview with blogger John Gruber, Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi said — although he believes Face ID represents the future — there are instances where a variety of biometric authentication methods or combinations thereof could “make sense.”

As with all rumors or predictions, it’s important to take Kuo’s forecast with a grain of salt. But, judging by Apple’s history of making daring design decisions (even if unpopular at first), it’s certainly looking likely that Face ID will become the company’s new standard.

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Get Ready. Renowned Bitcoin Trader Says the Currency Will Hit $15,000 in 2017.

Late last week, the price of bitcoin rose beyond $ 3,500, and it currently sits slightly above $ 4,200. While some are skeptical of this steady increase in value, according to an expert observer, it won’t be ending any time soon.

Veteran trader masterluc predicts that bitcoin will be worth $ 15,000 before the end of the year. He believe the cryptocurrency’s current bull run will then continue into 2019, at which point its price will top out somewhere between $ 40,000 and $ 110,000.

Masterluc has historically been adept at predicting bitcoin’s future value. He was able to accurately predict in March 2013 that the crypto would enter into a bear market in November 2013, and then in May 2015, he made a prediction that proved to be just slightly off point, missing the start of the crypto’s current surge by just two months.

Masterluc isn’t the only pundit expecting bitcoin to go from strength to strength. Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs analyst Sheba Jafari predicted that the currency could reach $ 4,800, having previously forecast a high of $ 3,691 as recently as July.

Bitcoin is on a roll at the moment, and predicting when this run will start to drop off is no easy task. Masterluc has a history of being right in his predictions, and many experts agree that the uptick will continue for at least a little while longer, which could have some major ramifications for traditional currency.

Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.

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