Elon Musk’s Tesla builds world’s largest battery in Australian outback

An Australian official confirmed on Friday that the world’s largest lithium ion battery has been plugged into an Australian state grid. It’s creator none other than Tesla whose Chief Executive, Elon Musk had promised he would build it “within 100 days or free.”

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Tesla notes that the battery will help solve the state’s power shortage woes, and assist during summertime peak loads

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced that the battery began dispatching power into the state grid Thursday afternoon.  It provided 70 megawatts as temperatures topped 86 degrees.

“The completion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in record time shows that a sustainable, effective energy solution is possible” –  Tesla

 

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South Australia has been crippled by energy problems, and suffered a state-wide blackout last September

The official launch of the battery came about 60 days after the deal was agreed upon. But more importantly, it came on the first day of the Australian summer. It is the season when power usage soars due to air conditioning use.

Tesla says the battery has the capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour. Even in the event of a blackout. Tesla also added that it is more likely to be utilized to boost supply during peak demand periods.

“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7” – Weatherill

Tesla partnered with Neoen to complete the project. It is more than three times larger than the previous record-holder at Mira Loma, Calif. Musk says “We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the world.”

Learn more about Tesla’s energy project here

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World’s first AI politician is likely to run for election in 2020, Meet SAM

The period of machine language and and AI are upon us, Now it’s time to gaze at SAM, the first AI politician in New Zealand.

Scientists have designed and developed the world’s first artificial intelligence politician, that can answer a person’s questions regarding local issues such as policies around housing, education and immigration. The virtual politician, called SAM, was created by Nick Gerritsen, a 49-year-old entrepreneur in New Zealand

“There is a lot of bias in the ‘analogue’ practice of politics right now” – Gerritsen, SAM’s Creator.

Gerritsen also stated – “There seems to be so much existing bias that countries around the world seem unable to address fundamental and multiple complex issues like climate change and equality,”

 

The AI politician is constantly learning to respond to people through Facebook Messenger as well as a survey on its Homepage

Gerritson hopes that SAM will be advanced enough to run as a candidate during the 2020 elections in New Zealand. However, it is not legally possible for SAM to contest based upon the current law.

“SAM is an enabler and we plan to operate within existing legal boundaries” -Gerritsen

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AT&T and Tech Mahindra Collaborate with Linux Foundation to Spur AI Development

Acumos :

Linux Foundation announced the launch of an open-source AI project which is a collaborative of leading American telecommunication co. AT&T and Indian IT Co. Tech Mahindra.

This open-source project named ‘Acumos’ is a bid to develop the required tools for developer to work on AI projects with ease. Similar to a framework? yeah!

This is a platform with an intention to open up opportunities in the development of AI apps effortless.

With the Acumos Project AT&T and Tech Mahindra are leading the way in bringing the AI and machine learning tools to developer community” said Jim Zemlin, from Linux Foundation. “Making it easy for developers to get involved and to really steer the ecosystem around the project in the direction they want it to go is the key to making the Acumos platform successful.”

While the Linux Foundation support and present Acumos Project, and the contribution of AT&T and Tech Mahindra with the programming codes. Acumos, the extended framework for machine learning programs with ability to edit, compose, integrate, train and deploy the AI microservices.

acumos“Artificial intelligence is a critical tool for growing our business. However, the current state of today’s AI environment is fractured, which creates a significant barrier to adoption,” said Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. “Acumos will expedite innovation and deployment of AI applications, and make them available to everyone.”

Acumos will make artificial intelligence more user flexible, more control and more choices with smart automation and predictive analytics that willAcumos create drone, connect cars and robots.

“Our investment in AI solutions over the past few years is helping us find tremendous opportunity to make it simpler for higher adoption,” said Raman Abrol, SVP & Strategic Business Unit Head at Tech Mahindra. “In collaboration with AT&T, we will help enable enterprises apply AI to reimagine business models, unlock the potential of data and drive business outcomes. Our ultimate goal with the Acumos Project is to accelerate and industrialize the deployment of AI at enterprises and get developers and businesses to collaborate effectively in order to improve how we all live, work and play.”

Acumos will be amplify in the future and it will be able to communicate with home appliances and many more projects and likely we expect a self driving cars and personal computer assistant, it will improve day to day life and enhance the experience.

This project is expected to be available in early 2018.

 

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“Artificial Intelligence could create jobs, not just eliminate them” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Artificial Intelligence software will create lots of job that require human efforts.

In day today life, everyone is relying on technology and it’s getting smarter day by day, that Tesla’s CEO Elan Musk is really scared that Artificial Intelligence will replace the human being, and unlike other tech leaders like Microsoft,facebook everyone disagree.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella? He thinks AI could actually add more jobs for humans — at least among certain demographics.

“We should have a very clear view of what automation does to displacement and we should get to it, but one of the things I also hope is we can take advantage of AI to get more people into the workforce,” Nadella said Tuesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles.

He talked about how AI could help to people who have disabilities, like disorder. He clearly mentioned a camera app from Microsoft, called Seeing, which narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects

“This is enabling someone who works at Microsoft today to more fully participate,” he quoted. “There are several things we can do to emancipate people.”

Microsoft is focusing on AI is one of the three future thinking technology and rest is Augmented Reality which allows us bring virtual objects to reality and facebook is also into this.

Microsoft researcher in Artificial Intelligence are channeling the explosion of digital data and computational power with advance algorithm to enable combined natural interaction between people and machines that increase the human ability to sense,learn and understand

NLP may evoke empathy in machines as well as humans

Technology and innovation are moving at blinding speeds. It may seem like technology is on an ambitious mission to solve all of humanity’s most pressing problems. NLP or Natural Language Processing is an integral piece of the AI puzzle.

That’s because technical problems like jet propulsion or GPS are largely math- and physics-related, which is where computers (and programmers) excel. But solving human problems like employee engagement usually requires empathy. And that’s notoriously hard to codify.

Humans are emotional creatures. Especially when it comes to making decisions. First we feel, then we apply logic. It helps us to justify our emotional response, and, finally, we act. Thus, any attempt to help people make better decisions that doesn’t account for emotional factors is almost always destined to fail.

However, there have been recent advances in artificial intelligence, and especially natural language processing (NLP). We finally have the technological tools for tapping into the power and complexity of human feelings. This approach has major implications for how we design systems, and it’s leading to solutions with more humanistic points of view.

 

Reading between the lines of NLP

For the first time, we’re able to teach computers to understand not only the basics of what people are saying. — by doing things like counting words or looking for specific phrases — but to intelligently “read between the lines”. And get to the true intent and meaning behind our words. This, of course, is an important skill people have acquired over time as a function of empathy.

 

The common “satisfaction survey” is a classic example of technology’s limitations in solving even the most basic questions of how someone feels. In principle, it’s a powerful way to gain an understanding of how people feel about a product or service. In practice, it’s clunky, inaccurate, and long overdue for a remake.

Looking in the mirror

In addition to helping us better understand one another, NLP can also give us a better understanding of ourselves. Language is the most detailed window into our thoughts. Same with our feelings. When technology can begin to understand us as we are (not as how it wants us to be), it can become a true partner. So as to help us discover how best to grow and improve.

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Understanding human emotion is notoriously difficult to code in machines.

Take the dreaded performance review and the various biases that plague it. When you ask people in a work environment whether they might be biased, even subconsciously, they will vigorously deny it. However, studies of performance reviews show widespread, unconscious bias.

To solve the world’s most challenging “people problems,” whether through developing better products or enabling better understanding and more fairness in the workplace, we need technology to demonstrate empathy. When we leverage advances that combine both heart and mind, we can further develop and deliver the people-centric solutions we all deserve.

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Hackers Working For North Korea Operating From India : Claims NYT

North Korea, Everyone knows the country suffering from dictatorship, from the past years the country’s being joke for owned very few machines and having less expertise , however it changed early in 1990’s Jong-il seen potential of computers and began training to his people.

Now North Korea is often seen to be one of the most isolated country in the current world. The country is hyper-connected and it managed to launch an attack on private sector as well as government. Now the most curious part is Indian hackers are involved in this, Hackers are are launching attack from India on behalf of North Korea, reported the New York Times on Sunday.

India’s Involvement

The New York Times reports states a cyber security firm called Recorded future to estimate that around fifth of North Korea’s attack originated from India. The firm says:

” It is clear that North Korea has a broad physical and virtual presence in India.

Characterised by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as a relationship of ‘friendship, cooperation, and understanding’, the data we analysed supports the reports of increasingly close diplomatic and trade relationship between India and North Korea.

Patterns of activity suggest that North Korea may have students in at least seven universities around the country and may be working with several research institutes and government departments.”

the report however it suggest that India might also be a victim with record future detecting an activity might be it targeting the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), However, the report concluded that it “could not confirm malicious behavior” in this regards.

Meanwhile India does maintain a good diplomatic ties with North Korea, and as it’s growing closer to the United States, and government has demoted ties with Kim Jong-Un’s regime. Indian government recently encourage United Nation to ban all trade with North Korea.

Google Pixel 2 Event: Home mini, Home Max, Pixelbook and more

The wait is over! The day for the Google Pixel 2 event has come. It’s a big day for the company, which is expected to reveal its new pair of flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

They’ll be the first new phones from the company in a year, since the original Pixel came out last August. It’s also the first we’ve heard from Google’s hardware team since they sort-of acquired HTC two weeks ago, bringing the team who built the Pixel in-house. Google Home was also a major topic of buzz at the event.

The Pixel 2 is here!

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“The best of hardware, software and AI”

The phones look like we expected: the smaller phone has a rather chunky, iPhone 8-style bezel, but with an OLED screen, while the XL phone has a full-screen display, more like the iPhone X or Galaxy S8. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL revealed with edge-to-edge screen and no home button

“Feel free to choose whichever size pixel you want, because we don’t set aside better features for the larger device”, Queiroz says, in a diss at the iPhones

It comes in two sizes, a 5” and a 6” XL, and we’re back to the buzzwords for today: “the best of hardware, software and AI”. Google’s borrowed an idea from HTC. And you can now squeeze the phone to enable the assistant. Which Ellis does, then takes a selfie.

More interestingly, the Pixel 2 camera has a portrait mode, like the iPhone Pluses, but thanks to Google’s “computational photography”, it can do it with just one camera. That means can take a high depth-of-field image from the selfie camera, as well as the back camera on both the large and small devices.

The Pixel 2 will cost $649, and the Pixel 2 XL $849.

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We think this looks gorgeous!

Both can be pre-ordered today in six countries including US, UK and Australia, though Queiroz didn’t give a shipping date – rumour has it the XL will be shipping considerably later than the smaller Pixel.

To make up for that, perhaps, Pixel 2 owners will get a free Google Home Mini for a limited time.

 

Google Home mini

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The Google mini home looks curvy!
  • Voice Match – how Google Home can now recognise your voice. This way the Google Assistant can bring personal help to each member of your home.
  • It has a new fabric, designed by Google itself, apparently, and can be connected to any chromecast enabled speaker. It comes in three colours
  • If you have a Nest cam, you can ask Google Home to show your camera on your TV if you have Chromecast.

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    The next video doorbell

Basically, Nest has teamed up with Google to integrate Google home with Next products to achieve ease of access and security to lighting, thermostat, and cameras. It remains to see if this is implemented as elegantly as it looks on paper!

Google home Max

The Google Home Max is a supersized version of the smart home speaker.

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Google Home Max is a supersized version of the smart home speaker

 

The tech giant has announced the Home Max, a larger version of its Home smart speaker designed to compete against Apple’s HomePod and Sonos. The Home Max is a stereo speaker running Google Assistant that resembles Apple’s old Hi-Fi speaker from over a decade ago.

“Just like the Pixel reimagined the camera, we’ll do the same with sound,” Chandra says.

Home Max features two 4.5-inch woofers alongside tweeters covered by a fabric speaker grille. It also includes far-field microphones that Google says will be able to hear you when the music is playing.

Google Pixelbook

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Google Pixelbook: Premium Chrome OS convertible with new design, ‘Pen’ stylus

It’s a small, sleek Chrome OS laptop: 10mm thick, 1kg heavy, with a fold-back screen that lets you use it as a tablet. It has a 12.3” touchscreen, and a backlit keyboard, with up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB storage and a 10 hour battery.

You can speak to this laptop too, since it’s the first laptop with Google Assistant built in. To Vokoun’s credit, he acknowledges the weirdness, and the Pixelbook lets you type your request too. It also comes with a stylus: the Pixelbook Pen.

  • Charging over USB-C, there is fast charging with a charge providing 10 hours of usage.
  • Meanwhile, Google Assistant can be activated via the “Ok Google” hotword or by typing through a dedicated key.

“The next big innovation will happen at the intersection of AI, software, and hardware.”

Upgraded Daydream

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The Google VR headset

Juston Payne comes on stage to introduce the upgraded Daydream View headset, with new lenses and new fabrics. It has more than 250 VR titles, and you can now cast your VR experience to the TV. That’ll cost $99.

 

 

Google’s also bringing out some wireless headphones. To make up for the lack

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Google claims it can support real-time translation in 40 languages through the Pixel Buds.

of  headphone jack on the Pixel 2. Called Pixel Buds, they’re not truly wireless earbuds – they’ve got a connecting cable running between the two ears – but they do work directly with Google Assistant.

 

One more thing (Obviously!)

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Google Clips is a tiny camera that uses AI to automatically photograph family moments

One last product from Juston: Google Clips, a lifebloggy-style camera that takes pictures automatically: “turn it on, and it captures the moment, so you can be in the moment.” Stick it to your wall while you’re playing with a pet, for instance, and the camera will snap images when you’re both in frame. It’s “coming soon” for $249.

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What to expect from the Google Pixel 2 event

Google Pixel 2 :

It’s been an year since Google revealed the Pixel. The first smartphone designed and sold by the company, and prided itself on being the best smartphone for Android around. It’s 2017 and the tech giant is gearing up to launch the next generation: The Pixel 2! Google is setting high expectations. Its teaser video makes claims that its phones can solve problems like bad photos, storage, battery life, software updates, and more.

A series of rumors from sources like Android Authority and Droid Life have claimed that Google will be expanding its hardware presence in a big way with new Google Home devices. A new high-end Chromebook, and new Daydream VR headsets are also expected.

It looks like Google’s tech event is going to be one of the biggest tech releases from the company in years.
Here’s what to expect:

New Pixels

It looks like Google has a few products up it’s sleeve to announce at the tech event. Nevertheless, the limelight is expected to be focused on the two new phones to directly succeed Google’s existing lineup: a Pixel 2, and a larger Pixel 2 XL.

Of the two devices, the Pixel 2 XL is rumored to be the bigger upgrade. The larger phone is said to be getting a new screen design with reduced bezels. It reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S8, while the Pixel 2 is will supposedly offer a similar design to the original.

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The leaked images show brilliant design and finish

Android Authority claims to have gotten a hold of the specs for the new devices. Which look like some big improvements across the board. Both phones are said to be getting a similar “squeeze” interaction to the HTC U11. Also included is optical image stabilization for the cameras. The new phones are rated for IP67 water resistance, which would put them on par with Apple’s latest iPhones.

 

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Rumors suggest a beautiful homescreen

Google also seems to be updating the home screen on the new Pixels. If accurate, the new devices will move the search bar from the top of the device to below the main dock, and add a new, minimalistic widget that offers information like calendar and weather.

It seems that Google may be holding off on the release, with the Pixel 2 said to launch on October 19th, while the Pixel 2 XL would be pushed off until November 15th. which if true would mean that Google would have to contend with direct competition from Apple’s iPhone X, which comes out November 3rd.

Return of the High-end Chromebooks

Google Pixelbook is going to be the future of high end chromebooks. It looks to be a successor to Google’s original Chromebook Pixel.

The Pixelbook will sell at the ultra-premium end of the Chromebook market like the Chromebook Pixel. Starting at $1,199, it may come with a separate stylus accessory similar to the Apple Pencil that will cost an extra $99.

Updated Daydream VR

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The updated Daydream VR  looks smooth!

Also expected at the Pixel launch is a new Daydream VR headset. It will probably come in three colors — charcoal, fog, and coral — and a more expensive $99 price point.(versus the current headset’s $79).

Beyond the fact that the headsets seem to exist, though, there’s still not a lot of information as to what the benefits will be with the new model over the original one.

One more thing?

Despite all the leaks, there may be features that are still under wraps. And we at Learn2Create haven’t forgotten Google is a software company first. So here’s to expecting a bunch of surprises!

The Pixel 2 event will kick off on Wednesday, October 4th at 9:30 p.m. IST; 9 a.m. PT; 12 noon ET; 5 p.m. London; 3 a.m. (Thursday) Sydney.

Bow down to the AI God being developed by former Google engineer

Anthony Levandowski is founder of the religious group ‘Way of the Future‘. He wants to create a deity based on Artificial Intelligence for the development of society.

Anthony formerly worked for Google and has worked on projects like Intranet services and Autonomous motorcycles and Driverless cars. Now, the Silicon Valley engineer aims to set up an AI worshiping religious organization. Currently, Anthony Levandowski is at the center of a legal battle betwwen Google’s Waymo and Uber.

His religious organization, Way of the Future, has a startling mission: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence. And through this, contribute to the betterment of the society.”

Anthony co-founded Otto, an autonomous trucking company. Uber bought it in 2016. He was fired from Uber in May amid allegations that the autonomous technology involved were stolen trade secrets from Google. He was grateful for his religious backup project which was registered in 2015.

Requests for details were ignored by The Way of the Future about their all-knowing AI God. But history is witness to the fact that new technology and discoveries have constantly moulded religion. That is, killing Old Gods and giving birth to new ones.

Silicon Valley’s take on religion:

Silicon Valley has always sought peace in technology. they have developed quasi-religious concepts including the “singularity”. It is the hypothesis that machines will eventually be so smart that they will outperform all human capabilities. It will lead to a superhuman intelligence so sophisticated that it will be unimaginable to our tiny, rational brains. People like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned that such systems pose an existential threat to humanity.

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Nirvana Gyrodrive becomes world’s first flying car

The future is here. Nirvana autogyro has developed gyrodrive which is the world’s first flying car. Nirvana Autogyro is an innovative company based in Czech Republic. As global automakers compete to bring the first flying car to market a Czech pilot is trying a different tack and has created the ‘GyroDrive’ – a mini helicopter you can drive.

The unique vehicle is more a ‘copter than a car. And yet has been modified to be able to be driven on the public road. The car has been developed by Pavel Brezina, a pilot who has been in the industry for 30 years.

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Gyrodrive is world’s first flying car.

Prices start at 1.5 million koruna ($63,500, £49,200). They can reach four million koruna, depending on specifications.

‘Everyone is trying to make a high-speed car that can fly, but this is a different thing,’ Mr Brezina told AFP in a hangar at the Prerov-Bochor airport in the eastern Czech Republic.

Nirvana Systems buys gyroplane kits from a German firm, and then assembles and equips them with a system allowing the pilot-driver to switch between a petrol engine propelling the rotors and an electric engine that drives the wheel. The two-seat GyroDrive has a maximum driving speed of just 40 km/h (25 mph). It can take its crew of two on short drives to a petrol station or a hotel.

The pilot, Pavel Brezina, now plans to take his family which consists of a wife and two children, to London on board the Gyrodrive. Meanwhile inventors around the world scramble around working on prototypes of flying cars.

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