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In this episode, AI could be doing the hiring in the future. A massive blow to Uber and Lyft as New York votes to limit rideshares and Zume to receive millions of dollars to perfect their pizza robot. 

Show Notes: 

Employee referrals, still make up the bulk of companies’ hires. This of course tends to leave out the majority of applicants, where their resumes are dumped into the trash, literally and electronically.  

Added to that, recruiters and hiring managers also bring their own biases to the process, often choosing people with the “right-sounding” names and educational background.  

We see these biases in almost every business. If you are looking for a job you can identify with these issues. But that could change.  

Enter AI.  

People who support AI, argue that this technology can eliminate some of these biases. Instead of relying on people’s feelings to make hiring decisions, companies such as Entelo and Stella.ai use machine learning to detect the skills needed for certain jobs.  

Now there is something to be cautious about. Using AI in hiring can also lead to discrimination. The system will only look for what it was programmed to do. It will look for certain qualities and skills only.  

NYC Takes Aim at Rideshares 

With the increase number of rideshares services around the world it might come as a surprise that New York, one of the busiest cities in the world, has voted to cap the number of ride-hailing cars by imposing a year-long freeze on new licenses.  

For Uber and Lyft, this year-long freeze on new licenses in their largest market is the big setback to them.  

If this ruling goes into effect, all it needs is the mayor’s signature, then this will affect Uber and Lyft significantly. But not only that, what about other cities who might want to follow what NYC is doing and put a cap on licenses for ridesharing.  

Companies like Uber and Lyft will lose revenue and people will suffer by waiting longer and even paying more for a ridesharing service.  

Pizza robots 

Robots may be going after our jobs, but they’ll make us delicious pizza while they’re at it. Some exciting news for pizza lovers.  

Zume, a startup that makes and delivers pizza with robots is in talks with Softbank is in talks to invest $500m to $750m in its robot pizza business.  

Softbank has also invested in other food deliver business, in 2016, with Pizza Hut Asia to help distribute their humanoid robots into stores, and more recently they led a $535m funding into meal-delivery app DoorDash.  

Zume currently operates 3 trucks from their Mountain View, CA, HQ, but plans to partner with companies like UberEats in the future. 

Check out my article on the Galaxy Watch. http://itincanadaonline.ca/index.php/mobility/2430-samsung-launches-galaxy-watch  

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In this episode, Marcello Sukhdeo talks about banning the use of smartphones in the classroom. Is it going to help or detract from kids’ education? The screens on smartphones are increasing in size getting close to the 7-inch range. And Google wants to help people with their digital well-being. Sounds ironic, but it has some good features to get us off our phones. 

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A Study done in 2015: "Teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music — nearly nine hours on average, those between the ages of 8 and 12, the average is nearly six hours per day." 

One country is taking a serious step to get rid of this problem in schools - France.  

French lawmakers voted to ban smartphone use in schools. 

Lawmakers decided that students under the age of 15 must leave their cellphones at home, or at least have them turned off during the school day.  

The ban also includes the use of tablets, computers, and other internet-connected devices as well. There are exceptions in place for students with disabilities and for the educational use of devices in the classroom. High schools have the option to go with this or not.  

Huawei 7-inch device 

Huawei is introducing a new phone in its Honor Note series, and this model is coming with the line’s biggest screen yet: just a little under seven inches.  

It comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and storage of 64GB or 128GB. Its huge AMOLED screen has a 1080 x 2220 resolution, putting it a bit over 1080p. The phone has a massive 5,000mAh battery to match its extra-large screen. 

Huawei is launching the Honor Note 10 in China for about $410 USD.   

Google and our digital well-being 

Google is planning to release some new features to help us to see and manage the time we spend on our devices. By doing this, the company hopes that we can better understand our habits, so that we can control the demands that technology places on us in using up our attention all with the aim to help us focus on what matters the most.  

 

 

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In this episode, as Netflix, the world’s leading video streaming continues to dominate, the company is looking to add a new plan for subscribers and it is going to be more expensive. Also, crypto-jacking, you could be mining cryptocurrency for criminals. 

Show Notes: 

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 120 million subscribers in over 190 countries, enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day.  

Today, Netflix offers three packages - Basic, Standard, and Premium. Now the company is looking at adding a fourth option - Ultra. 

Netflix is testing out a new “Ultra” subscription that would up the monthly price even higher than the current premium option $13.99. 

It looks like the Ultra plan would cost $16.99 where you can have four simultaneous 4K streams at once. For those with a premium plan, you know that four streams are already offered on the Premium plan.  

Crypto-jacking  

Criminals can infect devices like smart fridges with untraceable cryptocurrency mining malware. The software uses the smart device’s computing power to mine digital currency, for the third party. 

Cryptocurrency mining makes money. How much money a user can make mining is the amount of computing power they have, so computing power has value. Criminals are using computing power from wherever they can sneak in the malware that does so. This is the new kind of hijacking. 

Robots without the need for cameras 

Most of the robots that were built need cameras to help them function. MIT is trying remove cameras and it seems like they are succeeding. Their Cheetah 3 robot doesn’t need cameras to it see to run up a set of stairs. 

This is a huge development in robotics that can help in many areas to make life a little easier, especially in cases where it is very dangerous for human to go. 

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Facial scan is coming to airports. Are we ready for it? 

In this episode, Marcello Sukhdeo talks about the subject of facial scan at airports. If you are flying to Florida in the next little while you might be subjected to a facial scan. Is this technology ripe and ready for this type of large scale use?   

Show Notes 

Orlando International Airport, the busiest airport in Florida where about 6 million people pass through every year is looking to become the first airport in the US to use facial scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens. 

This is the first airport that will try to scan all passengers. There are some airports like in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington which are already using face scans for some departing international flights, but they don't involve all international travelers at the airports. In the case with Orlando, this program will be expanded to include all passengers.  

The question of privacy comes into play here.  

Prime Wardrobe 

Amazon is looking to expand in clothing. This is an interesting model that Amazon is trying out where they are looking to mimic the experience you get when you go to a physical store. 

YouTube Music service 

YouTube launched its YouTube Music and YouTube Premium services.  

It comes with free and paid options, mobile app and a new desktop interface.   

 

 

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Apple is looking to close the backdoor to your iPhone

In this episode, Marcell Sukhdeo talks about how Apple is working on closing the loophole that law enforcement agencies use to access iPhones. And Microsoft is joining the action to bring us no checkout shopping experience.

Show Notes

When Amazon Go was first announced back in 2016, some people were saying that this could be the future of retail shopping. A time when physical check out through a line up at a store will be replaced with a walk in, pick up and walk out experience.

Now it seems like another major company wants to get into this direction.

Sources have confirmed that Microsoft is in talks with Walmart about a potential collaboration of coming out with its own brand of checkout-free technology.

Apple and the backdoor

Over the years Apple has positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That of course has led to battles with law enforcement officials who want to access the phones of individuals who are deemed a threat.

Apple is closing the technological loophole that let authorities hack into iPhones. This has angered police and other officials and have started a debate over whether the government has a right to get into the personal devices.

Uber and drunk passengers

Uber has filed an application for a patent to use AI that will tell whether a passenger is drunk.

AI will be used to separate sober passengers from drunk ones. According to the application, the technology would be used to spot "uncharacteristic user activity," including passenger location, number of typos entered into the mobile app and even the angle the smartphone is being held.

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In this episode, Marcello Sukhdeo talks about how Apple now provides a way for you to download a copy of all the data the company has on you. Also, you can now whistle your way into a song through a new Facebook AI, and Alexa has recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact.

Show Notes:

Companies, governments, businesses are all collecting data from us. It would be nice to know what these organizations have on us. What sort of data does Microsoft or Google have about me, about you? 

Well, Apple has made it very easy for you to know exactly that.

 The company is giving users the opportunity to download a copy of all the data it has collected from them. This includes information gathered by the App Store and iTunes, information based on your Apple ID account, device information, online and retail store activity, AppleCare support history, and more.

The tool is part of Apple’s new Data and Privacy website, which also allows users to correct any information Apple holds about them, and deactivate their account entirely. 

The new Data and Privacy website, which can be found at privacy.apple.com, is a one-stop shop for users who want to find out what Apple knows about them and you have the option of downloading that data.

Whistling your way to the next Hit with Facebook AI

Facebook AI Research has developed an AI that can convert music in one style or genre into virtually any other. Instead of merely trying to repeat notes or style-specific traits, the approach uses unsupervised training to teach a neural network how to create similar noises all on its own. Facebook's system even prevents the AI from merely memorizing the audio signal by purposefully distorting the input.

Bad Alexa!

As a smart home speaker owner, your worst nightmare is having your private message recorded AND sent to someone without your knowledge. Well, that turned out to be a real-life nightmare for a woman in Portland. Her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a person on her contact list.

The woman said she was alerted to the bug when the person who received the audio clip called to let her know that she has been hacked. The person who received the message was one of her husband’s employees.

By looking at the log, Amazon was able to confirm that what the woman said was entirely accurate. It happened the way she related. The company is looking to fix this.

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The demand for security services is growing around the world. The industry itself is projected to increase by 6 per cent annually over the next few years. With such a growth, Montreal’s tech startup TrackTik Software Inc. is on a mission to provide organizations managing security guards around the world with the tools to run leaner and more responsive automated operations.

In this episode, Marcello Sukhdeo talks with Julie Lacasse, VP of Operations at TrackTik about the future of managing security services.

Recently, TrackTik received a Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ award, ranking it as Canada’s 11th fastest growing technology, media and telecommunications company in recognition of over 1,700 per cent revenue growth over the past four years. The company is also on LinkedIn’s list of the Top 25 Startups in Canada and placing 36th on the Canadian Business 2018 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies. Hear about their secret to success.

Also, Julie talks about the challenges in the industry and what TrackTick is working on to improve their all-in-one software for the industry in data analysis and reporting.

For more information, go to: https://www.tracktik.com.

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127 | AI that can create Flintstones and a robot to assemble your furniture 

 

Remember the Flintstones, there is an AI that can create the 'Flintstones' cartoons from text descriptions. The days of putting together a new piece of furniture from IKEA could be gone soon, a robot can do that for us instead. And what exactly is blockchain? I will share some information on this technology that is growing rapidly across industries. 

 

Show Notes 

 

Looking through pages of instructions and sorting through a bag of screws and bolts to assemble a furniture may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists have spent three years programming a robot - made of arms, grippers, sensors and 3D cameras - which assembled the frame of an IKEA dining chair in around 20 minutes. 

 

They say it may not be long before such robots can fully assemble a piece of furniture from a manual, verbal instruction or by just looking at an image of the finished item. 

 

What exactly is blockchain?  

 

We've been hearing a lot about blockchain and bitcoins and it is a little to grasp what it is exactly. So, I will try to share some information with you, hopefully at the end of this show you will have a better understanding of blockchain.  

 

AI and Flintstones 

 

It can take such a long time to animate cartoons. But what if you could ask computers to do some of the heavy lifting? They just might.  

 

Researchers have produced an AI system, called Craft, that automatically produces The Flintstones scenes based on text descriptions.  

 

The team trained Craft to recognize elements from the classic cartoon by feeding it more than 25,000 three-second clips, each of which included descriptions of who was in the scene and what was happening. From there, the AI only needed a line or two referencing a scene to stitch together characters, backgrounds and props. 

 

 

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In October of this year, Bloomberg Businessweek published a story about an alleged attack by Chinese spies of almost 30 US companies, including Amazon and Apple. The story reveals that the attack was done through microchips from Super Micro that were apparently planted during the manufacturing stage of motherboards that were used in servers. These servers were then sold to many US customers including the US Department of Defense.

In the show today, Marcello Sukhdeo and Johnathan Mansour talk about the ramifications of such an attack and how Super Micro, Apple and Amazon have all denied it. To see the full story from Bloomberg, go to: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies.

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Phone addiction is causing loneliness, anxiety and depression in many, and has been considered in a new study as substance abuse. Some phone vendors are telling Android users that they have the latest security updates while it’s not so. And in search of the perfect voice for virtual personal assistants. All of this on WRLWND Radio for this week.

Show Notes

In a new study published in NeuroRegulation, argues that overuse of smart phones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The study pointed out that, “behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief.”

Android updates

A German security firm found that many Android phone vendors fail to make patches available to their users, or delay their release for months; they sometimes also tell users their phone's firmware is fully up to date, even while they've secretly skipped patches.

The company tested the firmware of 1,200 phones, from more than a dozen phone manufacturers, for every Android patch released in 2017. The devices were made by Google itself as well as major Android phone makers like Samsung, Motorola, and HTC, and lesser-known Chinese-owned companies like ZTE and TCL. Their testing found that other than Google's own flagship phones like the Pixel and Pixel 2, even top-tier phone vendors sometimes claimed to have patches installed that they actually lacked.

Virtual Assistant Voice

IT research firm Gartner predicts that many touch-required tasks on mobile apps will become voice activated within the next several years. So, the voice feature on our devices are becoming more common these days.

In the book Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship, the authors Clifford Nass and Scott Brave explored the relationships among technology, gender and authority.

According to their research, men like a male computer voice more than a female computer voice. Women, like a female voice more than a male one.

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