Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Launch A Likely Option For Employee Salary

Facebook is all set to launch its cryptocurrency during this month. Employees behind the project may possibly be allowed to receive salaries in the new cryptocurrency, as per The Information. This is likely to be a game-changer for the company, which is mostly dependent on advertising revenue.

David Marcus, an ex-PayPal executive was charged with seeking out opportunities in blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies, last year. Ever since then, news outlets have written about Facebook’s plan to build a cryptocurrency, which could be exchanged, traded and stored, just like actual money. Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Messenger would enable the currency’s transactions. ATM-like outlets were also being planned where currency purchases could be made by interested users.

Building a more reliable and easier currency, which helps users pay for goods and transfer money between currencies, could allow diversification beyond advertising. Given the company’s 2bn strong user base, spread out across various platforms, this can be a goldmine.  Press, privacy advocates, and lawmakers have criticized Facebook’s information tracking systems used in its ad model.

The developers’ conference saw CEO Zuckerberg highlight payments as its next step. The conference was held during early 2019. However, CFA Wehner and COO Sandberg are still unsure of the project and its viability internally, the report said.

Facebook is considering getting third-party firms and organizations as nodes, which would manage the currency’s operations and provide additional aid, if necessary. To access this privilege, the firms would have to pay $10M.

Cryptocurrency nodes have the necessary computing power that can solve complex mathematical problems. This is used to authenticate and identify transaction legitimacy. Usually spreads among numerous partners and decentralized in nature, Facebook’s plan is to establish a Foundation that consists of its partner who will manage the cryptocurrency.

However, Facebook has officially declined to talk on the issue.


Samsung CEO Claims That Galaxy Home Will Ship Q3 2019

It has been a long road for the Galaxy Home to market. And now, Hyun-suk Kim (Samsung CEO who controls the firm’s user electronics department) has offered yet one more release window for the device: sometime in Q3 of this year, as per media reports.

“The Galaxy Home device, which will be the center of home appliances by Samsung, is projected to be rolled out in mid-H2 of 2019,” claimed Kim, which media explains that other Samsung officials have hinted to the Q3 of 2019.

The Galaxy Home was initially declared in August last year when the firm also launched the Note 9. And while Samsung has displayed the product at different events since then, the firm still has still to launch it. Earlier, DJ Koh (Samsung CEO) had committed an April export date for the Bixby smart device, which the firm missed.

And when reached for an interview earlier, Samsung executives claimed to the media that the firm was “projecting to roll out Galaxy Home in the H1 of this year,” which might have offered the firm a time until the June-end. But on the basis of Kim’s latest statement, it might appear that the firm will not be shipping by then either.

On a related note, in spite of not yet exporting its smart device, Samsung seems to already be operating on a follow-up to that smart speaker. A new filing at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) shows that the firm has a new “AI device” in progress, which seems like a tinnier edition of the Galaxy Home with no legs and a smaller body. It maintains its cauldron-akin shape, and it is probably going to be a cheaper, tinier, peer to the original. There is not a whole lot of data to get here about the original or the mini Galaxy Home device.


Rekognition Tool Failed To Garner Sufficient Opposition Votes At Amazon AGM

There was a shareholder revolt in Amazon for selling their latest facial recognition technology to police. It got less that 3% votes in the yearly general meeting of the firm. The tech giant mentioned that they have regarded the concerns of civil rights. However, they have not yet received any complaints of their clients intervening in people’s privacy and misusing the Rekognition device. In fact, the system would soon receive more security updates.

Previous week, members from both Democrat and Republican parties of House Oversight Committee voiced worries. They said that Amazon’s facial recognition technology as well as others of the kind was installed. A congressman from Democrat party, Jimmy Gomez said that his office had conducted 9 meetings with people from Amazon. They have asked various questions and could not help but be afraid every passing day. Shareholders did not attempt to put a ban on Rekognition and he feels that Congress should take some important decision. Amazon has said that legislators should be in-charge of deciding upon the limitations to put on the technology rather than companies.

In fact, Amazon has also added that there might be prolonged confusions and ambiguities regarding how to apply the current laws on facial recognition technology. However, the company would be helping out the legislators and policymakers in indicating areas where such laws could be introduced. There would also be proper guidance to understand the functioning of the laws.

In the independent vote that was conducted, there were 8.3 million votes to stop governments from using Rekognition. However, that was defeated by 327 million votes supporting the idea. Another vote was also conducted keeping in mind the privacy rights of public. Again, there were 94.2 million votes casted to expel the technology while 239.6 million to keep it intact. Human Rights Watch has recently said that the technology is being used by Chinese police to repress a Muslim ethnic group in China. Megvii said that clients are strictly instructed beforehand not to use it for intervening human rights.


Sony Envisages Clothes With Haptic Feedback For PSVR

Sony may have grander VR ambitions for the PS5 beyond a traditional controllers and headset to allow you play games in a body suit similar to Ready Player One. It filed a copyright for a VR glove having haptic feedback, and recommended it might even bring the technology to other clothing, indicating you could possibly “feel” an in-game product when you use it, get a sense of what it is like to be sacked in Madden, or experience every blow in Call of Duty.

While the copyright is only for gloves, Sony cites that the haptic feedback technology can be employed in “footwear, a hat, shirt, or pants.” The firm is mulling over series of systems to make the haptic feedback operate, such as cooling or heating elements, compressed gas, a motor, and liquid. The systems might certainly operate in concert with PSVR to offer you the correct types of touch feedback at the correct time, although it is not clear whether the present headset might be compatible.

As per the patent, you would be capable of feeling the shape and texture of a virtual object, movement from the product, the pressure you apply on object, and how close it is to a different object. The technology might also be capable of providing touch feedback when things occur to your character, comprising moved, being held, tossed, crushed, felt, dropped, squeezed, rubbed, or pressed, which appears only slightly frightening.

On a related note, bomb disposal personnel will not have to out their lives in danger each time they have to disable an explosive if they can do it using a proxy—such as a robot they can manage distantly. According to the Ministry of Defence in the UK, the British Army has got 4 enhanced bots that can do this type of job. Unlike other devices used for disarming bomb, these ones have “advanced haptic feedback.”


Microsoft AI Generates Realistic Speech With The Help Of Little Training

Text-to-speech chat is turning out to be more and more clever, but there is an issue: it can still take a lot of resources and training time to make natural-sounding output. Chinese researchers and Microsoft may have a more effectual method. They have made a text-to-speech AI that can created realistic speech with the help of matching transcriptions and only 200 voice samples (almost worth of 20 Minutes).

The system depends partially on Transformers, or deep neural networks that approximately imitate the brain neurons. Transformers weigh every output and input on the fly such as synaptic links, assisting them churn even long sequences extremely professionally—say, a complicated sentence. Merge that with a noise-eliminating encoder element and the AI can do a lot with comparatively little.

The outcomes are not ideal with a bit robotic sound, but they are extremely precise with a 99.84% of word intelligibility. More essentially, this can make text to speech more reachable. You would not require spending much effort to get pragmatic voices, putting it inside reach of small firms and even amateurs. This also promises well for the future. Scientists expect to train on unmatched info, so it may need even less work to make realistic dialogue.

On a related note, while the CES presence of LG has majorly been about TVs and robots, it has not forgotten about the other obsession of the tech show: cars. With a self-driving info gathering association with Here maps already in its pocket, not to mention its aims to import WebOS into car dashboards from its TVs, LG’s newest team-up seems like its biggest yet. The Korean firm is tapping on Azure (cash cow cloud service by Microsoft) and AI tech to improve its own infotainment and autonomous driving systems. This was confirmed by media resources as well.