Japan Plans Wants Robots to Overtake Work Force and Entertainment By 2050

The Japanese Cabinet has announced an initiative to create a future society as part of the Moonshot Research and Development program.  The main goal of the program is to free people from physical, mental, temporal and spatial restrictions by 2050. By 2030, the government of Japan plans to develop technology for piloting robotic avatars. By combining AI, biotechnologies, and a super-fast network, a single person can control up to 10 avatars simultaneously to perform various tasks from the comfort of their own home and regardless of their physical capabilities.

Shadow Effect Energy Generator – New Breakthrough in Low Cost Technology For All Electronics Charging Needs

Scientists from the National University of Singapore have come up with, assembled and tested a device that converts the contrast in illumination between light and shadow on its surface into electricity; a device called a generator that runs on the shadow effect (shadow effect energy generator — SEG).

The National University of Singapore is a national research university founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School. NUS is the oldest higher education institution in Singapore.

Russia’s Hidden Silicon Valley

The US Silicon Valley is known around the world. However “Silicon Valley” as such does not exist on the map. This is the name of a conglomerate of cities on the peninsula between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose, where the offices of leading global and IT firms are located. The cities are Menlo Park (Facebook), Palo Alto (Quora), Mountain View (Google, Microsoft), and Sunnyvale (Yahoo, Motorola, Microsoft, Juniper, HP, Amazon, LinkedIn). There are many universities in the area as well.

Emerging Tech and Modern IT: The Key to Unlocking Your Data Capital

Our systems, networks, and entire environments today are rich with data, yet we are at the very beginning stages of gaining deeper insights from data and unlocking its real value. IDC forecasts that the global data sphere will grow to 163ZB by 2025. Whether a company is adding sensors to systems and devices in factories, buildings, hospitals, or cities as part of Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives; seeking to improve public safety; or transforming the customer experience through the use of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) systems in combination with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the most immediate consequence for IT teams is an explosion in data being generated that must be moved, stored, protected, and analyzed — and then leveraged and capitalized on.

Russia Blocked Google Bank Account in Russia – Why?

Russia blocked the Citibank account of Google’s Russian Division. The account was officially blocked on February 7, 2020. This means that banks do not have the right to open accounts for organizations and grant the right to use new corporate electronic means of payment for transfers. The decision was made by the IFNS of Russia No. 5 in Moscow (inspection code 7705).

Apple Patent on iPhone in an All-glass Case

A patent has been found from Apple describing the design of the iPhone in a completely glass case. According to the Apple Insider portal the document refers to a device that may seem to be made of a single piece of glass, although in reality it may consist of several pieces connected together.

According to the information from the patent, an iPhone can have transparent side ends and the back panel, which will allow you to equip the smartphone with additional screens that will be visible from the side and back; moreover, these screens, as indicated in the patent, can be touch-sensitive (thus, perhaps, the usual buttons will be replaced by touch areas).

Doom! Putin’s Final Step in Motion to Complete Digital Iron Curtain

The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia.  The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.

IPv6 Market Witnessing Robust Growth

Research Nester has released a report titled “IPv6 Market – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027” which also includes some of the prominent market analyzing parameters such as industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth comparisons, market share comparisons, BPS analysis, SWOT analysis and Porter’s five force model.

Shared Services Market on Healthy Pace

Shared services are dedicated unit including processes, people, and technologies that focuses on defined business functions. It is structured as a centralized point of service and delivery location. Supported by IT and IT services, these functions cater to the requirement for diverse business units within the enterprise. Shared services may involve copious IT processes and business functions and may come from various physical locations. Global Shared ServicesMarket is expected to grow in the forecasted period.

Warning, Russia’s FSB Service to Start Collecting Biometric Data of Foreign Visitors Using New Tech

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR’s KGB. The FSB’s main responsibilities are within the country and include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance as well as investigating some other types of grave crimes and federal law violations.

Making the Invisible Visible: Astonishing Tech that Can See Through Walls!

The new work by MIT researchers “Making the Invisible Visible: Action Recognition Through Walls and Occlusions” will be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), an annual research conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is considered, together with CVPR, the top level conference on computer vision. The conference is usually spread over four to five days. It will take place in Seoul, South Korea, October 27 – November 2, 2019.

Human action recognition is a core task in computer vision. It has broad applications in video games, surveillance, gesture recognition, behavior analysis. The work uses a neural network model that can detect human actions through walls and occlusions, and in poor lighting conditions. Our model takes radio frequency (RF) signals as input, generates 3D human skeleton as an intermediate representation, and recognizes actions and interactions of multiple people over time.  

The paper introduces, RF-Action, an end-to-end deep neural network that recognizes human actions from wireless signals. End to end deep learning is an idea of outputting complex data types from raw features, for example, audio transcripts, image captures.

A deep neural network is a neural network with a certain level of complexity, a neural network with more than two layers. Deep neural networks use sophisticated mathematical modeling to process data in complex ways.

Usually, computer technologies use human poses on video. Algorithms are then used to identify the behavior parameters of the multiple people. The engineers from MIT developed an algorithm that combines multiple parameters: raw camera data transmitted to the neural network, while also creating a skeletal model with the body. Next algorithmic analysis models and chooses appropriate actions. It is also able to identify body movements, such as a hand shake between two people.

To achieve the visual data using a system from multiple cameras, an Alpha Pose algorithm was used, which takes 2D skeletal models and converts them to 3D. Alpha Pose is an accurate multi-person pose estimator, which is the first real-time open-source system that matches poses that correspond to the same person across frames, they also provide an efficient online pose tracker called Pose Flow.

Consequently, to achieve RF scanning through the walls and other obstacles, the engineers designed a transceiver.  A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver that are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing. The transceiver has two sets of antennas oriented vertically and horizontally. Hence, the signals are formed in 2D and the neural network receives multiple images.

Recently, University of California researchers created a method to identify a person through a wall using video and Wi-FI signals. The video-WiFi cross-modal gait-based person identification system XModal-ID has a variety of applications, including surveillance and security. The approach makes it possible to determine if the person behind the wall is the same as the one in a video footage, using only a pair of off-the-shelf WiFi transceivers outside.

The full paper can be read here.

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China’s Draconian Verification Process – Social Credit True Danger

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that from December 2019, it will use facial recognition to control over 800 million mobile internet users. According to China’s laws, a person using any online service needs to be identified. There is no such thing as anonymity in China.

The chronology of the evolution of the Chinese totalitarian laws:

Operation Bernhart – Is Cryptocurrency an Evolved Version for Intelligence Services?

In 1939, Operation Bernhard was a Nazi Germany project to forge British banknotes, counterfeit currencies. Originally, the project was dubbed “Andreas”. A the time the British pound was the reserve currency and was used as a main international payment method.

Nazi Germany needed forged currency to purchase raw materials for their defense industries. Counterfeiting currency was designed to solve German financial issues during World War II and also destabilize the economies of the nations they dubbed as enemies. Additionally, financing of espionage requires the use of foreign currencies. The challenge for the Nazis was to reproduce an identical paper for the banknotes and the watermark matrix. At the time, the task was given to professional counterfeiters, who were serving prison sentences. The process took close to 7 months.

Russia Announces Revolutionary Quantum Computer Working Prototype – There are Defense Applications

Russia has announced the first functioning prototype of the Quantum Computer. The Quantum computing idea began in the 1980s when physicist Paul Benioff proposed a quantum mechanical model of the Turing machine. The field of quantum computing is closely related to quantum information science, which includes quantum cryptography and quantum communication.

Russia’s New JetOS System – Another Step in Cutting Off From the West

The Russian planes МС-21 and SSJ-100 will be equipped with JetOS, a real time Russian made system. The certified version of the JetOS system should be released by the end of this year. The Irkut MC-21 is a Russian single-aisle twinjet airliner, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau and produced by its parent Irkut, a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation.

Global Privacy Extinction – Is Big Brother Watching You?

Since 2014, China has been developing a social score system for its citizens. The official system launch will take place in 2020. A negative score will result in punishment. The criteria include: wrong religion, late payment of taxes, financial loan default, political critique against the current government, smoking, loud music and even the condition of your front lawn. Consequences under the above criteria will include being banned from overseas travel, public transport, hotel stays, etc.

Magnachip Semiconductor Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a second look at an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over three decades and is currently the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company is riding the wave of transition from LED to OLED in the smartphone world. This has paid handsomely as its full year 2018 results can attest (above). In addition, the company’s first quarter also posted continued wins for its Standard Products division.