Browsing Archives of Author »Autom Tagsa«

Pulse check on virtual and augmented reality

April 19, 2018

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As you are aware, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) have become household names, readily adopted by many from all walks of life as each respectively undergo rapid advancements that many recognize as being transformative. More and more, we see vast applications of these two technologies in diverse areas such as gaming/entertainment, retail, health […]

Braving the blockchain bandwagon

February 5, 2018

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You know you need to pay attention to a trend when you start seeing headlines of scammers cashing in on the action. The excerpt below—sourced from a Medium post—offers an easy-to-understand backgrounder on blockchain: « After the financial crisis of 2008, an unknown person by the moniker Satoshi Nakamoto designed Bitcoin and its original reference […]

Examining the #FakeNews impasse

October 27, 2017

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Whether or not we can call the current state of online fake news an impasse remains to be seen. Although recent events—from allegations of Russian-linked Facebook accounts spending inordinate amounts of money to spread fake stories during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the more recent senseless mass shootings in Las Vegas—continue to expose the […]

Biometrics 101

September 4, 2017

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You can now pay for your KFC order with a smile. But the thing is, would you really want to? A KFC location in Hangzhou, China is testing a payment system using facial recognition through a combination of 3D camera scans and a mobile phone number entry as secondary authorization to mitigate fraud. As biometric […]

AI-driven moderation in social apps

July 4, 2017

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What could be better, right? Finally, a fine example of applied AI that doesn’t feel threatening! Instagram recently implemented this and sure, this sounds like a win-win: applying AI within a practical and useful context that aims to mitigate online meanness and negativity within the app’s social ethos. But why does it all sound too […]

The mesmerizing tech monopoly

June 4, 2017

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A recent post from The Verge, managed to surface one jaw-dropping perspective: By positioning themselves as the platforms on top of which information technology across every sector now runs, these titans of tech become the new centers of gravity for our economy, growing in size, scope, and influence while everyone else struggles not to fall […]

Is AI intelligent enough for business?

March 30, 2017

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An MIT Review article paints a sobering perspective on the current state of AI development as it pertains to business use. While the Google’s and Microsoft’s of Silicon Valley bask in an accelerated pace of tech development, life “outside its force field enclosed” boundaries is quite another story. One of the top researchers at Microsoft […]