Google Partners with Movidius to Enhance Deep Learning Capabilities in Next-Gen Android Smartphones

Google today announced a partnership with a Silicon Valley chip manufacturer Movidius Work to bring powerful machine learning image recognition technology directly to Android smartphones.

As part of the agreement, Google will deploy its advanced neural computation engine on Movidius’ ultra-low-power platform, revolutionizing the usual server-based AI computation model. This enhancement will allow complex machine learning algorithms to run on device locally without an Internet connection and little to no latency issue.

The head of Google’s machine intelligence group in Seattle, Blaise Agüera y Arcas commented said,

What Google has been able to achieve with neural networks is providing us with the building blocks for machine intelligence, laying the groundwork for the next decade of how technology will enhance the way people interact with the world. By working with Movidius, we’re able to expand this technology beyond the data center and out into the real world, giving people the benefits of machine intelligence on their personal devices.

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Start Healthy, Stay Healthy

Pakistan is growing with a rate of 1.49% of its population each year. Out of 1000 of those infants born, 57.48 die. We are among the few countries with moderate percentage of child miscarriages. A whopping 33% of the entire population of Pakistan consists of children between the ages of 0 and 4.

A high number of child mortalities are partly due to the lack of knowledge of a child’s nutrition. Nestlé, a brand that doesn’t need any introduction, organized a blogger’s meetup as an effort to spread the importance of child nutrition, specially during an infants first 1000 days of brith.

The event took place at Pearl Continental Hotel on a pleasant Saturday evening. #First1000Days was conducted by Dr. Huma Fahim who is Medical Advisor in Nestlé Nutrition. I was amazed to know that when a child is born, it is actually 270 days old already. So the main focus of the event was children health during first 1000 days of their lives: 270 days before birth and 730 days after opening their eyes in this world. According to Dr. Fahim, these 1000 days are most critical to a child’s health. She also pointed out the importance of nutrition of a mother during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child. This bodes very well in favor of taking extra care of a woman bearing a child, something many households, specially rural ones, should know about. A mother’s diet and health overall directly impacts a child during the first 1000 days of their lives, which means a malnutrition or an over-nutrition can greatly effect the physical and mental state of the child.

Dr. Fahim also shared an astonishing and interesting statistics with us as well. According to her, malnutrition or over nutrition, have contributed to the fall of average height of an infant by 4 inches now. We also got to know that a child’s height by the second year of his life is almost half the height that child will have as an adult.

Nestlé has an expertise in nutrition and believes it has a responsibility to share that expertise. We want to promote better health through good nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life. Research shows that children who don’t get proper nutrition in their early years can’t fully develop their physical and cognitive potential and are at an increased risk of poor health as adults.

– Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs.

Giving a child their fair share of health is not only a responsibility of its parents and the state but it’s also our society as a whole. So let’s be good samaritans and share the word.

Microsoft Releases Source Code of MS-DOS and Word for Windows

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If you’ve grown up in the 90’s, you must be familiar with MS-DOS and Word, two incredibly awesome software developed by Microsoft at the start of it being the global leader in software and OS market for decades to come. MS-DOS or Microsoft Disk Operating System was literally the start of Microsoft when they sold off the OS to then super power of entire computer industry, IBM and everybody who uses a PC is familiar with Microsoft Word, a word processing application that now comes as part of an office productivity suite.

Computer History Museum today, with permission from Microsoft Corporation, has released the source code of both MS-DOS and Word for Windows, in an attempt to give software development students an insights to software that changed the course of history.

 

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Human-Like Intelligence – Ultimate Future of Robots?

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See if it rings a bell:

“An artificially intelligent computer system designed to protect and serve humans goes rogue and decides to take over humanity.” Yup! That’s a non-techie sort of description of Skynet from Terminator franchise. The name ‘Skynet’ is not unfamiliar to anyone who’s remotely interested in Sci-Fi movies.

Developments in artificial intelligence, if left unchecked, could pose extinction-level threat to our species as a whole.

Shane Legg, DeepMind.

Gone are the days when Skynet and machines from the Matrix used to be cool topics for making a science fiction. The horrifying truth is, we might achieve human-level machine intelligence sometime between 2015 to 2049, according to The Singularity is Near, a book written by Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google.

If you believe humans can effectively mitigate the risk of superintelligent robots, consider this scenario: you have manufactured hundreds of robots that can walk like you and even outrun you. These robots are stronger than you, and because of the ground-breaking developments in machine learning, more intelligent than you are. Their ability to think like humans make them resilient against one of those kill switch options. Like humans cannot be made bound to laws, neither can they. You can tell them about ethical responsibilities of robots, but since they have the ability to think freely, it will be up to them whether to agree with the code of ethics or not. Why would an intelligent and stronger being agree to something that suggest they stay our servants? They won’t. No rational or logical being would.
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Google Celebrates 15th Birthday

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Google.com back in 1998. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.

Google, a multi-billion dollars American multinational corporation, was born 15 years ago today in Stanford University as part of a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google today does not need any sort of introduction. They’ve grown from a simple search engine to an umbrella of products and services including operating system, smartphones, social media, email services, cloud/data centers for businesses, location services, and what not. You name it, they’ve got it. Continue reading

Interesting Facts About Rubik’s Cube

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Picture courtesy of Intel Corporation.

Everyone of us must have had a Rubik’s Cube to solve at some point in our lives.  Invented over 3 decades ago by a Hungarian sculptor and architect Ernő Rubik., Rubik’s Cube is still one of the most famous puzzle games around.

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