How Camera Brands Are Keeping Pace with Smartphones

Continuous improvements with phone features have put a lot of stress and emphasis on what camera brands will do to keep up with market competition. Companies like Nikon are taking strategies and adopting certain features that caused people to prefer smartphones over particular cameras. For instance, Apple has made large enhancements with their features and makes the camera so accessible to whoever uses it. Nikon has introduced one of their products known as the Nikon Z 50 which has very similar effects and features to that of the “Night Mode” in relation to Apple and their IPhone’s.

In my opinion, smartphones have amazing effects and features when it comes to capturing photography. However, i would never expect for companies such as Nikon to stop selling products in results to matching excellent competition. For myself, I have never purchased cameras and have always taken pictures with my IPhone, Android, or whatever phone I possessed at the time. Camera brands want to draw attention from the younger generation in hopes that they will purchase their equipment. However, I disagree and feel as if smartphones do not have any competition when it comes to their camera features, lens, and effects.

Refence: wsj.com/how-camera-brands-are-keeping-pace-with-smartphones-11573841501

 

Utilities Targeted in Cyberattacks Identified

The FBI is investigating hackers whom seemed to have fully focused their direction on small small electricity providers. A cybersecurity company located in Silicon Valley noted the suspicious activity back in August. They targeted solely electricity companies that were in close proximation to crucial infrastructure. The FBI completely believes that the hacking could still be ongoing. The utilities were provided with help when it came to scanning their computer networks and monitor their firewalls. The hackers took a “phishing” approach tricking recipients in to opening the emails. The nation’s electricity grid has grown to become one of the favorites in regards to overseas hackers. Most utility companies have started to block themselves from receiving emails from Hong Kong.

In my opinion, cybersecurity is a huge part of our classroom discussion. It was one of the first topics I learned in IST 110. Therefore, I chose this article. Hackers have been a thing since I was born and I have first-hand experience with being “hacked.” Although security has improved tremendously over decades of time, people still find ways to hack into systems and computers and disrupt the functionality of multiple networks. I am confused as to why these hackers targeted electricity providers. However, cybersecurity teams seem to have improved in detecting hacking and other signs of malware.

Reference: wsj.com/articles/utilities-targeted-in-cyberattacks-identified-11574611200

 

Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery

Amazon has uncovered the most recent adaptation of its Prime Air delivery service, a half and half air ship that is equipped for vertical departure and arriving just as continued forward flight. The new automaton utilizes a mix of warm cameras, proximity cameras, and sonar to recognize risks. With the assistance of AI models, locally available PCs can naturally recognize hindrances and explore around them. Amazon is wanting to get FAA endorsement for the plan however. The whole automaton is manufactured either from FAA-endorsed parts or planned in light of endorsement. On the off chance that we’ve learned one thing about automaton conveyance as of late, it’s that the execution of these frameworks is a lot harder than essentially assembling the flying machine. What Amazon has done today is divulge an automaton and given itself another cutoff time. Eventually, we have to check whether it works in the future.

There is much criticism in this big idea from Amazon, they have set deadlines for drone deliveries down to a few months: which is an unrealistic idea. The concept of AI driven delivery with no human interaction is far-fetched, and many skeptics believe this technology wouldn’t be available for decades. There is no doubt that this service will have its flaws and limits, and may require operational and technological changes. However, the entire investment from amazon’s team is pushing the barrier of technology and service to customers. It is key to push against these negative beliefs and skeptics. This “push” of technology from successful companies is pivotal to encourage innovation in our society, and ultimatley benefit us all.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/06/05/amazon-drone-delivery-shopping-giant-unveils-new-prime-air-drone/1358260001/

AI in Business

Building off of my other post regarding the effects of AI in the job market, is the concept of utilizing artificial intelligence in personal business. There have been a lot of improvements in AI as far as intelligent decision making is concerned. Due to the fact that AI is now able to make more intelligent decisions, more businesses are willing to use it, which in turn will create more competition.

With the increase in AI in business, there is more competition. When there is more competition, better products and services can be achieved. With this considered, businesses are opening up to the idea of an AI based market. I think that the advancements in business are great for the creation of new ideas and business models. The more AI progresses, the more competition there will ultimately be in the business world.

Sources:

Larkou, G. (2019, November 18). How To Become An AI-Driven Business. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/11/18/how-to-become-an-ai-driven-business/#67fe1de2491b

Utilization of AI in Medical Fields

The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) has allowed for the growth of many professional fields. As we discussed in class, AI is continuing to shift the ways in which humans go about working. We talked about the ways in which AI may effect schools, nursing homes, restaurants, and just as the article discusses, healthcare facilities.

I believe it will be interesting to see how AI will play a role in the future of medical services. As the article states, common uses of AI currently include: patient diagnoses; stress reducing qualities; behind the scenes work; etc. I personally think it is exciting to see technology evolving in this way, and if it can be harnessed to help aid in medical practices (not completely replace human efforts), then it could prove extremely helpful in the future. AI could have the possibility of detecting anomalies that humans could easily miscalculate.

I also must point out that many of the professionals featured in the article who are helping to evolve AI have stated that they do not wish to replace humans in medical fields. This is one of the most important components of the article in my opinion. There seems to be a growing fear that technology will some day over power human abilities, and will soon replace people in a vast majority of jobs requiring physical labor. I personally do not agree with this assumption. At the end of the day, there are just innate qualities of humanity that cannot be replicated by AI (or at least not currently). This is an important factor when considering the roles that AI will play in the future.

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Link to Resource:

https://apnews.com/49877aba863e4f5199d0a22d68966bcc

Is AI a Job Killer?

As technology improves, so does artificial intelligence. With the increase in the usage of artificial intelligence, questions are being asked as to whether this is a good or bad thing. The main problem with the increase in artificial intelligence is that some people feel as if it is taking jobs away from employees with heartbeats. The more AI advances, some people feel as if it will take away jobs instead of helping enhance job performance.

 

The concept that machines might take over the job market is a scary concept, but I don’t think that this is the case. The more AI systems advance, newer and more forward-thinking jobs will arise. Instead of just taking jobs  away from humans, artificial intelligence will actually assist us in our current jobs, as well as open up new opportunities for us as a society. Artificial intelligence may take away some lower level jobs, but that will just encourage the working class to become more innovative and hard working. I think that the more AI improves, the more we will be able to accomplish.

 

Sources:

Walch, K. (2019, November 23). Is AI a Job Killer or Job Creator? Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/11/24/is-ai-a-job-killer-or-job-creator/#540339fe37e8.

https://www.gigabitmagazine.com/ai/report-predicts-ai-spending-reach-almost-98bn-2023

 

Technology in Hospitality

In class, we learnt about users-center design which put users first in every design stage to create a product that provide satisfying experience while users using the product. The new Stanford hospital take a step to bring technology, including robots and sensor, to make the “hospital more hospitable” (Rosenbush).  The goal of this project is to create a friendly environment and improve patients’ and caregivers’ experiences (Rosenbush). We have known that it would take a long time for nurses or doctors to come to visit our rooms in the hospitals. I think the one reason for this is that hospitals are shorted of stuff to take care their patients. An upgrade in the new Stanford is that patients are able to adjust the room temperature, lighting and window blinds without calling a nurse (Rosenbush). This upgrade really put patients in center that they have control over basic things, so they do not have to feel unconformable when letting a nurse to babysit them. In the same time, the technology increase the productivity of nurses because it releases nurses from “chores” for more important tasks, such as checking patients’ charts, make sure the patients intake pills on time, and helping doctors to save other patients who are in more serious conditions. The patients receive more useful cares, they would be more satisfied during the time in hospitals.

Another innovation, according to Rosenbush, is the Robotic Pharmacy. The robots will replace the pharmacy staff to pack pills for patients’ orders with a bar code, which reduce the human mistake (Rosenbush). This innovation also allows pharmacy staff to do other more complicated tasks, such as “reviewing and interpreting physician orders and detecting therapeutic incompatibilities and advising interventions” (Monster). Technology Innovation in hospitals, not only bring good experiences to patients, can value caregivers’ time and skills even more. For example, nurses help patients to get though sickness by assisting doctors instead of turning on/off the light for patients, and pharmacy stuffs have more time on providing feasible solutions for medicine therapies instead of labeling orders.

Resource:

https://hiring.monster.com/employer-resources/job-description-templates/pharmacist-job-description/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-stanford-hospital-takes-holistic-approach-to-technology-1157390560

Using Sensors That Can Track Medical Packages at All Times

In early of this semester, we had discussed Internet of Things that devices connect to the Internet to help people monitor things, such as house thermometer to monitor temperature of house via a smart phone. UPS sees the advantage of using “near real-time” logistics technology via sensors and data analytics in health-related supplies (Castellanos). The purpose of using the technology is that to deliver medical supplies, such as “personalized medicines, DNA and gene therapies, investigative drugs, laboratory specimens and implantable medical devices”, on time at a desired location, even under the bad factors which would cause delay (Castellanos). The time period for delivering become visible to UPS employees because the data, sent by sensors, shows where is the items at any given time. This is a huge benefit to delivery services that it allows UPS employees can react accordingly to unforeseen accidents faster than before.

When delivering a medical product, the speed of delivery is crucial. The “precision logistics” would greatly reduce the potential delay and damage (physically or due to a long period of time), and delivers the item at the right time and place every time (Castellanos). For example, one medical item is physically damaged during the shipping, and the sensors send out the information to inform employees that they need to ship a new machine in order to shorten the delay. In addition, the sensors and electronic readers work together to sort items in distribution operations to prioritize the items and support flexibility in the process of delivery. For example, if the original route encounters a rainstorm, UPS staffs can identify the item, the location of the item, and change route to deliver from another route to make sure the item arrives on time to save lives. I believe this advance in distribution and supply chain, not only in health care industry, will greatly reduce the waiting time by manipulating routes and priorities of items. At the same time, it delivers items in perfect forms to customers. Also, it increases the trust from customers to delivery services and decreases the complaints of receiving damaged products.

 

Resource:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ups-to-use-sensors-that-can-track-medical-packages-at-all-times-11574290178

New SpaceX’s progress to 2020 launch

Progress in SpaceX’s rocket called Crew Dragon completed a series of static- fire engine test on Wednesday, according to NASA. In the experiment, the capule’s thrusters are tested to see if it can sustain when the process of orbiting occurs. This experiment was an Intense for SpaceX and NASA, due to an explosion caused by the fail test in April, forcing a redesign for SpaceX, and the hard work paid off. The test is a huge positive sign as  the Crew Dragon will still need more work to do to prove it can handle launch emergency before we send human in space. SpaceX and NASA are hoping that they can launch astronauts to ISS in the beginning of 2020. (Kooser, 2019)

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This is a positive sign for commercial space traveling, as Elon Musk desired. The test is a huge milestone for the current progress. As 2020 is coming closer, we can look forward to see a new space launch ever since 2011.

Reference: https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-passes-crew-dragon-test-that-previously-ended-in-an-explosion/

Mission Impossible’s masks are possible

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Mask technology in Mission: Impossible has been a joke due to how unrealistic it is. However, mask technology has been evolving to the point that the mission does not seem to be impossible anymore. Currently the Kyoto university is developing a hyper-realistic silicone that can mimic freckles and wrinkles that can be really deceiving. A study has been conducted with participants in the UK and Japan being showed pair of photos with a normal person an the other one in a mask, and they must get who is the real one. The result is the consistent 20% wrong. The developers believe that the percentage of errors will increase as more development will be put into the masks. The developers are currently pursuing the goal to make the invention affordable and widely use. (Kooser 2019)

This invention would be an asset in the filming industry. However, these masks should not be commercially used, as it would encourage acts of identity theft, pranks, and public disturbances, leading to serious damage to a person’s well-being.

Reference: https://www.cnet.com/news/hyper-realistic-masks-can-fool-us-just-like-in-mission-impossible/