Sidharth Narayanan

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WHO purportedly increasing carcinogenic classification of wireless radiation this year

The concerns are not new: exposure to radiation from cell phones and the wireless infrastructure has been believed to increase the odds of cancer in …

Google wants local developers to build apps optimised for India

Google India on Tuesday announced a 'Made in India' initiative where the company wants Indian developers to build apps that are specifically …

Mozilla is crowdsourcing 10,000 hours of audio so anyone can build voice apps

The tech industry is convinced that voice-based interaction will be a big part of our future, and we’ve seen proof of that in AI-powered assistants on our phones and smart speakers. But it’s not easy or cheap to build your own voice recognition system for an app or gadget because that requires …

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his namesake firm, Lloyd’s, over 330 years ago, the original concept of spreading risk (or “mutualizing”) goes back even further. Hundreds of years before Lloyd’s was formed, Chinese merchants …

H2O.ai’s Driverless AI automates machine learning for businesses

Driverless AI is the latest product from H2O.ai aimed at lowering the barrier to making data science work in a corporate context. The tool assists non-technical employees with preparing data, calibrating parameters and determining the optimal algorithms for tackling specific business problems with …

Self Driving Car Safety May be the Biggest Hindrance in Adoption

Autonomous “Self Driving” Cars have become a topic of public interest in recent years, and recently business leaders have asked us more and more about it’s consequences in industry. Together with London based events organizing company RE•WORK we designed a simple survey that was handed out during …

Anarchy on India’s Roads Has Driverless Car in a Jam

At a secret testing track outside Bangalore, an arm of the Tata conglomerate is recreating the jumble of Indian roads to develop an autonomous …

Google advances AI with ‘one model to learn them all’

Google quietly released an academic paper that could provide a blueprint for the future of machine learning. Called “One Model to Learn Them All,” it lays out a template for how to create a single machine learning model that can address multiple tasks well.<p>The MultiModel, as the Google researchers …

Machine Learning

Here’s what the top accelerators in North America are funding

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>The top startup accelerators have a history of seeing the future in ideas that sounded silly at the …

India can't wait to launch self-driving vehicle tech

We may still be a long while away from driverless cars becoming the norm, but as I’ve learned over the past few days, India – once dubbed by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick as the last place on earth to host this revolution – is raring to go.<p>There are numerous efforts across the country to make …

Tata Consultancy Services

Ford Tells Feds: Autonomous Car Ethics Are On You

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important …

How Robots Are Helping Chinese Students Solve Real-World Problems

What key skills do students need to learn to find a good job? In China, the answer increasingly points to STEM – a school curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.<p>The concept, created in the U.S. and supported by prominent figures such as Apple’s Tim Cook and former …

Education

HP fixed the biggest issue with its VR backpack PC and will sell it next month

HP has reworked the backpack PC concept it unveiled last year and is now ready to put the computer on sale.<p>The Omen X Compact Desktop is a surprisingly slim and light gaming PC that's meant to be strapped to your back and used for VR. The idea sounds strange, but several companies have been trying …

Breaking down Apple’s new augmented reality platform

A stepping stone, but a pretty cool one<p>Apple finally announced an augmented reality platform for developers yesterday, and it’s about time. ARKit, as the tool is called, lets app makers draw on detailed camera and sensor data to map digital objects into 3D space. This lets them move beyond simple …

Career site Workey raises $8M to replace headhunters with artificial intelligence

One of the ways companies fill their ranks with good employees is by scouting “passive talent,” or people who aren’t currently looking for new jobs but might be convinced with the right offer. This usually takes hours of networking, but a Tel Aviv-headquartered startup called Workey uses artificial …

Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

<b>Interview</b> Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo Technology, says the world is at “a huge inflection point for graph databases” as his company, which …

Databases

Ericsson announces IoT Accelerator program

After <b>HTC's accelerator program</b> for VR startups, Ericsson has announced an IoT Accelerator at the Hannover Messe trade fair. It will be available to …

Internet of Things

Why your wallet is becoming the next platform

The “wallet” in the modern sense of “flat case for holding paper currency” dates back almost 200 years. The word itself goes back 700 years, and the concept (minus paper currency) for millennia.<p>Leather wallets were not “smart,” of course; they were atom agnostic, payment type agnostic, even, as …

Indian digital payments company TranServ gets $15M to launch new financial products

TranServ, one of several companies digitizing payments in India, said today that it has secured a Series C of $15 million to develop new financial products. The round was led by IDFC Spice Fund and Micromax Informatics. Returning investors Nirvana and Faering Capital India also …

The state of election technology is… improving

Joe Kiniry Contributor<p>Joe Kiniry is CEO and Chief Scientist at Free & Fair.<p>Daniel Zimmerman Contributor<p>Daniel Zimmerman is a computer scientist Free & Fair.<p>With the U.S. knee-deep in what has been an unusual presidential primary season, to say the least, many eligible voters are highly engaged in …

Machine Learning Could Be Google's Secret Cloud Weapon

Now that Google has infused the brand of artificial intelligence known as machine learning into everything from search to speech recognition, it’s making the technology it views as tech’s next big wave available for other companies to use.<p>The search and advertising giant today announced an early …

Machine Learning

Do GPU optimized databases threaten the hegemony of Oracle, Splunk and Hadoop?

I don’t use the R word too often so sit tight and bear with me. There’s a revolution brewing in how applications are designed that is fueled by the …

Databases

HPE Talks Composable Infrastructure & Persistent Memory

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has big ambitions for transforming the data center — from composable infrastructure, which is almost ready to ship, …

The Digital Era Is Crippling The Five Year Strategic Plan

Each year, strategic planning teams at multinational companies review competitor revenues, read through press releases, compare their own company’s performance to their peer set and then work with their management teams to create annual strategic plans for the next year and reiterate a five year …

Management

Samsung sets its sights beyond 'Gear VR' with ambitious new headset

At Samsung’s developer conference today, Injong Rhee, the company’s head of research and development confirmed that Samsung was indeed working on a standalone headset to rival that of Oculus and Vive.<p>The new headset would offer positional tracking like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which addresses …

Virtual Reality

Cracker Jack ditches toys in favor of augmented reality

Ah yes, Cracker Jack. The classic American snack food and ballpark staple that offers the thrill of finding a cheap plastic toy at the bottom of the box. Well, I should say offered, since PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division is modernizing snacking by nixing the toy in favor of a "baseball-inspired mobile …

Nokia to buy wearables maker Withings

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Industry Insider subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Withings makes a number of consumer gadgets including smartwatches, fitness trackers, connected thermometers and baby monitors, and a home security device. Withings …

Internet of Things

Intel Compute Stick review: Windows 10 for your TV

Why wouldn’t you want an entire Windows computer on a tiny little stick? As someone who uses a MacBook day in and day out, the idea of $159 Intel’s Compute Stick, a Windows 10 PC shrunken down to the size of a tiny plastic rectangle, really pulls me in. Take it anywhere, plug it into an HDMI slot, …

Will Intel Corporation Enter the AR Headset Market?

<b>Intel</b> is developing its own augmented reality headset, equipped with its depth-sensing RealSense cameras, according tothe <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. But unlike <b>Microsoft</b>and its HoloLens, the Intel headset is only being built as a tech demo rather than a commercial product.<p>Microsoft HoloLens. Source: …

Augmented Reality

Two-Thirds of Managers Are Uncomfortable Communicating with Employees

I used to show up five minutes late everywhere I went, believing that the universe generally accepted a margin of five minutes. One day a client and mentor named Nancy looked me in the eye and said something in a kind but no-nonsense way: “Part of the image you are projecting to people is that you …