Uber And Hyundai Join Hands To Produce Electric Flying Cars
Automaker Hyundai Motor and popular Cab-hailing service Uber have joined hands to develop electric air taxis. In 2018 we’ve seen Uber developing taxis, and the company has tested few of the very first time. On January 7 the company has announced that they will work together to take part in the race of flying cars that were electrical.
According to the report, Uber and Hyundai have pulled the wraps from its concept aircraft that was electric in CES 2020. The concept model is designed to carry four passengers at a time such as the pilot. The company claims it is capable of covering 60 miles (100) excursion in a full charge.
“Hyundai will produce and deploy the air vehicles, and Uber will provide airspace support services, connections to ground transportation, and client interfaces through an aerial ride share system,” Gadgets 360 quotes the official statement.
It seems that Uber has chosen to demonstrate its flights that are metropolitan and it’ll make it commercial by 2023. Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences is also a partner of Uber who’s indulged in developing this project. Hyundai is the car manufacturing firm who has joined hands with Uber.
“The total cost to produce and function UAM (urban air mobility) vehicles should be really low enough for everybody to enjoy the freedom to fly,” the report quoted Shin Jai-won, Executive Vice President and Head of Urban Air Mobility Division at Hyundai Motor.
Shin is a former NASA engineer and Hyundai hired him back to look after urban air mobility projects. Last year Hyundai also committed that it will invest KRW 1.8 trillion (GBP 1.1 billion) in this endeavor by 2025.
Samsung unveils AI-powered Digital Avatar NEON which “Converse & Sympathise” like Real Humans
A Samsung lab on Tuesday unveiled an electronic avatar it described as an AI-powered”artificial human,” claiming it is able to”converse and sympathise” like real people. The statement at the opening of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas touted a new kind of artificial intelligence named NEON, produced by the Samsung unit Star Labs.
“As far as we can tell, there’s no mystery here at all. NEON is just digital avatars – computer-animated individual likenesses about as deserving of the’artificial human’ moniker as Siri,” said the specialised tech website, The Verge.
“Don’t worry about any’AI android uprising’ – these aren’t the artificial humans you’re looking for,” it added.
According to the California-based unit of the South Korean giant, the technology allows for the production of customised electronic beings which could appear on screens or video games and could be designed to be”TV anchors, spokespeople, or movie actors” or perhaps”companions and friends.”
“NEONs will be our friends, collaborators and companions, continually learning, evolving and forming memories from their interactions,” said Pranav Mistry, chief executive of the lab. The NEON founders said the new humans are the product of advances in technologies such as reality and neural networks.
According to Star Labs, NEON is motivated”from the rhythmic complexities of character and extensively trained with how humans look, act and socialize.”
By empowering interactions which could incorporate emotion while digital avatars have been able to be programmed for specific tasks such as role players in matches, NEON goes further. ING Samsung India launches Digital Lending Platform ‘Samsung Finance+’
Even though the artificial people may borrow features from actual people,”each NEON has their own distinct character and can show new expressions, moves, and dialogs,” the company said.
The statement comes amid a proliferation of AI-manipulated computer videos known as”deepfakes,” and growing concerns about how they could be used to deceive or manipulate.
Some analysts fear that these fakes could be misused during an election campaign to exacerbate tensions. Jack Gold, analyst at J. Gold Associates, stated Samsung may be ahead of the pack if it could develop avatars that can show expressions and emotions. “We must wait and see what this means,” Gold said.
“But it has important implications for many fields like customer support, help desk functions, entertainment, and of course could also be used to’fake’ a human interacting with a live person for poor or illegal purposes.” “Leaving aside how impressive the technology is, will NEON be used in ways that folks like, just tolerate, or actively hate?” he said.
The business envisions commercial opportunities to make avatars to be financial advisors service representatives, healthcare providers or concierges. “We have always dreamed of such digital beings in science fictions and movies,” Mistry said.
Mistry, who had previously been a senior Samsung vice president and head of innovation at Samsung Mobile launched in 2019 the lab.
He was known for developing Sixth Sense, a gesture-based wearable tech system built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The India-born Mistry also worked with Microsoft and Google and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on projects.(AFP)
CES series: toilet paper robots, Flying taxis and much more
Flying taxis when you are stranded on the loo and a robot which can fetch toilet paper were one of the technology showcased at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
The annual technology conference is the place for big brands and startups alike to unveil their services and products for the coming year, though larger companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft typically maintain their own announcement events.
Surveillance technologies and streaming services are among the topics that are hot. The show opens Tuesday after two days of press previews. Here are a few highlights:
Hyundai and uber are currently teaming up to create a fleet of taxis that are flying.
Uber says make such vehicles commercially available and it needs to conduct flight demonstrations.
The goal is eventually within cities and to assist riders breeze over traffic in shared air taxis between cities and suburbs. Uber plans to launch the aircraft in Los Angeles, Dallas and Melbourne, Australia. The air taxis, which seem like a cross between a helicopter and a small airplane, will be all-electric.
The air fares are designed to take off and cruise at speeds up to 180 miles per hour (290 kilometres per hour). They’re designed to fly up to 60 miles (97 kilometres) at a time.
While Uber has been working on the air taxi concept for years, Hyundai brings to the job a company with expertise manufacturing cars on a scale.
The firms said while Uber provides airspace support services and connections to ground transportation Hyundai deploy and will create the vehicles. The aircraft will be allowed to operate as part of Uber’s transportation network, although the air taxis will not be owned by uber.
Charmin wants to fix a feeling.
Its solution: a robot which could fetch a roll. The robot, around tall, has toilet paper — and the face of a bear-like the cartoon ones in the commercials of Charmin.
But do not expect it to roll into your toilet. The company that owns Charmin, procter & Gamble, said the robot was just and won’t be available a good example of what is possible.
‘Car companies have concept cars, but P&G has concept baths,’ said Marc Pritchard, who oversees Procter & Gamble’s brands. The company didn’t have a robot available at a press conference Sunday, though executives say when the show floor opens 28, one will be demonstrated.
New sensors promise to stop water leaks before they destroy your home.
Monitors from Alarm.com and Flo Technologies connect to homes’ water lines and track usage. If the systems feel more water than normal is flowing through the pipes, an alert is sent by them during their programs it could be a long shower. But if something seems off-kilter, the monitors will shut off the water.
Flo used CES to launch its newest sensor, when attached to washers, bathrooms or other leak-prone places a device that looks like a smoke alarm and can detect any moisture or water. Each sensor costs $50. Another option, Phyn, makes a $299 device that hooks up to the pipes under a sink and measures changes in water pressure.
What are your grandparents up to? Startups are pitching a way to keep your eye on the older. The new sensors can tell by and eaten — for example, if a loved one has moved around detecting when the refrigerator is opened. The efforts come as the U.S. government anticipates adults over 65 to outnumber children for the first time by 2034. ‘we would like to enable loved ones to live on their own,’ said founder of Caregiver Smart Solutions, Ryan Herd.
App Store Spending Up 17% In 2019, Reach $83 Billion Worldwide
In 2019, cellular users spent an estimated $83.5 billion worldwide in programs and mobile games across App Store and Google Playup 17 per cent from 2018, Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data shows. Increment in consumer spending in programs reflected the earnings from purchases, subscriptions, and superior apps .
On the App Store, user spending reach highest-ever $54.2 billion for 2019, leading to an increase of 16.3 percent . The earnings has been 85 percent greater than what users Play during the exact same period.
But Google Play’s revenue grew 18.1 percent year-over-year.
Entertainment apps generated the most earnings on App Store at $3.9 billion, up 18.5 per cent over 2018. Meanwhile, on Google Play, social media category earned the most (almost $686 million invested ), recording 32.4 percent year-over-year growth.
Sensor Tower estimates $61.7 billion has been spent in mobile games across both stores in 2019, which was 12.8 percent more than 2018’s total of $54.7 billion. This was 74 per cent of all spending for 2019.
“Mobile gaming’s share of earnings across both shops stood at 82 percent in 2017, with its diminishing cut reflecting the strides made in the monetization of non-game apps, especially through recurring subscriptions, over the past two decades. Games represented 68 percent of iOS revenue and 84 percent of Google Play spending,” Sensor Tower stated in its report.
Spending in games on the App Store reached $37 billion last year, up 11.4 per cent year-over-year from $33.2 billion. Game spending Google Play, which grew 15 perc ent year-over-uear to $24.7 billion has been led by Lineage M from NCSOFT.
PUBG Mobile from Tencent generated more than $148 million in user spending last year, representing 4-times growth.