CES is the global technology festival that keeps me stoked every new year. This time is, like every edition of the show, full of cutting edge tech. This year, the focus seems to me on both IoT and driverless vehicles. There are some awesome outliers too, wrapping together a positive direction for every technology. The last two press days have already showcased a plethora of tech. This post captures some of that.
1. Ride in a publicly available driverless taxi with Lyft and Aptiv: Lyft and Aptiv collaborated to deliver a self-driving taxi experience to anyone attending CES this year. The BMW 5-series sedans are equipped with all the essential technology for fully autonomous driving. The Verge's Sean O'Kane reviews the experience in his post, and says that the future is here.
2. Intel puts AMD Radeon Vega graphics on its processor chips: Yes, you read that right. Intel and AMD are working together to deliver a powerful new processor, that combines the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core chipset to the AMD Radeon RX Vega M into a single board. The new processors would mark the beginning of Intel's H-series processors. Engadget has a cool article about this with performance numbers.
3. DJI's flight technology and Intel's processor powers the RYZE Tello toy drone: The RYZE Tello is probably the best $99 drone out there. It has a 5MP camera, support for live VR, and can even be programmed using the easy-to-use Scratch programming language. Best of all, it is powered by Intel's powerful 14-core processor and has DJI's flight tech - including collision detection and failsafe protection. The RYZE Tello will be sold on DJI's website here.
4. LG unveils a rollable 65" OLED TV: After accomplishing fitting a an OLED panel in the Wallpaper TV last year, LG is back at it again. This time, the display literally rolls into a box when you are not using it. It is still a 4K HDR panel, so do not expect seeing an 8K version anytime soon. However, there is another 8K TV released alongside this. Read about the rollable TV on Cnet.
5. Chinese startup Byton will sell an autonomous car in 2019 with a massive display: Byton is not the first company trying to dethrone Tesla in the electric semi-autonomous vehicle space, but it sure is the first to put such a massive display on a dashboard. The best part is that this car will be reasonably priced, at $45,000 for the base model. Wired's article summarizes the key aspects of this car. The Verge compiled a video of Byton's presentation in 10 minutes.
There is a lot more to cover from CES 2018, as the show-floor opens tomorrow. Looking forward to see some breakthrough tech in the coming days!
In 2002, iRobot announced a vacuum cleaner called “Roomba”. Unlike other vacuum cleaners of its time, the Roomba cleaned entire rooms all by itself. It used sensors to avoid obstacles and navigate to places unreachable by hand to clean the floor. The Roomba earned its way into Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2002”, and it was one, of many, breakthrough innovations that has brought us artificial intelligence.
Fast forward 15 years. You are now talking to your phone to do things. You are searching billions of data points for the perfect answers. You are surrounded by artificial intelligence - and sometimes, you don’t even realize that AI is serving you. Artificial Intelligence has become the bread and butter of the technology industry today. Whether you are receiving help from an automated call center or predicting weather patterns, you are probably being assisted by AI some way or the other. And the technology industry is creating new application of artificially intelligent systems every other day, making it one of the fastest growing trends of the 21st century.
The current state of AI
Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri both made huge strides this year. Both assistants are contextually aware, so they understand follow up conversation-style questions. They now not only process natural language better, but also speak more naturally. Now that Siri, Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa connect with so many third party services, they are coming extremely popular in home and car automation.
A Verton Analytics report from July 2017 showed that 43% of all smartphones have an AI application installed and used - that is 72 million smartphones with AI powered assistants. Moreover, it was predicted by Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz that over 10 million Google Home and Amazon Echo (or similar) products will be sold during just the Christmas Holidays of 2016. With so may voice assistants all around us, we can be assured that AI assistants are not going anywhere, and will significantly improve in the coming years.
AI adoption in the healthcare industry is already showing its benefits. It is constantly assisting doctors make better predictions, surgeons operate more precisely and researchers analyze complex data. An Accenture report states that the AI healthcare market will reach $61billion, at an impressive annual growth rate of 40%. Currently, robot assisted surgeries is the biggest application of AI in the healthcare industry, followed by virtual nursing assistance and administrative assistance.
Google Deepmind Health, for example, uses AI to mine people’s health data to improve speed and efficiency of treatment. IBM’s Watson can help provide accurate treatment plans for cancer patients. Mazor Robotics is developing robots to assist in minimally invasive surgeries. Sense.ly uses an app to connect patients with their doctors, and uses AI to analyze data monitored by sensors on the patient to send it to the doctor.
The connected smart-car system is right on the horizon, and will take over our roads sooner than later. Automobile safety systems, especially self-driving capabilities, are largely powered by artificial intelligence that sits right in the car. Tesla is undoubtedly the leader in this space, and their newest (and most affordable) vehicle, the Model 3, will play a vital role in giving everyone access to smart vehicles.
There is a lot more happening in the world of artificial intelligence - including the worry that AI will take over the earth. But that’s for another post. Whatever the case, AI is here and about, and is core to many modern tasks. It is interesting to note that the response to AI has been very positive, and AI contributions have led to big progress in all industries.
The Tesla Model 3 is more than just an electric car - it is a pivotal point in the history of cars. An affordable electric car that has some of the most advanced technologies, including Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’, was in the works for multiple years now, and tomorrow will be the day Tesla can officially show off their car.
Last week, Tesla completed production of its first Model 3. Tomorrow, it will be delivered to the first customers - employees of SpaceX and Tesla, who will be testing the car for bugs before shipping it to the public.
The Model 3 is essentially the final step in Elon Musk’s Master Plan in making the electric car for everyone a reality. However, this will be far from the last car we will see from Tesla. In the coming months, Tesla could reveal an electric pick-up as well as a full sized electric truck. With Musk’s ever-growing popularity and majorly positive reviews about Tesla, the company will hope to become a big player in the automobile market in the near future.
That said, you can watch tomorrow’s event live on Tesla’s website.
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