Earlier this month the Movado group announced its commitment to developing a bunch of Android Wear smartwatches, including one that would bear the Movado brand. However, that press release was devoid of any images of the device. Fast forward to today at Baselworld, the world’s most important watch trade show, and the company has decided to share a bit more.
Just a bit, though. We have the images you can see above and below, which give us a very good idea of what the Movado Connect smartwatch will look like. On the other hand, absolutely no spec details have been made public.
Lenovo’s Moto M launched last November as a premium-looking mid-range handset. It’s been offered in a few markets so far, and apparently it’s managed to sell quite well.
According to a new (and sadly unsourced) report, more than 3 million Moto M units have been sold since its release less than six months ago. That’s not at all bad for the Motorola brand.
That number makes the Moto M one of Lenovo’s best selling mid-rangers of the past couple of years. Sales in China have been particularly impressive. The handset is now on its way to conquer other markets, such as Pakistan, Poland,…
CES brought a couple of new smartphone entries into the US market. Notably, a couple of smartphones, both from Chinese phone makers, in the ultra-value segment (sub-$300). Honor had already announced the Honor 6X a few months before it brought the 6X to the States at the CES announcement.
Tesla’s solar roof tiles, courtesy of Musk’s newly acquired renewable energy company SolarCity, are expected to be tougher than regular shingles, but cost less. Tesla has previously revealed plans for four different styles for their solar tiles, but production will begin with just one type. New styles will be added gradually every few months, if all goes according to plan.
With its solar roof tiles and Powerwall 2, Tesla is creating a sustainable energy ecosystem for the home. It’s a revolutionary idea. Making renewable energy available to every home could go a long way toward reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, which would do a world of good in the global fight against climate change.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk initially floated the idea of going under traffic instead of over it during the first phase of the Hyperloop Pod Competition in January 2016. Then, in December 2016, he confirmed a tunnel-digging project via Twitter. A series of tweets and a change in his professional headline on Twitter soon followed, and now Musk’s Boring Company is almost ready to begin digging under the streets of Los Angeles.
His most recent update about the tunnel came earlier today, March 24, as a reply to someone’s tweet comparing the boring machine to the Tesla Model 3.
@trabru Yup, machine arrives next month and we start digging the tunnel!
At the very least, Musk sees his efforts in digging one as a chance to improve tunneling speed. “[B]etter tunneling tech improves everything: road, subway, Hyperloop,” Musk said. Indeed, this boring machine could have very exciting consequences.
Traveling 4.37 light years at 20 percent the speed of light (i.e. really fast) for two decades seems like a difficult journey. It’s the trip that Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire and space enthusiast Yuri Milner want to send a tiny (think postage stamp size) spacecraft on. This project, named Breakthrough Starshot, aims to get this ‘nanocraft’ to Proxima b, an Earth-like planet in the nearby solar system Alpha Centauri.
One of the main issues with this far-out plan, however, is the ability of this spacecraft to “put the brakes on” in order to stop. Because this little craft would be hurling through space at 13,800 km (8,574.9 miles) per second, figuring out how to slow down is obviously necessary, but fairly tricky. If the braking mechanisms aren’t correct, the spacecraft could overshoot the entire solar system and completely miss the opportunity to collect information.
One of the proposed methods to solve this problem is what is called a solar sail. This would be a sail that deploys close to the craft’s target, and uses the gravitational pull and radiation of nearby stars to swing into orbit and decelerate. To make this happen, initial plans must be deviated from. Originally the size of a postage stamp, the craft would be enlarged to about the size and weight of a bar of soap (less than 100 grams). Additionally, this sail — a massive, lightweight structure — would be attached in order to help the craft to both accelerate and decelerate.
To speed up the craft, the sail would absorb photons from the Sun, and to slow down, it could absorb radiation nearing its target. The radiation would also, hopefully, allow the probe to be steered towards the Earth-like planet. Getting into the exact solar system is tricky enough, but navigating to Proxima b will add much more difficulty to this journey. This sail-craft concept would be slower than the original Breakthrough Starshot design, but this team is hopeful that the sail can be improved upon even more.
Scouring the Universe
The original Breakthrough Starship plan suggested that instead of just landing on the Earth-like planet Proxima b, a fleet of these ‘nanocrafts’ could be deployed to survey larger interstellar areas. While this possibility seems promising in theory, there is only so much information to be gathered while hurling through space at blinding speeds. The essential purpose of this fleet would be a blanket survey — searching for information and possible signs of life — as there is only so much information be gathered via this method.
While it might not be deployed with many others in a fleet, a slightly larger craft able to land on the promising Proxima b could potentially gather much more in-depth and useful information. It would also travel a great distance and could survey from afar, but would have the additional advantage of up-close and — most importantly — long-term data collection. Instead of a fraction of second to collect data, the probe would have as much time as it required — at least until it breaks.
While there is still so much for these scientists and engineers to consider and evaluate before finalizing a model to launch, it is important not to forget the purpose of the mission: to learn. Regardless of the type of craft deployed, it will be a momentous and historic moment. Even if it takes more time, it is vital that the craft is designed in a way that allows it to collect as much information as possible. The opportunity to travel to another solar system doesn’t come along very often, so we better make sure that we are putting out best tiny spacecraft forward.
Artificial intelligence is changing the world rapidly, and the global economy will shift to meet the new technology as it always has. That could mean that some jobs will become fully automated, putting humans out of work. There are a few industries that are especially likely to be among the first to feel the impact of automation; several of which employ the majority of people in the traditional workforce today.
Lead generation is all about accurately profiling online behavior to find ripe opportunities, which makes it an ideal candidate for automation. Businesses like InsideSales.com are popular because they use AI to analyze data and find only the best leads for sales teams to pursue. As the tech improves, the leads will get better, and companies will have to use the services to stay competitive.
By 2020, 85 percent of customer service transactions may be powered by AI and completely free of human interaction. This change comes as AI makes robot interactions feel more authentic thanks to more advanced personalization. For example, DigitalGenius — which creates automated customer service robots — helps businesses automate customer service chats using machine learning and natural language processing to produce friendly, reactionary chatbots that are more cost-effective than humans.
Transportation is another area ripe for automation: in 2015, 4.4 million were injured and 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, according to the National Safety Council. Delivery drivers, long haul drivers, and public transit drivers are all likely to be affected by advances in AI. Personal self-driving cars should hit the market by 2018, and commercial applications will follow in short order. According to Morgan Stanley, automated cars will save $1.3 trillion annually by 2035 to 2050 in the U.S. alone.
Shipping and Logistics
Beyond self-driving cards, warehousing and basic logistics are prime areas for AI. Logistics problems, like dynamic management of route systems in real-time to improve delivery speeds, and efficient space allocation in shipping containers and trucks, are both ideal for AI applications.
Healthcare and Legal Paraprofessionals
IBM’s Watson has inspired Ross, the first AI attorney. Ross helps choose the most relevant legal solutions from many cases and presents them in natural language. It also provides real-time monitoring for new decisions that could potentially change a client’s case.
If this seems a little scary—or impacts your line of work—you’re not alone. Mass unemployment is the obvious concern for many considering the ways AI will change the world economy. In 2015, about 8 million people in the US worked in retail sales and cashier jobs—that’s about six percent of the total American workforce. By 2014, there were more than 4.6 million people working in transportation and warehousing according to the Department of Labor—another 3.5 percent. Huge portions of our economy will be affected by the presence of AI.
Other thought leaders advocate for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) solution to this problem. For example, Bill Gates believes that although we may not be ready for UBI right now, we will be soon. For now it’s best to focus aid efforts on the most needy in our society, but Gates and others agree that it makes sense to continue to research and testing for UBI programs so we’ll be ready with viable plans when the right time to implement them arrives.