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Category Archives: Singularity
Posted: February 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm
PLEASE BE upstanding for the round-up of this week’s Google-related stories.
Firstly, there’s Google’s plans to sue Uber for allegedly nicking design patents for self-driving cars, and a new hack that warns users of “missing fonts” which turn out to be malware are plaguing Windows Chrome users.
On the enterprise side, Google is now offering Tesla K80 CPU clusters to spin up a supercomputer on demand, In VR, the days of silly hats for VR could be numbered as the company appears to have designed a sort of scuba-diving helmet instead.
Remix OS has announced Singularity, it’s plan for an Android phone OS that plugs into a monitor to become a computer.
Meanwhile, Google Project Zero has decided to go public on the exact glitches that caused Microsoft to delay this month’s Patch Tuesday. Cheeky monkeys.
Other big news this week, Google suffered a technical glitch last night which meant that some people using the company’s ON router may have had to reset their credentials. No harm done, but the company has had to apologise.
There’s even more big news on the messaging front – a first leak of Allo for the desktop has leaked (on purpose) presumably as a “keep the faith” acknowledgement to people who have abandoned the messaging platform which is now outside the Top 500 Android apps, despite the company hoping to make it the replacement for Google Hangouts, which is now aimed at business customers.
But meanwhile Android Messages is coming to replace Messenger and will be the default messaging app for twenty OEMs, offering Rich Communication Services (RCS) and a joined up message service equivalent to Apple’s iMessage. And about ruddy time.
Google Play Music has had a tweak, but really needs a bomb put under it for the mish-mash of different design concepts, bugs and missing features that remain. It also claims to have more than 40 million songs in its library. Yet still nothing from Cardiacs.
Finally, for anyone who has a Mac and likes tinkering about in betas, the Canary channel of Chrome now offers Mac Pro Touchbar support, which means it’ll be live for the rest of us after Easter. You might want to hang on though as it’s by all accounts, bobbins at the moment.
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Damon Wayans Jr. will star in theSingularitypilot from producersSeth RogenandEvan Goldberg. FX won a bidding war for the AI comedy last August, which was around the time Rogen announced the project. The story depicts a future when artificial intelligencehas far exceeded human intelligence.
Below, learn about the Seth Rogen AI comedy.
In the series, society underwent some massive changes after artificial intelligence grew superior to humans. The Hollywood Reporter learned Wayans is set to play Doug, a man who enjoys the convenience and happiness provided by the best tech the world has to offer. His face isnt always glued to his phone, though. Doug loves to be in the moment and this makes me like this character already is often dressed in Yeezy street wear.
Sonny Lee(Silicon Valley) came up with the idea for the series. Hes writing and executive producing the pilot. Apparently, the writer went to Rogen, Goldberg, and their Point Grey Banner because Singularitystone is comparable toThis Is the End. Theres no mention of whos directing the pilot, but after their work onPreacher, it would be nice if Rogen and Goldberg got behind the camera for a concept as potentially funny as this one. If the show gets picked up, itll be the duos third project to go to series, followingPreacherand HulusFuture Man. (That one actually co-stars another former Happy Endings cast member, Eliza Coupe.)
Rogen revealed he and Goldberg were working on a show about the singularity back in August. We have a pilot for FX that were gonna shoot that were working on right now, he said. Were working on the script right now and were going to film that in the next year basically. Its about artificial intelligence, its a half-hour comedy about the singularity basically. Years ago, Rogen and Goldberg were developing another FX series, an animated showabout Bigfoot, which is still possibly in the works.
As forSingularity, Rogen, Goldberg, and Lee have a fine star for their series. Wayans appeared inLets Be CopsandHow to Be Single, but his performance in the endlessly enjoyableHappy Endingsis a good indicator of how funny he is. The Hollywood Reporter added Wayans was one of the most sought-after actors this pilot season. He was weighing offers from NBC, CBS, and FOX, but he instead went with the promising high-concept pilot from FX.
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Never before have businesses been able to build billion-dollar valuations in so little time. Never before have incumbent enterprises been able to go out of business so quickly. Disruption is now commonplace, and augmented reality (AR) is emerging as yet another avenue to turn industries on their heads. But what direction will this new technology take?
AR overlays digital information on the physical world using a smartphone (think Pokmon Go) or a headset. In its simplest form, AR is simply a rectangular display floating in front of the eyes, la Google Glass. More advanced forms will drop video game characters or useful information seamlessly onto physical objects, from homes to industrial warehouses.
While virtual reality is moving into a more commercial phase, AR is a little earlier in its development. But ARs potential practical applications are significant. So, whats in store for AR in the coming years?
Most business leaders today are making their projections based on what we know todaya perspective that runs the potential risk of being too linear and possibly missing the point. By digging deeply into trends, cycles and clues from technology disruptions in the past, we can create frameworks to help us better strategize for how capabilities may unfold in the future.
Today, standard market projections focus on how AR will become smaller and faster, or they extrapolate on how existing capabilities could impact the enterprise once implemented. However, past technology disruptions demonstrate that this view is too narrow, and doesn’t consider the impact of converging technologiesfor example, in the way mobile technology has converged with the internet.
Augmented reality (and to some extent, virtual reality as well) is on a collision course with other emerging exponential technologiesfor example, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and machine learning, to name a few. Businesses that prepare themselves to capture the value that can unfold when they converge are more likely to find themselves as industry leaders in the resulting economy.
Mobile technology may be one of the largest technology disruptions to happen in the past 20 years. However, the mobile industry didnt just happen on its own.
Analysts thought that these devices would become smaller, gain longer battery life and that costs would falland even predicted a slow, linear growth. In fact, McKinsey predictions were that the total market for cell phones would be around 900,000 by the turn of the century. The phone would indeed become smaller, faster and cheaper, but no market prediction would come close to predicting what happened next.
Mobile technology became disruptive when it converged with the internet, introducing a slew of new consumer and enterprise use cases. The smartphone was born, and it took the ceiling off the cell phone market potential, unlocking billions of dollars of value that simply did not exist before.
Crowdsourcing was the next convergence as smartphones tapped a worldwide developer community. Traditionally, software companies made applications for mobile PDAs in a small, niche marketplace. By hosting a crowdsourced marketplace on the App Store online store, Apple initiated what would become an estimated $143 billion market opportunity for mobile apps in just 8 years.
Mobile converging with data analytics became another landmark example. As user adoption for smartphones and mobile apps began to skyrocket, the collection of user data to fuel business insights became very relevant. Today, mobile user data has an estimated value of $50 billion, across multiple layers of user data that are collected, sold, aggregated and analyzed.
The point is, mobile is a mega-billion-dollar market, but those who focused on the handset and what it could do missed a seismic shift in the technology paradigm.
Similar to the mobile revolution, ARs future will likely not be dictated by falling prices, smaller form factors or faster performance. They may help in the ubiquitous adoption of AR, but relying on these metrics to predict the future of AR will likely miss the greater market opportunity. Its only when we start to imagine what the combination of AR and industrial IoT, machine earning and 3D printing, among others, that we can begin to truly see its future potential.
Industrial IoT. Augmented reality and the industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) will most likely be the first to converge. AR device adoption is happening in the enterprise space at a faster pace than the consumer space (with the exception of Pokmon Go). And similar to how consumer connectivity created value with the smartphone, enterprise connectivity will provide an information layer thats expected to extend the value of AR devices.
As enterprises begin to rapidly develop connected infrastructure, from manufacturing to logistics, and ultimately to the consumer, massive amounts of data are being collected and used for analysis. AR can provide a data to human interface, allowing workers, managers and executives to see the world augmented with a rich dataset.
Enterprise resource planning, warehouse management and even electronic health record systems will be able to connect a workforce to its surrounding environment, whether a factory, warehouse or hospitalworkers will be able to see information projected onto their environment. Eventually, the value will likely be driven upstream, as well into concepting, design, layout and other knowledge worker tasks, connecting the digital world to the physical one through connected data ecosystems.
Machine learning. Machine learning is expected to be an important convergence for AR, as well. Well need to figure out the best user interface for what amounts to a more hands-free experience. Just as the keyboard was an important innovation in desktop or laptop computing and touchscreens were the key to mobile devicesmachine learning may play a big role in AR interfaces.
Moving from type to touchscreen is a great example of how new interfaces require novel UI. Machine-learning-enabled speech-to-text, as well as text-to-speech, could become important innovations in AR.
Our devices should understand the way we move, talk and touch. Data around user behavior will likely be extremely valuable, opening up markets to capture, transmit, store and utilize.
3D printing. 3D printing is an exploding market in industrial manufacturing, with unique potential benefits for complexity, performance and physical properties. However, specific 3D printing tools for modeling can be confusing for engineers trained on traditional design software for 2D monitors.
Often, the unique design requirements of complex 3D structures are not well suited for existing software tools. Crafting, editing and visualizing models with AR will help bridge the cognitive gap between engineer and design, removing the degrees of separation between designer and product that currently exist today (i.e., keyboard, mouse, 2D screen, interface), and enable the designer to directly interact with the product in an intuitive, creative way.
While there are technological hurdles to cover in stereoscopic processing, display technology, form factor and even social stigma, the future of AR does not lie in the headset, but the headset and
Simply looking at AR and hypothesizing about its value is not sufficient.
Most of the opportunity around hardware innovation lies in emergent value. How AR technologies interface, integrate and converge with other future innovations will help unlock the multi-billion-dollar potential of what may initially seem like just a clunky device.
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Android is an operating system thats supposed to power smartphones, tablets, cars, wearables, and other gadgets. But its not an OS meant to take over your primary PC. Or is it? Recent reports indicate that Google has some great plans for Android, including turning the OS into a platform that can run on any device, laptops and desktops included. Even Samsung is heading in that direction on its own, as the Galaxy S8 is rumored to come with a special accessory that can be used to connect the smartphone to an external display.
But until any of these plans get official, theres an Android company based in China thats already doing novel things with Googles mobile OS. Jide Technologies, which makes its Android-based, Windows-like Remix OS, is ready for the next big thing: Turning Android smartphones into full-fledged computers.
We talked about Remix OS in the past, a free OS that lets you install Android on any Windows or Mac to offer you a Windows-like user interface and overall experience. The best part is that you still get to use the same apps you downloaded from Google Play on a bigger screen, complete with modified UI elements for the larger display real estate.
But Jide is ready to move forward with an even bolder plan. Rather than installing Remix on your desktop, you could install Remix OS on Mobile (ROM) on your smartphone, and then just connect it to a display or TV. Thats Remix Singularity in action:
That certainly sounds great, at least on paper. ROM will be as close to stock Android as possible, Jide co-founder David Ko told The Verge in an interview. But imagine when you get back to your office or study, you connect your phone, and it turns into a PC mode, just like a laptop or desktop.
Yes, that sounds amazing in theory. In practice. ROM will not ship with Google Play preloaded, so users will have to sideload the app to get their Play apps working on bigger screen. Furthermore, Jide needs partners to agree to have ROM installed on their devices, something that might not coincide with their contractual obligations to Google.
Finally, theres the hardware factor. Youd probably need a rather powerful mobile device to drive a great ROM experience on a monitor. But Jide is primarily targeting first-time Android users who wont all have the means to afford a powerful enough device.
That said, Remix Singularity definitely sounds exciting, so well just have to wait to see it in action.
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XDA Developers (blog)
Jide Announces Remix Singularity: The Continuum Alternative for Android
XDA Developers (blog)
On the Android side of things, Jide has just announced their own attempt at this converged desktop experience. Dubbed Remix Singularity, this approach is similar to Microsoft's Continuum but leverages Jide's own experience with Android as a desktop OS.
Remix Singularity is Jide's Android answer to Windows Continuum
Remix tries its hand at the mobile-desktop hybrid OS with Singularity
Jide's Remix Singularity OS will turn your Android phone into a PC
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The massive-scale real-time strategy game, Ashes of Singularity: Escalation, is getting an update and a discount on Feb. 23, 2017.
Stardock Entertainment (the software company behind Ashes of Singularity, Galactic Civilizations and Sins of a Solar Empire) announced today that the expansion to their popular game, Ashes of Singularity, is getting a major update on Steam. Stardock also said that in celebration of this update, players wishing to buy Ashes of Singularity: Escalation will receive a 50 per cent discount on the game from Feb. 23 to March. 3, 2017. This is fantastic for anyone wanting to get into the franchise without back-tracking on the price.
Version 2.1 of Ashes of Singularity: Escalation features new maps, rebalances several maps, adds single-player observer mode, unranked matches and an option for disabling supply lines.
“In addition to making some adjustments with AI visibility and balance, we’ve added features that players have been asking for, like the single-player observer mode,” said Derek Paxton, Stardock’s Vice President of Entertainment in a press release. “You can learn how the AI makes decisions by watching it battle during customized games using any settings or parameters you want.
Ashes of Singularity: Escalations 2.1 update comes just after Stardock merged their base game, Ashes of Singularity with the expansion pack, Escalation, into a single title. Stardock even gave all owners of the base game a complimentary copy of Escalation.
Ashes of Singularity: Escalation normally runs for $39.99 on Steam, so anyone wishing to buy the game should get it before the 50 per cent discount ends.”The growing single-player modding community and the extensive multiplayer options convinced us that we needed to combine theAshes of the SingularityandEscalation communities together,” said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock in a press release. “After all, there can only be one singularity.”
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After Man? From Singularity to Specificity – Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (press release) (blog)
Posted: February 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm
Posted February 23, 2017 by Mareile Kaufmann
When we discuss artificial intelligence, the digital technology that makes it happen, and singularity the idea that both of them will exponentially take over the progression of society we refer to them in singular. This is not a coincidence. Both, science and fiction have portrayed AI as a particular form of reason, digital technology as an autonomous driver of change, and singularity as a unidirectional technological revolution. However, none of them are necessarily as singular as they appear.
Singluarity represented by HAL, the rogue computer from Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey. PHOTO: Flickr.com/Rosenfeld Media
Rather, the different contexts in which digital technologies come to matter create a broad variety of knowledge and social effects. For example, digital technologies are currently used for predictions of any kind: from the spreading of pandemics to political elections and crime mapping. Not only does each of these predictions produce their specific societal effects: they influence whether or not we get vaccinated, for whom to vote or where to park our car. They also produce more complicated effects, some of which actually make us question their predictive power. Filter bubbles and fake news are just some of them. But what exactly makes these social effects complicated?
While the way in which digital technologies work is no longer intuitive to understand and question, the abovementioned effects also reveal that humans are still an important part of the game. And this complicates things. Digital technologies and the knowledge they produce are not as singular and independent of social processes as the term singularity suggests. After all, it is us who provide both data and context knowledge for predictions, and in many cases it is still humans who decide which parameters are included in prediction algorithms. This goes to show that the simplified idea of computer-versus-humans doesnt really hold. The production of intelligence through digital technologies doesnt happen outside social and political situations, but in relation to them.
In interviews I have conducted on predictive policing methods it became quite clear that digital technologies are closely linked to social and political situations. Both, police officers and programmers decide which crime data to collect, how to feed it into the computer and how to present the outputs of algorithmic calculations. All of these decisions taken by humans are part of defining which kinds of crimes police focuses on, even though the actual crime predictions are eventually generated by a computer. It shows that political and social data and context knowledge feed into digital technologies and influence the intelligence they generate. And vice versa digital technologies and the intelligence they produce again influence political and social situations in specific ways. One striking characteristic of digital technologies is, for example, that any knowledge they produce has to be calculable and captured in numbers. Even though this seems obvious, it still does determine and limit the ways in which digital machines can produce knowledge. For predictive policing this means, for example, that correlations and patterns are the main knowledge tools for algorithms to predict crime. This means that correlations and patterns influence actual policing decisions, for example where to mobilize personnel and which locations to focus on. In essence: how digital technologies work is specific to the social situation they are used in, and digital technologies create specific effects on society. This means that humans and machines co-produce the progression of society rather than dominating over each other.
Once we have understood how social situations are actually reflected in the way we engineer digital technologies and create digital knowledge, it may be more appropriate to explore the many specificities of the situations in which digital technologies and society influence each other instead of presuming a singularity.
Last month Morgenbladet published an engaging special edition on artificial intelligence. I followed up with an op-ed which was published in a later edition of the paper. This blog post provides further critical comment.
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From digital currency to machine learning, the financial industry is being rocked by exponential technologies. Blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, quantum computing, crowdfunding, and computing systems are allowing startups to solve consumer needs in new ways.
The downfall of the worlds largest institutions may not be imminent, but these new technologies are breaking up the previously rock solid foundation of finance, and allowing the fintech world to spring through the cracks. Whats happening now will rewrite the future of finance for years to come. By recognizing this reality and planning for it now, financial professionals can learn to thrive in an increasingly uncertain global economy.
Singularity Universitys Exponential Finance was created to bring the financial services and tech industries together in a deliberate and meaningful way. Now, in 2017, Exponential Finance is the definitive place to learn, connect and collaborate with fellow financial leaders to reinvent the financial industry.
Exponential Finance 2017 will be held June 7-9 at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square in New York City. The event will feature world-renowned leaders who will share their insights on how exponential technologies are impacting the financial industry, as well as how you can grab a seat at the table.
CNBCs Bob Pisani will emcee, and speakers will include the likes of Mary Harman (Enterprise Payments Executive at Bank of America) discussing the latest trends in digital banking, Anju Patwardhan (Senior Partner at CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund and Member of Global Future Council on Blockchain at World Economic Forum) on blockchain and the future of our digital identities, and Peter Randall (CEO at SETL) on capital markets and digital banking.
These individuals will be joined by Peter Diamandis (Co-founder and Chairman at Singularity University), Ray Kurzweil (Co-Founder and Chancellor at Singularity University), Angela Strange (Partner at Andreessen Horowitz), Jane Barratt (Founder & CEO at GoldBean), Bill Bachrach (Financial Advisor Trainer), Lisa Kay Solomon (Managing Director of Transformational Practices at Singularity University) Neil Jacobstein (AI and Robotics Chair at Singularity University), John Bowen (Founder and CEO at CEG Worldwide), Roman Chwyl (Head of Financial Services Google Cloud), Ric Edelman (Chairman and CEO at Edelman Financial Services), Ashish Gadnis (Co-founder at BanQu, Chair of Financial Inclusion Working Committee at Wall Street Blockchain Alliance), and many others.
As Peter Diamandis wrote in his book Abundance, Technology is a resource-liberating mechanism. It can make the once scarce the now abundant. Its this sentiment that drives Singularity University to produce Exponential Financeto connect individuals and organizations and to share knowledge that will liberate resources and create abundance.
Exponential Finance will give participants an interactive and collaborative experience, and will send them home with an understanding of what the future will look like and how to act on it immediately. Participants will have the opportunity to see demos from more than 30 groundbreaking technology companies while connecting with business leaders from leading firms across the industry.
Apply here to join Singularity University and the worlds most forward-thinking financial leaders at Exponential Finance this June. Save up to 15% as a Singularity Hub reader.
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Jide’s Remix OS is all about offering Android apps with a desktop interface, with a bonus of relatively cheap mobile hardware. And while the company has been expanding its reach into more retail products, the latest project it’s showing off is probably its most ambitious yet. The “Singularity” system allows users to plug their phone into a monitor, connect a mouse and keyboard, and run the familiar Remix desktop interface while the phone is still operating in its standard Android mode.
If all this sounds familiar, it should: Microsoft has been marketing something similar with Windows Continuum, Canonical briefly tried out the form factor with Ubuntu Phone, and various Android manufacturers have tried a few different flavors of the same idea – see the Motorola Atrix and its laptop dock. But Remix might have at least a ghost of a chance of getting this sort of thing to the mainstream tech audience, since it’s loading all this desktop Special Sauce into an Android ROM that can be loaded onto existing phone hardware (so long as that hardware can handle video-out and some fairly high memory and processor load). Jide says that they’re currently “targeting” the Nexus 5X and 6P for ROMs, and that the phone experience will be “as close to stock Android as possible.”
Android Police’s resident mech-head Ryan says that’s a Poker 3 mechanical keyboard… which also means it’s kind of useless, since it’s unplugged and has no wireless capability. GOTCHA, Jide marketing.
At the moment there’s no release window for Singularity, and technical data is thin on the ground, so it seems likely that this project could fall into relative obscurity like so many similar implementations. But we can dream: Jide has carved out a niche for itself in the unlikely Android desktop market, so if anyone can make it happen, it’s them.
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Posted: February 22, 2017 at 4:29 am
Jide, the company behind the Android-based Remix OS for PCs, is developing another version made for Android smartphones, but with a twist.Remix Singularity will work like a stock version of Android when used on a smartphone, but if you connect it to a PC monitor or big-screen TV, it will turn into a version of the PC-based Remix OS.
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The idea is that Android phone owners will only need one device, their smartphone, to handle both their mobile phone needs as well as their hardcore PC needs. When a phone with Remix Singularity is hooked up to a bigger screen, the OS will have features familiar to PC OS owners, such as file windows, a start menu, and a task bar. If you have a large TV, hooking your phone up to it will turn it into something like an Android TV device.
In concept,Remix Singularity is similar to what Microsoft created with its Continuum mode in Windows 10 Mobile. It also appears to work very much like the Samsung DeX add-on that is rumored to be made available for owners of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy G8 phone later this spring.
TheRemix Singularity ROM will be free to download, according to what Jidesco-founder David Ko told The Verge in an interview today. He thinks its solution for offering a PC experience with a smartphone will succeed where others have failed, due to its low cost and its ability to run all Android apps. He also claims that the company is looking forOEMs that will be able to offer phones that will support Remix Singularity out of the box.
While all that sounds good on the surface, downloading ROMs for Android phones is still an activity thats limited for only hardcore users. Theres also the fact that the Google Play Store will need to be sideloaded forRemix Singularity to access the huge library of Android apps. Again, that kind of effort, while easy for many people, still takes some effort for most people that are not well versed in using ROMs.
Jide plans to launchRemix Singularity sometime in the second half of 2017. In the meantime, what do you think of the companys idea? Would you like to turn your Android smartphone into your one device that you use everywhere, including at your home or work office? Let us know your opinions on this matter in the comments!
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