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Smart phone era ends, its time for Intelligent Phones

The mode of communication changed altogether with the arrival of mobile phones in our lives. It got wider and more meaningful once the world was exposed to smartphones.

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Many phones that are launched recently are more than a smartphone. Flickr

The mode of communication changed altogether with the arrival of mobile phones in our lives. It got wider and more meaningful once the world was exposed to smartphones.

However, changing technology parameters and fundamentals are calling for yet another disruption in the communication space — this time with Intelligent Phones.

Smart is not necessarily intelligent but intelligent is always smart. By this definition, today’s smartphones are not necessarily intelligent devices.

Here is why:-

A smartphone lets us do myriad of things in ways that bring efficiency, effectiveness and productivity in our lives — such as workplace communication.

With smartphones, we have been able to not only manage e-mails promptly but also connect seamlessly with people and friends on real-time platforms like WhatsApp that are more informal but quick and effective means to make critical decisions in a highly-competitive world.

Now, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to play an integral role in making the smartphones of the future.

Algorithm-based intelligence has already begun to percolate in premium smartphones. As adoption and usage evolve, AI will soon become a rudimentary thing in smartphones.

However, the present approach is about finding areas where AI has usage as stand-alone technology and for convenience, integrating it with smartphones makes it user-friendly. This, however, is not going to make the smartphone intelligent; it will only make them super or extra-smart — capable of doing more things.

An Intelligent Phone, however, is one which will have “thinking” capabilities and decide the next course based on the user’s preferences and priorities.

For instance, we now have several advanced capabilities in smartphones — but there are manual interventions that we, as users, have to apply, like enabling and disabling network capabilities. Why shouldn’t the smartphone be intelligent enough to decide which network capability to enable or disable based on usage?

Right now, if Wi-Fi is enabled, the cellular data goes into hibernation. Why can’t the phone decide which one to use based on several criteria like cost of data, application being used, type of data being accessed and so on?

If a user gets into a car, the smartphone should be intelligent enough to decipher through AI and connect to the audio system via Bluetooth. Similarly, the airplane mode should be enabled while someone is airborne.

All these may sound too basic as capabilities. These will not only bring comfort for the user but also have implications on battery consumption as well as in ensuring that there are no “loopholes” enabled which may not be in use in the device.

Smartphones have focused primarily on the applications and features they can support. It has not evolved to communicate better with the user as per his or her preferences and priorities.

One hindrance was the evolutionary phase of AI; but since AI has now become a reality, the device should add intelligence and move beyond applications and functionality. As the smartphone industry looks for innovation in a market that is near its saturation point, the Intelligent Phone could be a saviour for the industry. It could rejuvenate consumer interest and, hence, the market itself.

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Are Robots Going To Take My Job? The War Between Man and Machine

Robots are getting better and better at performing jobs that were once done by humans. Is your job next?

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With advancement in technology, it is becoming evident that computers, machines and robots are going to be able to do most routine, repetitive jobs. Pixabay
  • There are many things that a robot can do, and many that they simply can’t
  • Researchers predict that the entire professional landscape will be replaced by robots in next 20 years
  • Jobs with high levels of flexibility and interpersonal communication predicted to be safe from mechanized invasion

AUGUST 1, 2017: Man and machine have had a long association. Computers can drive cars now. They undertake scientific experiments in labs. And independently undertake to telemarket, among other things.

What does this mean for us as a society; will robots take our jobs?

As technology advances and computers learn to perform human tasks in lesser time and with greater efficiency than humans themselves, the professional landscape appears to be changing with machines taking over and threatening human job security.

According to global research firm Gartner, one in three jobs that exist today will be ‘converted’ to smart machines, robots, and software by 2025. Robots, it seems are taking over the world and how!

If this trend continues, it is going to be a struggle to find a job and NewsGram will have to publish an article that says “Run for your jobs, the robots are coming!

However, there still remain a combination of traits and jobs that an automated machine will not be able to replace for a long time.

What job is hardest for a robot to do?

Some aspects of a job are easier to automate than others depending upon the job- for example, telemarketing, which has already made the transition to a completely machine-run business.

According to a study by NPR, researchers have recognized 9 possible traits that are hard to be computerized. Among those, cleverness, negotiation, squeezing into small spaces, and helping others ranks high.

While the competition between man and machine stiffens, these are professions where human creativity, subjective judgment, and craftsmanship remain superior to any skill and cannot be matched by a machine,

  1. Healthcare and Medicine

Computers are being increasingly used in the healthcare sector for their technical expertise and data analysis, which has been reasonably automated as per latest robot technology. However, there continue to be aspects of healthcare that machines are simply incapable of the undertaking, like dealing with human psychology, taking tough decisions from incomplete data charts, etc. Machines lack empathy, a trait that forms the basis of the medical industry with patients investing trust in their doctors and reciprocating to their genuine concerns.

Because of their complexity and computing abilities, robots pose a threat of malfunctioning and putting a patient’s life in risk- the reason why it will be safe for humans to find a job in the healthcare sector.

  1. Education

With the advancement of technology, and the coming of online tutoring sites and computer applications, the education landscape has undergone a major change. However, this has not eradicated the need for human teachers. They co-exist with these online education portals, creating material and undertaking classes via the internet.

Their requirement can also not be replaced in the context of the more emotive and objective subjects like music, arts, and literature.  Therefore, education will remain one industry to guarantee job security in this regard.

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  1. Culinary arts

Cooking is a combination of crafts and science and poses provocative questions whether the industry can be replaced by robots.

While one school of thought agrees that latest robot technology can ‘duplicate’ any recipe ever devised by mimicking precise human movements, it is largely believed that machines cannot take over culinary industry for their lack of senses- taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing. In this regard, robots continue to be dumb, passive appliances that need instructions to function and lack creativity and experimentation, the foundation of culinary arts.

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  1. Law making

Placing politics, law, and order in the hands of an automated machine is touted as a suicidal form of anti-humanism for the simple reason that robots cannot think.

Drafting new laws requires taking into account past societal conditions and present, along with attention to the requirement and problem, in addition to strong interpersonal skills. Lawmakers and juries will always need some sense of human discernment to make laws and take judicial judgments, securing the professional legal landscape only for man.

In this regard, artificial intelligence will continue to be just that – artificial.

  1. Journalistic and Creative Writing

Robots cannot process human level of creativity, subjectivity and thus, expression. Good journalism will always be in demand which will be a major roadblock for machines taking over jobs.

While computers can be programmed to put together facts in perfect grammar, what they cannot replace is the human art of storytelling- to hold attention, keep them engrossed, and move the readers emotionally. In this current ‘Age of Content’, good writing has become an extremely profitable commodity. Interesting pieces that dig deep into the story and compel readers to read and share multiple times are traits that a machine cannot undertake.

Not on the list but definitely not going to be replaced anytime soon,

  1. Artists (Dancer, musician, painting, singing)
  2. Mental health professionals
  3. Sportsmen
  4. Anthropologists and archaeologists
  5. Social and community servicemen

We hope you have a happy day at work. And if your job isn’t on the list, then you have been warned.

– by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala


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Physically challenged people get Free Helping Aids in Delhi from Government

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar also took part in the programme

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A physically handicapped man. Wikimedia

New Delhi March 5, 2017: BJP MP from north-west Delhi Udit Raj, along with Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on Sunday distributed free helping aids to hundreds of physically handicapped people here.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar also took part in the programme.

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The camp witnessed distribution of total 1,402 aids, including 74 hearing-related aids, 106 smart kits, 24 blind sticks, 85 motor-driven tricycles, 459 hand-driven tricycles, 372 crutches, 97 wheel chairs, and 59 walking sticks, among others.

In the programme, Raj addressed the problems of physically challenged people, which they face in getting registered to receive the benefits provided to them by the government under different schemes.

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The BJP MP requested fellow ministers to accelerate the process to remove the loopholes in the system.

He said that the central government was fully dedicated to the cause of supporting and empowering the specially-abled section of society. (IANS)

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Music from Machines? Sony’s new laboratory for Artificial Music composes Music in all possible Styles

AI composes the melody and harmony and later a musician- produces, mixes, and writes lyrics for the track

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October 21, 2016:

Daddy’s Car” is the name of the first AI- generated music by the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. Yes, the first song generated by Artificial Intelligence.

Believe it or not, but it is True!

The Music Team of Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris was established in 1997 by François Pachet. This amazing team of Sony is associated with two main areas of music: the various features of interaction in music, and the challenges of tough music description. The intense research that is put into this since its creation has led to new modes of access to music, interaction with sound, and human interaction.

The Flow Machines software is designed to get its knowledge of music from a huge database of sheet music which has varied styles of songs and then writes that track after the style prompt given by a human composer. AI (Artificial intelligence) composes the melody and harmony and later a human musician- produces, mixes, and writes lyrics for the track.

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The music researchers at Sony have been researching and working on AI-generated music from years and they have previously used AI to create extraordinary jazz tracks. And now for the very first time the Sony Research Laboratory has come up with pop music generated by AI, and the results are majestic.

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The first song, Daddy’s Car is very catchy and its tune is a kind of memoir of “The Beatles.” French composer Benoît Carré was the human musician for the song.

Its second song, “Mr Shadow” was created in the style of Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, the American musicians.

That’s just the beginning, this generation of music through Artificial Intelligence has a long way to go. In 2017, Sony is gearing up to release a full album through AI.

– by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta