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‘Smart City’ is one of the many ambitious projects of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is aimed at altering the urban backdrop of the nation by making cities all-inclusive and livable, in addition to driving the growth in economy here. Under this program, every selected city, which falls under this scheme, will get central government’s assistance of around Rs 100 crore every year for a period of around five years.
The 2015 federal budget also includes provisions for the ‘smart living and smart practices’, with around USD 1 billion allotted for this Urban Rejuvenation Mission and approximately USD 84 million reserved for the development and habitation of these 100 selected smart cities. The budget is forecasted to enhance investments into tourism, infrastructure, innovation, renewable energy, and livability, consistent with the sharp focus on the smart cities.
If it all goes according to the government’s plans, all states will, in due course, will have at least one ‘Smart City’.
The prime minister has started bringing this plan to action. He has been talking to a number of countries like Japan, Singapore, and France etc. who all have extended their help in transforming cities and states like Nagpur, Varanasi, and Andhra Pradesh into smart cities.
The latest addition in the cities that have come forward to help this transformation is Abu Dhabi.
A real estate company based in Abu Dhabi has gone into a strategic partnership with Indian builder firm to institute ‘Smart City’ projects in the country. Every chosen city under this scheme will get a central funding help of Rs 100 crore every year for development and maintenance afterwards.
Abu Dhabi’s real estate giant, Tasweek Real Estate Development’s newly formed Strategic Partnership with the MAMS Holdings Group, has established itself as an international construction and development company to communally pursue investment and business projections in the GCC and India.
The member states of GCC are the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain. To shape the partnership, MAMS Holdings Group and Tasweek officials, recently, met the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav to talk about various investment prospects related to the ‘Smart City’ and the urban development that can be initialized in U.P.
The Chief Minister said that he is interested in delivering affordable smart residential solutions and constructing 2,00,000 low priced houses in the state in some years. The terms of agreement mentioned that the partners will predominantly pursue commercial, residential, and mixed-use construction empowered with all the ‘smart’ technologies of India.
They also plan to focus on the investment prospects in the affordable housing concept, as part of their agreement.
The CEO of TASWEEK Real Estate Development, Masood Al Awar, said that their partnership with the MAMS Holdings is very strategic and timely as they have access to the local market ‘know-how’ and expertise on how to back the affordable but ‘smart living’, starting with U.P. and reaching other states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kolkata, and Telangana.
He added that they will continue discussing breaks with their partner in association with the long-term development agenda of India.
While the naysayers still doubt how Modi will be able to carry it off, the transformation has already started with examples like Gujarat’s GIFT City leading it.
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)