Bill Gates says AI should improve education and medicine

Artificial intelligence is an unusual technology with the potential to both harm and help us, Microsoft co-founder and now philanthropist Bill Gates urged. So to ensure it’s a boon, we should put AI to work improving health and education.

“The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous,” Gates said Monday, mentioning nuclear energy and nuclear weapons as other examples with that much potential for profound change. As for areas where AI has helped society so far, he said, “I won’t say there are that many.”….

Artificial intelligence is “both promising and dangerous,” like nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, Microsoft’s co-founder says.
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Facial Recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google race to outdo

Whether you want it to or not, facial recognition (sometimes called simply “face recognition”) is poised to play an ever-growing role in your life. Your face could be scanned at airports or concerts with or without your knowledge. You could be targeted by personalized ads thanks to cameras at shopping malls. Facial recognition has plenty of upside. The tech could help smart home gadgets get smarter, sending you notifications based on who it sees and offering more convenient access to friends and family. ….

Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome. Here’s how it works and what you need to know.


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Adventures in Programming

My adventures in computers the last 36 years….

From the 8k memory Radio Shack TRS-80 to my first IBM PC in 1983 with 256k memory and a 360k floppy drive to creating several tech companies, and making my own website….

BACK in 1982 when I graduated from high school, I really did not want to take up management.I was fascinated with computers, and after having my fill…


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Alibaba to step up cloud computing expansion

Alibaba Group Holding, China’s biggest e-commerce company, plans to ratchet up the expansion of its cloud computing ecosystem with more strategic partnerships and services, intensifying its global competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

Chief technology officer Jeff Zhang Jianfeng, who serves as president of subsidiary Alibaba Cloud, said the new initiative will make the 10-year-old business unit “a more technologically inclusive platform” at the company’s cloud summit in Beijing on Thursday….

Subsidiary Alibaba Cloud, which turns 10 this year, has become the e-commerce giant’s main business development focus.

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Tencent plays catch-up in cloud computing services

Tencent Holdings, operator of China’s biggest social media and video gaming businesses, said it will step up investments in cloud computing for industries, heating up its rivalry with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding in that growing online services market segment.

Shenzhen-based Tencent said its cloud computing operations will be the vehicle on which its data analytics, artificial intelligence and security systems can be customised for industries such as retail, financial services, transport, health care and education….

The internet giant capped 2018 with a quarterly profit that missed analysts’ estimates.

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Japan convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid severe labour shortages

Japan’s 24-hour convenience stores are struggling to stay open around the clock as an industry that has continually expanded now finds itself at the sharp end of a labour shortage.

Franchise owners, some of whom were forced to work amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, have launched a campaign to persuade industry leader 7-Eleven to allow stores to close earlier….

The stores are an essential part of modern Japanese life, but the tightest labour market in more than 40 years is hurting franchise owners.


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Lazada bets on Chinese e-commerce models to win in SAsian markets

Lazada Group, the Southeast Asian e-commerce platform, is betting on the tried-and-tested technology and e-commerce models of parent company Alibaba Group Holding as it strives to conquer the largely untapped online shopping market in the region.

Lazada has adopted Alibaba’s technology to power its platform, and this week announced a host of tools for sellers on its online shopping centre Lazmall to build its brand and better engage with users. Merchants and retailers on Lazmall can now do everything from customising the look of their online stores to engaging with customers via a live-streaming function….

The Singapore-based company’s move to give its sellers more tools, such as data analytics, comes as competition in Southeast Asia’s e-commerce market heats up.

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