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Renting Robots For Less Than Minimum Wage Is A Boon For Companies

  Renting Robots For Less Than Minimum Wage Is A Boon For Companies   BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 11:20 PM Automation has rapidly expanded in businesses of all sizes to cope with rising wages and  labor shortages . Robotics help firms streamline otherwise inefficient tasks and slash labor costs amid an inflationary environment.  Orders for robotic machinery have jumped for automotive, agricultural, construction, electronics, food processing, and warehousing companies. The benefits of employing a robot over a human are now being realized for small and medium-sized companies.  Jose Figueroa, who manages Polar Manufacturing, a small company that produces hinges, locks, and brackets in south Chicago, told  Wired  that he employed a robot on the production line that costs only $8 per hour versus a minimum wage of $15 per hour for humans. He said the robot has allowed workers to concentrate on other tasks while increasing output. "Smaller companies sometimes suffe

Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers

Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers   BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM   A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is  flops , or  floating point operations per second . In this visualization,  Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses  November 2021 data from  TOP500  to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used  teraflops  as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku  was completed in March 202

Microsoft to buy Activision in $68.7 billion all-cash deal

Microsoft to buy Activision in $68.7 billion all-cash deal Steve Kovach @STEVEKOVACH January 18, 2022 8:33 AM EST KEY POINTS ·         Microsoft will buy video game giant Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion all-cash deal. ·         Activision makes popular game franchises such as Call of Duty. ·         Activision has been mired in controversy in recent months due to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct among company executives. Microsoft  announced Tuesday  it will buy video game giant Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion all-cash deal. The price means Microsoft will pay $95 per share for Activision. Shares of  Activision  soared 27% on Tuesday morning following the news while  Microsoft ’s stock fell less than 1%. This would be Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date, followed by its purchase of LinkedIn in 2016 for $26.2 billion. Activision, which is known for popular games such as Call of Duty and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, has been mired in controvers

China Reveals AI News Anchor, Almost Indistinguishable From Real Human - Already in use for 70 days

China Reveals AI News Anchor, Almost Indistinguishable From Real Human   BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 14, 2022 - 09:00 PM By Shawn Lin of The Epoch Times,   “Hello everyone, I am the artificial intelligence news anchor on National Business Daily. I am the virtual twin of the original host. I have been running—reporting the news—undetected for 70 days now,” the AI news anchor N Xiaohei revealed itself to its television viewers on Dec. 20, 2021, after 1700 hours of a continuous live news broadcast. (R) A screenshot image of the real-life news anchor on the “N Xiaohei Finance” program (L) N Xiaohei’s AI-rendered virtual twin in a blue background. On the same day, the Chinese state-controlled media National Business Daily (NBD) and the AI company Xiaoice jointly announced the official launch of their collaborative live news broadcasting TV programs run entirely by AI—the first of its kind. The TV program is named “AI Business Daily.” It will broadcast financial news 24 hours a day

Apple's Mixed Reality AR/VR Headset Faces Delays Due To Overheating, Cameras And Software

Apple's Mixed Reality AR/VR Headset Faces Delays Due To Overheating, Cameras And Software   BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 14, 2022 - 08:00 PM We regret to inform you that the transformation of your daily life into  The Matrix  has been delayed by several months, at least. The next big widely anticipated AR/VR release - a headset launch from Apple - appears to have run "head first" into a  reality  check.  The company's planned mixed-reality headset product has been delayed by "at least a few months," according to a new Bloomberg report. The device had been planned for an unveiling at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.  But Apple is now battling "development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software" that may have pushed the timeline for the product's release back from its late year 2022 expected date. The headset, which hasn't been discussed publicly by the company, has been "years in the maki

Amidst A Historic Shortage Of Drivers, Debate About Autonomous 18-Wheelers Has Begun

Amidst A Historic Shortage Of Drivers, Debate About Autonomous 18-Wheelers Has Begun   BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, JAN 10, 2022 - 10:50 PM   While the debate about the safety of self-driving cars rages on between automakers and regulators, another debate is about to begin: can massive self-driving 40 ton 18-wheeler trucks be safe on the roads? Forcing the issue are companies like J.B. Hunt , Uber’s freight division and FedEx - all of whom are testing autonomous big rigs. The technology, which could be useful now during the current driver shortage, is likely still years away. But that hasn't stopped the issue from being hotly contested,  according to a new Bloomberg report . Sterling Anderson, co-founder of Aurora Innovation Inc., sees the obvious benefits: “Human drivers, by our nature, have to eat, sleep and take breaks. What that leads to is enormous underutilization of these trucks and much slower movement of goods.” Haven't these drivers learned anything from Amazon

Move Over Farmers, The Fully Autonomous, Self-Driving Tractor Has Officially Arrived

Move Over Farmers, The Fully Autonomous, Self-Driving Tractor Has Officially Arrived   BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 07, 2022 - 05:00 PM   It's not often you hear the words "John Deere" and "controversy" together, but that's exactly what is coming to pass as the agricultural staple looks to debut its first fully autonomous tractor. Equipped with six pairs of stereo cameras and AI, John Deere’s new 8R tractor can both perceive its environment and navigate, according to a new  writeup by Wired . It relies on neural network algorithms analyzing data streaming into its cameras.   In fact, it can even "find its way to a field on its own when given a route and coordinates, then plow the soil or sow seeds without instructions, avoiding obstacles as it goes," the report says. This is a far cry from the autonomous tractors available today, many of which can only operate in limited situations.  Jahmy Hindman, Deere’s chief technology officer, sai