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This week was all about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s biggest gathering for all things mobile. As we strive to provide our clients with the very best smart network solutions, we were to cover the event and see what’s hot in IoT (Internet of Things).
Samsung’s new flagship phone fuss aside, 5G was a broadly covered topic throughout the week. Qualcomm released real-world 5G speeds from pilot tests conducted in Frankfurt and San Francisco with significant browsing and download speeds. The future of the Internet is very, very fast.
While talking self-driving cars, things are moving in California as regulation adapts and new rules will allow companies like Waymo (Google’s selfdriving car project) to test driverless vehicles without safety drivers as of 2 April.
It is not the first time driverless cars are allowed to travel around with no safety drivers tough. Arizona « has taken a more hands-off approach to the technology » even though most self-driving car companies are based in California. Waymo, for instance, started testing autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on Arizona roads in October. The company has plans to start a ride-hailing service without human drivers later this year.
On the AI side, this week was feeded with noticeable communications.
Google’s Chinese equivalent Baidu has released a white paper showing its latest development in artificial intelligence. As of now, the Google of China will only need a seconds-long clip of any voice to clone it. Not only can the company’s software mimic a certain voice, but it can also change it to reflect another gender or even a different accent. Abode VoCo project needed 20 minutes of audio. Canadian startup Lyrebird one minute. Here, Baidu’s innovation has further cut that time into seconds.
On the reinforcement learning side, Google’s AI branch DeepMind succeeded in teaching machines how to figure things out for themselves. Also, a new open-source algorithm called Hindsight Experience Replay (HER) released earlier this week by researchers from non-profit AI research company OpenAI lets their AI learn from its own mistakes.
Seen this week, too: a landmark 40-page study unveiled by leading AI contract review platform LawGeex details « how AI has overtaken top lawyers for the first time in accurately spotting risks in everyday business contracts. »
• Music streaming service Spotify is going public.
• Is Facebook competing with LinkedIn? The social network giant is rolling out its jobs offering to 40 more countries, Belgium included.
• Ethereum blockchain may not be as secure as we thought.
• GitHub suffered the world’s biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack (1,35 Tbps).
• Facebook is ending its controversial Explore Feed test albeit the new algorithm may have a destructive impact on businesses.