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TECHNOBYTE for 4 December 2015

Artificial Intelligence will soon bring on another technological revolution, where machines may take your job and shake up the economy in the process. Drones are being used in warfare; Google, Tesla, and other companies are working on self-driving cars; and robots are designed to be superb conversationalists (similar to reality painted in the movie ‘Her’).

http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/03/preparing-for-the-technology-revolution-created-by-artificial-intelligence/

Robot carers will be the next big thing coming out of Japan, if Toyota, Honda and other firms ploughing money into robo-helpers are to be believed. From robotic toys that simulate pets for companionship, to big mechanical bears that can physically carry you between beds and wheelchairs – all with a friendly smile – the robots aren’t only coming to take your jobs, but to take care of older people too.

Japan’s Honda is arguably one of the world’s leaders in at-home robotics, with Asimo its flagship mini-humanoid. But now Japanese automotive firm Toyota is attempting to thrust itself into the growing market of robotic caring with a Silicon Valley partnership. Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota’s partner robot division said: “We are preparing for a future in which people may not be able to drive cars, or they may need artificial intelligence to support them to drive, and once they get off their cars they may need help from partner robots.” Toyota has ploughed $1bn into a Silicon Valley robotics company headed by former DARPA robotics expert Gill Pratt, while setting up links with both Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/03/robo-toys-mechanical-bears-future-carers-robots-japan

The new Apple TV has been launched in South Africa and it is a fantastic entertainment device. Apple is calling this the device the future of TV. The latest version features a new operating system called tvOS as well as a new remote that also has voice recognition capabilities. The new remote makes it easier to navigate and search for things. The future of this device is in the apps. Think of the Apple TV as a device designed to enhance your television entertainment experience. The new Apple TV is available in a 32 and 64 GB version with prices starting at R2 499.

http://www.apple.com/za/tv/

Over the last year, we have seen a growing number of incidents involving fake LinkedIn accounts targeting members of the business-oriented social networking service. We worked with LinkedIn to take down some fake accounts that we had come across during our research. Boasting over 400 million users, LinkedIn is a prime target for scammers looking to connect with professionals in a variety of industries including Information Security and Oil and Gas.

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/fake-linkedin-accounts-want-add-you-their-professional-network

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