10 Top Things in Tech This Week

A lot of things happened in the tech industry this week, here’s IndianWeb2 giving up a quick recap of the top 10 things that happened.

1) Offensive YouTube videos won’t earn ad money from Google

The week saw Video-sharing giant YouTube releasing a few new creator guidelines, with a special focus on clarifying what makes a video ad-friendly and expanding the list of restrictions that might make a video ineligible to earn ad revenue. The new, stricter restrictions have been applied in the light of the recent backlash that YouTube faced around brand advertising on controversial content.


According to the updated guidelines, the video-sharing website won’t show advertising against any “hateful” content that promotes discrimination or disparages or humiliates an individual or group of people. In addition to this, videos that involve family entertainment characters engaging in inappropriate behavior, and those that carry messages that demean or are incendiary will also be barred from running advertisements.

2) Nest Cams Back From The Dead With New Home Monitoring Device

Nest has been in a morbid state for the last couple of years. With no apps changes and the product lineup stagnated, one had started to think that the end was near for the company. But, the Alphabet-owned company revived itself this week by releasing a new “intelligent” indoor camera called the Nest Cam IQ. Although quite similar in shape and styling to Nest’s signature thermostat, the company claims that Cam IQ is the best in class security camera. The company has made a special focus on the camera’s video quality, which is well supported with a 4K HDR image sensor, powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm CPU. The camera will cost $299 (or $498 for a pair) and will start shipping by the end of this month.

3) This Little Gadget Uses Neural Networks to Help You Take Photos Like A Professional

With the advent of mobile camera phones, we all have started considering ourselves ace photographers. But, in order to become a professional photographer with a professional camera, one has to keep in mind a number of things such as focus, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, color range and much more. While one can surely learn all this but it is a very long time taking consuming. Well, not if you have a gadget named Arsenal. The small wonder, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, claims that it can do all the hard work involved in taking a perfect photo without you having to go through a number of hassles every time you take a photo.

Arsenal makes use of neural networks to recognize the scene you’re looking at and compare it to a database of professional photographs. It then takes the camera settings used to capture these images and applies them to your camera. The user can even tweak them to their liking and then take the shot.

4) India To Use IoT for Waste Management

The Indian government is contemplating taking IoT’s help to fight the country’s intensifying battle against waste management. Reportedly, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is currently examining a proposal to use IoT for waste management as part of its Smart City programme. The Ministry is said to have realised that in order for its Smart City programme to become a success, they will need to have a proper functioning waste management system.

The Internet of Things technology can help cities solve their waste disposal problems by providing the city administration the power to control the amount of waste that is being disposed at regular intervals, thereby avoiding garbage build-up.

5) Microsoft Accidentally Released Internal Windows 10 Development Builds

Software giant Microsoft made a major faux pas this week when it accidentally released some confidential and internal Windows 10 builds for PC and Mobile to the public. Explaining how this happened, a Microsoft official explained that an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds / which rings to push out to insiders led to the mistake. Though Microsoft acted quickly to revert the issue and put blocks in place to ensure these development builds didn’t reach more people, but unfortunately, it had already reached a “small portion” of Windows 10 users till then.

6) India’s First Blockchain Project Clear-Chain To Be Unveiled Soon

Earlier this year, BankChain, India’s first Blockchain exploration consortium for banks came into existence in Mumbai. And now, the consortium, which was formed to enable banks to explore, build and implement Blockchain solutions which can minimise fraud and maximize efficiency, security and transparency, has unveiled that it has successfully completed work on its first blockchain project, Clear-Chain (c2).

Clear-Chain is basically a permissioned blockchain for integrated and shared KYC, AML and CFT (Know Your Customer, Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism). The project is currently being tested across the consortium’s member banks, with four others on line to be executed in the period of next four months.

7) Flipp Is A Buttonless Remote That Connects To Your Speakers Over Wi-Fi

Conceived with a single goal of enabling users to easily control their music, Flipp is a roughly palm-sized disc that does four simple things: play / pause music, control volume, skip songs, and skip playlists. The disc is completely buttonless, which means each of the aforementioned actions is tied to a specific motion based on which way the user is holding Flipp.

8) Soon Satellite Phone Service for All Citizens in India

In order to bail its citizens out of the constant network troubles that they run into, state-run BSNL is considering on extending satellite phone services to all Indian citizens. The phones, which can be expected to be made available in another two years, will be capable of working in every nook and corner of the South Asian country and will be safe from any network breakdown whatsoever.

According to a statement given by BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava to PTI, the company has already the first official step and applied to International Maritime Organisation. He said, “It will take some time to complete the process. In 18-24 months, we will be in a position to open satellite phones service for citizens in a phased manner.”

9) Intel Predicts A $7 Trillion Self-driving Future

According to a study released by Intel this week, self-driving technology will be a whopping $7 trillion annual revenue stream in future and the companies that aren’t preparing for it are risking failure or extinction. The report also highlights that the technology has the capability of saving over half a million lives over just one decade.

According to the study prepared by Strategy Analytics, autonomous vehicles will create a massive economic opportunity that will scale from $800 billion in 2035 to $7 trillion by 2050. Further, the study find out that an estimated 585,000 lives could be saved due to autonomous vehicles between 2035 and 2045.

10) AI Has a 50% Chance of Beating All Human Intelligence Within 45 Years, Say Experts

According to a recent survey, there is a 50% chance that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will surpass human intelligence in all areas within a period of about 45 years. The study conducted by researcher Katja Grace at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and a team involved surveying a total of 1,634 artificial intelligence researchers from all around the world.

The survey results showed that experts believes that within the next decade, humans could see AI outrunning them in tasks like translating languages (by 2024), writing high school essays (by 2026), and driving trucks (by 2027). Further, a majority of the researcher surveyed believe that other tasks such as carrying out surgeries (2053) or even writing a bestseller (2049) wouldn’t be so imminent.

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