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Interesting Facts About Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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It’s no secret by now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all set to define the next generation of software technologies!

AI has gradually been making its way into business software and will continue to for the foreseeable future. AI technology is software designed to learn without being explicitly programmed, and it is taking the retail industry by a storm. It is regarded as the next big thing!

Listed below are the 5 interesting facts about AI!

 

AI can learn and write!

This can be quite overwhelming.

AI, computers are learning and writing by themselves. For example, Google developed an Artificial Intelligence enabled system that taught itself to play the Atari 2600 games. It later beat some of the world’s best players.

How intelligent!

Back in 1984, in a famous movie, Terminator, we saw the story about the concept that the United States government develops an Artificial Intelligence called Skynet. It was intended to automate the defense network. It takes control of force behind military operations and eventually seeks to terminate human race by unleashing a nuclear strike, as it sees humanity as a threat to its existence.

In near future, AI robots could end up completely changing what it means to be human if we let them think for themselves!


AI is way ahead of humans!

Artificial Intelligence does not have limitations that plague human beings. They are not restricted by biology and they do not even get tired!

AI can crunch numbers for long hours and are exceptionally clever while doing repetitive mathematical tasks and other significant tasks! This makes them way ahead and smarter than human beings.

The Terminator director, James Cameron says,

“What was science fiction in the ’80s is now imminent. It’s coming over the horizon at us.”

AI will fight challenging diseases.

The AI could not only make your lives convenient but it can also fight back some of the most challenging diseases. They could do it all as they are capable of identifying, collecting and analyzing the human molecular data. This amazing technology can identify and analyze illnesses to enable new drugs, treatments and cures within seconds.

In an interesting attempt to fight the spread of challenging diseases,  a team of USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers in order to create  the algorithm used data, including behavioral, demographic and epidemic disease trends, to create a model of disease spread that captures underlying population dynamics and contact patterns between people.

With the help of computer simulations, the researchers tested the algorithm on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis in India and gonorrhea in the United States. In both cases, they found the algorithm did an amazing job at reducing disease cases by sharing information about these diseases with individuals who might be most at risk.


AI can rebuild itself

There is a robot that rebuilt itself after its performance dropped after losing 2 of its 6 legs. The robot did not know what the problem was but fixed it by trial and error.

The whole process could take 15 minutes for them to adapt and compensate for even the simplest of problems. This new adaptive technology is inspired by the way animals adapt to injury.

AI could take our jobs in near future.

With each passing year, we notice a lot of spectacular changes in the techno world. Big techno giants including Google is moving toward the adaptation of AI in order to improve productivity.

From surgeries to autonomous driving, technologies have taken over some of the most amazing human activities already. Industries including manufacturing and other large sections of agriculture have seen millions of human jobs taken over by robots, machines and more efficient factories.

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, stated once  “AI and robots are going to kill a lot of jobs, because in the future, these will be done by machines.”


With Artificial Intelligence evolving in almost every industry, some people believe AI will wipe out humans completely!

 

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Nokia: Interesting Facts

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Once known as the King of the mobile market, Nokia had a huge impact on the mobile technology developments. It ruled the world of mobile phones once, but its popularity decreased a lot because of the increase in the number of competitors. For a lot of people out there, the Nokia 3310 was perhaps their first mobile phone. So, how well do you know Nokia? We bring you a few interesting facts about Nokia.

1. Nokia originally started off as a paper pulp manufacturing company in 1865 in Finland. The company was set up by a mining engineer, Fredrik Idestam, in the town of Tampere. In 1868, Fredrik Idestam built a second mill near the town of Nokia. This mill was then transformed into a share company in 1871 by Fredrik Idestam, with the help of his close friend Leo Mechelin. They renamed it the Nokia Company.

2. Do you know, the world’s first commercial GSM call was made by Finland Prime minister Harri Holkeri, using the Nokia phone over a Nokia supplied network in 1991

3. In 1982, Nokia released the first phone called Mobira Senator and it weighed around 10 kg.

4. In 1996, Nokia released the first smart phone called the Nokia 9000 communicator.

5. Nokia 8810 was the first phone to come without an external antenna. It was launched way back in 1998 as a flagship Nokia phone and was also the most luxurious Nokia mobile phone of its time. Believe it or not the so called ‘brick phone’ was the first affordable mobile phone to come to market with a fully internal antenna and was the sporting icon for businessmen in that era.

6. The Nokia theme tune was originally composed by Francisco Tarrega, an influential Spanish composer and guitarist of the Romantic period.

7. According to the Fortune list 2006 survey, Nokia was the 20th most Admired company in the world.

8. In May 2007, Nokia’s 1100 handset was the best selling mobile phone of all time and the world’s top selling consumer electronics product.

9. Nokia is currently the world’s largest digital camera manufacturer, as the sales of its camera equipped mobile phones have exceeded those of any conventional camera manufacturer.

10. Nokia never manufactured phones starting with number 4. In many parts of Asia, the number 4 is considered a unlucky number as it sounds similar to the word of Death. Interesting, right?

So, tell us in the comments section below, if you have any interesting facts that we missed. 

 

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The Best Tech April Fool’s Day Pranks Of 2018

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April Fool’s Day, the one day where you are allowed to be funny, just went by. To commemorate this iconic day, tech companies around the world worked extremely (not) hard to pull off some truly brilliant jokes. To make the second day of April a tad bit more exciting than the first, we have rounded up some of the best pranks our tech geeks pulled off this year!

1. Google 

Google had a ball with its pranks this year. From Google Maps to Google Cloud, this tech giant went a tad bit crazy with its pranks this year. Check the list out here!

a) Google Maps 

Google lets you find Waldo in Google Maps. Once you’ve discovered him, you’ll get more and more games to search for him over and over again. To do so, go to  Google Maps online or update your iPhone and Android apps. Just maybe don’t do this when you’re on the hunt for a location.

b) The Google homepage 

Google Australia decided to redesign its homepage in an attempt to stay with the times. It is now called Googz.

c) Google Cloud 

Google Cloud launched the Hummus app which matches you to your perfect hummus. While it may have been a prank, it is definitely something Google could do, right?

d) Files Go 

The Files Go team invented the bad joke detector. For April 1st. Right.

2) Snapchat 

Snapchat may have performed the best prank this year. Targetted at Facebook (of course,) the Snapchat team introduced a new filter just like the Facebook app. The only twist? The text reads in Russian! Two birds, one stone right there!

3) OnePlus 

OnePlus seems to be catching up with the year’s fad: cryptocurrencies and Bitcoins. Last week, the company began teasing people everywhere by saying it was going to make its own blockchain! Algthough the idea seems gimmicky, it doesn’t really seem all the far fetched!

4) Ola 

India’s homegrown cab conglomerate, Ola, has definitely maintained its position as the top prankster of this year by pulling off quite a classic prank.  Apparently, Ola started a new news channel called ONN (short for Ola News Network) featuring its own drivers, as well as Share riders, as journalists and field reporters. The videos posted by Ola on its social media platforms look realistic and share a mutual idea of many who want more local news. Even on topics such as why is there no electricity in your house while the neighbours can be heard giggling over the jokes on a TV show. Well, we know that’s not what you look for in a news bulletin!

5) Reliance Jio 

One of the most interesting additions to the prankster family is Reliance Jio. Not to be outdone by the other prankers, Reliance joined the club with a twist. Last week, Jio gave us a glimpse of what looked like a battery management app called the Jio Juice. According to the teasers, the new technology will charge your smartphone as soon you insert the Jio sim card. Maybe someday this could happen but today is definitely not the day!

We love pranks. We love them all the more when our tech geniuses come together to create brilliance. This year has been quite a fun day for April Fool’s lovers!

 

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Top Five Inventions Through The Ages!

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It’s Christmas! We, at Startup Stories, would like to wish all you readers a very happy and Merry Christmas. Since Christmas is the time of giving, spreading joy and love, let’s take a look at some of the inventions that have helped humans through the ages, making the world an easier and better place to live.

1. Electricity and the light bulb
Any inventions list will be incomplete without electricity and the light bulb. Where would humans be if we did not have electricity to power our day to day lives? The electric light bulb invented by Thomas Alva Edison is, to this day, considered to be one of the most important inventions, paving the path for many other inventions and discoveries. On the other hand, while Benjamin Franklin is given credit for discovering electricity, electricity became a reality due to the contributions of various scientists over a period of time.

2. Printing Press
The printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15 century. Gutenberg’s printing press reduced the cost of printing books and other documents thereby allowing for books to be printed even in lesser numbers. By the 16th century, the output rose tenfold to an estimated 150 to 200 million copies. The arrival of mechanical movable type printing introduced the era of mass communication and resulted in a sharp increase in literacy. Today, practically every alternate house has a printer.
 
3. Computers
Computers, like electricity, have now become a part and parcel of our daily life. These electronic devices that could initially only manipulate, store, retrieve or process data are now used for basically everything in life. Next generation computers can process all forms of data, prioritize information, suggest solutions, learn habits over time and come with personalized digital assistants. Charles Babbage is hugely credited with this invention.

4. Internet
One of the most important inventions, at least for the millennials, is the Internet brought about a huge change in the way the world communicated with each other. Initially designed to be used by the American military, the Internet has now taken over the majority of the industries, digitizing the entire world. Now, new industries like the startup ecosystem are on a rise due to easy access to the internet and its ability to connect the world.

5. Smartphones
Where do we even begin with smartphones? Since 2007, when the first iPhone hit the markets, smartphones have only made life super easy. Right from scheduling appointments to carrying a digital assistant in your pocket and creating augmented realities in your backyard, the smartphones of now can do it all.

This is our list of inventions that have made our life a piece of cake. If you feel we missed out on any amazing inventions, discoveries and innovations, let us know in the comments below. If you are creating the next big thing, write to us at [email protected].

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