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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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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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Online Health Tech Firm 1mg Acquires Healthcare Startup Dawailelo

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The online health care firm based in Gurugram, 1mg has acquired Varanasi based Dawailelo.com for an undisclosed amount in an effort to expand its operations to Tier II and Tier III cities across India. This acquisition comes close on the heels of the health tech firm 1mg’s recent $ 15 million Series C funding round led by HBM Healthcare Investments. This round also saw participation from existing investors Sequoia India, Maverick Capital Ventures, Omidyar Network and Kae Capital.

Run by DL Lifecare Pvt., Ltd., Dawailelo is a tech based facilitator that helps users connect with medical stores, doctors and pathology labs through its website and app. Dawailelo, which was co founded by the duo Aditya Agrawal (CEO) and Arpit Sarin in 2013, raised Rs. 35 lakhs in seed funding in February last year. Speaking about the acquisition, CEO Aditya said, “We’re looking forward to working with the 1mg team and establish an efficient and stable digital healthcare channel in the Tier II and Tier III towns of the country.” Cofounder Arpit added that it’s a good time to collaborate with 1mg and consolidate their efforts towards the common goal of delivering best healthcare services to the people.

Online technology pharmacy store 1mg backed by Sequoia Capital is India’s largest digital health platform. Prashant Tandon, CEO of 1mg, speaking about the acquisition said the team at Dawailelo has done a great job at understanding the requirements of the customers and have created a unique model that suit Tier II and Tier III cities very well. 

Dawailelo will be 1mg’s fourth acquisition, having previously acquired super specialty ehospital MediAngels, diagnostic and imaging tests marketplace Medd.in and ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine portal Homeobuy. The company, which is keen on building a pan India presence rapidly, has raised $ 37 million in funding till now. Their mobile app has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the App Store and PlayStore. 1mg, which competes with NetMeds, mChemist, Pluss, Medikoe and BigChemist, also launched their own diagnostics services recently.

The Dawailelo team will be working with the 1mg ePharmacy team and will be reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, Tanmay Saksena.

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