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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday July 9th, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|SL||Intel is denying part of a CTech report from last week that Apple has decided not to use an Intel 5G modem called “Sunny Peak” in future iPhones. CTech u[pdated its report to clarify Sunny Peak was not a 5G modem, and did not combine 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on one chip, only a combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip.||https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/06/intel-says-5g-plans-for-iphone-are-unchanged/|
|lw||Sources tell Recode Groupon is looking to sell and has ramped up efforts in recent months. In 2011 Groupon had the second-largest IPO for a tech company at the time, putting the company's valuation at $16 billion. Today, Groupon is valued at $2.4 billion as the daily deals market has waned.||https://www.recode.net/2018/7/7/17532138/groupon-acquisition-buyer-sale|
|tm||Microsoft tweeted a picture of its current Sufrace computers with the text "where will Surface go next? All four models showed the date of July 10 and the time of 6 AM, leading folks to guess new Surface models will arrive Tuesday morning. Bloomberg reported in May that Microsoft was planning low-cost Surface tablets.||https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-teases-new-surface-for-tomorrow-july-10/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=54052288|
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|:33||lw||The folks on the DTNS subreddit are very excited about the California law that went into effect July 1st. The story broke last week but neophoenixfire's submission has had 55 votes in two days, so we're talking about it now. The law says that if a customer accepts an automatic renewal of a service online, that the company providing the service must offer a way to cancel online. A pre-written termination email provided by the company counts. The law applies to all companies with customers in the state.||https://www.cnet.com/news/companies-must-let-customers-cancel-subscriptions-online-california-law-says/?utm_source=reddit.com|
|:39||tm||Last week we discussed a paper from two scientists at King's College London (Lukas Schlogl and Andy Sumner) who said "too much attention is focused on determining tehcnological feasibility of automation. But just because something can be automated does not mean it will be."|
Let's apply that to a story in the NY Times by Noam Scheiber titled "High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too." and on Techmeme it is teased as "Algorithms increasingly replace highly-skilled white-collar workers, as seen in online fashion and retail industries and the ascendance of firms like Stitch Fix."
Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tom Mitchell, a Carnegie Mellon computer scientist are cited as saying most of the jobs affected would become partly automated rather than disappear.
LeTote and StitchFix and Bombfell all have fewer buyers than traditional retail. But they didn't eliminate the jobs they just never had them.
Yet "Bombfell, Stitch Fix and others "employ a growing army of human stylists who receive recommendations from algorithms about clothes that might work for a customer, but decide for themselves what to send."
Chida Khatua, CEO of EquBot, an AI managed ETF, predicts more automation will lead to hiring more managers. “If I’m the customer explaining what I want, humans need to be involved. Sometimes I don’t know what I really want.”
Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of wholesale and retail buyers to contract by 2 percent over a decade, in part because of automation.
|:44||lw||The Financial Times reports that Apple Music has almost as many US subscribers as Spotify. Within a million or so. A year ago Spotify had 4 million more subscribers than Apple Music in the US. Apple Music has also been growing faster than Spotify in the UK and Canada. Digital Music News reported last week that a major music distributor told it Apple had passed Spotify. The Financial Times says that Apple will end the year with 27 million U.S. subscribers, while Spotify will land at about 24 million. Worldwide Spotify had 75 million paying subscribers at the end of March to Apple's 50 million. (Meanwhile Tencent announced it intends to put its music division on a US stock exchange. So who knows the US may get another music competitior as well)||https://www.thurrott.com/music-videos/162676/apple-music-inches-spotify-u-s|
|:48||sl||Xiaomi initiated its public offering of stock in Hong Kong Monday - Yep it's IPO--, opening down at 16.60 Hong Kong dollars ($2.12) a share, a bit below the IPO price of HK$17. Shares closed at $16.80, after slipping as low as HK$16 earlier in the day. Xiaomi’s market value is now around $50 billion, making it the world’s third largest listed maker of mobile devices but well below the $100 it was saying it expected last year.||http://fortune.com/2018/07/09/xiaomi-ipo-china-hong-kong-trading-trade-war/|
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|:50||Andy Patrizio has an excellent article on Ars Technica about the growing competition among chipmakers for AI. While it may seem that Intel dominates x86 still and Nvidia dominates GPUs, AI processors are flooded with competition. Intel has purcvahsed Nervana and Movidius. Microsoft makes an AI chip for the Hololens. Google makes its Tensor Processing UNit, used in the cloud. Amazon is reportedly working on an AI chip for AVS. Apple is developing a neural engine for Siri and Face ID. ARM introduced two new image recognition processors, ARM Machine Learning (ML) Processor and ARM Object Detection (OD). IBM is developing an AI processor and Tesla hired former AMD and Apple chip engineer Jim Keller. And that doesn't include startups. ||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/07/the-ai-revolution-has-spawned-a-new-chips-arms-race/|
|- Most obvious reason for all these companies, is potential for growth. BUT also the chips are different.|
- x86 is too general for AI, sometimes GPU is too.
- Machine Learning makes predictions about data based on what it's learned from previous data.
- CPU/GPU are overkill. Wastefully moves data round too much. Instead, single-precision chip with smaller lower-power footprint.
- Different chips for locale. Phone needs a 1 watt chip, data center needs high performance. (Nvidia Volta draws 300 watts)
- Also need to handle the throughput.
EXAMPLE: IBM Power9 used NVlink for interconnects, PCI Express Gen 4 and OpenCAPI for high bw low latency memory, network, storage etc.
- x86 not keeping up. Still shipping with PCI Gen 3 (1/2 bw of gen 4)
- memory bandwidth and I/O bandwidth performance becoming performance constyraints
- Software is there. needs hardware that can execute it. Often (as in Nvidia) Hardware and software being developed together as hardware drives capabilities.
- Much still vapor
- Google, Facebook, Microsoft, likely just for internal use. No market product. Jeston Xavier SoC for robots, Drive Pegasus for autonomous taxis and Drive Xavier for semi-autonomous cars. All work with Isaac Sim platform for training.
- Intel promises Spring Crest (based on Nervana) in 2019. Lake Crest avail for devs.
- Nvidia coming to market
- May eventually consolidate back into CPU like math co-processor/gpu etc.
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|sl||The problem with WhatsApp phenomenon in India is a perfect storm situation.|
1. within the last couple of years data has become very cheep and accessible to remote villages to elderly folks. these were folks who used to only turn on data sporadically
2. previously they depended on either newspapers or word of mouth for any reliant news, now they have constant data
3. fake news preys on our worst believable fears.
So now you have a situation where folks forward any messages they receive that they perceive will help others, and don’t understand the damage it does if it’s fake. example: your dad might receive a fwd saying “a group of folks including women have come to “a place/city near you” from another state with intentions of kidnapping kids and selling them north.” In dad's mind, he got this in his college group, it seems legitimate. He immediately fwds it to every single group he is part of, thinking he is being a responsible adult.
On the flip side, you might be visiting a remote village trying to find a temple and offer some kids candy and everyone thinks you're a kidnapper.
Murugeyson K Ram
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