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Amazon deploys AI ‘distance assistants’ to notify warehouse workers if they get too close

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Amazon deploys AI ‘distance assistants’ to notify warehouse workers if they get too close

Amazon, which is currently being sued for allegedly failing to shield workers from COVID-19 Pandemic, has uncovered a new AI (Artificial Intelligence)  distance assistant it says will help employees follow social distancing rules.

“Amazon distance assistants” combines a TV screen, depth sensors, and AI-enabled camera to track employees’ movements and give them feedback in real time. When workers come closer than six feet to one another, circles around their feet flash red on the TV, indicating to employees that they should move to a safe distance apart. The devices are self-contained, meaning they can be deployed quickly where needed and moved about.

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Amazon compares the system to radar speed checks which give drivers instant feedback on their driving. The assistants have been tested at a “handful” of the company’s buildings, said Brad Porter, vice president of Amazon Robotics, in a blog post, and the firm plans to roll out “hundreds” more to new locations in the coming weeks.

Importantly, Amazon also says it will be open-sourcing the technology, allowing other companies to quickly replicate and deploy these devices in a range of locations.

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Amazon AI distance assistants

Amazon isn’t the only company using machine learning in this way. A large number of firms offering AI video analytics and surveillance have created similar social-distancing tools since the coronavirus outbreak began. Some startups have also turned to physical solutions, like bracelets and pendants which use Bluetooth signals to sense proximity and then buzz or beep to remind workers when they break social distancing guidelines.

Although these solutions will be necessary for workers to return to busy facilities like warehouses, many privacy experts worry their introduction will normalize greater levels of surveillance. Many of these solutions will produce detailed data of workers’ movements throughout the day, allowing managers to hound employees in the name of productivity. Workers will also have no choice but to be tracked in this way if they want to keep their job.

Amazon’s involvement in this sort of technology will raise suspicions as the company is often criticized for the grueling working conditions in its facilities. In 2018, it even patented a wristband that would track workers’ movements in real time, directing not just which task they should do next, but if their hands are moving towards the wrong shelf or bin.

The company’s description of the Distance Assistant as a ”standalone unit” that only requires power suggests it’s not storing any data about worker’s movement, but we’ve contacted the company to confirm what information, if any, might be retained.

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COVID-19: Technology firms summoned over ‘crackpot’ 5G conspiracies

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COVID-19: Technology firms summoned over ‘crackpot’ 5G conspiracies

Oliver James Dowden a British politician who has served as Culture Secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oliver James Dowden plans to hold important meetings with representatives from diverse technology firms next week to discuss the matter.

It follows a number of 5G masts apparently being set on fire.

The issue will test the companies’ commitments to free speech.

 

Earlier in the week, blazes were reported at masts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside.

A spokesman for Vodafone’s mobile network told the BBC there had been a total of four further incidents over the past 24 hours at both its own sites and those shared with O2, but did not identify the locations.

“We have received several reports of criminal damage to phone masts and abuse of telecoms engineers apparently inspired by crackpot conspiracy theories circulating online,” a spokeswoman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the BBC.

“Those responsible for criminal acts will face the full force of the law.

“We must also see social media companies acting responsibly and taking much swifter action to stop nonsense spreading on their platforms which encourages such acts.”

DCMS has yet to confirm which tech companies are being summoned.

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5G Conspiracy Theories labeled a ‘Complete rubbish’

False theories are being spread on smaller platforms such as Nextdoor, Pinterest and the petitions site Change.org as well as larger ones including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.

Scientists have said the idea of a connection between COVID-19 and 5G is “complete rubbish” and biologically impossible.

Several of the platforms have already taken steps to address the problem but have not banned discussion of the subject outright.

Pinterest, for example, limits its search results for coronavirus and related terms to showing pinned information from recognized health organizations but does not have a comparable restriction for 5G.

Facebook said it had also removed a number of groups that were encouraging attacks on 5G masts.

However, a post entitled “burn baby burn – it’s begun”, which accompanied videos of telecoms equipment ablaze, was only taken down about six hours after it was flagged to the company’s press office.

YouTube bans some types of bogus posts about COVID-19 pandemic, but classes conspiracy theories linking the virus to 5G as “borderline content”, i;e 5G conspiracies are classified as “Borderline Content”.

As a result, it said it tries to reduce the frequency its algorithms recommend them but does not delete the videos from its platform.

A spokeswoman for the Google-owned service said it intended to “evaluate the impact” of this approach. It did, however, remove one video flagged by the BBC that featured threatening language.

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Change.org said its open nature allowed anyone to set up a petition about any issue they cared about but added they must comply with its guidelines to stay online.

“We have removed a number of petitions making unsubstantiated health claims about 5G from the platform,” a spokeswoman added.

Vodafone has said the attacks are “now a matter of national security”.

“It beggars belief that some people should want to harm the very networks that are providing essential connectivity to the emergency services, the NHS, and rest of the country during this difficult lockdown period,” wrote UK chief executive Nick Jeffery.

“It also makes me angry to learn that some people have been abusing our engineers as they go about their business.

“Online stories connecting the spread of coronavirus to 5G are utterly baseless. Please don’t share them on social media – fake news can have serious consequences.”

The GSMA – a trade body that represents the wider mobile industry – also urged social media and other content-hosting providers to “accelerate their efforts to remove fake news” relating to the problem.

The campaign against 5G has been flourishing on social media for the last year.

Facebook, in particular, has been full of groups claiming the technology is dangerous, with many of them also pushing anti-vaccine messages.

Until recently, apart from the odd fact-checking message alongside posts, the companies have done little to combat this trend. Neither Twitter nor YouTube, for instance, has an option in their reporting systems to flag misinformation.

Even on Friday, complaints to Facebook moderators about a group that appeared to encourage arson attacks on 5G masts received replies saying the page did “not violate our community standards” – although after the BBC contacted Facebook’s press office it was taken down.

In normal times, social media platforms are very reluctant to curb what they regard as an essential part of their mission: giving people the right to free expression, however outlandish or unscientific their views.

But these are not normal times.

The government is effectively waging a war against a deadly virus, and keyworkers looking after vital infrastructure are facing abuse, possibly inspired by these social media campaigners.

That means there is now intense pressure on the likes of Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter to combat what one minister has called “dangerous nonsense” – and they will want to be seen to be acting responsibly, even if some of their users cry censorship.

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Finally! Huawei Launched Harmony OS | Let the Rivalry Begins with AndrodOS

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Tech Giant, Huawei officially launched a Mobile Phone Operating System called Harmony OS, which in-turns will surely rival Android OS

Tech Giant, Huawei officially launched a Mobile Phone Operating System called Harmony OS, which in-turns will surely rival Android OS

Huawei just announced a new operating system called Harmony OS  at its developer conference in China. The company said the HarmonyOS is a microkernel-based distributed OS for all platforms including mobile phones, wearables, laptops, and televisions.

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In the light of this massive development, we could all recall the BAN placed upon Huawei by US Government, but China prooving who they are against all odds came up with a rival OS called Harmony OS

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Harmony OS is a microkernel-based distributed OS for all platforms including mobile phones, wearables, laptops, and televisions.

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#HarmonyOS is built with a deterministic latency engine that gives a smooth interactive experience. That means latency is at a minimum; bringing fluid interactive experience to the maximum #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/p9bnwNHJq6

— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019

The beauty of it all is that Harmony OS will run on Smartphones, SmartTVs, and wearable gadgets before the year 2020. The company said the Harmony OS will be open-sourced with its own ARK compiler.

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Harmony OS is not compatible with Android apps out-of-the-box, confirms Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. That means you won’t be able to merely side-load any Android app of your choosing. In a press conference, Mr. Yu says that app developers will have to make “small changes” to their apps in order to compile them to run on Harmony OS. He states that it is “very easy” to transfer Android apps to Harmony OS.

Earlier this week, Chinese media reported the company is set to release a phone based on HarmonyOS by the end of this year. In May, Google banned Huawei from using Android, following the latter’s inclusion in the US entity list. Later, Huawei accelerated its efforts to develop this OS as an alternative to Android. – From TheNextWEB

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Huawei vs USA: Timeline & All You Need to Know

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Huawei, the Tech Giant – Innovations, troubles & aftermaths

Huawei vs USA – by: Sean Keane | Cn

Huawei is making some of the biggest waves in the wireless industry right now. It’s the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 phone manufacturer. The Chinese telecom giant may have run into its biggest trouble yet in 2019. Late January saw the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the alleged theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran.

The Huawei vs USA Begins

The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. HUAWEI vs USAIt’s the reason why the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment in 2012 and the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List on May 15, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks.

 

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Huawei, for its part, has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence through the recent charges.

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2019

June 13: Chinese ambassador warns Britain that excluding Huawei from 5G sends a “bad signal.”

June 12: Huawei reportedly moves to trademark its own OS, and apparently chases Verizon for $1B in patent licensing fees.

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June 11: Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller and reportedly delays announcement of its new laptop indefinitely.

June 10: Huawei reportedly asks app developers to publish on its AppGallery store, and a White House official apparently wants to delay the US government’s Huawei ban.

June 7: Facebook stops letting Huawei preinstall its apps, and Google reportedly warns the Trump administration that its Huawei ban creates a national security risk. Also, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing is set for January 2020.

June 6: Russian telecom agrees to let Huawei develop country’s 5G network, while China gives Huawei a boost by issuing 5G licenses.

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Huawei vs USA Timeline Continues

June 5: Huawei chairman says company would sign a “no-spy” deal with US.

June 4: Huawei trade secrets trial reportedly kicks off in Texas.

June 3: Science publisher IEEE reverses its week-old ban on Huawei scientists reviewing technical papers.

June 2: Huawei reportedly strips back production of phones amid US crackdown.

May 31: Huawei reportedly orders employees to cancel US meetings, mirrors Consumer Technology Association’s criticism of Trump’s plans to impose higher tariffs on imported Mexican goods.

May 30: Huawei membership restored by SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance, while it quietly launches its 5G lab in the shadow of the US ban. Also, its wearables shipments quadruple in first quarter.

May 29: Huawei asks court to rule US ban unconstitutional.

May 28: Huawei reportedly plans to bring OS to China later this year, internationally in 2020.

May 26: Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder, says he’d “be the first to protest” if China retaliated against Apple.

May 24: Huawei’s operating system may be called “Hongmeng,” while Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling its devices.

May 23: US reportedly accuses Huawei of lying about Chinese ties.

May 22: Chip designer Arm ditches Huawei, while Mate 20 X gets dropped from UK 5G launch.

May 21: Huawei reportedly wants its app store to compete with Google’s.

May 20: Huawei gets a temporary reprieve from the US trade ban, prompting Google to revive work temporarily.

May 19: Google cuts off Huawei phones from future Android updates.

May 16: Huawei says US ban will ‘significantly harm’ American jobs and companies.

May 15: Trump effectively bans Huawei with a national security order.

May 8: 5G rollout may face a delay in UK over Huawei investigations.

May 3: Countries draft 5G security proposals as the US warns again of Huawei’s threat.

May 2: A Huawei leak prompts the sacking of UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.

May 1: Huawei hits 50% growth in phone sales and reportedly has an 8K 5G TV in the works for later this year.

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The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

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