Taiwan's TSMC To Build Arizona Chip Plant as U.S.-China Tech Rivalry Escalates
(Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (2330.TW), the biggest contract chipmaker, said it plans to build a $12 billion factory in Arizona in an apparent win for the Trump administration’s efforts to wrestle global tech supply chains back from China. The plan, which will create over 1,600 jobs, comes as U.S. President Donald Trump steps up criticism of Chinese trade practices and Beijing’s handling of the novel coronavirus ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election. Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas and now a steep economic slump brought on by the coronavirus is driving a government-wide push to end U.S. production and supply chain dependency on China. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross touted the deal as “another indication that President Trump’s policy agenda has led to a renaissance in American manufacturing.” TSMC is a major supplier to U.S. tech giants such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), as well as Chinese firms like Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], which Washington has put on a trade blacklist. “This project is of critical, strategic importance to a vibrant and competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem that enables leading U.S. companies to fabricate their cutting-edge semiconductor products within the United States,” TSMC said. While huge in terms of foreign investment in the United States, the plan is small by TSMC’s standards. For 2020, TSMC’s capex plan is $15-$16 billion. The Taiwanese chipmaker said the plan was to build the plant over nine years. “The budget... suggests the eventual scale won’t be big,” Bernstein analysts said in a note, adding revenue contribution from the plant will stay at around 3%-4%. “The scale and technology is similar to what TSMC did in China, suggesting a balance between the US & China.” A U.S. Commerce Department official said TSMC’s decision to locate the plant in the United States generated “good will” at the department, the drafter of a law that would, if implemented, severely restrict TSMC chip sales to Huawei. Credit Suisse analysts said proposed restrictions could threaten TSMC’s 14% of sales from Huawei, escalate U.S.-China tensions and delay the rollout of the next-generation 5G mobile network. “While it is hard to be certain, we believe that TSMC announcing a U.S. Fab could remove the threat of further Huawei restrictions in the very near-term at least,” JP Morgan analysts said in a note. Shares of TSMC, the world's most valuable semiconductor company with a market capitalisation of about $255 billion, exceeding Intel Corp's (INTC.O), closed up 1.7% on Friday, outperforming a 0.3% gain in the main Taiwan stock market .TWII. ADVANCED CHIPS The plant, the biggest foreign investment by TSMC, will produce the most sophisticated 5 nanometer chips, which can be used in high-end defense and communications devices. TSMC manufactures the bulk of its chips in Taiwan and has older chip facilities in China and Washington state. Its chips power Apple’s iPhones and the iPhone maker works closely with TSMC to become the first to take advantage of new advances in its chip-making processes. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said chips from the new TSMC plant will power everything from artificial intelligence to 5G base stations to F-35 fighter jets. Semiconductors play a key role in both consumer electronics and defense equipment. The vast majority of the most advanced chips are made in Asia, which has caused concern among U.S. officials as a strategic rivalry with China deepens over the origins of the deadly coronavirus. While Intel has major manufacturing operations in the United States, it supplies only its own chips rather than making them for outside customers. The Trump administration has been in talks with both Intel and TSMC to build a plant in the United States, and Intel said last week it was in discussions with the Department of Defense about improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology. The TSMC announcement is not expected to derail the Pentagon’s efforts to bolster the supply chain for microprocessors, despite the Commerce Department’s working on the TSMC deal independently, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple and Intel declined to comment. TSMC said that construction of the Arizona facility would begin in 2021 with production targeted to begin in 2024, and that it would be able to process up to 20,000 silicon wafers per month. Each wafer can contain thousands of individual chips. The investment will be made from 2021 to 2029. The Wall Street Journal first reported the latest details of TSMC’s plans. REUTERS
E-Learning and Nintendo: Coping With Virus School Shutdowns
TOKYO--When Mayumi Iijima heard that schools across Japan would close over the new coronavirus outbreak, leaving her to juggle her job and two small children, her first reaction was horror."I just said 'no, no, no, no... what are we supposed to do?'" the 40-year-old, who works in human resources in Tokyo, told AFP.Like parents from Italy to Iran, Iijima is struggling to find ways to entertain and educate her children during school closures that the UN says have disrupted education for more than 290 million students worldwide.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked the nation and dismayed parents countrywide with his call for schools to close through the spring holiday, which ends around early April.Nurseries and after-school clubs can stay open, but Iijima's nine-year-old son Torao and eight-year-old daughter Koto are both affected.Iijima's husband has little flexibility at work, but her company Jinjibu has allowed her to bring the children in, setting aside a conference room and encouraging other staff to help out."What we as a business could do was not to isolate working mothers," said spokeswoman Junko Sato. "When they work, they can focus on working, and the rest of our staff will care for the children."Iijima is grateful, but says the situation is still far from ideal."We brought study materials for children. They also like crafts," she said.But she adds: "I hope school will resume. I'm worried about their studies."In Hong Kong, schools have been shut since early February, with the closure now set to last until after Easter.Many teachers are turning to conference call applications to interact with students, but that requires good WiFi access and computer literacy.Primary school teacher Billy Yeung works at a school where many students come from low-income families and parents are often unsure how to download documents. "Some parents told me they don't have WiFi at home," he said. "One told me that they have used up their mobile data by downloading teaching materials."Elsa Wong, a single mother, is trying to home school her 11-year-old son Rick, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.She has enjoyed seeing his progress up close and says her son has generally been more relaxed at home. But going it alone has been tough, said Wong, whose employer has required staff to work from home. "Sometimes I have been so physically exhausted or mentally drained, I really couldn't reason with him."For some children in the city's highly competitive system, the closures come as a relief."I feel like it is easier to concentrate and it's less stressful," said 14-year-old Leo, who normally has nine lessons a day, but now has only two 45-minute sessions via a video-chat app.In South Korea, schools are closed at least through March 23, and archivist Han Ji-hee is relying on her husband, mother and niece to watch her two sons."I really hate it," said Han, who lives in Suwon, south of Seoul. "The kids are really bored -- they can't go outside to the playground or hang out with their friends, so they have nothing to do.""They just end up watching TV and playing with their phones all day, but it's not like I can be there."The closures are not universal, and in Singapore the government has so far declined to shutter schools, arguing it would "disrupt many lives.""Even if all students stay at home, there is no guarantee against infection," the education ministry said.In Tokyo, popular areas like Harajuku and Shibuya are packed with teenagers, with younger children flocking to playgrounds."My mother sits next to me all morning so I have no choice but to do homework," one nine-year-old boy told AFP as he played on a seesaw at a park."But the one good thing is that I can play Nintendo Switch for ages," he said, adding that his family's usual 45-minute rule had been scrapped. "Now I can play as long as I like!"JAPANTODAY
Mindtree Named Market Leader in Digital Transformation by ISG
Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, has been recognized by ISG as an archetype leader in digital transformation. The ISG Provider Lens Next-Gen ADM Services Archetype Report highlights Mindtree’s capabilities in continuous testing, agile development, digital business dedication and vision and future investment.ISG analysts specifically noted Mindtree’s capabilities in digital transformation. The report also describes the company as a noteworthy player in leveraging packaged software platforms and managed services. Mindtree’s leadership recognition stems from its capabilities in agile development, where 65 percent of its staff are trained in Scrum, 15 percent in SAFe and 10 percent in Kanban. Additionally, Mindtree’s dedicated digital business unit supports more than 100 clients across cloud, automation, mobility and AI.As a proof point to Mindtree’s continued dedication and investment in digital transformation, the report highlights the company’s Digital Pumpkin ideation center to help clients develop and refine innovative digital solutions, accelerators and tools.The ISG Provider Lens™ Next-Gen Application Development & Maintenance Services Archetype Report assesses service providers based on their capabilities to augment traditional ADM services with emerging technologies and methodologies — like agile, DevOps, automation, digital and modernization techniques — to deliver application outsourcing projects. It also assesses provider capabilities in incorporating new approaches to develop and deliver applications that focus on business outcomes.“Our ability to deliver business-driving digital transformation services to our clients is a big differentiator for us,” said Manas Chakraborty, Global Head of Enterprise Service Lines for Mindtree. “Being recognized by ISG for our dedication and ability to support a wide variety of organizations with their digital initiatives is further evidence of this. We look forward to helping our customers excel in their business journeys.”MARTECHSERIES
Lufthansa Technik Group Embarks on Digital Transformation Journey
PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced that Lufthansa Technik Group has chosen the Windchill® Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and the ThingWorx® Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms as the core technology to digitally enhance its product development and engineering processes. Windchill will operate as the engineering backbone, allowing R&D and manufacturing to work concurrently and improve collaboration both internally and among its many suppliers. Windchill's secure data repository will also help secure that Lufthansa Technik's intellectual property is safeguarded across its global supply chain. ThingWorx will enable Lufthansa Technik to observe its workshops, advance automation, and increase data-driven decision making. Together, Windchill and ThingWorx will permit the Group to greatly increase the level of digitalization within its processes, improve interfaces between customers and suppliers, and make new innovative digital business models to generate new revenue streams. "Lufthansa Technik stands for state-of-the-art workmanship and the very best quality. The magnitude of our organization blended with the complexness of the processes and projects we drive, made the dedicated step to across-the-board digital transformation imperative," said Dr. Severin S. Todt, senior director IT completion and design solutions, Lufthansa Technik AG. "Lufthansa Technik carried out a comprehensive and extensive assessment of competitive PLM and IoT systems before selecting PTC. The Group chose PTC technology based on its world-class architecture and the seamless integration between Windchill and ThingWorx. Combined, the robust data management backbone and award-winning IIoT platform will enable a new level of collaboration both internally and externally, protect our IP, and help us measure and preserve the highest possible quality at all times. The PTC Customer Success program offered great support during our first IoT projects and supplied us with technical expertise as required from highly qualified technical experts. With guidance from PTC's Customer Success organization, we were able to perfectly reach our project goals on time." "Enabling digital transformation for the Aerospace and Defense market is a significant focus for PTC. We're happy to be working with Lufthansa Technik as they embark on their transformation journey," said Kevin Wrenn, divisional general manager, PLM segment, PTC. "This world-class organization's selection of Windchill and ThingWorx is indicative of large enterprises favoring scalable, out-of-the-box solutions that link up well with other enterprise domain systems in an open, modern architecture."This article is originally posted on manufacturingtomorrow.com
Alarm Rung! Pandemic Turned Money, Really?
There is shocking news all over the world every single minute on the Covid-19 spread and its repercussions. Many cities and regions are locked down everywhere. Cities that never sleep before are resting in a total quiet. The news on war, politics, education, human rights etc. are not the top headlines anymore. No other, but one hot news hitting online is – Covid-19.The Guardian released an article on the global economic impact of coronavirus about one month ago on the time when Covid-19 becomes a pandemic. It says,“The coronavirus could cost the global economy more than $1tn in lost output if it turns into a pandemic, according to a leading economic forecaster. Oxford Economics warned that the spread of the virus to regions outside Asia would knock 1.3% off global growth this year, the equivalent of $1.1tn in lost income.” Italy’s prime minister has demanded the EU to use “the full firepower” of its €500bn rescue fund to confront the continent’s economic crisis.  The Financial Times reported that Mr. Giuseppe Conte warned against relying on monetary policy to counter a “global shock that has no precedents.” Most parts of the world are facing losses. Every business is in crisis whether small, medium, or large. The working population is in panic due to the high potential of losing their job. Many governments are looking into their reserve funds in case they would need to respond with unexpected measures to combat this viral decease.Shockingly, there are some people out there who want to take advantage of the viral disease and make money out of it. Yes, it is shocking.Last Saturday, Cambodian joint forces carried out a crack down on the import of more than 4,000 liters of methanol from Vietnam destined for illegal production of alcohol-based sanitizers in the capital, Phnom Penh. The crackdown was carried out by the department of the Anti-Economic Crime Police which is part of Interior Ministry, in cooperation with officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, and local authorities under the coordination of a Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor. The raiding team seized methanol imported from Vietnam stored in 19 barrels containing 1,950 litres and 75 containers containing 2,250 litres as well as one pumping equipment. The containers were labelled as having been imported from Malaysia but are actually from Vietnam, admitted the 61-year-old trader Mr. Lim Huy. He also said his customers bought those methanol to produce alcohol-based sanitizers that can harm consumers’ health.”  Such sanitizers could contain as much as 80 percent methyl alcohol, or methanol. It can be absorbed into the skin and is harmful to health. It can even be life-threatening if used as alcoholic drinks.The military-owned MyTel which is a Myranmar-based telecom has been reported to use fake news posts about Covid-19 and other misleading topics on politics and religion on Facebook in order to earn traffic to their content unethically.Many of the fake news Facebook pages that are based in Myanmar and Vietnam, had posed as sources of independent news and commentary on the telecom industry. However, they were actually linked to Burmese telecom provider Mytel, Vietnamese provider Viettel and Vietnamese PR firm Gapit Communications, according to Facebook itself. Others shared general ‘life hacks’ or patriotic content, according to The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which analyzed several of the pages before Facebook removed them. These pages had innocuous names such as Myanmar Life, Myanmar Knowledge and Smart Life for Myanmar. But all “gradually... shifted to content promoting the MyTel brand,” Jean le Roux, a research associate at the lab, wrote in a blog post. “I would like to advise all social media users to think carefully before they share something on Facebook. Recently, we found out that some websites have been sharing disinformation about the virus, like how many have died in Myanmar due to COVID-19. Many people are sharing it without knowing it is a clickbait website” said Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) Assistant Director Dr. Htoo Myint Swe in an interview with The Irrawady news. He further mentioned that it is very crucial to fight fake news in the time of coronavirus. A piece of fake news, a photo or a status could easily provoke the public to panic. An article written by Thaw Zin Myo on Myanmar Now indirectly accused even Facebook itself of making money out of the spread of fake news on Covid-19 as well as other political and celebrity news via Facebook Instant Articles. These two examples are good pointers of scam or forgery resulting out of the pandemic that happened right here in the region. It shows that product and information can be both manipulated by dirty businesspeople. There are many people who are doing their level best to combat the widespread Covid-19, and some are fueling the pandemic by producing counterfeit products and spreading forged and malicious news just to get extra traffic or clicks on ads.It is really shocking to see people who are so willing to make profit out of the pandemic by resorting to dirty ways of doing business. It is time to not only foil their plans but also act against the scammers as if they’re another type of viral virus. The Guardian Global Insolvency Financial Times Khmer Times Center for Disease Control and Prevention Myanmar Now Medium The Irrawaddy Myanmar Now
Hyundai Motor Reveals Concept Images for New Elantra Model
SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor has revealed a set of concept images for the 2021 version of Elantra, a C-segment vehicle known by the name of Avante in the domestic market.Images were unveiled through Hyundai's news blog on Wednesday. Elantra's design was accented with progressive and exotic lines. Hyundai said the latest version of its best-seller will be showcased at a world premiere event in Hollywood on March 17.[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]The interior design creates a driver-focused space called "Immersive Cocoon" that consists of a low and wide structure that connects the door and the center console. It features two integrated displays that work as an infotainment system.The first model of Elantra was released in South Korea in 1990. The C-segment vehicle has earned its iconic position in the local car market for its affordable price and sleek design. While Avante dominated the C-segment car market at home, it was also popular in Europe and the United States. AJU BUSINESS DAILY
Hybrid Carmakers Accused Of 'Con' Over Zero-Emissions Claims
Zero-emissions driving can be impossible for some of the UK’s bestselling plug-in hybrid models when the air is chilly or if passengers do as little as switching on the heating – even if the battery is fully charged.Plug-hybrids allow drivers to switch between battery electric power and an internal combustion engine, delivering significant emissions improvements over conventional cars. However, environmental campaigners have long harboured concerns that plug-in hybrids do not offer the environmental benefits suggested by carmakers’ advertising or regulators’ laboratory tests.All of the UK’s top 11 bestselling plug-in hybrids have limitations on pure electric driving ability. Cold temperatures can trigger the internal combustion engine in Volvo’s XC90 SUV, the Mercedes-Benz E Class executive car, and Kia’s Niro crossover.The Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, the UK’s bestselling plug-in last year, has an “EV” button that switches on “EV priority” mode. However, the internal combustion engine will kick in if the driver switches on the adaptive cruise control, to automatically maintain a safe distance from the car in front, or if the battery gets too hot or too cold in more extreme conditions.Jaguar Land Rover’s Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-ins will start their internal combustion engines if more power is required than the electric engine can provide alone, as will Porsche’s Cayenne. There are also speed limits on all-electric driving for BMW’s 2, 3 and 5 Series cars as well its Mini Countryman plug-in.The carmakers all carefully avoid making any incorrect claims on their products’ green credentials in their marketing materials. However, campaigners have criticised the emphasis in many brochures and advertisements on zero-emissions driving capabilities, when these may be difficult to achieve in normal use.Greg Archer, UK director at campaign group Transport & Environment, said one leading carmaker “is conning its customers”, after it was approached by an unhappy owner of a plug-in hybrid. The group, which passed the correspondence to the Guardian, has been highly critical of plug-in hybrids, some of which it labels “fake EVs” because of their continued use of internal combustion engines.“A [plug-in hybrid] is not driving with zero emissions if it switches on its engine when the driver de-mists the windscreen,” Archer said. “This is another example of carmakers attempting to mislead their customers about the real emissions from their car.”Separate data from the Miles Consultancy, which tracks fuel use by companies, found that in real life almost all plug-in hybrid cars failed to achieve the mileage found in lab tests, suggesting that many users do not charge them sufficiently. Updated analysis for the Guardian of 1,388 plug-ins used over eight months found they achieved an average of more than 40 miles per gallon when using a mixture of petrol and electric power, only a third of the 127 miles per gallon advertised by their manufacturers.Last month the government said it plans to ban all hybrids from sale in the UK from 2035 or earlier, signalling that promoting battery electric cars with zero exhaust emissions was its priority. Buyers of plug-in hybrids could also risk being caught by tightening emissions limits in British cities.The prospect of a hybrid ban infuriated carmakers, who say the technology is the only way to cut emissions quickly. The carbon dioxide emissions of cars sold in the UK rose for the third consecutive year in 2019.Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Plug-in hybrids are an important and attractive stepping stone for people not yet suited or able to invest in a fully electric vehicle, giving the flexibility of zero-emission miles on urban commutes and extended range for longer, out-of-town journeys.“Drivers also have the peace of mind that the engine will kick in to provide the necessary boost if the battery level falls too low to deliver sufficient power for energy-intensive operations such as high-speed overtaking or windscreen de-icing, thus guaranteeing safety and the most efficient use of energy at all times.”Selling thousands of plug-in hybrids is also a key part of carmakers’ plans to meet tightening emissions limits and avoid heavy fines, and industry analysts expect a hybrid “price war” over the coming year as companies try to shift the cars in large volumes. Companies including Toyota, BMW and Daimler have bet heavily on hybrid technologies.“The vast majority of owners we surveyed use their Outlander [plug-in hybrid] as it was engineered and are enjoying a lower carbon footprint and lower running costs as a result,” a spokeswoman for Mitsubishi said.THE GUARDIAN
Humans in the Workforce, the Next Replaceable Commodity?
In the modern day and age, we are becoming more and more tech dependent. There are smart cars, smart fridges, smart watches, and smart homes that shape the way people live their daily lives. Nowadays, it is almost unheard of to know someone who doesn’t own a smartphone. Who doesn’t? Our gadgets can predict the weather, make phone calls hands-free, and even order food at the swipe of a button, which were features hailed as ‘futuristic’ back in the 2000s. But how advanced can technology really get? Quite a lot, actually. Enough to take over some jobs, for sure. Does the thought of robots taking over the workforce scare you? For some, it signifies the end of human-only labour, a job economy apocalypse, where everyone needs to always have a chip in their back at all times. Be part of the newest industrial revolution. There is a slim hope that not all jobs can be replaced by AI. But which jobs can be? Construction work is found among most developing countries. Churning noise and dust, one is almost certain to see groups of workers in bright vests loading trucks, carrying rebar, and laying bricks. As machines become more precise with the latest computer processors chugging along at speeds unthinkable in the 2000s, it is almost certain that an industry as widespread and necessary as this would be primarily replaced by machines. As of 2015, a brick-laying robot can effortlessly build a house in two days. Work like this requires consistent, constant results, yet carries some degree of risk. There have been at least 61,000 injuries to construction workers each year, according to a statistical analysis by the UK, with an estimated 81,000 ill health cases that were either directly or indirectly caused by the intensity of construction work. One can only imagine the lives and costs it would save for a machine to reach the highwires that humans would take days to attempt. When was the last time there was a cashier at McDonald’s? Just about every branch of the mega fast food chain will have some sort of automated kiosk, where consumers are trained to order on their own, pay cashless (or at a single cashier, rather than three), and collect their food at the counter. Some branches have also redesigned their main lobbies to cater to automated kiosks, removing cashier counters and implementing a fully cashless experience. This is especially beneficial during the pandemic, where social distancing has become the norm. In some sushi bars, the presence of a cashier is eliminated altogether, replaced with automated trolleys that meander along the conveyor belts next to your table, deliver the meal to you, chirp a cheerful farewell, and return to the kitchen for further instructions. Simple, cute, and effective. Genki Sushi states that their model-train waiters can serve up to 158 patrons with their handy app, all without the inconvenience of human interaction. It’s almost mesmerising, in a sense, to watch sushi whoosh along conveyor belt train tracks to tables. Furthermore, in places such as America, where waiters largely depend on tips to pay bills, robotic waiters eliminate the need for extra cost while eating out. Restaurant owners can also remove the cost of monthly wages and benefits from their expenses, opting for a one time investment and periodic maintenance of a sleek, precise train. The folly of humankindThere is no easy way to note the inefficiencies of human labour without stepping on some toes. Every individual is unique, and it would be unfair to pigeonhole every employee into work efficiency ranks. Take delivery work, for example. In the old days, it was commonplace to think about two to three week long waits, shipping costs, and fragile packages being tossed in the back of a van. We wanted packages to arrive faster, with guaranteed protection, authenticity, and a refund policy. Enter Amazon Prime. Or, more specifically, Amazon Prime drones. Amazon Prime Air is a near-future delivery system, designed to deliver packages to consumers in thirty minutes or less. Carrying packages up to five pounds, and navigated from warehouses using GPS, the first beta tested drones successfully delivered a package to a man in Cambridgeshire, England. Being a pioneer of non-human delivery, and one of the biggest online retail stores in the world, one can only wonder just how long it would take for stores such as eBay, Shopee, AliBaba, or Lazada to take the initiative themselves. Non-human deliveries are already predicted to sport multiple advantages, such as lesser cost for the consumer, removal of human error during the processing and delivery phase, and delivering items much faster— by eliminating the process of loading a truck up to a full load before sending it off to shipping, unreal delivery times, such as the thirty minute package, can become a reality. Imagine your next pizza, ordered through the phone, and received from a drone in the sky half an hour later. A tale to tell your grandchildren, for sure. Is all hope lost for human labour? Robots may be able to do a lot, but they do possess their limitations. Creativity, imagination, innovation, empathy, the raw human emotion simply cannot be encapsulated by machine and binary data. This keeps some jobs secure from the all-reaching grasp of AI: artists, teachers, athletes, leaders. Judges require subjective knowledge and opinion of the situation at hand, and understanding of how to flexibly apply the complex laws of the legal system. CEOs and managers have to motivate teams of people, representing a company’s aims and values. With a skill as subjective and interpersonal as leadership, it is almost impossible to teach this skill to machines. It may also take a long time for society to transition to accepting machinery as the new workforce. Self-driving cars, such as the infamous Tesla, are a pinnacle of human invention, with advanced sensors and systems designed to protect both drivers and pedestrians. However, almost 75% of Americans still distrust self-automated cars, with 48% stating they would never enter a taxi that was self-driving. This bodes good news for taxi and ride-sharing drivers that worry bout their job security. It would also be hard for drivers to predict and know when a self-driving car is going to move on the road. Simple turns or pauses, deemed necessary by the machine, may cause confusion in nearby drivers, leading to unfortunate accidents. One particular game that comes to mind would be Neo Cab, a narrative game that dictates the life of the last human driver-for-hire on Earth, and the challenges she faces with her main competitors being automated machines. If the time comes for AI to take over the workforce, it would only be possible through the change in which the public perceives AI as a whole. What AI can, should, and has been doing, is complementing jobs. In the medical field, AI has assisted medical professionals in areas such as radiological image analysis, predictive disease analytics, workflow optimization, and much more. Just last year, there was a COVID-19 Screener put in place at Partners HealthCare, Boston, to meet the exceeding demands of citizens that were worried about their health conditions. Repetitive questions that overwhelmed hotlines and brought waiting times to over thirty minutes was easily remedied with a straightforward chat interface, bringing care and comfort to distressed would-be patients. Surgeons and doctors, armed with medical degrees and years of expertise, provide a uniquely human connection to their patients, and this is also true for specialists in the medical force, like occupational therapists, whose interaction and human attention for the disabled is a defining factor for their patients’ wellbeing. AI simply can’t replicate the same warmth that a human’s interaction can provide. Robots will never replace most jobs that require soft skills. Rational thinking, common sense, organizational skills, flexibility, these are all skills that make every human being uniquely human. Despite the advantages that robotic assistance can provide us, people just innately trust humans over machines. We decide that decision making, complex reasoning, and judgement lies on the shoulders of a human mind, and that will stay the same for a long, long time to come. Until then, I hope that I’ll still be able to order from a mamak without a robot waiter.
Huawei Warns U.S. Hurting Itself With Tough Tech Policy
A senior executive for Chinese technology giant Huawei said Thursday that he desires the company's animosity with the United States might be settled and cautioned that the U.S. will be shooting itself in the foot if it were to shun Chinese technology.Mika Lauhde, Huawei's vice-president for cybersecurity and privacy, told The Associated Press that he hopes for a "positive resolution" of the standoff with the U.S. government and added that his company is not the "nucleus of the issue," linking to the broader trade war between the U.S. and China.The U.S. has added sanctions against the world's No. 1 network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker, suggesting that it's officially beholden to the Chinese government, which could use the company's products for cyberespionage. Huawei denies these allegations.Lauhde told the AP that the U.S. would be "driving itself into a corner" if it were to sever all ties with Huawei and other Chinese technology companies. "If they are disconnecting themselves from everybody, that's (going to) happen vice versa as well," he said, alluding to possible Chinese reaction.Some cybersecurity experts say that Washington, by going as far as warning other countries against working with Huawei actions, will merely furthermore encourage China to be more technically self-reliant and will be dividing the world into two tech camps.Lauhde rejected suggestion of a full split in the tech industry. "I don't believe that we would be establishing two different camps," he told the AP. "I still believe that we are working together."Technical ties between China and Russia, for one, are expanding. Russia's major mobile operator MTS and Huawei on Wednesday published a proposal to alongside one another develop 5G networks in Russia. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the ceremony at the Kremlin.This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net
Chinese Quantum Physicist Receives ZEISS Research Award
HEFEI, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Renowned Chinese quantum physicist Pan Jianwei is this year's ZEISS Research Award for his contributions to the field of optical quantum information, according to the University of Science and Technology of China where he works as a professor. One of the most remarkable results of Pan's research is the distribution of entangled photons over a distance of 1,200 km, by far the longest distance ever reached, ZEISS said in an announcement on its website, noting that he has also contributed significantly to the development of optical quantum computing. ZEISS is a technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The award is presented every two years to those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of optics or photonics. The award will be presented to Pan in 2021 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, ZEISS said. Enditem XINHUANET