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Editor’s Note January 2019

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Welcome to the world in 2019. The year that went by saw some enthralling breakthroughs ushering extraordinary consequences like DeepMind wanting to make AlphaZero master a game like chess. These are computers that can learn everything from scratch, which by all means is a fine hallmark of intelligence on this planet.

There is no denying how AI is changing the world ahead. Nonetheless, the politics that has vexed us by and large throw in obscure views in the way. Having said that, AI has coined itself into being an entity whose meaning, changes each minute, as it handsomely accomplishes tasks and fails at the same time, still giving humans an upper-hand in the game. But on the other while, few things went so right, like the impressive use of machine learning by the Chinese government targeted at political repression and bettering social governance for good. Machine learning is also changing the way one sees and perceives medical data. But, it ain’t that rosy as it sounds. With improved speech synthesis system in place, one gets the full monty to alter sound files on a deliberate note. With the increasing use of voice assistants and machine learning making fingerprint recognition quick and easy, the alternate reality to create artificial fingerprints to unlock devices sure does scare one.

The fact that democratization of technology has only made it suitable to anarchize it, something that enforces uncharted dimensions. Moreover, the spreading of authority across government and criminals in equal spree challenges liberal democracy front at large. There is seemingly nothing better than technology granting us humans powers beyond our imagination while still managing to curb a lot to put in a stage of self-conflict, to shake hands with tech or irk away.

This is the month of CES and expect a big tech hangover in the feb issue coming up , By the Way there are folks who are working on AI which can make your new year realistic resolutions.

 

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Ramesh Somani

Ramesh Somani

Founder, Publisher & Chief Editor

Entrepreneur by profession, Believes in karma and has tech in his DNA. Of all things harbours a dream to do space travel in his own space shuttle. He is also the Chief Editor & Founder of thetechy.com – Part of Exhibit Group.

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