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Blog: Tech & Telecom news — May 12, 2019


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Regulation

M Zuckerberg has commented on the proposal that his ex-colleague made last week for regulators to break up Facebook. He claims that this wouldn’t help to solve the problems (privacy, safety, misinformation) currently affecting the platform, which require scale to make large investments in advanced control tools (Story)

However, objections to (large) size were just part of the argument that C Hughes made last week on Facebook. Another significant issue was the “lock in” that the platform has on its users. So now J Constine at TechCrunch is proposing “friend portability”, a rule inspired by phone number portability, as a solution for that (Story)

More push to increase control of content in social media: The FT thinks that the UK proposal last week to require political ads in digital platforms to be traceable to who paid for them is actually insufficient, and asks this to be extended to all ads, as a lot of political content comes fro groups that don’t even register (Story)

Regulatory and political pressures are growing for Amazon, as leaders in e-commerce, cloud computing and virtual assistants, pioneers in face recognition systems, and now fast attackers in digital advertising. They claim they’re still small in the “big picture” (e.g. just 1% of global retail) but momentum is impressive… (Story)

HARDWARE ENABLERS

Networks

Everyone is talking these days about how important fiber networks are for connecting cellular base stations to the rest of the network, especially with 5G’s high-speed demands, but microwave wireless links could still have a role, as this trial of DT with Ericsson (which achieved 100 Gbps on a wireless link) seems to show (Story)

SOFTWARE ENABLERS

Artificial Intelligence

G Hinton, one of the founders of deep learning and Turing award laureate this year, gave a talk at the Google I/O event last week, and claimed that deep neural networks will eventually be able to do anything humans can, including achieving emotion or consciousness, as at the end of the day “we humans are neural nets” (Story)

Cyber security

The health industry is not an exception, and the digitization of hospital processes, including the use of connected medical devices and applications to collect and store medical records, has drastically increased vulnerability to cyber attacks. So hospitals’ cyber security demands from device vendors are getting more complex (Story)

Blockchain

Blockchain technologies could deeply change the economics of gaming, by supporting the growth of the $50bn/year “virtual goods” market that is now the key monetization engine for the industry. Blockchain would enable users to actually own the virtual items they pay for, and several startups are working on this (Story)

VC

Elon Musk’s secretive startup to build a direct brain-computer interface, Neuralink, just received $39m of funding to continue its (apparently long term) work. The company published a paper last March on a new technique to implanting electrodes in rat brains, but not much more is known about what they’re actually doing (Story)

IPOs

Uber has had one of the worse large IPOs of recent times, with shares falling -8% below initial price, and shifting investors’ attention to the economics behind the ride-hailing business. Company executives are trying to justify this as a consequence of “volatility and uncertainty” (but then S&P500 actually went up on Friday) (Story)

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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