ChatGPT maker releases tool to help teachers detect if AI wrote homework
The maker of ChatGPT is trying to curb its reputation as a freewheeling cheating machine with a new tool that can help teachers detect if a student or artificial intelligence wrote that homework. The new AI Text Classifier launched Tuesday (January 31, 2023) by OpenAI follows a weeks-long discussion at schools and colleges over fears that ChatGPT’s ability to write just about anything on command could fuel academic dishonesty and hinder learning. OpenAI cautions that its new tool – like others already available – is not foolproof. The method for detecting AI-written text “is imperfect and it will be wrong sometimes,” said Jan Leike, head of OpenAI’s alignment team tasked to make its systems safer. Read More: What is ChatGPT, why are schools blocking it? “Because of that, it shouldn’t be solely relied upon when making decisions,” Leike said. Teenagers and college students were among the millions of people who began experimenting with ChatGPT after it launched Nov. 30 as a free application on OpenAI’s website. And while many found ways to use it creatively and harmlessly, the ease with which it could answer take-home test questions and assist with other assignments sparked a panic among some educators. By the time schools opened for the new year, New York City, Los Angeles and other big public school districts began to block its use in classrooms and on school devices. Read More: CES 2023: Walton's smart AI products get huge response The Seattle Public Schools district initially blocked ChatGPT on all school devices in December but then opened access to educators who want to use it as a teaching tool, said Tim Robinson, the district spokesman. “We can’t afford to ignore it,” Robinson said. The district is also discussing possibly expanding the use of ChatGPT into classrooms to let teachers use it to train students to be better critical thinkers and to let students use the application as a “personal tutor” or to help generate new ideas when working on an assignment, Robinson said. Read More: AI & Future of Jobs: Will Artificial Intelligence or Robots Take Your Job? School districts around the country say they are seeing the conversation around ChatGPT evolve quickly. “The initial reaction was ‘OMG, how are we going to stem the tide of all the cheating that will happen with ChatGPT,’” said Devin Page, a technology specialist with the Calvert County Public School District in Maryland. Now there is a growing realization that “this is the future” and blocking it is not the solution, he said. “I think we would be naïve if we were not aware of the dangers this tool poses, but we also would fail to serve our students if we ban them and us from using it for all its potential power,” said Page, who thinks districts like his own will eventually unblock ChatGPT, especially once the company’s detection service is in place. Read More: How Can Artificial Intelligence Improve Healthcare? OpenAI emphasized the limitations of its detection tool in a blog post Tuesday, but said that in addition to deterring plagiarism, it could help to detect automated disinformation campaigns and other misuse of AI to mimic humans. The longer a passage of text, the better the tool is at detecting if an AI or human wrote something. Type in any text -- a college admissions essay, or a literary analysis of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” --- and the tool will label it as either “very unlikely, unlikely, unclear if it is, possibly, or likely” AI-generated. But much like ChatGPT itself, which was trained on a huge trove of digitized books, newspapers and online writings but often confidently spits out falsehoods or nonsense, it’s not easy to interpret how it came up with a result. Read More: Ai and Future of Content Writing: Will Artificial Intelligence replace writers? “We don’t fundamentally know what kind of pattern it pays attention to, or how it works internally,” Leike said. “There’s really not much we could say at this point about how the classifier actually works.” Higher education institutions around the world also have begun debating responsible use of AI technology. Sciences Po, one of France’s most prestigious universities, prohibited its use last week and warned that anyone found surreptitiously using ChatGPT and other AI tools to produce written or oral work could be banned from Sciences Po and other institutions. In response to the backlash, OpenAI said it has been working for several weeks to craft new guidelines to help educators. Read More: Ameca: World’s Most Realistic Advanced Humanoid Robot AI Platform “Like many other technologies, it may be that one district decides that it’s inappropriate for use in their classrooms,” said OpenAI policy researcher Lama Ahmad. “We don’t really push them one way or another. We just want to give them the information that they need to be able to make the right decisions for them.” It’s an unusually public role for the research-oriented San Francisco startup, now backed by billions of dollars in investment from its partner Microsoft and facing growing interest from the public and governments. France’s digital economy minister Jean-Noël Barrot recently met in California with OpenAI executives, including CEO Sam Altman, and a week later told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that he was optimistic about the technology. But the government minister — a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the French business school HEC in Paris — said there are also difficult ethical questions that will need to be addressed. Read More: ChatGPT by Open AI: All you need to know “So if you’re in the law faculty, there is room for concern because obviously ChatGPT, among other tools, will be able to deliver exams that are relatively impressive,” he said. “If you are in the economics faculty, then you’re fine because ChatGPT will have a hard time finding or delivering something that is expected when you are in a graduate-level economics faculty.” He said it will be increasingly important for users to understand the basics of how these systems work so they know what biases might exist.
Elon Musk’s Tesla tweet trial delves into investor damages
An Elon Musk tweet declaring he had the financing to take Tesla private in 2018 caused billions of dollars in investor damages after the deal collapsed, according to estimates presented Tuesday at a trial examining the haphazard handling of the buyout proposal. The mind-bending estimates laid out by two experts hired by attorneys representing Tesla shareholders underscored the challenges facing a nine-person jury as the three-week trial winds down this week. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen expects to turn the case over to the jury Friday. Depending on the verdict, Musk and the electric automaker that he runs could be facing more financial fallout for his unpredictable behavior on the Twitter platform, which he now owns. Without acknowledging any wrongdoing, Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement with securities regulators after Musk’s troublesome tweets in August 2018. In this class-action lawsuit on behalf of Tesla shareholders, the jurors must first determine whether two tweets that Musk abruptly posted on Aug. 7, 2018 steered Tesla investors in the wrong direction. If the jury decides to hold Musk accountable for the tweets that Chen has already deemed falsehood s, they will will face what may be an even more formidable task — trying to calculate how much Musk — one of the world’s richest people — and Tesla should have to pay for the misleading tweets. Read: Ex-Twitter execs to testify on block of Hunter Biden story One of Tuesday’s two experts, economist Michael Hartzmark, reviewed a report peppered with terms such as “but-for” and “consequential inflation” that made a case for calculating the damages suffered by Tesla shareholders during a 10-day period in August 2018 at anywhere from $4 billion to $11 billion, or $22.55 to $66.67 per Tesla share at that time. Another expert, University of Maryland finance professor Steven Heston, reviewed an even denser report analyzing the impact of Musk’s tweets on more than 2,000 types of Tesla stock options, drawing largely upon a formula known as the Black-Scholes model widely used by companies to value executive compensation packages. When pressed by a Musk lawyer about the reliability of his model, Heston acknowledged: “All models deviate from reality, which is why they are models.” Heston, who said he was paid $300,000 to $350,000 for his work in the case, demurred on trying to make a concrete estimate on the investor damages, saying that was a job for the jurors. Read: Trump to be allowed back on Facebook after 2-year ban The crux of the case hinges on an Aug. 7, 2018, tweet in which Musk declared “funding secured ” to take Tesla private. Musk abruptly posted the tweet minutes before boarding his private jet after being alerted that the Financial Times was about to publish a story that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund had spent about $2 billion buying a 5% stake in Tesla to diversify its interests beyond oil, according to his testimony. Amid widespread confusion about whether Musk’s Twitter account had been hacked or he was joking, Musk followed up a few hours later with another tweet suggesting a deal was imminent. During roughly eight hours of sworn testimony, Musk repeatedly insisted he was looking after shareholders’ best interests and believed he had a financing commitment from the Saudi fund that was recanted after his “funding secured” tweet. Musk also testified he could have still pulled off the buyout by raising money from other investors and selling some of his stock in SpaceX, a rocket ship maker that he founded. After consulting with Tesla’s major shareholders, Musk decided the electric automaker should remain publicly traded — a decision that has paid off for him and other investors. Tesla’s shares are now worth more than eight times what they were at the time of Musk’s buyout tweet, after adjusting for two stock splits that have occurred since then.
Boeing bids farewell to an icon, delivers last 747 jumbo jet
Boeing bids farewell to an icon on Tuesday: It’s delivering its final 747 jumbo jet. Since its first flight in 1969, the giant yet graceful 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, a transport for NASA's space shuttles, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft. It revolutionized travel, connecting international cities that had never before had direct routes and helping democratize passenger flight. But over about the past 15 years, Boeing and its European rival Airbus have introduced more profitable and fuel efficient wide-body planes, with only two engines to maintain instead of the 747′s four. The final plane is the 1,574th built by Boeing in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. A big crowd of current and former Boeing workers is expected for the final send-off. The last one is being delivered to cargo carrier Atlas Air. “If you love this business, you’ve been dreading this moment,” said longtime aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia. “Nobody wants a four-engine airliner anymore, but that doesn’t erase the tremendous contribution the aircraft made to the development of the industry or its remarkable legacy.” Boeing set out to build the 747 after losing a contract for a huge military transport, the C-5A. The idea was to take advantage of the new engines developed for the transport — high-bypass turbofan engines, which burned less fuel by passing air around the engine core, enabling a farther flight range — and to use them for a newly imagined civilian aircraft. It took more than 50,000 Boeing workers less than 16 months to churn out the first 747 — a Herculean effort that earned them the nickname “The Incredibles.” The jumbo jet's production required the construction of a massive factory in Everett, north of Seattle — the world's largest building by volume. The plane's fuselage was 225 feet (68.5 meters) long and the tail stood as tall as a six-story building. The plane’s design included a second deck extending from the cockpit back over the first third of the plane, giving it a distinctive hump and inspiring a nickname, the Whale. More romantically, the 747 became known as the Queen of the Skies. Some airlines turned the second deck into a first-class cocktail lounge, while even the lower deck sometimes featured lounges or even a piano bar. One decommissioned 747, originally built for Singapore Airlines in 1976, has been converted into a 33-room hotel near the airport in Stockholm. “It was the first big carrier, the first widebody, so it set a new standard for airlines to figure out what to do with it, and how to fill it,” said Guillaume de Syon, a history professor at Pennsylvania’s Albright College who specializes in aviation and mobility. “It became the essence of mass air travel: You couldn’t fill it with people paying full price, so you need to lower prices to get people onboard. It contributed to what happened in the late 1970s with the deregulation of air travel.” The first 747 entered service in 1970 on Pan Am's New York-London route, and its timing was terrible, Aboulafia said. It debuted shortly before the oil crisis of 1973, amid a recession that saw Boeing's employment fall from 100,800 employees in 1967 to a low of 38,690 in April 1971. The “Boeing bust” was infamously marked by a billboard near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that read, “Will the last person leaving SEATTLE -- Turn out the lights.” Read more: Boeing capsule lands back on Earth after space shakedown An updated model — the 747-400 series — arrived in the late 1980s and had much better timing, coinciding with the Asian economic boom of the early 1990s, Aboulafia said. He recalled taking a Cathay Pacific 747 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong as a twentysomething backpacker in 1991. “Even people like me could go see Asia,” Aboulafia said. “Before, you had to stop for fuel in Alaska or Hawaii and it cost a lot more. This was a straight shot — and reasonably priced.” Delta was the last U.S. airline to use the 747 for passenger flights, which ended in 2017, although some other international carriers continue to fly it, including the German airline Lufthansa. Atlas Air ordered four 747-8 freighters early last year, with the final one leaving the factory Tuesday. Boeing’s roots are in the Seattle area, and it has assembly plants in Washington state and South Carolina. The company announced in May that it would move its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia, putting its executives closer to key federal government officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, which certifies Boeing passenger and cargo planes. Boeing’s relationship with the FAA has been strained since deadly crashes of its best-selling plane, the 737 Max, in 2018 and 2019. The FAA took nearly two years — far longer than Boeing expected — to approve design changes and allow the plane back in the air.
10 Best Upcoming Video Games to Enchant You in 2023
During the pandemic, many people found virtual life quite interesting while engaging with creative online games. Video games have become a great source of recreation in the post-pandemic era. 2023 is going to be an exciting year for gamers as a bunch of virtual games are coming soon. Here are the 10 most anticipated virtual video games set to release throughout 2023. 10 Most Anticipated Video Games Releasing in 2023 Hogwarts Legacy One of 2021 and 2022's most talked-about video games has evolved into 2023's most hyped third-party release. Hogwarts Legacy, which has been delayed for two years, will finally be released on February 10, allowing Harry Potter enthusiasts to live out their own Wizarding World dream. Players create a unique character to begin the game and join one of four houses at Hogwarts. As you begin the open-world RPG, you can catch up on your peers and reach objectives. However, developer Avalanche Software was unable to include playable versions of several Hogwarts activities like Quidditch, Gobstones, and Wizard's Chess, despite the game's extensive open world, mysteries, and activities. Read More: Best Performing Online Video Games of 2022: Steam’s Platinum List Monster Hunter New from EA, Wild Hearts is a take on Monster Hunter that has players hunting and crafting in a fanciful semi-open environment based on feudal Japan. Omega Force, widely known for creating the action series Dynasty Warriors, collaborated with EA on Wild Hearts. In October, IGN got its hands on Wild Hearts and came away believing it may be a serious rival to Monster Hunter because of its hard hunts, gorgeous locations, and quick construction mechanisms. The game is expected to be released on February 17th. Atomic Heart Since its announcement four years ago, Atomic Heart has generated a constant series of progressively strange, science-fiction-heavy videos portraying a Soviet-set, BioShock-like first-person shooter. Atomic Heart might be one of the greatest surprising games of 2023. The game's first impressions are encouraging. It seems like the gamer can get lost in a captivating universe. Here there will be dynamic action, imaginative graphics, and opponent design. The game will hit the market on 21st February. Read More: PC Games of 2023: 10 Most Anticipated Games for Desktops, Laptops Horizon Call of the Mountain Horizon Call of the Mountain is a free-standing spinoff game for the PlayStation VR 2 that takes place amid the events of Horizon Zero Dawn. It primarily emphasises two primary gameplay systems: traversal, which is supported by a fun climbing feature; and bow-and-arrow combat. Climbing needs you to physically stretch from ledge to ledge, but bow-shooting requires you to simulate the genuine action by pulling back, nocking the arrow, aiming it, and then releasing it. On February 22, along with the PSVR2, Call of the Mountain will launch. Resident Evil 4 Capcom will release its Resident Evil 4 remake on 24th March 2023. RE 4 Remake follows Capcom's previous reimagining of Resident Evil 2 and 3, preserving the core components of the original game. However, the gameplay and visuals will be updated. The tale has also been "reconstructed" to accommodate the series' narrative development over the last seventeen years. Resident Evil 4 is generally regarded as one of the finest survival horror games ever created. It topped our most current ranking of the greatest Resident Evil video games. Read More: PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update: New Thrilling Features with Lionel Messi
Ex-Twitter execs to testify on block of Hunter Biden story
Former Twitter employees are expected to testify next week before the House Oversight Committee about the social media platform’s handling of reporting on President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The scheduled testimony, confirmed by the committee Monday, will be the first time the three former executives will appear before Congress to discuss the company's decision to initially block from Twitter a New York Post article on Hunter Biden’s laptop in the weeks before the 2020 election. Republicans have said the story was suppressed for political reasons, though no evidence has been released to support that claim. The witnesses for the Feb. 8 hearing are expected to be Vijaya Gadde, former chief legal officer; James Baker, former deputy general counsel; and Yoel Roth, former head of safety and integrity. The hearing is among the first of many in a GOP-controlled House to be focused on Biden and his family, as Republicans wield the power of their new, albeit slim, majority. Read more: Twitter faces lawsuits over unpaid rent for US HQ, UK office The New York Post first reported in October 2020 that it had received from former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, a copy of a hard drive of a laptop that Hunter Biden had dropped off 18 months earlier at a Delaware computer repair shop and never retrieved. Twitter initially blocked people from sharing links to the story for several days. Months later, Twitter’s then-CEO Jack Dorsey called the company’s communications around the Post article “not great.” He added that blocking the article’s URL with “zero context” around why it was blocked was “unacceptable.” The Post article at the time was greeted with skepticism due to questions about the laptop’s origins, including Giuliani’s involvement, and because top officials in the Trump administration had already warned that Russia was working to denigrate Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election. The Kremlin had interfered in the 2016 race by hacking Democratic emails that were subsequently leaked, and fears that Russia would meddle again in the 2020 race were widespread across Washington. “This is why we’re investigating the Biden family for influence peddling,” Rep. James Comer, chairman of the Oversight committee, said at a press event Monday morning. “We want to make sure that our national security is not compromised." The White House has sought to discredit the Republican probes into Hunter Biden, calling them “divorced-from-reality political stunts.” Read more: Elon Musk defiantly defends himself in Tesla tweet trial Nonetheless, Republicans now hold subpoena power in the House, giving them the authority to compel testimony and conduct an aggressive investigation. GOP staff has spent the past year analyzing messages and financial transactions found on the laptop that belonged to the president's younger son. Comer has previously said the evidence they have compiled is “overwhelming," but did not offer specifics. Comer has pledged there won’t be hearings regarding the Biden family until the committee has the evidence to back up any claims of alleged wrongdoing. He also acknowledged that the stakes are high whenever an investigation centers on the leader of a political party. On Monday, the Kentucky Republican, speaking at a National Press Club event, said that he could not guarantee a subpoena of Hunter Biden during his term. "We're going to go where the investigation leads us. Maybe there’s nothing there." He added, “We’ll see.”
10 Best Free Android Apps to Learn English Vocabulary
Are you a novice who wants to speak English fluently or improve your communication abilities? Installing English-learning apps on Android phones is a fantastic approach to learning English rapidly. Some schools and institutions throughout the globe urge students to use these applications rather than social media and gaming apps. The English-learning applications may educate kids and adults greatly about what they have learned in schools and training centers. Having said that, continue reading to discover the most effective English-learning apps for android phones. Best Apps to Learn English Vocabulary Ultimate GRE® Vocabulary Prep This program is one of the most popular English vocabulary applications available on Google Play, and for a good reason. Not only is it useful for learning English vocabulary, but its design and game-like features also make it rather addicting. You gain points for accurately defining each word. With these points, you may unlock more words as your fluency improves. The factor of difficulty is a lot of fun! Galvanize Test Prep developed and released the app on PlayStore on 5th May 2017. It requires 10 MB of storage on the phone. The current rating of the app is 4.8 stars. Read More: Everyday Habits to Learn English Successfully Busuu Busuu is an excellent application for joining one of the biggest online learning groups. According to its website, its global network comprises millions of language enthusiasts. The features emphasise community-based learning and include a video chat platform. The app's claim that it covers all aspects of language acquisition suggests that it may be used as an all-encompassing learning tool. In their classes, you will study English vocabulary and get the opportunity to practice writing, pronouncing, and reading each word. The developer company’s name is also Busuu. They released the game on PlayStore on 29th July 2011. It is topping the PlayStore Vocabulary learning app with a 4.5 rating. VocApp English Flashcards Flashcards continue to be popular because they are effective for teaching vocabulary terms! This flashcard tool from VocApp is ideal for all levels of English learners. Within the app, you may set your favourite level of difficulty. Read More: Best Free Websites to Improve English Writing Skill This vocabulary flashcard software is distinctive in that it employs more complicated aspects to teach you every facet of a word, from its sound to its use in sentences to its explanation. For a more personalised experience, you may design your flashcards inside the program. VocApp Flashcards created the app on 19th August 2018. The game has a 4.5-star rating on PlayStore. Word of the Day Incorporating new words into your everyday life is the greatest learning method. Daily exposure to one or two new words will be beneficial in the long term. If you are already occupied with employment and other responsibilities and can only commit a little time to study, there is a simple software that may assist. With Word of the Day, you will learn a new word daily, remember your favourite terms, and browse to see what other users prefer. They also provide a variety of pronunciation choices, allowing you to place accents and stresses correctly! Vocabulary Apps created the app and published it on 6th April 2018. It takes 6MB of storage and is currently available on PlayStore with a 4.4-star rating. Read More: English Writing Skill: How to Start Writing and Improve Continuously Memrise Memrise is a flashcard application. However, this should not lead you to believe that it is straightforward. SRS, or Spaced Repetition System, is a proven technique that helps you recall words and phrases more quickly. The software offers video samples of real-world language use, so you can learn by listening to actual native speakers use their language naturally. The gamified learning style will help keep you amused and motivated to finish your education. The developer company’s name is also Memrise, and this app first came out on 20th May 2013. The app has a 4.4-star rating in PlayStore. FluentU FluentU combines actual content such as music, news, and politics to help you expand your English vocabulary and cultural understanding simultaneously. The films are designed for native speakers to expose you to original and pertinent material. Read More: How to Think in English: Learn some effective ways You may begin by viewing any movie in the vast collection that piques your interest; they are categorised by subject and difficulty level (beginner to advanced). You may click on the interactive subtitles for a quick description, pronunciation, and sample sentences for every word. FluentU has developed the app and released it on PlayStore on 2nd October 2018. The app has a 4.3-star PlayStore rating. Voxy Voxy focuses on offering English instruction to company and organisation personnel. Voxy adjusts to your requirements and provides customised instruction. Whether you require English vocabulary to pass a test or wow a customer, Voxy guarantees you acquire the appropriate terms. It evaluates your educational requirements and presents audio and video information. With the app, you can take your lessons anywhere and enjoy entertaining practice alternatives, such as karaoke-style music lessons. Read More: Best Free English Editing, Proofreading Courses Online Schedule a live, one-on-one tutoring session and get feedback. If you're studying alongside others, such as a team of workers, Voxy is built to facilitate that. Voxy, Inc. has done a tremendous job by creating super user-friendly. The app first came out on 23rd November 2011. English Vocabulary Builder This vocabulary-building application is essential for English learners of all levels. The UI is straightforward and very user-friendly. Choose a word topic and take the test to assess your knowledge of that specific word set. After that, you may evaluate the terms you mistakenly defined and save them to a specific study list. It's a really basic application, but sometimes simple is best! This vocabulary builder is helpful for students of all levels, but novices will profit the most from the terms offered. Praveen Yuva developed the app. It requires 3MP storage and is available on Playstore. The current rating is 4.4-star rating. Read More: Best Native American Podcast Sites to Learn English Alphabear Alphabear is a really entertaining game for people who like puzzle games to learn vocabulary. You must spell new words, and bears will emerge when you pick letters near one another. These bears may raise your score, lengthen your timer, or assist you in another manner. The game's design is adorable and entertaining to guarantee that you like playing. There is also an integrated dictionary for English language learners. This game will help you pick up where you left off in your memorisation of new words if you've grown tired of it. Spry Fox LLC created the app and published it on 4th September 2018. It takes 119MB of storage and is currently available on PlayStore with a 4.9-star rating. Crossword Puzzles Crossword puzzles are a fun way to spend time travelling or waiting for something. If you like crossword puzzles and are eager to increase your worldly knowledge, then Words of Wonders is the game that will push your English vocabulary to the maximum. Read More: Free English-Speaking Mobile Apps for the Non-native Speakers You will be given a few letters as hints. You will utilise them to generate new words and link them to determine the final crossword answer. With each correct response, you will virtually explore new towns and attractions. Conclusion If you are serious about enhancing your English vocabulary, the above-mentioned English vocabulary apps for android can help you. Relevant English phrases and terms should be memorised and occasionally reviewed. Find chances to utilise these newly-learned terms often, and even if you make errors, learn from them and persevere. As long as you stay enthusiastic and dedicated to your studies, you will surely be successful in cultivating a beautiful English word garden. Read More: Best YouTube Channels to Learn English
ZTE showcases its cutting-edge solutions at Digital Bangladesh Mela 2023
A leading global provider of information and communication technology solutions has brought its cutting-edge solutions to participate in the Digital Bangladesh Mela 2023 as diamond sponsor, from January 26-28 in Bangladesh. Digital Bangladesh Mela 2023 is the largest exposition aimed at showcasing IT and ITES products and services in Bangladesh. As the country has taken a great leap in Digital Wave, the event which brings together ICT companies, personalities, professionals, key policymakers, industry leaders, and other ICT stakeholders, was organized by the Department of Post and Telecommunication. This time around, ZTE introduced the PowerPilot Pro solution, uSmartNet solution, and Unisite NEO solution for the wireless network situation in Bangladesh. Among them, PowerPilot is the industry's first AI-based service navigation to achieve multi-frequency and multi-standard in-depth collaboration and help optimize network energy efficiency. The uSmartNet autonomous evolution network solution, including wireless autonomous evolution network solution AIVO (AI Insight Value Operation), Athena autonomous evolution wired network solution, and autonomous evolution core network solution. Enables on-demand scheduling of network resources, simplifies management and maintenance, and quickly responds to service changes, helping operators reduce CAPEX and OPEX and increase operating revenue. ZTE also presents its Smart Grid, Broadband, Modular Data Center and uSmart Cloud PC solutions. Broadband and Data center will be serving as the foundation of all kinds of intelligent applications in a smart society, ZTE continuously works on them to make the network faster, and the data center more energy efficient. uSmart Cloud PC is based on virtualization technologies, its flexibility, easy maintenance, guaranteed data security, makes it is suitable for certain occasions, especially for school, large organizations, the finance sector and etc. Reducing commercial losses through digitalization is one of the key factors that have contributed to lower distribution losses, ZTE’s smart grid solutions covering transmission to distribution will certainly help utility clients in building a strong and smart power network. As Bangladesh's digital economy develops, it has brought both opportunities and challenges, accelerating its digital transformation in the 5G era. In the future, ZTE will continue its commitment to technological innovation and conduct in-depth collaboration with operators and industry partners, enabling it to contribute to Bangladesh's strategic growth.
AI wildfire detection bill gets initial approval in Colorado
A year after the most destructive wildfire in the state's history scorched nearly 1,100 homes, Colorado lawmakers are considering joining other Western states by adopting artificial intelligence in the hopes of detecting blazes before they burn out of control. A Colorado Senate committee on Thursday unanimously voted to move forward a bill to create a $2 million pilot program that would station cameras on mountaintops, and use artificial intelligence to monitor the footage and help detect early signs of a wildfire. The bill will move to the state Senate Appropriations Committee next. “It can detect just a wisp of smoke and it’s that type of situation in remote areas that could save forests and homes and properties and lives,” Democratic state Sen. Joann Ginal, one of the bill's sponsors, said in the hearing. Read more: ChatGPT by Open AI: All you need to know The deployment of AI is part of an ongoing effort by firefighters to use new technology to become smarter about how they prepare and better position their resources. Fire lookout towers once staffed by humans have largely been replaced by cameras in remote areas, many of them in high-definition and armed with artificial intelligence to discern a smoke plume from morning fog. There are hundreds of such cameras scattered across California, Nevada, Oregon and a handful already in Colorado that allow even casual viewers to remotely watch. Vaughn Jones, who heads wildland fire management for Colorado’s fire prevention agency, said the technology “allows us to take very aggressive early action and keep the impact down... not waiting until the end of the day to start playing catch-up.” A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive. Record-breaking storms that drenched California with more than 11 inches (27.94 centimeters) of rain in recent weeks and big snow dumps in other states have improved conditions in the short-term, but the drought persists across many western states, according to a Tuesday report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Colorado program would support 40 fixed camera stations and six more mobile stations that can be moved to monitor ongoing fires, Ben Miller, the director at the Center of Excellence, which researches technology for firefighting, said at Thursday's hearing. The AI algorithm behind the camera would try to detect a plume of smoke and alert first responders early, said Miller, who pointed to a structure fire caught by AI technology near the city of Boulder in December as an example. Boulder County had partnered with an AI wildfire detection company called Pano AI, and the software had alerted authorities of the fire around the time the first 911 call arrived, Miller said. One home was destroyed and another damaged before the fire was contained — a far better outcome than a year before when the Marshal Fire, also near Boulder, burned over 1,000 structures. Read more: First-ever AI-generated mini-comic book in Bangladesh launched “The more you train the model, the better and better it gets,” said Miller, who added that his agency is very interested in the technology but that it's still burgeoning and that a pilot program is a good place to start. Pano AI began working with cities, including the ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado, and has expanded to cities, counties and even Pacific Gas & Electric in six states. Kathryn Williams, Pano AI’s director of government development who testified at the hearing, said “AI machine learning is new, it’s exciting, it’s glamorous but it isn’t perfect,” adding that the company uses employees to vet alerts from the AI. Their stations include two cameras mounted on a high vantage point, rotating at 360 degrees with 10-mile (about 16-kilometer) radiuses and connected to the company's AI software. Each station costs roughly $50,000 every year. It's unknown whether the company would be hired for the pilot if the bill passes. Arvind Satyam, the chief commercial officer at Pano AI, said in an interview that the artificial intelligence uses a data set of over 300 million images that teaches it what is smoke billowing up from a fire and what isn’t. Once a camera signals that there could be a fire, the photos and information are run through the company’s intelligence center for human vetting — the algorithm could’ve mistaken a tractor’s dust cloud for smoke — before it’s sent along to fire agencies, he said. Satyam added that the benefits go beyond detection, allowing fire agencies to pinpoint a blaze's location and monitor a live feed of the burn. AI has gained notoriety for breaking into a number of fields — from creating propaganda and disinformation to writing essays or cover letters about whatever the user requests. David Blankinship, senior technology advisor for the Western Fire Chiefs Association, said in an interview that fire agencies have come to rely on this type of detection technology, especially in California where the programs have been put to wider use. Still, Blankinship noted that “these cameras, even with AI, are only one component of the actual solution that is working." When a vote was called to send the bill forward, committee member Republican state Sen. Rod Pelton was enthusiastic. "I do not want to be the bucket of water on this bill so I will be a fiery, ‘Yes'," he said.
Israel's high-tech economic engine balks at govt policies
Israel’s tech industry has long been the driving force behind the country’s economy. Now, as Israel’s new government pushes ahead with its far-right agenda, the industry is flexing its muscle and speaking out in unprecedented criticism against policies it fears will drive away investors and decimate the booming sector. The public outcry presents a pointed challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who champions Israeli technology on the international stage and has long boasted of his own economic prowess. It also highlights how deep and broad opposition to the government’s policies runs, from political rivals, to top members of the justice system and military. Tech leaders say that since the government took power last month, a cloud has emerged over their industry, with foreign investors spooked at what some say is a country regressing rather than striving for innovation. They fear the government's plans to overhaul the judiciary and pledges by some top officials to advance discriminatory laws will imperil the industry that has earned the country the nickname Start-Up Nation and in turn, send Israel's economy into a tailspin. Read more: Hi-tech parks to help Bangladesh become knowledge-based economy: Palak “Investors are asking ‘where is Israel headed? Will it continue to be a country that leads technologically or is it moving two generations backwards? Are political agendas more important than the ability to be global tech leaders?’" said Omri Kohl, CEO of Pyramid Analytics, a company that makes business intelligence software. If the tech industry suffers, he said, “everyone will lose.” Over the last three decades, Israel’s tech industry has become the beating heart of its economy. The sector employs more than 10% of the country’s salaried workforce, according to official figures. And while the industry has struggled this past year like its counterparts abroad, it still accounts for about a quarter of the country's income taxes, thanks to its high salaries, and produces more than half of the country’s exports. During his time as prime minister for most of the past decade and a half, plus another stint in the 1990s, Netanyahu's political fortunes have been linked to the rise of the tech industry. For many in the tech sector, that makes his government’s agenda and the speed with which it is advancing all the more confounding. “Bibi is determined but he also understands that we are a small country that is very dependent on the outside world,” said Eynat Guez, the CEO of human resources software firm Papaya Global, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. “With all due respect to Bibi, that determination will hit a wall very quickly” when investors start to pull out, she said. On Thursday, Guez tweeted that the company, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars from investors, would be “removing all of the company's money from the country” because of the proposed changes. The tech industry sees the government’s policies as a warning light for critical foreign investors, who they say are already holding off on investments as they wait for the political developments to unfold. The current government’s plans to accelerate settlement expansion on occupied lands sought by the Palestinians for a state could also impact foreign investment. Norway’s $1.3 trillion sovereign wealth fund several years ago ruled out doing business with certain Israeli companies because of their involvement in the settlement enterprise, considered illegal by most of the international community. Last month, Israeli media reports said that the Norwegian fund was again rethinking its investment, in part because of the new government. Read more: Tech entrepreneurs to play important role in economy Maxim Rybnikov, an analyst with the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's, told The Associated Press in an email that judicial changes could present “downside risks in the future" that could affect Israel's debt rating. That sentiment was reportedly echoed by Israel's central bank chief in a meeting this week with Netanyahu and voiced publicly by numerous other leading economists and business figures. Many in Israel's tech sector say the circumstances could prompt young Israeli talent as well as global tech giants who have offices in the country to leave. That would be catastrophic for the homegrown industry, they say. Typically silent on politics, hundreds of tech workers walked out of their offices on Tuesday near tech hubs around the country to protest the planned changes. Waving signs reading “there's no high-tech without democracy,” and “democracy is not a bug that needs to be fixed,” they blocked a central Tel Aviv throughway for about an hour. Last month, hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists signed a letter calling on Netanyahu to rethink his policies for the sake of the economy, calling them “a real existential threat to the illustrious tech industry.” “We call on you to stop the growing snowball, steady the ship and preserve the status quo,” the letter said. Jerusalem Venture Partners, one of the country’s leading venture capital firms, issued a statement against a proposed law allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people, signed by the companies it backs. And leaders of top firms are speaking out on social media, including Barak Eilam, chief executive of the Nasdaq-traded NICE Ltd., one of Israel’s oldest and largest tech companies and Nir Zohar, chief operating officer of the website builder Wix, who have both slammed the proposed changes. Netanyahu has pledged to charge ahead with his policies. At a news conference on Wednesday, he lashed out at his critics, accusing his political opponents and the media of using scare tactics to promote their own agendas. “In recent days, I have heard concerns about the effect of the legal reforms on our economic resilience," he said. “The truth is the opposite. Our steps to strengthen democracy will not harm the economy. They will strengthen it.” Most worrisome to the tech sector is the planned overhaul of Israel’s justice system, which would give parliament power to overturn certain Supreme Court decisions. Critics say the changes would grant the government overwhelming power and upend Israel’s democratic system of checks and balances. Last weekend, an estimated 100,000 Israelis took to the streets against the planned changes. Tech leaders also have spoken out against pledges by Netanyahu’s ultranationalist partners to craft legislation that would allow discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community, seeing it as contradictory to the pluralistic values of the tech sector. Netanyahu has given authority over certain educational programs to Avi Maoz, the head of a radical, religious ultranationalist party who is anti-LGBTQ. Netanyahu has also made promises to his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners to strengthen their insular school system that emphasizes religious studies over subjects like math and English. Economists say this will prevent their integration into the modern world, a step seen as necessary to keep the economy afloat. Moshe Zviran, the chief entrepreneurship and innovation officer at Tel Aviv University, a position that encourages youth to navigate the tech world, said the next generation might not have the same opportunities as their predecessors because of the government's policies. “If there won’t be exits and sales and Israeli high-tech it’ll be a real problem. It’s a fatal blow to the Israeli economy," said Zviran, the former dean of the university's business school. “The minute that innovation departs, what are we left with here?”
Best Performing Online Video Games of 2022: Steam’s Platinum List
Millions of people worldwide choose different online video games as their pastimes. Bulks of paid online games are now available on several platforms, such as Windows Phone OS, Android, iOS, Symbian, and gaming consoles. The popular video game digital distribution service Steam has recently categorized the most played online video games of 2022 into several tiers like platinum, gold, silver, bronze, etc on the basis of revenues and year-end-sale of the yesteryear. Let’s take a look at the 'Platinum' tier of Steam's best-seller online game list of 2022. Top 11 Popular Online Video Games of 2022 Apex Legend A free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends was created by Respawn Entertainment and released by Electronic Arts. The fourth season of this multiplayer game. Up to twenty teams of three invade an island, scavenge for weapons and supplies, and engage in the battle to see who can win. The Titanfall games from Respawn Entertainment, of which Apex Legends is a part, all take place in the same fictional future. A lot of people think it's really good, and they think it can hold its own against the likes of Fornite Battle Royale Play, which was a huge hit last year. Respawn Entertainment developed the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The 2019 release marked the game's debut. Read More: PC Games of 2023: 10 Most Anticipated Games for Desktops, Laptops Dying Light 2 Techland created and released the 2022 action role-playing game Dying Light 2: Stay Human. The sequel to Dying Light (2015), the game was published on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox on February 4, 2022. A cloud-based Nintendo Switch version is under development. The fighting, parkour system, and open environment were lauded, but the plot was criticized. Five million copies were sold in the first month of its release. The game takes place in Villedor, a vast metropolitan open environment in Europe that players are free to explore. The area, four times the original game's size, is divided into seven unique zones, each with its own landmarks and destinations. Read More: PUBG Mobile 2.3 Update: New Thrilling Features with Lionel Messi DOTA 2 It is a massively multiplayer online war arena created and distributed by Valve Corporation. The DOTA 2 video game is the sequel to the Blizzard Entertainment-developed Defense of the Ancients. And online DOTA 2 is played by two teams of five players. However, the objective of the game is to protect its distinct base Map. Each of the 10 players controls a unique, intriguing "Hero" character. Each hero in DOTA 2 has a distinct set of rules, abilities, and play style. The game was first launched by Valve Corporation in 2015. The game is accessible on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.