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Justice Department official sees ‘fertile ground’ for encryption legislation in wake of Pensacola shooting #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Justice Department official sees ‘fertile ground’ for encryption legislation in wake of Pensacola shooting

Jan 18. 2020
By The Washington Post · Ellen Nakashima 

WASHINGTON – A senior Justice Department official on Friday said he saw an increasing willingness on Capitol Hill to pass legislation requiring tech companies to make their encrypted devices accessible to law enforcement, saying “the ground is as fertile as ever” for such action.

Assistant Attorney General John Demers declined to disclose “how far along we are on a decision to seek legislation” but leaned forward on the issue.

“I’ve never seen the atmosphere here in D.C. to be so conducive to passing some kind of encryption legislation or lawful access legislation as it is today,” Demers said during a discussion at the Wilson Center.

His remarks come in the wake of last month’s shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, that killed three people and led the FBI earlier this month to ask Apple for help opening two iPhones that belonged to the Saudi shooter. This week, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr raised the issue again, accusing Apple of failing to provide “substantial assistance” and calling on the firm “to help us find a solution” to locked devices.

President Trump on Tuesday also weighed in with a harsh tweet: “We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements,” he said. “They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!”

Demers referred to a Senate hearing in December in which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned tech firms to find a way to build access into their phones or Congress would act. “My advice to you is to get on with it,” he said, “because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.”

Any legislation would still have to pass a Democratic-controlled House, where a bipartisan alliance of privacy hawks and libertarians could block those efforts. Such legislation has been an uphill climb in Congress for years. A bipartisan draft law was circulated after the FBI in early 2016 was unable to get into the iPhone of a terrorist who carried out a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, but it faced such criticism that it was never introduced.

In a statement, Apple rejected the assertion that it has not provided substantial help in the Pensacola case. Within six hours of the FBI’s first request on Dec. 6 and in the days after, it provided data, including iCloud backups and account information for multiple accounts, the firm said. One account belonged to the shooter.

The FBI notified Apple only on Jan. 6 – a month after the shooting – that it needed additional help, revealing that the gunman had a second phone. But, as the firm argued in 2016 when the FBI wanted help unlocking the phone in the San Bernardino case, it could not break into the device without hacking it. The FBI eventually paid a private contractor $900,000 to crack the passcode after disabling a security feature.

“There’s a good reason why Congress has failed to legislate up to now,” said Jennifer Daskal, a law professor at American University. “Once you get past the talking points, the range of security, privacy and economic risks become apparent.”

Facebook ordered to hand over data about thousands of apps that may have violated user privacy #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Facebook ordered to hand over data about thousands of apps that may have violated user privacy

Jan 18. 2020
By The Washington Post · Tony Romm 

A Massachusetts judge has ordered Facebook to turn over data about thousands of apps that may have mishandled its users’ personal information, rejecting the tech giant’s earlier attempts to withhold the key details from state investigators.

The decision amounted to a significant early victory for Maura Healey, the Democratic attorney general of Massachusetts, who said in a statement Friday that Facebook users – and local watchdogs – “have a right to know” whether the company broke the law and violated people’s privacy.

Facebook, however, signaled the fight may not be over, marking its latest effort to battle back state regulators who have intensified their scrutiny of the tech giant.

“We are disappointed that the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Court didn’t fully consider our arguments on well-established law,” spokesman Andy Stone said in a statement, adding: “We are reviewing our options, including appeal.”

Massachusetts revealed it was probing Facebook over its data-collection practices in September, an investigation that stemmed from the company’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica. That privacy scandal already has resulted in a record-breaking, $5 billion federal fine for Facebook.

The court dispute centered on Facebook’s admission last year that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps for possible privacy violations. Facebook discovered the app issues as a result of an internal audit of its third-party developers, but it declined to share – with the public or with Massachusetts officials – exactly who it had suspended or many details about their potential wrongdoings.

Healey and her aides argued the data was critical, potentially showing that thousands of apps, some with large numbers of users, presented an elevated risk of privacy violations or behaved in a way that “may suggest data misuse,” her office said at the time. Facebook, however, fought to keep the evidence to itself, arguing it should be shielded from investigators.

After months of wrangling, the attorney general’s office took the issue before a Suffolk Superior Court judge, who ruled Friday that Facebook must surrender the information. Facebook now has 90 days to comply with the state’s request.

“We are pleased that the Court ordered Facebook to tell our office which other app developers may have engaged in conduct like Cambridge Analytica,” Healey said in a statement.

Facebook, for its part, has fought aggressively against states that have probed its privacy practices in the months after the Federal Trade Commission settled with the company. In California, for example, Facebook’s refusal to turn over key documents prompted Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, to take the company to court in November.

Companies burned by big tech plead for Congress to regulate Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Companies burned by big tech plead for Congress to regulate Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google

Jan 18. 2020
By The Washington Post · Tony Romm 

BOULDER, Colo. – Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google took a public lashing at a congressional hearing here Friday, where some of their smaller rivals, including Sonos and Tile, pleaded with federal lawmakers to take swift action against big tech.

Democrats and Republicans at times appeared stunned as they heard tales of tech giants wielding their massive footprints as a weapon, allegedly copying smaller competitors’ features or tweaking their algorithms in ways that put encroaching companies at a costly disadvantage. The testimony came as part of a wide-ranging antitrust probe into Silicon Valley’s biggest players that House lawmakers aim to wrap up – with recommendations for regulation – in the coming months.

“It’s like soccer,” said Kirsten Daru, the general counsel of Tile, which has accused Apple of acting anti-competitively. “You might be the best team in the league, but you’re playing against a team that owns the field, the ball, the stadium and the entire league, and they can change the rules of the game at any time.”

The pleas for regulatory relief resonated with lawmakers, led by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., the chairman of the House’s top antitrust committee. “It has become clear these firms have tremendous power as gatekeepers to shape and control commerce online,” Cicilline said to open the session.

The hearing at the University of Colorado-Boulder put a public face on the pain caused by some of the largest tech companies in the United States. Cicilline and his Democratic and Republican peers have sought to determine if federal antitrust law is sufficient to hold Silicon Valley accountable – and whether changes to federal law are necessary to address anti-competitive concerns in search, smartphones, e-commerce and social networking.

“I think it’s clear there’s abuse in the marketplace and a need for action,” said Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado.

The House investigation comes as the U.S. government’s two competition agencies, the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department, proceed with their own probes into Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google for potential antitrust violations. Nearly every state attorney general, meanwhile, has trained their sights on Facebook and Google, announcing wide-ranging inquiries of their own earlier this year.

A key leader in those states’ efforts – Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser – sketched out a broad, ambitious agenda for antitrust enforcement in a private meeting with U.S. lawmakers Friday morning, where he called on them to invest more resources in oversight.

“The idea we’re not going to regulate tech companies is so 1990s,” Weiser said in an interview before he spoke.

At the hearing, Tile took issue with Apple for changes to its most recent iOS software for iPhones and iPads. Tile said Apple’s tools to help smartphone owners find their missing items largely mimics its own offering. Adding to its advantages, Apple imposes tougher restrictions on how Tile and others collect much-needed location data, said Daru, the company’s general counsel.

“Tile welcomes competition,” she said, “but it has to be fair competition.”

Apple says its policies seek only to protect privacy, but lawmakers at times did not appear convinced, pointing to other instances in which the iPhone giant – seeing a successful product in Apple’s app ecosystem – launches competing services of their own.

“Once Apple has essentially decided to do the same, it renders all of those apps superfluous and unnecessary,” said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.

Patrick Spence, the leader of Sonos, blasted Google and the rest of the industry for “using their power in one market to conquer or destroy nascent markets.” The high-end speaker company alleges in a lawsuit that Google unlawfully copied its technology, a charge Google denies.

PopSockets, a Boulder-based company that makes circular grips for smartphones, took issue with Amazon. David Barnett, the company’s founder, fretted about restrictions Amazon places on sellers. He said PopSockets at one point tried to quit selling through the e-commerce giant, but severing those ties ultimately cost his company $10 million. Amazon has disputed Barnett’s claims.

And David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-founder of Basecamp, which makes Web-based product management tools, said the digital ecosystem as a whole had been “colonized by a handful of big tech companies.” He likened the current behaviors of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to some of the same practices that decades ago led the government to try to penalize Microsoft for antitrust abuses.

“Help us, Congress,” Hansson said, “you’re our only hope.”

European Union mulls new tougher rules for artificial intelligence #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 18, 2020 by SoClaimon

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European Union mulls new tougher rules for artificial intelligence

Jan 17. 2020
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Hanson Robotics Inc.’s humanoid robot “Sophia” on the opening day of the MWC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 25, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Angel Garcia
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Natalia Drozdiak

The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way.

The EU’s executive arm is set to propose the new rules apply to “high-risk sectors,” such as healthcare and transport, and suggest the bloc updates safety and liability laws, according to a draft of a so-called “white paper” on artificial intelligence obtained by Bloomberg. The European Commission is due to unveil the paper in mid-February and the final version is likely to change.

The paper is part of the EU’s broader effort to catch up to the U.S. and China on advancements in AI, but in a way that promotes European values such as user privacy. While some critics have long argued that stringent data protection laws like the EU’s could hinder innovation around AI, EU officials say harmonizing rules across the region will boost development.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has pledged her team would present a new legislative approach on artificial intelligence within the first 100 days of her mandate, which started Dec. 1, handing the task to the EU’s digital chief, Margrethe Vestager, to coordinate.

A spokesman for the Brussels-based Commission declined to comment on leaks but added: “To maximize the benefits and address the challenges of Artificial Intelligence, Europe has to act as one and will define its own way, a human way. Trust and security of EU citizens will therefore be at the center of the EU’s strategy.”

The EU is also considering new obligations for public authorities around the deployment of facial recognition technology and more detailed rules on the use of such systems in public spaces. However, the provision on facial recognition isn’t among the three policy options officials recommend that the commission pursue.

The provision suggests prohibiting use of facial recognition by public and private actors in public spaces for several years to allow time to assess the risks of such technology.

“Such a ban would be a far-reaching measure that might hamper the development and uptake of this technology,” the commission says in the document, adding that it’s therefore preferable to focus on implementing relevant provisions in the EU’s existing data protection laws.

As part of the recommended policy measures, the EU also wants to urge its member states to appoint authorities to monitor the enforcement of any future rules governing the use of AI, according to the document.

In the draft, the EU defines high-risk applications as “applications of artificial intelligence which can produce legal effects for the individual or the legal entity or pose risk of injury, death or significant material damage for the individual or the legal entity.”

Artificial intelligence is already subject to a variety of European regulations, including rules on fundamental rights around privacy, non-discrimination, as well as product safety and liability laws, but the rules may not fully cover all specific risks posed by new technologies, the Commission says in the document. For instance, product safety laws currently wouldn’t apply to services based on AI.

Virgin Galactic has a new COO, a new ship and a surging stock #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Virgin Galactic has a new COO, a new ship and a surging stock

Jan 17. 2020
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Justin Bachman · BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. has surged 30% since Jan. 1 as the company prepares to fly its first space tourists.

The company, founded by entrepreneur Richard Branson, plans to welcome its initial customers later this year in New Mexico for its first commercial flight.

Investors are also betting that Virgin Galactic will be one of the first companies to offer point-to-point hypersonic travel, one day potentially reducing intercontinental flights to less than three hours. In a December report, Morgan Stanley analysts valued that market at $800 billion by 2040, dwarfing the space tourism business.

Virgin announced last week that its second commercial ship had reached a “weight on wheels” assembly milestone considerably faster than it took to get to the same stage with its first spaceship. Work on a third ship has begun, the company said.

Virgin Galactic aims to have five spacecraft in service by the end of 2023 operating from its base at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

On Wednesday, the company named Enrico Palermo as its chief operating officer. Palermo was president of its manufacturing unit, The Spaceship Co.

Virgin Galactic rose 1.4% to $15.05 at 1:32 p.m. Thursday in trading on the Nasdaq.

The company debuted on the public markets on Oct. 28 and rose to more than $12 before dipping to a low of $7.22 in late November. The stock began rising again in mid-December, finishing the year at $11.55. Morgan Stanley assigned a $22 target price for the shares on Dec. 19.

The jump last month came after the management team made the rounds of analysts to tell its story, Alex King, founder of Cestrian Capital Research, wrote in a Jan. 13 note. King owns Virgin Galactic shares personally.

In November, Virgin reported losing about $128 million for the period through Sept. 30. He labeled the stock “speculative” given the company’s early stage. Virgin Galactic has raised more than $1 billion since it was founded in 2004, initially from Branson, with an Abu Dhabi investment company taking a stake in 2010.

Microsoft pledges to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 17, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Microsoft pledges to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030

Jan 17. 2020
By The Washington Post · Jay Greene 

REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft on Thursday announced plans to remove more carbon than it emits by the end of the decade, a pledge that addresses the climate change crisis more aggressively than many of its tech rivals.

The software giant, which announced the initiative at a news conference at its Redmond headquarters, also plans to remove all the carbon emissions it has generated since its founding in 1975 by 2050.

“The scientific consensus is clear,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said at an event Thursday morning at Microsoft’s headquarters. “The world today is confronted with an urgent carbon crisis. Each of us is going to need to take action, and that includes business.”

Microsoft’s initiative goes a few steps beyond what crosstown rival Amazon announced in September. The e-commerce giant, which competes with Microsoft in the booming business of cloud computing, said at the time it would implement strategies to be at net zero emissions – removing as much carbon as it produces – throughout its business by 2040.

Working to remove carbon emissions to prevent further global warming is “far and away the biggest challenge, I think, that humanity has ever been presented with,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a meeting with journalists Monday in New York.

Microsoft’s Smith credited Amazon, but noted that Microsoft’s ambitions for addressing climate change are bolder. “They said they’ll be carbon-neutral by 2040. We’ve said we’ll be carbon-negative by 2030,” Smith said. “They’ve said they’ll have 100 percent renewable energy for their data centers by 2030. We’ve said we’ll do that by 2025.”

(Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

One point on which Microsoft and Amazon are aligned is that they both will continue to provide artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to energy companies to help them better pinpoint oil deposits for extraction.

Activist employees at Amazon have protested their employer’s work with energy companies, so much so that a lawyer in the company’s human resources group raised the possibility of termination if they didn’t adhere to its external communications policy. Last month, an anonymous author who claimed to work for Microsoft lamented the company’s work with energy firms in an article in Logic Magazine. The author recounted a work trip to Kazakhstan to help the state-owned energy company work with Chevron to extract oil from a field near the city of Atyrau.

“Microsoft executives aren’t going to give up on the billions of dollars to be made from Big Oil, especially if it helps them win more of the coveted cloud market,” the author wrote.

Microsoft declined to comment on the article, but Smith said in an interview Thursday that the company intends to continue working with oil and gas companies, in part to help them move to cleaner forms of energy.

“We are a company that wants to solve problems by working with people and by helping them make the transitions the world needs to make, rather than by cutting them off and denying them tech writ large,” Smith said.

Microsoft previously pledged to continue working with the U.S. military after some employees protested some contracts with Pentagon, saying it wanted to be part of the discussion about using technology responsibly. Microsoft applied the same logic to its decision to work with oil and gas companies.

“We are consistent philosophically, especially when it’s a vertical sector that can be part of a solution,” Smith said.

In working toward being carbon-negative by 2030, Microsoft is counting emissions it produces, such as exhaust from its fleet of cars and trucks, as well as emissions it indirectly causes, such as those that come from electricity it uses, the production of the materials in its buildings, and the power customers consume when using its products, such as the Xbox game console. But Microsoft won’t count the emissions from energy produced by oil and gas companies that its technology helped find.

To achieve its goal, Microsoft plans to have its entire fleet of vehicles run on electric power by 2030. It will adopt so-called negative emission technologies including soil carbon sequestration and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage to remove emissions it’s created. The company also committed to investing $1 billion over the next four years in new technologies to help address the climate change crisis.

And while Microsoft said it will continue to disclose its carbon footprint, Smith said the company hasn’t committed to an independent audit of the progress against its goals. The company will push for better standards to measure and report carbon emissions and removal.

“Whether it actually needs to be audited, we’ll see,” Smith said.

He declined to disclose the cost of the new carbon-reduction initiative.

Other tech giants have dialed up efforts to reduce their emissions, including Apple, which last spring said that 21 manufacturers in its supply chain vowed to obtain all their electricity from renewable sources, a number the company now says is up to 44.

NSA found a Microsoft software flaw and alerted the firm – rather than weaponize it #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 15, 2020 by SoClaimon

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NSA found a Microsoft software flaw and alerted the firm – rather than weaponize it

Jan 15. 2020
By The Washington Post · Ellen Nakashima 

NSA found a Microsoft software flaw and alerted the firm – rather than weaponize it. The National Security Agency recently discovered a major flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system – one that could potentially expose computer users to significant breaches, surveillance or disruption – and alerted the firm of the problem rather than turn it into a hacking weapon, officials announced Tuesday.

The public disclosure represents a major shift in the NSA’s approach, choosing to put computer security ahead of building up its arsenal of hacking tools that allow the agency to spy on adversaries’ networks.

“This is . . . a change in approach . . . by NSA of working to share, working to lean forward, and then working to really share the data as part of building trust,” said Anne Neuberger, director of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, which was launched in October.

Cyber security professionals hailed the move.

“Big kudos to NSA for voluntarily disclosing to Microsoft,” said computer security expert Dmitri Alperovitch in a tweet Tuesday morning. “This is the type of [vulnerability] I am sure the [NSA hackers] would have loved to use for years to come.”

The bug – essentially a mistake in the computer code – affects the Windows 10 operating system, the most widely used in government and business today.

Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw on Tuesday. The company’s plan to issue a fix for the vulnerability was first reported Monday in the KrebsOnSecurity blog.

“A security update was released on January 14, 2020 and customers who have already applied the update, or have automatic updates enabled, are already protected. As always we encourage customers to install all security updates as soon as possible,” said Jeff Jones, senior director at Microsoft, in a statement.

The discovery has been likened to a slightly less severe version of the Microsoft flaw that the NSA once weaponized by creating a hacking tool dubbed EternalBlue, which one former agency hacker said was like “fishing with dynamite.”

The NSA used EternalBlue for more than five years, but when it learned that the tool had been obtained by others, it alerted Microsoft, which issued a patch in early 2017. About a month later, Shadow Brokers, a suspected Russian hacking group, released the NSA tool online.

Malicious hackers turned it to their own purposes, launching massive ransomware campaigns such as the one dubbed WannaCry, which created global havoc and costly damage to businesses and other organizations.

EternalBlue worked on all Windows systems, not just one, which made it so potent. The flaw the NSA uncovered would be useful to hackers seeking to break into some computers running Windows 10.

Companies like Microsoft and Adobe use digital signatures to stamp software as authentic. This helps to prevent malware infections that might try to disguise themselves as legitimate. The NSA discovered an error in the Microsoft code that verifies those signatures, potentially enabling a hacker to forge the signature and install spyware or ransomware on a computer.

“Code-signing is one of the most effective tools we have to keep malicious software off of computers,” said Matthew Green, a cryptographer and computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University.

If the flaw is patched quickly, it’s not that dangerous, he added. “If a lot of people don’t patch, it could be a disaster.”

Microsoft has reported that it has seen no active exploitation of the flaw.

The bug disclosure is the first major announcement to come from the new directorate, which reflects NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone’s desire to enhance the defensive mission of an agency known for its prowess at hacking foreign networks for intelligence.

Google follows Apple in ending third-party ‘cookies’ in ad-tracking #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 15, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Google follows Apple in ending third-party ‘cookies’ in ad-tracking

Jan 15. 2020
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Naomi Nix, Gerrit De Vynck 

Google is planning to “render obsolete” a key tool advertisers use to track people around the web, increasing user privacy but also disrupting the marketers and publishers who rely on the search giant’s ad products.

Over the next two years the Alphabet Inc. unit intends to stop supporting third-party cookies in its Chrome browser, Google said in a blog post Tuesday. Cookies are little bits of code that stick in peoples’ browsers and follow them around the web and are a core part of the online advertising landscape. They allow advertisers to target people with ads for websites they previously visited and make it easier to determine how effective certain ads were in getting internet surfers to buy something.

Apple Inc.’s Safari and Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox browsers already block third-party cookies, but Google has argued in the past those approaches are too heavy-handed and risk cutting into vital revenue for internet publishers. In the blog post, Chrome Engineering Director Justin Schuh said blocking third-party cookies could have “unintended consequences that can negatively impact both users and the web ecosystem.” The company is seeking input from advertisers, publishers and Chrome users as it works to find ways to help support advertising online while still preserving privacy.

“Users are demanding greater privacy — including transparency, choice and control over how their data is used — and it’s clear the web ecosystem needs to evolve to meet these increasing demands,” Schuh said.

Google has talked about this approach before. While Apple and Mozilla don’t derive much money from advertising, the vast majority of Google’s revenue comes from digital ads. It’s in the company’s interest to keep advertisers spending more money on its websites and ad products. Google’s empire was built on its ability to provide targeted advertising.

Google is navigating a thicket of threats to its business though, including a rising demand for greater privacy and government investigations into whether its business practices in the ad tech world are anti-competitive. If it shuts advertisers out from its system too much, they could increase their complaints that it’s being unfair. But if it ignores privacy advocates, some Chrome users could decamp for other browsers.

Virtual reality to get role in autonomous vehicle development #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 13, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Virtual reality to get role in autonomous vehicle development

Jan 12. 2020
The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun
By The Japan News/ANN

The Yomiuri Shimbun: The government plans to create a performance simulator in which the roads around the Odaiba district of Tokyo are replicated in virtual reality, part of its measures to support the development of autonomous vehicles in fiscal 2020.

By verifying the performance of sensors indispensable in autonomous driving through the use of virtual reality, the amount of road testing conducted with real vehicles can be drastically reduced with the aim of speeding up the development process for domestic manufacturers.

This is one initiative as part of the Cabinet Office’s Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program which supports the development of autonomous driving.

The simulator would be made available to domestic manufacturers of cameras, millimeter-wave radar and other types of sensors, such as Sony Corp., Denso Corp. and Pioneer Corp. It could also be used by manufacturers of finished vehicles such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.


In advanced autonomous driving, sensors recognize not only nearby vehicles and pedestrians, but lane lines, traffic signals and other objects as well. This data is processed by artificial intelligence to avoid accidents during driving.

Sensors play the role of the human eye, and their sophistication, in parallel to AI, is expected to determine the course of global competition over the practical applications of autonomous driving.

The simulator would replicate a network of about 54 kilometers of roads from the Daiba district of Minato Ward to the Toyosu district of Koto Ward in a virtual reality environment.

In addition to weather conditions, many fine points of the simulator’s environment can be freely adjusted, including the movements of oncoming vehicles and pedestrians, the fading of lane lines, and the location of signs.

Conducting tests using real vehicles in special driving conditions, such as intense rain, snow or a pedestrian suddenly running out into the street, require considerable time and money.

As such, “Testing in virtual reality can greatly reduce the number of tests using real vehicles and speed up development,” said Kanagawa Institute of Technology Prof. Hideo Inoue, who has been commissioned by the government to take part in creating the simulator.

If each company uses a simulator to collect data under the same conditions, it could also help standardize quality control.

AIS Fibre reinforces the leader in broadband technology #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 10, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Jan 09. 2020
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  • Fulfill customers life with “Better” speed with the AIS SuperMESH WiFi Router, the new standard of Thai routers with the capability of the innovation team of AIS Fibre in Designed and Customized the new Mesh WiFi technology to produce the best and most advanced router technology for Thais by helping to increase the speed of delivering at full speed, covering all rooms in the house, answering to customers who are large families and support the usage behavior of consumers in the digital era that demands high-speed internet anywhere and anytime, with the most beneficial value package, speed 1000/200 Mbps for only 999 baht per month and Get Free! 2 AIS Fibre SuperMESH WiFi Routers (with a value of 7,980 baht)
  • Outstanding with 4 best and most advanced features and no one has done before, which is considered to be “The Best and Most Advanced ISP Router” or the router of the best and most advanced internet service provider in the market today.

1) Internet signal distribution with fast and powerful at full speed 1 Gbps, reliable on WiFi.

2) Connect to a Mesh WiFi to distribute the signal faster, and cover equally in every corner of the house.

3) Connect up to 8 AIS SuperMESH WiFi Router devices, and support a large number of smart devices and IoT devices, which can transform customers home into a Smart Home that able to control everything with fingertips.

4) This is the only “Green Energy Router” in Thailand that assists in saving energy and reducing electricity usage by more than 30%, compared to the same router of other service providers.

Mr. Saran Phaloprakarn, Head of Fixed Broadband Department, AIS said “According to a study of people’s internet usage habits today, it has been found that most consumers require the speed of the internet consistently also cover all areas of the house. Most of them live in a two-story house, but with a WiFi Router Only 1 router, including may not be able to place the router in the center of the house and appearing in the spread of WiFi signals that not covered the whole house. In the past, AIS Fibre has been committed to the development of technology and solutions to meet the needs of customers in all dimensions continuously; we are the first and only service provider in Thailand that has developed the SuperMESH WiFi innovation that can connect to a mesh WiFi signal covering all corners of the house without LAN wiring, empowering customers to use the internet at full efficiency from the first day of installation, which has collaborated with world-class partners to study, test, and develop in-depth Mesh WiFi technology continuously to be a new alternative for customers, until being more widely used of Mesh WiFi to enhance the home broadband internet experience to be the best for Thais.

“To support the changes in technology that will occur in the year 2020 and the future such as the growth of video streaming in 4K resolution, 5G technology and new applications, Virtual Reality (VR) technology that demands gigabit high-speed internet. Today, AIS Fibre is ready to take the SuperMESH WiFi innovation and standard router to the next level, this time, we have chosen to use the MESH WiFi Router from Huawei, the world-class network equipment manufacturer, together with the best technology developed by AIS Fibre and is the only one in Thailand and give us the best and most advanced technology router in the market that meet the needs of customers who require to use high-speed WiFi throughout the house by providing the efficiency of “Forward” signal distributed at full speed of 1 Gbps on WiFi is the first in the market that can be achieved and ready to connect as a Mesh WiFi to deliver the signal faster, equally throughout the house without LAN wiring and can connect up to 8 devices, there is no problem with blind spots, including “Speed Toggle” for customers to adjust the download/upload speed by themselves, also ready to deliver services at “Better” and “Simple” by sending AIS Fibre GURU, a team of expert technicians to facilitate installation to customers at home; therefore customers can be confident that the WiFi signal is excellent throughout the house since the first day of installation.

New and current customers can apply for the AIS FIbre SuperMESH WiFi package from 11 January 2020, with the most beneficial value package, 1000/200 Mbps speed at only 999 baht per month, and Get Free! AIS FIbre SuperMESH WiFi Router for 2 units, with a value of 7,980 baht. Also, customers can select to add an AIS PLAYBOX additional service for just 100 baht per month, which comes with world-class content from famous channels, with the PLAY FAMILY package for 12 months, HOOQ for 6 months, and NETFLIX for 3 months for free! Total content value of 3,192 baht. However, if the customer wants to add a router to the house, customers can notify the technician immediately on the installation date, and receive a special 50% discount to just 1,990 baht per point (from the regular price at 3,990 baht).

“All of this reinforces the concept of ‘Forward, Better, Simple’ in moving forward to provide the No. 1 home broadband internet experience that is superior to AIS Fibre’s customers, and also being an extension of the success of the new Thai internet standard that guaranteed by the number of the fastest-growing broadband customers in the market, which currently has a total of over 1 million customers.

From now on, AIS Fibre will continue to focus on service quality and expanding service areas to cover 77 provinces by 2020 as the goal of “The Most Admired Internet Service Provider in Thailand”, which we are confident that AIS Fibre will become the Top of Mind Brand of customers nationwide as we have set a goal for sure.” Saran concluded

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