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Disney’s Hotstar, which is now one of India’s biggest video streaming service draws a new global benchmark of the number of people on an OTT service platform watching a live event. According to statistics, a total of 18.6 million users ended up using Hotstar at the same point of time to watch the final match of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

Hotstar which competes with streaming services like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix broke its own global record of 10.3 million simultaneous views last year.

Hotstar can top the 10 million viewership mark during the 51 days of the IPL season. According to statistics, a total of 12.7 million people watched the earlier match of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Hotstar said that they have gathered 267 million viewership on their platform this year. Last year, the number was around 202 million.

The numbers that Hotstar has collected are very astonishing. These numbers show how faster the internet market in India is growing. The most-watched live video on YouTube is 8 million concurrent views when the event of skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumping from near sky to the Earth’s surface in the year 2012. The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was also around this number.

Netflix and Amazon Prime videos focus more on gathering new content for their platform, whereas Hotstar focuses on securing different broadcast and streaming rights to all the cricket series. Since cricket is followed like a religion in the country, Hotstar can grow its platform in such a short period of time.

In the year 2017, Star India, which was at that point of time owned by 21st Century Fox ended up securing the rights to broadcast and stream India Premier League on their platform at a sum of $2.5 billion. Facebook also ended up participating in this bid by offering $600 million. This year, 21st Century Fox was acquired by Disney for $71.3 billion. This investment paid off well for Hotstar because from last one month, it can get to 150 million paid active users. Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos have around 30 million subscribers in India.

Hotstar is now available in three international locations which are the United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The focus of the streaming service is to attract more Indians who live abroad. This application is just perfect for people who are interested in Bollywood movies and sports. Hotstar is now planning to get into more countries so that it can cater to a larger and more diverse audience.

It is very clear that Hotstar will see a decline in their user base after the Indian Premier League is over. People who are very familiar to Hotstar finances said that despite all the big numbers the application is still not profitable and is not able to generate a lot of revenue.

Hotstar is an ad-supported streaming service and about 80 percent of the content in the application is no cost. The application also has a collection of HBO and ABC Showtime movies which attract a lot of people who are into ‘Game of Thrones’ and other shows. The ICC World Cup tournament will also be streaming in India by Hotstar.

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The reason why Facebook is doing robotics research

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The reason why Facebook is doing robotics research

It is weird when you hear that one of the leading social networking sites in now perusing their research on robotics. Facebook is not investing their resource in search of a better competent search engine rather it is spending it on robotics research.

Facebook is one of the biggest organizations with a lot of competing priorities. All these developments will not affect Facebook directly. It is expected that the things that the company will be learning would impact the platform in surprising ways.

Robotics is one of the latest areas where Facebook is spending a lot of time. The bleeding edge work in Artificial intelligence is something Facebook is also taking very seriously. All the mechanics which can be called Artificial Intelligence can govern all sorts of things which include camera effect along with automated moderation of restricted content.

The best thing is the Artificial Intelligence and robotics kind of naturally overlap each other and this is why all the events will be covering both of them. It is not something exceptional that Facebook has a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Learn to walk from scratch

Walking is one of the hardest actions when it comes to 6 legged robots. It is very hard to make sure how the movement of the robots will be done. The only reason we are able to walk is that we have the capability to understand and these robots will also need something similar. This is when the robotics come into play. The team tries to teach the robot to walk by itself so that it can perform more like a human.

This is not something new when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and robotics. All these algorithms go back for a long time. A lot of people have written interesting papers on these topics in the past.

Some of the basic priorities are set to the robots. Rewards are also given moving forward so that the robot can understand that it is being appreciated and walk on its own. The team did not make the robot teach about walking but gave the robot the opportunity to figure it out on its own. The main goal here is to make sure that there is a reduction in the amount of time it takes for the robot to go from zero to reliable locomotion from weeks to hours.

What will this be useful for?

Facebook has a wide range of data which is very complex in nature. The main idea here is to make sure that the artificial intelligence learns in a short period of time with the help of some goals and rules.

Learning how Artificial Intelligence teaches themselves and how exactly you can remove all the roadblocks like all the mistaken priorities along with wired data hoarding and cheating the rules is important for agents which are meant to lose in both the virtual as well as the real world. If there is a time when there will be a humanitarian crisis, then Facebook can monitor its platform with the help of Artificial Intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence model will end up helping and will also be informed by the autodidactic efficiencies that turn up here.

Leveraging curiosity

These works are not very visual in nature. Everyone is very curious in a certain degree to know more than who exactly kills the cat. Facebook has successfully put the concept of curiosity in the robot’s arm and has asked it to perform different tasks.

It is very odd that people can simply imbue a robot arm with curiosity. The main meaning of the term is that Artificial Intelligence is responsible for the actions of the arm. The decision of how to grip is totally on the arm and it will take the help of Artificial Intelligence to perform all these tasks.

These will be implemented in a lot of things. It can be used in a camera. When twisting a camera, it can give a better view. The first thing that it will look at is the target area. Then it will check the distance between both points. The Artificial Intelligence latitude will find the action that will help to increase the confidence and this could eventually let the completed task faster. In the beginning, curiosity might be a bit slow to react to.

What can we use this for?

When it comes to vision Facebook has big ideas. This will be implemented in both cameras as well as image work. This could also be used in different devices like a portal which helps to follow you around the room with its face. Learning about the environment is also useful for both applications.

Any kind of camera operating applications in the application or device like on Facebook generally analyze the images and stores all the information which are important to save. A face helps to put a lot of algorithm in place so that the image can be made better. If there is a QR code, then the address is also auto-triggered and people end up in that landing page.

If the camera or any kind of gadget is left with these tasks, then they will end up producing CPU usage spikes along with some visual latency in the images. Instead of using the Artificial Intelligence agent is exerting curiosity t check all these things when there is a bit of uncertainty in the scene then that is a happy medium. This is the simple way how Facebook ends up prioritizing all the important ones.

Vision is very important when it comes to robotics. Many robots have a lot of sensors and sound modalities but they have one thing missing which is the vision. It is important to have a good tactile interfaces Nerveless Facebook wants to look into the data which is tactile in nature as a surrogate for visual data.

If we talk about people with the bad vision they generally sue their touch to feel their surroundings. Sensing via touch plays a very important role here. The robots will have to navigate around so that they have a clear understanding of what kind of surroundings are there beside it. There is a big overlap between all these concepts. All the Facebook researchers have ended up deploying Artificial Intelligence model that generally helps in deciding what action to take depending on the video that is captured in high resolution.

It is true that the algorithm does not really care if there is an image of the world as long as the data is displayed visually. It will basically look for patterns which will help the robot to get a better understanding of the entire place just like a photographic image.

What can this be used for?

It is not very sure if Facebook really wants to connect with the people with this technology. This has been made clear that it is not the touch which is just dependent on artificial intelligence. There are other factors which come into play here.

If you have ended up presenting two distinct objects for the first time in front of the robot, then it will be very trivial to distinguish between each other by keeping their eyes closed. This is because by seeing the items we can differentiate between both objects which are not possible when our eyes are closed.

Artificial Intelligence agent may end up needing to transfer from one domain to another. All the auditory data simply telling about the grip on how exactly it will hold up an object.

Facebook is now working hard to expand in the influence of walled garden applications and services into the rich and totally unstructured world. We can see any Facebook robots recently that’s for sure.

 

 

 

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Microsoft is aiming to train about 15,000 workers by 2022 on AI skills

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Microsoft is aiming to train about 15,000 workers by 2022 on AI skills

Microsoft is investing a lot of money on training people on Artificial Intelligence in partnership with the education provider General Assembly. The goal is to make sure that they train 15,000 people by 2022 so that there is an increase in people who have knowledge in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning along with data engineering and more.

This program will first train a total of 2,000 workers in the machine learning role. In the three years, they will be training a total of 13,000 workers with Artificial Intelligence related skills. Microsoft will be joining the General Assembly’s Artificial Intelligence Standards Board, with other companies. In the next six months, the Board will be helping in defining AI skills and develop assessment and also create credentials.

The training which has been organized by Microsoft will be conducted with people who are not skilled enough to use Azure in aerospace, manufacturing and elsewhere. The training will totally focus on the needs of the customer who are looking to use Artificial Intelligence.

The training will include Artificial Intelligence Talent Network that will help source candidates for a longer period of time. General Assembly will be helping with the assistance of connected campuses and the broader Adecco ecosystem to these jobs pipeline.

Microsoft has a vision for the job creators because of AI in the future. There will 133 million new roles created and this training will come in handy for people who will be taking them. The main focus is to make sure that software along with cloud customers can find people who have knowledge in working with Azure.

“As a technology company committed to driving innovation, we have a responsibility to help workers access the AI training they need to ensure they thrive in the workplace of today and tomorrow,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president of Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft, in a statement. “We are thrilled to combine our industry and technical expertise with General Assembly to help close the skills gap and ensure businesses can maximize their potential in our AI-driven economy.”

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Lilium finally announces their five-seater air taxi prototype after their success on the maiden flight for its jet

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Lilium unveils five-seater air taxi prototype after a successful maiden flight for its latest jet

Lilium which is basically a startup which is based on Munich and is known for developing air taxi services. They have finally unveiled their five seated prototype. They have also announced that the companies maiden flight was successfully completed in the month of May. This is not the first time that Lilium Jet which is a company making all-electric jets have taken off and landed with the help of all the extensive ground testing. Lilium has finally ended up releasing a video with the two seated version of the flight two years ago.

The prototype which has been made is a full scale and all the 36 jet engines were responsible for the takeoff and landing of the plane. The company has claimed that the cruise flight is extremely remarkable and works well. In a call, the Chief executing officer of the company Daniel Wiegand the test flights was a little behind the schedule but this will definitely be going to change the urban mobility problem. The jet performed perfectly according to the company which helped Lilium team get the much-needed validation.

Since the design is not like the aircraft but still it can hold five passengers is impressive. The technology which the company is using is very impressive and the fully vertical mobility is what makes it so much interesting. This transport is going to make things easy for everyone and the transportation cost will also become very less.

The company has claimed that the speed of the air taxi is 300 km/hr. The company is also claiming that the air taxi that they have designed is capable of completing longer trips which makes it very promising in the future. It is also calculated that the flight will require about 10 percent of the 2000 horsepower which is maximum for the cruise flight.

Lilium said:

 “This efficiency, which is comparable to the energy usage of an electric car over the same distance, means the aircraft would not just be capable of connecting suburbs to city centers and airports to main train stations, but would also deliver affordable high-speed connections across entire regions”

The first flight was on the 4th of May 2019 at 8:03 local time Munich, Germany. According to the Chief executing officer, the Lilium Jets were all remotely controlled. It has also been confirmed that the flights were given all kinds of clearance before they were tested. The flights were also certified with the aircraft safety standards. The next move for the country will be trying to develop a flight with horizontal take off.

It has also been revealed that the company desires to be fully functional by the year 2025. The trial services for the company will start much before that. The company is now backed by Tencent; LGT which is an international private banking and management group; Atomico and many more including co-founder of Skype and Twitter.

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