Smart technology in the spotlight in Hanoi

Speakers share their knowledge in four sectors of smart technology — VNS Photo Phương Thao Viet Nam has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally competitive, Hajime Hotta, co-founder of Innovatube and president of Cinnamon AI Labs, said at the Ha Noi technology event on Sunday. "Innovatube Frontier Summit" (IFS) is the first event in Viet Nam that covers four sectors of smart technology -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR). With the motto "Stay in front," IFS is expected to become a playground for startups and individuals who are working in the technology business to share their knowledge and experience in frontier technologies and learn how to implement them in real projects. The summit connected a network of the best Viet Nam and Southeast Asia speakers in the four hottest technology fields with over 500 Vietnamese and international entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers and top tech companies exchanging ideas to have more opportunities for investment cooperation. Hajime also affirmed the significance of combining technological talent with entrepreneurship spirit. "I think any country (except China and the United States) cannot lead the global economy alone. Therefore, there should be cooperation among countries in Asia to work together to build achievements,” Hajime told Viet Nam News. As regards the technology potential of Viet Nam, Hajime said the country has a solid foundation for information technology but must constantly strive to be globally…... [read more]

VietnamWorks, the leading job board recruitment website in Vietnam and a member of the Navigos Group Vietnam, released its Report on Recruitment Demand and Labor Supply in Vietnam in the First Half of 2017 on July 28. Recruitment demand in the first half increased 20 per cent year-on-year and the number of job seekers rose 14 per cent. IT still leads in recruitment demand, but job seekers in the sector satisfied just 50 per cent of demand. IT enterprises are facing a competitive environment in attracting candidates. The market is short of developers in Java, .Net, Mobile, and PHP. There are new programming languages also lacking in developers, such as Ruby on Rails, Golang, and JavaScript, and related frameworks like ReactJS and NodeJs, despite the high salaries on offer. According to latest recruitment demand report from Navigos Search, an executive search service belonging to the Navigos Group, the IT industry, especially Data Technology, will grow rapidly over the next three years. Companies in the industry have high recruitment demand for IT engineers in the data processing field and IT engineers with experience in machine learning, part of the artificial intelligence field. IT companies also face a situation where employees plan to change jobs in the near future. According to the turnover survey for June, 74 per cent of respondents who are IT employees intend to change jobs in the next six months, with just 42 per cent feeling satisfied with their current job. The Advertising/Communications sector is also facing a…... [read more]

Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported its profit shrank in the recently ended quarter despite surging sales as it poured money into growth. photo AFP The US-based company said that net sales increased 25 percent to $38 billion when compared to the same period last year, but that profit plunged 77 percent from a year ago to $197 million. Investments, depreciation of equipment, share buys and other expenses ate into revenue in a familiar pattern of Amazon putting long-term growth ahead of short-term profit. "Our teams remain heads-down and focused on customers," Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a release. "It's energizing to invent on behalf of customers, and we continue to see many high-quality opportunities to invest." Amazon has been expanding from its original mission as an online retailer to a diversified tech firm in cloud computing, online video, computer hardware and artificial intelligence. The company also recently announced plans to acquire US grocer Whole Foods, which could help Amazon expand in that sector. Bezos noted recent company moves including launching a new version of home digital assistant Echo; upgrading Alexa artificial intelligence, expanding its streaming video offerings outside the US, and even adding to the company's air cargo fleet. Amazon shares slipped some three percent to $1,012.15 in after-market trades that followed the release of the earnings figures that fell short of Wall Street expectations. …... [read more]

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, a new estimate showed. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, Photo AFP Forbes magazine said its real-time tracking of personal fortunes showed Bezos with a net worth of $90.5 billion, ahead of the $90 billion for Gates early Thursday.  A few hours later, though, Bezos had slipped back to second place as Amazon shares pared their gains. Bezos owns around 17 percent of the equity of Amazon, which has been expanding from its original mission as an online retailer to a diversified tech firm in cloud computing, online video, computer hardware and artificial intelligence. The company also recently announced plans to acquire US grocer Whole Foods, which could help Amazon expand in that sector. Amazon shares were up 1.7 percent at $1,070.72 and have risen some 24 percent over the past four months, adding some $17 billion to the net worth of the 53-year-old Bezos. According to Forbes, Gates has been the richest person in the magazine's annual rankings in March for the past four years and for 18 of the past 22 years. Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim overtook Gates from 2010 to 2013. Among the billionaires gaining ground is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has an estimated worth of…... [read more]

Viet Nam News By Warren Fernandez* As you read this, thousands of business and government leaders will be making their way to Switzerland - by plane, road, rail, or even helicopter - for an annual meeting to discuss the world’s most pressing concerns. They will brave snow and frigid cold - forecasts are for temperatures to dip to minus 17 deg Ctomorrow- and a three-hour car ride from Zurich up to the small Alpine ski resort of Davos, for the conference organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Hundreds of aides, academics and journalists, myself included, will be there to join in and follow their discussions. When these leaders met last January, there was much talk about what the future might hold in the face of rapid and relentless technological change. Minds were focused on developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D printing, and many questions were raised about what these entail for businesses and their workers, indeed for the very nature of work, and leisure. Few, however, saw or spoke about the prospects of Brexit or the rise of Mr Donald Trump. Sure, there were a few tentative questions raised about these, which were more often than not laughed aside as long shots not to be taken too seriously. So Davos man - as this elite group is sometimes derisively called - will have much pondering to do. For while it was right that they focused their sights on the trends that will shape the future, how…... [read more]

ACIIDS 2010 aimed to create an international scientific forum where scientists and researchers share experience and knowledge about theory, technology and application of intelligent information and database systems. The biennium conference received more than 400 reports and presentations from scientists and researchers in this field, with a focus on intelligent information systems, artificial intelligence, optimal technology, intelligent calculation, intelligent software, and intelligent social networks. Professor Doctor Nguyen Phuc Khanh, deputy head of the Department for Science and Technology under the Ministry of Education and Training, said Vietnam has made remarkable progress in the information technology (IT) development that greatly contributed to the national economy. Local universities have made significant contributions to training and supplying human resources to the field of IT application. “The ACIIDS 2010 is a good opportunity for Vietnam to learn from other countries around the world,” he said.... [read more]

1. Metropolis (1927) Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. It is known as the first feature length science-fiction film. Director George Lucas used this film as the greatest source of visual inspiration on the Star Wars. American film Star Wars was released in 1977, which was written and directed by George Lucas. C-3PO and R2-D2 are famous robots in the history of the world’s cinematography. They are not main characters of the film, however, they win audiences’ hearts due to their humour. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019, in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other "mega-corporations" around the world. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and "retired" by special police operatives known as "Blade Runners". The plot focuses on a desperate group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down. The Terminator series is an American science fiction franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. The central theme of the franchise is the battle for survival between the nearly-extinct human race and the world-spanning synthetic intelligence that is…... [read more]

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft announced on Friday (Jan 13) a deal to buy Maluuba, a Montreal startup focused on making machines able to think the way people do. Bringing on board Maluuba co-founders Kaheer Suleman and Sam Pasupalak, along with their team from the startup, was intended to accelerate Microsoft's "ability to develop software so computers can read, write and converse naturally," the company said. Microsoft did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition. "Maluuba's vision is to advance toward a more general artificial intelligence by creating literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans - a vision exactly in line with ours," Microsoft artificial intelligence and research group executive vice president Harry Shum said in a blog post. "I'm incredibly excited about the scenarios that this acquisition could make possible in conversational AI." Tech giants Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are all vying to develop the most sophisticated connected assistant - working to give software the ability to understand what people say and even anticipate desires or needs. Amazon virtual assistant Alexa was a star at the Consumer Electronics Show gadget gala last week in Las Vegas. Amazon and Alexa face fierce competition. At CES, computer chipmaker Nvidia said it would use Google Assistant for its interactive streaming devices. Microsoft's Cortana will power a voice-assistant speaker for kids and families being introduced by Mattel, and will also be in Renault-Nissan's connected car hub. Samsung's smart refrigerator, which acts as a connected hub - with a voice activation system…... [read more]

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open the possibility that groups of small robots could act together under human direction. Military strategists have high hopes for such drone swarms that would be cheap to produce and able to overwhelm opponents’ defences with their great numbers. The test of the world’s largest micro-drone swarm in California in October included 103 Perdix micro-drones measuring around six inches (16cm) launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, the Pentagon said in a statement. "The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing," it said. "Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature," said William Roper, director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office. "Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team." Defense Secretary Ash Carter - a technophile and former Harvard professor - created the SCO when he was deputy defence secretary in 2012. The department is tasked with accelerating the integration of technological innovations into the US weaponry. It particularly strives to marry already existing commercial technology…... [read more]

LAS VEGAS: Professor Einstein rolls his eyes, sticks out his tongue, and can give a simple explanation of the theory of relativity. With his lifelike rubbery "skin" and bushy mustache, he can almost make you forget he's a robot. The Einstein robot is among dozens roaming the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that can be your companion, educator or babysit your children. While robots have been around for years, advances in technology and artificial intelligence have allowed developers to give them traits that enable the devices to be seen as members of the family. "We make robots that have personality and come to life," said Andy Rifkin, chief technology officer of Hanson Robotics, the Hong Kong-based firm which is bringing the US$299 Einstein robot to consumers this year. Einstein is the first commercial product from Hanson, which became known for producing humanoid robots like the flirtatious "Sophia," which has life-like facial and eye expressions and can converse through cloud-based artificial intelligence. Einstein, which is knee-high and responds to voice commands, can help kids with their homework, play games and answer questions about math and science. "This is different from other robots," said Rifkin, who noted that the "emotional bond" can be an important element in helping kids learn. Most other robots at CES look like the mechanical objects people expect from science fiction, but many have personality too. "SPARK OF LIFE" Kuri, a knee-high rolling robot set to hit the US market, is touted as a home companion…... [read more]

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