Smart Cities – Disguised Connectivity


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“Social networks are spoiling our happiness, but difficult to stay away from. Screen time is killing our creativity, but can’t help it. People say that they are not slave to the digital revolution, but they can’t spend even a single day without digital devices. “

Even though, we are aware of so many down sides of going digital or becoming a social addict, but ultimately we are getting deeper into all this. Our life – personal or professional – is now being digitized. We publish to share our memories with our dear ones, it gives a sense of pleasure as we feel connected. We use digital tools everyday for our office work as it is a must for each profession – almost impossible to imagine a profession without using digital devices. In all these changes, a fast change is coming which is of SMART CITIES.

Every developed or developing nation is currently moving towards introducing Smart Cities. Smart Cities are expected to show us how the future will look like for the mankind. These cities are envisioned to give us more security, better living standard, better work environment and ultimately give more happiness. But are they really being planned for our happiness, or they will be used to keep an eye on our daily activities. Smart cities are designed to have the best digital connectivity to counter crimes, accidents, natural disaster etc. but in the end they are also designed to keep an eye on each single step of ours – not only in digital world but also the real world.

IoT – a smart city facilitator

The cameras all over the city was not enough that now, we are installing IoT devices all over which can track us through our finger prints, retina scans etc. IoT is an enabler to the smart city concepts. It has been with us for a long time, but its only now that innovators/institutions have recognized its true potential. This will prove to be a differentiation factor  while comparing the old cities and the new smart cities. The main use of IoT is happening in surveillance, traffic systems, building management etc. By passage of each day, IoT is witnessing a huge number of innovation whether its small toys(Kid’s toys like small robots) or the big boys toys (especially Cars).

Death of anonymity

In today’s times, it is almost impossible to be anonymous. Our foot prints are everywhere,  govt. are keeping a tight vigil on financial transaction for tax calculations. The traffic systems which are equipped with high end cameras are looking over the road but they are also being utilized to keep a tight security around the city. Our office systems keep a track of our movements inside the office. And the most dangerous is the mobile phones in our pockets, the real killer of anonymity. All these things have contributed towards smart cities but in the end killing our right to anonymity. Smart cities are paving a way to a world where you will no longer be anonymous.

Check out the below video to see how every person can be tracked with the use of AI and IoT.

Smart Cities will prove the one phrase right – “You can escape but you can’t hide”

The future is clearly shown in the above video and it is not a distant reality. What do you think of this phenomenon – will it be beneficial for us all?


Redmi Note 7 Pro – Camera AI at its best

“It’s going to change the way we have been clicking photos on mobile. The Advanced AI program in Redmi Note 7 is one step ahead.”

Few years back, we used to be obsessed with the Camera Hardware – MP – aperture etc. It is all changing now as we are getting more dependent on the software as well. Hardware is still something important but its the software which has taken the lead to deliver better photos. Although, Xiaomi has taken a step ahead in providing 48 MP camera in Redmi Note 7 but more than that its the software which is the key feature. Xiaomi is launching Redmi Note 7 on Feb 28, 2019 – Official Site

Fastest adoption of AI is through Mobiles

Mobile penetration has been the highest in the last few years thanks to the organizations like Xiaomi who are providing good hardware phones to the consumers. Due to stiff competition in the mid to low segment market, all the big players are being forced to launch their products also at similar ranges. Samsung with their M-Series and Sony with their Xperia range are also trying to tap this market.

As there is higher penetration of mobiles with consumers, so they become the best playground for AI technologies as well. Camera being the best beneficiary of this technological advancement. It is the most used feature in today’s time as almost all the phones have cameras. And providing the best AI algorithm will make more sense in delivering better.

Beautify 4.0 from Xiaomi is one step towards providing the best AI in their phones. The algorithm which is clearly a step ahead in this segment and supported by the hardware can deliver amazing results.

How far we can go in this race?

The race to deliver better at the least price is on. Xiaomi being the front-runner has a lot of advantages as they have put their mind, body and soul in delivering the best products at the least prices. They have already been good at delivering MIUI which has now matured enough to deliver an awesome experience which is better than Samsung/Sony Software.

AI is now a priority for these mobile manufacturers as it will change the game in delivering better experience in terms of camera, digital assistants, better search results etc.

All Xiaomi fans are eagerly waiting for the launch of this marvel – Redmi Note 7 and hoping for a top notch product to give them excellent features. The launch on Feb 28, 2019 will be a game changing event to watch out for.

Xiaomi finally launched it’s new Redmi Note 7 Pro on Feb 28, 2019 with amazing price of Rs. 13999 for 64GB variant and Rs. 16999 for 128GB Variant.


Open Your Eyes through Facebook AI

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“Do you feel sad when you see an excellent photo clicked, but find the eyes of the person closed in it? If the answer is yes, then this solution from Facebook can help – Facebook AI. “

I would call it a much needed innovation where the whole world is concentrated on clicking images of themselves and their dear ones. A large amount of images captured are not up to the mark and we always thought of clicking it correctly. Facebook being totally dependent on its users who uploads loads of  images everyday and some are not being uploaded due to issues. This will now make those images relevant and will get uploaded. This technology being available on Facebook only will create better positioning for them as well. I would say that this is a step in the right direction. Facebook will be giving more value to its users and earn their loyalty through this. So, be ready for Facebook AI to save our day.

Innovation is the key

If we look at the world from top, then you will see that its kind of saturated with its issues and approach. The big organizations are finding it hard to move ahead. These organizations and their visionary founders are looking towards space, Machine Learning capabilities, Artificial Intelligence, Medical  innovations etc. Every business you run always has scope to move ahead. The only thing you need is to look for different arenas which can help you deliver more to the customer. Facebook being a social platform provides functionalities which give more so that they stick to this platform. No need to mention the players like Amazon, Google, SpaceX, Tesla – who are the front runners in innovation and are advancing ahead a fast pace.

How do you identify areas to deliver more to the customer?

Sometimes we avoid small things which might be a big chunk but is not recognizable. Just like this innovation of opening the eyes by Facebook AI, it looks like an issue which happens due to the devices owned by the users, or their imperfection to take shots or may be due to lighting. It looks like something not created or owned by Facebook, but they identified it as an area where they could get more loyalty from its users by delivering better experience and renewed memories.

Eyes being closed is mostly common when we click images of kids which are usually our best memories. As it could not be clicked correctly, we used to delete or discard such images. But now we have this innovation from Facebook to assist us. Facebook will allow this functionality to be used only when you upload images to Facebook ,will create more content for the social platform.

I would say opportunities are everywhere which could be due to someone else but you can always take a step ahead and deliver better.

How Facebook AI plans to achieve it?

This is like photoshopping your images without using Photoshop. If you are a designer, then you must have heard of Adobe Photoshop. It’s a popular tool which is used by designers all over the world to create graphics for web/print etc. What Facebook AI has achieved, was previously being done by designers with this tool…of course it needs a very good tool knowledge. So, bringing the eyes to life is an achievement as it is now being done through a program without intervention of any designer or any tools.

Now, let’s look at how they would have worked on the algorithm to achieve this important milestone –

a) Again, Data is the key

b) Find previous images to understand your eyes structure

c) Find face dimensions from current images and previous images from library

d) Calculate the size of the eyes by checking the face dimensions in the image

e) Change the size of the eyes copied from other images

f) If this is the only image available, then you probably need to supply some images. Or, wait for some guess work to be implemented

g) If its the only image, then be prepared for some surprises. Without any sample availability,  it will be tough to guess the exact eyes structure, its colours, dimension etc.

These are some of the steps which this algorithm will have to go through before achieving the right output.

If you have given deep thoughts into AI algorithms and feel that there could be more steps which would be required, then do share your thoughts in the comments section below for everyone to understand.


SpaceX changing the way we travel or “Space Travel”!

Space Travel

“Imagine travelling from New Delhi to New York in 1 hour – The next level of Travel!”

Today we struggle with the huge amount of hours required in inter-continental travel. New Delhi to New York takes around 24 hours, even New Delhi to Europe take more than 8 hours. All this is going to change as per the plans shown recently by Elon Musk for his venture “SpaceX“. SpaceX is working on a plan to transform travelling on earth, where a rocket will take you to space and then re-enters the earth and brings you to your destination. As per SpaceX’s achievements in the past related to Space Science, it looks like as if the perfection has been achieved in Rocket Science. This perfection is now turning into commercial aspirations of the corporation.

Is it really something achievable?

We usually say “Nothing is impossible!”, then how can we doubt something on which so many Govt. Agencies / Pvt. Corporations have worked in the past 70 years. It’s only that it has been planned to execute in a different way now. Although, such references of travel can be found in many science fictions but it’s only now that we feel confident to achieve it. It’s just a matter of time when we achieve what seemed impossible years ago. The same thing is with SpaceX vision. There have been multiple articles on the internet saying this is too ambitious, a logistics nightmare etc. But they are just viewpoints. If we really want the answer, then we should look at it from the perspective of mastering the space travel.

Now-a-days, we hardly get to hear any incidents where space rockets failed or any casualties happened due to that. It gives a clear signal that humans have mastered space travel. A famous phrase “This is not rocket science”, will will be irrelevant 10 years down the line.

In order to prove their current capability, Elon showed the journey of rocket inventions happened at SpaceX. You can check out the below picture from the presentation where evolution is shown pertaining to their Rocket Capability. 
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Space Travel – Disruption in the air

Air travel has come a long way in the last 200 years, which will be redefined by SpaceX by introducing travel through space designed rockets.

Elon seems to be obsessed with the way humans travel – First Electric Cars and now Space Rockets.

In today’s world, where most of the digital work could be achieved even from a distance then why do we want to shift to the next level. This level is going to change how we used to imagine travel. The disruption will be huge as there will be a new category of travel available. The regulatory authorities need to work on new regulations for this industry, the people need to change their mindset.

Wheel -> Bullock Cart -> Motor Vehicle -> Air Travel – Space Travel

Shift in Strategy

Why such a sudden shift from Space exploration to providing services in current times. It is only due to the need to commercialize operations at the earliest. Till now, the funding received has only been for the space missions(Space Travel / Reaching Mars) but the time has come for SpaceX to generate revenues for its investors. Any commercial venture is not viable if it can’t generate revenues for its investors. The change in strategy is right one if SpaceX wants to continue exploring the space and be relevant in the future.

In spite of all the failures, the true strength of SpaceX is now visible to the world. Now we understand, what a brilliant vision and  perseverance can achieve.

“An ever emerging world of possibilities is right upon us, we just need to realize our strengths and conquer!”


Digital Connectivity Version 2.0 – Are we ready yet?

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“Your Fridge does not allow you to order beer as it can impact your liver – your watch doesn’t allow you to eat sugar as you are diabetic – you can’t sleep more than 8 hours as your home automation system doesn’t allow. A connected world is coming our way. Prepare for it and prepare really well!”

All we have been doing till now is interacting with humans/animals or other living creatures. It’s only few years since we are interacting with computers also, but it was not a nuisance in our lives. But now, the humanity is moving to a stage where non-living objects will be talking to us in the form of alerting or stopping us from doing what we like. Just visualize – if your watch alerts you to not eat sweets as you are a diabetic. Your home automation system doesn’t allow you to order beer because you have liver condition.

Till now, we are not into such kind of restrictions. As humans beings, we are owners of our own decisions and actions. The next generation of technological advancement is going to put a lot of restrictions on humans which could be good as well as bad. Its just that we need to prepare well for this next wave of digital connectivity.

Why are we moving towards such a world – do we really need it?

The humans have a tendency to evolve – for the better or worse it is up to an individual to decide. Our very existence has been dependent on the our evolution to move ahead. On this course of evolution, we have done some really bad things to environment, fellow humans, animals, trees & plants etc. Its our expedition to move ahead which forces us to evolve whether its good or bad. There was a time of slavery where humans were kept as slaves to do industrial work. A time when we kept on releasing harmful gases which damaged our very protection from Sun – the ozone layer. When we started cutting trees to convert the places into concrete jungles. So, all these expeditions have seen some good and some bad stuff happening to all of us.

Even after going through rough times and difficult situations, we can’t ignore that we have progressed, developed, evolved during this very course. The next part of the evolution is a connected world where everything and everyone will be tracked and controlled through devices. You may like it or not but its coming our way and going to catch us.

IPification of everything and everyone

Now, what is IPification? It’s just a term which I am using where an IP address is being assigned to an object as well as human. We all know that IP addresses are used to communicate over internet and all the digital connected items have one to communicate. Here, I have added humans as well because there are inventions going on where connected device will be embedded in humans. And for these devices to communicate over internet it will be mandatory to have IP address. So, ideally it will become IPification of humans.

How far is it?

All evolution changes from mankind has taken quite longer duration but this one is coming really fast and will strike us soon in the next 10 years at a very large scale. Like other inventions and evolution, this will also come first in the west and then it will move to east. Even if early adoption will be in the west, but its mass production will be in surely be in the east (China or India). I see it coming sooner than the other changes, as we have mastered the art of moving ahead faster by involving Artificial Intelligence into our systems. We have also got quantum computers now which are million times faster than the current computer systems – I would say “the traditional hardware”. And also the greed of business/politicians will also play a crucial role in early adoption of such technologies.

“We are on the verge of fast paced life where divided opinions may not find a place – as everyone will have to accept the destiny to bind with the Digital World”