The regional gap in AI adoption

To better understand how artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted differently by nations around the world, we sat down with Virtusa's Executive Vice President of Global Digital Solutions, Frank Palermo.

1. Is there much disparity between different global regions’ approaches to robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles or, indeed, their policies on these technologies?

As AI takes a more prevalent role in our society, the issue of ethics and governance has become critical, and policymakers around the globe have a collective responsibility to be forward thinking when deciding how best to regulate it. It is imperative that AI is managed in a way that allows the technology to reach its full potential, while ensuring it doesn’t have a negative impact on humans and society.

The US has historically left technology companies relatively unimpeded by government oversight or stringent regulation, with the market dominance of the FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet's Google) serving as a perfect example of this. While China has taken almost the opposite approach, with the Chinese government having a more ‘hands-on’ role, specifically mentioning AI in their ‘grand vision’ for the country, this has somehow still resulted in a similar ecosystem of tech giants, namely the BAT companies (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent). Like America’s FAANGs, China’s BATs have established their own AI-dedicated labs, with Baidu in particular investing 15% of its revenue in R&D in AI related research.

Elsewhere, Europe has a growing AI industry presence, inviting considerable attention from European regulators, though there is currently no overarching legislative approach towards AI in the region. Additionally, in the Middle East, attitudes towards AI are fairly liberal. For example, Saudi Arabia grabbed international headlines for granting citizenshipto Sophia (the AI robot) and the Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 – aiming to enhance sectors like education, transportation, energy and space to achieve 100% reliance on AI for government services and data analysis by 2031.  

2. Can you comment on the investment environments in these different regions?

With the global business value derived from AI projected to total $1.2 trillion in 2018, it stands to reason that global investments in the technology continue to skyrocket.   

China is aggressively investing in AI, with the country’s AI startups benefitting from government support as state agencies are directing capital to these companies. One such beneficiary, facial recognition startup Megvii, received a $460 million investment from a Chinese government-backed venture capital fund. 

3. What is your view on mature and emerging technologies within the AI sphere?

The field of AI is rapidly maturing due to the availability of data, data storage and compute power that is now readily available through cloud and API services. The technology has moved from simple back-office automation, revolutionising the way businesses interact with their customers.

Voice-enabled digital assistants are a great example of this, having quickly become a staple in the consumer and home market. Expect to see more companies adopt virtual assistants to support people in their use of technology in the workplace, with the assistants developing more human characteristics in the future, and better interpreting context and meaning.

The world of robotics is also changing, with robots becoming more sophisticated, mobile, collaborative and human friendly. This improved level of maturity has caused rapid expansion of robots into industries beyond manufacturing, including healthcare, service industries and transportation. Robotics were initially focused on improving efficiency and enabling greater productivity but now, the technology is beginning to address other global concerns such as skills shortages, workplace safety, and keeping up with the accelerating pace of business.

4. What are some of the areas causing uncertainty within AI?  Anything, perhaps, controversial?

There are many areas of uncertainty and controversy with regard to AI, with some even proving to be deadly. 

For example, if AI accidentally kills a human being, who is responsible? Last year, Tesla reported its first Autopilot fatality when its sensors did not detect the white side of a tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky. A controversial debate immediately surfaced on whether Tesla had to be held responsible for this. Similarly, there are concerns on how we can control the weaponising of AI. The United Nations recently discussed the use of autonomous weapons and the possibility to institute an international ban on “killer robots.”  

There are also many questions surrounding how can we control AI from being unleashed in cyber-attacks. Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on malicious links: humans or artificial intelligence. The researchers taught an AI to study the behaviour of social network users, and then design and implement its own phishing bait. In tests, the artificial hacker was substantially better than its human competitors, composing and distributing more phishing tweets than humans, and with a substantially better conversion rate. 

These uses of AI and many others need to be carefully considered and regulated to protect humans and society from harm. To accomplish this, organisations must come together to discuss the proper governance and ethics mechanisms that must be implemented to minimise the risks of AI, while harnessing the full potential of this technology.

5. Finally, what will be the ultimate effect of AI?

AI-powered technology such as robotics and machine learning has already improved productivity and enhanced the economies of many nations, and will continue to do so. Future advancements will certainly have an even greater effect on some classes of jobs, though it is important to bear in mind that apocalyptic predictions of robot overlords are hyperbolic, and AI will also create jobs and roles we have not yet fully envisioned. Ultimately, AI is about improving human performance and intelligence, not replacing it.

AI will be the battlefield of the future, with the successful deployment of the tech influencing how countries compete, shifting the balance of power in both the global economy and international relations. Countries that master AI first will have a crucial strategic advantage in writing the rules for the next global order. That’s why investing in AI is becoming a major initiative for both emerging and well-established economies.

Frank Palermo is Executive Vice President – Global Digital Solutions at Virtusa

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Three ways brands can benefit from adopting voice technology (AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT)

  • Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana, are pegged to trigger a widespread transformation across the retail industry in the years to come.
  • The current interest in, and adoption of, voice assistants for commerce is being driven by recent technological breakthroughs, advantages of the tech over existing channels, and the development of voice apps.
  • As consumer demand for voice technology mounts, brands offering this functionality throughout the entire customer journey stand to gain in three key ways.

Not too long ago, if your friend had a smart speaker like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant in their living room, it seemed like a rare novelty. Within a matter of months, however, smart speakers have started becoming household staples — and they’re still only at a fraction of their growth potential.

US Consumers Use Voice Assistants Throughout the Entire Shopping Journey

One of the biggest drivers of adoption has been increased functionality. Smart speakers aren’t just changing the music and turning on the lights; they’re helping consumers find new products and make purchases — and they’re quickly becoming a preferred method of shopping.

In fact, nearly a quarter of consumers globally already prefer using a voice assistant over going to a company website or mobile app to shop. This share will jump to 40% by 2021, according to Capgemini.

Consumers are on board with the prompt, convenient nature of shopping with smart speakers — and brands who join them stand to reap massive rewards. The Voice in Retail Report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, highlights the value voice brings to the shopping funnel and how retailers can implement it throughout the customer journey.

Here are three ways brands can capture consumers with voice technology:

  • Driving product purchases: Voice assistants make spending faster and easier when consumers are unable to use their hands. The ability to make a purchase on any channel and the addition of personalized, intelligent elements to the shopping experience are simplifying the transition from product discovery to product purchase.
  • Heightening customer loyalty: Brands can leverage voice assistants in the post-purchase phase to track delivery status, automate part of the return process, interact with customer service, offer feedback, and collect consumer behavioral and transactional data.
  • Shifting consumers’ spending behaviors: Smart device ownership has a snowball effect, so as the smart device ecosystem reaches the mainstream, consumers will flock to connected cars, smart home devices and appliances, and connected virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets.

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Shoppers are interested in using voice assistants for every stage of the customer journey, from initial product search and discovery to post-purchase customer service and delivery status. And retailers that take advantage of consumers’ desire to leverage voice will be in a stronger position to heighten customer engagement, increase conversion times, drive sales, and boost operational efficiency.

The Voice in Retail Report from Business Insider Intelligence examines the trends driving the adoption of voice commerce, details the role of voice throughout the customer shopping journey, outlines how brands can benefit from implementing voice in their strategies, and explores what’s ahead for the technology in retail.

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Conviértete en un habilidoso ladrón en el arcade Hooky Crook

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Hooky Crook nos lleva directamente ante un juego desenfadado en el que emulamos las habilidades de un ladrón. Un ladrón que sabe manejar perfectamente la cuerda para saber balancearse de un lado a otro y así poder sortear todos esos sensores que darán al traste con su misión de robar gatos.

Es así, un habilidoso ladrón de gatos en un juego que tiene mejor pinta según vayamos jugándolo, ya que al principio no enseña todo lo que puede dar de si. Un arcade con un buen desarrollo técnico y al que no le falta de nada. Podemos hablar incluso de física de objetos para saber cuando hemos de “soltar” a nuestro simpático y habilidoso ladrón de gatos.

Un simpático arcade casual

La mecánica de juego de Hooky Crook es simplemente el saber balancearse con distintas cuerdas para saber caer y soltarse en el momento adecuado. Si a esto le sumamos la física de objetos que conlleva nuestro ladrón de gatos, tendremos que saber medir cada uno de los saltos, al igual que el largo de la cuerda que nos permitirá llegar más lejos, o simplemente que nuestro simpático gato toque algunas de las trampas que han sido ubicadas inteligentemente en su camino.

Hooky Crook es aquel juego con un montón de niveles en el que hemos de saber lograr completarlos con las tres estrellas. Podemos seguir nuestro camino para ir explorando nuevos niveles, pero lo suyo es que los completemos para sacar todo el jugo a este arcade casual con un buen estilo gráfico, aunque no quedará en los anales de la historia de los videojuegos.

Lo que sí que se disfruta es ese balanceo incesante para pasar de un lado a otro y así desafiar a la gravedad. La idea es que pasemos esos niveles de corta extensión sin casi despeinarnos, para que más adelante comience la verdadera chicha de este juego de saltos y muchas cuerdas.

84 niveles te esperan en Hooky Crook

Hooky Crook puede vanagloriarse de un gran número de niveles. En total son 84, aunque los primeros son tremendamente fáciles. Eso sí, nos ayudarán a ir conociendo los entresijos de este arcade casual en el que deberemos de repetir los niveles para conseguir en cada uno completar las tres estrellas.

Otro de sus mejores puntos es que estamos a un juego que no necesita conexión para jugar. Es decir, podrás viciar de lo lindo sin tener que estar conectado al WiFi o el 4G. Un detalle a tomar en cuenta, cuando ahora mismo hay montones de juegos que nos piden conexión para poder seguir adelante y echar unas buenas partidas. Os dejamos aquí una lista de los mejores juegos offline actuales.

Tira de la cuerda

Y más o menos Hooky Crook es esto, un título arcade casual en el que tendremos que repetir los niveles para encontrar la solución o completar esas tres estrellas. El personaje principal es bien divertido y tiene momentos bastante graciosos. Sobre todo en algunas animaciones, aunque a veces puede pecar de no ser tan suelo y parecer que estamos ante un personaje robotizado.


Le falta agilidad y que los movimientos del personaje fueran más suaves. Por lo demás, Hooky Crook es un arcade casual para pasar un rato muy agradable y en el que destaca su tono visual y el diseño de sus personajes. El resto os dejamo que lo conozcáis cuando lo descarguéis gratuitamente desde la Google Play Store. Estamos ante un juego freemium, así que aquí los micropagos están a la orden del día ¡Que no falten!

Hooky Crook es un arcade casual muy visual y que es capaz de enganchar a cualquier tipo de jugador. En el momento que sepamos balancearnos con las cuerdas, podremos ser muy ágiles y encontrar todo el dinamismo que derrocha en cada una de sus partidas. Un juego casual a probar para saber por donde vamos yendo en este tipo de juegos en Android.

Opinión del editor


  • Buenos gráficos
  • Su personaje es gracioso
  • Bastante fácil


  • Las animaciones son un poco lentas
  • Le falta más dinamismo en los movimientos
  • Los niveles podían ser más difíciles

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Some of the last interviews Instagram founder Kevin Systrom gave before leaving Facebook might hint at what his concerns were

Kevin Systrom

  • In a September 5th interview with Reid Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast, Instagram cofounder and then CEO Kevin Systrom spoke about his vision for the company — and it might have hinted at the reasons behind his recent departure.
  • Facebook’s recent handling of Instagram is rumored to have been a headache for Systrom and fellow Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger. In a few interviews before his announcement, Systrom discussed how the initial relationship with Facebook was mutually beneficial, and crucial for Instagram’s growth. 
  • The pair didn’t provide a reason for quitting, however, and have yet to give an interview since the announcement.

On Monday, Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger made the unexpected announcement that they would be leaving the company in the the coming weeks.

They didn’t provide a reason for quitting, but in the last interviews he gave before announcing his departure, Systrom may have hinted at why he and Krieger decided to leave the company. 

Systrom recently made an appearance on the Masters of Scale podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, where he discussed his visions for Instagram and how the company came to be. In the interview, Systrom spoke about his decision to sell Instagram to Facebook, and how he was initially optimistic about the relationship. 

The decision to sell was mostly about whether or not we were aligned in our vision of Instagram, and I think Mark and I both saw at the time that Instagram was a special thing,” Systrom said in the interview. “It wasn’t going to be like, ‘Oh, we’ll buy this thing and it’ll just be Facebook Photos.’ Like, ‘We’ll rebrand it as Facebook Photos.’ It’s a unique community and had a unique angle and he wanted to invest in it.”

Systrom also explained how Facebook’s infrastructure had a huge effect on Instagram’s growth, and the relationship between the two companies was mutually beneficial. However, according to Recode, this relationship began to decay as Facebook began to take Instagram in a different direction — a direction that was antithetical to Systrom’s vision of keeping Instagram “simple” and distinct from Facebook. 

The whole idea of joining Facebook was that we could scale way more quickly than we would independently,” Systrom said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal Magazine, which was conducted before his departure announcement. While the ability to quickly scale the Instagram platform was an upside to selling to Facebook, Systrom may have come to disagree with how the parent company was treating that relationship. 

However, it’s been rumored that the duo’s departure came as a result of some headbutting with Facebook executives over their conflicting visions of what Instagram should be, and whether the social media app was competing with Facebook’s userbase. Multiple sources told Recode that Systrom and Krieger were frustrated with how Facebook had been dealing with Instagram lately, after an initially smooth and co-beneficial relationship for the first six years.

In the last year or so, Facebook lessened its promotion of Instagram, according to Recode, removing the Instagram label when pictures from the platform were shared to Facebook and decreasing the amount of Instagram promotion from within Facebook, in addition to testing Instagram notifications that would send people to Facebook. Recode is also reporting that there was conflict over the introduction of Instagram TV, and that Facebook was worried it would draw users away from Facebook’s own in-app video service. Given the sum of these actions, Recode’s sources claim Instagram executives were worried Facebook may have been intentionally slowing Instagram’s growth.

For now, Systrom isn’t setting the record straight one way or the other, but that could change once the executive officially departs the company in coming weeks — or perhaps the next time he sits down with a reporter to talk about whatever new project he’s working on next.

You can listen to or read Systrom’s interview with Hoffman on the Masters of Scale podcast here. You can read the full WSJ Magazine article here

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NOW WATCH: Apple took another subtle jab at Facebook during its iPhone XS event

¿Tu iPhone XS no carga al enchufarlo? Algunos usuarios empiezan a quejarse

Después del segundo antennagate se siguen sucediendo los problemas en el iPhone XS y su versión grandullona, el iPhone XS Max, y es que un buen puñado de usuarios se están quejando porque al parecer el terminal no comienza a cargar cuando se le inserta el cable Lightnign. Este no es el primer error a nivel de carga que se sucede en los últimos terminales de la compañía de Cupertino, parece que empieza a ser algo habitual.

Muchos usuarios están empezando a hacerse eco de estos problemas, pero lo que está claro es que la campaña de desprestigio contra el último terminal de la compañía de Cupertino ha comenzado fuerte.

A través del canal de YouTube de UnboxTherapyuno de los más populares de habla inglesa, se ha popularizado este problema que en nuestro Twitter estamos consultando y que cuenta ya con más de 500 votos, así que aprovecha para participar en esta encuesta y descubramos si estamos ante un problema aislado o es una realidad patente en una gran cantidad de dispositivos del último lanzamiento de Apple. La realidad es que aunque los problemas se suceden siguen siendo un tema envuelto en polémica, ya que como ha sucedido con el segundo antennagate, lo mismo tenemos cientos de usuarios que se queja, que tenemos otros cientos de usuarios que reseñan la buena calidad de la señal de los nuevos modelos.

¿Creéis que ha sido un intento de UnboxTherapy por llamar la atención, sin duda alguna el vídeo cuenta ya con casi cuatro millones de visualizaciones en un canal que ostenta 12 millones de suscriptores, por lo que tampoco podríamos pensar del todo que estemos ante un ClickBait. Sea como fuere, déjanos en los comentarios tu opinión al respecto, y sobre todo, si sufres este problema, solicita a Apple un reemplazo inmediato, parece lo justo.

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