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5G e Future Net

Cloud, IoT, AI

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5G e Future Net

 

 

Telstra, Intel and Ericsson Demo World’s first eSports professional gaming over 5G

Gli eSports sono un media del futuro ed hanno bisogno di bassa latenza ovviamente …

 

Telstra, Intel and Ericsson, today unveiled one of the world’s first esports professional gaming experiences over 5G, showcasing the power of 5G’s ultra-low latency that professional and amateur gamers alike can expect in the future.  
Fresh from Intel Extreme Masters Sydney, pro esports team The Chiefs, helped demonstrate the technical capabilities of 5G at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast through ultra-low latency of around five to six milliseconds, which is around four times lower than the average latency of 4G today.  The Chiefs were one of the first esports teams in the world to experience gaming over 5G, which was streamed live to other gamers around the world on Twitch.
Telstra’s Executive Director Network and Infrastructure Engineering Channa Seneviratne said Telstra, Intel, and Ericsson used the mmWave wireless connectivity inside Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to power the demonstration, enabled through Ericsson’s 5G base station and core network. Intel provided its Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, which allows for quick implementation of the latest air interfaces and communication protocols.

 

5G, una Nissan GT-R mentre va a 293 km/h scarica a 1,1 Gbps

Una demo impressive no?

 

Una Nissan GT-R che viaggia a 293 km/h non fa molta impressione, ma se a quella velocità è in grado di mantenere una connessione mobile 5G e raggiungere 1,1 Gpbs in download la questione cambia.
L'operatore giapponese NTT Docomo, in collaborazione con NEC e Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), ha dimostrano con un test su pista che impiegando un'apparecchiatura mobile e infrastrutture fisse è già possibile nella banda di frequenza dei 28 GHz mantenere connessioni ultra-broadband anche in condizioni estreme.

 
 

T-Mobile USA eyes spectrum above 95 GHz for 5G backhaul

Inizia la corsa verso le onde submillimetriche … ma ci vorrà ancora tempo!

 

T-Mobile says the FCC should be mindful of the potential use of spectrum above 95 GHz for mobile service in the future. (FierceWireless)
Citing the FCC’s Spectrum Horizons rulemaking, the “uncarrier” says the spectrum bands above 95 GHz can support wide bandwidths—up to 5 GHz—which means they can carry high-bandwidth wireless traffic where installation of a fiber optic line is difficult. In total, it notes that the commission could make 36 gigahertz of spectrum in the 95-275 GHz range available for backhaul applications.
These bands have the ability to carry data over short ranges, and that makes them an ideal candidate for backhaul. In addition, these bands feature narrow beamwidths, so many links can coexist in the same geographical area because tighter beams are less likely to cause interference, the filing notes.

 

Verizon sul merge TMobile- Sprint: “non ci interessa”

"l'uva è verde" disse la volpe

 

Verizon says the company couldn't care less if Sprint and T-Mobile merge. ….
But Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says his company doesn't care if the two companies merge.
"We don’t care, is the answer to that".

 

Operators team with ONF to develop open disaggregated optical transport

Progetto Open Source importante a cui partecipa anche TIM

 

The ONF has revealed a new an operator-led initiative called the Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) project, which aims to bring the benefits of open networking to the optical domain by building optical transport networks using disaggregated optical equipment, open and common standards, and open source software.
Founding operators China Unicom, Comcast, NTT Communications, Telefonica and TIM are collaborating to build this open source platform. Each of the five operators has committed to performing lab integration and evaluation of the platform for future transport applications, according to ONF.

 

Cloud, IoT, AI

 

 

Google Brings Liquid Cooling to Data Centers to Cool Latest AI Chips

Un rack Google ha 100 petaflops di potenza che equivalgono o circa a un milione di PC laptop ... ed è la potenza di un singolo "cluster" di server di Google per riuscire a fare AI

 

Liquid-cooled TPU 3.0 pod inside a Google data center

Alphabet’s Google has for the first time introduced liquid cooling in its data centers to cool the latest processors that underpin AI capabilities in everything from the latest Gmail updates to upcoming capabilities in Google Photos.  
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced the next-generation TPU 3.0 chip in his keynote at the company’s annual I/O conference in Mountain View, California, Tuesday.
TPUs, or Tensor Processing Units, “are driving all the product improvements you’re seeing today,” Pichai said. “These chips are so powerful, that for the first time we’ve had to introduce liquid cooling in our data centers.”
The new chips are installed in “giant pods,” he said. “Each of these pods is now 8x more powerful than last year – it’s well over 100 petaflops, and this is what allows us to develop better [machine learning] models, larger models, more accurate models, and helps us tackle even bigger problems.”

 

Survey del FT sul AI nelle principali banche mondiali: 5 su 18 hanno membri del board direttamente responsabile delle attività AI

AI è tema strategico, ma comunque impressive no?

 

The FT surveyed 30 of the world’s biggest banks about their approach to AI. Eighteen provided detailed answers to at least five of the 14 questions, another five gave descriptive responses on their AI efforts, the rest declined to participate. The results show:

  • Front office is king: 17 of the 18 banks are already using AI in front office for everything from Citi’s Facebook messenger chatbot to UBS’s use of Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa for customer service. Front office is also where banks see the biggest potential for AI-related savings.
  • Broad is best: Eight of the 18 banks are using AI in front office, middle office, back office and data analytics. The other 10 are using it in three of the four areas.
  • Resources vary widely: Nine banks provided details on staffing their AI efforts. One European bank, which asked to remain anonymous, employs between 500 and 800 people. Nordea said it had 25. Six banks gave details of AI spending; the sums ranged from €5m to €15m, with one institution planning to increase spending from below $3m to $50m a year.
  • Conservative on job cuts: Seven banks gave estimates of possible AI-related job losses. Six said it would be below 20 per cent.
  • Seniors accountable: Five of the 18 banks have management board members directly responsible for AI.
 

Google goes all-in on artificial intelligence, renames research division Google AI

Per Google, “Ricerca” coincide con “AI”

 

With Google’s I/O developer conference kicking off later today, Google is setting the scene for what it expects to be one of the big themes of the event: artificial intelligence. Today, the company rebranded the whole of its Google Research division as Google AI, with the old Google Research site now directing to a newly expanded Google AI site.
There is some interesting wider context for the rebranding. Just earlier today, Facebook also announced that one of its own research labs, its VR-focused Oculus Research, would be renamed the Facebook Reality Lab (notably no “virtual” in the name). Microsoft actually led the charge nearly two years ago when it recast its own Microsoft Research as Microsoft AI+Research. It hasn’t (yet?) dropped the Research part of that name although it has subsequently expanded with AI-only research labs.

 

#Instafamous: How Computer Generated Images Influencers Will Soon Replace Humans on Social Media

Un altro dei risultati dell’AI

 

If you think being conditioned to talk to Alexa or Siri like human beings is vaguely unsettling, you haven't seen anything yet.   This is going to start out like a hashtagged version of Mean Girls, so stick with us until the end. Recently, the Instagram influencer known as "Bermuda" hacked the account of another influencer named Lil Miquela, who has about 1.1 million followers. Bermuda then revealed that Lil Miquela – an advocate for trans rights and black youth – was actually a CGI model created by a shadowy LA-based company called Brud. Things kicked into high gear when Lil Miquela took a page out of the Kanye West playbook and declared that she's "no longer working with [her] managers at Brud," and suddenly it reads more like the work of a Black Mirror writers' room.

 

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks share live vehicle data to improve traffic safety

Un servizio molto interessante che utilizza la rete mobile attuale e migliorerà in futuro con il 5G

 

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and leading truck maker Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
This is the first time Volvo Cars is sharing safety related data with another company. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks represents the first step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on overall traffic safety.

 

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and leading truck maker Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to expand coverage of the companies’ connected safety technology, a cloud-based system that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of nearby hazards.
This is the first time Volvo Cars is sharing safety related data with another company. The collaboration with Volvo Trucks represents the first step towards achieving a critical mass of connected vehicles that could have a significant impact on overall traffic safety.

 
 

Waymo’s (Google) self-driving car service is launching in Phoenix later this year

Un altro annuncio sul tema … ma questi saranno taxi completamente senza autista

 

In a huge surprise, Google invited Waymo CEO John Krafcik on stage at its I/O 2018 developers conference. Waymo has not been part of Google since December 2016 — it’s an Alphabet company. Google presumably made an exception because Krafcik had big news to share: Waymo’s self-driving car service is launching in Phoenix, Arizona “later this year.”
Waymo already has self-driving cars in Phoenix, but launching a service means anyone in the city will be able to download the Waymo app and hail an autonomous vehicle. Waymo won’t be requiring someone to sit in the driver’s seat, either.
“We’re not just building a better car,” Krafcik said onstage. “We’re building a better driver.”
And that is why the news announced by Waymo at Google I/O 2018 today is particularly notable. It will soon begin testing a passenger program in Phoenix, which isn’t the first time such a program has been announced — but doing so without a human sitting in the driver’s seat is a big development in the push to normalize driverless cars.

 

Lyft puts 30 self-driving cars to work in Las Vegas

Una raffica di annunci sulle auto a guida autonoma

 

If you're in Las Vegas, you can now experience what it feels like to ride in a self-driving car: Lyft has announced that it's unleashing 30 autonomous vehicles in the city. The ride-hailing company piloted its autonomous ride-sharing vehicles late last year in Boston and gave rides to people attending the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas back in January. Unlike its trial at CES, though, the 30 vehicles part of this expansion is open to the public -- and yes, you can hail them like you would any other car through its app. You'll have to opt in to get the chance to ride one, though, so don't worry if you don't quite trust the technology yet.

 

Continental Tests Level 3 AVs on Germany's Autobahn

Secondo annuncio…

 

As legacy automakers and tech startups alike clamor to ramp up their testing of autonomous vehicles, German automotive manufacturing company Continental announced this week an expansion of its global test drive program for highly and fully automated driving.
The company, which specializes in tires, brake systems, interior electronics, automotive safety and powertrain and chassis components -- among other parts -- for the automotive and transportation industries, announced that its engineers are now testing their test vehicles on autobahns in Lower Saxony in Germany.

 
 

Elon Musk: Teslas Could Reach Autonomy in Late 2019

Altro annuncio su self driving …

 

The technology for a fully autonomous Tesla that owners could share with others, Airbnb-style, will probably be done by the end of 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a call with financial analysts on Wednesday.
The main technical hurdle the company will need to surmount for this capability is an upgrade in computing power, which would be relatively easy to carry out, Musk said on a May 2 webcast to discuss Tesla's first-quarter financial results.

 
 

Content and Services

 

 

AT&T Quietly Gives Up on Home Automation, Security Services

Fare smart home è difficile ...dopo tanti investimenti, AT&T si ritira

 

AT&T has slowly and quietly been backing away from its long-standing attempt to jump into the home automation and home security industry. Back in 2013 AT&T launched "Digital Life," the company's attempt to make inroads into these markets. The services were offered in several packages ranging from $30 to $50 per month. AT&T never disclosed how many subscribers AT&T had for this service, but analysts believe the total never much climbed past the 600,000 subscriber count.

 

TEPCO (Utility elettrica giapponese) e NTT creano una Joint Venture, “TNcross”, per nuovi servizi di smart grid e smart city e ricarica auto elettrriche

 

Hanno costituito una nuova azienda chiamata TNcross con capitale di 100 Mln yen (ossia circa 1 Mln€), 50% di proprietà NTT e 50% TEPCO.
La joint venture ha uno scopo triplice:

  1. fornire servizi alla rete elettrica tramite “the effective utilization of NTT’s telecommunications storage batteries”. Ossia credo un modello simile a quello di Orange in Francia e a quello proposto per fornire servizi a Terna.
  2. sviluppare una rete regionale di distribuzione della corrente in continua (DC anziché AC!)
  3. sviluppare una infrastruttura per fornire servizi smart city
 
 

Indonesia firms test-drive blockchain to sort out records-keeping chaos

Riforma del catasto e del sistema di tassazione: mettiamoli su blockchain

 

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia, like other emerging markets, has historically struggled to keep accurate records due to a lack of expertise and resources, but the public and private sectors are now looking at blockchain technology to overcome some of these challenges.
Blockchain, the digital data structure best known for underpinning cryptocurrencies, provides a shared record of information maintained and updated by a network of computers rather than a centralized authority.
This approach to data management could help Southeast Asia’s largest economy, which has difficulties keeping accurate data and control over everything from food output to personal information for its 250 million people across 17,000 islands.
The tax system is one such area and tech firm Online Pajak has launched a blockchain-driven app that allows customers to share encrypted tax data with institutions such as the tax and treasury offices, banks and the central bank

 

BT and Telefonica join PCCW and Colt in their blockchain trial

Primi esperimenti , incominciano a nascere idee su usi pratici di blockchain nel core business dei telco

 

PCCW Global and Colt Technology Services have advanced their blockchain Proof of Concept (PoC) and signed up new telco partners to the initiative they launched with Clear earlier this year. In March, the founders announced they had undertaken a trial that demonstrated how the inter-carrier settlement of wholesale international services could be automated through the use of blockchain, reducing a traditionally labour intensive process from hours to minutes.
That first PoC used historical data as a test of the technology. Now, the partners have taken the trial a step further by ingesting actual live data feeds into the ledger, enabling traffic to be automatically verified and settled between carriers.

 
 

CIOs are not buying into the blockchain hype: Gartner By News Centre

Ma non è tutto oro quel che luccica, e le aziende hanno difficoltà a vedere vantaggi

 

Only 1 percent of CIOs indicated any kind of blockchain adoption within their organizations, and only 8 percent of CIOs were in short-term planning or active experimentation with blockchain, according to Gartner's 2018 CIO Survey. Furthermore, 77 percent of CIOs surveyed said their organization has no interest in the technology and/or no action planned to investigate or develop it.

 

“Bus as a Sensor” a Oslo: Smart cities: Why Oslo wants its buses to do far more than just transport people

The Norwegian capital has plans to turn its vehicles into data-generating mobile sensor platforms

 

Ruter, Oslo's mass-transit company, plans to kill two birds with one stone.
It's not only aiming to build a more efficient and flexible IT system for operating its buses, but it also wants to provide the Norwegian capital with data for new smart-city applications and services.
Smart cities need lots of data for planning, decision-making and new services. Mass-transit vehicles are everywhere in the city, so using them to provide real-time data for these applications make obvious sense.
However, Oslo's buses currently have seven separate and proprietary systems on board, to support live data for several functions, including ticketing, passenger information, position reporting to the control center, and providing technical maintenance data to the bus operators.
These systems don't interoperate and, in some instances, they even need separate radio communications for their respective uses.

 

Intel Sports, Altia Systems partner to live broadcast sports in 3D VR

Altia's new cameras will allow for 4K-resolution 180-degree 3D live broadcasting of sporting events with help from Intel's True VR platform

 

Each Panacast Live has six 13-megapixel cameras with onboard real-time processing to sync, stitch and optimize video streams at 2,358 megapixels per second for viewing in a VR headset. The result is video that makes it feel like you're at the live event, said Aurangzeb Khan, president and CEO at Altia Systems

 

U.S. Digital Ad Spend Tops $88 Billion, 21% Gain Over 2016

Internet raggiunge e distacca la TV negli USA

 

Digital ad spending set a new record in 2017 -- topping $88 billion, an increase of 21% from 2016, according to the just-released IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. 
Much of the growth was fueled by the expansion of mobile usage and advertising.
Mobile now represents a 57% share of the total digital advertising pie in the U.S. marketplace.
Total mobile ad spending reached $49.9 billion in 2017 -- an increase of 33% from 2016.
Other highlights include:

  • Digital video hit a record $11.9 billion in 2017, a 33% year-over-year increase from $8.9 billion in 2016
  • On mobile devices, video revenue surged by 54% to $6.2 billion, representing the first time that mobile video revenues have surpassed desktop video
 
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