NEWSLETTER: Microsoft’s ‘Double Agent’ & Domino’s First Droid Delivery in Germany

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?” – Puppet Master (Ghost in the Shell)

MICROSOFT’S REAL-LIFE SEARCH ENGINE COULD BE A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

THE STORY

Microsoft’s machine learning image recognition software shows the horrifying duality of technological advancement.

WHAT IT IS?

At the recently held Microsoft annual conference known as Microsoft Build, the tech mogul presented a real-life search technology that scans your environment to locate lost objects. This was done by using image recognition and machine learning used to scan a room for identifying and differentiating various objects and items. Various people and items in the room are recognized by the cameras and information is stored by the AI. Once this information is stored, various rules and triggers could then by applied on this that could help people scan physical environments with their smartphone search tool.

WHY IT COULD BRING MORE TROUBLE THAN IT SOUNDS?

While this sounds extremely enticing for geeks and nerds, this also raises concerns about informational safety as data breaches become more persistent each day. Although experts have negated the possibility of the rise of sentient machines (sorry Terminator fans!), this technology could threaten privacy in a huge way. If applied to any security surveillance system, it could prove to be helpful in several ways. Nevertheless, in case of any cybercrime attack, the very technology could become a devastating weapon that could shatter modern society.

SUCH POWER CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH ANYONE

Even when in hands of shadowy government agencies like FBI and CIA, this could have implications we cannot hope to fathom. We have already seen how users are targeted by ads based on their browsing behavior, which is already a major bane for our privacy.

Applied in environments such as factories, offices and hospitals, Real-World search could help initially. But such extensive surveillance is bound to be misused in the longer run and becomes fat target for cybercriminals. In more public based applications, this could create major uproar as privacy has already become a skewed notion with most activities done online leaving traces. Hence, without strict rules and regulations this technology will only raise security and safety concerns, rather than solve them.


DOMINOS DEBUTS AUTONOMOUS PIZZA DELIVERY SYSTEM IN GERMANY

THE STORY

Although self-driving or autonomous vehicles are yet to see a commercial application, Dominos has already started using autonomous delivery named Domino’s Robotics Unit for Pizza in Hamburg, Germany. Since the pizza chain store giants had already used droids called DRU (Domino’s Robot Unit) for delivery in New Zealand, implementation of robot delivery system certainly doesn’t come off as a big surprise to consumers. The delivery robots are equipped with a set of 6 wheels to make them capable of a variety of terrains and can travel speeds up to 16 kmph.

The new autonomous delivery system was developed through a collaboration with Starship Technologies, which was founded by the co-creators of Skype. With the launch of this innovative new service Domino Group’s CEO, Mr. Don Meij added,” Robotic delivery units will complement our existing delivery methods, including cars, scooters, and e-bikes”

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Domino Group’s chief digital officer Mr. Michael Gillespie has already announced that they will be developing drone assisted delivery service that works alongside smart speakers, such as Eco and Google Home.  Also, they would also focus in delivering drinks and food items that need to be served at specific temperatures.

2017 also marks the year where Domino Group have shifted their focus from mobile platform to AI and machine-learning. This could add a huge boost to their plans for developing ‘Internet of Food’, where customers could easily place food orders online.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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