Get ready for the age of sensor panic

Get ready for the age of sensor panic

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A passenger on a Singapore Airlines flight this week noticed a small, circular indentation below the image playing on the seatback in-flight entertainment system in front of him. Could that be, he wondered, a camera?

The passenger did the only logical thing: He tweeted out a photo and asked the Twitterverse for opinions, setting off a chorus of complainers on Twitter.

Singapore Airlines also responded to the tweets, saying that the camera was not used by the airline to capture pictures or video. It then told media outlets in a statement that the embedded cameras “have been intended by the manufacturers for future developments. These cameras are permanently disabled on our aircraft and cannot be activated on board. We have no plans to enable or develop any features using the cameras.”[ Further reading: What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained ]

The in-flight entertainment systems are reportedly made by Panasonic Avionics, which has revealed plans in the past to use biometric passenger identification for clearing customs before you even get off the plane.

History tells us that technology deployed for convenience is often redeployed for security. Clearly AI will be capable of monitoring video from hundreds of airliner seats to find passengers who seem nervous, drunk or dangerous. Why wouldn’t airlines use the cameras for safety and security if they could? Think of the children!

Security, but what about privacy?

Google is under fire this week for failing to disclose the existence of microphones in all Nest Guard home security systems, a product that has been on the market since 2017.

The microphone’s “coming out” happened earlier this month when Google itself announced plans to make Nest Guard voice-controlled via Google Assistant. That was when it added “microphone” to the product’s specifications list.

Google said on Twitter that until the voice control feature goes online (as the result of a software update), the microphone will have never been used.

Google also said this week that “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part.”

The rise of sensor panic

The consternation over airplane cameras and security system microphones represents a new phenomenon I call “sensor panic.” And I believe this is just the beginning.

The companies both responded to the criticism with the same basic claim: The sensors were installed for some future purpose, but to date they have been non-active.

The companies also seemed to be surprised that anyone would freak out over the existence of sensors that weren’t being used for anything.

But after what seems like daily reports about Facebook privacy transgressions, Russian hacking, Chinese industrial espionage, Android malware and all manner of leaks, hacks and privacy-invading blunders, we’ve entered into a new era of public distrust of all things technological.

For example, can Singapore Airlines and Google be trusted to not use their cameras and microphones given that they couldn’t be trusted to even disclose their existence?

(And by the way, it’s been just a couple of weeks since it was revealed that Singapore Airlines may have been secretly recording user activity on the company’s iPhone app. This harvesting of user action, which Singapore Airlines allowed without the knowledge or permission of users, was part of a service employed by the airline called “session replay” from the experience analytics firm Glassbox.)

Can these companies be trusted to prevent these sensors from being hijacked by hackers and spies?

Given the ability to process visual, audio and other data at massive scale using AI, is it reasonable to fear the sensors that gather that data?

Sensors never sleep

Personally, I believe that both Singapore Airlines and Google are being honest about their sensors and can be generally trusted to not deliberately expose user data. They were both forthcoming after the complaints.

But that doesn’t even matter. We’re facing an inevitable explosion in the number of sensors harvesting data about pretty much everything, and another explosion in the availability and power of AI to process and make sense of all that data.

A startup called Xnor this week announced no-battery, solar-powered, AI-enhanced connected cameras that offer “a simple, valuable way to gather data.” The core differentiator is that the solar power and wireless connectivity mean you set them and forget them — just about anywhere.

The cameras are low resolution, and will be sold as components for other companies to build IoT devices with, rather than finished products.

The onboard AI is reportedly capable of identifying, classifying and coding objects in the view of the camera, and can then send that data to a database, programmer, control room person, spy or hacker (theoretically) using very low-data-rate and low-power IoT communication protocols. Actual photos and videos never leave the camera.

When companies build products with Xnor sensors, they’ll work instantly without being charged or explicitly connected to the internet, according to the company.

Xnor is one of several no-battery IoT startups that add up to a new trend that should worry all the people vexed by Singapore Airlines cameras or Google Next Guard microphones.

Another such company is PsiKick, which makes ultra-low-powered sensors that can harvest power through solar, movement, heat or other means. These sensors can even derive power from the very things they’re monitoring. For example, the company announced a steam valve monitoring sensor that harvests power from — you guessed it! — steam.

PsiKick guarantees that its products will work for 20 years without maintenance of any kind.

This new generation of sensors will be used for industrial purposes, in the unglamorous jobs of monitoring gauges and enabling smart meters. They’ll cut costs and boost reliability for industrial systems, factories, warehouses and power plants. Enterprises and businesses of all kinds should be ecstatic about this no-battery sensor revolution. It’s going to change everything.

And consumers should be ecstatic about another revolution. A company called Opkix this week came out with a $295 wearable video camera called the OPKIXOne that posts directly to Instagram through smartphones. Each camera is under four inches long, weighs around 12 grams, is very skinny, and records stabilized video at 1,080p and 30fps for up to 15 minutes. You can attach the camera to eyeglasses, baseball caps, jackets, backpacks, golf clubs, paper airplanes — anything, really. And you can buy two, which charge in an AirPod-like mobile charging case. These cameras aren’t in theory any more intrusive than smartphone cameras. The difference is that they can be mounted just about anywhere.

And motorists have their own reasons for excitement. Elon Musk said this week that Teslas should be self-driving by the end of the year. “I think we will be feature complete — full self-driving — this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year. I would say I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.” Also not a question mark: Every advanced new car from now on will contain an increasing number of sensors, including cameras.

All these products will be legitimate and beneficial. But they’ll also no doubt be duplicated at scale and sold cheaply online as hacker, stalker and spy tools.

Let’s zoom out and look at the big picture. We’re on the brink of an explosion in the number of cameras, microphones and other sensors in the world. Nobody knows how many, but let’s just assume that the number of sensors capable of monitoring us will increase by an order of magnitude every ten years from now on. I think that’s conservative, but you get the idea.

Our difficult task now is how to leverage the incredibly beneficial revolutions in sensor technology — and the ability to put that technology to work for us with AI — while considering the growing social phenomenon of sensor panic, and also figuring out how to assure both security and privacy in a world jam-packed with sensors.

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Realme 3 India launch set for March 4, will come with Helio P70 chip

Realme 3 India launch set for March 4, will come with Helio P70 chip

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  • Realme has sent out media invites for the launch of the Realme 3 on Monday, March 4.
  • he Realme 3 will succeed last year’s highly successful Realme 2.
  • The Realme 3 will likely launch as an online and offline product.

Realme has sent out media invites for the launch of the on Monday, March 4. The event will take place in New Delhi at 12pm, and the company may live stream the launch. The Realme 3 will succeed last year’s highly successful Realme 2, and is rumoured to bring an updated design language and hardware. The company has already confirmed that the Realme 3 will be powered by a Helio P70 chipset.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth revealed in a tweet recently that the Realme 3 will get the same processor as the Realme U1. The Helio P70 SoC is a 2.3GHz octa-core processor that Relame claims offers a 40 per cent lower power consumption, 30 per cent fast download speeds and 3 per cent better multi-core CPU performance compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

Realme is also hinting at a new design for the Realme 3 by posting teasers of stars, suggesting a stardust-like pattern on the back. The company may also bring back the diamond-cut design that was offered with the Realme 1 and Realme 2 last year.

Apart from this, not a lot is known about the Realme 3 at the moment. We expect the , which is the company’s flagship smartphone that was launched at a starting price of Rs 13,990. The company launched the Helio P70-powered Realme U1 camera-centric phone a few months ago with a starting price of Rs 11,999, and it’s possible the Realme 3 will have a price somewhere in this area.

The Realme 3 will likely launch as an online and offline product. Realme has been slowly expanding its offline reach by partnering with Reliance. The company is also planning to launch its own exclusive experience stores in the country in the second half of 2019.

Poonam Kaur still looks very beautiful at the age of 32

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Poonam Kaur is an Indian actress and model from Hyderabad, who appears in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films.

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In 2006, after her studies, she signed up for a film to be directed by Teja, which didn’t take off for unknown reason. However, she took an offer for another Teja film, Oka Vichitram.[1] Even before the release of that film, Kaur was pursuing a lead role in another Telugu film, Mayajalam, which released first.

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In 2008, she entered the Kannada Film Industry with the film “Bandhu Balaga.” The same year, she did a film ‘Souryam’ alongside Tottempudi Gopichand and Anushka Shetty. With her performance in this movie, she came into the eyes of many filmmakers.

She is also the brand ambassador of “Miss Telangana Beauty Pageant.”

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Monica Sharma flaunts her sexy navel in these pictures, see pictures

Friends today I am back with an another interesting article for you. So without wasting your precious time let’s start our today’s article.

Monica Sharma flaunts her sexy navel in these pictures, see pictures

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Friends, Monica Sharma is an Indian Television actress. She made her Indian Television debut as Chandralekha Thakur in the drama serial “Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls”, which was aired on &Tv.

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She is very beautiful and gorgeous in appears. She is very active on social media, she shares her all updates on social media. In the above picture we can see that she is flaunting her figure and sexy navel.

Scan to Download UC News APP Sara Ali Khan spotted with her brother Ibrahim on bicycle ride

One of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, Sara Ali Khan, who debuted in Bollywood with Kedarnath and made her name in the film industry. After Kedarnath, Sara’s second film, Simba, has also become one of Bollywood’s biggest hits of the year 2018.

Sara Ali Khan spotted with her brother Ibrahim on bicycle ride

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Sara Ali Khan is daughter of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and Bollywood actress Amrita Singh. And also Saif and Amrita’s son is Ibrahim Ali Khan. There is a very loving relationship between Sara and Ibrahim, and both brothers and sisters are often seen having fun together.

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Friends, recently some pictures of Sara Ali Khan and his brother Ibrahim Ali Khan are getting viral very fast on social media. In these photographs, Sara and Ibrahim are enjoying having fun riding on bicycles on the streets of Mumbai. Both are also looking very happy together, as you will be seeing in pictures.

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Sara Ali Khan denies moving out of mother Amrita Singh’s house: Actor says she’s happy that way

Sara Ali Khan denies moving out of mother Amrita Singh’s house: Actor says she’s happy that way

Sara Ali Khan denies moving out of mother Amrita Singh’s house: The next gen star Sara Ali Khan is just two films old but she has emerged as one of the most talked-about stars in Bollywood in recent times. The Simmba actor recently grabbed headlines as she shared a new photo on her Instagram account in which she was seated alongside packed boxes. The said photo fuelled speculation stating that Sara has moved out of her mother Amrita Singh’s house to a new pad.

However, dismissing the reports at a recent event in Mumbai, Sara quashed them a false rumour. She responded that she stays with her mother and she is happy that way. The actor added that she will keep hopefully keep irritating her for many many years. As per latest reports, the photo is from a new brand collaboration and is put out to raise excitement among the audience (which it surely did).

Have a look at Sara Ali Khan’s photo that sparked the speculation:

Daughter of Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, Sara Ali Khan made her debut last year with Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. Post this, the actor starred in Rohit Shetty’s film Simmba opposite Ranveer Singh that emerged as a blockbuster hit. Post the two releases, the actor is yet to announce her next project.

As per latest reports, Sara Ali Khan is being considered for the sequel of Love Aaj Kal that starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in its earlier instalment. In the film, Sara will be reportedly sharing the screen with Kartik Aaryan. The makers of the film are yet to make an official announcement on the same.

These 4 South actresses looked very cute dressed up as a schoolgirl

South actresses have always been very famous for their good looks. Let’s have a look at 4 such actresses who looked very cute dressed up as a schoolgirl:

These 4 South actresses looked very cute dressed up as a schoolgirl

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Here Bhavana looks nothing less than a Barbie Doll dressed up as a schoolgirl.

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Samantha is also looking very cute dressed up as a schoolgirl.

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Akanksha Puri is not looking an inch less cuter than both Bhavana and Samantha, dressed up as a schoolgirl.

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Nanditha Raj is also winning hearts in this pic with her sweet and innocent appearance. So guys which actress from the above 4 was able to melt your heart with her innocence? Do share your thoughts in the comment section and stay connected for more such interesting update about cute actresses of the South film industry.

In the case of beauty of this actress Bollywood beauty is also behind

This actress is none other than the South Indian film actor, who has influenced everyone with her acting.

Vedika has acted in many language films, Vedika has embraced in Tamil language films, besides her Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada language films.

Actress Vedika’s birthday comes on February 21, let you know that Vedika was born on February 21, 1988.

In the case of beauty of this actress Bollywood beauty is also behind

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Vedika has acted in several films like Madrasi, Banm, Pardesi, Shivaling, Welcome, Central Jail, Kanchana 3, Malai Malai, in the leading films of Vedika.

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Vedika was conferred with the Filmfare Award Tamil Actor Actress in 2014, along with the Filmfare Award Sarva Shastra Actress Tamil in 2015.

Vijay Award was also given to Vedika, along with the Edison Award given in the Vijay Award 2014 and 2015.

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Apart from this, Vedika was also given the Asia Vision Award in 2016, thus, Vedika has become very popular among the audience.

South Indian actress Catherine Tresa looks very beautiful and cute

Catherine Tresa Alexander is an Indian film actress who appears in Telugu, Malayalam,Tamil and Kannada films.

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Catherine Tresa was born to Malayali Roman-Syrian Catholic parents in Dubai. Catherine studied in Dubai until 12th standard. She then moved to Bangalore to pursue higher education.

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An all-rounder, Catherine, is an expert at singing, dancing, debating & ice-skating. Catherine is best known for her roles in movies: Godfather (2012), Chammak Challo (2013) and Madras (2014).

Muna Gauchan is one of the most beautiful actress of Nepal

Friends today I am back with an another interesting article for you. So without wasting your precious time let’s start our today’s article.

Muna Gauchan is one of the most beautiful actress of Nepal

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Friends, in my other articles I had told you about many Bollywood and Indian actresses, but today I am going to talk with you about a Nepali girl. Guys her name is Muna Gauchan, she is one of the most popular actress and model of Nepal.

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Muna Gauchan was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. Muna was very talented girl from her childhood, she took part in every kind of activities during her school days. She didn’t miss any chance in her school days where she could show her talent.

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She completed her schooling from “Ideal English Higher Secondary School”. After that she studied science in “Little Angel’s College”. She is not only beautiful, but also very talented model of entire Nepal.

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