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Watch your fingers, next stop for hackers, steal your fingerprint! Gigabit speed in your phone this year? Obamas final address to America and deep learning and AI status. Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!

Next stop for hackers, steal your fingerprint
First week of 2017 and our (never ending?) thread on security is back. Researchers have outlined how hackers can attack your smartphone to steal your fingerprint on a “large scale” — without anybody noticing. Though the study has mainly pinpointed Android mobile phone devices, other devices are definitely under threat. Be sure to stay safe, ecrypt and password-protect!

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Gigabit speed in your phone this year?
Qualcomm has released their new chip snapdragon 835 with, (of course) faster processing, better support for photography, faster charging, virtual reality etc. But something that might have been missed by many is the support for LTE Gigabit. Yes, Gigabit. As in, way faster than what most people’s home Wi-Fi can manage. In fact Ericsson completed a first field test this past autumn.

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Obamas final address
Obama is about to leave office and has made his final address to the country. Mentioning: “The unemployment rate is near a 10-year low.  The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower.  Healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years.” Going on to saying “we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil, doubled our renewable energy, and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet.  But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects.” He also points out the problem has grown with the rise of social media and a news “channel for every taste”, and urged Americans to engage more with each other, not just online but face to face. But, now what…?

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Deep learning and AI status
Artificial intelligence has been mentioned several time son the feed and is likely to be a frequent topic for the foreseeable future. We are still far from a Strong AI but advancements are being made continuously. A great explanation from Jan Bussieck on deeplearningweekly of the advancements during 2016 in the attached link. Among other things we can see the amount of significant AI acquisitions growing strongly the past 3 years, with Google taking an early lead and Apple starting to catch on just recently. Jan also breaks down AI advancements in three fields/frontiers, which are pushing AI forward. Firstly, there is the available computing power and infrastructure, secondly, there is the amount and quality of the training data and thirdly, the algorithms using the training data and running on the hardware. Jan also explains how it is the last frontier where we are likely to see the biggest advancements for the coming years. Super interesting to follow!

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