What Do You See AI in 2018?


#AI #MachineLearning #DeepLearning #BigData #Analytics #HealthTech #IoT #Tech #Chatbots

Artificial Intelligence (AI) remained the driving force of various industries in 2017. With so many tech giants and startups already delving into the AI ecosystem, it is expected to grow with better use cases in the year 2018. Considering the acceptance, development, and applications of AI, here we are with significant opportunities and perils that this ingenious technology will put forth in 2018.

7 Artificial Intelligence Trends that will Rule 2018

1. AI Integration with Web and Mobile Apps

“Over the next few years every app, application and service will incorporate AI at some level.” — Gartner (Click to Tweet)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is anticipated to be on the quiet in most of the web and mobile applications. This inventive technology would be the battlefront for most of the software and services industry.

AI in the form of machine learning, deep learning, computer vision etc. enable developers to build intelligent apps. Some of the examples that exhibits and justify AI integration of apps includes abstraction of big data, enabling recommendations, smart search, fraud detection, healthcare and fitness management etc. In the following year, we could see expansion in use cases and result in productive intelligent apps, without developers being explicitly coding for it.

2. There will be a Surge in Chatbots Number

Chatbots are another use case of Artificial Intelligence that developers can put to use. Bots are not just facilitating individuals to get anytime support but also helping businesses in augmenting their customer support and utilize human intelligence for more productive tasks.

Considering the acceptance and popularity of these communication channels, a number of tech giants like Facebook, announced platforms and tools to build chatbot for business. According to IBM, 65% of Generation Y prefers interacting to bots. In June 2017, Facebook announced 11,000 bots for Messengers. With such great numbers and positive response, we could see bots becoming the frontrunner of customer service industry in the following time.

3. Intelligent Things will be the Trend

In the year 2018, we could have Intelligent Things ruling, an artistic intersection of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence. So basically, what these intelligent things do is they use AI and ML to interact with the surrounding or people, in an intelligent manner. Or, they can make the existing things intelligent. Example: Turning camera into smart camera or using fitness tracker to not only monitor health but analyzing the user routine (using machine learning) to recommend changes for improving health or avoid risk.

4. AI will back Medical Research/Diagnosis/Treatment

One of the various industries that are disrupted by Artificial Intelligence is Healthcare. Making the most of AI applications like cognitive learning, big data management, deep learning, healthcare industry is pulling off a number of diagnosis, treatment, and research processes.

According to an Accenture analysis, the healthcare market is projected to reach 6.6 billion by 2021. Big brands like IBM (Watson, Medical Seive), Google (Deepmind Health), Atomwise (Drug discovery with AI) are heavily investing in Artificial Intelligence to put forth the finest healthcare solutions. And considering the scope that AI brings in, a number of startups are pulling out the best from AI and will continue to grow in time to come.

5. More Hardware will be Powered by AI

Artificial Intelligence has made us believe in future where complex decisions can be taken faster, automatically through learned experiences. And this is not just possible with the software applications. In the following time, we could see hardware industry paying more attention to AI and its applications.

In Oct 2017, Intel announced about Nervana Neural Network Processor family of chips that is specially designed for Artificial Intelligence use cases. These chips will be shipped by the end of this year. Also, the year 2017 has seen brands and individual developers working on a number of projects that are powered by AI, which includes bit is not limited to drones (Skydio), vehicles (Driverless cars), robots.

6. More AI Based Startups will Launch

AI is evolving and its potential is being realized by businesses and individuals. If Angellist is referred, it reports that over 3,510 companies with 2,562 investors, and 4.9 million average pre-money valuation are listed there. And in the recent past, we have seen tech names like Intel, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon taking over a number of smart AI startups. We can expect this to be followed up in the year 2018, with startups fetching an attractive funding.

7. AI will Impact the Workforce

Amongst the various perils of Artificial Intelligence, it’s impact on human jobs is the most debatable one. Forrester predicts that cognitive technologies (ML, automation, robots etc) will replace the 7% of US jobs by 2025.

However, if the the applications of AI are perceived well, this ingenious technology will augment the human jobs, instead of replacing it. And to be precise, the impact of AI on human workforce will be dependent upon the type of job. For example: If you are a customer service executive, intelligent chatbots might serve your purpose to a business. However, with AI, we can see augmentation in jobs like data scientists, robot monitoring, automation monitoring etc.

What do you see AI disrupting 2018?

Manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, retail, automotive! AI has caused disruption in almost every industry and with this massive technology growing steadily, the following year could see some better use cases and innovations. AI development services will also experience a consequential rise, resulting in mobile applications of AI, reaching a large share of users.

What you think about AI possibilities in 2018? What could be its best use case according to you? Share your views with us in the comments below.

Originally published at appdevelopment.daffodilsw.com.

A New Startup –BRANDLESS™, an Online eCommerce Platform for Everything You Want to Buy for Just for $3 Raised $50 Million in New Funding Round


Heads Up!!!#Entrepreneur #Startup #Aug2017

A New Startup –BRANDLESS™, an Online eCommerce Platform for Everything You Want to Buy for Just for $3 Raised $50 Million in New Funding Round from New Enterprise Associates, Cowboy Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Google Ventures

BRANDLESS™ – Based in San Francisco and Minneapolis, BRANDLESS™ was brought to life on July 11, 2017. They’re a group of thinkers, eaters, doers, and lovers of life with big dreams about changing the world. Their mission is deeply rooted in quality, transparency, and community-driven values. Better stuff, fewer dollars. It’s that simple.

Tina Sharkey is the Co-founder and CEO at BRANDLESS™. She is is passionate and curious. The intention for the year that she shared with the team is “WHOLE.” 
Ido Leffler is the Co-founder and Chairman at BRANDLESS™. He is audacious and passionate. The intention for the year that he shared with the team is “LIVE.”

BRANDLESS™ business model acts as the opposite of a model employed by eCommerce giants like Amazon and Jet.com, where the price varies considerably based on an algorithm and whether you choose free return shipping, respectively. Instead, everything is a reliable, fixed price regardless of when you’re shopping and what experience you’re looking for. Starting today, customers will find everything from dish soap to olive oil for sale on the site. Therefore, BRANDLESS™, pitching itself as the “Procter & Gamble for millennials,” offers a host of essential consumer items for a single low price of $3. Instead of a big logo emblazoned on a product, the actual attributes of the product are listed on the package instead.

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BRANDLESS™ was created in 2016 by Sherpa Capital venture partner Tina Sharkey and entrepreneur Ido Leffler. The brand just closed a $35 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates, which brought the startup’s total venture funding to $50 million. Investors include Cowboy Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Google Ventures

The idea, in a nutshell, is “democratizing access to awesome stuff at really fair and affordable pricing,” according to Sharkey.

The name of BRANDLESS™ game is simplicity. There are only two real choices to make on BRANDLESS™ website: What do you want, and how much of it do you want?

BRANDLESS™ Blog- Awesome Strangers

“You might be thinking BRANDLESS™ sounds too good to be true. And trust us, we spoke to lots of skeptics when we shared the stealth BRANDLESS™ story early on. The response was so remarkable we wanted to capture it on film.”

“So, on June 28, 2017, we invited a group of Awesome Strangers to our lab for a blind taste test. They knew nothing about Brandless. As predicted, the responses did not disappoint. Seeing really is believing.” You may want to try this at home and tell us how it went at community@brandless.com

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BRANDLESS™ is also offering a subscription service called “B.More.” The membership, which runs $36 a year, lowers the free shipping threshold from $72 to $48. For all other orders, a flat shipping rate of $9 is charged. The founders promised more benefits for B.More members, including a donated meal to the nonprofit Feeding America, in addition to the donation that is already made after eachB RANDLESS™ transaction.

Ultimately, Sharkey says that Brandless is about reclaiming one’s identity through “the freedom to allow people to define themselves as who they are, and not what a brand or a society is projecting onto them.”

The future of grocery shopping is online—and incredibly cheap. On the heels of the news that Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a new company is selling hundreds of pantry staples for $3 or less on its new site, Brandless. The online store, launching today, July 11, is removing most of the markups across food, beauty, and household items, and co-founder Tina Sharkey hopes that you’ll replace your favorite brands with their “products of similar quality.”

“There’s an average savings of 40 percent across our whole Everyday Essentials assortment, but in many cases it’s much higher—up to 360 percent,” Sharkey tells Bon Appétit of the initial 200-plus item collection. They call this price difference “brand tax,” which is essentially paying more for a name you recognize. This doesn’t just apply to the Heinz ketchups and JIF peanut butters of the world—generic brands also have price markups. Customers also won’t be paying a premium for food values with BRANDLESS™. Most of their foods are organic, and all are fair trade, non-GMO, free of any artificial preservatives, flavors, and colors, and fully against animal testing.

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Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) The PD-1 immunotherapy drug – New Cancer Drug Is So Effective Against Tumors, the FDA Approved It Immediately

Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) The PD-1 immunotherapy drug – New Cancer Drug Is So Effective Against Tumors, the FDA Approved It Immediately

Pembrolizumab is known as a PD-1 blocker, an emerging type of immunotherapy drug that helps the immune system find cancer cells and attack tumors. According to the New York Times, this is the first time a drug has been approved for use against tumors that share a particular genetic profile, regardless of where they appear in the body.


On May 18, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted regular approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA, Merck and Co., Inc.) for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy.

FDA also granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who are not eligible for cisplatin-containing chemotherapy.

The study was small, and there was no control group (i.e., a group that didn’t receive pembrolizumab that scientists could compare results against), but the results were so striking that the FDA has already approved pembrolizumab for patients whose cancer comes from this particular genetic abnormality.

Dr. Jack Jacoub, a medical oncologist and director of thoracic oncology at MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells Yahoo Beauty that the study was “interesting, welcomed, and exciting.”

There has been a general opinion that the immune system is integral in the development and spread of cancer, he points out, and these new findings show that targeting the immune system to treat cancer can be effective.

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Full prescribing information for pembrolizumab is available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/125514s017s018lbl.pdf

FDA granted pembrolizumab priority review status for these indications. Prior to the submission, pembrolizumab received Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the second-line indication. An additional trial is required to confirm clinical benefit of pembrolizumab for the first-line indication. A description of FDA expedited programs is in the Guidance for Industry: Expedited Programs for Serious Conditions-Drugs and Biologics, available at: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidances/ucm358301.pdf.

Healthcare professionals should report all serious adverse events suspected to be associated with the use of any medicine and device to FDA’s MedWatch Reporting System by completing a form online at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm, by faxing (1-800-FDA-0178) or mailing the postage-paid address form provided online, or by telephone (1-800-FDA-1088).


What’s y2 = x3 + 486662×2 + x ?


#Education #Mathematical

y2 = x3 + 486662×2 + x

Curve25519 was first released by Daniel J. Bernstein in 2005,[7] but interest increased considerably after 2013 when it was discovered that the NSA had implemented a backdoor into Dual EC DRBG.

In cryptography, Curve25519 is an elliptic curve offering 128 bits of security and designed for use with the elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) key agreement scheme. It is one of the fastest ECC curves; it is not covered by any known patents,[1] and it is less susceptible to weak random-number generators. The reference implementation is public domain software.[2]

The curve used is y2 = x3 + 486662x2 + x, a Montgomery curve, over the prime field defined by the prime number 2255 − 19, and it uses the base point x = 9. The protocol uses compressed elliptic point (only X coordinates), so it allows for efficient use of the Montgomery ladder for ECDH, using only XZ coordinates.[4]

Curve25519 is constructed such that it avoids many potential implementation pitfalls.[5] By design, it avoids many side channel attacks and issues with poor-quality random-number-generators.

The curve is birationally equivalent to Ed25519, a Twisted Edwards curve.[6]

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(1) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curve25519

(2) http://cr.yp.to/ecdh.html

(3) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_J._Bernstein

NASA Telescope Found A Solar System With 7 Rocky Of Earth-sized, Habitable-Zone Planets Around The TRAPPIST-1 Star


#Space #NASA #Planets #Feb2017

NASA Telescope Found A Solar System With 7 Rocky Of Earth-sized, Habitable-Zone Planets Around The TRAPPIST-1 Star, Are Relatively Close To Us; Located ~40 Light-Years Away, With The Potential to Support Water – And Even Maybe Life


NASA has discovered seven planets with Earth-like qualities orbiting a nearby star making them among the strongest candidates in the continued search for extraterrestrial life among known exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our own solar system.

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”IMG_0139

The new results were published Wednesday in the journal Nature, and announced at a news briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found – VIDEO

These new planets all inhabit another solar system which includes seven planets that have a relatively warm climate, as well as rocky terrain, both of which are promising signs in terms of identifying starting points for the search for both water and life. The planets all orbit TRAPPIST-1, a so-called ‘ultracool dwarf’ star, which unfortunately does not mean that it shares characteristics with Gimli from the Lord of the Rings.

Instead, the TRAPPIST-1 star is just a tenth the size of our own sun, and only gives off around a quarter of the radiant heat. The planets are far nearer the sun, too: the one closest in has a ‘year’ (the time it takes it to orbit the star) of a little over one day, and the one the furthest out completes its own annual cycle in only 20 days.

“This is the most exciting result I have seen in the 14 years of Spitzer operations,” said Sean Carey, manager of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC in Pasadena, California. “Spitzer will follow up in the fall to further refine our understanding of these planets so that the James Webb Space Telescope can follow up. More observations of the system are sure to reveal more secrets.”


Following up on the Spitzer discovery, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has initiated the screening of four of the planets, including the three inside the habitable zone. These observations aim at assessing the presence of puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres, typical for gaseous worlds like Neptune, around these planets.

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A Unique Detection Device with FDA Approved for an Early Breast Tumor


iBreastExam (iBE), A Unique Detection Device with FDA Approved for an Early Breast Tumor – Now is Available for Commercial Use in the USA and India.

iBreastExam (iBE) is a quick and convenient breast health check. It is an early indication test like blood pressure monitor, glucometer or pulse oximeter. iBreastExam can be made available to women in the privacy and comfort of their home. HR managers can organize breast health camps in the office premises and governmental health agencies can make early detection accessible to women around the world.

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iBreastExam (iBE) Received US FDA 510k Clearance as ” Breast Lesion Documentation System” since April 2015. iBreastExam (iBE) now is available for commercial use in the USA and India.

iBreastExam™ (or iBE) is a game-changing technological breakthrough for countries and regions with rising incidence of breast cancer, most cases presenting at late stages and limited to no access to early detection for most women. iBreastExam™ harnesses the power of innovative sensor technology, software computing and mobile revolution, such that a doctor or any health-worker can offer objective and effective breast examinations, with ease and comfort.

iBE™ Quick Facts

  • Bilateral breast exam within 5 minutes (with results at the point-of-care)
  • Accuracy to detect clinically relevant breast lesions higher than 85%
  • Usable by any health-worker or doctor. No pain, No radiation.

*iBE™ is developed by the makers of NoTouch BreastScan™.

iBE™ was originally invented at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. iBE™’s sensor technology accurately assesses & identifies tissue elasticity differences between hard & stiff breast cancer tumors versus normal, benign breast tissue. The patented tactile sensor technology using Piezoelectric Sensor Array, invented by the scientists and doctors at Drexel University is a novel, quantitative and low-cost elastic modulus (E) and shear modulus (G) sensor that can measure tissue compression and shear stiffness either by top down or lateral touching of the skin surface. iBE™’s ability to apply a force and measure the displacement electrically, all within the sensor, makes for an ideal ‘electronic palpation’ sensor for in-vivo breast imaging.

Translational research and commercialization of iBreastExam innovation is backed by R&D funding from Drexel University, Coulter Foundation, University City Science Center’s QED and DHA Program, Pennsylvania Department of Health’s CURE Grant and Unitus Seed Fund’s StartHealth Program.

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A Vietnamese American ’Spacecraft Dressmaker’ works at JPL for 16 years


#Fashion #SpacecraftDress #Science #Tech

Lien Pham, a Vietnamese American who’s working for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology for 16 years as a ’Spacecraft Dressmaker’.

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Lien Pham’s family left Vietnam in 1978. At the time, they were persecuted as Roman Catholics in a Communist country. Her family also had ties to the deposed South Vietnamese government and were targeted for political persecution.

When she first came to the U.S., her family settled in Los Angeles, and she found a job making lingerie for Olga. That was the only job I could get with her skills and limited English language ability. She made only $2.10 an hour.

To find a better job, she decided to learn a new skill. I attended a trade school in the San Fernando Valley [an area of Los Angeles] at night. They had basic courses in electronic assembly, which trained me in soldering and cabling.

In the 1980s, the aerospace industry in Southern California was booming. She found jobs at two big companies, Data Metrics and Litton, Inc., doing cabling for terrestrial vehicles and space satellites.

Lien Pham’s been making thermal blankets at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for 16 years.

Spacecraft electronics are unique — they’re not like what you find at an electronics store at a mall. It takes a lot of skill to connect all the cables. Just as clothing can be sewn too tight or too loose, thermal blankets — the glinting material each spacecraft is wrapped in to regulate its temperature — have to be cut to form. A thermal blanket has to provide just the right amount of heat — not too much and not too little — for the spacecraft to operate correctly.

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Pham is a member of Flight Technicians Services, a group at JPL that contributes to all stages of spacecraft assembly. Her particular team, which designs and fabricates the protective thermal blankets, is called the shield shop.

At JPL, a place known for complex engineering, Pham has a different background: she began her career as a seamstress after her family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. Her experience behind a sewing machine has informed how she makes thermal blankets.

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What kind of materials go into a thermal blanket?

We use multiple layers of Mylar films with Dacron netting to separate them. For the outermost surface, we use Kapton film or Beta cloth, which resist temperature change.

We also use gold Kapton, which is good for conducting electricity. There’s a black material called carbon field Kapton. That’s for a charged environment, with a lot of electricity. It dissipates the charge.

What’s the toughest material to work with?

Teflon. Some spacecraft require it, but tape doesn’t stick to its surface. Tape is a part of the blanket-making process. At one point, we asked, “How are we going to build the material if the tape’s not sticking?” We came up with a fabrication method that creates a hem like you would see in clothing, where the material is folded and then sewn.

What kind of tools do you use?

We use commercial sewing machines designed for thick material such as denim. It has a walking feed that pulls in the material and cuts our sewing thread automatically. We also use a variety of hand tools like a measuring scale, scissors, surgical scalpels, hole punches, a heat gun, leather punch and weight scale.

Any advice for someone who is interested in space and JPL, but doesn’t necessarily have a science or engineering background?

Work hard and keep an open mind. It’s never too late to learn and take classes. There are a lot of people at JPL who didn’t start in science or engineering, but almost all of them have the drive to learn new skills or search for training.

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NASA’s “Bed Rest Study” Campaign One Begins 2017

#Space #Astronaut #Nasa

– NASA’s “Bed Rest Study” –
Campaign One Begins: 2017
Location: DLR; Cologne, Germany


Description: To study the effects of pressure on astronauts’ eyes and optic nerve in space, 12 volunteers will spend 30 days in bed with a head-down tilt and in .5% carbon dioxide. This will mimic the environment thought to cause vision problems in astronauts.


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1) https://www.nasa.gov/analogs/envihab/bed-rest-faqs




HairMax introduces newest hair growth laser device, the LaserBand 41 with Breakthrough Flex-fit design at Beauty Tech, CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

HairMax announces the launch of the new LaserBand 41, the first hair growth laser device with Flex-fit design for a comfortable, hands free treatment experience at CES 2017.
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