Saif Hassan is widely known as saiftheboss7 in online communities. He loves to brainstorm on topics including PHP, theme customization & WordPress. A pro PC guy. working in Web Design, SEO & Google Adsense. Passionate about Blogging, WordPress, Google, SEO, Gadgets, Macs, Smart Phone, Android and helping others. Other interests and post topics include Photography, Psychology, Literacy, Science, Bengali and Life. :-) Loves to write about Microsoft, Apple & Google.
Some movies don’t age. The Matrix from the Wachowski sisters is one of them. I have watched this movie a few times before.
The first time I watched it was on BTV with a Bangla dubbing. However, I couldn’t complete the movie because it was late at night.
The second time I watched it on a DVD disk. I was blown away. The third time I watched it on blu ray. The Matrix, which came out two decades ago, is still very relevant today. It’s still astonishing how they made this movie in 1999 when technology wasn’t advanced as of today.
As a tech enthusiast – The Matrix has always stayed with me because of its futuristic story telling in a very believable way. The distinct look, vibe and atmosphere (tinted green color, urban isolated high tech environment) is truly its own.
This movie has inspired countless movies with its action sequences. The bullet time scene has been an iconic scene since the first day. The effect was immediately copied everywhere in movies and on TV – hell, even commercials were doing it – and was eventually absorbed into the standard language of special effects. For better or for worse, “bullet time” reinvigorated the genre and shattered the clichés for a whole bunch of new ones to come.
Dialogues like “Red pill or blue pill” has made its way to the pop culture. The Matrix is still one of the best movies ever made. I’m glad the series is getting a fourth movie with the original cast. I’ll be waiting.
Facebook recently rolled out a new User Interface for accessing the settings from mobile. The new user interface is quite a bit different than the previous user interface.
But why did Facebook roll out such a drastic change? If you analyze the new settings cards you’ll find actually find a few HCI principles coming together.
The new cards now contains an icon on top and bold headings. This increases the Visibility and creates Affordance through the card UI.
The second principle the new UI follows is Fitt’s Law. It’s now much easier to tap on these large buttons using our thumb or index finger. Here’s a YouTube link describing Fitt’s Law https://youtu.be/M-9FbUJk6tI
If you don’t know about the basic principles of Human Computer Interaction, watch my session at Pop-up Livestream, hosted by Matt Mullenweg. https://livestream.w.org [The second topic].
I wanted to write this article back in November, in time for my birthday. However, I got so much sucked into work and other stuff – I couldn’t make time for this. But here we go. I will try to wrap all the major things that have happened to me in 2019. By adult, I meant after 18.
I started 2019 with a silly video
2019 is the year I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. So I jokingly shared one facebook image that said: “If this post gets 5K comments – I will do an ice bucket challenge.”
My average facebook posts get around 20-25 comments at best, I was so sure it’s never gonna happen. But to my sheer surprise – I had my facebook friends waiting to make it happen.
Within one day, the post got more than 5K+. Well, I had to take a crucial decision – do I say “Yes” to the promise I made or do I skip it? I said “F*** it! I am doing it! It doesn’t matter how silly it is!”
During my last semester at American International University-Bangladesh – I took a course named “Human-Computer Interaction.”
Frankly, I did not know anything about HCI before enrolling in the course. However, as soon as the course started – I noticed this course is vastly different from any other courses I had done in AIUB.
Little did I know that this course was going to change my entire perspective of computers, user experience, and human psychology. By the end of the course, I learned many different things about how humans perceive computers/other physical objects.
I always had good skills in building a good UX. That doesn’t mean I am a Graphics Designer and I can make pixel perfect good looking UIs.
But, I am a problem solver when it comes to building a seamless user experience. I believe design is not something that just looks nice. Design is more impactful.
By taking the HCI course, I solidified my understanding and it gave me more confidence going forward. By the end of the semester, we made a small project on tangible user interface. Here’s a little video.
My course teacher at AIUB was Khandaker Tabin Hasan. I am really glad that I got his course. He is a great man, and he teaches more than just the syllabus. By the end of the course, I started to take life from a different angle. He completed his Ph.D. on Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Trento.
I finished my Undergrad in 2019
I finished my undergrad at AIUB on Software Engineering. I met some great teachers and made some great friends over the last 4 years at AIUB.
However, I will admit it outright. The academic pressure was very high in AIUB. I barely had time to do anything other than academic study. However, I still managed to contribute my free time to AIUB Computer Club and spent quality time with friends. I also got a pretty good grade point average. Not that it matters, but to inspire others that you can do extracurricular activities and even maintain your grades if you are serious enough.
4 years later, I am more mature than a high school kid. When I was joining the university as a fresher, I had only 1 thing in my mind.
After 4 years, I can proudly say,
I joined at weDevs as a full-time employee
I started doing a part-time job at weDevs from November 2018. I was enrolled full time at my university – I couldn’t give my full time to the company.
Doing a part-time office and being a full-time student – was one of the toughest things I had to manage. Balancing work life and studying at the same time was difficult. Anyone who studies in AIUB already knows about the academic pressure of the institute.
However, I managed it somehow and completed 3 semesters while working at weDevs. I finally completed all my courses in May 2019 and started full time in June 2019.
Fortunately, I met some of the nicest people at weDevs. For example, our CEO Nizam Uddin and CTO Tareq Hasan are some of the nicest and kindest people I have come across. They are actually good human beings. There is enough negativity in the society. At this time, the number of good human beings are very scarce. I feel proud to say that I am in touch with such good human beings.
This article would lose its purpose if I do not mention 3 other key people who have helped me and supported me from the very first day at weDevs. Nazir Ahmed (Head of HR @ weDevs), Mainul Kabir Aion (Head of Content & Marketing @ weDevs), & Rajuan Islam (HR Manager @ weDevs)
I will share a story. During my last semester at AIUB, I was simultaneously working with 4 different projects.
It was very tough for me to find time to go to the office. I remember, I only showed up 3/4 times in a whole month. But they were very supportive at that time. If they hadn’t given me support at that time, I would have had to quit.
When you have that belief that you are in the right hands – things get easier for you. You can focus better, and work seems not only *work*. You get inspiration daily to do better.
I always wanted to learn Laravel. Since I was a full-time undergrad student and AIUB has its own curriculum – I couldn’t focus on these topics. However, during the last semester – I took the course “Advanced Topics in Programming” which taught me Laravel and NodeJS. I was very glad to finally learn Laravel and NodeJS. I am not saying, I am a PRO on these two. Nevertheless, I have a full understanding of how the MVC architecture works and how to develop basic CRUD applications using both Laravel and NodeJS. I am thankful to my course teacher Md. Al Amin who taught beautifully.
I did a few projects in 2019.
I was working with Laravel to make a full-fledged inventory management system, We did! Here’s the Github URL
We made a travel booking website using NodeJS. Here’s the Github URL
I made an Online Medicine Booking Shop using NodeJS. Here’s the Github URL
I was working with Raspberry Pi 3 to make a full-fledged home automation system. Here’s the Github URL)
We made a project on Tangible User Interface using Arduino Uno, OpenGL, Python
I learnt some new things that I wanted to learn since 2016.
New Skills that I Acquired & Improved Upon
Other than learning new things, I also acquired some new skills. For example, I did not know how a company functions until joining full time. Since I joined full-time, I regularly had to attend the SCRUM meeting (in our case, Standup Meeting).
I was never an early riser. However, finally in this year – I started to sleep early, so I can wake up early in the morning.
I got better with the following skills that I had 1 year ago.
Working under pressure
Search Engine Optimization
Personal Growth (Mindset)
Writing Detailed Documentation
Completing On-Demand Responsibilities
Content Distribution (via social media, email)
Basic Project Management
I want to elaborate a couple of them to signify their importance on me in 2019.
One of the best things I have learned in 2019 is to communicate better. I always thought I had communication skills, but after joining my company. I can proudly say I can communicate better than I did last year. Communication is one of the key factors that help to get work done from others.
A Growth in Leadership Skills
Leadership is something that one cannot learn without doing it in person. I have organized many workshops, national-level events, get-togethers, Iftar Partys & more. It will be a lie to say that I did not have a minimum level of leadership skills.
However, my leadership skills grew further. I got promoted to “Product Manager” at weDevs and had to step up and took more responsibility. Besides, regular product management and office works, I volunteer at AIUB Computer Club, and currently, I am one of the executives of the club.
AIUB Computer Club organized workshops regularly last year and pulled off 1 national event during the last quarter of 2019, “AIUB Cyber Gaming Fest 2019“. My tenure as an Executive at ACC will be expiring soon. However, I am proud that I have helped to build a great Media team over there. They have done a great job covering all the event-related tasks this year.
Check the Publication category to learn more about the coverage.
I wasn’t even present in the country when the event happened. But I am proud that the team has taken the responsibility to do all Content & Marketing related tasks during the event. The Cyber Gaming Fest event created a lot of buzz in the local community and attracted more than 1000 gamers across the country.
To me, that is a success. Because I have helped to build a team during the last year who are capable enough to do all the things they are required.
To sum up, on leadership, I have learned to make action plans to lead better in 2019.
How I Got Out of Comfortzone by Making a Series of Cricket Videos
One of the best things happened in 2019 is that I got out of my comfort zone while shooting and uploading videos.
I love Cricket. I do think I have a great Cricket brain and I have what it takes to be a great Cricket Strategist. Finally, this year, I made a series of videos on the Cricket World Cup 2019.
I know my videos aren’t that great in quality (I do not have any video editor with me! If you are a video editor and reading this – let me know if you want to volunteer some of your time!) but the content is solid.
You can find more videos on Facebook. Just search with the hashtag #CricWithSaif.
More than 80% of my pre-match analysis became true. I am really glad that I got out of my comfort zone on video making this year. I had been planning to do it for years.
I joined 3 WordCamps this year, two of them in 2 different countries within 1 week.
I participated in all of the WordCamps as a speaker.
This is the year I joined my first WordCamp. However, it was also the year I joined 2 different WordCamps in 2 different countries within 1 week. Met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends.
I was very glad that I got the chance to visit Pokhara (Nepal) & Kochi (India) this year. I got an amazing experience while networking with new people beyond the borders. It helped me to think more globally.
I will write more in detail about my experience with WordCamp Kochi and WordCamp Pokhara – but in one word – it was an unforgettable experience.
How I Got More Productive by Cutting Down Smartphone Usage
I have been always a gadget freak. I like to stay in the bleeding edge. However, this is the year where I thought about cutting down my smartphone usage.
During Q2 of 2019, I figured out that I have been wasting too much time on a smartphone for no particular reason. Browsing Facebook and watching memes & videos took away a large portion of my time.
I thought about reacting to these. I switched to a basic phone (with no internet connection) and used it for more than 1.5 months. That really helped to increase my attention span and helped to be more focused.
Then, I switched to my iPhone 8 for a month. I sold my iPhone 8 again and lived with a 2013 Moto X (and used as a basic phone almost with no social network) for more than 1 month. Living with a dumb phone has its perks. I could finally read a lot more books that I wanted to read for the past few years. I finally had time to read books!
I read more than 20+ Books in 2019
When I cut down my smartphone usage – I instantly had more time. I started reading books. I have read more than 20+ books in 2019.
I will admit – not all of those books are super productive. I like to read for fun too. I read a lot of sci-fi, thriller books in this period. However, I read 5+ productive books too.
A few of the books are
The Design of Everyday Things
Don’t Make Me Think
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
I contributed to nature by going carbon-free for transportation
One of the best investments I made last year was buying an eBike. Not only it’s very economical – it doesn’t leave any carbon footprint.
I have saved almost 0.62 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 by opting for a bicycle.
Quick research told me that I have saved 0.62 toness of carbon dioxide in 2019. It always feels good to give back to mother nature.
The calculation goes like this.
I travel around 30KM/day by bus/motorcycle. I am using a 125CC motorcycle to compare my carbon dioxide offset.
If I assume I have worked 200 days during the last year – I have traveled 6000 KM.
Also, I have saved a lot of time by using a bicycle. In Dhaka, the average speed of any transportation is around 7KM/hour. By opting for an eBike I have saved almost 300 hours in a year! Ain’t that awesome?
If you want to connect with me, feel free to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.
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Learn WordPress Free with our carefully chosen beginner-friendly tutorials
WordPress is one of the best CMS right now in the world. It’s easy, fast and easy to customize. There are also millions of themes and plugins available for WordPress. However, learning WordPress from the beginning can be hard. I have prepared a small step by step learning syllabus which you can follow to up your learn WordPress free gradually.
Just follow these tutorials and you would be able to slowly grasp the context of CMS, WordPress and how WordPress has changed the game for the web industry. About 30% of websites nowadays use WordPress to power their websites including top names like BBC, Microsoft, Facebook, Mercedez Benz.
If you find yourself thinking why should I use WordPress? then you’ve come to the right place. You have taken to ask this question that means you have at least some knowledge on WordPress. But that doesn’t mean you’ve completely learned the ins and out of WordPress.
Therefore, we’d like to break down the benefits of using WordPress for you and give you a complete tutorial list to learn WordPress free of charge.
8 Reasons to Choose WordPress as a CMS
Everything from Wix has wonderful tools for certain skill levels, but we’re going to explain why you should use WordPress over all of them.
WordPress is free and open-source
It supports many media types
It is customizable.
WordPress has a huge developer and user community.
Right from the 1980s, novels, books, and films have dealt with the amazing changes that can arise when computers and robots outsmart the human brain. The day has arrived. In recent times, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning have developed into applications that can solve complex problems, give answers to huge calculations in seconds and many more. In this article, let us focus on the changes brought about by Artificial Intelligence in Education.
Just take a look around. You will see many of your daily activities revolving around Artificial Intelligence. The best example is of Siri the virtual assistant. Yes, Artificial Intelligence has already made significant changes in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, healthcare, and many more industry sectors. But the best changes have to come in the field of education.
Well, ten years in the future, we may see humanoid robots teaching children in schools. There are already AI chatbots that can help special children (suffering from dyslexia) to learn subjects in an easy way. In this article of Artificial Intelligence in Education, let us look at some of the changes that this new technology will bring about in the sector.
Artificial Intelligence Can Help In Grading
Do you know how a major amount of teachers and tutors’ time get spent? It is checking essays, homework and giving grades. This time, they can spend on interaction with students, and work on the personal development of every individual.
Yes, AI is in the nascent stages, but yes, definitely in the future, the application will do the human grading. If only the application is written so that it can check the multiple choices and fill in the blanks, the purpose is achieved.
Not all students are the same. Some may be bright, some may be dull. It is the teachers’ responsibility to take care of their learning habits. But, due to the huge number of students in a class, the teacher finds it difficult to give personalized attention to the student who needs it the most. But this can change with the entry of artificial intelligence in education.
There are some special software, games and learning programs designed with the help of AI that can help these sorts of children. These special design applications help students to learn at their own level and pace, thus simplifying a common topic.
The improved version of courses
Let us imagine a situation. A mathematics teacher gives a lecture on trigonometry. Only fifty percent of the students understand the concept. The other fifty students keep mum because of fear of the teacher and inferiority complex. In the homework, they can copy and complete the homework. In the tests, because of lack of knowledge, they flunk in a specific problem. A human teacher may overrule the issue, but an AI can take note, and send an alert.
These type of applications make the teachers and school management aware of gaps in the learning process.
Let us imagine a situation. You have completed ten years in the workforce. Now, you want to do an additional course to move forward in your career. And lack of time forced you to join the virtual learning course. You have access to a platform, online learning materials and a tutor to clarify your doubts.
But please note, that the tutor at the other end may not be a human, but a deep learning modified robot. Designed to respond effectively to certain situations on its own, by artificial neural networks, the chatbot can respond similarly to a human. In the future, these types of artificial intelligence chatbots may become common.
Two decades ago, in India, joining computer science engineering courses was a dream come true for many students. At that point in time, the industry favored only computers and other related courses. So, even students who are not good at practicals also joined computers. They faced the most difficult of times to pass the final grade.
But now, times have changed. If you have talent, you can become successful. So, a student who is in his/her teen may not know the correct choice of study courses. But an AI can correctly predict their interest and career. In some colleges, the students have to answer a set of questions that are related to their interests. Based on their answers, the AI can then give the perfect source of study to the students.
Role of Teachers
In several low-level jobs in Japan, robots have replaced humans. Similar will be the case in the education sector if AI makes an entry. When AI takes over grading tasks, help students with difficult concepts, the role of the teacher will definitely change. It will be related to the coordinator or facilitator.
The most difficult transition phase comes to a student on two occasions. As kids, they have to attend school. Some kids do not like to go to school in the initial phase. AI tool can give the best solution to parents based on a series of experiments done by the child experts. Of course, the treatment will vary.
The second phase comes when the students have to leave school and join college. Now, the entire tradition is different. Some students who suffer from inferiority complex will have trouble adjusting to the environment. There are some students, who take up courses because of the peer pressure. These students will face difficulties. Till now, no tool can sum up the real talent of a teenager for a certain career. But with AI in the forefront, teenagers can take the exams, get to know about their interests and choose career accordingly. In fact, Artificial Intelligence in education can make the transition seem easy for students who are going from college to high school.
Artificial Intelligence in Education in Recent Times
Business experts all over the world have termed that AI in education will grow to a staggering 47 percent in the year 2021. The technology will bring about many changes right from kindergarten to multi-degree levels. And Yes, students may have personal AI for a companion. In the future, a student may have a robot as a toy who helps him/her reading and learning techniques.
Creation of Content
Can AI create content? You bet. Newspapers of international fame such as Forbes and Washington Post have already embedded AI tools for the creation of content for simple articles. Let us do a case study. A student has difficulty in remembering dates in history subject. Now, the AI tool can make the issue of dates in a simple form. Then the student will face no difficulty in mastering the subject.
It can also make use of videos and PPTs to make complex subjects seem simple.
Let us imagine a case study again. You have done a Masters in Business Management. You work in a company specializing in home care services in Hyderabad. To move up the ladder, you decide to do a course through virtual learning. You pay the fees for a virtual training course. Now, you can read the online content, and pose questions on the platform to get the doubts clarified. Now, the answer to the questions can get completed either by a chatbot or a human. In some virtual learning institutes, it is the chatbots which do most of the simple work. They handle customer care queries. But when faced with a complex one, the call gets routed to a human.
Have you read the article about the impact of Artificial Intelligence in Education sector? The changes are only beneficial. In a decade, artificial intelligence will take over many of the simple jobs in the education sector.
Social media has turned out to be the most significant technology in the lives of post-millennial teens and tweens. They spend most of their time remaining online while chatting with their online buddies. Though the social networking platforms introduce them with the people across the world and build up their confidence, they also hold several damages. The more kids remain online, the more they are likely to become a victim of cyberbullying, child predation, cat-fishing, scamming, abuse and sexual exploitation.
The parents, in this digital age, are not only obligated to provide their kids with the latest technologies but they are also forced to supervise the use of these gadgets. It is highly recommended to monitor the mobile phone and social media use of kids to protect them from the threats prevailing in the online world. This article discusses how parents can safeguard their kids from the menaces of the social networking platforms notably WhatsApp, Facebook, Kik & IMO Messengers.
Parental Control and Monitoring Apps
While technological advancement has made parenting more challenging, it has also provided tools to facilitate parents in keeping a check on the activities of their kids. There are mobile phone monitoring and parental control apps that allow parents to supervise the online and offline activities of their children. Once you install a cell phone tracking or monitoring app on the mobile phone of your kid, you can monitor almost all actions performed on the monitored cell phone without taking it into custody. Moreover, you can control the social media apps installed on the targeted Android phone.
For instance, there is TheOneSpy Android monitoring app that is mainly intended for parents to supervise the mobile phone and social media use of children. This spy app allows the user to remotely monitor and manage Android cell phones running Android OS 3 and higher. After installation of spy app on the targeted smartphone, it gets access to the data stored on it. It includes messages, contacts, call logs, photos, videos and data relevant to favorite social media apps. The secretly accessed data is uploaded to the online control panel from where parents can monitor it. Read on to know how this application lets you watch popular social and instant messengers in use of your kids.
The popularity of Facebook is not behind the scene. Millions of active users get their hands on the social messenger to communicate with their fellows across the world. However, parents are needed to keep a check on the Facebook use of their kids to prevent them from using it for malicious activities. Also, the monitoring of Facebook is required to protect kids from becoming a victim of cyber bullies and predators.
TheOneSpy Facebook monitoring app lets you track all conversations of your kids made via social messenger. It also allows you to monitor and download the media files exchanged via social media app. The screen capturing feature enables you to obtain every activity performed on the networking app.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps in some areas of the world. It allows users to exchange messages and make audio and video one-on-one and group calls. The application is needed to be tracked to supervise the instant messenger use of kids. You can read all WhatsApp incoming and outgoing text messages, voice messages and visual messages. Also, you can get the detail of voice and video calls made and received via messenger. This information helps you make sure your kids are not communicating with molesters or scoundrels via WhatsApp.
When it comes to the most dangerous social media apps and instant messengers, Kik gets the highest spot. The experts consider Kik the most vulnerable instant messaging app to be used by kids. Anyone can create an account on Kik without providing any authentic information. This makes it easier for hackers to use the platform to trap children. The Kik monitoring app allows parents to track Kik conversations of their children. Also, it helps them make sure their children do not become bullied or victim of online predators.
IMO is a well-known instant messaging app which mainly offers instant messages, voice calls and video calls. Parents can monitor incoming and outgoing IMO messages of their kids as well as thread conversations. The IMO spy app also provides them with IMO call logs to know whom their kids communicate with using the instant messenger.
TheOneSpy social media monitoring app also allows spying on Tinder, Tumblr, Telegram, Snapchat, Skype and many other famous and unsafe social and instant messaging apps.
Self-Driving Cars under criticism – A hate factor is developing among the general public
One of the largest self-driving cars development and research company Alphabet has its test facility in Phoenix suburbs in Arizona state. One of their new self-driving car Waymo has been under testing phase for more than a year now. Locals in that area reportedly complaint the media that they are frustrated and suck of these self-driving cars and often struggle to cross the road in the area. An expert reported that it is a challenge for the self-driving cars to drive in different situations where traffic is not like the same as it was a few decades ago. Even the human drivers sometimes face problems handling the certain situations on the road, then how these self-driving cars can handle those situations easily?
The Alphabet self-driving cars are annoying the neighborhoods, says more than a dozen locals to a media reporter in Chandler, Arizona. People working near the Waymo office in the area said that they reportedly struggle to cross the T intersections and even fear of walking along the road where these vehicles are being tested. Almost everyone said, “I Hate Them.” Which is not a good sign at all for this swiftly emerging new development in the world. People are fearing these vehicles and car engines even when they are not riding them.
What did locals say?
A woman said that one of the minivans of the company suddenly stopped when it was trying to make a right turn and she hardly saved herself from being hit by the van. Another man said that he goes to his work by using the same route, he gets so frustrated waiting for these cars trying to cross the intersection or even on the give way signs in the area. Sometimes, he has to illegally drive around them to cross them and reach at his workplace on time, which is even dangerous on a busy road.
The stories of the locals highlight a serious challenge which would possibly be faced by the self-driving cars in the future. This frightening situation which has been reported by the locals in Arizona can happen in most parts of the world upon the introduction of these cars.
How can this situation be controlled?
Here is a big need arise to educate the people especially the general public around the testing facilities that how these vehicles would help the world in the near future and how they would get benefit from them. They must be taught about the challenges and opportunities at the same time.
The self-driving cars are designed to drive conservatively and learn to master the situations that a human can handle on the road. For example, overtaking might be easy for these cars but merging and finding the gaps is one of the toughest situations on the roads when traffic high.
What Waymo say?
Upon speaking to the Waymo spoke person, he says that the self-driving cars are in the learning phase and they are continuously learning but meanwhile safety remains their top priority while testing any of the systems in general public. He further stated that they are using the feedback system to improve their technology though he declined to comment on the intersection problems and complaints by the locals.
The company planning to introduce a self-driving commercial taxi service by the end of this year with a driver to handle the hard situations to improve the services and technology in the future.
Artificial Intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines. AI is contrary to Natural Intelligence (NI) that is demonstrated by living beings. AI can be termed as a simulation of Natural Intelligence by machines, in particular computers. Artificial Intelligence has come a long way from just being a buzzword. It is in practice and is impacting all the industries in a big way.
Many movies have warned us about Artificial Intelligence. Take the example of the Will Smith blockbuster “I, Robot” where the warning shot was clearly sounded about machines taking over. Take the case of Elon Musk warning Mark Zuckerberg to shut down Facebook’s AI wing. Over the years we have all heard our share of the tech pundits and media warning us about AI and how it is going to destroy humanity. Let’s take that with a pinch of salt and focus on how AI is making the world a better place.
The Automobile Industry:
The thought of a driverless car has been in our heads from the early 80’s. It was shown in to us in movies and always did capture our imagination. Today that has become a reality. This became a reality due to giants like Google and Tesla dumping billions into R&D to make this dream a reality. When we talk about a driverless car, we aren’t talking about something in its incubation stage. These aren’t even partially self-driven car. These cars are entirely based on Artificial Intelligence and are 100% auto pilot driven. The 2018 Tesla Model S is the most advanced car in terms of artificial intelligence.
Take Google’s tagline for its self-driven car subsidiary ‘Waymo’ – “Building the world’s most experienced driver”, what does this tell you? They are pumping in millions and millions of dollars to perfect the art of a self-driven car. Tesla is already rolling out production grade cars at the moment. Safe to say, welcome to the future!
In a survey, 85% of the top executives of tier 1 and tier 2 organizations stated that they believed that AI was the key to their competitive advantage. There are tons of AI technologies, but the ones with the maximum demand and the most popular ones are chatbots. A few facts to substantiate our point:
• Oracle says 80% of the businesses want chatbots by 2020
• Juniper Research says chatbots will reduce business costs by 8 billion USD by 2021
Let’s see how chatbots can help transform your business:
They automate internal tasks – Chatbots powered by AI can streamline the routine tasks that are labor intensive.
Service to customers – This is by far the most important and famous application of a chatbot. An AI powered chatbot will eventually reduce dependency on humans as it keeps machine learning and evolving. A survey by Gartner tells us that by 2020, 85% of the customer issues will be solved without human interaction.
Smart digital assistants – Digital assistants in the form of AI powered chatbots will reduce the dependency of employees on anyone else as they will have hands on help from the chatbot. Once the chatbot is seamlessly integrated messaging platform, it will act as a digital assistant.
Artificial intelligence in Supply Chain:
Today, supply chain has been reimagined with the introduction of AI. Software’s that fully monitor the supply chain from production to transit to deliver have come into play. The major players who have incorporated this are Amazon and Siemens.
How AI is transforming the Supply chain industry
Process Streamlining – While overseeing the entire supply, the AI learns to cope with changes and becomes better in the process. Using historical data and trends the AI can streamline the entire process with aim of meeting the market demands in the best way possible. During this process, there are scenarios that constantly change and the AI can learn from past mistakes making future decisions error free.
Transportation – As discussed earlier, Tesla and Google are working hard to perfect the driverless car technology. With this technology coming into play commercially, transportation which is the key factor in supply chain will be revolutionized. This will decrease lead times, reduce labor costs and even fuel costs (with the introduction of electric cars). The accuracy achievable with this technology will be unmatched.
Plan to perfection
We draw certain parameters for ourselves while planning a supply chain due to data limitations. With AI in place, we do not have to worry about it at all because of the infinite sources of data that it can comprehend in seconds. This leads to accommodative change in plans, rerouting and planning with a near zero error rate.
AI in Healthcare
The healthcare industry has taken to Artificial Intelligence like no other. Healthcare has embraced AI with open arms to the extent that AI has become a real time device that is in play. It is estimated that AI in the healthcare industry will save the US economy approximately 150 billion USD by 2026.
How is this possible?
Surgery assisted by Robots
The science behind this is cognitive surgical robotics. What this does is, it uses historical data and actual surgical experiences to improve surgical techniques. Integrating pre-op medical records with real-time operating metrics will improve surgical techniques. A patient’s stay in the hospital post-op will be reduced by 21%.
Administrative assistance – Automation of administrative workflow will aid in the prioritization of urgent matters and will lessen the burden on medical personnel. Routine non-patient care tasks like ordering tests, writing charts, medication prescription etc. will be automated by the AI.
Unnecessary hospital visits can be reduced and this will lessen the burden on medical personnel as well. AI virtual assistants have been accepted by 64% of the people in the US who said they were comfortable with AI assistants. The AI assistants can provide round the clock monitoring, answer quick questions about medications and are available 24/7.
AI in the Music Industry:
AI is changing the way listeners consume music content today. AI helps the music industry redefine its marketing strategies, improve the connect between the artists, industry and fans.
Artificial Intelligence is no newcomer to the music industry.
• The suggestions we receive from YouTube, Google Music and iTunes are all based on the AI powered core. The AI learns the search patterns of every user and provides them with suggestions based on music genre, artist preference and various other filters.
• The applications like Soundhound and Shazam have been prevalent in the music industry for many years now. They have been the benchmark when it comes to AI in the music industry. These applications listen to a particular song that is being played out loud and correlate with the existing database of the million songs available and give you the perfect match in a matter of seconds.
Experts claim Artificial Intelligence may be a bane to humanity. I think not! Look at the ways in which it is revolutionizing every industry. I have listed just a few industries, but the applications are manifold. AI is here to stay and it is the future that we are walking into!
Our Android devices are similar to a Santa Claus goodie bag, it has gifts in the form of apps, games and much more. It is just like a homogenous genie who grants all our wishes instantly. The Android device flinging in our pockets is equipped with communicating facilities, productivity apps that fulfills all office work, gaming apps like Tutuapp , Modern combat versus app for the speed lovers and much more. The task control and automation apps like a Tasker helps to perform all your daily activities.
In this article, we shall help you to use the tasker, but before it, it is important to learn the basics. We shall equip the user with the utility of the features offered by the tasker. Let us move down to make our base, clear before going into much detail.
Action: The functions and features of a phone or a tablet that performs to bring the phone to a certain state. It has more than 200 actions grouped in 21 categories.
Task: The functions performed by the user. It offers features to run within another tasks including import, export, clone, local tasks etc.
Context: Conditions that help to execute the tasks associated with us.
Profile: A container used for context and linked tasks. Use several contexts for a single profile with true conditions for the linked tasks to run.
Variable: Unknown Value that changes over time.
Scene: It allows to create your own layout.
Project: It consists of profiles, scenes, variable and tasks.
Sorting the Tasker’s UI
Tabs and modes
The features are rather complex and sophisticated. There are 3 default tabs- Profiles, Tasks, Scenes. A default UI interface is provided for the beginners. In the beginner mode, find 3 buttons like Search, Add and Help. Also, find Add button and Vars (variable) button.
Even move to the ‘Advanced mode’ or press on the main tab’s name that opens to the menu for importing files and to set the sort order.
In the ‘Advanced mode’ tap on the default project tab opening to the menu with buttons labeled such as Add, Import, Rename, Lock/Unlock and Set Icon. Create a new project with ‘Add’ button and share your task or projects using the Import and Export options. Use custom icons to your project tabs. Set a lock code to view or edit an important project.
It allows to command and provides options to use as well as manage the app. The Menu key or virtual Menu button gives you access to the main menu. The following things will be found on the menu:
Browse Examples: Takes to a list of pre-made example profiles to download and import to tasker.
Info: Information regarding the app and its uses
Data: Used for clearing, backing up and restoring backed up data.
Run an Action: Completes a single task at a time.
Run Log:Keeps a record of all event done.
Preferences, Enable/Disable tasks, Search Tasker, Exit all can be easily understood. The search tasker is not available in the beginner mode.
The options provided are divided into 4 tabs. Customize the UI using the UI tab, set a personal preference using the Monitor tab. The Action tab helps yo set values for functions like camera delay, widgets, number of queued tasks etc. the Misc tab allows with the duration to keep backups, allowing other apps to run tasks, debugging options etc.
Using the tasker, the user can simplify many of his works. Using it at an earlier stage might be complex, but continuous use will surely make it simpler. Hope we have covered with the basics, making it clear for you to move to the next stage.
Sejal Parmar is an Android Geek and she loves exploring apps. She blogs about Android Apps & Games at NoxAppPlayer.com.