Four Astronauts Selected for India’s Crewed Space Mission Revealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi | Updated: 28-02-2024, 11:00 AM IST Key Points: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the names of four astronauts chosen for India’s maiden crewed space mission, Gaganyaan. The selected astronauts, Prashanth Nair, Angad Prathap, Ajit Krishnan, and Shubhanshu Shukla, are currently undergoing rigorous training at the Astronaut Training Facility in Bengaluru. The Gaganyaan mission aims to propel India into the league of nations capable of sending astronauts into low Earth orbit, positioning the country as the fourth globally after the United States, Russia, and China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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Next Innovation Wave Expected from Semiconductors and AI in India, Says IT Minister

New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2024, 8:25 AM IST Key Points: Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar foresees the next innovation wave in India emerging from semiconductors and artificial intelligence (AI). Chandrasekhar unveils the ‘Investor Information and Analytics Platform’ developed by IIT Madras to address the gap in understanding the innovation ecosystem. The platform, featuring an AI-based conversational interface named ‘StartupGPT,’ aims to provide comprehensive data access to researchers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. With data on over 200,000 startups, the platform aims to streamline access to…

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Disney Activist Blackwells Demands AI Strategy to Boost Shares

New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2024, 15:55 PM IST Key Points: Blackwells Capital urges Walt Disney to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. Proposal suggests AI strategy could potentially increase Disney’s stock price by up to 129%. Disney faces pressure from activist investors amid calls for potential company restructuring. Despite Disney’s historical investments in technology, Blackwells emphasizes the need for a more aggressive AI approach. Disney responds, reaffirming its commitment to enhancing shareholder value while rejecting proposed company breakup. Walt Disney shareholder Blackwells Capital is urging the U.S. media…

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Microsoft’s Attempt to Sell Bing to Apple Unveiled in Court Documents

New Delhi |Updated Feb 27, 2024, 05:58 PM IST Key Points: Microsoft approached Apple multiple times between 2009 and 2020 to propose Bing as the default search engine for Safari. In 2018, Microsoft offered to sell Bing to Apple or establish a joint venture, but Apple declined due to concerns about Bing’s quality and features. Despite repeated attempts, discussions between Microsoft and Apple did not progress beyond initial stages, and Google remains the default search engine for Safari. For years, Google has reigned supreme in the online search space, with…

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Nvidia CEO Foresees AI Impact on Job Market, Urges Upskilling Amid Coding Controversy

New Delhi, Updated Feb 26, 2024, 11:03 AM IST Key Points: Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang predicts AI’s influence on job market. Huang suggests AI eliminates need for traditional coding skills. Advocates for upskilling to adapt to evolving technology landscape. In the wake of AI’s rapid advancement, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has stirred a debate by suggesting that conventional coding skills may become obsolete with the rise of artificial intelligence. Huang believes that AI will democratize programming, rendering coding languages like Java and C unnecessary. Huang’s remarks come amid growing discussions…

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Microsoft Brings AI-Powered Photo Editing Features to Windows

New Delhi, Updated: Feb 23, 2024, 12:11 IST Microsoft has announced a significant update for its Photos app, introducing AI-powered editing features to both Arm64 devices and Windows 10 devices. With this update, Microsoft aims to enhance user experience by offering advanced editing capabilities, aligning itself with competitors like Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy 24 series phones. The update includes features such as Generative Erase, Blur Background, and Remove and Replace Background, bringing powerful editing tools to desktop Windows users. The new update, available to Windows Insiders on Windows 10…

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Technoxian National Robotics Championship, Bangladesh to Serve as Gateway to Technoxian World Robotics Championship

Bangladesh | Updated 23-02-2024, 13:04 IST The prestigious  National Robotics Championship, Bangladesh in collaboration with TechnoXian, is set to take place on the 7th and 8th of March, 2024, at the American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB). This championship serves as a pivotal platform for robotics enthusiasts across Bangladesh to showcase their skills, innovation, and technological prowess. As the largest robotics competition in Bangladesh, the event will attract talented teams from schools, colleges, and universities nationwide. Participants will engage in a series of challenging competitions, spanning various categories, to demonstrate…

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Microsoft Developing AI Chip for Servers, Taps IIT Kanpur Graduate Pradeep Sindhu to Lead Project

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 21, 2024 09:32 IST Microsoft is reportedly developing a custom network card for its servers. Led by Pradeep Sindhu, an esteemed alumnus of IIT Kanpur and CEO of Fungible, the project aims to bolster Microsoft’s capabilities in the AI chip market while optimizing costs. The initiative comes as Microsoft seeks to accelerate data transfer between its servers and streamline operations in its data centers. By designing its own network card, the tech giant aims to minimize reliance on Nvidia, a prominent player in the AI chip market…

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You can soon send your AI avatar to attend meetings on your behalf

New Delhi | UPDATED: Feb 20, 2024 16:53 IST   The prospect of being able to attend meetings without physically being present may soon become a reality, courtesy of advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). Sam Liang, the CEO of Otter, the company renowned for its live transcription app, has ignited anticipation by suggesting the imminent creation of AI avatars capable of representing individuals in meetings, interacting, and responding just like the real person. The idea was born out of Liang’s personal experience of navigating through a hectic schedule filled with…

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Government working on AI regulation framework, will be released by July 2024, says IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

New Delhi | UPDATED: Feb 20, 2024 16:49 IST The Indian Government is actively developing an AI regulation framework slated for release by mid-2024, aimed at leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to propel economic growth while addressing potential risks and harms, stated IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar underscored the government’s commitment to harnessing AI for achieving key economic objectives, with plans to exploit its potential across various sectors including healthcare, agriculture, and farmer productivity. The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology further emphasized the significance of the forthcoming AI…

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