Given the rapid growth of the elderly population in Asean and Thailand, Philips sees high potenฌtial for expanding its role in the region’s medical and healthcare industry, said Dr Atul Gupta, the company’s chief medical officer for imageguided therapy. “I have seen firsthand the growing elderly population in Thailand, and in fact throughout Asia. Currently, over 12 per cent of the population in the region is over 60 years old. The ageing population means that my fellow-physicians are seeing a surge in cardiovascular issues, such as heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disฌeases. The situation is similar to that in the US and Europe. Philips provides innovations to diagnose and treat patients nonsurgically, using imageguided therapy [IGT] procedures. One patient, every single second, somewhere on Earth is treated with one of Philips’ IGT solutions. This is only going to grow,” he said. Atul cited, as an example, the surgery to open … [Read more...] about Innovativeness key to be a medical hub
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The Trump administration's latest move to ban Huawei from acquiring components from American firms without government approval could slow down the global roll-out of 5G networks, said experts. Huawei has been the leading vendor in supplying 5G network equipment, having secured 40 global contracts. It is trailed by Nokia, which has secured 37 global contracts for its 5G network equipment, and Ericsson with 18 such contracts. On Wednesday, the US Commerce Department put Huawei on its "Entity List", essentially requiring US companies to have a special licence to supply parts to the Chinese firm. This is the US' latest move to curb Huawei's dominance in 5G tech-nology following accusations that it is spying for the Chinese government. Last year, the US banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment in the United States. Mr Ramakrishna Maruvada, a regional telecoms analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets, said requiring a licence to sell components to Huawei could wreak havoc on supply chains, with … [Read more...] about US move could slow down global roll-out of 5G networks
By Jesper Starn Bloomberg Sun., May 12, 2019 From watching pulp cook for hours on end and tracking parasite bugs on satellite photos to handling lengthy legal documents, Swedish forest companies are creating new jobs they would never ask a human to do. Packaging maker BillerudKorsnas has been an early adopter of artificial intelligence by using the technology to analyze thousands of diagrams to determine just how long it needs to cook its wood chips before they turn into pulp. While that process could be done manually, it says it would be difficult to find any human who’d be willing to spend all day just looking at such charts. “A machine can review large data quantities and find patterns in ways we humans just find too boring,” Olle Steffner, director of intellectual property management, said. “Tasks such as monitoring processes or analyzing diagrams will hardly be missed by anybody. Our staff is needed for other things.” The rewards … [Read more...] about Robots thrive in the forest on jobs that humans find too boring
CALIFORNIA: Google on Tuesday (May 8) bucked the soaring smartphone price trend, unveiling a high-performance Pixel handset aimed at the middle of the market as part of a wide-ranging pitch to developers of its new hardware, software and privacy efforts.The Pixel 3a phone, which includes many of the artificial intelligence features of its flagship devices, will be priced from US$399, executives said as Google opened its annual I/O developers conference near its headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View."There has been a troubling trend of high-end phones getting more expensive," Google head of hardware Rick Osterloh said."So, we challenged ourselves to deliver a high-end experience in a new Pixel 3a starting at US$399."The new Pixel was available on Tuesday at Google's online shop.Osterloh contended that the price is about half that of latest generation premium smartphones but is built with camera, digital assistant, and other features found in top-end … [Read more...] about Google bucks soaring smartphone prices with new Pixel
Visit SM Supermalls and meet SAM, the country’s first ever in-mall smart robot. SAM, an artificial intelligent humanoid robot, is part of SM’s series of innovations designed to improve customer experience at the mall. I remember vividly when Japan built its first robot named “Pepper.” Now, we have our own! SM Supermalls chief operating officer Steven Tan said, “We are very thrilled to finally share with you another milestone as we bring in the country’s first ever smart customer service robot. This breakthrough innovation is a reflection of our commitment to continuously give enhanced malling experiences to our customers.” Christian Mathay, Mike Lim and Tim Yap. Present at the launch was Ligo Lim, senior sales manager of Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines), SAM’s creator and one of the country’s leading provider of electronic and original design manufacturing services. Now at SM Megamall and coming soon to other SM malls, SAM is … [Read more...] about #HeySAM!