Indeed, where is the traffic master plan?If you take time to read the 25-page injunction order of Judge Caridad Lutero on the provincial bus ban, one thing stands out. She wanted proof that the proposed provincial bus ban sought by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) would translate into public good. The drift of her inquiry was on the would-be beneficial impact of the ban on the broader society, on commuters, first and foremost. As part of government, just like any country-loving citizen, she wanted to help government ease the crippling and costly metropolitan traffic. The problem was this: the two agencies failed to present a compelling case for the bus ban. The “ public good “ referred to by the two agencies was more in the realm of an imagined good, the bus ban being the equivalent of a magic wand that would ease metro traffic overnight. Moreover, the figures on EDSA vehicle … [Read more...] about Indeed, where is the traffic master plan?
Why facial recognition is good
In a business that receives around one million complaints a year, the ability to handle large amounts of information is critical. That is why state-owned China Eastern Airlines is now using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the customer experience, using the technology's ability to handle huge amounts of data to tailor its services for individual consumers. The airline's data labs unit is even trying to solve problems before they happen by, for example, developing a pilot service that will allow customers to give better instructions and feedback on their in-flight meals. "Using an analogy, if a good chef happens to leave a restaurant, then he or she takes an abundance of knowledge with them," said Wang Xuewu, the founder and head of China Eastern Airlines' data lab, in an interview at the AI summit in Hong Kong this month. "Through AI, we can better ensure that the tastes and preferences of our customers are kept safe, analysed and applied in the future." The idea for a pilot … [Read more...] about This China airline wants to trial an AI service to improve meals
Technologists have predicted that machines will surpass humans in many complicated tasks in the near future. Metal will beat flesh in language translation in the next five years, be better at writing high-school essays two years beyond that, excel at driving a truck by 2027 and work in retail service by 2031, according to research by Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and Yale University. The same survey predicted a 50 per cent chance that AI will outperform humans in all tasks in just 45 years. But some tasks will still elude the bots, especially those that require decision-making based on unprecedented information outside the database, or “sealed book” of past experiences that they depend on, according to Wong Kam-fai, a professor in engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and one of the first batch of national experts appointed by the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence. Citing the example of policing a disturbance, AI would … [Read more...] about AI will complement rather than take over humans, experts say
RIGHTS DEFENDERS raised concerns yesterday over the move to force all |cellphone users in the restive South to submit their pictures for facial-recognition identification. Those who fail to do so by October 31 would have their cellphone service blocked. “The use of facial-recognition technology risks violating people’s privacy and freedom. It also mean users could be discriminated against,” the Cross Cultural Foundation said yesterday. The foundation says telecom firms might have decided to collect the pictures of cellphone users in the deep South in response to a policy of security agencies that has led to racial profiling. “Racial profiling may lead to the arrest and prosecution of the innocent,” the foundation added. The deep South refers to the predominantly Muslim Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces and also four border districts of Songkhla, namely Chana, Na Thawi, Saba Yoi and Thepha. These areas have been hit by … [Read more...] about Facial recognition push in South raises rights concern
SHANGHAI: It might be the most low-tech item at a Shanghai consumer electronics fair, but a bash-able Donald Trump is eliciting perhaps the most physical reaction from visitors amid his tech-and-tariff war with China.A kiosk at the centre of the Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) bills itself as a "stress-relief" station where you can smash a life-sized bobble-head likeness of the US president with a hammer.The not-for-sale prototype serves as a proxy for more oblique Trump-bashing heard at the annual tech fair."It would be better if I could use my hands and feet. I think the hammer isn't satisfying enough," attendee Wang Dongyue, 31, said after sending the presidential noggin lurching back and forth."I don't have a good impression of him to be frank, because he's not very friendly to China now."The trade show, which is organised by the US Consumer Technology Association (CTA), opened this week under the shadow of the escalating trade war.China and the United States have hit … [Read more...] about Trump-bashing gets physical at China tech show