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Google and Uber participating in international tech conference

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Techsylvania, an international tech conference and hackaton, is going to host more than 30 speakers, including people from Google, Uber, Bitdefender and more in Romania in June. Previously, we have reported about the Hackaton (with devices like the Apple Watch, Pebble, Oculus Rift, etc)  that is going to take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, but that was not all there was to Techsylvania. The tech conference is the highlight of the event and we’ve saved the best for last. The speakers at the tech conference, if added together, value billions of dollars, so attendees will be able to connect with individuals that really know their stuff.

Techsylvania aims to bring people together through a tech conference that will help tech enthusiasts understand their field more and learn about startups, companies, design, developing and much, much more. Through the tech conference, attendees will be able to network with the speakers and learn about their past, present and future and discuss possible collaborations in the future.

Techsylvania, the tech conference, will be taking place between June 8 and 9 in the Students’ Culture Hall in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, so if you’re an international enthusiast who would be interested in attending, you should factor that in. Tickets are currently on sale on the official website and the early bird prices are valid until June 1st. If you want to take part in possibly the largest tech conference in Romania, hurry up and reserve your tickets so that you can get a good price. You can also benefit from a 10% discount on your ticket by using the coupon code D8XYDY5C.

Although TechSylvania is not the cheapest tech conference, it does pay for itself with the sheer number of speakers that will be talking about wearable technology, innovation, cloud computing, advertising, cyber-security, engineering, enterprise, IT, development, artificial intelligence, big data, marketing, accelerators, disruption and much more. If you’re curious you can view the complete agenda on the Techsylvania tech conference website.

 

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Some of the speakers coming to the tech conference

Besides conferences, you will be treated to discussion panels and interactive sessions, not to mention networking in the VIP lounges. Most importantly, you will get a chance to meet influential people in the tech industry, and we’re not talking small-time engineers here. We’re talking CEOs, CTOs, developers, high-class engineers, creators, founders and the kinds of people that any tech enthusiast would love to meet.

Since we’ve mentioned Google and Uber, we should fill you in on why they’re headliners at Techsylvania. Peter Juszcsynski is the branding evangelist at Google and he will be talking about disruption and branding and will teach us about why innovation and novelty is important in every field of the tech industry. This dude is an expert in brand building, so if you’re a startup or are someone thinking about creating their own business, his speech will definitely give you some pointers. He has worked with the likes of Google (duh), Nestle, Starbucks, BMW, Unilever and more, which means he’s got a lot of experience and will provide quality information about surviving in a predominantly online world.

The regional general manager of Uber, Jambu Palaniappan, will also be holding a talk about the future of transportation and we will find out what lies behind the success of Uber in so many markets across the globe. The creator of Words with Friends, David Bettner, will also be hosting a talk, although the subject of his speech has not been divulged yet. We think that since it’s a tech conference, he will be talking about creating a successful app and marketing it, which is something millions are curious about.

The CEO of Bitdefender, Floring Talpes, will be holding a seminar on cyber-security and the trends of tomorrow. This is one of the conferences we’re eager to attend, because as you must know, security on the internet is a very sensitive topic. Hearing about optimization and new security measures that we will be able to take advantage of will give all of us an edge. We will learn how to protect our privacy and how to effectively secure our mobile- and desktop devices so that we don’t worry about our iCloud nudes.

PayPal’s senior developer advocate, Cristiano Betta will also be attending the tech conference and will be talking about hackatons on rails. Thomas Roth-Berghofer from the University of West London will be talking about AI and using case-based reasoning to build recommender systems, which sounds very high-tech and of course, intriguing. Artificial intelligence is on the verge of becoming a true reality – as depicted in Ex Machina – and remaining in the loop can’t be done without learning about how AI works.

Gentry Underwood, the co-founder of Mailbox (which he sold to Dropbox for $100, is one of the key personalities of the Techsylvania tech conference and he will be hosting multiple discussions. We’re very curious about how they came up with Mailbox and how they managed to become one of the most influential developers. These are just a few of the people participating in the Techsylvania tech conference in June, and you should check out the full list of speakers to see how truly comprehensive this event will be.

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The tech conference has more than 30 confirmed speakers, which means we are in for two very exciting days, full of new information and full of expertise. The agenda of the event is impressive to say the least and the folks here at Geek Reply will be attending! We recommend you guys come to, if you have the means! We want to meet you guys and we want to share a learning experience with you, so by all means, let us know if you can come! In case you miss the tech conference, we will be right here, reporting about all the conferences that we are going to attend, so stay tuned!

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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ChatGPT Will Soon “See, Hear, And Speak” With Its Latest AI Update

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A major update to ChatGPT lets the chatbot respond to images and voice conversations. The AI will hear your questions, see the world, and respond.

OpenAI, the non-profit group behind ChatGPT and DALL-E, announced the “multimodal” update in a blog post on Monday, saying it will add voice and image features to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise over the next two weeks.

The post said it would be available for other groups “soon after.” It was unclear when it would be added to free versions.

Part of this update may be like Siri and Alexa, where you can ask a question and get the answer.

Anyone who’s used ChatGPT knows its AI isn’t a sterile search engine. It can find patterns and solve complex problems creatively and conversationally.

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According to OpenAI, “Snap a picture of a landmark while traveling and have a live conversation about what’s interesting about it” could expand these abilities. To decide what to make for dinner, take pictures of your fridge and pantry at home and ask questions for a recipe. Take a photo, circle the problem set, and have it share hints with your child after dinner to help them with a math problem.

This development “opens doors to many creative and accessibility-focused applications,” said OpenAI. They added that it will pose “new risks, such as the potential for malicious actors to impersonate public figures or commit fraud.”

The update currently only allows voice chat with AI trained with specific voice actors. It seems you can’t ask, “Read this IFLScience article in the voice of Stephen Hawking.”

However, current AI technology can achieve that.

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Track People and Read Through Walls with Wi-Fi Signals

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Recent research has shown that your Wi-Fi router’s signals can be used as a sneaky surveillance system to track people and read text through walls.

Recently, Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists developed a deep neural network that digitally maps human bodies using Wi-Fi signals.

It works like radar. Many sensors detect Wi-Fi radio waves reflected around the room by a person walking. This data is processed by a machine learning algorithm to create an accurate image of moving human bodies.

“The results of the study reveal that our model can estimate the dense pose of multiple subjects, with comparable performance to image-based approaches, by utilizing WiFi signals as the only input,” the researchers wrote in a December 2022 pre-print paper.

The team claims this experimental technology is “privacy-preserving” compared to a camera, despite concerns about intrusion. The algorithm can only detect rough body positions, not facial features and appearance, so it could provide a new way to monitor people anonymously.

They write, “This technology may be scaled to monitor the well-being of elder people or just identify suspicious behaviors at home.”

Recent research at the University of California Santa Barbara showed another way Wi-Fi signals can be used to spy through walls. They used similar technology to detect Wi-Fi signals through a building wall and reveal 3D alphabet letters.

WiFi still imagery is difficult due to motionlessness. “We then took a completely different approach to this challenging problem by tracing the edges of the objects,” said UC Santa Barbara electrical and computer engineering professor Yasamin Mostofi.

 

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A futurist predicts human immortality by 2030

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Ray Kurzweil, a computer scientist and futurist, has set specific timelines for humanity’s immortality and AI’s singularity. If his predictions are correct, you can live forever by surviving the next seven years.

Kurzweil correctly predicted in 1990 that a computer would beat human world chess champions by 2000, the rise of portable computers and smartphones, the shift to wireless technology, and the Internet’s explosion before it was obvious.

He even checked his 20-year-old predictions in 2010. He claims that of his 147 1990 predictions for the years leading up to 2010, 115 were “entirely correct” 12 were essentially correct, and 3 were entirely wrong.

Of course, he miscalculates, predicting self-driving cars by 2009.

Though bold (and probably wrong), immortality claims shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. Kurzweil has made bold predictions like this for years, sticking to his initial dates.

“2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence,” Kurzweil said in 2017. “I have set the date 2045 for the ‘Singularity’ which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold by merging with the intelligence we have created.”

Kurzweil predicts we will “advance human life expectancy” by “more than a year every year” by 2030. Part of this progress toward the singularity 15 years later will involve nanobots in our bloodstream repairing and connecting our brain to the cloud. When this happens, we can send videos (or emails if you want to think about the duller aspects of being a freaking cyborg) from our brains and backup our memories.

Kurzweil believes the singularity will make humans “godlike” rather than a threat.

We’ll be funnier. Our sexiness will increase. We’ll express love better,” he said in 2015.

“If I want to access 10,000 computers for two seconds, I can do that wirelessly,” he said, “and my cloud computing power multiplies ten thousandfold. We’ll use our neocortex.”

“I’m walking along and Larry Page comes, and I need a clever response, but 300 million modules in my neocortex won’t work. One billion for two seconds. Just like I can multiply my smartphone’s intelligence thousands-fold today, I can access that in the cloud.”

Nanobots can deliver drug payloads into brain tumors, but without significant advances in the next few years, it’s unlikely we’ll get there in seven years. Paralyzed patients can now spell sentences and monkeys can finally play Pong with brain-computer interfaces.

Kurzweil says we’re far from the future, with human-AI interactions mostly the old way. His accuracy will be determined by time. Fortunately, his predictions predict plenty of time.

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