Week in Tech (2 – 8 Apr 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Google’s Next Pixels and Custom In-House Processor, Swiggy at $5 Billion Valuation, CRED at $2.2 Billion Valuation, Deep Learning Networks Preferring the Human Voice, Screening Skin Disease on Laptop, Chaos to Protect Devices, Robots Aware of Human Co-Workers, AI-Alzheimer’s-Cancer, Practical Semiconductor Spintronics

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1. Google’s Next Pixels Will Reportedly Switch to A Custom In-House GS101 Processor

Source: The Verge 2 Apr 2021

Google’s next Pixel flagship — the presumably named “Pixel 6” — will reportedly feature a Google-designed GS101 “Whitechapel” SoC (system on a chip), a first for the company, as reported by 9to5Google and XDA-Developers. 9to5Google’s report claims Google is working on two phones that will feature the Arm-based GS101 — presumed to be a flagship device to succeed last year’s Pixel 5 and a Pixel 4A 5G follow-up.

Original written by: Chaim Gartenberg

2. India’s Swiggy Nears $5 Billion Valuation in New $800 Million Fundraise

Source: TechCrunch 5 Apr 2021

Swiggy has raised about $800 million in a new financing round, the Indian food delivery startup told employees on Monday, as it looks to expand its business in the country quarters after the startup cut its workforce to navigate the pandemic.

Original written by: Manish Singh

3. India’s CRED Valued At $2.2 Billion In New $215 Million Fundraise

Source: TechCrunch 6 Apr 2021

Two-year-old CRED has become the youngest Indian startup to be valued at $2 billion or higher. Bangalore-based CRED said on Tuesday it has raised $215 million in a new funding round — a Series D — that valued the Indian startup at $2.2 billion (post-money), up from about $800 million valuation in the $81 million Series C round in January this year.

Original written by: Manish Singh

4. Deep Learning Networks Prefer the Human Voice—Just Like Us

Source: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science 6 Apr 2021

A new study proves that artificial intelligence systems might actually reach higher levels of performance if they are programmed with sound files of human language rather than with numerical data labels. The researchers discovered that in a side-by-side comparison, a neural network whose “training labels” consisted of sound files reached higher levels of performance in identifying objects in images, compared to another network that had been programmed in a more traditional manner, using simple binary inputs.

Original written by: Holly Evarts

5. Screening for Skin Disease on Your Laptop

Source: University of Houston 6 Apr 2021

Researchers report a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs. The proposed network, implemented using a standard laptop computer (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7), can immediately differentiate between images of healthy skin and skin with systemic sclerosis.

Original written by: Laurie Fickman

6. Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices from Hackers

Source: Ohio State University 7 Apr 2021

Researchers have found a way to use chaos to help develop digital fingerprints for electronic devices that may be unique enough to foil even the most sophisticated hackers. The researchers created a new version of an emerging technology called physically unclonable functions, or PUFs, that are built into computer chips.

Original written by: Jeff Grabmeie

7. Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, With System That Provides Context

Source: KTH, Royal Institute of Technology 7 Apr 2021

Working safely is not only about processes, but context – understanding the work environment and circumstances, and being able to predict what other people will do next. A new system empowers robots with this level of context awareness, so they can work side-by-side with humans on assembly lines more efficiently and without unnecessary interruptions.

8. Artificial Intelligence Could ‘Crack the Language of Cancer and Alzheimer's’

Source: St John's College, University of Cambridge 8 Apr 2021

Powerful algorithms used by Netflix, Amazon and Facebook can ‘predict’ the biological language of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, scientists have found. They found the machine-learning technology could decipher the ‘biological language’ of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Their study could be used in the future to ‘correct the grammatical mistakes inside cells that cause disease’.

9. A Breakthrough That Enables Practical Semiconductor Spintronics

Source: Linköping University 8 Apr 2021

It may be possible in the future to use information technology where electron spin is used to process information in quantum computers. It has long been the goal of scientists to be able to use spin-based quantum information technology at room temperature. Researchers have now constructed a semiconductor component in which information can be efficiently exchanged between electron spin and light – at room temperature and above.

Original written by: Karin Söderlund Leifler

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