Week in Tech (28 May – 3 Jun 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Delhivery Fundraiser, Jai Kisan Fundraiser, AI Alerting Firefighters, AI Image Generation, Self-Aware Materials, Breakthrough in Soft Elastomers, Shadow Figment – Cyberattacks

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1. Indian Logistics Giant Delhivery Raises $277 Million Ahead of IPO

Source: TechCrunch 30 May 2021

Delhivery, India’s largest independent e-commerce logistics startup, has raised $277 million in what is expected to be the final funding round before the firm files for an IPO later this year. The new round valued the 10-year-old startup at about $3 billion.

Original written by: Manish Singh

2. Jai Kisan, A Fintech Startup Aimed at Rural India, Raises $30 Million

Source: TechCrunch 31 May 2021

Jai Kisan, an Indian startup that is attempting to bring financial services to rural India, where commercial banks have a single-digit penetration, said on Monday it has raised $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to scale its business.

Original written by: Manish Singh

3. AI Could Alert Firefighters of Imminent Danger

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 1 Jun 2021

Researchers have designed an artificial-intelligence-powered tool to predict and warn of a deadly phenomenon in burning buildings known as flashover, when flammable materials in a room ignite almost simultaneously, producing a blaze only limited in size by available oxygen. The tool’s predictions are based on temperature data from a building’s heat detectors, and, remarkably, it is designed to operate even after heat detectors begin to fail, making do with the remaining devices.

4. Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation

Source: North Carolina State University 1 Jun 2021

Researchers have developed a new state-of-the-art method for controlling how artificial intelligence (AI) systems create images. The work has applications for fields from autonomous robotics to AI training. The new work builds on certain techniques to give users more control over the resulting images, and to retain certain characteristics across a series of images.

5. Self-Aware Materials Build the Foundation for Living Structures

Source: University of Pittsburgh 1 Jun 2021

Researchers have designed a new class of materials that are both sensing mediums and nanogenerators, and are poised to revolutionize the multifunctional material technology big and small. The research describes a new metamaterial system that acts as its own sensor, recording and relaying important information about the pressure and stresses on its structure. The so-called “self-aware metamaterial” generates its own power and can be used for a wide array of sensing and monitoring applications.

6. “Giant Flexoelectricity” Breakthrough in Soft Elastomers Paves Way for Improved Robots and Self-Powered Pacemakers

Source: University of Houston 2 Jun 2021

Researchers have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real possibility. In a paper, scientists explained how to engineer ostensibly ordinary substances like silicone rubber into an electric powerhouse.

Original written by: Nicole Johnson

7. Shadow Figment Technology Foils Cyberattacks

Source: DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2 Jun 2021

Scientists have created a cybersecurity technology called Shadow Figment that is designed to lure hackers into an artificial world, then stop them from doing damage by feeding them illusory tidbits of success. The aim is to sequester bad actors by captivating them with an attractive—but imaginary—world.

Original written by: Tom Rickey

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