Netloid http://netloid.com News, Technology, Arts & Entertainment Magazine Sat, 12 May 2018 19:07:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 24/7 Premium WordPress Support for Small Business and Professional Bloggers by DotLayer http://netloid.com/technology/247-premium-wordpress-support-for-small-business-and-professional-bloggers-by-dotlayer Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:57:21 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139642 When it comes to the web, WordPress has been a true life saver, It currently powers 27% of the entire internet, it’s written in one of the most popular programming languages, PHP and it’s open source. WordPress makes it possible for anyone at any skill, financial level and any geographical to put together a really…

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When it comes to the web, WordPress has been a true life saver, It currently powers 27% of the entire internet, it’s written in one of the most popular programming languages, PHP and it’s open source.

WordPress makes it possible for anyone at any skill, financial level and any geographical to put together a really nice blog or website in a few hours.

The only thing about it is that if you don’t use the WordPress.org site it takes a lot of time to do the daily and weekly maintenance you need to keep your blog running smoothly and safely.

A group of avid WordPress developers have come up with a service called DotLayer, whilst the name of the company might sound comical initially, it is actually a very useful service.

DotLayer is essentially a service that takes care of all your daily maintenance and offers support, advice and recommendations on all levels for your WordPress website for a small monthly fee.

DotLayer will pretty much take care of any issue you have with your blog, from security scans to back up your blog on a regular basis automatically, to keeping all your plugins safe and upgraded and much more.

It’s like having a whole in-house technology team to support your website. In general, I have personally started to really enjoy working with smaller companies, 1–10 person team.

I find I get better support when I need it. DotLayer is a small team run by Todd and Brandon.

So far DotLayer has been very small, taking on projects per user recommendations but are growing rapidly.

The way the service works is that, when you call them, you speak an in-house team member, NOT a call tech in like the Philippines or India who might not speak English clearly.

I like that now when I build a website for a client I don’t have to offer support since for me, the time to revenue ratio isn’t really worth it. Now I can build the site for them, make sure they are fully happy, then hand them off to DotLayer and they will handle all the upkeep for my client.

One of the key benefits that they offer that totally blows my mind is that they run automatically scans and plugin tests to make sure your site is running as fast as it can and that all your plugins are safe and working correctly.

Another killer feature that they have is the Dedicated Account Managers, I really like this, you will have one person that manages your account.

It’s like having your own person experienced WordPress engineer who is at your beck and call.

Whenever you call in with a question or issue, you will be talking to the same person you have always talked to, making it much easier to get the help you need since that manager knows your site and has worked on your site before.

Below are the few more things I’ve enjoyed using the service for my Web site:

  • Unlimited Site Jobs: Request unlimited WordPress jobs each month. From adding content to installing plugins, to changing CSS & HTML. Anytime you need changes made to your site, we’ll do them for you.
  • Unlimited Email Support: Our WordPress experts are waiting to answer your questions. We can help you find the right plugin, learn how to use WordPress, and more.
  • WordPress Core & Plugin Updates: No more site crashes because of a WordPress core or plugin update. We do all your updates for you and make sure your site continues working after.
  • Secure Cloud Backups: Just in case anything should ever go wrong, we make daily backups of your site to a secure server.
  • Whilst people get charged a premium for this, you get 24/7 Active Security Monitoring all included in the monthly charge: 24/7 Active Security Monitoring help you prevent hackers and malware from gaining access, we protect and monitor your website around the clock.
  • Proactive Uptime Monitoring: No more guessing if your site is online. If your site should go down, we’ll know about it right away and work to bring it back online.
  • Phone Support: Any time you have questions or need work done on your site, you can call us and speak with a live WordPress expert.

To conclude, DotLayer offers up 3 plans to choose from that will fit any blogger or business no matter what level they are at, prices from $50 to $500 for monthly maintenance and support.

If you have had a WordPress blog long enough you know how much “upkeep” it takes to keep your blog updated and running correctly.

Having a service that will then do all that for you will free you up to spend more time growing your or blog and business.

Knowing that, you will start to see the value in the service DotLayer is offering.

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Microsoft Open Sources Visual Studio Extension For Arduino http://netloid.com/news/microsoft-open-sources-visual-studio-extension-for-arduino-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:35 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139631 Microsoft has released its Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino as a new open source tool. Microsoft, which has the biggest contributor community on GitHub, has launched the MIT-licensed code across the open source platform to enable developers to leverage Arduino hardware specifically for IoT projects and applications. ‘Our team at Visual Studio IoT Tooling,…

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Microsoft has released its Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino as a new open source tool.

Microsoft, which has the biggest contributor community on GitHub, has launched the MIT-licensed code across the open source platform to enable developers to leverage Arduino hardware specifically for IoT projects and applications.

‘Our team at Visual Studio IoT Tooling, researched the development tools developers are using today, interviewed many developers to learn about their pain points developing IoT applications, and found that of all layers of IoT, there are abundant dev tools for cloud, gateway, interactive devices, and industrial devices, but limited availability and capability for micro-controllers and sensors,’ explained Zhidi Shang, R&D and Product Development, Cloud, Big Data, IoT, Mobile and Open Source at Microsoft.

Shang noted that in the MCU domain, there are millions of Arduino developers looking for advanced features to make development easier.

“Keeping open source and open platform in mind, we started the work to add an extension on Visual Studio Code, the cross-platform, open sourced advanced code editor, for Arduino application development,” he said.

The Microsoft Developer blog post further explained that the design builds on the official Arduino IDE, meaning that the extension is almost entirely compatible and consistent with Arduino IDE.

Other features include IntelliSense, Auto code completion, and on-device debugging for supported boards.

Microsoft also listed the following core functionalities; IntelliSense and syntax highlighting for Arduino sketches, Verify and upload sketches in Visual Studio Code, Built-in board and library manager, Built-in example list, Built-in serial monitor, Snippets for sketches, Automatic Arduino project scaffolding, Command Palette (F1) integration of frequently used commands (e.g. Verify, Upload…), and Integrated Arduino Debugging.

Microsoft is now encouraging developers to participate in the open source project and suggests numerous ways to get involved including filing bugs, submitting feature requests and sending pull requests.

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Cloud Carib Expands Caribbean Data Centre Presence http://netloid.com/news/cloud-carib-expands-caribbean-data-centre-presence-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:31 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139628 Cloud Carib has announced plans to build several new data centers, expanding the company’s services across the Caribbean and Latin America. Cloud Carib is currently launching a refurbished CaribPod data center in Panama. The company, a premier data services provider for the region, also announced immediate plans to extend services to Barbados and Jamaica. New data…

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Cloud Carib has announced plans to build several new data centers, expanding the company’s services across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Cloud Carib is currently launching a refurbished CaribPod data center in Panama. The company, a premier data services provider for the region, also announced immediate plans to extend services to Barbados and Jamaica.

New data center sites will be added to Cloud Carib’s portfolio in Trinidad and the Cayman Islands by the end of this year.

Cloud Carib is a provider of cloud services including private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions, as well as hosted solutions in a self-service cloud portal.

Scott MacKenzie, Chief Commercial Officer for Cloud Carib, noted that the expansion of services throughout the region allows the company to provide clients with the ability to make choices on data services that are best suited to their particular needs.

“Our strategic expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to clients that we’re delivering best-in-class services directly to them and allowing our clients to choose a location that best suits their needs,” he said. “We’re helping clients design a solution for them, not providing cookie cutter solutions and forcing them to work within those constraints.”

Cloud Carib, founded in 2011, provides cloud and data center solutions to companies in the financial and professional services markets, as well as government agencies. Its data centers are managed by an in-house Command and Control Center, providing 24/7 support and monitoring of security and data center functions.

The Bahamas data center, housed in the Cable Bahamas campus, offers direct in-house fiber links to the Cable Bahamas Internet backbone. Additionally, the Cloud Carib Bahamas data center offers multiple providers, state-of-the-art cooling, UPS and PDU systems, and redundant controls.

Cloud Carib lists partners among some of the largest and most well-regarded of technology companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Juniper and Brocade networks. It is a certified offshore vCloud Powered service provider and last year achieved VEEAM Gold Cloud and Service Provider status.

While for some clients, the appeal of stringent data privacy protections in Caribbean countries must be weighed against the danger of natural disasters, particularly hurricanes, Cloud Carib is proud of its record in planning for and managing continuous services in the face of these challenges. For example, when Hurricane Matthew hit the Bahamas last November, the company maintained continuous services by forward planning, backing up and re-routing all data through CaribPod data centers located outside the path of the hurricane.

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Virgin Media Fibre Break Causes City-Wide Outages http://netloid.com/news/virgin-media-fibre-break-causes-city-wide-outages-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:27 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139625 A fiber break in the Virgin Media network has caused outages across London, affecting customers at all levels, including several city borough councils. The company acknowledged the problem on Twitter, stating that it was “aware of a fibre break” causing a temporary loss of services for customers in London. The company was quick to assure affected customers…

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A fiber break in the Virgin Media network has caused outages across London, affecting customers at all levels, including several city borough councils.

The company acknowledged the problem on Twitter, stating that it was “aware of a fibre break” causing a temporary loss of services for customers in London. The company was quick to assure affected customers that the problem had been identified and that engineers were on site and working to restore services.

The company announced that services were restored in the early afternoon, a statement confirmed by the Bromley Council, one of the borough councils affected by the outage. However, the fact that a single fiber break caused widespread outages and interrupted services to borough councils has caused concerns about the company’s network, specifically the design of redundant systems.

A similar incident occurred in June of last year, when a construction worker accidentally cut through a fiber connection in the Virgin network. That error affected over 4,300 customers in South London including many attempting to access borough councils and Sky TV, who were left without services for close to 24 hours.

At that time, several hundred meters of cabling were replaced, and Virgin Media said that the company was working on both temporary and permanent solutions to the issue. Virgin also said that customers contacting the company to notify them of a loss of service would be eligible for refunds per their service contracts.

Virgin Media has had its share of bad press already this week, with a report from the BBC Watchdog showing that the company had failed in its promise to provide superfast broadband services to customers. In some cases, customers received less than 3% of the 200 Mbps promised and paid for.

In an internal communication viewed by the Register, executive sales director Neil Bartholomew said that two primary issues were noted by the BBC Watchdog. The first included customers experiencing broadband speeds slowing during peak times. Others were sales based, where customers were given incorrect information and salespersons failed to ready the required ‘Broadband Honesty Statement’ to new customers.

Bartholomew admitted that Virgin Media had not provided the expected level of service to existing and new broadband customers.

“With the cases Watchdog shared with us, we fell short of the usual high standards we set for ourselves in the clarity of the information and quality of service we provide to our customers.”

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Apple Building $925M Data Centre In Denmark http://netloid.com/news/apple-building-925m-data-centre-in-denmark-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:22 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139622 Apple has announced the construction of a second data center in Denmark, as a similar facility is held up in Ireland. Expected to be operational in 2019, Apple’s new Danish data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy. It will be built to similar specifications as the Jutland facility opening later this year, in terms…

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Apple has announced the construction of a second data center in Denmark, as a similar facility is held up in Ireland.

Expected to be operational in 2019, Apple’s new Danish data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy. It will be built to similar specifications as the Jutland facility opening later this year, in terms of size, design and energy consumption. However, the new Aabenraa data center may grow even larger in the future, to meet the data consumption and storage needs of European users of iTunes, iMessage, Siri, and other internet services.

Phase One of the Aabenraa data center is expected to be completed within two years at a cost of approximately 6 billion kroner. Construction employees will total approximately 300, while the data center itself will require up to 100 full-time employees when it is completed.

Erik Stannow, Apple’s Nordic manager, pointed to clean and reliable energy in Denmark as the primary factors for choosing to put two enormous data centers in the country.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power,” he said.

“The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100% renewable energy from day one, thanks to new clean energy sources we’re adding,” he noted, adding, “The reliability of the Danish grid is one of the main reasons we will operate two sites in Denmark.”

Apple had planned a large data center in Ireland to help meet data storage requirements for European consumers. However, that facility has been held up in the Irish courts, having encountered opposition from environmentalists, despite the fact that the Athenry data center is planned to run on 100% renewable energy, powered by energy captured from ocean waves.

Apple did not confirm that the new Danish data center in Aabenraa was being planned to replace the Irish data center, should the July 30 hearing to determine the fate of the facility in the Irish court not go in the company’s favor.

The company has made investments in energy research in Denmark as well, partnering with Aarhus University in Denmark to fund research into biogas and extracting usable energy from agriculture. The university’s agricultural research facilities are located near the Apple Jutland data center site.

Denmark is becoming a leading choice in data center locations for U. S. technology companies, with Facebook and Google also planning data storage facilities in the country.

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Cloud Robotics Market To Reach $226B By 2021 http://netloid.com/news/cloud-robotics-market-to-reach-226b-by-2021-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:16 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139619 GTI, an international group dedicated to the advancement of TD-LTE and 5G technologies, has released a new white paper detailing research into cloud robotics. Among other things, the paper states that the cloud robotics market is expected to grow from $34.1 billion in 2016 to $226.2 billion in 2021. This exponential growth prediction is based on…

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GTI, an international group dedicated to the advancement of TD-LTE and 5G technologies, has released a new white paper detailing research into cloud robotics.

Among other things, the paper states that the cloud robotics market is expected to grow from $34.1 billion in 2016 to $226.2 billion in 2021. This exponential growth prediction is based on advances in AI and machine learning, while consumer adoption is predicated primarily on two factors: an ageing population, and the increasing use of robots in industrial automation. However, cloud-connected robots are expected to help meet consumer needs in education, inspection, and security categories, among others.

GTI states that as the world population ages, and the average lifespan is extended globally, domestic robots are expected to become more important in assisting the elderly with vital activities. Domestic robots will become more prevalent and accepted as a factor of daily life, leading to increasing adoption by regular consumers.

Huawei GIV has predicted that a combination of mobile connectivity and artificial intelligence will result in domestic robot market penetration of 12% to all families worldwide, claiming that intelligent robots will ‘change the face of all industries in the same way that the automotive industry was transformative in the 20th century.’

The GTI cloud robotics working group supports this prediction, noting that by 2020 90% of all robots will be connected through the cloud and that 20 million new connections will be required each year to support the daily operations of cloud-connected robots.

As a result, GTI makes the case that 5G technologies are required to meet the increasing demands for network connectivity required by the upcoming growth in the cloud robotics market.

In cloud robotics, four different types of connections are necessary: monitoring and status reporting, real-time controls, voice and video processing, and software and services downloads.

A network must provide extraordinarily low latency to meet these requirements. To be considered operating ‘seamlessly’, a robot must have a delay of no more than 100ms. Current delays are more than twice this number, however, with improvements in computing power and networking a machine vision delay of 80-100ms is believed to be achievable.

Overall, GTI has predicted that the cloud robotics market is about to blast off, with consumer applications in businesses of all types as well as in the home. Because of this, a massive amount of low-latency connections will be required for proper functioning of connected robotic devices, making the adoption of 5G networks a vital requirement for global communications providers.

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Banks To Use AI To Sever Terrorists’ Funding http://netloid.com/news/banks-to-use-ai-to-sever-terrorists-funding-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:10 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139616 In an effort to combat terrorist activities, banks are planning to start using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to identify suspicious transactions and sever funds to jihadists. QuantaVerse, a Pennsylvania-based technology firm, has developed an AI to monitor and identify financial crimes, from terrorist funding to money laundering. Speaking to WIRED, Dan Stitt, the…

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In an effort to combat terrorist activities, banks are planning to start using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to identify suspicious transactions and sever funds to jihadists.

QuantaVerse, a Pennsylvania-based technology firm, has developed an AI to monitor and identify financial crimes, from terrorist funding to money laundering.

Speaking to WIRED, Dan Stitt, the director of financial crime analysis at the firm, said: “It’s a surgical approach to finding a needle in a haystack.”

Known for its low-key, targeted attacks, ISIS, for example, does not necessarily transfer large payments to lone jihadists. “It doesn’t take much to survive in a hostel in Belgium whilst waiting to be moved to another location,” noted Stitt.

The QuantaVerse AI system has been designed to predict suspicious transactions independently and has garnered other hopeful capabilities to tackle fraudulent transactions. From checking an account history’s data for any existing relationships with other accounts to rectifying incorrect calculations.

Using seven years’ worth of data from various global banks, initial experiments tasked the AI with identifying what the difference was between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ behavioural patterns.

When processing later transactions with little human interference, the system was capable of analysing data from a two-to-three year period, opposed to the current standard of 90 days.

Terror groups like ISIS have small terror cells scattered across the globe which receive small amounts of payments for planning terror. This is becoming increasingly difficult for banks to keep track of as they struggle to identify potential threats using legacy anti-money laundering systems. These tools are now considered outdated and unreliable as they use hard-coded rules when processing information.

These programmes are also plagued with technical issues, frequently flagging large transactions that are not actually criminally-related.

While AI is developing at a rapid pace, QuantaVerse itself is uncertain on how successful the system will be in fulfilling such anti-terror duties. However, experts in the financial regulation industry are optimistic about the role of AI in deterring the funding of future terrorist attacks and hateful propaganda.

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Microsoft Azure Stack Extends On-Prem Data Centre Offering http://netloid.com/news/microsoft-azure-stack-extends-on-prem-data-centre-offering-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:29:03 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139613 Microsoft is expanding its Azure Stack platform across on-premises infrastructure, with hardware partners now taking orders from customers looking to run the private cloud platform in their own data centres. Customers are required to purchase Azure Stack as part of a certified integrated system from partners, which initially include Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo. Both…

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Microsoft is expanding its Azure Stack platform across on-premises infrastructure, with hardware partners now taking orders from customers looking to run the private cloud platform in their own data centres.

Customers are required to purchase Azure Stack as part of a certified integrated system from partners, which initially include Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo. Both Cisco and Huawei are also expected to start taking orders towards the end of the year.

‘From Azure data centres to the edge of the cloud — whether miles underground in a mine shaft, away at sea on a ship, or on a factory floor dependent on continuous real-time operation — Azure Stack enables modern cloud applications that meet all business and regulatory requirements,’ said Judson Althoff, Executive VP of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

An official blog post written by Mike Neil, VP of Azure Infrastructure and Management, confirmed the following: ‘We have delivered Azure Stack software to our hardware partners, enabling us to begin the certification process for their integrated systems, with the first systems to begin shipping in September.’

The announcement, made at Microsoft Inspire 2017, also revealed several companies which are currently working on getting their applications ready for Azure Stack, including Docker, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux.

Microsoft noted that Azure Stack will be offered on a consumption-based model, which is relatively atypical for on-premises offerings. The tech giant suggested that customers will subscribe to a pay-as-you-use policy, with a small fee for storage and additional costs for usage of individual Azure services.

As customers will be managing and operating the cloud themselves, Microsoft will not be charging the same fee as for its regular Azure packages.

‘Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, thereby enabling a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform,’ continued Neil. ‘Consistency removes hybrid cloud complexity, which helps you maximize your investments across cloud and on-premises environments.’

Neil added in the blog that attaining this consistency will enable customers to streamline application development and deployment (i.e. the ability to use the same APIs, DevOps tools, and portals), leading to increased productivity among developers.

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Viking Introduces 50TB SSD For the Data Centre http://netloid.com/news/viking-introduces-50tb-ssd-for-the-data-centre-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:28:58 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139610 Viking Technology, a leading global supplier of non-volatile memory solutions including DRAM and solid state drives, has launched a new line of Ultra High Capacity (UHC) solid state drives for the data center. The Viking Silo SSD offers up to 50TB of storage capacity in a 3.5″ form factor and standardized SAS interface, along with a…

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Viking Technology, a leading global supplier of non-volatile memory solutions including DRAM and solid state drives, has launched a new line of Ultra High Capacity (UHC) solid state drives for the data center.

The Viking Silo SSD offers up to 50TB of storage capacity in a 3.5″ form factor and standardized SAS interface, along with a plug-and-play 6Gb/s SAS interface. UHC SSDs are also available in a 25TB version, with an endurance of 1 drive write per day (DWPD) for up to five years.

The Silo SSD active power usage is only 16 watts, with idle power consumption under 10 watts, allowing lower power usage per terabyte combined with increased storage capacity per rack in the compact, high-storage unit.

The company notes that the unit has been built specifically for energy efficiency, making it ideal for large scale data processing including big data, digital imaging and media, and cloud computing, as well as external storage and cold storage in the data center.

Advantages to the Viking Silo UHC SSD include the potential to achieve over 5 PB storage per rack, 70 times higher write IOPS than a standard 15k HDD, and an easy-to-use, plug and play format with any chassis that currently supports a 15k SAS HDD.

The Viking Silo UHC SSD, powered by a next-generation flash processor, is intended to help customers to migrate to flash memory. Customers transitioning data centers to SSD processing can save power, space, and cooling costs of up to 80% per terabyte, according to the company announcement of product availability.

Viking Technology President Hamid Shokrgozar claimed in the press release that the Viking UHC Silo SSD is the highest capacity SSD solution currently available.

“These drives enable data center administrators to easily migrate to SSD performance, along with a tremendous increase in capacity,” he said. “With space and cooling being critical drivers for today’s data centers, these advantages are a game changer.”

The new product release follows this month’s announcement that the CEO of Viking parent company Sanmina will be stepping down in October, filling the role of executive chairman and handing the reins of the company over to the current CFO.

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Developers Teaching AI To Drive Using Mobile Phones http://netloid.com/news/developers-teaching-ai-to-drive-using-mobile-phones-3 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:28:53 +0000 http://netloid.com/?p=139607 Programmers around the world are training artificial intelligence (AI) to control driverless cars directly from their smartphones. Mighty AI, a data-training firm specialising in autonomous cars, uses both a website and app to allow users to log in and give AI driving lessons and share the findings. Currently, Mighty AI has nearly 200,000 creative AI…

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Programmers around the world are training artificial intelligence (AI) to control driverless cars directly from their smartphones.

Mighty AI, a data-training firm specialising in autonomous cars, uses both a website and app to allow users to log in and give AI driving lessons and share the findings. Currently, Mighty AI has nearly 200,000 creative AI programmers, but that figure is expected to grow.

The programme works by allowing users to create boxes around subjects that are fed through from an onboard camera. This technique ensures that the different algorithms are competent enough to identify potential hazards drivers encounter in everyday life.

The game-like feature is typically 10 minutes long and rewards players for accuracy and skill.

“It’s more like Candy Crush than a labor farm,” said Matt Bencke, the CEO of Mighty AI, in an interview with WIRED. “Automotive space is one of the hottest and most advanced fields applying machine learning.”

When highlighting objects using segmentation masks, colour pointers are used so that the AI is able to recognise and adapt to its surroundings. Lamp posts could be marked in pink, cars in yellow, roads in blue, and traffic lights in red, for example.

According to Mighty AI, creating these annotated images for the AI will allow it to better avoid hazards that may cause accidents.

The majority of developers taking part in the project are amateurs with little to no experience within the field of AI.

While autonomous cars are being developed by tech giants and specialist AI firms, Mighty AI believes that the involvement of amateur developers around the world could be pivotal in making these projects a reality.

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