HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886. This week’s topics are:
Volocopter flies over Germany +++ Bitcoin mining high +++ iOS 13: Messaging apps become more secure +++ Ethical AI requires transparency +++ Ridesharing: problems and solutions
Last weekend, a Volocopter took to the skies over Stuttgart. For the first time, the autonomous air taxi performed in front of an audience in a European city, flying at a height of 30 meters under the control of a ground-based pilot (video). Volocopter is an ultralight two-person e-helicopter with 18 rotors that could soon deliver airborne mobility and relieve urban traffic.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (German)
While China hopes to protect monetary sovereignty by developing its own cryptocurrency,
Bitcoin mining has reached a new high. Over the last three months, around 600,000 powerful ASICs dedicated purely to Bitcoin mining are thought to have come online. By the end of the year, Bitcoin mining difficulty is expected to grow to 15 trillion, while Bitcoin’s average two-week hash rate should exceed 100 exahashes per second for the first time.
Apple will release its new iOS 13 operating system tomorrow, after announcing in advance that messaging apps must comply with changes in iOS’s handling of personal data. Messaging apps will only be able to run in the background to a limited extent, so will no longer be able to access location data or other user information.
Those seeking to use AIs ethically should ask themselves three questions: Do you know what your AI is doing? Can you explain it to your customers? And are they happy to hear it? To build trust in AIs, transparency must be taken seriously – something the FATE framework (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Explainability) aims to encourage.
To date, ridesharing companies have been conspicuous by their losses. At the same time, studies suggest they may be responsible for increasing traffic density. This situation won’t improve while other urban mobility services – such as e-scooters – continue to operate without regulation. Various factors will help to keep traffic levels within limits.
Source: Gründerszene (German)
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