Artificial Intelligence is a tool that is vital to the development of every nation, as it has a direct link to the level of development in the country. But that notwithstanding, according to experts, the rapid improvements in the artificial intelligence technology could spell the doom for most people as it has the potential of rendering several people jobless.
This debate was fuelled just some few days after Google announced the sale of a start-up based in London that would be used for such a purpose. The experts say that if this trend is not nipped in the bud as soon as possible, they fear that computers will render many people unemployed, and this will not be positive towards the development of any economy in the world.
The artificial intelligence technology can be applied in several areas, and the research pinpoints logistics and administration as the key areas this trend affects most. Such issues are very delicate and should not be looked at lightly at all, as it can have serious social and economic repercussions to the economies of this world.
This current improvement calls for major discussions because previously when new technologies emerge, in as much as they render some people unemployed, they also employ so many people to balance the scales, but the same cannot be said about this phenomenon.
Even though most people have eulogised Google for helping in the advancement of technology, especially in the field of artificial intelligence, it still puts fear in authorities as it could be a major impediment to the employment issues in the world.
It is always a good thing to accept the reality, however sad or bitter it may be, and work around the clock to be able to turn the tables around and make things work. Microsoft have developed this attitude that is worthy of commendation.
Microsoft, realising the hard truth that Google Chrome appears to be the most used browser choice across the world, have unveiled a Google Chrome add-on, so that users can easily access Microsoft applications as well as Microsoft documents.
The move has led to the development of an icon on Google Chrome that when clicked will bring to bear the documents on the OneDrive that have been edited quite recently. It also allows the user to open new pages of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as be able to showcase the documents that have been stored locally by the users.
Even though Microsoft has proven over the years to be a powerhouse in the browser industry, this new development is quite very good but at the same time quite surprising. This move is basically due to the fact that Google Chrome has over the past few years been on a high pedestal in the browser industry and has also showed to be the greatest competitor to Microsoft’s own in-built browser, the Internet Explorer.
According to an extensive research conducted by experts in the industry a month ago, the percentage of users who run a single browser is almost 30% for Google Chrome. This happens to be the highest percentage in that category.
As if this is not enough, research also indicates that Google Chrome’s user popularity has soared to about 9% in the last year, and has experienced an impressive 10% increase in user popularity since August last year. This shows the immense competition Google Chrome is offering to Microsoft, and the current move by Microsoft is actually a step in the right direction.
Facebook is arguably the most popular social media platform in the world, as it strongly connects people with different origin, race, culture, religion etc from across the world. Despite the giant strides they are making, the organisers of Facebook are not resting on their oars by working tirelessly to take the world by storm.
It is against this backdrop that Facebook is currently working very hard to permeate into the emerging markets and outwit them. In order to achieve this goal, some few days ago, Facebook launched a campaign that is primarily tasked to make money from their competitors by working relentlessly to get as many users from them as possible.
Facebook currently has more than a billion users across the globe, but what is currently acting as an albatross around their neck is the fact that the Facebook interface seen by users in one country can be entirely different from the interface found in another country. This seems to have a tremendous negative effect on the operations of the company.
Also, because the activities on Facebook has a direct relationship with the speed of the devise being used, advertisements posted on high speed networks, such as 4G networks, that take just a few moments to load, can take several minutes to load at remote areas due to the poor internet connectivity in those areas.
This is really having a toll on the advertising capabilities of Facebook, and if mitigating measures are not put in place sooner than later, this can cast a dent on the hard-earned reputation of the company.
To address this problem, Facebook has recently issued the Slideshow app, which they believe would be able to put the advertisement problems to a stop. This app has been developed to replace the conventional advertisement system on Facebook, and it is supposed to work very well irrespective of the nature of the signals of the internet connections.
Some hackers are currently taking undue advantage of the setbacks in SQL to infiltrate the MySQL server with a malware software that is used in association with DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) spasms.
Symantec, which houses some experts in computer security, found out that the MySQL software in various countries had been infected with Chikdos malware program, which is inherent in both Windows and Linux operating systems.
This software is a Trojan that is not entirely new to the world as it was first discovered in 2013 by a group of Polish computer scientists. At that material point in time, this malicious software was being incorporated in different software after being associated with some log in credentials.
According to Symantec, what makes this new phenomenon very dissatisfying is that it vigorously violates the UDF (User Defined Functions) strength of the database in MySQL. The sole purpose of the UDF is to expand the capabilities of MySQL, so one can just imagine the havoc this malware has caused to the entire MySQL database.
The research continues to state that the perpetrators of this heinous crime use the setbacks within the SQL framework to apply harmful UDF codes to the MySQL database. They then further use the command known as the DUMP SQL to make the infected codes library files that will be used by the MySQL database later on.
To add insults to injury, these infected codes then automatically download and set up the malware known as the Chikdos virus which then makes the MySQL software susceptible to DDoS attacks on the bandwidth of its servers.
The researchers found that the MySQL software has been heavily infected by the Chikdos virus in several countries including South Korea, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil, China, US, Malaysia and the Netherlands. These infections were largely found in both India and China.