Digital World and its Fragility During Covid

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Earlier parents asked their children not to be “addicted” to technology, teachers punished their students if caught carrying or using a device in school or classes.

Now, from children to adults to the elderly, “everyone seems to be addicted” to technology for different reasons. Children are using technology extensively for online classes, playing video games, doing homework, attending zoom birthday parties and celebrations, talking to their family and friends. Adults are using technology for more important activities like working from home, doing online shopping for essentials as well as non-essentials because we miss “those times and those things,” from food to clothes to work-related things. Not to forget a very important usage of technology by adults to socialise, to gossip, and to stay in touch with family, friends, and relatives.

Elderly people have also started toying with a phone, sometimes successfully making calls, at other times forwarding random messages to

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DC to Provide Free Internet for 25,000 Low-Income Students, Families

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a close up of a keyboard: XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)


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XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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Finding The Best Online Computer Vision Courses For 2021

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Steve is the Head of Data Science and AI at Australian Computer Society, a proactive social media contributor and LinkedIn influencer.

Computers back in the day were good at understanding numbers yet failed miserably at reasoning visual data. Over the years, many researchers and engineers have worked on the path of making computer reason better on the image data that humans perceived so naturally. The generation of image data increases at a rate of petabytes per minute, and humans cannot process it all. Hence, computer vision should be a crucial driver of intelligent technology in the coming years.

Computer vision has become ubiquitous in our society, with applications in search, medicine, image understanding, apps, mapping, drones and self-driving cars. Core to many of these applications are visual recognition tasks, such as image classification, localization and detection. Recent research developments have significantly advanced the performance of these state-of-the-art optical

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70% of smartphones shipped in the US during the second quarter were made in China

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Distributors increased orders for ultra-low-end Android smartphones from lesser-known China made smartphones like Unimax and Wiko to match the tight consumer budgets and limited spending power of the Americans after millions of them lost their jobs and US unemployment rate crossed record high amid COVID19.

Around 70% smartphones shipped in the US during second quarter this year were made in China, says Canalys, a market analyst firm.

The number of China-made smartphones shipped in the world’s third largest smartphone market surged 10 points from 60% during the first three months of the year. The total smartphones shipped in the United States in the second quarter jumped 11% to 31.9 million from the previous quarter.

“Resumption of Chinese factory operations at the end of March and stores reopening in May and June were key contributors to sequential market growth,” Canalys said.

The federally-subsidized Lifeline program provides discounted phones for low-income Americans.

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