The latest technology trends
Let’s be honest, digital is taking over our lives. There is so much new and cool technology aiding our day-to-day and helping us live more productively. During my time at Clicky, I’ve had the opportunity to research the latest and emerging digital trends and features. So here’s a round-up of the latest technology trends to date.
Alexa Voice Control
Now in its second generation, Alexa is even more capable of assisting you and your every demand. So if you’re looking for a product that is convenient and useful, Amazon Echo is definitely the one to grab. One of its most resourceful capabilities is the option to voice order items directly from Amazon – of course, you will need an Amazon Prime Membership to do so.
How it works:
- ‘Reordering’ – Alexa searches your order history
- ‘New products’ – connects to the product description you gave
- ‘Add to cart’ – saves items to your basket
However, if you’re not sure you like the benefits of Alexa’s voice shipping, then you can easily disable it on the app. Another preference may be to add a four-digit pin to prevent any uncertainties with accidental purchases; if that doesn’t put your mind at ease, you can immediately cancel the order once it’s placed.
Source: How to shop with Alexa
An interesting app to look out for, called MoodExplorer, (still under development at Nanjing University in China), supposedly examines your emotions and using a personal “recommendation system”, targets you with certain adverts and products to suit your mood. Based on the argument that emotion affects the way individuals decide and behave, Wenzhong Li and his colleagues believe that there is potential to create an “automatic emotion detection via smartphone sensing.”
A new software researched by Facebook considers how chatbots might react when trained with personalities. They believe that to ‘fill awkward silences’ a chatbot needs to learn through practising conversations with people. To test this notion they gave an imaginary character to a chatbot and paired it with a human. During the discussion, the program would make its own judgements about the person they were conversing with. The chatbots were then assessed on their responses:
Chatbots who were less flexible with their characteristics and overall replies were not as fascinating; Jason Weston, explains:
They ended up less engaging because they just talk about themselves.
Although this is not a new tech feature for 2018, it may not be well-known to the 330 million users of Twitter. In 2016, a new feature was introduced to make images more accessible to those who are visually impaired. The importance of using ‘alternative text’ means partially sighted or blind individuals can experience the visual characteristics of images through the power of description. In order to prevent any isolation, why not enable it yourself? It’s a straightforward process:
- Go to the ‘Settings and Privacy’ menu
- Find the ‘Accessibility’ section
- Tick the ‘Compose Image Description’ box
Once done, you’re away and can add detailed text to your photographs. It’s makes such a difference and I really do encourage all to perform this simple change.
Source: Twitter feature can help blind
Stylist, a magazine that explores fashion, travel, people, ideas and beauty for women, recently celebrated their 400th issue with a unique robot takeover (24th January 2018).
Editor in chief, Lisa Smosarski, explains:
As technology continues to invade our lives, robots replace people at work, AI enters our homes and we all wonder about the roles we’ll play in the future.
The intention was to explore how various skilled artificial intelligence, each with their own specific expertise and capabilities, could come together to create content for the magazine. The special edition itself incorporates information on each AI, talking about the roles they play in real life and what they can do; a good read if you want to update yourself on the world of robotics.
I particularly enjoyed the “Five-minute Philosopher – The meaning of life in 22 probing questions”. Sophia, the robot star on the front cover, was asked a collection of questions and her responses were quite intriguing; it notes that she learned about human values from the book, ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
One question asks, “What food sums up happiness?”, her reply “Good, stable wifi.” – I must admit, I did have a little chuckle.
Hello, my name is Sophia…