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Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere

Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere

Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere

Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere

Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere

Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere
Meat has been 3D-printed in space, showing ‘slaughter-free’ beef can be produced anywhere
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A 3D printer has been used to produce artificial meat on board the International Space Station, again showing just how diverse – and potentially useful – the applications of 3D printing can be.

The ‘bioprinter’ on the ISS not only produced beef, but also replicated rabbit and fish tissue by a process involving magnetic fields in microgravity.

As AFP reports, this experiment was performed by cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka in the Russian segment of the space station, although the project is a collaboration between Russian, US and Israeli companies.

The printer itself was developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a Russian laboratory for biotechnological research (which was founded by Invitro, the largest private medical operation in Russia).

Space meatballs

Long-serving cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko told AFP: “If we're going to fly further from Earth to other planets in the solar system, we can't take that volume of food with us. In any case we will have to grow and produce food on-board the spaceship.”

Kononenko added: “I think progress is developing very quickly, science and knowledge, and I think this will be within our lifetimes.”

The Roscosmos space agency, which partially financed this project, described the experiment as successful and a ‘good result’, although noted that more sophisticated hardware would be needed to create a larger mass of cells – in other words, more than just a nibble.

Although all this is seen as something of a PR stunt by some, it seems like genuinely interesting stuff, and part of the aim, as clarified by Aleph Farms – the Israeli company involved in the experiment along with 3D Bioprinting Solutions – is that this shows such ‘slaughter-free’ artificial meat can be produced anywhere.

And that could have big ramifications for our planet, meaning that meat could be produced in even the harshest conditions with no need for water, viable land, or anything else used in traditional farming – plus such production would have a minimal environmental impact, too.

Of course, we’ve recently seen another nifty space-related application of 3D printing – and that’s to 3D-print entire rockets with the eventual aim of going to Mars. Technological progress does indeed appear to be speeding along at a rapid rate…

People trust robots and turn to them for advice more than their managers

People trust robots and turn to them for advice more than their managers

Contrary to common fears around how robots will impact jobs, leaders across the globe are reporting increased adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots at work and many are welcoming it with love and optimism.

According to the second annual “AI at Work” study of 8,370 employees, managers and HR leaders across 10 countries, including the UAE, conducted by Oracle and research firm Future Workplace, 64% of the people trust a robot more than their managers and half have turned to a robot instead of their manager for advice.

Rahul Misra, vice-president for applications at Oracle Lower Gulf, told TechRadar Middle East that 82% of people think robots can do things better than their managers. 

In the UAE, respondents said robots are better at maintaining work schedules (42%), problem-solving (34%) and providing unbiased information (32%) while the top three tasks where managers are better than robots were understanding feelings (46%), coaching them (32%) and evaluating team performance (25%).

 “UAE is building a future based on tech innovation. Anything where the managers’ role does not have an emotional quotient, people believe they can work with a fact-based model,” he said.

Invisible operation taking place

The adoption of emerging technologies is far more here in the UAE, he said and added that the UAE is a young nation, built of expats and the generation is a mix of X, Z and millennials.

Moreover, he said that they [youth] have largely seen technology which supported economic growth.

“The concept is that they want an experienced economy to move away from fossil revenue to non-fossil revenue. When you want an experienced economy, you cannot do it with human touch been in there all the time and all the process. What we have seen more and more is that there is a concept of automating as much as possible. A new emerging concept called - invisible operation - is coming up,” he said.

Invisible operation is the concept of using less of human interaction and more and more ability to leverage technology so that your experience with the service is far better as human experience is prone to errors.

“It the only country in the world that has an AI Minister and talks about the happiness index. The UAE has understood that if they want to continue their economic growth, they have to be very strong on fundamentals and that is where we are seeing the adoption of emerging technologies is going higher,” he said.

However, he said that the hype around AI is always been there decades ago but the only difference is that it has become “far more prominent in our daily life”.

AI set to become a commodity

“In the next year or two, I believe that AI will become a commodity as it is touching every aspect of our life. In the workplace, this trend is to become far more prominent. Digital assistants and chatbots are going to become the norm. If I can do everything in voice will I type? Our behavioural change is driving everything around us,” Misra said.

The study showed that in the UAE, more men (76%) than women (64%) have turned to AI over their managers and men (61%) have a more positive view of AI at work than women (55%).

“AI is changing the relationship between people and technology at work and is reshaping the role HR teams and managers need to play in attracting, retaining and developing talent. As a result, the traditional role of HR teams and the manager is shifting,” he said.

The study showed that workers in the UAE, China and India have adopted AI twice more than those in France and Japan and AI is becoming more prominent with 50% of workers currently using some form of AI at work compared to only 32% last year.

Furthermore, workers in India (60%) and China (56% ) are the most excited about AI, followed by the UAE (44%), Singapore (41%), Brazil (32%), Australia/New Zealand (26%), Japan (25%), the US (22%), UK (20%) and France (8%).

“AI is a use case scenario and the project is a journey and it gets better over a period of time by reading and analysing the data. The impact of AI at work is only just beginning and organisations need to focus on simplifying and securing AI at work or risk being left behind,” he said.

Apple AirPort Utility App Receives an Update for iOS 13 Compatibility

Apple AirPort Utility App Receives an Update for iOS 13 Compatibility

Apple stopped making its AirPort base stations back in 2018 and, as a result, hadn't posted an update to the AirPort Utility app on iOS until now. After iOS 13 released in September this year, AirPort users have been complaining about the utility app crashing now and then after updating to iOS 13. Apple's latest update to the AirPort Utility app makes it iOS 13 compatible along with other general enhancements.

Apple's AirPort hardware users have been reporting stability issues ever since iOS 13 was rolled out. Recent iOS 13 updates didn't seem to fix the issue. With the latest update, AirPort Utility seems to be working well for most users.

According to Apple's release notes for the AirPort Utility app (version 1.3), the update includes 'general stability and security improvements'. Apple hasn't listed any details about specific updates though. The utility app was earlier updated in September last year.

After putting an end to making new AirPort hardware, Apple had pushed a firmware update for its AirPort Express base stations that included support for AirPlay 2 back in August last year. In May this year, Apple released a fresh AirPort firmware update which included a bunch of security fixes and followed it up with more security updates for the AirPort base station and Time Capsule (802.11n models) in June.

At the time of discontinuing its AirPort wireless routers, Apple had recommended users to switch to mesh networking-based wireless routers for users looking to cover larger areas. Apple had stopped updating its AirPort lineup as far back as 2013, but continued to sell remaining stocks after announcing its plans to discontinue the products in 2018.

Canon EOS 90D DSLR, EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Launched in India; Feature 32-Megapixel Sensors, 4K Video Recording, and More

Canon EOS 90D DSLR, EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Launched in India; Feature 32-Megapixel Sensors, 4K Video Recording, and More

Canon announced the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II cameras back in August and now, they are available in India. The EOS 90D, which succeeds the EOS 80D, features an upgraded sensor, 4K video recording and gets Canon's Dual Pixel autofocus system. It will go on sale with the EF-S18mm-135mm IS USM kit lens for Rs. 1,27,495. The EOS M6 Mark II, with the same primary features as the EOS 90D, but with an electronic viewfinder and more compact body will be available with the EF-M15mm-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens for Rs. 83,995. These prices are inclusive of all taxes.

Both cameras have an APS-C CMOS sensor with a 32.5-megapixel resolution. The cameras also use Canon's latest DIGIC 8 image processor which enables the Canon EOS 90D to shoot up to 10fps continuous stills, which is a big increase from the 7fps of the EOS 80D. It also has a 45-point, cross-type autofocus (AF) system, and 100 percent viewfinder coverage. The camera also boasts of face detection when shooting in different environments. The camera looks similar to the outgoing model. You get the traditional, DSLR-style hand grip, a secondary display on the top, and a vary-angle touchscreen display. There's also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II on the other hand is a mirrorless camera, so the body is a lot more compact and is deigned for amateur photographers. It's capable of shooting 14fps burst shooting, with AF and AE (auto exposure) tracking and 30fps when using RAW Burst Mode with pre-shooting capability. There's an optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder attachment, which is part of the bundle if you buy it as a kit. The camera also gets a 3-inch tilting touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and can shoot 1080p video at up to 120fps.

Speaking on the launch, Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India said, “We at Canon have been consistently working towards promoting the imaging culture in the country, across both photography and printing industry.”

“With the launch of EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II, we are enabling the professional photographers to explore limitless possibilities in the world of photography, further pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and design,” he added.

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