Technology, like myriad man-made things, is a double-edged sword. On one hand it can be abused and used for less virtuous purposes. On the other, technology can be good for a great many things—enriching lives, propelling the human race forward, and tackling the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. To learn more, I recently caught up with Santanu Dutt, the head of technology and chief technology officer for South East Asia at Amazon Web Services (AWS) who shared about how technology can be used to make the world more inclusive, specifically for persons with disabilities (PWD).
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Indonesia (WWF-Indonesia) to accelerate efforts to save critically endangered orangutans in Indonesia.
Everyone is in the race to perfect the autonomous car, developing a self-driving vehicle that is safer, smarter and more efficient. To develop and deploy autonomous cars at scale, the right technology infrastructure is critical as the production of these vehicles requires high-performance computing capacity, along with seamless cybersecurity, and the ability to manage vast data sets. The cloud offers organizations the support they need to realise their dream of building their self-driving vehicle.
In the not so distant future, the iPhone may use direct from satellite internet connectivity, bypassing conventional wireless networks. Apple is said to have a secret team working on satellite technology and advanced wireless communications.
In recent years, many countries in Asia, including Malaysia, have started national initiatives to aspire digital transformation and drive economic growth. Through Malaysia’s Industry4WRD, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the digital economy will play a vital role in contributing to at least 20% of the country’s GDP by 2021, with businesses in the country turning to cloud computing in the era of digital disruption.
In January, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched its annual education and hackathon event—AWS Hackdays 2019, themed “Hack for Good”–with the goal of empowering the community of Southeast Asian developers to drive positive change using AWS technologies.
Apple designs its own chips. As does Google. At re:Invent on Monday, Amazon announced it is creating its own chips to power its cloud computing servers. Dubbed Graviton, the ARM-based chips can deliver savings of up to 45 percent compared to Amazon offers powered by conventional off-the-shell chips by Intel and AMD.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) today introduced DeepRacer, a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car that is a fun and fast way to get started with reinforcement learning. The race car costs USD399 but can be pre-ordered for USD249. The leading cloud computing company also announced AWS DeepRacer League, the world’s first global autonomous racing league.
Fresh from powering the InSight landing on Mars on 26 November 2018, Lockheed Martin and Amazon Web Services announced a strategic collaboration to integrate the just-launched AWS Ground Station service with Lockheed Martin’s new Verge antenna network. The win-win partnership answers customer needs for low-latency, fast, resilient satellite uplinks and downlinks.