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The AI moment: Preparing For The Revolution

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Artificial intelligence, AI, is the next big technology to have entered mainstream consciousness. From eerie androids such as Sophia to the silent efficiency of automated delivery systems in modern Amazon warehouses, the growth of autonomous driving and the popularity of smart speaker systems such as Alexa or Google Home – AI is everywhere. And it’s coming for our jobs, white collar and blue, threatening massive social and economic upheaval.
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But what is AI really? Why has it suddenly become so popular? Why is everyone so excited about its tremendous potential? Will it really replace humans – and should we welcome it with open arms, or fear for its impact?
Far from being an omnipotent, autonomous robot, AI is at heart simply a machine programmed to make sense of data on a scale humans can’t deal with. It is the king of the algorithm, a machine learning from its own experiences, objective-oriented and highly intelligent, producing logical conclusions based on input. As part of the digital technology connecting people, things and machines on a big data platform, it has the potential to enable solutions saving time, energy and lives, opening up opportunities as yet undreamt of. And it is still in its infancy in its real world deployment.

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The use of AI is growing dramatically right now in response to extraordinary increases in the amount of data produced daily, as powerful computing has become available at lower costs. Humans alone simply cannot process the complexity and ongoing volume of data from people, devices, sensors and machines.  In parallel, there is a growing awareness of the tremendous potential of AI technologies to solve problems across all industry sectors and the entire spectrum of human life.
AI can unlock scale and opportunity to deal with the grand challenges facing the world today, from ageing populations to sustainable urban living, access to food, healthcare, water and education, reducing poverty and increasing gender equality. Physical AI will be able to free humans from mundane, routine tasks, allowing them to concentrate on more important, higher-end work, releasing creative potential

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In emerging markets and smart cities alike, AI can help overcome natural limitations to growth such as geographic size or lack of natural resources, creating new markets and new value, rather than merely improving on existing models.
Improvements on current models will, however, be where the power of AI is first felt, in its promise of enormous cost savings, increased productivity, lower production cycles and improved back end or internal processes. Within the telco industry itself, AI will accelerate the evolution of network operator infrastructure into intelligent networks able to offer smarter, faster and more scalable services. Using the engine of big data, AI will enable multiple, diverse and often sector-specific demands to be met through highly-tailored network slices managed in real time.

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In the financial services sector, for example, AI can reduce the hundreds of thousands of hours needed to carry out regulatory compliance to a matter of seconds; or the time, effort and investment necessary for a mortgage to a few minutes. New financial services may include mass market personalised services, opening an enormous market of lower earners, or microfinancing for the unbanked. In call centres across a range of industries, AI can work either alongside humans analysing complex data sets in parallel to the human customer-facing contact, or take calls as a co-worker as far as possible before passing on to human expertise.
In all cases, AI is a tool to augment human abilities rather than replace them. And it is only as good as the person inputting information and parameters into its system.
This is one of the principal challenges: ensuring that AI is provided with initial information in a way that does not reflect and perpetuate inherent bias, unconscious or not. It is critical to be aware of, and work to avoid, replication of existing divides and inequalities: on gender, race, geography, the urban/rural split, access to education, investment in infrastructure, the availability of talent, the provision of adequate cyber security. Without action, AI will prolong or deepen these divides. There is a very real danger that the powerful impact of algorithms actuated by AI will remain limited to the developed world due to a lack of infrastructure, advanced networks, open data or data scientists.

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Providing open public data and open APIs to allow private companies and individual developers to create solutions for public and commercial services is key to democratising AI – and fast-tracking its deployment. Accessing large data sets in the ecosystem to improve quality of life must be balanced against data protection, privacy and security issues.
Preparation in general – and education – is critical. The international community, government, businesses and individuals should be as ready as possible for the seismic changes that the widespread adoption and deployment of AI will bring with it.
The big one, of course, is the transformation of the existing labour market. It is estimated that up to 75% of all jobs will be impacted by AI over the next ten years – and these will not just be routine, low-skilled jobs, but also traditional blue collar sectors such as journalism, law or financial services. Productivity and revenue should rise as costs are cut, but the societal disruption will be enormous.
AI is often invisible, raising issues of transparency and accountability. It is itself a neutral tool, without morality, but the ethics of its use are complex. Establishing codes of conduct and social norms as the first step to any regulation is urgently necessary at intergovernmental, international level. Regulation – as well as the standardisation necessary for it to function in a multi-vendor ecosystem environment – is further complicated by AI’s inherent structure as an active machine, learning in real time with real data.
AI is here – and growing fast. There is an increasingly urgent need to bring together key stakeholders from government, industry and academia to debate its impact on a neutral platform such as ITU Telecom World 2018, the leading tech event organised by ITU, the UN lead agency for ICTs. Making AI democratic, fair and equitable is a challenge that cannot be met by any one single stakeholder.
Experts at ITU Telecom World 2017 last year felt that its first use cases and greatest impact would be economic rather than social: AI will go where the money is, or can be made.  In some sectors, if you are not yet using AI, you are two years behind the curve. But the size of the opportunity is so great, the potential so huge, that it is far from too late.

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The potential negative effects of AI include social and economic disruption, in particular in the job market; the deepening of inequality; the danger of inherent bias; major issues of transparency, security and accountability; the lack of an internationally-agreed ethical code. Now is the time for contingency plans, for preparation and education throughout governments, industries and societies.
There is downside, after all, to both deploying AI and not deploying it.
AI will be a key component of discussions at ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban, South Africa, 10 -13 September, providing the diverse perspectives of international experts from government, industry, SMEs and academia. Find out more at http://telecomworld.itu.int/



Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst

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La Vida Port Harcourt Kicks Off Today

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La Vida Port Harcourt, also known as the festival of colors is an event that’s going to be held at Pleasure Park Port Harcourt, and it’s one of the most exciting events you wouldn’t want to miss.
La Vida Port Harcourt Kicks Off Today 15There’ll be games, fun filled events and lots of fun so if you’re within Port Harcourt and it’s environs you definitely shouldn’t miss this.La Vida Port Harcourt Kicks Off Today 16It’s just a few days to Christmas and it’s Weekend so come out and chill out with your friends and also meet new people.La Vida Port Harcourt Kicks Off Today 17
Endless fun awaits you. Dates – 22nd – 23rd December 

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How To Easily Start A Blog On WordPress With Free Themes

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Do
you wish to start up a new WordPress blog
or website and wondering how to do it on a budget? Well, WordPress is a free,
open source CMS that allows for 100% customization. In this short guide, I am
going to show you how you can start a WordPress blog/website on a budget or
without any technical knowledge.
This
guide would come in handy to bloggers who intends moving from their blogging
platform to WordPress, web hobbyist, and those who just bought a WordPress
hosting server
and wondering how to put their business online.

The pre-requisites to starting a new WordPress blog?

To
start a blog/website on WordPress, there are some important things you must
have beforehand. Under listed are some of these fundamental tools.
ü  A registered domain name (e.g. naijatechguy.com)
ü  A web hosting account (shared, cloud or
VPS
)
ü  Reliable internet connection
They
are just the three primary
requirements for starters
. Any hosting package you buy comes with a
cPanel (control panel/dashboard) where you can manage your files and websites.
It is on this cPanel that you’d gain access to create your first free WordPress
blog/website.
There
are lots of packages available in the cPanel, among them is Softaculous App
Installer
. This package offers you free access to install various CMS
platforms freely and easily. All the packages on cPanel are important and serve
for specific purposes. But since our interest is on creating WordPress websites,
we’ll only focus on Softaculous App Installer.

Starting the blog



#1. Install WordPress



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Log
in to your hosting cPanel and scroll down until you get to the Softaculous Apps
Installer. Now, click on the WordPress Icon to trigger the website installation
process.
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Choose
between quick or custom installation. The “Quick” installation
creates a default WordPress website with preset settings while the “Custom
installation allows you to customize your website from the root.
Now,
you will be required to enter the following details
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ü  Domain name
ü  Desired website name and description
ü  Your admin details (username and
password). Note: This will be what you will use to log in to the website/blog
admin panel/dashboard and it has to be private.
ü  Choose your website language
ü  Scroll down and click on “Install
WordPress”
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After
the website installation, the next thing to do is to start with free themes. To
access your new blog/website admin panel/dashboard, attach /wp-admin
after the initial domain name. This is how your admin WP admin URL looks like; http://tutorial.wordpress.com/wp-admin/.
Log in to your admin dashboard by using the admin details you defined during
the installation.

#Install themes

WordPress
works with highly customizable themes/templates. There are many free themes to
customize the look of your new website. Usually, the screenshot below shows you
how your website will appear immediately after installation.
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This
appearance does not appeal to anyone, so it needs to be changed. To change this
default theme and use a visitor-friendly theme that would interest your visitors,
locate the themes option on your dashboard and click on it. It’s normally found
at– Appearance ==> Themes
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Click
on the “Add new” button
You’ll
be redirected to a new page where you’d find lots of free beautiful themes with
user-friendly templates. However, you can define your theme choice by filtering
the results to the latest, featured, popular, no. of columns, and etc.


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Once
you see a theme you like, hover your mouse over it and click on the preview
button to see what it actually looks like on the front-end (appearance to
visitors).
If you are comfortable with the
preview, go ahead and install the theme as your new website theme. It will
override the previous theme template and your website will now be acceptable to
the people viewing it.
Note: I’ll normally recommend a SEO friendly theme that comes with social
media sharing buttons and newsletter marketing tools. They’re necessary for
your marketing and/or blogging
success
.  

#3.
Customize the free theme to taste

In other to make the theme more
convenient and load faster for your readers, WordPress allows you to customize
the theme’s appearance via a built-in customizer. You can access the customizer
here – Appearance ==> Customizer.
What
more?
Your new website/blog is now up
and running, you should start creating engaging contents that will bring more
traffic to the new website. Also, you may need to install certain plugins
to make your new blog/website modern, attractive, and good enough for
advertisers.

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Breaking News : Diamond Bank Has Been Sold To Access Bank, Customers Express Concern

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I can’t categorically say what’s happening within Diamond Bank but this news may come as a shock to their customers.

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According to the Vanguard :

Access Bank Plc has finally acquired Diamond Bank Plc. According to insiders, the official announcement of the transaction will be made in the course of the week by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, according to TheCable. Another source said confirmed that the deal has been sealed, awaiting final ratification from the regulatory body.

 The acquisition was midwifed by the CBN in a bid to further consolidate the banking industry, sources informed. Last week, Diamond Bank announced its decision to drop its international operating licence to focus on national operations following capitalisation issues.

Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, confirmed the development in a statement released on Friday. Dozie had said: “With this approval, the bank will cease to operate as an international bank. “The re-licensing as a national bank supports Diamond Bank’s objective of streamlining its operations to focus resources on the significant opportunities in the Nigerian retail banking market, and the economy as a whole.

The move follows Diamond Bank’s decision to sell its international operations, which included the disposal of its West African Subsidiary in 2017 and Diamond Bank UK, the sale of which is currently in its final stages.” Broadcasting: NTA drops foreign satellites for NiGCOMSAT1R “The change to national bank status also enables the bank to maintain a lower minimum capital requirement of 10 per cent, as against 15 per cent required for international banks.” The bank recorded its worst month on record in November with share plunging to 0.61k per unit on November 30, 2018.

I wonder what this means for Diamond Bank users, well let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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3 Easy High Paying Tech Jobs You Can Do While ASUU Is On Strike

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I know you might really wish the strike can end so you can resume studies and stop being bored to death at home.  I’m supposed to be in final year once the strike ends so I know how it really feels (I school at Uniport).

To keep myself busy during this strike, I multitask a lot – develop websites, blog, do graphics design jobs and develop user interfaces and experiences. These are actually stuffs I’ve always been doing, the strike just gives me more time to improve myself. So without further ado let me get started with the 3 Easy High Paying Tech Jobs You Can Do While ASUU Is On Strike.

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1. UX/UI Designing

A UX/UI Designer is a person that designs how and app, website or software would look like and how it would work.  UX/UI designer jobs can pay between 50k – 1.2m  and the minimum amount is set by you as a designer or by your employer if you aren’t a freelance designer. As a UX/UI designer, you have to understand that it’s not just about designing, It’s about making your prototype usable and straightforward.

You can go through my portfolio and see the kind of jobs I’ve done  –

Becoming A UX/UI designer isn’t rocket science but you need to be willing to learn and read a lot.
Make sure to join design communities like Dribbble, Uplabs and Behance.

Softwares you’ll need

  • Adobe XD
  • Sketch (Mac Only)
  • Figma 
  • Invision

Don’t forget to look up some videos on Youtube related to UX/UI. Stay Creative.

2. Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is another high paying job you may want to check out. It’s just about selling products online and promoting them to the right audience. You will need a Facebook Page for this.
Now you don’t have to be the owner of the product before you do this, you can simply go to a shop ask the owner for the price of certain goods. Add your profit to the the price of the products and also let customers know that they might need to pay a shipping fee. 
Once you are done run the advert on Facebook and attend to your customers. Remember the key to a successful marketing business are happy customers, try to give them discounts and watch as your business will grow online. 
I can teach you more about targeting ads on social media to get more customers, if you are interested – I can send you my E-book with a detailed step by step tutorial on how to do that. The price of the E-book is N1,500.  Send me a whatsapp message +2348134375481. (Non Nigerians can make payment via paypal)

3.Graphic Design Jobs

Graphic designing would get you thousands of jobs online and if you can promote yourself well , you would get more jobs.You will need a Facebook Page for this as well. If you are good with design tools like Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator here’s what you should do.
  • Create About 7 Random Logo Designs
  • Run An Advert On Facebook and promote the designs
  • On the ad mention that you are designing logos for a really low price – maybe N2,500 
  • Add your whatsapp number to the ad so they can contact you
  • Wait for your customers

Here’s the logic here, you promote the ad with around 2k or 3k to make the ad reach more than 10,000 targeted people.  Let’s assume 100 people out of the 10,000 people contact you. 2,500 x 100 is equivalent to N250K .

So you earned 250k from an Ad  you promoted with around N2500-N4000. These days you work smart not extra hard.

If you can’t use Photoshop or don’t have a laptop, you can buy my Ebook, I mentioned how to design without photoshop skills and also designing on a phone on the device. Cheers

I can
teach you more about targeting ads on social media to get more
customers, if you are interested – I can send you my E-book with a
detailed step by step tutorial on how to do that. The price of the
E-book is N1,500.  Send me a whatsapp message +2348134375481. (Non
Nigerians can make payment via paypal)



If you have any questions – mail [email protected]


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Holiday Shopping Deal – Get A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner on Amazon

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Black Friday is nearly upon us and Amarey is set to sweep buyers off their feet in the deal frenzy with big discounts to enable people get this smart vacuum cleaner.

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Amarey A800 robotic vacuum cleaner adopts 360°Anti-Collision and comprehensive, intelligent drop sensor safety technology with anti-scratch glass top cover for protection.


ULTRA-THIN DESIGN & ENLARGED CLEANING

Its 2.7IN low-profile body means the A800 robotic vacuum could work under furniture and chairs along with every nook, cranny and sticky mat. It could easily drill into small gaps in the TV cabinet, sofa, and bed.

SMART CLEANING FOR YOU – 1400Pa powerful suction mode force strongly to seamlessly clean from all floor to medium-pile carpet, and A800 robotic vacuum cleaner could cooperate with 4 kinds of cleaning modes: automatic, spot, edge, single room to easy cleaning for a spotlessly clean home.

UPGRADED 3-POINT CLEANING SYSTEM – Triple filter (washable Pre-filter/Sponge/ High-efficiency filter), dual side brushes, and powerful suction ensure a thorough clean.


HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY & AUTO CHARGING -Powered by a 2600mAh high-capacity Li-ion battery, the vacuum cleaner supports up to 100 minutes powerful suction cleaning. It seeks automatically the charging dock after it is finished or on low battery

For celebrating thanksgiving holiday, Amarey cleaner is going to low its price to $180.59 (14% off ),

If you’d like to get this automatic cleaner for your family, Click  here with the code: DT8EBSOF

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Would You Buy This 24 Million Naira Curved LG Television On Jumia

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While the Black Friday sales are still ongoing , Jumia is offering this Massive LG Curved 4K UHD Smart LED TV – 105″ -104.6″ Diagonal.

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For just ₦24,327,620. I can’t say if the TV would show you the future but you can buy it to find out.

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Meet The Babahu X1 Tooth Brush – The World’s Most Intelligent Toothbrush

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Have you ever imagined a toothbrush that walks to your bed to wake you up and tell you it’s time to brush?  lol.

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If you believed the first sentence you just read , your senses must be out of this world.  You should know I’m just pulling your legs. I want to introduce you to a smart toothbrush, it doesn’t walk to your bed to wake you up but it’s definitely smart.  So let’s get down to what you need to know about this smart brush.

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The Babahu X1 , the world’s first AI Powered Hand Free Toothbrush launches at 9am, Nov.21(Wed), EST. From now on, by only pressing one button you can get intelligent , fully clean brush  by built-in smart AI algorithms to brush at different vibration frequencies efficiently.

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It is based on the Bass method of brushing and suitable for adults as well as children. It’s safe and hygienic with FDA approved quality. To be the first backers now, you can get exclusive price up to 50% off.  Like most success stories, the babahu AI-Powered hand free toothbrush started with an idea.

The brush head is made out of an edible medical grade silica gel containing bacteriostat that is moulded into the unibodyof the brush at a high temperature of 300 Degrees Celsius. This design effectively stops the breeding of harmful bacteria that is usually found on traditional toothbrushes. The own patented U-shape mouth design featuring 6D bristles at a 45 degree angle with the teeth.

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The brush body adopts a magnetic levitation sonic motor with a vibration frequency of 18,000-40000 per minute, which is suitable for
people’s different oral conditions and applies the AI algorithms automatically that recognize when the brush head is connected. There is a one key operation mode and two modes of Clean and Gum Care. Kids’ version has an in-built voice algorithm: bite strength alerts, brush head usage and brushing stage details.

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Moreover, babahu X1 also equipped with wireless charging base, then you can take up to 3 brush heads at a time and charges in just 2 hours which provides up to 30 days of standby.
How to use babahu X1?

1.Squeeze foam toothpaste on both sides of the U-shape brush head.
2.Gently bite the U-groove of the brush head.
3. One press of the start button the super soft bristles will begin to clean your teeth thoroughly.

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We are excited to inform you that babahu X1 will be launched on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo now. The earliest gears can be delivered out in January,2019.

Don’t hesitate it! Get Super Deals here!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/babahu-x1-1st-ai-powered-hand-free-toothbrush/x/19478195#/

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