Central Government Invites Proposals for ‘5G Intelligent Village’ and ‘Quantum Encryption Algorithm’ Initiatives

In a bid to drive innovation and enhance rural life through digital inclusion, the Central government has called for proposals for two ambitious projects: the ‘5G Intelligent Village’ and the ‘Quantum Encryption Algorithm’. This initiative aims to bring together industry leaders, MSMEs, startups, academia, and government departments involved in the technology sector to design, develop, and commercialize telecommunication products and solutions. The ‘5G Intelligent Village’ project is poised to leverage the transformative capabilities of 5G technology to uplift rural communities across India. This initiative targets key areas such as agriculture,…

China Unveils World’s First AI Commander for Military War Games

In a watershed moment highlighting China’s technological prowess, researchers have unveiled the world’s first AI commander designed to lead large-scale computer war games. The AI, known as the “virtual commander,” transcends conventional military simulations by replicating human decision-making processes and incorporating nuanced personality traits and flaws. During simulations involving all branches of the PLA, the AI assumes the role of supreme commander, making critical decisions and adapting rapidly to dynamically evolving scenarios. Traditional simulation systems often lack effective joint command structures at the battle level. Despite operating autonomously within controlled…

Evaluating American Stryker Tanks: A Potential Game-Changer for India’s Army

India and the United States are currently engaged in advanced discussions aimed at jointly manufacturing the latest generation of Stryker Armoured Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs). This initiative forms a crucial part of a broader defence-industrial cooperation roadmap between the two nations, signaling a significant step towards enhancing India’s defence capabilities. Project Overview: The proposed project involves a phased implementation such as Initial procurement of Strykers through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and Transition to joint production in India. Co-development of advanced variants tailored to Indian Army specifications. Operational…

EVM Controversy Continues Post-2024 Elections: Political Uproar and Elon Musk’s Intervention

Controversies over the 2024 Lok Sabha results persist, fueled by EVM tampering allegations and Elon Musk’s remarks. The Mumbai North West returning officer denied EVM manipulation claims, stating EVMs are self-contained and non-programmable, requiring no mobile OTP for unlocking. Rahul Gandhi criticized EVMs as “black boxes,” highlighting concerns about India’s electoral transparency and accountability. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, added to the discourse by advocating for the elimination of electronic voting machines, citing potential vulnerabilities to hacking by humans or AI. Former Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar defended the…

Risk of EVM getting hacked is too high: Elon Musk

The CEO of Tesla and X, Elon Musk, has echoed the stance of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent candidate in the US presidential race, who has called for a return to paper ballots. Both Musk and Kennedy advocate for this change as a means to ensure the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. The push for paper ballots comes amid ongoing debates about the security and reliability of electronic voting systems. Elon Musk expressed support for eliminating electronic voting machines due to the risk of being hacked by…

Indian Army receives high-precision, man-portable suicide drones, ‘Nagastra-1’

The Indian Army has received Nagastra-1, first-of-its-kind man-portable suicide drones, made to precisely hit launch pads, enemy training camps and infiltrators without putting soldiers’ lives in jeopardy. India’s first indigenous suicide drone (Nagastra-1) is capable of operating in extremely cold or high-altitude conditions. These drones have a range of about 30 kilometres and are capable of performing GPS-enabled precise hits with an accuracy of two metres. The ‘Nagastra-1’ drones are likely to provide significant strategic advantages, including precision targeting and flexibility in combat situations. The deployment of these drones marks…

China’s Ant Group invests $2.9 billion in technology research last year

China’s Ant Group announced that it invested a record high 21.19 billion yuan ($2.92 billion) in technology research and development in 2023, with a significant focus on AI technology. This investment was disclosed in the firm’s 2023 sustainability report. In the previous year, Ant Group received approval from the Chinese government to release products powered by its “Bailing” artificial intelligence (AI) large language model to the public. This substantial investment underscores Ant Group’s commitment to advancing AI technology and integrating it into its product offerings. This investment likely supports the…

Indian Startups Surge: Raises $202 Million, Over 100% Increase from Last Week

The Indian startup ecosystem has witnessed a significant resurgence in fundraising activities this week, with startups collectively securing nearly $202 million across 21 deals. Leading the charge in this latest funding spree are cleantech startups, with EV startup Battery Smart emerging as a standout by raising $65 million. In the consumer goods sector, direct-to-consumer (D2C) skincare firm Foxtale successfully raised $18 million in a round led by Singapore-based Panthera Growth Partners. Adding to the momentum, Renee Cosmetics, a popular beauty and makeup brand, secured Rs 100 crore (around $12 million)…

DRDO Unveils the Power of AI with Woman-Led Start-up’s ‘Divya Drishti’

Ingenious Research Solutions Pvt Ltd., a start-up founded by woman entrepreneur Dr. Shivani Verma, has made significant strides in biometric authentication technology with the development of ‘Divya Drishti,’ an advanced AI tool for personal identification. This innovative solution integrates facial recognition with immutable physiological parameters such as gait and skeletal structure, enhancing accuracy and reliability in identifying individuals. The inception of Ingenious Research Solutions traces back to Dr. Verma’s victory in the prestigious Dare to Dream Innovation contest 2.0, a nationwide competition organized by the Defence Research and Development Organisation…

Tesla’s $56 Billion Pay Package for Elon Musk Approved Amidst Controversy

Tesla shareholders approve Musk’s $56B pay package Approval shows strong support for Musk’s leadership Approval doesn’t resolve ongoing Delaware court lawsuit The recent annual shareholder meeting of Tesla in Austin, Texas, became the focal point of a significant decision regarding Elon Musk’s staggering $56 billion pay package. Here’s an extensive analysis of the unfolding events: Resounding Approval Despite Opposition: Despite facing resistance from notable shareholders and proxy firms, Tesla’s shareholders resoundingly voted in favor of Elon Musk’s controversial pay package. This announcement during the shareholder meeting underscored unwavering support for Musk’s…