Connect with us

Tech

Meet Pompeii’s pet robot SPOT

Published

on

SPOT, a quadruped robot, inspecting archaeological spaces and structures in Pompeii

SPOT is capable of inspecting the smallest of spaces and is designed to improve Pompeii’s monitoring operations.

The four legged robot is going to gather and record data in areas undergoing recovery or restoration to help manage the safety of the archaeological site and workers.

SPOT, a quadruped robot to monitor Pompeii’s archaeological sites.

“We wish to test the use of these robots in the underground tunnels that were made by illegal excavators which we are uncovering in the area around Pompeii,” says Pompeii’s Director general, Gabriel Zuchtriegel.

Zuchtriegel also says that the robot will be able to scan the conditions of the tunnels dug by grave robbers which are often ‘extremely precarious’.

SPOT made by the robotics company, Boston Dynamics can operate on different terrains, allowing for a safe automatic inspection. The robot was a part of an experiment that also tested the Leica BLK2FLY, a flying laser scanner that conducts autonomous 3D scans.

Flying 3D scanner and SPOT were a part of a test robot inspection.

The Archaeological park of Pompeii is using integrated technology solutions as part of its Smart@POMPEI project. Its goal is to make Pompeii a smart Archaeological park that works towards sustainable and intelligent management of park.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

Business

TikTok’s parent company loses $7bn

Published

on

TikTok’s Parent company sees losses grow as it tries to outplay Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has experienced a loss of more than $7 billion dollars in operating costs, tripling last year’s records.

The company attributes the huge loss to its massive investment in global growth. It detailed the results in a financial report which was provided to internal stakeholders.

In the first quarter of 2022, the company recorded a profit in its operating costs, with the company’s revenue expanding by more than 80% to $61.7 billion in 2021.

But expenses that are focused on expanding its products worldwide continue to swell at a rapid rate.

While TikTok is one of ByteDance’s most successful and well-known products, the company owns a wide range of digital platforms including: Douyin, Toutiao, Vigo Video, Helo, Lark and BytePlus. In total, it attracts hundreds of millions of users in China alone and 1 billion TikTok users worldwide.

The internal report was emailed to all ByteDance’s 130,000 employees. In a note of assurance, company execs “remain confident in the strength of our business and organisation.”

The ability for ByteDance to continue to invest in the company’s growth is clearly a strong advantage the company has over its competitors in the market.

A new report found Australians spent more time on TikTok in the last 12 months than on Facebook, a leader for many years in the space.

With other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube scrambling to compete with TikTok, it seems ByteDance must have a long-term expansion strategy in mind.

The company is evidently trying to arrive at a place where such massive losses relating to operating will be a distant memory.

Continue Reading

Business

Australian government will temporarily change telco laws amid Optus data breach

Published

on

Australians impacted by the Optus data breach are set to be given greater protection as authorities scramble to protect the personal information that was leaked online

Today, the Australian federal government has announced it will temporarily change the country’s telecommunication laws, paving the way for Optus to share sensitive data.

The move will see the divers licenses, alongside Medicare and passport numbers of impacted customers provided to financial institutions.

Allowing enhanced monitoring for those who were compromised in the cyberattack.

Optus will be working hand-in-hand with banks to monitor fraudulent activity, hopefully avoiding any breaches.

The government says all of the personal information must be immediately destroyed once it is no longer deemed necessary.

When announcing the changes, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said financial institutions have been proactive throughout this process – but elements of the Optus response have previously been criticised.

The breach affected nearly 10 million customers and former customers, sending the country into a panic.

Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers says this latest move is designed to help keep impacted residents safe from cyber crime.

This unprecedented move now sits with the Governor General who is required to give final approval.

Australians are told the regulations will remain in place for a period of 12 months.

Continue Reading

Business

Another twist in the Musk and Twitter deal

Published

on

The trial between Twitter and Elon Musk is still set to go ahead

The trial between Twitter and Elon Musk is set to go ahead, in a strange series of events. This comes despite Musk’s recent change of heart over the deal to buy the social media platform

Delaware Court judge Kathaleen McCormick says neither party has applied for a “stay” in the action. Now, proceedings are still due to begin on October 17.

This comes a day Musk performed a U-turn, deciding to go ahead with the multi-billion dollar deal to buy the social media giant.

Musk’s lawyer says his client has “reconsidered his position” and is now “committed to completing the transaction.”

The transaction values Twitter at $54.20 per share, bringing the total sale price to around 44 billion.

The trial was scheduled to run over five days with Twitter arguing the Tesla CEO should be required to complete the transaction.

Musk launched a counterclaim, alleging the company suffered a substantial reduction in its value, rendering the deal invalid.

Continue Reading

Trending Now

Copyright © 2022 The Ticker Company PTY LTD