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Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., announced at its Internet of Things (IoT) industry analyst workshop that the company is currently shipping more than 1 million chips per day for the Internet of Things.

This momentum reflects Qualcomm Technologies' unique ability to invent and deliver the technologies needed for the IoT, and to meet challenging customer requirements for interoperability, connectivity, compute and security.

The company uses its technical expertise to design platforms that help customers commercialize IoT products quickly and cost-effectively in areas including wearables, voice and music, connected cameras, robotics and drones, home control and automation, home entertainment, and commercial and industrial IoT.

"We are focused on significantly expanding capabilities at the edge of the network by supporting everyday objects with the connectivity, compute and security technologies required to build a powerful Internet of Things, where devices are smart, convenient, work well together and incorporate advanced security features," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"While hundreds of brands have shipped over 1.5 billion IoT products using our solutions, we are just getting a glimpse of the benefits that the IoT can deliver, with analysts estimating that IoT applications could have a total economic impact of up to 11 trillion dollars a year by 2025. We have built strong capabilities on top of our leadership in mobile inventions, and we are innovating in exciting new areas such as deep learning, voice interface and LTE IoT that will power a new generation of IoT devices."

Qualcomm Technologies' traction in IoT spans across a variety of ecosystems. For instance, the company's wearables platforms have been adopted in more than 150 wearable designs, and over 80 percent of Android Wear™ smartwatches launched or announced are based on Snapdragon Wear 2100. In smart homes, more than 125 million TVs, home entertainment and other connected home products from leading brands have shipped using Qualcomm Technologies' connectivity chips.

For commercial and industrial IoT applications, over 30 designs are using the company's MDM9206 modem with multimode support for LTE categories M1 and NB1, E-GPRS and global RF bands. MDM9206 is purposely developed for IoT applications and is commercially available today.

To address this wide variety of ecosystems, form factors and requirements in the IoT, Qualcomm Technologies offers one of the broadest portfolios of chips and platforms, including mobile, multimedia, cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth system-on-chips. These solutions include comprehensive software with platform-specific applications and APIs, as well as support for multiple communication protocols, operating systems and cloud services.

To further help manufacturers develop IoT devices quickly and cost-effectively, Qualcomm Technologies makes available more than 25 production-ready reference design platforms through a network of original design manufacturers (ODMs) for products including voice-enabled home assistants, connected cameras, drones, VR headsets, lighting, appliances and smart hubs/gateways.

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The European Parliament members recently proposed robot “kill switches” as artificial intelligence rapidly advances. A resolution was passed on Thursday, Jan. 12, urging Brussels into action on automation ethics. The campaign was led by Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, Mady Delvaux, who warned that Europe is standing by as robots take on increasingly powerful roles in society, such as autonomous vehicles.

To prepare Europe for the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, Delvaux tabled a resolution at the European Parliament that stressed the need for an EU agency that is dedicated to dealing with A.I. If the resolution is passed, it could force the European Commission to draft laws to tackle these issues head-on.

“A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics,” said Delvaux after a committee vote on her measure. “In order… to ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans, we urgently need to create a robust European legal framework.”

According to reports, the resolution introduced by Delvaux was passed without objection by the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee and now faces a plenary vote which is expected to take place in February 2017.

In her report, Delvaux gave an overview of how robots are gaining more significance in peoples’ lives and that the EU must maintain control of the growth. The report’s recommendations were wide-ranging, including a proposed “kill switch” which would allow humans to shut down robots at the slightest sign of danger.

In an interview with EU affairs website EuroActive, Delvaux warned that without such measures in place, “humanity could face the apocalyptic scenario where robots turn on their human masters.” The same way the EU has regulations for food products and aviation, Delvaux recommends the organization have similar regulations in place for robotics. Most urgently, the report urges the EU to introduce a legal framework for autonomous cars.

Many carmakers want to see robotic cars on the roads by 2020, but difficult questions remain on who would be legally liable in the case of a car crash. Greens MEP Julia Reda, who backed Delvaux’s report, said, “If all decisions of a machine are no longer directly attributable to the actions of a person, it must be clarified who is liable if something goes wrong.”

To fill this void, the MEPs called for an obligatory insurance scheme and a fund to ensure victims are fully compensated in cases of accidents. The report also called for the EU to find ways to help the millions of workers who will inevitably lose their jobs as industries become increasingly automated.

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