Top 10 in Tech – November 2023

Every month, we gather the hottest news in the tech world and wrap it up in our Top 10 in Tech news collection. Take a quick tour and learn the latest news in the tech world.

Ekin TorunContent Editor

November 27, 2023
6min read

1- How factories are deploying AI on production lines

The use of AI in manufacturing is on the rise, with a recent survey showing that 89% of nearly 1,800 manufacturing executives aim to implement AI in their production processes. PepsiCo’s Coventry factory is deploying AI-powered sensors created by tech firm Augury to listen for indications of hardware faults in machines, helping increase efficiency and reduce downtime. These sensors have been trained on vast amounts of audio data to detect faults like conveyor belt wear and bearing issues, allowing for predictive maintenance and advanced scheduling. AI-powered computer vision is also being employed to detect product defects at scale, particularly in intricate items like computer chip wafers and circuit boards.

Source: BBC News

2- The High-Tech Future Of Fitting Rooms

Retailers have long discussed the reinvention of fitting rooms, leveraging technological advancements for a more enhanced shopping experience. Innovations include smart mirrors enabling customers to visualize themselves in various outfits without changing clothes and mirrors providing suggestions based on body type and fit. Despite these possibilities, meaningful implementations of futuristic fitting rooms have been scarce in retail stores.

Source: Forbes

3- UK to build new satellite to monitor climate crisis and natural disasters

The UK will contribute £3 million to fund and construct a new spacecraft as part of the £70 million Atlantic Constellation project, which aims to develop a group of satellites for monitoring the Earth. This project, in collaboration with Spain and Portugal, will focus on providing valuable and regularly updated data to detect, monitor, and mitigate the risks of natural disasters, contributing to global efforts addressing climate change. Open Cosmos, based in Oxfordshire, will co-fund the initiative.

Source: TheGuardian

4- How AI could power the climate breakthrough the world needs

ClimateAi, a Silicon Valley startup, is using artificial intelligence (AI) to help tomato growers in central India cope with the impact of extreme weather events. The AI platform assesses how vulnerable crops are to warming temperatures by analyzing climate, water, and soil data for specific locations. In a case study in Maharashtra, India, the platform predicted a 30% decrease in tomato output over the next two decades due to extreme heat and drought. This information allowed farmers to adjust their business plans, choosing more climate-resilient seed varieties and altering planting times. Climate researchers believe AI can revolutionize efforts to address the climate crisis by optimizing decisions, resources, and weather models. However, concerns arise about the environmental impact of the infrastructure supporting AI, particularly energy-consuming data centers.

Source: CNN

5 – Microsoft Office will now use AI to make meetings less painful

Microsoft has unveiled new features for its Copilot AI add-on in Microsoft 365, maintaining the $30 per person per month pricing. The enhancements include Copilot Studio, enabling corporate workers to integrate data from business software like ServiceNow and Workday. In Teams, Copilot can now answer real-time meeting questions, record live notes, and create chat messages with tone changes. Additionally, Copilot aids in planning meetings in Outlook, generates AI-based slides in PowerPoint, and accepts formatting preferences in Word and PowerPoint. The updates aim to boost the value of Copilot, addressing concerns about its price point. The features were revealed at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Seattle.

Source: CNBC

6- Cyber Monday Forecast Boosted After Record Online Holiday Sales

The revised Cyber Monday forecast comes after a strong Thanksgiving weekend for US retailers, who typically experience a significant portion of their sales and profits during this annual shopping extravaganza. Online spending by US shoppers reached $10.3 billion over Saturday and Sunday, marking a 7.7% increase compared to the previous year. Analysts are closely monitoring this year’s holiday shopping season to gauge the resilience of the American consumer, especially as pandemic-era savings diminish and interest rates remain at a more than 20-year high.

Source: Bloomberg

7- Here’s What’s Next for SpaceX’s Starship

SpaceX’s Starship, in its second near-orbital test flight, achieved significant technical milestones, including successful stage separation and reaching an altitude of about 150 kilometers. Despite the promising start, the booster detonated over the Gulf of Mexico, and an unknown issue triggered the Starship’s self-destruct system near the end of the second-stage burn. SpaceX officials emphasized the advancements and successful aspects of the test, acknowledging the need for further improvements. The next steps involve addressing the cause of the lost signal, preparing for reentry, and ensuring launch infrastructure functionality. SpaceX plans an early 2024 third test flight, targeting a global journey, reentry, and splashdown near Hawaii.

Source: Wired

8- ChatGPT-maker OpenAI hosts first big tech showcase as AI startup faces growing competition

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, introduced new chatbot products at its inaugural developer conference in San Francisco. OpenAI unveiled GPT-4 Turbo, a more capable version that can retrieve information about events as recent as April 2023, addressing a limitation in previous versions. The company also presented GPT-4V, a version with vision capabilities for image analysis. Additionally, OpenAI introduced a new line of products, GPTs, allowing users to customize their own versions of ChatGPT for specific tasks.

Source: CNBCNews

9- Could airports make hydrogen work as a fuel?

Heathrow Airport, faced with the challenge of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, explores alternatives to traditional jet fuel. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is already in use, but doubts persist about its cost-effectiveness and scalability. Hydrogen is gaining interest, particularly in its liquid form, which requires extra insulation due to its extremely low temperature. France’s Air Liquide, experienced in supplying cryogenic hydrogen for rockets, is investigating hydrogen’s potential in aviation. Universal Hydrogen, a startup, proposes a solution involving special modules for transporting liquid hydrogen to airports, avoiding the need for complex infrastructure. The modules could power regional flights, with test flights planned for the future.

Source: BBC

10- Chip Wars of 2024: Will a Cell Phone Take the Laptop Crown?

The chip manufacturing industry, led by AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, is speculated to bring smartphone capabilities to a level that rivals traditional laptops. Companies are investing in technologies that prioritize AI and enhance battery life, challenging the dominance of laptops. OpenAI’s ChatGPT is also exploring the development of a neural processing unit (NPU) to replace GPUs for high-performance language models. Amidst this, the rise of smartphones threatens laptops, with Qualcomm and Lenovo positioned as potential winners. The landscape in 2024 will witness a fierce competition, and the outcome may reshape perceptions of laptops, desktop PCs, and smartphones.

Source: TechNewsWorld