Australian business brings cutting edge global 3D printing technology to local market
Privately owned Australian business evok3d has been announced as one of the key authorised providers of HP’s new production-ready 3D printing system, set to disrupt the additive manufacturing industry.
HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will deliver superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster, and at half the cost of other current 3D printing technologies available on the market.
evok3d’s nomination as a key distributor for the cutting edge printing technology, is a significant win for the Melbourne based business. The fast-growing company, now in its fourth year of operation, provides the market with broadest range of 3D printing technologies across the Oceania region.
Once available in Australia, HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will revolutionise design, prototyping and local manufacturing.
The new HP printing solution is the result of decades of research and expertise in precision mechanics and material sciences. Developed in conjunction with industry partners including Nike, BMW and Siemens, the HP printer has the ability to address more than 340 million voxels per second, versus one point at a time, enabling radically faster build speeds, functional parts and breakthrough cost savings. It offers customers an unprecedented ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customisation.
Joe Carmody, Managing Director evok3d, said the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will ensure a combination of speed, quality and production savings never seen in the industry. “Businesses and manufacturers can completely rethink how they design and deliver solutions to their customers”, he said.
The advantages of this cost-effective printing solution, and the ability for it to create en masse customised parts, has the potential to transform a range of industries including orthotics, prosthetics, auto parts and motorsport, biomedical, movie and stage props, defence and aerospace industries.
Global brands BMW and Nike have expressed early excitement in the new printing technology and the opportunities the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution will provide to disrupt the market through cost effective serial part production and personal customization.
Chinese Firm Taigusys Launches Emotion-Recognition System
In a detailed investigative report, the Guardian reported that Chinese tech company Taigusys can now monitor facial expressions. The company claims that it can track fake smiles, chart genuine emotions, and help police curtail security threats. ‘Ordinary people here in China aren’t happy about this technology, but they have no choice. If the police say there have to be cameras in a community, people will just have to live with it’, said Chen Wei, company founder and chairman. ‘There’s always that demand, and we’re here to fulfil it’.
Who Will Use the Data?
As of right now, the emotion-recognition market is supposed to be worth US$36bn by 2023—which hints at rapid global adoption. Taigusys counts Huawei, China Mobile, China Unicom, and PetroChina among its 36 clients, but none of them has yet revealed if they’ve purchased the new AI. In addition, Taigusys will likely implement the technology in Chinese prisons, schools, and nursing homes.
It’s not likely that emotion-recognition AI will stay within the realm of private enterprise. President Xi Jinping has promoted ‘positive energy’ among citizens and intimated that negative expressions are no good for a healthy society. If the Chinese central government continues to gain control over private companies’ tech data, national officials could use emotional data for ideological purposes—and target ‘unhappy’ or ‘suspicious’ citizens.
How Does It Work?
Taigusys’s AI will track facial muscle movements, body motions, and other biometric data to infer how a person is feeling, collecting massive amounts of personal data for machine learning purposes. If an individual displays too much negative emotion, the platform can recommend him or her for what’s termed ‘emotional support’—and what may end up being much worse.
Can We Really Detect Human Emotions?
This is still up for debate, but many critics say no. Psychologists still debate whether human emotions can be separated into basic emotions such as fear, joy, and surprise across cultures or whether something more complex is at stake. Many claim that AI emotion-reading technology is not only unethical but inaccurate since facial expressions don’t necessarily indicate someone’s true emotional state.
In addition, Taigusys’s facial tracking system could promote racial bias. One of the company’s systems classes faces as ‘yellow, white, or black’; another distinguishes between Uyghur and Han Chinese; and sometimes, the technology picks up certain ethnic features better than others.
Is China the Only One?
Not a chance. Other countries have also tried to decode and use emotions. In 2007, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched a heavily contested training programme (SPOT) that taught airport personnel to monitor passengers for signs of stress, deception, and fear. But China as a nation rarely discusses bias, and as a result, its AI-based discrimination could be more dangerous.
‘That Chinese conceptions of race are going to be built into technology and exported to other parts of the world is troubling, particularly since there isn’t the kind of critical discourse [about racism and ethnicity in China] that we’re having in the United States’, said Shazeda Ahmed, an AI researcher at New York University (NYU).
Taigusys’s founder points out, on the other hand, that its system can help prevent tragic violence, citing a 2020 stabbing of 41 people in Guangxi Province. Yet top academics remain unconvinced. As Sandra Wachter, associate professor and senior research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, said: ‘[If this continues], we will see a clash with fundamental human rights, such as free expression and the right to privacy’.