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Indian Railway's first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS), a web-enabled IT application to store data on how many bridges?
Question 1 Explanation:
Goyal felicitated the artists who participated in this initiative by giving them cash awards and appreciation certificates. He also felicitated artists who won the top prize in the national transporter's in-house Station Beautification Contest. They worked for 7 railway stations. This innovative competition was organized among zonal railways in December 2017. More than 62 stations across zonal railways were beautified under this initiative by utilising skills of local artists, mostly using local art form, painting style, local themes or contemporary arts.
Which online firm announces a new AI Technology to fight online child sexual abuse?
Question 2 Explanation:
Google announced launch of a new artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to curb online spreading of contents involving child sexual abuse. The advanced AI technology uses deep neural networks for image processing that will enable identification of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. The new tool will be made available for free to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other industry partners through a new Content Safety API service.
This airport get humanoid robots to assist passengers recently.
Trivandrum International Airport
Cochin International Airport
Chennai International Airport
Mangalore International Airport
Question 3 Explanation:
Officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI) have begun discussions with a few Indian companies to buy humanoid robots in a few months. Chennai airport will get 3 humanoid robots - one on each for domestic arrival, domestic departure and international departure. These robots will guide passengers and offer assistance with the queries.
Which company introduced 'Launchpad Accelerator India', a mentorship program for AI start-ups of India?
Question 4 Explanation:
Google has announced 'Launchpad Accelerator India', a mentorship program that would aim to support Indian start-ups that deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning to build solutions for local needs. The three-month accelerator will provide a cohort of 8-10 Indian start-ups with the mentorship of Google. The start-ups will also get up to $1, 00, 000 of Google Cloud credits.
What is the rank of India in the web-borne threats as per the report of Kaspersky Lab?
Question 5 Explanation:
Kaspersky Lab products detected 48, 093, 743 Internet-borne malware incidents on computers of KSN participants in India. Regarding vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download), infection happened when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from the user and without their knowledge. This is the most used method by cybercriminals for this kind of attacks. During July-September 2018, Kaspersky Lab products detected 68, 405, 291 local malware incidents on computers of KSN participants in India.
15 Facebook planned to build its first data centre in which Asian country?
Question 6 Explanation:
Facebook will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore. It is expected to be opened in 2022. The data centre will be built on an area of 170, 000 square metre.
Google has launched a new video-based Q&A app which allows people to answer questions about themselves, then share those answers directly on Google. The name of the app is;
Question 7 Explanation:
Google has launched a new video-based Q&A app called 'Cameos' on the App Store, which allows people to answer questions about themselves, then share those answers directly on Google. The app is aimed at celebrities and other public figures, who are often the subject of people's Google searches. With the Cameos app, they can address fans' questions in their own voice, instead of leaving the answers up to other websites.
Which of the following launched a 'Digital Literacy Library' providing safety tips for users in 6 Indian languages?
Question 8 Explanation:
Facebook launched a 'Digital Literacy Library' providing safety tips for users in 6 Indian languages. This launch is a part of Facebook's efforts to train 3, 00, 000 people in India on digital literacy by the end of 2018. Digital Literacy Library will help educators in addressing digital literacy and young people in skill development regarding digital safety. The library will be available in 6 Indian languages: Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Facebook is also organising a 2-day child safety hackathon at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
US-based virtual search start-up acquired by Facebook to boost AI capabilities is?
Question 9 Explanation:
In an attempt to enable users shop better using Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, Facebook has acquired US-based virtual search start-up, GrokStyle, at an undisclosed amount. GrokStyle was founded in 2015 and is based in San Francisco, USA.
This plans to add 40 million WiFi users in India by 2019.
Question 10 Explanation:
Google's public WiFi project aims to capture 40 million new users in India by 2019. According to Google and research firm Analysys Mason's study, this move will result in around $20 billion rise in India's GDP. Google has currently partnered with RailTel and Indian Railways to offer public Wi-Fi in railway stations, covering 400 stations with about 7.6 million monthly active Wi-Fi users.
For which company, the European Union fined $5 Billion for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system?
Question 11 Explanation:
The European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. According to the EU, Google's parent company has unfairly favoured its own services by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps Chrome and Search in a bundle with its app store, Play.
Scientists Develop Artificial Pancreas Smartphone app for whom?
Question 12 Explanation:
Scientists have developed an artificial pancreas smartphone app that will help in regulating blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. This app is capable of interfacing wirelessly with glucose monitors, insulin pump devices, and decision-making algorithms. A clinical trial showed that the artificial pancreas system (iAPS) app is safe. The app is effective in regulating glucose levels under challenging conditions and is suitable for use in unconstrained environments.
What is the name of the AI robot, which is launched to the International Space Station (ISS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida?
Question 13 Explanation:
An Artificial Intelligence (AI) robot hardwired to assist astronauts is launched to the International Space Station (ISS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida. The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON), is an English speaking robot which will assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst to conduct experiments on ISS. CIMON is equipped with a microphone on the back, an infrared camera on the front, two batteries, and most importantly, an "offline"button. Once toggled to "offline, "Gerst can be sure nothing he is saying is streamed down to the IBM server on Earth.
Who developed a mobile-based application 'utsonmobile' for cashless ticketing?
Question 14 Explanation:
The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) developed a mobile-based application 'utsonmobile'. The 'utsonmobile' application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.
The name of World's 1st Hindi-Speaking Robot is .....
Question 15 Explanation:
Ranchi-based software developer Ranjit Srivastava is developing the world's first Hindi-speaking humanoid robot, claimed to cost just Rs50, 000 so far. Named Rashmi, the AI-powered robot can also speak Bhojpuri, Marathi, and English, and is equipped with facial expressions and recognition systems. He was inspired to create Rashmi after seeing Hong Kong-made humanoid 'Sophia' in 2016.
MobiKwik's new product to offer instant loan within 90 seconds was named as:
Mortgage Origination Program
Question 16 Explanation:
MobiKwik launched an instant loan approval and disbursal product called 'Boost'. As per the offer, loans of upto Rs 60, 000 can be sanctioned as well as disbursed in a matter of 90 seconds. The approval time for the loan would be 30 seconds based on an innovative risk scoring model called 'Mobiscore'. The minimum amount of loans that can be approved is for Rs. 5000 and the users will have the option to transfer the amount in their bank accounts. They can pay the loan in easy monthly installments of 6-9 months. It is the first-of-its-kind of credit disbursal product that disburses loan amount in the user's mobile wallet.
Turkmenistan launched its first messaging app on 24 December 2018. It was named as;
Question 17 Explanation:
Turkmenistan launched its first messaging app on 24 December 2018. The name of the messaging app is 'BizBarde'. The app will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos, and videos. The application is available via the Google Android platform as well as Apple's iOS and Microsoft Windows.
Which company revealed the World's fastest 1TB microSD card at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019?
Question 18 Explanation:
Two 1 terabyte microSD cards were revealed by companies Western Digital-owned SanDisk and Micron during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD card, which the company claims to be the world's fastest, reaches speeds of up to 160 Mbps. While Micron's card, claimed to be the world's first, reaches speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
The only Indian film which has been included in BBC's 100 best foreign language films list of the 21st century?
The Big City
Question 19 Explanation:
Satyajit Ray's epic masterpiece 'Pather Panchali' has been included in BBC's 100 best foreign language films list of the 21st century. Ray's film, which was released in 1955 and the first in his 'Apu' trilogy, is the only Indian film that find its spot in the BBC list and is placed at number 15. Some of the notable films that featured in the BBC list are - Kurosawa's 'Rashomon ', Wong Kar-wai's 'In the Mood for Love', Andrei Tarkovsky's 'The Mirror', Asghar Farhadi's 'A Separation', Guillermo del Toro's 'Pan's Labyrinth', Ingmar Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal' and Alfonso Cuaron's 'Y Tu Mama Tambien', among others.
DotBook: India's first Braille laptop created by the students from .....
Question 20 Explanation:
Pulkit Sapra, 26, from Delhi and Suman Muralikrishnan, 27, from Chennai, former students and researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have created a laptop for visually-impaired called "DotBook". It is claimed to be the first in India, the laptop has an interface in form of dots or Braille instead of a visual one. Instead of a screen, the laptop displays embossed text in Braille through a touchpad and the users get to feel everything a website has by touching the pad. It is built in Linux and comes with 4 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 64 GB and it can be connected with mobile phones and other laptops to provide a visual display for sighted persons. They have launched two versions of the laptop, one with 20 cell version (Rs 40, 000) and another 40-cell version (Rs 60, 000) - each referring to the number of characters displayed in one line. The 20-Cell Braille Variant has Perkins Keys while the 40-Cell Braille Variant with QWERTY keyboard.
IIT-Madras has designed India's first and indigenous microprocessor. It was named as;
Question 21 Explanation:
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has designed and booted up 'Shakti', which can be used for wireless and networking systems, as well as mobile computing. 'Shakti' is India's first and indigenous microprocessor. Bluespec, an open-source high-level synthesis language was used in making the chips. The concept to design the chip was germinated in 2011 and some preliminary works were carried out. In 2017, the project gained speed with about Rs 11 crore funding from the Indian government.
This country unveiles the worlds most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer recently.
Question 22 Explanation:
US scientists have unveiled the world's most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer named "Summit"that can complete over 200, 000 trillion calculations per second. This supercomputer called Summit will be eight times more powerful than its previous top-ranked system, Titan.
The World's first AI news anchor was unveiled by;
Question 23 Explanation:
Chinese press agency Xinhua unveiled AI-based anchor that can read the news in English and Chinese, as naturally as a professional news anchor. The system, developed with Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou, produces realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions.
US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies was launched the first full-scale transportation capsule recently. The name of the capsule is;
Question 24 Explanation:
US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HyperloopTT launched the first full-scale transportation capsule which will be operational in 2019. The name of the capsule is: "Quintero One". It is a 32-metre 5 tonne capsule that has 72 sensors, 75, 000 rivets and 7, 200 square metres of fibre. It was constructed completely out of a specially made dual-layer smart composite material called "Vibranium"made by HyperloopTT. It can move at speeds of more than 750 miles (1, 200 kilometers) per hour and has a capacity to hold 30 to 40 passengers at a time.
Which is the locomotive algorithm provided in Cheetah 3 robot?
Question 25 Explanation:
Researchers from MIT have designed a four-legged robot called Cheetah 3 that can run, jump onto desks, and climb obstacle-laden stairs without visual sensors. The 40kg robot has been developed with two new algorithms to provide the robot with 'blind locomotion' capabilities. Using those, the robot adjusts its movements and determines how much force to use to perform actions like stepping forward and pulling back and deals with unexpected forces like a kick. The robot can also recover from adverse conditions like being shoved or yanked by relying on "feel"instead of cameras.
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