CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

Ella, the virtual police of New Zealand

New Zealand police are experimenting with an online artificial intelligence device to record complaints. The Ella program looks like a police officer on a computer screen or a smartphone screen. The constant flows of information that pass through the gigantic data centers of the web are analyzed by computer programs qualified by researchers of "intelligent". These powerful analytical systems are of interest to judicial authorities in all countries of the world. Some to prevent crime, others to try the guilty in automated courts.


The New Zealand police have chosen a different path by turning their police into a receptionist. Its device, based on an artificial intelligence program, is being tested in several police stations. It all started with an observation by the authorities, only 25% of crimes are reported in the country. In question, the endless queues at the police stations and the anxiety of some victims give up filing a complaint for fear of being little listened to or misunderstood by their human interlocutor. But here's Ella, a connected artificial intelligence whose appearance on a computer screen, smartphone or that of a dedicated kiosk that has been installed in the streets, looks like a police officer in full uniform.

Its image made from 26 different people inspires sympathy, according to its creators. The machine is able to respond without a prior to all the questions that are asked, victims of crime or assault then feel more confident and end up filing a complaint more easily. This is not the first time that police authorities around the world have used this technological subterfuge. Some programs already make it possible to determine, in real time, whether the complaint lodged by a person is admissible, in the United Kingdom, in Spain and even to the European Court of Human Rights by using an AI to deal with the accumulation of pending files.


Technologies based on facial recognition are used to prevent crimes in cities, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and especially in China. “Minority Report” prediction systems that “would inevitably generate a police and totalitarian state? Wondered, moreover, Philip K. Dick in 1956 while writing his new range on the screen in 2002 by the director Steven Spielberg. However, the system of New Zealand does not have the ambition to track its citizens by simply registering your complaint. This three-month experiment will, if successful, be extended to the whole country.