The development of ‘intelligent systems’ has led to the rapid appearance of an entirely new category of device, many of which would’ve been resigned to science fiction not so long ago. Usually being constructed upon some form of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology, intelligent systems can be defined as ‘technologically advanced machines which have the capability to interact with the world around them as well as, if not better than, a human being’. Smart technology is already starting to reformulate our home life, with appliances like the Roomba and virtual assistants like Amazon’s Echo proving to be immensely popular.However, where these systems may prove to be most impactful will be through their deployment within our wider economy. We are currently on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution. One which will see these intelligent systems permeate their way into our work world en masse. The ground work for this is … [Read more...] about Industrial Revolution 4.0: How can we ensure that individuals aren’t left behind by the rise of AI?
Technology changing the face of education
Virtual reality (VR) has been around for a while now, and in many ways has kind of faded into the background.TechRadar's VR MonthTechRadar and PC Gamer are diving deep into virtual reality this month with a series of guides, how-tos, and features digging into every aspect of VR that we're simply calling VR Month. It's all being made possible by Oculus, which stepped up to support this month-long project. Thanks, Oculus!But, imagine for a second what this technology could mean for the future – particularly for education. Students today can virtually visit ancient Rome, walk around in a volcano or even visit distant planets – there’s no limit to the benefits that virtual reality offers students.The VR education gold rush has already started in earnest, with startups like ClassVR and Unimersiv crafting education-based VR experiences for students of every age – even vocational training for adults. Think about it, if most people learn best through their own … [Read more...] about Headsets in the classroom: how VR is changing the way we learn
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons Supported by At War ByKelsey D. Atherton Nov. 15, 2018 It’s a freezing, snowy day on the border between Estonia and Russia. Soldiers from the two nations are on routine border patrol, each side accompanied by an autonomous weapon system, a tracked robot armed with a machine gun and an optical system that can identify threats, like people or vehicles. As the patrols converge on uneven ground, an Estonian soldier trips and accidentally discharges his assault rifle. The Russian robot records the gunshots and instantaneously determines the appropriate response to what it interprets as an attack. In less than a second, both the Estonian and Russian robots, commanded by algorithms, turn their weapons on the human targets and fire. When the … [Read more...] about Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons
“Yesterday after I wrote to you, I had an attack of asthma,” Marcel Proust wrote to his mother in 1901. “[It] obliged me to walk all doubled up and light anti-asthma cigarettes at every tobacconist’s I passed.” While that sounds a bit crazy by 2018 standards, Proust was far from alone: “Medicated cigarettes marketed for respiratory complaints continued to be endorsed, and smoked, by doctors until well after the Second World War,” writes medical historian Mark Jackson. Of course, tobacco eventually joined the list of treacherous substances once thought to be healthy and subsequently discovered to be harmful, keeping excellent company alongside radium and mercury. It's enough to make people constantly wonder what else might make it onto the list of friends turned foe. Could coffee be next? Processed meat? There has been a steady stream of worry that digital media could be next. According to mountains of thinkpieces and concerned … [Read more...] about What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?
The worlds of finance and procurement are about to change forever, and we are now at the turning point of this revolution. Often regarded as the most conservative echelon of the modern enterprise, today's CFOs and CPOs are embracing new technologies, deploying automation, deep analytics and machine learning techniques to simplify financial and procurement operations and spend smarter.As technology advances into the workplace, the traditional roles of finance personnel are changing as more processes are automated and data "crunching" takes the heavy lifting out of day-to-day routines. The change challenges professionals too, whose previous core competencies are now the primary remit of AI algorithms.The concern for many is whether we are facing a future where automation displaces the human mind and therefore the traditional careers within finance. A major challenge for the modern CFO and CPO is to transform teams to take advantage of these new technologies. Employees in our industry are … [Read more...] about Superfinance – The merging of mind & machine in finance & procurement