An epidemic of loneliness is sweeping the workplace, and it could be hurting job performance and loyalty. Employees today spend half their day using technology to communicate, rather than relying on face-to-face or phone conversations, finds a new study from human resource advisory firm Future Workplace and Virgin Pulse, a company that works with businesses to improve employees' health. Slightly more than half of workers said they always or very often feel lonely as a result, according to the study, which is published in a new book called "Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation" by Future Workplace Research Director Dan Schawbel. The study interviewed over 2,000 managers and employees in 10 countries. The ubiquity of technology in the workplace has helped millions of workers turn to telecommuting, a benefit that many employees crave because it cuts out travel time and provides more flexibility. But remote workers appear to be more … [Read more...] about How technology can lead to loneliness in the workplace
Santa Clara-based Lucid today announced a partnership with Taipei manufacturer Via Technologies to embed its 3D Fusion technology with the former’s Edge AI 3D developer kit, a plug-and-play hardware solution designed for dual-camera phones, drones, laptops, autonomous vehicles, robots, and security cameras. Lucid’s unique 3D Fusion computer vision platform relies on two camera lenses spaced a specific distance apart, and uses a combination of machine learning and historical data to measure depth in real time. It enables features like gesture control, augmented and virtual reality object tracking, and high-quality smartphone portrait photos. “Through this exciting partnership, VIA and Lucid together are tackling the fast scaling required by depth sensing with our Edge AI platforms and systems,” Richard Brown, vice president of international marketing at Via, said. “We see major applications not only for security cameras, but also smart retail, robots, … [Read more...] about Lucid teams up with Via Technologies for depth-sensing cameras
For the most part, the National Health Service (NHS) remains obstinately un-joined up. One example: a friend recently phoned the hospital to get some more medicine, but the nurse didn't have access to the relevant paper notes, which had already been sent back to the GP.'Why don't you know what dose you were on?' the nurse asked, rather accusingly, struggling to work out the likely prescription. 'Well, why don't you?' the frustrated patient shot back.The sort of seamless click-and-collect experience that shoppers expect when dealing with a retailer are a long way from the daily reality of the NHS, where patients find themselves repeating the same information over and over again, dealing with lost files and failures to communicate. Beyond being just irritating, the lack of joined-up systems across the NHS is holding back progress and can be positively dangerous.In a recent speech, the newly appointed Health Secretary Matt Hancock painted a grim picture of the current state of technology … [Read more...] about NHS and technology: Making the case for innovation
Exactly 100 years ago on Sunday, after unleashing destruction on utterly new dimensions, the Great War ended. It was a war in which governments and generals struggled to adapt command structures and battlefield strategies to take account of transformative technologies. A war in which infantry assaults and cavalry charges were met with new belt-fed machine guns and breech loading artillery pieces. A war where, behind the lines, railways brought troops to the front and enabled their resupply in previously unimaginable number. In which the mechanisation of the industrial revolution brought factory-floor scale to the killing. A war in which startling innovations like tanks, air power and poison gas... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about The future of war: Will new technology unleash greater bloodshed than in 1918?
Published 3:30 pm CST, Friday, November 9, 2018 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc. (SVVC) on Friday reported third-quarter net income of $26.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The San Jose, California-based company said it had net income of $3.67 per share. Losses, adjusted for investment gains, were $1.58 per share. The technology investment fund posted revenue of $975,400 in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $975,000. Firsthand Technology Value Fund shares have risen 39 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Friday, shares hit $12.45, a climb of 54 percent in the last 12 months. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on SVVC at https://www.zacks.com/ap/SVVC … [Read more...] about Firsthand Technology Value Fund: 3Q Earnings Snapshot