In the ongoing dialogue surrounding automation, one oddity persists: Everyone fears that jobs will disappear, but no one wants to acknowledge the benefits to consumers. Critics (especially in the U.S.) are more afraid of temporary setbacks than they are excited for economic liberation. It’s a different story overseas, with one New Zealand company enabling its team […]
Product and price have been the foundational differentiators in retail for decades. However, in a world plagued with ever-evolving consumer expectations and innovative new competitors, relying on these differentiators is no longer giving brands the competitive advantage they need to thrive among the fierce competition. It’s easier than ever for consumers to perform price comparisons […]
It’s been no secret that the music industry has been struggling over the past couple decades. After years of spiraling album sales, the industry hit a new low in 2016, with just over 100 million units sold — a nearly 14 percent decrease from the previous year, reflecting declines in both physical and digital album […]
In recent years, a lot of media coverage has been devoted to discussing how quickly robots will take our jobs away — and how many of us will be affected. With dire predictions about robots eating up 800 million jobs by 2030, even the most unassuming observers pin the robot job takeover as taking place […]
Predictions of the Robocalypse are everywhere. “Robots Are Winning the Race for Jobs,” headlines The New York Times, which linked workplace automation to the rise of despotic rulers around the world. Elon Musk warns “Robots will do everything better than us.” On one hand, 72 percent of Americans are worried about an automated future (Pew […]
Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has added support for mesh networks, aimed at creating large-scale device networks for automation, sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. It is another update focused on making Bluetooth a more viable option for IoT and many-to-many device communications. Previous updates have included extended range, increased speed, and better […]
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has called on governments to proactively regulate artificial intelligence, before we arrive at the general purpose AI stage. Musk, who also founded non-profit AI research company OpenAI, has stated before his view that AI is an existential threat to humanity and he repeated the same warnings at the National […]
The proliferation of robots and artificial intelligence into the workplace will make social inequality even worse and lead to significant job losses, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group. The report says that while automation will affect a broad range of jobs, the rich will be able to retrain and deploy themselves into […]
Can we call it “PresiDavos?” The World Economic Forum — best known for its annual who’s-who gathering of thinkers in Davos, Switzerland — opened its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco this morning, a new space for accelerating technology and science associated with the current data-driven tech revolution. The center will be a meeting […]
The other day, my 13-year old brought home a not-so-great report card. I wanted to motivate him to do better, so I asked, “What do you want to do with your life?” He looked up at me. Then, he looked down at our dog, sleeping contentedly on the floor. He looked back at me, and […]
Though the Internet of Things (IoT) is booming in the U.S., German manufacturing leaders expect more IoT in their factories in the future. Yibada reported the results of a recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey of 300 U.S. and German manufacturing executives that showed a much greater enthusiasm for IoT by the Europeans. It found […]
Comcast and Alarm.com have announced an agreement to acquire portions of Icontrol Networks, an 11-year old home security company. The multi-deal involves Comcast purchasing the Icontrol Coverage platform, which already powers the Xfinity Home Screen and back-end servers used to control smart home devices. Comcast will also take control of the wholesale business. See Also: […]
Self-driving cars might be available and legal as soon as next year, but questions of whether anyone will purchase them remain prevalent, as 75 percent of Americans are still afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle. To build trust between the human and a self-driving car, a new Columbia University project wants to enable cars […]
Toyota has announced plans to open a new division called Toyota Connected in the United States, focused on building new car technology and humanizing technology added into cars. The new division will be located in Plano, Texas, and will employ around 100 people. Toyota has purchased a 20,000 square foot factory to test the new […]
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