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Intelligent Machines: The jobs robots will steal first - BBC News

Intelligent Machines: The jobs robots will steal first - BBC News
Image copyright Thinkstock If you are sitting at a desk, driving a taxi or carrying a hod, stop for a moment and ask: could a robot or machine do this job better? The answer, unfortunately for you, is probably - yes. The debate about whether machines will eliminate the need for human employment is no longer just academic. Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots, while a study from Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. Office workers who do repetitive jobs such as writing reports or drawing up spreadsheets are easily replaced with software but what other jobs are under threat? To find out more about whether your job is at risk of automation in the next two decades, check out the BBC's interactive graphic. Image copyright Transport Systems Catapult For the moment though "the other dude in the car" is in defiant mood. Life's a beach?

'Super Voice' 4G service from Three offers better signal - BBC News Image copyright Thinkstock Mobile phone provider Three has launched a UK service it says will improve reception inside buildings and in rural black spots. Its 4G Super Voice enables customers to make calls and send texts using a lower frequency spectrum. Other networks are looking into introducing the technology, known as Voice Over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE). It currently works on only the Samsung Galaxy S5, but recent iPhone handsets will be added in the coming months. It is being rolled out in: LondonEdinburghExeterBirminghamCardiffManchesterLiverpoolBristol Three said up to 5.5 million customers would have access to the service by 2017. Chief technology officer Bryn Jones said: "By the end of the year, one million of our customers will have access to better indoor coverage and be able to use their phones in more places than ever before."

Planned obsolescence Producers that pursue this strategy believe that the additional sales revenue it creates more than offsets the additional costs of research and development and opportunity costs of existing product line cannibalization. In a competitive industry, this is a risky strategy because when consumers catch on to this, they may decide to buy from competitors instead. Planned obsolescence tends to work best when a producer has at least an oligopoly.[3] Before introducing a planned obsolescence, the producer has to know that the consumer is at least somewhat likely to buy a replacement from them. History and origins of the phrase[edit] The 1923 Chevrolet is cited as one of the earliest examples of annual facelifts in the car industry, because it had a restyled body covering what essentially was nine-year-old technology.[6] In the United States, automotive design reached a turning point in 1924 when the American national automobile market began reaching saturation. Types[edit] Regulation[edit]

Prosthetic Hand Lets Paralysed Man 'Feel' A prosthetic hand wired directly to the brain has allowed a paralysed man to "feel". It is the first time a person has been able to feel physical sensations through a prosthetic device. The technology is so advanced the 28-year-old man could even identify which mechanical finger was being gently touched. The system was designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part of the US Department of Defense. Programme manager Justin Sanchez said: "We've completed the circuit. Video: Aug: 3D-Printing Prosthetics "Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by thoughts are showing great promise, but without feedback from signals travelling back to the brain it can be difficult to achieve the level of control needed to perform precise movements. "By wiring a sense of touch from a mechanical hand directly into the brain, this work shows the potential for seamless bio-technological restoration of near-natural function." Video: Swipe: Robots And Prosthetics

Futurist meals History[edit] No more pasta, as it causes lassitude, pessimism and lack of passionPerfect meals requiring originality and harmony in table setting, including all implements, food aesthetics and tastes, and absolute originality in the foodSculpted foods, including meats whose main appeal is to the eye and imaginationAbolition of the knife and forkUse of perfumes to enhance the tasting experience The Manifesto of Futurist Cooking also proposed that the way in which meals were served be fundamentally changed. For example: Some food on the table would not be eaten, but only experienced by the eyes and noseFood would arrive rapidly and contain many flavors, but only a few mouthfuls in sizeAll political discussion and speeches would be forbiddenMusic and poetry would be forbidden except during certain intervals One of the proposed settings for these "perfect meals" incorporated the Futurist love of machinery. The Italian public was not won over by Marinetti's manifesto regarding cuisine.

Burberry Becomes First Fashion Brand to Launch Apple Music Channel | News & Analysis LONDON, United Kingdom — UK luxury-goods maker Burberry Group Plc introduced a channel on Apple Inc.’s music service in the latest example of the fashion and technology industries coming together. The channel will showcase Burberry’s collaborations with emerging and iconic British talent including Lilla Vargen and Alison Moyet, and feature performances, songs and films alongside regular playlists, the London-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The partnership with Apple is the latest in a series of initiatives by the trenchcoat maker to widen its influence and reinforce its image as a purveyor of cool. The connection between Apple and Burberry is the latest example of fashion and technology colliding. Burberry introduced its Acoustic platform in 2010, promoting emerging artists on both and YouTube. Apple is seeking to catch up with the likes of Spotify Ltd. and Pandora Media Inc. in streaming music. By: Andrew Roberts; editors: Matthew Boyle, Paul Jarvis.

Circuit Scribe: Draw Circuits Instantly by Electroninks Incorporated Collections Sections Categories On Our Radar Start a projectStart Sign in Explore About Support Hello More from Kickstarter Kickstarter, PBC © 2018 Etsy Opens To Manufacturing Taking another step away from being a marketplace known only for “handcrafted” goods to instead focus more broadly on enabling smaller sellers to scale their businesses, online marketplace Etsy announced today it’s launching a new program called Etsy Manufacturing. The service will connect sellers with Etsy-approved manufacturers to help them source production assistance as needed. The move comes two years after Etsy revised its policies to allow sellers to work with manufacturers, provided they were transparent about the process with customers, and continued to maintain their authorship over their own products and designs. At the time of that initial decision, the company explained that its prior policies had been confusing to sellers, some of whom thought any outside help would see them kicked off the site. If approved, the sellers had to list the information about their manufacturer on their shop’s About page, the company said.

Scientists Create Blackest Material Ever Made: Nanostructures Absorb 99 Percent Of Light How dark is the deepest shade of black? Just in time for Halloween, scientists have created the blackest material to date. It’s so dark that it destroys all light, well almost. Ron Weasley's Deluminator in the Harry Potter series has the power to absorb all light. Carbon nanotubes were the darkest materials known to man, but the new super-black material is 26 percent darker than its predecessor. Researchers from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology took inspiration from an all-white beetle called cyphochilus, whose all-white shell suggests that it is capable of reflecting so much light. Nanoparticle rods sitting on top of a nanoparticle sphere were used to create the super-black material. The resulting color is so dark that the human eye is unable to see it. When the researchers fired a laser into the material, they created a new light source. This enables the material to be used in various applications, including desalination projects.

Future of Food Experience by Koz Susani Design Design Duo Koz Susani have been working on bringing a new food concept to life that would transform the culture of eating altogether. “Just add Water” is a set of appliances which connect to an app that answers the tells you what to eat for dinner, and then makes it for you. Taking into consideration basic facts from your day, like if you exercised or perhaps if you are recovering from a cold, it calculates the perfect meal. “Flavor pills,” tiny water-soluble pods filled with organic spices and nutritional supplements, get added to one of the appliances along with fresh produce and some water. Using sensors and a microprocessor, the appliance cooks the food for exactly the right amount of time and at exactly the right temperature. “The ingredients and condiments are perfectly dosed, and the recipe is ‘contained’ inside the flavor pills,” explains Marco Susani from Koz Susani Design, the firm that created the new system. Via

The World's Brightest DIY Flashlight Will Blind You With Its Glory ​Think it's rough getting blasted with someone else's high beams? You wouldn't want to find yourself on the wrong side of this totally absurd DIY flashlight. Built by YouTuber rctestflight​​, and comprised of ten separate 100-watt LEDs all mounted on a giant heatsink for one serious light show. The ten-pound rig is powered by two 8 amp-hour lithium-polymer batteries (roughly the battery power of 9 iPhones 6S batteries) and can run for about 10 minutes, though since it only has passive cooling, it gets relatively hot after only a couple of minutes. As for output, rctestflight figures it puts out around 90,000 lumens, a measure of visible light emission. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

How Machine Vision Is About to Change the Fashion World In the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, the notorious fashion editor Miranda Priestly sizes up people at a glance by analyzing their clothes, who designed them, and what year they date from. Priestly’s character is famously inspired by Anna Wintour, the long standing editor-in-chief of Vogue, herself a style icon. –> But if a human can recognize and date fashion styles with little more than a glance, why not a machine? Chen and co begin by training their machine vision algorithm to identify an individual’s body pose in an image and then to divide the body into nine regions—the upper and lower arms and legs, and the torso. Comparing fashion styles then boils down to the relatively simple mathematical process of comparing these 72-dimension vectors. Next, they assemble two databases of photographs. Fashion week is a significant event in New York. To find out, Chen co use their machine vision algorithm to identify these trends and see how they influence street chic.

New Li-Fi Internet Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi The inventor of the electric lightbulb could hardly have imagined that one day his creation would be used not only to illuminate homes around the world, but also to transmit data that would enable people to download information from satellites in space to small hand-held devices. However, with the introduction of Li-Fi, household lighting could soon double as a form of data transmission that’s up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Li-Fi, which was first invented by Harold Haas of the University of Edinburgh in 2011, uses visible light communication (VLC) to send data at extremely high speeds. The technology has now been deployed in real-life situations for the first time, thanks to the work of Estonian start-up Velmenni, which has begun trialling Li-Fi in offices and other industrial settings in Tallinn. Aside from its superior speed, Li-Fi also boasts a number of other benefits over Wi-Fi.

Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD - BBC News Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, says a global study from the OECD. The think tank says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results. The OECD's education director Andreas Schleicher says school technology had raised "too many false hopes". Tom Bennett, the government's expert on pupil behaviour, said teachers had been "dazzled" by school computers. The report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examines the impact of school technology on international test results, such as the Pisa tests taken in more than 70 countries and tests measuring digital skills. It says education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen "no noticeable improvement" in Pisa test results for reading, mathematics or science. Unplugged But Mr Schleicher says the "impact on student performance is mixed at best". The report says: