World Economic Forum: Robots And Artificial Intelligence To Wipe Out 5.1 Million Jobs By 2020 The human race should be braced for robots taking 5.1 million of our jobs, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned. In a report titled 'The Future of Jobs' it explained how we are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution - one that is shaped by the rapid growth of technology. Describing the trends we should expect, the report states: "more than 5.1 million jobs lost to disruptive labour market changes over the period 2015–2020, with a total loss of 7.1 million jobs—two thirds of which are concentrated in routine white collar office functions, such as Office and Administrative roles—and a total gain of 2 million jobs, in Computer and Mathematical and Architecture and Engineering related fields." While impending doom may not seem that far away, the study does present the problem as an opportunity for employers to equip workers with a more secure skills set.
Children as young as seven are mining metals for your mobile phone, according to Amnesty International Thousands of children, some as young as seven, are working in dangerous mines to produce a mineral which is powering mobile phones, computers and vehicle batteries around the world. On Tuesday, 16 of the world's most famous electronic brands, including Apple, Sony and Microsoft, are accused of failing to take ultimate responsibility for the sourcing of some raw components found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Major companies are failing to do "basic checks" to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a major new report. It traces the sale of cobalt, used in lithium-ion batteries, from mines where, it is claimed, children and adults work in perilous conditions. When contacted by Amnesty and Afrewatch, companies said they had a "zero tolerance policy" on child labour.
Google's Artificial Brain Learns to Find Cat Videos By Liat Clark, Wired UK When computer scientists at Google’s mysterious X lab built a neural network of 16,000 computer processors with one billion connections and let it browse YouTube, it did what many web users might do — it began to look for cats. [partner id=”wireduk”] The “brain” simulation was exposed to 10 million randomly selected YouTube video thumbnails over the course of three days and, after being presented with a list of 20,000 different items, it began to recognize pictures of cats using a “deep learning” algorithm. This was despite being fed no information on distinguishing features that might help identify one. War Child - The charity for children affected by war What are conflict minerals? 'Conflict minerals' are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses – most notably in the eastern D.R. Congo.
US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities. As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. In an appearance at a Washington thinktank last month, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm Michael Rogers, said that it was time to consider making the home devices “more defensible”, but did not address the opportunities that increased numbers and even categories of connected devices provide to his surveillance agency.
China 'social credit': Beijing sets up huge system In most countries, the existence of a credit system isn't controversial. Past financial information is used to predict whether individuals will pay their mortgages or credit card bill in the future. But China is taking the whole concept a few steps further. We need to debate killer robot ethics before it becomes mass market "That's genuinely one of the most alarming moments I've ever had," Jon Snow tells Bertolt Meyer from the University of Zurich, while using a smartphone app to control the professor's Touch Bionics i-LIMB Pulse prosthetic. Flexing and stretching the hand, he says, "this is terrifying and devastating territory". Snow's alarm, though mildly amusing, could not be more apt at a debate designed to find out whether we should all be thrilled or petrified by the impending and inevitable robot uprising.
Apple iPhones could soon be built in India iPhones could soon be made in India as well as China, according to Indian government officials. Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, which makes the iPhone, iPad and several other Apple products in factories in China, is in talks to open factories in India to make iPhones. The move would help Foxconn mitigate accelerating labour costs in China, potentially lower prices for iPhones sold in India and move the site of construction closer to buyers in the world’s third-largest smartphone market.
The woman who nearly died making your iPad At around 8am on 17 March 2010, Tian Yu threw herself from the fourth floor of her factory dormitory in Shenzhen, southern China. For the past month, the teenager had worked on an assembly line churning out parts for Apple iPhones and iPads. At Foxconn's Longhua facility, that is what the 400,000 employees do: produce the smartphones and tablets that are sold by Samsung or Sony or Dell and end up in British and American homes. But most famously of all, China's biggest factory makes gadgets for Apple.
Energy Efficiency, Data Centers Environmental Issues > Energy Main Page > All Energy Documents Critical Action Needed to Save Money and Cut Pollution Data centers are one of the largest and fastest growing consumers of electricity in the United States. In 2013, U.S. data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity -- enough electricity to power all the households in New York City twice over -- and are on-track to reach 140 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020.Some large server farms operated by well-known Internet brands provide shining example of ultra-efficient data centers. Data centers are the backbone of the modern economy -- from the server rooms that power small- to medium-sized organizations to the enterprise data centers that support American corporations and the server farms that run cloud computing services hosted by Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others.
The PLUS Ethical Decision Making Model - Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) Seven Steps to Ethical Decision Making - Step 1: Define the problem (consult PLUS filters) - Step 2: Seek out relevant assistance, guidance and support - Step 3: Identify alternatives - Step 4: Evaluate the alternatives (consult PLUS filters) - Step 5: Make the decision - Step 6: Implement the decision - Step 7: Evaluate the decision (consult PLUS filters) Introduction Organizations struggle to develop a simple set of guidelines that makes it easier for individual employees, regardless of position or level, to be confident that his/her decisions meet all of the competing standards for effective and ethical decision-making used by the organization. Such a model must take into account two realities: Every employee is called upon to make decisions in the normal course of doing his/her job. Organizations cannot function effectively if employees are not empowered to make decisions consistent with their positions and responsibilities.
Apple ordered to decrypt iPhone of San Bernardino shooter for FBI A US federal magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The order is the most high-profile case yet of the federal government trying to figure out how to use existing law to get around stronger encryption being used in consumers’ phones. It is likely to add more fire to an already heated debate between Silicon Valley and Washington DC about the balance between national security and electronic privacy. In this case, the FBI director, James Comey, has said his agents have been locked out of one of the shooter’s phones as they search for evidence about the mass shootings in December 2015. Investigators are still trying to determine to what extent the shooters were influenced by radical Islamic terrorist groups and who they had been in touch with before the rampage.
FBI told San Bernardino County staff to tamper with gunman's Apple account The San Bernardino County government on Friday night said the FBI told its staff to tamper with the Apple account of Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December shooting in which 14 people were killed. The development matters because the change made to the account – a reset of Farook’s iCloud password – made it impossible to see if there was another way to get access to data on the shooter’s iPhone without taking Apple to court. “The county was working cooperatively with the FBI when it reset the iCloud password at the FBI’s request,” read a post on San Bernardino County’s official Twitter account.