They predict that the proportion of jobs at high risk of automation by the early 2030s varies from 22% to over 39%, with Britain’s former industrial heartlands in the Midlands and the North of England potentially being hardest hit.
The study also finds that automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK.
Alphabet’s self driving car division Waymo has been testing its fleet of robot cars in four states across the country — Washington, California, Arizona, and Texas — and it has started to work with local law enforcement agencies and first responders to figure out what to do after a collision and create new protocols.
That includes what a fully driverless car should do when it hears a siren coming toward it — yes, Waymo driverless cars can hear — as well as how police officers, or first responders can access the cars in emergency situations. In a new 43-page report, the company detailed some of its efforts to respond to (and avoid) collisions. Those efforts can be broken up into three parts: How the cars stop in unsafe working conditions; how the cars respond to sirens/emergency vehicles; and what happens after an accident.
New York-based Evrythng has created a smart products platform that collects, manages, and applies real-time data to drive IoT applications, or everyday objects that are smart and connected. London-based Zappar has created an AR platform that brings interactivity to these everyday objects. By combining the two platforms, product makers can make their IoT objects more interactive.
With the combined products, brands will be able to utilise scan codes on a product’s packaging to
deliver rich, short-form content and gather real-time data. Consumers can interact with a soda can by pointing a smartphone at it, for example. The app scans a code on the product and triggers an AR animation that is visible on the smartphone.
Rolling out in most countries yesterday, you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them. This makes it even easier to create albums, movies, or even a photo book of your pet.
In this hallway-style podcast conversation, O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly and a16z partner Benedict Evans discuss how we make sense of the most recent wave of new technologies — technologies that are perhaps more transformative than any we’ve seen before — and how we think about the capabilities they might have that we haven’t yet even considered. O’Reilly has seen more than one wave of new tech make an impact over the last three decades in Silicon Valley. But this time, O’Reilly argues in his new book, WTF? What’s the Future and Why it’s Up to Us, is different,
partly because of the combinatorial inventions now possible.
The Alexa Diabetes Challenge is hoping to ease the diabetes crisis. The programme launched in April, and challenged health technology companies to put Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to work in helping those with newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Known as Sugarpod, the winning device is a connected weight scale and foot scanner that integrates with the Sugarpod app and Alexa skill. “We knew that voice would be a great interface for interactive care plans but wanted to take it further with an IoT device that would integrate into a habit someone already had,” Anne Weiler, Wellpepper CEO and co-founder, told GeekWire in an email.
Check out this article in which Michael Krigsman (ZDNet) talks with Chetan Dube, CEO of AI software company IPsoft, who explains key issues in cognitive computing and offers advice to enterprise buyers looking at intelligent agents in customer service.
During the conversation, Chetan explains the ideas and challenges associated with developing AI to create chatbots for customer service. Among the topics
they explore are:
Aon has collaborated with insurtech CLARA analytics to offer workers’ compensation insurers AI and predictive analytics tools that help injured employees return to work quickly. The deal facilitated by Aon Benfield, the broker’s reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor, also decreases loss ratios and improves operational efficiency around claims for carriers, according to the companies.
“For carriers balancing C-suite and board level interest in innovation and cost management, CLARA can be a
quick and easy win with minimal impact to expenses,” said George deMenocal, president and CEO of Aon Benfield US, in a statement. “CLARA’s analytics will be complemented by Aon Inpoint [Aon’s data aggregation platform] to improve claims outcomes and develop AI platforms to gain operational efficiencies for insurers.”