A growing list of vendors in the HR sector are offering AI solutions to help HR professionals find and retain top talent, according to a recent Glassdoor report—especially in competitive fields such as tech.
“Rather than replacing HR experts, revolutionary new AI tools are complementing people’s skills,” wrote Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, in the report. “AI is taking over low-value aspects of many HR jobs, allowing professionals to focus on higher-value uses of their time.”
Police want to use voice-controlled Alexa devices to reduce pressure on call centres and even provide daily crime updates to members of the public. Lancashire Police look set to be the first force in the country to use the technology to tell people about incidents in their area.
Members of the public will also be given information about missing people, the whereabouts of police helicopters and the number of officers on patrol, the Sun reported. It is also hoped residents will be able to use their devices to report crime by the end of the year.
Through a review of academic and policy literature, this paper by Dr Sandra Wachter (University of Oxford – Oxford Internet Institute) maps the inherit tension between privacy and identifiability in the IoT. It focuses on four challenges: (1) profiling, inference, and discrimination; (2) control and context-sensitive sharing of identity; (3) consent and uncertainty; and (4) honesty, trust, and transparency.
The paper will then examine the extent to which several standards defined in the GDPR will provide meaningful protection for privacy and control over identity for users of IoT. The paper concludes that in order to minimise the privacy impact of the conflicts between data protection principles and identification in the IoT, GDPR standards urgently require further specification and implementation into the design and deployment of IoT technologies.
The Government has unveiled new legislation to ban touts from using bots to bulk buy tickets. A new criminal offence, to be brought forward via the Digital Economy Act, will mean touts who use automated software to harvest tickets to sell on at vastly inflated prices – bypassing limits on maximum ticket purchases set by event organisers – will face unlimited fines.
The legislation recently moved closer as Government notified the European Commission of its plans to take forward the proposals. Matt Hancock, minister for the creative industries, said: “We’re determined to make sure 2018 is the year we help real fans get the chance to see their favourite music and sports stars at a fair price. We’ll be acting to stamp out the growing problem of touts misusing technology to scoop up vast numbers of tickets only to sell them on at rip-off prices.
(Not) Another Example of ‘Robots Taking Humans’ Job’
Hong Kong’s Crystal Group, which makes clothes for many of the world’s clothing giants is the sort of company you might expect to be pouring R&D money into automation, as labour costs rise in China and the world prepares for a future of robots taking over more repetitive, manual tasks, such as stitching clothes. But that’s not the case, says Andrew Lo, CEO of the Crystal Group.
In an interview with the Financial Times (paywall), Lo says high-tech sewing robots are “interesting” and could change how some companies make clothes, but in the near-term they still can’t beat cheap human labor on cost. Crystal Group plans to increase its human staff in Bangladesh and Vietnam—garment hubs with some of the lowest wages in Asia—by 10% annually in
the years ahead.
Samsung has provided a glimpse of three new projects that are brewing in its in-house incubator program. The Korean electronics giant will officially showcase the products at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next week, but for now it has revealed some details of what’s been cooking in C-Lab.
GoBreath: portable device and accompanying app designed to guide patients through deep breathing exercises to aid recovery
S-Ray (Sound-Ray): portable directional speaker which users can carry anywhere
Relúmĭno glasses: smart visual aid eyeglasses to help people with vision challenges see images clearer when they are reading a book or viewing an object
Lyft is partnering with self-driving technology company Aptiv to offer rides in its robot taxis during CES in Las Vegas next week. There will be a safety driver behind the wheel, so the trips will not be completely driverless. Unlike a normal Lyft experience, the cars will only travel to 20 preprogrammed destinations.
The news is notable, since most companies that come to CES to demonstrate self-driving technology do so in closed parking lots where they can control every aspect of the experience. Aptiv, which split off from automotive supplier Delphi last year, and Lyft, a newcomer to autonomous driving, are taking a big risk by conducting their demonstration on public roads, where pedestrians and other drivers help to make a completely unpredictable experience.