Xiaomi Shows Off Scorching Growth Ahead of $10 Billion IPO

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Xiaomi Corp., going for wow-factor ahead of what could be the largest initial public offering since 2014, has revealed a blistering pace of growth that’ll help it take on Apple and Samsung in global smartphones. The Chinese smartphone maker filed for an IPO in Hong Kong Thursday, kicking off a process that’s expected to raise at least… Read more »

God of War: The single dad opening gaming up to new emotions

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The God of War franchise is back and has made some major changes to its iconic lead character Kratos. No longer simply angry, violent and focused solely on revenge – the son of Zeus is now struggling with being a single parent. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 3rd, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/newsbeat-43828831/god-of-war-the-single-dad-opening-gaming-up-to-new-emotions Discussion 1) Why is… Read more »

Will Robots Take My Job?

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In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne of Oxford University published a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation, by implementing a novel methodology to estimate the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations, using a Gaussian process classifier. According… Read more »

What to Do With Your Old Laptop

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If you’ve got an old laptop collecting dust in your home, you’re not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports Survey Group, a quarter of the members who had purchased multiple laptops since 2014 confessed to letting one of those devices linger under the roof—unused—after it had been replaced. And that… Read more »

Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance

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MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of technology firms. The financial industry has jumped on the bandwagon. To cite just a few examples, “heads of machine-learning” can be found at PwC, a consultancy and… Read more »

Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

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A newly developed vine-like robot can grow across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Source: Stanford University News Date: April 20th, 2018 Link: https://news.stanford.edu/2017/07/19/stanford-researchers-develop-new-type-soft-growing-robot/ Discussion 1) Another day, another type of robot!  What sorts of things could you use this robot for? 2) Imagine you… Read more »

Meet the robo-farmers that pick and plant

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It seems there are few jobs robots can’t do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings.  But they’re only needed because humans can’t – or won’t – do the work, farmers say. Source: BBC Business Date: April 20th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43824607/meet-the-robots-that-can-pick-and-plant-better-than-we-can Discussion 1) Robots that can pick and plant seeds… Read more »

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU’s huge data privacy shake-up?

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Next month a new law in Europe will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious.  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years.  A slew of recent high-profile breaches has brought the… Read more »