Putting Zoox to the Test: Maneuverability Testing

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Maneuverability is crucial for autonomous vehicles designed to operate in cities. Four-wheel steering, bidirectional design, and active suspension are some of the features integrated into our robotaxi to ensure every ride is a smooth ride. Source: Zoox (part of Amazon) Date: January 27th, 2023 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUlh_U1qHfc Discussion

UBC’s new ‘sailbot’ nearly ready for 2,500-km voyage from Victoria to Hawaii

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Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Date: September 1st, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-team-robotic-sailboat-poised-to-set-course-for-hawaii-1.6557653 Discussion “Sailing is a sport of the feel, you look at the sail to see how full it is to adjust its angle” and “Then to try to quantify that … it’s an impressive challenge.” What sorts of sensors and technology will likely have been used to get… Read more »

Mayflower: Ship to sail across Atlantic without a crew

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A fully autonomous ship will attempt a ground-breaking journey across the Atlantic ocean without a crew later this month. The Mayflower 400 will travel 3,500 miles (5,630km) from Plymouth in the UK to Massachusetts in the US, conducting scientific experiments during its journey. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 19th, 2021 Link to 3 minute… Read more »

Amazon’s Panorama box lets firms check if staff follow coronavirus rules

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Amazon plans to sell companies a way to detect when staff are not wearing face masks or socially distancing. Beyond the pandemic, the system could also be used to track compliance of other workplace rules or to monitor the public – for example, to check the number of customers queuing in a store. It involves… Read more »

Companies with robot workers tend to have more human workers, too, Statscan says

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Statistics Canada says domestic firms that invested in robots since the late 1990s have also expanded their human workforces, suggesting a less than “apocalyptic” result for workers overall. The findings released today show that over two decades, firms that invested in automation had workforces 15 per cent larger relative to other companies in the same… Read more »

Why ‘outskilling’ isn’t yet a workplace revolution

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Programmes preparing workers facing layoffs for their next career are on the rise. But experts are cautious to call ‘outskilling’ the perfect solution to the automation takeover. Source: BBC Beyond the 9-to-5 Date: February 14th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200212-the-real-ways-your-career-can-survive-automation Discussion ” As the global march toward automation continues, particularly threatening jobs in factories, retail, food service… Read more »

What the world can learn from Japan’s robots

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Japan is rolling out robots in nursing homes, offices and schools as its population ages and workforce shrinks. What can it teach other countries facing the same problems? Source: BBC Future Date: February 6th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200205-what-the-world-can-learn-from-japans-robots Discussion ” One resident, a woman with dementia, holds a Telenoid as 27-year-old staff member Minami Okabe, down… Read more »

The Imminent Evolution of ‘Augmentation’ in Accounting and Finance

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Late last month, I was the keynote speaker at the Tax Executive Institute in San Mateo, CA. This was a gathering of global tax leaders from accounting firms and public companies coming together to discuss the impact of technology in tax and accounting professions. I asked several folks a simple question — how much of your time… Read more »

Facebook promised to fix political ads on its platform. It hasn’t

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Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged to fix how it handles political and issue ads in the wake of Russian meddling in 2016. But just days before the midterm elections, a key part of Facebook’s effort is broken, and it’s unclear if the company is doing anything to fix it. The company has touted new rules for political… Read more »