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Automation could make 12 million jobs redundant. Here's who's most at risk

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Automation will replace some jobs, but also create new ones. Up to a third of job roles in Europe could be made redundant by automation over the next 20 years as companies battle to increase productivity and fill skills gaps created by an ageing population, according to Forrester. The tech analyst's latest Future of Jobs Forecast estimates that as many as 12 million jobs could be lost to automation across Europe by 2040, primarily impacting workers in industries such as retail, food services, and leisure and hospitality. Mid-skill labour jobs that consist of simple, routine tasks are most at risk from automation, the report said. These roles make up 38% of the workforce in Germany, 34% of the workforce in France, and 31% of the workforce in the UK. In total, 49 million jobs in'Europe-5' (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) could potentially be automated, according to Forrester.


Alexa crashes leaving users across the UK unable to get a response from their Echo speakers

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Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has crashed across Europe this morning -- leaving some frustrated users unable to turn off their alarms. According to Down Detector, a website that monitors such issues, there have been more than 8,000 reports of problems with the smart device. Issues first began to surface at around 07:00 GMT today. When issuing voice commands to Alexa devices, users are either being met with silence or have received messages saying'something went wrong'. Amazon's smart assistant Alexa appears to have crashed across Europe this morning -- leaving some frustrated users unable to turn off their alarms It appears the issue is affecting Amazon's range of Echo speakers as well as the retail giant's Fire TV Stick and Amazon Alexa app for smartphones.


Automation could make 12 million jobs redundant. Here's who's most at risk

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Automation will replace some jobs, but also create new ones. Up to a third of jobs in Europe could be made redundant by automation over the next 20 years as companies battle to increase productivity and fill skills gaps created by an ageing population, according to Forrester. The tech analyst's latest Future of Jobs Forecast estimates that as many as 12 million jobs could be lost to automation across Europe by 2040, primarily impacting workers in industries such as retail, food services, and leisure and hospitality. Mid-skill labour jobs that consist of simple, routine tasks are most at risk from automation, the report said. These roles make up 38% of the workforce in Germany, 34% of the workforce in France, and 31% of the workforce in the UK. In total, 49 million jobs in'Europe-5' (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) face being lost to automation, according to Forrester.


Iron Man-style robot is designed to search terrain after natural disasters

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Iron Man-style robot is designed to help out during natural disasters by wading through rubble and using its propulsion backpack to fly over difficult terrain. The robot, called iCub, has been developed by experts at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. Robotic systems in iCub's palms will allow it to control power and direction as it zooms through the air using propulsion rockets. The reminiscent of the Iron Man armour worn by Marvel Comics character Tony Stark, played on the big screen by Robert Downey Jr. It can crawl on all fours, walk and sit up to manipulate objects.


Python For Machine Learning (ML) Course

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Fabio Mardero is a data scientist from Italy. He graduated in physics and statistical and actuarial sciences. He is currently working at a well-known Italian insurance company as a data scientist and Non-Life technical provisions evaluator. Arrays and Matrices, reading files, DataFrame, Series, pivot tables, group by, pipelines, datetime objects.


Emerging Economies More Optimistic about Artificial Intelligence

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According to a new survey, six out of ten expect that products and services using artificial intelligence will profoundly change their daily life in the next three to five years and half feel that this has already happened. These are some of the findings of a 28-country survey conducted by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum of 19,504 adults under the age of 75 between November 19 and December 3, 2021. "In order to trust artificial intelligence, people must know and understand exactly what AI is, what it's doing, and its impact," said Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum. "Leaders and companies must make transparent and trustworthy AI a priority as they implement this technology. At the World Economic Forum, we are focused on multistakeholder collaboration to optimize accountability, transparency, privacy and impartiality to create that trust. With the ability to solve many of society's pressing issues, we are focused on accelerating the benefits and mitigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Only then can we gain public trust and benefit from the rewards of emerging tech like AI."


Google Home, YouTube integrate with Volvo Cars – TechCrunch

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Google unveiled Wednesday at CES 2022 a range of new ways to keep its Android devices connected -- and that includes cars. As more vehicles go electric and automakers evolve into software developers, expect to see more plays directed at turning cars into connected devices. Take Volvo Cars, for instance. The automaker and Google announced at CES 2022 new content and services that will be coming to future Volvo vehicles, including the ability to download and use the YouTube app via Google Play Store and the ability to communicate with the Google Home ecosystem. New Volvo car models are equipped with an Android Automotive operating system and have embedded voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its infotainment system.


Matterhorn sways to a seismic beat, interstellar propulsion system remains science fiction, goldfish drives a car – Physics World

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The Matterhorn, an Alpine peak that straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy, is one of the most iconic mountains in the world. Isolated at the head of the Zermatt Valley, climbing the perfectly shaped mountain, which has a summit height of 4470 m above sea level, is on the to-do list of thousands of climbers – and some physicists. In 2019, an international team of scientists set out to take a closer look at the Matterhorn and installed several seismometers at different locations to record its movement. They found that despite the Matterhorn appearing like a huge immovable mass, it is in fact constantly on the move, swaying gently back and forth about once every two seconds. The researchers say that this subtle vibration, with a fundamental frequency of 0.42 Hz, is stimulated by seismic energy in the Earth originating from oceans and earthquakes, as well as – rather surprisingly – human activity.


Google Home, YouTube integrate with Volvo Cars

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Google unveiled at CES on Wednesday a range of new ways to keep its Android devices connected, and that includes cars. As more vehicles go electric and automakers evolve into software developers, we can only expect to see more plays directed at turning cars into connected devices. One exemplar of this phenomenon is Volvo Cars, which will launch a direct integration with the Google Home ecosystem in the coming months, both Volvo and Google announced on Wednesday. The integration should allow car owners to turn their car on and off, control the temperature and get car information like battery life by issuing voice commands to Google Assistant-enabled home and mobile devices. Once customers pair their Volvo car to their Google account, they also can talk directly to Google while in their car.


How Symbolic AI Yields Cost Savings, Business Results

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"Good old-fashioned AI" experiences a resurgence as natural language processing takes on new importance for enterprises. Thinking involves manipulating symbols and reasoning consists of computation according to Thomas Hobbes, the philosophical grandfather of artificial intelligence (AI). Machines have the ability to interpret symbols and find new meaning through their manipulation -- a process called symbolic AI. In contrast to machine learning (ML) and some other AI approaches, symbolic AI provides complete transparency by allowing for the creation of clear and explainable rules that guide its reasoning. Commonly used for segments of AI called natural language processing (NLP) and natural language understanding (NLU), symbolic AI follows an IF-THEN logic structure.