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Will AI Take Control of Jobs in the Future?


"Will AI Take Control of Jobs in the Future?" you might wonder. When you ask a group of people for their thoughts, you will certainly get a range of responses. Some might argue that "no, AI will make our jobs easier," while others might argue that "yes, we will undoubtedly lose our jobs." It's a controversial issue that's been a mystery for a long time. However, since the release of COVID-19, a lot has changed in our lifestyles, businesses, and economy as a whole. AI is no exception, and it is educating us about its importance.

Major new report explains the risks and rewards of artificial intelligence


This will likely lead to major advances in life sciences and medicine, accelerating efforts to understand the building blocks of life and enabling quicker and more sophisticated drug discovery. Most of the planet now knows to their cost how the unique shape of the spike proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus are key to its ability to invade our cells, and also to the vaccines developed to combat its deadly progress.

How to manage remote team effectively with AI: step-by-step guide - ALT 4


Today we see our working routine very different from what it was at least 10 years ago. Due to technology advancement and access to the Internet we are able to telecommute. And for many of us it has become the only alternative because of the pandemic of Covid-19. Nevertheless, even remote workers need to be supervised for sake of productivity. Here are some practical advices how to make it happen.

China doubles down on COVID-zero strategy

Al Jazeera

An expansive compound of buildings covering the equivalent of 46 football pitches was recently erected on the outskirts of Guangzhou, China's bustling southern metropolis. The sprawling complex of three-storey buildings contains some 5,000 rooms and is the first of what is expected to be a chain of quarantine centres built by the Chinese government to house people arriving from overseas as it forges ahead with its zero-tolerance approach to COVID. The compound is equipped with "5G communication technology and artificial intelligence" infrastructure, and each room, which can host only one person at a time, has cameras at its door and a robot delivery system to "minimise human contact and the risk of cross-infection", according to the introduction to the centre put out by the Guangzhou government. It took the construction team less than three months to finish the project – in an echo of the Huoshenshan and Leishenshan temporary hospitals that were built in record time in the central city of Wuhan as COVID-19 took hold in early 2020. But while those hospitals were greeted with relief, the appearance of the quarantine centre nearly two years after the trauma of Wuhan has left some wondering why China is not relaxing its virus strategy now that the vast majority of its one billion people have been fully vaccinated. They're building more facilities but there is no indication the authorities plan to ease the restrictions that have effectively ended international travel for people in China.

GRC frameworks are becoming more modular: Jaya Vaidhyanathan, CEO, BCT Digital - Express Computer


GRC traditionally used to be siloed, and the technology underpinning it, monolithic. How is the nature of varied risks encountered by organizations and financial institutions shifting in the changed circumstances? Post the global financial crisis of 2008, risk management as a function has evolved in shape and form, becoming a business imperative. Fast forward to 2021, and our world is going through a series of dramatic changes, as the ripple effect of unprecedented and potentially catastrophic events, like the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consequence, the global landscape of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) is becoming increasingly complex.

China Rapidly Developing Artificial Intelligence, Officials Warn


Officials at the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) warned on Friday that China's pursuit of artificial intelligence (AI) technology could have major implications for the future of the military and economic competition between the two nations. Among other topics, the warnings restated the U.S. warning against private companies in key areas allowing Chinese investment or expertise, urging them to take significant precautions in protecting their intellectual property. Under the Trump and Biden administrations, relations between Washington and Beijing have steadily become more acrimonious, with increasing consensus from America's national security agencies that China represents a strategic threat to the United States. Although Biden has made statements advising against the creation of a "new Cold War" with China, and advocated in favor of working together on mutual concerns such as climate change, relations have still remained tense--particularly since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, when the United States reproached China over for its failure to share certain information about the virus's origins. For its part, Beijing has accused Washington of acting in bad faith.

How AI could solve supply chain shortages and save Christmas


Covid-19 has shined a spotlight on many of the world's networks, from the internet to international air travel. But the supply chains that crisscross the world--the ships and trucks and trains that link factories to ports and warehouses, bringing almost everything we buy many thousands of miles from where it's produced to where it's consumed--are facing more scrutiny than they ever have. "It's fair to say that whatever you're selling, you've got a problem right now," says Jason Boyce, founder and CEO of Avenue7Media, a consulting firm that advises top Amazon sellers. Boyce says he has clients who would be turning over tens of millions of dollars a year if they could stay in stock. "We're having talks with clients every day where they're just crying," he says.

Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?

The Guardian

Researchers have mapped the web of connections underpinning coronavirus conspiracy theories, opening a new way of understanding and challenging them. Using Danish witchcraft folklore as a model, the researchers from UCLA and Berkeley analysed thousands of social media posts with an artificial intelligence tool and extracted the key people, things and relationships. The tool enabled them to piece together the underlying stories in coronavirus conspiracy theories from fragments in online posts. One discovery from the research identifies Bill Gates as the reason why conspiracy theorists connect 5G with the virus. With Gates' background in computer technology and vaccination programmes, he served as a shortcut for these storytellers to link the two.

'Conditioning an entire society': the rise of biometric data technology

The Guardian

In a school canteen in Gateshead, cameras scan the faces of children, taking payment automatically after identifying them with facial recognition. More than 200 miles away in North London, staff at a care home recently took part in a trial that used facial data to verify their Covid-19 vaccine status. And in convenience stores around the country, staff are alerted to potential shoplifters by a smart CCTV system that taps into a database of individuals deemed suspect. In each case, biometric data has been harnessed to try to save time and money. But the growing use of our bodies to unlock areas of the public and private sphere has raised questions about everything from privacy to data security and racial bias.

6 auto insurance predictions for 2021


With 2021 just around the corner and all of us wondering what's in store for auto insurance, here are some of the trends that I believe are likely to take hold of the sector in the year to come. The aftereffects of COVID-19 will continue to shake up the insurance industry. Customers will not only favor flexible service providers, but "modular" services - meaning those that they can pick and choose features from based on their needs or even their current financial standing. For auto insurers, this could translate into policies based on the actual mileage driven as opposed to the number of drivers, or even discounts for drivers that participate in ridesharing programs. Personalization will become the new normal for insurance. Relatively, the insurance industry is pretty far behind the pack in terms of the scope of applications to intelligently process or integrate real-time data.