Born to be airborne: Japanese firm aims to sell flying motorbikes by 2022

The Japan Times

Technologies Inc. aims to release a mass-market flying motorcycle by 2022, Chief Executive Officer Shuhei Komatsu said. Technologies, which mainly develops small drones, hopes to sell the product, called a "hover bike," in emerging economies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia with poor road infrastructure. Many companies around the world are developing flying cars. Technologies is among those trying to enter the market. "We'll create a (flying) bike first, in order to get flying cars widely used in society eventually," Komatsu said.


AI and big data vs ethics: How to make sure your artificial intelligence project is heading the right way

ZDNet

The excitement around any new technology comes with a side order of fears about how that system or service will affect people. In key areas like cloud computing and social media, it often feels as if the regulators are having to play catch-up with the tech firms that create these innovations and the businesses that exploit them. Yet it is in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) that these fears are perhaps greater than anywhere else. Rather than just being a technology that people will themselves use, some experts believe AI could instead help to replace human decision-making at work and at home. So, how can businesses work to reduce fears and create AI systems that exploit big data ethically?


Customer service is poised for an AI revolution

ZDNet

These are the questions your firm should ask before going down the route of edge analytics and processing. If you're anything like me (or millions of other everyday consumers), you may be surprised to contact customer service only to be prompted with a litany of questions about who you are and what you're issue is. If I dial a service line, I've been conditioned to expect a friendly voice -- real or not -- that recognizes my phone number and asks if I'm calling about a recent transaction. What's more, I expect a similar experience if I connect over a myriad other digital touchpoints. Such is the level of sophistication we as customers now hold as standard, and the impacts on customer service are nothing short of transformational.


Oracle talks customer experience at Modern CX 2019

ZDNet

These are the questions your firm should ask before going down the route of edge analytics and processing. Oracle presented its vision for customer experience this past week at its annual event for marketers, called Modern Customer Experience 2019, held in Las Vegas. Customer experience means the sum of all touchpoints a customer has with a brand. Because creating a great experience is easy to describe but difficult to execute well, let's dive into the challenge. Also: Oracle's Ellison: No way a'normal' person would move to AWS Think of the phases through which typical customers may pass as they research, buy, and use products or services.


The new Cloudera-Hortonworks Hadoop: 100 percent open source, 50 percent boring

ZDNet

These are the questions your firm should ask before going down the route of edge analytics and processing. Hadoop is the operating system for big data in the enterprise. So when Cloudera and Hortonworks, the two leading Hadoop distributions and vendors, merged, that was big news in and by itself. Last week's DataWorks Summit Europe was the first big public event for the new Cloudera after the merger, and it sure was not short of interesting news, both on the technology and the business front. That's the name the new company will go by, and there's a new-ish logo and branding to go with this too.


1.5 million jobs are now at 'high risk' of automation, official figures reveal

Daily Mail

Almost 1.5million jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots, a new survey by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. Women and young people are at higher risk than other demographics in their jobs. A total of 7.4 per cent of all jobs are under threat, a figure which is slightly down from the 8.1 per cent number from 2011. Almost 1.5million jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots, a new survey by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. The ONS analysed the jobs of 20 million people from 2011 and 2017 in England and found that that 7.4 per cents are at high risk of automation.


AI app transforms black and white photos into colour

Daily Mail

An online tool has been unveiled which is capable of bringing black and white photographs to life instantaneously by adding colour to them using artificial intelligence. Colourisation of old images is a normally time consuming process which requires specialist training and expensive software. The tool, ColouriseSG, is able to do it for free from only a single digital image and works on iconic historical photographs and old family portraits. Try it for yourself here or via the interactive tool below. The artificial intelligence is able to colourise images for free from only a single digital image and works on iconic historical photographs and old family portraits.


Apple event live stream shows creepy footage from inside headquarters that could hint at new products

The Independent

Apple appears to be broadcasting eerie footage from inside of its own headquarters, hours before one of its biggest events in years. Tim Cook and other senior Apple staff are set to take to the stage in Apple's own Steve Jobs Theater later today, announcing the company's new products. Unlike previous events, it will not be releasing hardware or software, but instead showing off new subscription services that allow people access to films, TV and news. That event is set to be livestreamed through Apple's own website. And that video appears to have already begun: with strange footage from inside the theatre itself.


Apple to unveil 'Netflix for games' to take on Google Stadia

The Independent

Many rumours have been circulating for Apple's'Show Time' event on 25 March, chief among them a new TV service and a premium news subscription. But a new report now suggests there may also be a gaming subscription service, allowing people to pay one flat fee and get access to a variety of games on their iPhones and iPads. The service could rival Google's recently announced Stadia platform as well as being part of Apple's broader plan to make more money from streaming service subscriptions. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


Apple streaming event: Why the products announced today could be more important than any new iPhone

The Independent

Apple is about to take to the stage in California and unveil its latest product. But there will be no moment where a laptop is pulled from an envelope or a phone from a pocket. Because its latest product in one sense doesn't exist physically at all. Instead, its newest announcements will be a series of services: subscription platforms that allow people to sign up to watch TV and films, read the news, and play games. We'll tell you what's true.