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Robot science fiction books of 2021

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Not only are these books enjoyable on their own, fiction can serve as teachable moments in robots and STEM and inspire a robot-obsessed teen to read more and improve their reading comprehension. Let's start with the scifi book I most frequently recommended to friends to read in 2021: Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson. It is not a robot book per se but robots and automation are realistically interspersed through it- and the book is one of Stephenson's best, pulling together LOTS of technology, subplots, and themes similar to what he did in Diamond Age. One of the technology threads is how drones are ubiquitous throughout the book, with small drones being used singly or in swarms for surveillance and social media and bigger drones used for delivery, human transport, and, well, mayhem. Nominally the book is about climate change and how a group of individuals led by a rich Texan plan to cut through the COP26 meetings blather and get on with geoengineering the environment.


A Guide to Certificate Lifecycle Management: Benefits and Use Cases

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There is a growing need for modern digital Certificate Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions that can help organizations address the expanding challenges associated with managing digital identities for humans and machines. Enterprises are struggling to rapidly deploy, discover, revoke, and replace digital certificates amid their increasingly heterogenous IT environments, which are scattered across on-premises and cloud environments. Cloud adoption, digital transformation initiatives, remote work environments, automation, IoT, and other factors have driven a sharp rise in the volume of digital certificates that organizations must manage. Enterprises are using these certificates to authenticate machine and human identities in a variety of use cases, including identity-first zero-trust access, passwordless authentication, digital signing, and robotic process automation (RPA) security. The growing volume and types of digital certificates in use have put an enormous strain on traditional approaches to manage certificate lifecycles.


Hitting the Books: What autonomous vehicles mean for tomorrow's workforce

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In the face of daily pandemic-induced upheavals, the notion of "business as usual" can often seem a quaint and distant notion to today's workforce. But even before we all got stuck in never-ending Zoom meetings, the logistics and transportation sectors (like much of America's economy) were already subtly shifting in the face of continuing advances in robotics, machine learning and autonomous navigation technologies. In their new book, The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines, an interdisciplinary team of MIT researchers (leveraging insights gleaned from MIT's multi-year Task Force on the Work of the Future) exam the disconnect between improvements in technology and the benefits derived by workers from those advancements. It's not that America is rife with "low-skill workers" as New York's new mayor seems to believe, but rather that the nation is saturated with low-wage, low-quality positions -- positions which are excluded from the ever-increasing perks and paychecks enjoyed by knowledge workers. The excerpt below examines the impact vehicular automation will have on rank and file employees, rather than the Musks of the world.


how-ai-is-changing-the-metal-fabrication-industry-ml-ar-and-automation

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Metal fabrication simply means the creation of metal structures for use in other industries. Are there intelligent solutions possible in this sector? It turns out that yes! At least three important aspects of AI in metal fabrication are mentioned. We will be looking at all three of these important aspects in this article.


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.


Automation : 9 Marketing Automation Trends of 2021 To Boost The Growth

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If you can afford for your team to spend more time on critical tasks, you will always be a step ahead of the competitors that can't automate simple processes. This is why marketing automation is one of the most important aspects when it comes to saving money and time. It is important to stand on top of marketing automation trends if you want to get the most out of your marketing campaigns. Bear in mind that you have to put in at least some effort to take your marketing campaign to the next level. Use the right automation tool, do your research, talk with our employees, and follow the trends mentioned below!


How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Our Lives

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What exactly do you know about artificial intelligence and machine learning? It all sounds very sci-fi, doesn't it! For my house, I am most definitely a fan of automation, I have a robot vac on my wishlist, and the thought of being able to turn the kettle on for a coffee before I get out of bed sounds amazing! But fun stuff aside, artificial intelligence (AI) in business drastically changes the landscape and allows companies to do more than ever before. While nothing can fully replace the human touch, advances in AI allows for greater machine learning capabilities.


The power of automation: How AI can help you exceed

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As a consumer, I was part of the shift toward contactless dining, and as an entrepreneur and CEO, I was fascinated by restaurants' ability to fully integrate AI in a way that benefits both them and the consumer. The benefits of AI in the hospitality and service industry made me think about how other companies, regardless of their industry, can best use AI for a better end-to-end user experience. Many companies have areas that could easily be automated, like data and document processing (which can be complex, not to mention a little boring), leaving space for employees to focus more on what matters. Imagine how much of your employees' time and energy you could save if you made processes a little easier or took menial tasks off their hands completely. A huge benefit of AI is that it helps automate tasks people simply don't want to do; this can reduce costs and errors while increasing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.


CIO Priorities: Five Challenges to Address in 2022 - EnterpriseTalk

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In recent years, the role of the modern CIO has been in flux. It's becoming more and more of a balancing act to manage traditional IT operations while also driving strategic objectives, with transformational change at the top of the priority list. As firms head into 2022, one thing is certain: This is a period of immense change for businesses as a whole. Much of it is driven by digital disruption and increasing customer expectations, and forward-thinking businesses are seizing the opportunity. Here are a few challenges that CIOs will face in 2022.


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.