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Alexa Blueprints

Create personal Alexa skills in minutes<p>1 Pick a blueprint<br>• 2 Fill in the blanks<br>• 3 Use your skill<p>"Alexa, am I the best painter?"<p>Keep a personal Q&A list …

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You for Your Time

During Mark Zuckerberg's over 10 hours of Congressional testimony last week, lawmakers repeatedly asked how Facebook makes money. The simple answer, …

Social Media

Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn and 31 Other Tech Giants Sign Agreement Promising They Won't Help With Cyber Wars

Apple, Google and Amazon didn't sign. And it's not clear what the actual effect will be.<p>A large number of technology companies have signed a new agreement promising to greater cyber protections for everyone. But it's worth noting who <i>didn't</i> sign the pledge. And it's not clear what the agreement's …

Cybersecurity

A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Robotics

IDC reveals secrets of success and top KPIs in digital transformation

An IDC study reveals how to overcome the barriers to success in digital transformation and top KPIs that drive it. Infor's James Toomey has the …

Big Data

A Simple Tool to Start Making Decisions with the Help of AI

There is no shortage of hot takes regarding the significant impact that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to have on business in the near future. Much less has been written about how, exactly, companies should get started with it. In our research and in our book, we begin by distilling AI down …

Machine Learning

How to tell if Agile is the right project management style for your business

Agile is exploding across enterprises. Here's how to decide if your organization can benefit from the methodology.<p>Businesses are increasingly turning …

Project Management

AI and jobs: Retraining will become a 'lifelong necessity', warns report

The Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence predicts widespread change in the job market, with AI enhancing and creating many new jobs, but …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Cover Story: Change Is Hard. Here’s How To Build A Culture That Delivers Your Digital Transformation

Culture, an often intangible and nebulous construct, is nevertheless the reason why digital transformation projects sink or swim.<p>That’s the view …

San Francisco

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

TED Talks

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

<b>Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media.</b><p>The firm's head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, alongside Instagram and Facebook with immediate effect, it said.<p>The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding …

Personal Data

Data protection self assessment

This self assessment toolkit has been created with small organisations in mind. It will be most helpful to small to medium sized organisations from …

Data Protection

This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.<p>When a state senator in California proposed a bill that would require …

Urban Design

What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere? | Innovation | Smithsonian

In June of 1956, A few dozen scientists and mathematicians from all around the country gathered for a meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College. …

Artificial Intelligence

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Copyright

A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal …

The Brain

From Alexa to Tesla, this is how algorithms see the world

In 2018, Algorithms will increasingly power every aspect of our lives, from voice recognition to self-driving cars. But it's difficult for humans to …

Machine Learning

7 Ways Technology is Impacting Recruitment, Retention and the Workplace

If one of the pillars of a digital workplace is digital tools and technologies, the other is digital talent and skillsets that enable organizations …

Employee Engagement

China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.<p>Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving facial-recognition scanners—part of …

Machine Learning

There are good reasons for ignoring the news

Did you hear about the rich American who’s cut himself off from all news since Donald Trump was elected? There’s no reason why you should. He wouldn’t have done, if it hadn’t actually <i>been</i> him. His name’s Erik Hagerman and he used to be a Nike executive, but now lives on a pig farm and doesn’t even …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had …

After faces, China is moving quickly to identify people by their voices

In China, officials and companies have deployed facial-recognition technology to a degree uncommon elsewhere, both commercially and—more controversially—for widespread surveillance. Now it’s the turn of voice recognition.<p>The government of the southwestern Guizhou province, Tsinghua University, and …

China

China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.<p>People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like …

China

“Should We Be Worried?”: Tech Geniuses Fret That A.I. Is Gonna Kill Us All—Soonish

According to one author, our civilization has only 730 years left. Sorry. But you’ve been warned.<p>Earlier this week, I attended a dinner party hosted by the Edge Foundation, an association that fosters conversation between science and tech intellectuals, in which I found myself seated among a group …

Astronaut's gene expression no longer same as his identical twin, NASA finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your gene expression.<p>Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genetic expression -- how his genes function within cells -- did not return to baseline after his return to Earth …

Space Science

Artificial Intelligence Will Help Pave The Way To Operational Excellence, Survey Suggests

“Operational excellence” has always been an elusive but worthy goal for anyone involved in business. Massive amounts of money has been poured into technology solutions to attempt to achieve it, and some organizations have shredded their hierarchies in attempt to get closer. But there always been …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Techniques for Successful Digital Transformation Initiatives

Seven techniques that will help create natural project checkpoints, stakeholder feedback loops, and system adjustments throughout your digital …

Project Management