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This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines. Here's what happened

This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines. Here's what happened | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
After a Chinese factory replaced 90% of its human workforce with automated machines, it experienced a 250% increase in productivity and an 80% drop in defects.
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The uncertainty surrounding the future of human employment in the age of automation is already apparent, and machines are poised to keep getting better and better at what they do. Fortunately, governments and private organizations are putting some serious thought into this subject and have come up with some potential solutions to address widespread employee displacement.
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Cyberspace will be war creator, says varsity VC - Times of India

Cyberspace will be war creator, says varsity VC - Times of India | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Cyberspace will inevitably become a creator of war, Goa University (GU) vice-chancellor Varun Sahni said. He was speaking on the subject of maritime geopolitics at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula, on Thursday.
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He also threw some light upon how internet space will become territorialized by countries. "Countries will over time come to regard the cyberspace as a new form of territory. As countries become evermore dependant on the internet for their economies, cyberspace will inevitably become a creator of war," he said.
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Sony unveils SD cards so fast, they've bumped up against interface speed limits - ExtremeTech

Sony unveils SD cards so fast, they've bumped up against interface speed limits - ExtremeTech | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Sony has announced a new line of SD cards that aren’t just fast — they’re capable of hitting the fundamental performance limits of the Ultra High Speed II (abbreviated UHS-II) specification. That standard offers up to 312MB/s of performance, while Sony is claiming 300MB read/write speeds for its new line of SF-G SD cards.

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China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency

China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

After assembling a research team in 2014, the People’s Bank of China has done trial runs of its prototype cryptocurrency. That’s taking it a step closer to becoming one of the first major central banks to issue digital money that can be used for anything from buying noodles to purchasing a car.

For users transacting over their smartphones or laptops, a PBOC-backed cryptocurrency probably wouldn’t seem much different to existing payment methods such as Alipay or WeChat. But for sellers, they would get digital payments directly from the buyer, lowering transaction costs as the middleman is cut out of the process.

At the same time as it builds up its own capabilities, the PBOC is increasing scrutiny of bitcoin and other private digital tenders. It doesn’t want a bitcoin bubble to blow up. And since currencies have historically been issued by the state, not private players, it doesn’t want to cede the cryptocurrency space to companies it has no control over.


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Bruce Schneier and the call for "public service technologists"

Bruce Schneier and the call for "public service technologists" | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Bruce Schneier, CTO of IBM Resilient on the increasing importance of technologist's presence in education and policy-making.
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Public Cloud Spending to Jump 24% in 2017 - Datamation

Public Cloud Spending to Jump 24% in 2017 - Datamation | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Global spending on public cloud infrastructure and services will hit $122.5 billion, according to IDC's latest forecast.
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The Cloud? Apple's iOS can't handle the Cloud | ZDNet

The Cloud? Apple's iOS can't handle the Cloud | ZDNet | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
iOS's integration with 3rd-party cloud services stinks. What does Apple need to do to make iOS a best-in-class cloud citizen? Or is Android too far ahead?
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iGod: A science fiction novel by Willemijn Dicke - inspired and introduced by Dirk Helbing

iGod: A science fiction novel by Willemijn Dicke - inspired and introduced by Dirk Helbing | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

‘Unless you have a brilliant hidden plan, I think you really screwed it up this time!'

It was unusual for Lex to blame iGod without any signs of holding back.

‘I am afraid I have not taken into account all possible linkages and feedbacks when I tried to optimize the financial system’; she answered in her dark brown raspy voice that maintained its usual calm and confidence. Unlike most other encounters, there was no trace of irony in her voice. ‘But it can be fixed. In fact, I have already started rescue operations – as you may have noticed. Soon, it is all under control again.’

iGod immediately projected a hologram. All of a sudden Lex’ small apartment was filled with the mass demonstration that had taken place earlier that day in Washington DC. Outraged people did no longer trust the financial system with the virtual money streams. They were holding banners demanding to get their old BitCoins back, shouting and throwing fireballs towards him. Lex’ instinctively moved aside, but the fireballs dissolved just before their images would reach him. The hologram of the furious crowd faded and next, iGod projected a video of the president of the United States delivering a speech before the United Nations on Lex’ wall on the left.

 


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Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Three months ago, Google announced it would in early 2017 launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to developers. As expected, these are Nvidia Tesla K80 GPUs, and developers will be able to attach up to eight of these to any custom Compute Engine machine.

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Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends

Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Snapchat is the darling of technology: for years, we’ve fawned over the company for being innovative, using daring interfaces and out of the ordinary tactics to get people to pay it.

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"Less people are using Snapchat around me, and I’ve stopped entirely."

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Threats to Online Privacy: What a Trump Administration May Do to Cyberspace

Threats to Online Privacy: What a Trump Administration May Do to Cyberspace | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Trump is in support for mass online surveillance- but what does that really mean for the average browser.
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DARPA sees future third wave of Artificial Intelligence

DARPA sees future third wave of Artificial Intelligence | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
DARPA sees three waves of artificial intelligence - Wave 1 Engineers create sets of rules to represent knowledge in well‐define
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Bots: What you need to know

Bots: What you need to know | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Bots are made possible by recent advances in artificial intelligence, user interface, and communication.
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Deep learning boosted AI. Now the next big thing in machine intelligence is coming

Deep learning boosted AI. Now the next big thing in machine intelligence is coming | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
By experimenting, computers are figuring out how to do things that no programmer could teach them.

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Computers are beginning to learn like people: from their own experiences and without explicit instruction.

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How to Record Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls

How to Record Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Learn how to record Skype and Google Hangout calls. Instead of traveling on site, capture interviews in video calls then save and share those recordings

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Why Trust Is the New Marketing Currency

Why Trust Is the New Marketing Currency | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
If someone sidles up on the street and wants to sell you a "Rolex," you'll likely run. Do the same with digital marketers who similarly fail to secure your trust.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.
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Researchers are trying to map the dark web economy to the real world

Researchers are trying to map the dark web economy to the real world | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Two academics at the Oxford Internet Institute are gearing up to find out where the dark web trade physically happens.
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One of the largest train companies in Europe now runs entirely on wind power

One of the largest train companies in Europe now runs entirely on wind power | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Dutch railways now runs entirely on wind power, meeting their target to run entirely on renewable energy early.
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The 10 most innovative companies in AI and machine learning

The 10 most innovative companies in AI and machine learning | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

Fast Company released its list of the most innovative AI and machine learning companies of 2017. Here's why they make the grade...

 

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Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries

Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
As devices become smaller and more powerful, they require faster, smaller, more stable batteries. University of Illinois chemists have developed a superionic solid that could be the basis of next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

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A Cyberspace Oddity

A Cyberspace Oddity | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
An aggregation of the strange, academic, and occasionally informative by @RSBrzoska
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NMC Beyond the Horizon :: Digital Literacy

This event explores a pressing challenge for higher education institutions across the world: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty. A
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Your Essential Guide to Internal Content Linking

Your Essential Guide to Internal Content Linking | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Today, it’s easy to get caught up in the glitzy, glamorous SEO tricks and tactics that are flooding the web.

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Tagging and ranking for SEO, good tips
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