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Is Amazon about to upend the insurance industry?

Is Amazon about to upend the insurance industry? | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Internet titan is already making moves for insurance pros
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More disruption for the insurance industry

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Lyft expands operations to remote locales

Lyft expands operations to remote locales | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Formerly limited to metro areas, ride-sharing is now coming to the countryside. Uber challenger Lyft has opened up its operations to an additional 32 states, meaning its services will now be available in 40 states. While those eight states included 79 percent of the country’s total population, Lyft now reaches an estimated 94 percent o
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Lyft will offer service in even the most rural of those states, including the Alaskan wilderness. The caveat is that the more remote the area, the fewer the available drivers, and thus the longer it might take to get picked up. In far flung locales, Lyft recommends scheduling a ride in advance if possible

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Automatisation dans la rédaction des actes juridiques : usurpe-t-on les fonctions des juristes? - Langlois avocats

Automatisation dans la rédaction des actes juridiques : usurpe-t-on les fonctions des juristes? - Langlois avocats | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Alors que plusieurs voient dans le développement de l’intelligence artificielle un moyen d’accroître l’accès à la justice par l’automatisation de certaines tâches, les conséquences de ces nouvelles technologies sur les professions juridiques pourraient être significatives. C’est dans ce cadre que la Cour supérieure a récemment rendu une importante décision dans l’affaire Chambre des notaires du Québec c. Compagnie d'assurances FCT et al., qui porte sur la légalité de la génération automatique d’actes juridiques par des compagnies d’assurance titres.
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Even lawyers and notaries are starting to feel the pressures associated with automation

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Lyft and Amtrak now let passengers book rides to and from the train station

Lyft and Amtrak now let passengers book rides to and from the train station | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Lyft is partnering with Amtrak to help train passengers get to and from the train station. The new deal will let you book a car with the ride-hailing service from within Amtrak’s mobile app
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AA Trust launches free electric vehicle driver training course

AA Trust launches free electric vehicle driver training course | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
The AA Trust has launched Drive Electric, a free of charge electric vehicle (EV) training course.
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Free EV training: The AA Trust has launched Drive Electric, an EV training course free of charge. It follows an AA survey of 16,239 drivers which found that 32% of respondents were interested in a free one-hour driving lesson in an electric car in their local area. Let's do the same thing in Canada!

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Amazon tries to bag a big chunk of grocery market with Seattle pickup locations

Amazon tries to bag a big chunk of grocery market with Seattle pickup locations | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Groceries are a critical nut for Amazon to crack if it’s to unseat Wal-Mart as the world’s largest retailer.
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Want to eat meat sustainably? Share a cow says Vancouver startup | Metro Vancouver

Want to eat meat sustainably? Share a cow says Vancouver startup | Metro Vancouver | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Meatme.co allows people to crowdfund locally raised livestock and have the meat delivered to their door
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the sharing economy has another business: cow, pig, chicken, ... sharing

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Sharing is caring: Peer to peer economy now worth over $15 billion a year

Sharing is caring: Peer to peer economy now worth over $15 billion a year | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
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Hacking of driverless cars a concern for mining industry: Deloitte

Hacking of driverless cars a concern for mining industry: Deloitte | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
The exploration plans of Canadian mining firms are among the “prime” targets for hackers, while autonomous vehicles used by miners could be influenced by computer viruses, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. warned in a recent report. “Malicious viruses, like Stuxnet, explicitly…
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Hoteliers would like to employ more robots

Hoteliers would like to employ more robots | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Guests are keen too, it seems
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Aviva Canada launches homesharing insurance coverage across Canada

Aviva Canada launches homesharing insurance coverage across Canada | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Aviva Canada has announced that it is offering insurance coverage for homesharing across Canada, starting Feb. 1. Aviva Canada said in a statement on Wednesday that it is offering hosts two homeshare coverage options that can be tailored to meeting…
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Why ‘Cardominiums’ Should Be in Our Driverless Future

Why ‘Cardominiums’ Should Be in Our Driverless Future | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Autonomous vehicles are coming, and fast. We need to look at new models for shared ownership.
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Ottawa to study safety of ‘driverless’ cars | Toronto Star

Ottawa to study safety of ‘driverless’ cars | Toronto Star | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Transport Canada says automated vehicles have potential, but wants uniform way to assess driver safety.
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Digital renter's insurance startup Jetty unveils one-question quoting tool

Digital renter's insurance startup Jetty unveils one-question quoting tool | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
The new platform, Quick Quote, generates online quotes for customers who only input a home address using third-party data.
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Talk about a quick quote!

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Tax the Rich and the Robots? California's Thinking About It

Tax the Rich and the Robots? California's Thinking About It | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
San Francisco official studying levy on technology that displaces workers
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Very interesting!

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Meet the Company That’s Using Face Recognition to Reshape China’s Tech Scene

Meet the Company That’s Using Face Recognition to Reshape China’s Tech Scene | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
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Would we be as comfortable using this?

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Two autonomous cars cross Canada-U.S. border in test drive

Two autonomous cars cross Canada-U.S. border in test drive | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Two autonomous vehicles owned by suppliers Magna and Continental crossed an international border between Canada and the United States on Monday, testing automated driving technology in a variety of settings.
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Data is giving rise to a new economy

Data is giving rise to a new economy | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
AN OIL refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its stained glass, the stench of hydrocarbons its heady incense.
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The value of data, who owns, who can access it and how it can be used: all discussed in this article. Food for thought!

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UK Insurance company Aviva is offering new jobs to all employees who admit they could be replaced by robots

UK Insurance company Aviva is offering new jobs to all employees who admit they could be replaced by robots | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Could your job be done better by a robot? That's the question posed to 16,000 employees by British insurance company Aviva. If you think anyone would be crazy to tell their employer "yes, I'm obsolete," consider this: According to the Sunday Times (paywall), Aviva is offering to train employees for alternative jobs in the company for thos
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Proactivity, facing reality in the face and true respect for employees

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8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use in 2017, up 31% from 2016: Gartner

8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use in 2017, up 31% from 2016: Gartner | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
IT research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. is forecasting that 8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and reaching 20.4 billion by 2020. The company added in a press release last week…
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French man suing Uber after app bug revealed his infidelity and led to divorce

French man suing Uber after app bug revealed his infidelity and led to divorce | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
A French man is suing ride-sharing service Uber, alleging a glitch in the app outed him for infidelity and led to his divorce.
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data leak :) 

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California grants Subaru permit to test self-driving cars

California grants Subaru permit to test self-driving cars | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Subaru joined an increasingly large pool of automakers looking to the Golden State as a test bed for a driverless future. The California Department of Motor Vehicles granted Subaru a permit February 9 to test self-driving cars in that state, Engadget reported. That made Subaru the 22nd compan
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Yet another auto OEM joins the club

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Lemonade Reports: 'Our First 100 Days' - Insurance Thought Leadership

Lemonade Reports: 'Our First 100 Days' - Insurance Thought Leadership | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
"Importantly, we’re bringing in a new breed of customers. The majority of customers insured with Lemonade are actually new to insurance."
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Denmark will get world's first tech ambassador

Denmark is appointing the world's first tech ambassador.
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"In the future, our bilateral relations with Google (GOOGLTech30) will be just as important as those we have with Greece," said Anders Samuelsen, Denmark's foreign minister. 

Samuelsen described the Danish government's efforts at strengthening its ties with the world's biggest tech companies as "TechPlomacy." 

The tech ambassador will carry out similar duties to other Danish ambassadors, and negotiate on behalf of the country. Samuelsen said he or she will also talk to tech companies about issues such as data security and privacy. 

"On the other hand, of course, there is the question of where to put the next investments, and hope we can convince these companies to invest in Denmark," he added.

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Alphabet’s Waymo unveils driverless-car sensors

Alphabet’s Waymo unveils driverless-car sensors | Technology and its impacts on our lives | Scoop.it
Waymo LLC, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc., has created its own sensor package, suggesting the tech company sees itself supplying both the software and hardware required for autonomous vehicles.
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interested in selling package of sensors & software to automakers

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