Is It Time For Voice Technology To Kill Touchscreens?

Humans and objects have had a long love affair. Simple tools, as well as sophisticated software are all extensions of our physical bodies. We can trace human progress and wellbeing to the level of sophistication of the tools we have created, and by doing so, the augmentation of our abilities to travel, build, communicate, and create. Since tools are so critical to our existence and prosperity, the way we interface with these tools is also of great importance. So important is the interface between humans and the machines we operate,…

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The Fortune Global Technology Forum, Day One

Good morning. The Fortune Global Technology Forum got underway this morning in Guangzhou, China. Some excerpts from Fortune’s coverage: “I think innovation means you are willing to do things that others don’t dare.” —Fu Sheng, founder and CEO, Cheetah Mobile. “4G is like driving on the high-speed interstate highway. 2G is like driving on a country road. But 5G is like flying an airplane.” —Freeman Shen, founder and CEO, WM Motor Technology. “I think the (genomic) revolution is definitely here. It’s a combination of revolution[s] of biology and deep machine learning.” —Simone Song,…

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Will The Future Of Work Require More Investment In Technology, Not Less?

Will The Future Of Work Require More Investment In Technology, Not Less? In 2018 MIT created a “Task Force on the Work of the Future” to explore the way technologies are impacting the world of work, and how society can adapt to ensure that prosperity is broadly shared throughout. They aim to cut through the hyperbole that has sadly come to dominate this topic and give empirical, evidence-driven commentary. The task force have recently published their first official report not with an express aim to provide definitive answers, but rather to help leaders…

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Technology creating jobs of tomorrow

Part of the technological shift happening across the globe is the change in how we work, right down to the creation of jobs that simply didn’t exist yesterday. Geoff Augutis delves into how technology is evolving the workforce with the creation of new jobs happening right across the globe. When your teenage child spends their weekends locked in a dark room playing video games with their friends who live half way around the world, it can be hard to see the bright side. That being said this same young man…

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‘Building smart cities starts with people, not technology’

When The Jetsons, the candy-coloured cartoon family, came on TV screens in the 1960s, they presented a utopian world powered by technology. From humanoids, holograms, smartwatches and phones, to video chat, drones and 3D printed food, they used things that were straight from a science fiction novel. Now, these things have become an everyday reality, and countries are trying to utilize them to create a smart world. “Smart”, however, doesn’t mean just installing digital interfaces in traditional infrastructure. Building smart cities, in fact, start with people, not technology. It means using…

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Tata Motors announces Ziptron technology to power its future electric vehicles

Tata Motors launched an indigenously developed technology for electric vehicles, called Ziptron. The company claims this technology or the platform it provides has been built with the Indian conditions in view and will offer a reliable powertrain for electric vehicles. The highlight of the Ziptron announcement will definitely be the company’s claim that they would be able to offer a massive eight years warranty on the battery and the motor of the vehicles powered by Ziptron. This would be a path-breaking feature for automobiles since the existing vehicles running on fossil fuels…

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Inside The Technology Leaders Summit By And For Lesbians And LGBTQ Allies

Leanne Pittsford, the CEO and founder of Lesbians Who Tech + Allies, and her wife, are expecting their first child in October. Photo by Melody Maia Monet MELODY MAIA MONET “There’s a place for us,” sang Consuelo in Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical, “West Side Story,” set in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Somewhere, on the far end of West 48th Street, hundreds of queer women found that place last week at the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies leadership summit, along with scores of non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals. Women account for 1…

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Connecting With Technology Mentors: 10 Effective Methods For Young Professionals

Technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Newcomers to the industry may find themselves facing a slew of challenges and trends they couldn’t have predicted during their time in school. Having an experienced tech veteran by their side to show them the ropes and help them adapt can make all the difference in their career success. As experienced tech professionals, the members of Forbes Technology Council understand how beneficial mentorships can be in this ever-changing field. To help you facilitate connections between your young employees and industry mentors, our panel of experts…

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How to Cure Your Kids’ Addiction to Technology

We’re meeting in a café in midtown New York on a sultry August day, ahead of the September 10 publication of Eyal’s new book, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” (co-written with Juli Li; BenBella Books). Eyal’s 2014 book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” was a favorite among executives in the high-tech industry. It starred on The Wall Street Journal’s best-seller list and has become Amazon’s top-selling book in the industrial and product design category. Officials from Google, Facebook and Instagram have come to consult…

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5G technology goes underground

Automation and digitalization are increasingly used in almost every major industry to improve efficiency. Thanks to rapid advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, and innovations like X-ray diffraction and electric vehicles, the mining sector is also catching up with the technological revolution. According to a White Paper by the World Economic Forum and Accenture, digitalization could bring about over USD $425 billion of value for the mining industry, customers, society and environment by 2025. It could also lead to a reduction of 610 million t of CO2 emissions, as well as…

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