Technology and ethics in the coronavirus economy

The last two decades have ushered in significant change and transformation. I believe the 2020s will be dispositive in redefining the pillars of our economy, and COVID-19 magnifies this greatly. As of this writing there are 3,611,394 confirmed cases, and the U.S. accounts for 33% of those. We are now dealing with a 4.8% Q1 GDP contraction and expectations for Q2’s shrinking runs into the 25% range, more than 30 million unemployed and a $7 trillion federal intervention — in a span of six weeks. Eric Schmidt recently predicted that…

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Work from home is the bug fix for technology companies operating in India

Bengaluru/Mumbai/New Delhi: On Tuesday morning, Intel India issued an extensive email advisory to its employees in Bengaluru mentioning travel restrictions, selective home quarantine, guidance to attend large gatherings and even handling packages. Intel’s pandemic leadership team and emergency operations centre teams are monitoring the situation closely, the tech firm said in the email, adding that it has begun screening visitors, delivery people and new contingent workers arriving at all its sites. “Security personnel will now ask visitors, delivery people and new contingent workers about recent travel to areas impacted by Intel’s…

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How Israel Became A Technology Startup Nation

The State of Israel has welcomed the opportunity to self-style itself as a technology startup nation. Scotland coined the term Silicon Glen to denote its tech growth zone just outside Edinburgh and beyond, Utah has Silicon Slopes and Dubai has Silicon Oasis. Logically enough then, Israel went for Silicon Wadi as the term to symbolize the location of its tech business hub, with the term ‘wadi’ meaning dry desert river bed in Arabic and colloquial Hebrew. But why should Israel have shown its mettle in the tech market? What drove this region…

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Government to take ‘technology over taxation’ approach to climate change

‘Very speculative’: Scott Morrison has not confirmed reports he may adopt a technology investment target to avoid signing up to a commitment of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA Scott Morrison has described a report he may adopt a technology investment target to avoid signing up to a commitment of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as speculation, but confirmed his government will take a “technology over taxation” approach to climate change. On Tuesday, Morrison told reporters in Melbourne the report in the Australian was “very speculative”, but said it…

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Technology Will Aid Compliance With CRE Environmental Regs

Jake Fingert, general partner at Washington, D.C.-based Camber Creek CAMBER CREEK Many industries are confronting increasing pressures to reduce energy consumption. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Among the most daunting recent hurdles is the new climate change bill in New York City. It mandates a four-fifths cut in carbon emissions emanating from buildings within the next 30 years. The problem? Today’s most advanced technology is able to slash energy utilization by less than half (46 percent). Current smart energy management systems can take energy conservation efforts only…

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China theft of technology is biggest law enforcement threat to US, FBI says

A lamp post outside the White House is adorned with Chinese and US national flags in Washington. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The FBI on Thursday identified China as the biggest law enforcement threat to the United States, and its director said Beijing was seeking to steal American technology by “any means necessary”. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, told a conference the bureau currently had about 1,000 investigations open into Chinese technology theft across its 56 regional offices. The agency’s counterintelligence chief, John Brown, said the bureau arrested 24 people in 2019 in…

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Technology in the workplace: why culture remains key

(Image credit: Image source: Shutterstock/violetkaipa) It’s no secret that technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Communication has been transformed by instant messaging apps, new security measures have been introduced to keep data safe, and tech innovations are proving cost-effective for many. Automation through technology is placing productivity and efficiency at the heart of organisations everywhere, and embracing it prevents businesses wasting time on admin, giving them the space to drive growth and focus on what’s important – people. Teamwork is being transformed by technology, too. Working together is…

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Will new technology help fight the Coronavirus?

Technology is helping transform industries. Healthcare and medical research are two areas that are most ripe for disruption, so when new diseases emerge, like the deadly Coronavirus, it’s time for technology to put its money where its mouth is. But, is this feasible? Can new and mature technologies, like AI and analytics, help fight the Coronavirus and any other diseases that might spark global healthcare crises? In the latest video from Tech Talks*, filmed at the Disruptive Live studios, Katie Mills — head of innovation at Schneider Electric — and Daniel Clayton — digital marketing manager at Logitech —…

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Technology is anthropology

The interesting thing about the technology business is that, most of the time, it’s not the technology that matters. What matters is how people react to it, and what new social norms they form. This is especially true in today’s era, well past the midpoint of the deployment age of smartphones and the internet. People — smart, thoughtful people, with relevant backgrounds and domain knowledge — thought that Airbnb and Uber were doomed to failure, because obviously no one would want to stay in a stranger’s home or ride in a stranger’s…

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Does technology affect your work-life balance?

Millennials have become the world’s most observed generation in recent years—be it for the early onset of chronic diseases or the number of hours spent on average on smartphones. They are also the biggest demographic group in India. A recent survey by furniture brand Godrej Interio says older millennials (in the 30-40 age group) fumble when it comes to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Gen Xers, aged 41-50 according to the survey, are more adept at getting this right. According to the findings of the Make Space For Life survey—conducted in 2019 among…

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