HR technology has come a long way in the last few years, as HR professionals demand user-friendly tools that provide great insights.Dreaming of digital HR Era of the thinking machineMoving beyond gimmicksGiven the current ubiquity of online jobs platforms, and software like SAP and Oracle, it might be difficult to fathom the “olden days” when office technology mostly meant typewriters and calculators. But in fact, it was not so long ago – less than two decades, in fact – that classified advertising in newspapers and trade publications were a HR manager’s main tools for recruitment, while payday still meant hauling out the cheque writing machine.Considering the rapid speed of technology change we’ve witnessed since the turn of the millennium, HR professionals today can safely expect their successors to boggle at the technology used today, thinking it quaint and maybe even antiquated by their not too distant future standards.It’s a prospect that HR professionals themselves seem to be happily preparing for – the Global Human Capital Trends report from Deloitte last year noted that 74% of executives identified digital HR as a top priority.

Source: HR in the age of technology | hrmasia


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Image caption“Killer robots” may seem like something from a sci-fi film, but reality is catching up

More than 100 of the world’s top robotics experts wrote a letter to the United Nations recently calling for a ban on the development of “killer robots” and warning of a new arms race. But are their fears really justified?

Entire regiments of unmanned tanks; drones that can spot an insurgent in a crowd of civilians; and weapons controlled by computerised “brains” that learn like we do, are all among the “smart” tech being unleashed by an arms industry many believe is now entering a “third revolution in warfare”.

“In every sphere of the battlefield – in the air, on the sea, under the sea or on the land – the military around the world are now demonstrating prototype autonomous weapons,” says Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence at Sydney’s New South Wales University.


Emotions can be detected remotely using a device that emits wireless signals to help it measure heartbeat and breathing, say researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.The new device, named “EQ-Radio,” is 87 percent accurate at detecting whether a person is excited, happy, angry or sad—all without on-body sensors or facial-recognition software.“We picture EQ-Radio being used in entertainment, consumer behavior, and healthcare,” says the study’s lead researcher, Mingmin Zhao. “For example,” says Zhao, a graduate student, “smart homes could use information about your emotions to adjust the music or even suggest that you get some fresh air if you’ve been sad for a few days.” Zhao adds that remote emotion monitoring could eventually be used to diagnose or track conditions like depression and anxiety.”Zhao and study co-authors Dina Katabi and Fadel Adib will present their work in October at the Association of Computing Machinery’s International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) in New York.

Source: Mood-Detecting Sensor Could Help Machines Respond to Emotions – IEEE Spectrum


The world is widely considered to be on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution – one where machines will be able to do many of the jobs currently performed by humans, and perhaps even do them better. It is a future that promises greater efficiency and cheaper services, but one that also could herald widespread job losses.It raises a troubling question for all of us – when will a machine be able to do my job?There are no certain answers, but some of the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers are trying to find out.Katja Grace, a research associate at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, and her colleagues from the AI Impacts project and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, have surveyed 352 scientists and compiled their answers into predictions about how long it may take for machines to outperform humans on various tasks.

Source: BBC – Capital – How long will it take for your job to be automated?