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HR in the age of technology

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 […]

Is ‘killer robot’ warfare closer than we think?

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES 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 […]

Mood-Detecting Sensor Could Help Machines Respond to Emotions

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 […]

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

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 […]

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Lee Sedol, was a landmark for the field of AI, and especially for the technique known as deep reinforcement learning. Reinforcement learning involves having a machine learn to solve a problem not through programming or explicit examples, but through experimentation combined with positive reinforcement. The idea has been around for decades, but combining it with […]

Alphabet’s DeepMind unit could be expanded to 1,000 people

DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence lab that was acquired by Google in 2014 for £400 million, could see its team of computer scientists and neuroscientists expanded to 1,000 people, The Economist’s Hal Hodson reports.Founded in 2010 by Demis Hassabis, Mustafa Suleyman, and Shane Legg, DeepMind currently employs around 400 people in a new Google office […]

Alphabet drone project axes execs amid ‘infighting,’ report says

The heads of Alphabet’s drone-delivery project are out amid infighting, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, in yet another shake-up of Google’s moonshot projects.The ousting of two of Alphabet’s drone leaders was due to a dispute between the engineers and commercial team, sources told the Journal. Chief Dave Vos and Wing’s top commercial executive, […]

Hudson’s Bay turns to robotic technology to amp up e-commerce offering

Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company, is placing its future in the hands of robots.The national department store chain has spent more than $60 million in upgrades to its Toronto distribution centre, including the addition of a state-of-the-art robotics system that it says should speed up the delivery of products to customers.Products that may have […]