Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Investors worldwide are fretting about global demand conditions, fearing, for example, a potential hard landing in China and the repercussions of falling oil prices. But, while these worries are well founded, they often neglect human ingenuity’s unparalleled ability to deliver better living standards and investment opportunities.

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Destructive technologies or disruptive technologies? By Larry Hatheway.

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Will our brains merge with computers? Futurist says yes, and soon

Science fiction has a long tradition of pitting artificial intelligence against humanity in a struggle for dominance. Ray Kurzweil, a noted futurist and inventor, envisions a more co-operative future. He says the human brain will soon merge with computer networks to form a hybrid artificial intelligence.

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Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, says we’re close to linking our brains with AI

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work — Medium

Artificial Intelligence has been the topic de jour lately with every corner of intellectual thought sounding in on the perils, and the potential rewards, of synthesizing a machine intelligence that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can. Elon Musk, Bill Gates and even Stephen Hawking have all suggested that an AI with this sort of general intelligence (also known as Strong AI or Full AI) could bring about an apocalypse that sees an end to human civilization, or even an end to the human race.

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By Blake Irving. The ability for vastly more people to do work they love without having to be experts in every aspect of business could fuel a revolution toward a producer-based economy. An economy made up of millions of individuals who are doing what they love is a welcomed change that AI is helping make real.

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How Cloud, APIs Are Transforming Outsourcing – InformationWeek

Outsourcing isn’t what it used to be. In April, KPMG’s quarterly survey of outsourcing buyers, advisors, and service providers found declining demand for third-party services. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported thatoutsourcing deals in India declined last year to $120.4 billion from $206.8 billion in 2010.

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By Thomas Claburn. Though cloud computing changes may affect the need for custom software, they don’t necessarily obviate the need for IT skills. “Cloud services can’t replace quality talent,” said Masini. “If you have the talent in

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Machine learning, IoT and big data: Retailers need to embrace latest tech or fall behind

The retail industry is on the whole a voracious adopter of modern data-centric technology, aping the manufacturing world by using big data analytics to streamline supply chains, and using smartphone apps and wireless beacons to harvest customer data to deliver better service.

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By Roland Moore-Colyer.  The gamut of data-driven and cloud-powered technology is now available for the retail sector to take advantage of, and some retailers are already doing so, creating a perfect storm of innovation and real-world use cases. Others should follow this lead or risk falling behind in the market.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop app turns phones into thin clients

The Microsoft Remote Desktop app could make mobile users more productive by allowing Windows 10 Mobile and smartphones that support Continuum to function as PCs.

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By Ramin Edmond. Contiuum and Windows 10 makes an Windows Phone suited for Remote Desktop Full Screen work. The only thing you need is a big screen, a mouse and a keyboard.

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What will it be like to live in a megacity in 2100?

By 2100, as much as 84% of the Earth’s 10.8bn people will live in cities, according to the UN. Potentially dozens more megacities—cities with populations of 10m or more, 28 of which exist today, will pepper the planet—with developing countries accounting for almost 89% of the growth.

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Humans won’t be the only inhabitants of these megacities of the 2100. Machines – and robots – will be integral to their ecosystems, writes Andrew Trabulsi.

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Your Job In 2016 And Beyond: The “Human In The Loop” Future Of Work And Technology

Despite some individuals’ resistance, the balance between job conservation and technological progress is emerging as a robust, efficient, profitable business model resulting in overall economic growth

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By Richard Milam. The distribution of work is changing as people work with technology in a loop; where intelligence meets automation to create a progressive future.

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