A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

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  Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them.  The… Read more »

White Collar Robots: The Virtual Workforce and Robotic Process Automation

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We are all familiar with physical, industrial robots, but what about robots that work in offices? In fact, they are already taking up posts around the world alongside their human counterparts. What opportunities does the Virtual Workforce present, and why are organisations choosing them to facilitate better service, faster growth and to react more quickly… Read more »

Microsoft Says It’s True: Cat Videos Distract Workers

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Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval. Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline. Source: Bloomberg Date: February 15th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-05/microsoft-says-it-s-true-cat-videos-distract-workers Discussion 1) The “productivity paradox” was… Read more »

What is blockchain and how does it work?

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Blockchain is one of the buzzwords in modern-day financial transactions. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Source: BBC Asia Date: January 11th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-38932854/what-is-blockchain-and-how-does-it-work Discussion There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of videos “explaining” how Blockchain works.  I picked this one in particular because it talks about what I think is going… Read more »

TD Adopts Visa’s Tokenization Technology for Android Platform

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  Powered by Host Card Emulation, Visa’s tokenization technology provides TD customers with security by substituting sensitive account information with encrypted “tokens” during mobile payment transactions. Description: TD Bank Group this week announced that it is the first Canadian financial institution to adopt Visa’s global standard tokenization technology for its TD app for the Android… Read more »

Trendquiz is a New, Simple, and Super Addictive Game

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Description: Trendquiz uses Google Trends data Source: TechCrunch Date: November 20, 2015   A simple site called trendquiz uses data from Google Trends to quiz you on whether you can pick out what the trend line is, and it gives you two options to choose from. You can also choose from topics like technology. Read More. Questions… Read more »

Owlet, The Smart Baby Sock, Is Already Saving Lives

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Description: Owlet does not prevent SIDS, but instead lets parents know when the child is suffocating. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 25, 2015   Owlet, a Hardware Battlefield darling, announced that they are going out of beta this weekend and will be available to new parents who want to make sure their wee ones are breathing at night…. Read more »

Google Embraces ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Sites in Search Shake-up

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Description: Change billed as ‘mobile-geddon’ by some search experts, Google has been urging websites to cater to mobile device for years, mainly because that is where people are increasingly searching for information. Source: CBC News Date: April 17, 2015   Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in… Read more »

Here’s How to Get a Job at Google

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Description: Google’s Head of People Operations Laszlo Bock explains what does and doesn’t matter when applying to work at the company. Source: CNN Money Date: April 12, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would the opportunity to work at Google be a dream job for you? 2. If you were offered the job of a lifetime, but had… Read more »

Magic Leap Makes Internet Lose Its Mind

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Description: Meet Magic Leap — the company whose secret technology could change how you see the world. Source: CNN Money Date: March 20, 2015 Magic Leap, a tech company vying to compete with Facebook’s Oculus VR, says they have the technology that will blow your mind. Questions for Discussion: 1. Have you heard of Magic Leap before? Does… Read more »