Thursday, 5 July 2018

Interesting Reads – 2018-07-06

Interesting Reads – 2018-07-06

23 Sentences Our Grandchildren Won't Believe We Said In 2018

Even though there are always things that one generation can’t fathom from the realities of the generation who came before them, the rate of technological change occurring now just might make our grandchildren wonder how we ever survived.

Robot companions are coming into our homes – so how human should they be?

What would your ideal robot be like? One that can change nappies and tell bedtime stories to your child? Perhaps you’d prefer a butler that can polish silver and mix the perfect cocktail? Or maybe you’d prefer a companion that just happened to be a robot? Certainly, some see robots as a hypothetical future replacement for human carers. But a question roboticists are asking is: how human should these future robot companions be?

A companion robot is one that is capable of providing useful assistance in a socially acceptable manner. This means that a robot companion’s first goal is to assist humans. Robot companions are mainly developed to help people with special needs such as older people, autistic children or the disabled. They usually aim to help in a specific environment: a house, a care home or a hospital.

State of Cryptocurrencies: Summer 2018

This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of the cryptocurrency ecosystem as of Summer 2018. This includes high-level introductions and discussions on top current and upcoming projects: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Chia, Decred, smart contract platforms (Ethereum, DFINITY, Cosmos, EOS, Filecoin, Rchain, Tezos, Algorand), privacy coins (Zcash, Monero, Grin/MimbleWimble, Mobilecoin), and stablecoin projects (Basis, MakerDAO).

Universities must prepare for a technology-enabled future

Automation and artificial intelligence technologies are transforming manufacturing, corporate work and the retail business, providing new opportunities for companies to explore and posing major threats to those that don’t adapt to the times. Equally daunting challenges confront colleges and universities, but they’ve been slower to acknowledge them.

At present, colleges and universities are most worried about competition from schools or training systems using online learning technology. But that is just one aspect of the technological changes already under way. For example, some companies are moving toward requiring workers have specific skills trainings and certifications – as opposed to college degrees.

As a professor who researches artificial intelligence and offers distance learning courses, I can say that online education is a disruptive challenge for which colleges are ill-prepared. Lack of student demand is already closing 800 out of roughly 10,000 engineering colleges in India. And online learning has put as many as half the colleges and universities in the U.S. at risk of shutting down in the next couple decades as remote students get comparable educations over the internet – without living on campus or taking classes in person. Unless universities move quickly to transform themselves into educational institutions for a technology-assisted future, they risk becoming obsolete.

Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021

Cybersecurity Ventures has reviewed and synthesized dozens of employment figures from the media, analysts, job boards, vendors, governments, and organizations globally, in order to estimate the number of cybersecurity job openings over the next 5 years.

We predict there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.

The cybersecurity jobs forecasts have been unable to keep pace with the dramatic rise in cybercrime, which is predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015.

Presenting the India Startup Report: a YourStory overview on our start-up ecosystem

YourStory has been chronicling the evolution of the Indian startup ecosystem before it became an ecosystem, and before the word ‘startup’ was commonly understood and used. We made it our mission to tell the stories of entrepreneurs who were taking massive risks – personally and professionally – to do what they believed would bring about significant change in the country.

Ten years down the line, our interactions have not only resulted in close to 80,000 stories, but also a database of India’s new-age companies. More than that, we have had an insider’s view of the ecosystem like no other because we aren’t looking outside-in.

Many of you have been asking us to put together all our data, learning and observations in a much more cohesive manner. And we hear you. As YourStory celebrates its tenth year of chronicling entrepreneurship stories, we have decided to bring out every quarter a status report on the ecosystem. This is the first edition of the India Startup Report. We plan to update this with fresh, relevant content and information every quarter.

While there are many different figures about how many startups we have in the country, our internal trackers show that India is home to 40,000 startups. These are not just product startups but ventures that are effectively leveraging technology to push scale.

How Social Networks Set The Limits Of What We Can Say Online

Content moderation is hard. This should be obvious, but it’s easily forgotten. It is resource intensive and relentless; it requires making difficult and often untenable distinctions; it is wholly unclear what the standards should be, especially on a global scale; and one failure can incur enough public outrage to overshadow a million quiet successes. We as a society are partly to blame for having put platforms in this situation. We sometimes decry the intrusions of moderators, and sometimes decry their absence.

Even so, we have handed to private companies the power to set and enforce the boundaries of appropriate public speech. That is an enormous cultural power to be held by so few, and it is largely wielded behind closed doors, making it difficult for outsiders to inspect or challenge. Platforms frequently, and conspicuously, fail to live up to our expectations. In fact, given the enormity of the undertaking, most platforms’ own definition of success includes failing users on a regular basis.

2018 trends in software testing

Testing was once a rather straightforward process that happened all at once right before an application was released. That’s certainly changed today, with testers needing to consider multiple platforms, devices, browsers, versions of browsers, and more, plus compressed release schedules and more frequent test iterations.

How are testing professionals dealing with this increased demand and pressure? Take a look at these survey results to see how your peers have responded to questions such as:

How extensively has your organization adopted agile?
How quickly are bugs that are found during testing fixed?
How often does your team typically deploy a new build?
And more

The leadership journey of Abraham Lincoln

Many years ago,
I made a short film for the Harvard Business School about the lessons that Abraham Lincoln’s life offered for modern leaders. I interviewed a range of CEOs, asking them what they’d learned from the 16th president. Their responses were wide-ranging and profound; many continue to influence my work on leadership.

I was particularly struck by what A. G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble at the time, said about how leaders are made. He pointed to three main ingredients. The first is an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and the cumulative experience a person acquires walking his or her path. The second is that an individual recognizes a moment has arrived that demands his or her leadership. The third is that the individual has to consciously decide “to embrace the cause and get in the game.”

Making oneself into a courageous leader, in the way Lafley describes, is perilous, compelling, and exhausting work. It also is some of the most satisfying one can do, and it could not be more important today. Like the turbulent Civil War that Lincoln found himself at the center of, the early 21st century cries out for effective, decent leaders. People of purpose and commitment who want to make a positive difference and who choose to rise: first within themselves, by claiming their better selves, and then on the larger stage, by staking out the higher ground.

Abraham Lincoln has something to offer each of us right now as we try to craft lives of purpose, dignity, and impact. Are you ready to hear the call to action contained in his story?

Top 10 Fears That Hold People Back In Their Careers

What’s holding you back from landing your dream job or advancing in your career? Are you afraid of failure? Of the stress of more responsibility? Of letting someone down?

Many times the reasons we give ourselves for not going after that new job, not asking for the raise, or not sending in a resume seem legitimate in the moment but they actually all boil down to fears.

What they all have in common is that they masquerade as something useful: these fears pretend to be protecting you, when in reality, they are holding you back.


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