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Artificial Intelligence – if you like or not – and why Europe is lagging behind

“AI is the new electricity,” Andrew Ng announced. He is the adjunct Stanford professor that founded the Google Brain Deep Learning Project and also is one of the co-founders of Coursera. Since AI already is making an impact on everyday life and we are now approaching the end of the beginning. To use Andrew Ng’s words again: “About 100 years ago, electricity transformed every major industry. AI has advanced to the point where it has… Continue reading

Taking Language skills to the Next Level

Science fiction can often be seen as a sketch of what the future will be like. One of the most inspiring is Star Trek where the first episode was broadcasted in 1966, and new episodes and movies have kept on coming for more than half a century. One of the devices that now is becoming a reality is the universal language translator for real-time communication. Such devices are on MIT’s list of breakthrough technologies 2018,… Continue reading

Eye-tracking technology the next big thing?

The areas of use are many for eye-tracking technology, besides the augmented experience in gaming, and the practical improvement of different human behavioural diagnoses like to discover dyslexia, assistive communication, market research, AR/VR, security system in vehicles and research etc. As both Apple and Google recently has bought eye-tracking technology companies and Microsoft has opened Windows to support eye-tracking hardware and software, the market is about take off. For instance research from the Swinburne University… Continue reading

Making Blockchain a European Affair

Social-, educational- and economic transactions with no need for a middleman make blockchain sound like a well-adapted technology for Europe. In this spirit, the Blockchain Observatory and Forum were launched last week by the European Commission. Initially, it was created as a European Parliament pilot project that was proposed by MEP Jakob von Weizsacker. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip commented the launch in the following way: “We want to build on Europe’s… Continue reading

Signs of the time: On what Millennials think of 5G and transformation of education

Millennials, the generation born between the 1980s to the beginning of the 21th Century, are more demanding than other generations when it comes to mobile- and internet technology, this year’s Ericsson Mobility Report shows. As this generation not know a world without ICT they are now taking the lead towards a 5G-future, both when it comes to digital networks and services. Since the key findings in the report is that millennials is leading a clear… Continue reading

Robots are taking over, human labour lost … or not

A new report from Oxford University and Yale University shows that it is 50% chance that AI will outperform humans on all tasks within 45 years and of automating all human jobs in 120 years. This is the conclusion of a worldwide survey with machine learning researchers as respondents. Within the next ten years AI will be better in tasks like translating languages (by 2024), writing high-school essays (by 2026), driving a truck (by 2027),… Continue reading

Industry 4.0 with eyes on the future

In France it is termed “Industrie du Futur”, in Japan “Society 5.0 and Connected Industries”, while in Canada it is called “Innovation and Skills Plan”, and the European Union launched in 2016 “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market”, but the most commonly used term globally is the German “Industrie 4.0”. However, the different approaches to this development give indications on the complexity of the phenomenon. Basically it is… Continue reading

The design thinking process of building a drone for disaster-zones, MIT research

eLearningworld News Engineers at MIT have designed a drone that can work without interruption for more than five days. At the same time as it stays connected, and can continue gathering data as well as provide temporary telecommunication, even if it is in a disaster zone where communication-problems goes with the territory. However, these vehicles do already exist, but the engineers at MIT have with new design managed to lower the cost dramatically, while the… Continue reading

After programming: The future of work

Even if something technologically feasible does not mean it will be generally adopted. Innovation does not matter, more than to early adopters, if the new solution does not start from and adapt to human prerequisites. Feng Li, Professor of Information Management at Cass Business School writes the following about future work: “Robots, AI and other technologies are very good at certain tasks but this does not mean they can replace humans.  My guess is, some… Continue reading

Developing an ICT-enabled public sector in the EU and Entrepreneurship

The EU Commission’s action plan to digitalise the European public sector until 2020 includes an ambitious vision of providing borderless, personalised, user-friendly, end-to-end digital public services to all citizens and businesses in the EU. The plan is based on the following principles: 1. Digital should be default for public services with a one-stop-shop via different channels. 2. Once only principle, where citizens and businesses only should need to supply the same information once to a public… Continue reading