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Emergence of AI in Singapore – Will Robots Take Over Our Jobs?

As artificial intelligence continues to get smarter, social robots are poised to replace humans and become receptionists or personal assistants to bosses, journalists and lawyers in the offices of the future. Meet Nadine, a ‘Friendly’ Robot Receptionist Decades ago, bosses hired secretaries to record their daily schedules and typists to churn out contracts and reports.

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Drones: Flying Robots Set to Soar in Singapore

“We believe that in the future, unmanned autonomous vehicles (not just aerial vehicles) will become an integral part of a city’s infrastructure, monitoring their surroundings and carrying out various tasks in the background.” – Mr Mark Yong, CEO & co-founder of Garuda Robotics Drones are flying robots also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The drone

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Smartphone Addiction: Is Switching Off an Option?

“On average, Singapore’s millennials are spending 3.4 hours a day on their mobile phones, whereas others within Asia Pacific are spending 2.8 hours a day.” – Deloitte’s 2014 Global Mobile Consumer Survey In today’s age of rapid digitalisation, smartphones are becoming an extension of one’s self. In a recent study, market research company YouGov highlighted that

You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’ rawpixel/Unsplash, CC BYYou’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’ rawpixel/Unsplash, CC BY

You Make Decisions Quicker And Based On Less Information Than You Think

We live in an age of information. In theory, we can learn everything about anyone or anything at the touch of a button. All this information should allow us to make super-informed, data-driven decisions all the time. But the widespread availability of information does not mean that you actually use it even if you have

Curious Kids: How Does The Moon, Being So Far Away, Affect The Tides On Earth?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. You can send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids. How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth? – Lachie, age 8, Doreen,

How Imagination Can Help People Overcome Fear and Anxiety

Almost everyone has something they fear – maybe it’s spiders, enclosed spaces, or heights. When we encounter these “threats,” our hearts might begin to race, or our hands may become sweaty. This is called a threat fear response, and it exists to help us avoid potential pain. Most of us only feel scared when a

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The Web Really Isn’t Worldwide – Every Country Has Different Access

What the internet looks like to users in the U.S. can be quite different from the online experience of people in other countries. Some of those variations are due to government censorship of online services, which is a significant threat to internet freedom worldwide. But private companies – many based in the U.S. – are

Huawei Saga Offers Opportunity for Global Telecom Giants

The arrest of Huawei Technologies’ CFO is the latest affirmation that trust and security will play increasingly central roles in the regulation of the telecommunications sector globally. The reason? 5G wireless technology. 5G, or fifth-generation wireless, is on the cusp of replacing both 4G wireless and broadband Wi-Fi networks for businesses and households. The buildout

How to Protect Your Digital Identity After Marriott Hack

After the Marriott data breach, potentially left over 500 million people’s digital data compromised, here are three ways to avoid becoming a victim. Massive data breaches aren’t shocking us the way they used to. Despite the latest Marriot hacking leaving over 500 million people’s names, phone numbers, and even passport numbers exposed, people aren’t reacting

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Are The Tech Giants Taking Over As Your City Leaders?

Global tech players such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – the so-called Big 4, or GAFA – Airbnb and Tesla are redefining work, mobility, leisure and the everyday of how we live. Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations. Cities are expected to be home to nearly 70% of the world’s population by

How To Protect Your Phone as You Shop and Travel

Hackers are watching you this holiday season, so be as mindful of your phone as of your cash and credit cards. In general, your phone and data are safe. Attacks from sophisticated hackers, though, could make your phone vulnerable, according to Michigan State University research. This is particularly noteworthy this time of year, as more

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The Montréal Declaration: Why We Must Develop AI Responsibly

I have been doing research on intelligence for 30 years. Like most of my colleagues, I did not get involved in the field with the aim of producing technological objects, but because I have an interest in the the abstract nature of the notion of intelligence. I wanted to understand intelligence. That’s what science is:

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Marriott, Too: Businesses Are Losing Cyber ‘Arms Race’

On November 30, 2018, Marriott announced that 500 million accounts had been hacked, the second-largest data compromise behind Yahoo’s 2013 hack that exposed 3 billion accounts. “We are in the [cyber] arms race right now,” says Azer Bestavros, founder of Boston University’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. “Hackers are

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Business Users of Smartphones May Be Breaking the Law

Commentary This article is part of a series on corporate surveillance, highlighting civil liberty, privacy, cybersecurity, safety, and tech-product user exploitation threats associated with connected products that are supported by the Android (Google) OS, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows OS, smartphones and their harmful effects.  Due to the proliferation of smartphones and bring-your-own device programs,

Qin Jinzhou, an embryologist who was part of the team working with scientist He Jiankui, adjusts a microplate containing embryos that have been injected with Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA on Oct. 9, 2018 at a lab in Shenzhen, Guandong Province, China. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Could Anyone Have Stopped Gene-Edited Babies Experiment?

HONG KONG—Early last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology that had shaken the field to its core—an emerging tool for “editing” genes, the strings of DNA that form the blueprint of life. The young scientist, He Jiankui, saw the

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Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This report covers news and events from November 16 – Dec 1, 2018. The October 2018 murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi — who US and Turkish officials say was killed at the order of Crown

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Are Phones Listening To Us? What They Can Learn From The Sound Of Your Voice

The vast majority of people in developed countries now carry a smartphone everywhere. And while many of us are already well aware of privacy issues associated with smartphones, like their ability to track our movements or even take surreptitious photos, an increasing number of people are starting to worry that their smartphone is actually listening

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