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2020 predictions about automation and the future of work from Forrester

November 11th, 2019 at 3:38 pm » Comments Off

Over 1 million knowledge-work jobs will be replaced in 2020 by software robotics, RPA, virtual agents and chatbots, and machine-learning-based decision management. So predicts research firm Forrester in a new report published today, “Predictions 2020: Automation.” It also estimates that 331,500 net jobs will be added to the US workforce next year, human-touch jobs that […]



CRISPR enzyme programmed to kill viruses in human cells

November 10th, 2019 at 5:15 pm » Comments Off

Researchers harness Cas13 as an antiviral and diagnostic for RNA-based viruses Researchers have now turned a CRISPR RNA-cutting enzyme into an antiviral that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells. Many of the world’s most common or deadly human pathogens are RNA-based viruses — Ebola, Zika and flu, for example […]



Porous polymer coatings dynamically control light and heat

November 10th, 2019 at 5:12 pm » Comments Off

The porous polymer coatings, which switch from white to transparent when wetted, can be put into plastic enclosures to make panels that control light and temperatures of buildings. Credit: Jyotirmoy Mandal/Columbia Engineering Buildings devote more than 30% of their energy use to heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Passive designs such as cool roof paints have […]



The drone wars are already here

November 10th, 2019 at 5:08 pm » Comments Off

A Bayraktar TB-2 unmanned aerial vehicle. The skies of Syria, Yemen, and Libya swarm with armed and dangerous unmanned aerial vehicles. And the technology is spreading farther and farther afield. The Kurdish fighters emerged from a tunnel and were spotted by a Turkish reconnaissance drone. As they were loading ammunition onto a truck in a […]



Guess which company was just crowned the world’s biggest plastic polluter (Again)

November 9th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

On one day in September, people from over 50 countries decided to do something about our plastic problem. Together, they picked up almost half a million pieces of plastic garbage littering the planet. Over 40 percent of this mountain of trash was still clearly identifiable by brand, and one producer’s trash in particular was picked […]



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