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The Rise And Fall Of The Technology Companies – Forbes

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Over the years since its creation in 2007, Glassdoor, the site that allows employees of companies in the United States to anonymously provide information about their companies, even what they are paid, has become a reference source of unquestionable value, consulted by many candidates when considering job offers. The place a company occupies on Glassdoors annual ranking is very important to them when it comes to attracting or retaining talent.

Glassdoors 2020 league table reflects a trend that, regardless of criticism of its methodology, clearly shows the declining appeal of most of the large technology companies. With the exception of Microsoft, alone in improving its position, Apple dropped 13 spots, Google is out of the Top 10, Facebook has fallen 16 places, while Amazon is not even in the first 100.

In short, Glassdoor this year seems to confirm what the media has been saying: Google is no longer that mythical company where everyone wanted to work, as it steadily normalizes to become simply another company, investigated by the labor authorities to ensure that it respects its employees right to freedom of expression, and doesnt sack them for arbitrary reasons or block unionization. Morale at Facebook keeps falling, while customer trust is at such a low ebb that the company now provides employees with a chatbot so that they can answer difficult questions about its activities.

Whats going on with the tech sector? Veteran business school teachers like myself still remember when our students overwhelmingly wanted to work at the same consultancies or financial companies that are now replacing them with algorithms. After the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the 2008 economic crisis, everybody wanted to work for the technology companies: I remember all too well the interest my students showed when I invited a senior figure from one of them to a class. Now, my students are often highly critical of the tech companies. Interestingly, its the younger students who are most concerned.

There is now a growing debate about how to regulate the power of Big Tech: Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic presidential candidate who has made reining in this companies a campaign pledge, is now backed by Silicon Valley.

Glassdoors new ranking doesnt offer many clues as to what kind of companies might emerge to replace technology companies in our esteem. This years is a confusing jumble of companies of all kinds, from software players like HubSpot, which has banished the previous number one, Zoom, from the list, to consultancies, airlines or hamburger chains, with no clear pattern.

We find ourselves amid transition that still offers very few clues about what is to come. But the fall of Big (and not-so-big) Tech is worrying, as companies once associated with unconventional and inviting working conditions morph into just another place to earn a crust.

When working at Google or Facebook no longer makes you the envy of your friends, when even the founders are abandoning the ship and your own company has to try to help you defend it from hostile accusations, then something has changed. Something has clearly gone wrong.

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Understanding the ethics behind use of HR technology – Human Resource Executive

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Emerging Intelligence columnist John Sumser is the principal analyst at HRExaminer. He researches the impact of data, analytics, AI and associated ethical issues on the workplace. John works with vendors and HR departments to identify problems, define solutions and clarify the narrative. He can be emailed at [emailprotected]

When I look at my news feed, I see a lot of charged words that beg for a click. Headlines that drive traffic seem more important than the actual content. Revenue comes from clicks, not from communication. Attention-grabbing is at the heart of online content.

Then there are the words and ideas that have the opposite effect. They drive people away as soon as they are uttered. They rarely pop into my daily data flow. Its as if there were a hidden part of language.

Ethics is one of those words. The term invariably brings to mind harshly communicated rules governing conduct. Ethics guides (or codes of conduct) usually contain sections about rule enforcement and disciplinary action. They describe the line that defines acceptable behavior. But I never see articles titled 10 Ethical Standards that Will Improve Integrity.

And I definitely never see 8 Ethical Issues with Using HR Technology and How to Talk About Them. But the use of intelligent tools opens a Pandoras box of questions, consequences and opportunities that are hard to see in advance. Employees are rightly concerned about potential job loss and new operating conditions, including fairness and privacy. Employers want to see the new technology expand productivity and reduce cost. Vendors want to cram their products with as much value as possible. Describing these issues as ethics problems tends to limit the conversation quickly.

See also: Does your AI need a background check and a reference?

The technology changes rapidly. Our ability to understand its consequences advances more slowly. Hard and fast rules are impossible to develop in the early days of anything. We all want to understand and do the right thing. We just need to call the learning process something other than ethics.

In the coming months and years, expect to see statements, manifestos, guidelines and audits intended to help you understand how this or that entity is approaching the use of intelligent tools.

Vendors will provide assurances of fitness for purpose, explainability, development processes, privacy and data integrity. Employers will deliver documents that describe how to interact with intelligent tools, what to do if the tools make mistakes, how to use the output of the tools and the organizations commitments to fairness and equity. Employees will organize behind strongly worded assertions of rights, privileges, the desire for intelligibility and the requirement for redress. We are already seeing some of that with employees protesting their employers contracts with projects or entities with which they take issue.

We will all be left wondering if any of it is useful and whether or where we have control. The sorts of underlying principles that matter (correcting mistakes, calibrating models, using probabilistic information and accounting for unintended consequences) are more organic than classic statements of ethics. Underneath all of the fuss, we will be learning 21st-century management techniques while we continue to run, work in or supply our organizations.

Along the way, we will continue to discover that our questions just get deeper. The very early days of intelligent tools featured outlandish claims about the ability of technology to eliminate bias. In hindsight, its clear that the vendors were talking about the earliest stages of sourcing (finding resumes), not the entire hiring process. It turns out that the bulk of hiring bias happens after the candidates have appeared in sourcing and screening.

See also: How to use machine learning to reduce recruiting bias

For example, there are many offerings that automate the interview-scheduling process. There are an awful lot of repeated processes in interview scheduling. The automated tools use machine learning to understand who the usual interviewers are for a given kind of job. They are really good at finding the right interviewers and scheduling them. They save money.

Thats where the trouble begins. Reducing hiring bias has to begin with the idea that the interview process is, at a minimum, suspect. Automating it just institutionalizes the existing organizational norms. Historical data always carry the overtones of historical biases.

Ive begun a project to categorize and document organizational approaches to solving the thorny questions hinted at here. Already, we have the alpha version of a scoring rubric for AI guidelines. We are well on the way to developing a framework.

The groundwork was laid in the 2020 Index of Intelligent Tools in HR Technology: The Birth of HR as a Systems Science, a topic Ill be talking about in my master class at Select HR Tech.

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Konka Group, A China TV Technology Powerhouse, Announces Brand Expansion Into The United States And Canada – PRNewswire

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Konka at CES 2020Konka's wide-ranging expertise and innovation will be on display at CES 2020 at the Konka Booth #10053(Front of Central Hall Near the 2 Doors), including an eye-catching showcase of the future of TV with its advanced Micro LED technology, which can already be found in new Konka commercial displays. The company will also demonstrate a wide variety of other cutting-edge technologies including Mini LED, OLED , 8K, Quantum Dot and 5G. Most importantly, Konka will debut a new line-up of 4K Ultra HD and Smart Products slated for availability in North America this Spring.

Konka A Global CE Powerhouse with Products That Fit Every MarketAs a vertically integrated prime manufacturer with over 5,000 TV patents, Konka sells products in over 100 countries worldwide, specifically tailoring its products for each market. Named one of the "Top 10 most valuable brands in China," Konka's extensive product range includes Television, Audio, Smart Home, Appliances and Mobile.

In North America, Konka will offer a variety of affordable high-performance, feature-rich products, all reflecting the company's mission to provide quality, leading-edge technologies and value. The immediate focus will be given to marketing Konka's compelling TV offerings. In addition, closely related Smart Home products will also be offered to create a broad-based Konka AI ecosystem.

As part of its overall growth plan, Konka has significantly increased investment in several key technology areas including AIoT (combining AI with Home Control), 5G and Semiconductor (including a new 8K SoC).

Experienced Executive Team for Konka's North American LaunchKonka is targeting strong growth and continued expansion in North America over the next three years. To achieve its goals the company has engaged three CE industry veterans to manage the brand in North America.

Scott Ramirez, Konka's new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, holds overall responsibility for sales and marketing, including brand strategy, business planning, product planning, channel marketing and brand marketing. Scott was formerly a key executive at Toshiba, leading its consumer electronics division including TV.

"I am honored and excited to help launch the Konka brand in North America," said Ramirez. "Konka has amazing people, incredible products and extensive manufacturing power. We will offer consumers a wide range of unique products with an unsurpassed combination of quality, technology and high value. Plus, we have a clear long-term vision, and will create true business partnerships for mutual growth and success."

Bruce Fairchild has been named Konka's Vice President of Product Marketing and Sales Operations. Bruce holds several cross-functional responsibilities including channel marketing and all sales related operational functions.

In addition, CE industry Paul Norton is Konka's Vice President of Sales, with responsibility for all sales in the U.S. and Canada.

Together, this cohesive team will apply a market driven approach, strong business disciplines and their cumulative passion for the CE category to form long-term partnerships and generate growth.

About Konka Group Co., Ltd.Konka Group is a leading Chinese electronics manufacturer focused on creating high performance, high value digital home entertainment products. Key product categories include televisions, appliances, AIOT, mobile and wireless communications. Established in 1980, publicly traded Konka Group Co Ltd (Shenzhen Stock Exchange) is China's first Sino-foreign joint consumer electronics enterprise. For the past 35 years, Konka has engineered and manufactured quality products, and since 1999 has been ranked among China's top 100 best companies. With total assets of $9.3 billion, Konka has more than 50 subsidiaries, hundreds of sales offices and more than 3,000 service outlets in more than 100 countries and regions. The "KONKA" brand is now valued at more than $15.1 billion.

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These Are The Technologies That Will Transform The 2020s – From 5G To Vertical Farming – Forbes

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Shared mobility, advanced plastic recycling and protein production are also going to be key to future prosperity.

Renault's proposed robotised vehicle for shared urban mobility on show at the 100th Automobile ... [+] Barcelona trade fair in 2019. (Photo by Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

2020 is set to be the year of 5G, shared mobility and new ways of recycling plastic, says research group Lux, along with new battery technology and artificial meat also set to make a big impact.

The provider of tech-enabled research has produced its 20 for 20 list of the technologies and trends that will transform the way we live, work, and play over the next decade.

5G networks will lead the way thanks to their role as an enabling technology for so many other parts of the every-expanding digital landscape. From robotic surgery to self-driving cars, 5G will be critical to advances in the internet of things, Lux says. 5G has officially left the realm of research and entered reality, with more than 2,200 patents being filed this year.

Meanwhile, shared mobility services such as car-sharing companies, e-bikes and electric scooters has seen funding of more than $10 billion in each of the last three years and it is starting to reinvent urban transportation.

In the wake of the Blue Planet II documentary and the global furore about plastic pollution, particularly in the ocean, there has been a strong focus on ways to cut plastic waste, with advanced plastic recycling technologies such as pyrolysis and chemical recycling becoming an imperative for companies ranging from chemicals manufacturers to producers of consumer packaged goods. China, the worlds largest market, which has banned imports of plastic waste for recycling, is leading the way on the issue with 55% of all patents coming from that country.

As the electric vehicle revolution really starts to take effect in 2020, Li-ion batteries are starting to reach the limits of their chemistry, leading to a performance plateau in terms of reducing weight and cost while increasing range. The answer may lie in solid-state batteries. More than 500 patents were filed last year and the technology is set to move rapidly from the lab to the marketplace.

The same driver that is leading to the surging growth in electric vehicles is also having a transformative effect on the food and agriculture sector. The production of animal feed and meat, particularly beef, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and there has been a big increase in the production of artificial protein lab-grown alternatives to meat and fish, as well as precision livestock farming and new fish feeds. Next-generation protein are needed to feed a population of almost 10 billion and received five times the investment of the previous year, landing at more than $200 million, Lux said.

Platform technologies impact is in what they enable they not only provide opportunities in themselves but also for other innovations to piggyback off them.

Luxs 20 for 2020 identifies and ranks 20 technologies that will reshape the world, based on innovation interest scores from the Lux Intelligence Engine, along with input from Luxs leading analysts. It is an attempt to answer the question What technologies will you be following this year that have the greatest potential to transform the world over the next decade?

Lux Research's 20 technologies for 2020

5G networks rose 12 places from last years ranking, while solid state batteries were seven places higher, indicating the way these technologies are steadily making their way onto the market. But 11 of the 20 technologies in the list, including artificial protein, advanced plastic recycling and shared mobility were new to the leaderboard, highlighting the way some technologies can make huge leaps forward within a few months.

Other technologies new to the list for 2020 include commercial vehicle automation; point of use sensing; energy trading platforms; hydrogen and fuel cells; quantum computing; Omics - biological sciences such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, or metabolomics, which aim to identify, characterize, and quantify all biological molecules involved in the structure, function, and dynamics of a cell, tissue, or organism; flow batteries; and vertical farming.

Innovations that were in last years list and have risen include natural language processing; materials informatics; last-mile delivery and blockchain. Areas falling in relative terms were 3D printing; battery fast-charging and 2D materials.

One of the most exciting trends this list highlights is how rapidly the tech innovation landscape is evolving, said Michael Holman, vice-president of research at Lux. The number of newcomers on the list, along with progress in returning technologies, shows how rapidly innovation is progressing, creating compelling new growth opportunities as well as disruptive threats to incumbents.

The 20 technologies we identified are all compelling individually, particularly for companies in industries that are closely aligned to developing and deploying them, or affected by their impact, he added. However, just as important can be the stories they tell as a group. In looking at the 20 for 20, we identified three key common themes among these innovation dynamos.

The innovations were split into three different types renaissance technologies, platform technologies and breakthrough technologies.

Renaissance technologies arent new , but they are newly relevant, Holman said. They have been around for a while in some form some have even gone for a ride or two on the hype cycle in the past; others have just been regarded as stodgy fields not really associated with cutting-edge innovation. But a combination of megatrends, market demand, and new innovations has thrust them into strategic prominence.

Artificial intelligence is an example of this it has been an aspiration of computer scientists, and preoccupation of sci-fi writers, for decades. In the past five years, new approaches like deep learning combined with the growth of data collection and compute power have made AI a business imperative, he adds.

Likewise, the new focus on protein production has come about in response to food security and climate impact concerns. This is benefiting companies such as Calysta, whose fermentation tech converts methane into single-cell protein feed. Avoiding the land, water, and resource demands of plant protein, it is scaling a viable alternative aquaculture feed.

Platform technologies impact is in what they enable they not only provide opportunities in themselves but also for other innovations to piggyback off them. Smartphones were the most important platform of the past decade-plus. Theyve been big business for manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, as well as driving growth for mobile network operators, Lux says. Their greatest impact, however, has been enabling an all-star list of growth companies, from Uber and Grab to Instagram and Tencent.

Breakthrough technologies are creations with unclear impact. It might not be entirely clear what all the applications will be, but the surge of innovation interest and the way they've captured the imaginations of entrepreneurs and visionaries around the world makes them impossible to ignore, Holman asserts. The risk is that they are just tech push without market pull, but when they can align to an unmet need or demand, the result is explosive.

Wearable electronics is an example of a breakthrough technology. It came onto the scene as a novelty, but now, valuable practical applications are being established for both consumers, such as providing critical health alerts, and industrial users, such as worker safety and productivity boosts.

Blockchain is another technology that jumped suddenly into peoples consciousness thanks to the rise of bitcoin, but now large companies and serious tech developers are exploring how the concept of a distributed ledger can enable legitimate new businesses. Its not certain yet which approaches and applications will work out, but some will likely go on to have great impact. For example, UK utility Centrica has created a local energy market (LEM) in Cornwall, allowing solar and other distributed asset owners to engage in peer-to-peer energy trading including power hedges on LO3 Energys blockchain platform.

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The State and Technological Revolution | by Benedict Macon-Cooney – Project Syndicate

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One of the most important lessons from the first Industrial Revolution is that periods of far-reaching technological change require an equally radical transformation of the state. Sadly, too many politicians have clung to the rhetoric of retrenchment instead of embracing what the new technological dispensation has to offer.

LONDON The following account should sound familiar. Over the course of decades, feats of innovation re-engineer society, diffuse across countries and regions, and fundamentally alter every facet of life. Politicians, slow to respond to new challenges, centralize power and pursue older, more familiar forms of control, be it traditional statism, aggressive nationalism, or both. But technology continues to force change, and inevitably re-orders the political, economic, and social settlement.

This description applies both to the first Industrial Revolution and to our current moment. One way or another, the wave of technological revolution underway today will require a new theory of state.

In the nineteenth century, a confluence of social, scientific, and economic factors created the conditions for the rise of the modern nation-state. And within a couple of generations, life had changed dramatically, with population growth skyrocketing, incomes rising, and life expectancies increasing substantially. In the United Kingdom, the 1832 Great Reform Act and various innovations in media brought far more people into the political process. Newspapers like The Guardian and The Economist became increasingly influential in shaping public debate. But the reforms of the period were mostly in response to crises, rather than the result of dispassionate analysis and careful deliberation. Having been born of revolution, democratization always threatened revolution anew.

Initially, the Industrial Revolution was met with a policy of extreme laissez-faire, because that was the best way for the land-owning aristocracy to safeguard its privilege. Not until the rise of the Liberal Party, under the guidance of thinkers such as Leonard Hobhouse, did collective action start to yield more positive freedom for average citizens. These progressive forces, including some of the founders of the Labour Party, ushered in an era of radical policymaking that would eventually yield a new social contract.

Like today, this earlier period was marked by political divisions between old and new, tradition and modernity, and open and closed systems. And, like today, the political movements that proved most effective were those that understood the nature of the change that was occurring.

Technology is once again upending longstanding institutions and bypassing traditional gatekeepers. Those who can master the dynamics of the current revolution and offer a new model of state will become the next great force in politics.

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At the heart of todays revolution is the process generally known as globalization. Never before has it been so easy to move people, information, capital, and goods around the world. In the first Industrial Revolution, a new middle class came to be regarded as social fields for the imported pineapple to conquer. Today, countless goods are just a click away.

Meanwhile, societies that have opened up their digital borders can now import a vast cornucopia of information. The Internet is an imaginarium facilitating the constant generation of new ideas and enrichment of knowledge. Those who make the best use of it will thrive in the economy of the future.

But, as always, there are tradeoffs. The Internet has also provided a platform for extremists and demagogues to sow discord and polarization. And in closed societies, the digital revolution has become a centralizing force, providing authoritarian regimes with even more powerful methods of social control.

Confronted with rapid technology-driven change, forces on both the political left and right have seized on different forms of discontent. On the right, the dominant response has been nationalist, capitalizing on the sense of security that many people derive from group identity during periods of deep uncertainty and loss of control. On the left, originally the champion of labor during the Industrial Revolution, the focus has been on workers left behind by globalization. This reaction has also fallen into a typical pattern, with the proposed solution being to turn back time and give the state greater control, rather than pursue modernizing reforms.

Against this backdrop, very few politicians are talking about how technology can be used to transform society for the better. Debates about whether the state is too large or too small are outdated; the question is whether the modern state is agile enough to foster innovation, competition, and broad-based flourishing in the new economy.

To that end, governments should be reorienting themselves around the new technologies, cultures, and operating models that are already evolving organically on their own. And they should be exploring new avenues of innovation in areas such as education, health care, and climate policy. One way or another, the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence is coming, and policymakers will have to resolve thorny questions about data governance, privacy, and regulation. And beyond taxation, spending, and traditional regulation, existing systems for delivering public services will have to be adapted to changing realities.

This vision reflects not technological utopianism, but conditional optimism. We should maintain faith in the power of human ingenuity to improve society. And we should encourage progressive leaders to put technology at the center of their political programs, to show that they stand for modernization rather than retrenchment or a return to historically exhausted ideas.

The first Industrial Revolution taught us that the power of technology ultimately rests with people, and that the energy it unlocks should not be held back, but guided toward constructive ends. Those who adapt first will be best positioned to shape the future.

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The AI community needs to take responsibility for its technology and its actions – MIT Technology Review

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On Monday, at the opening of one of the worlds largest gatherings of AI researchers, Celeste Kidd addressed thousands of attendees in a room nearly twice the size of a football field. She was not pulling her punches.

Theres no such thing as a neutral platform, the influential scientist and prominent #metoo figurehead told those gathered at the NeurIPS conference in Vancouver. The algorithms pushing content online have profound impacts on what we believe.

Kidd, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, is known within her field for making important contributions to our understanding of theory of mindhow we acquire knowledge and how we form beliefs. Two years ago, she also became known to the wider world when Time named her Person of the Year among others who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment.

On stage, Kidd shared five lessons from her research and demonstrated how the tech industrys decisions could influence people to develop false beliefsdenying climate change, for example. Near the end of her talk, she also shared her experience with sexual harassment as a graduate student and directly addressed some of the misunderstandings shed heard about the #metoo movement from men.

It may seem like a scary time to be a man in tech right now, she said to the conference goers, roughly 80% of whom are men this year. Theres a sense that a career could be destroyed over awkward passes or misunderstandings.

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What I want to say today to all of the men in the room is that you have been misled, she said.

Her talk received a standing ovationa rare moment in the conferences history.

Kidds remarks come at a time when the AI communityand the tech industry more broadlyhas been forced to reckon with the unintentional harms of its technologies. In the past year alone, a series of high-profile cases have exposed how deepfakes can abuse women, how algorithms can make discriminatory decisions in health care and credit lending, and how developing AI models can be immensely costly for the environment. At the same time, the community has been rocked by several sexual abuse and harassment scandals, including some over incidents at previous years of the conference itself. It has also continued to suffer from appalling diversity numbers.

But Kidds talk highlighted an important shift that has begun to happenone that was felt palpably in the room that night. After her talk, dozens of people lined up at the microphones scattered around the room to thank her for speaking out about these issues. Dozens more gathered around her after the sessionsome just to shake her hand in gratitude. To attendees who remember the annual gathering even two years ago, there is a new openness to acknowledging these challenges and a renewed focus on doing better.

The day after her talk, I sat down with Kidd to talk more about the two messages she delivered, how they are related, and her hopes for the future.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

In the research portion of your talk, you ended with your message: Theres no such thing as a neutral platform. How did you arrive at this conclusion from your research?

Something Ive only realized in the past few yearsbecause of my interactions with my two graduate studentsis theres not really a distinction between knowledge and beliefs. Those are the same thing, basically.

Now were moving toward understanding how these dynamics that weve observed in lab experiments extend to the real world. When somebody goes to the internet not sure of what they should believe, what do they tend to walk away with from these neutral searches? Can we use those same kinds of ideas to try to explain why people believe the earth is flat, and why those misconceptions dont get corrected? Thats not an area that I have seen a lot of attention on, but its one that I think is very important.

Why was it important for you to share your message at this conference?

So much of what we believe now comes from online sources. Especially kidsthey are forming the building blocks of knowledge that will later shape what they believe in, what theyre interested in learning about downstream. For young kids, theres also reason to expect that they are consuming more autoplay and suggested content than adults. So initially theyre more at risk of being influenced by the algorithm pushing content, because thats their only choice.

My talk was intended as a message to people working on the systems to be considerate about how those back-end decisions influence an individual persons beliefs, but also society as a whole. I dont think theres enough sensitivity in tech to how the decisions that you make behind the scenes about how to push content impact peoples lives.

Theres a common battle cry when questions come up about how content is offeredthe claim that platforms are neutral. And I think thats dishonest. The back-end decisions that you make directly influence what people believe, and people know this. So to pretend like thats not a thing is dishonest.

When we change peoples behavior, what we are doing is changing their beliefs. And those changes have real, concrete consequences. When a parent searches for information about whether or not they should vaccinate their childif they walk up to their laptop undecided and they walk away decided, it really matters what content was offered, what views were represented.

I dont think it's reasonable to say you dont have any responsibility for what a mother does to her childwhether she decides to vaccinate them or notbecause that was not something you considered when you built the system. I think you have a responsibility to consider what the repercussions are of the back-end decisions.

You mentioned in the private Q&A after your talk that youve never presented both your research and your experiences of sexual harassment in a public forum. Why do you usually separate those two, and why did you decide to combine them together?

Ill start with the second oneI made an exception to the rule in this case because I thought it was very important for this community to hear that message. Computer science is a field where women have had a really difficult time for a long time getting traction and breaking in. Theres a high degree of interest early on, and then theres a leaky pipe. And I know that one of the things that make it very hard to do well as a woman in this field is less mentorship opportunities.

I know that its very common that men in computer science with good intentions are worried about offending women. The downstream implication of that is that women are losing out on training opportunities, but also the men are losing out on the ideas and innovation that the women would bring. Empirical studies show that diversity leads to higher rates of innovation. And the opportunity to talk to a large portion of these men in one room all at onceI felt like it was important, and I had to do that.

The reason why I usually dont mix them: I didnt choose what happened to me my first year of grad school at Rochester. I didnt choose what the universitys response would be. I wanted a career in science and I want to protect that, so I dont want to do less talking about science because Ive spoken out on this issue. But Im also aware that most people dont get the opportunity, they dont get a platform to speak out. Usually what happens to people that were sexually harassed early in their careers and had their institution retaliate against them is they disappear. I wouldnt feel okay doing nothing. People who have privilege need to use it where they can. And this was an opportunity to use the privilege of giving a talk at NeurIPS to help the more junior women who deserve equal treatment.

Were you worried about the way these comments would land?

Of course. But being afraid of the response is not a reason to not speak. I talked a little bit about privilege. Im also in a relatively privileged position at this particular conference because there are so many people in industry, and I think the pressures to keep people silent are greater at companies than they are in academia, at least in tech right now. So if I was worried about being fired, that would be an extra thing keeping me quiet. UC Berkeley was aware of my speaking out on these issues before they hired me, and theyve shown me nothing but support and encouragement in fighting for equity. By being in a place that supports me like that, I can say things without fear of losing my job and not being able to pay for food for my child. And thats the other reason I felt like I should speak.

I was fully expecting some people to be angry. Its 13,000 people. Of course some people may misunderstand me. I literally talked about how when we use words, theyre ambiguous and people activate different concepts. It's not possible to convince all of the people exactly what you have in mind.

Even though you usually separate your talks about your research and your activism, and you separated it in two sections at NeurIPS, to me they really address the same thing: how to develop responsible technology by taking more responsibility for your decisions and actions.

Right. You mentioned to me that theres more talk in the AI community about the ethical implications, that theres more appreciation for the connection between the technology and society. And I think part of that comes from the community becoming more diverse and involving more people. They come from a less privileged place and are more acutely aware of things like bias and injustice and how technologies that were designed for a certain demographic may actually do harm to disadvantaged populations.

I hope that continues. We have to be talking to each other in order to make progress. And we all deserve to feel safe when interacting with each other.

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4 Stocks to Play the Way Technology Is Changing Everything About Finance – Barron’s

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Fintechthe nexus of finance and technologyis undeniably a huge investment opportunity. But a major factor in whether investors are successful is how they define fintech.

After all, theres a big difference in between a fintech investment strategy that bought shares of credit card and digital payments companies Mastercard (ticker: MA), PayPal (PYPL), Square (SQ) and Visa (V), and one that invested in pure-play fintech lenders Elevate Credit (ELVT), LendingClub (LC), and On Deck Capital (ONDK). With the former portfolio, youd be hard-pressed to find a way not to reap triple digit-returns over the past few years. With the latter, itd take extraordinary market timing just to stay out of the red.

But fintech isnt a type of company or even a subset of finance, KBWs Hari Sivakumaran wrote in a note to clients on Monday. Instead, it refers to a companys state of technological innovation and can be measured quantitatively and qualitatively as business models adapt to technologically-based products, services, and operational infrastructure, he wrote.

He used that definition to look at more than 650 financial stocks in Europe and the U.S. and highlighted stocks of companies that are well-positioned to take advantage of key industry and consumer trends.

In the U.S., Sivakumaran highlights real estate as one of the industries on the cusp of a digital sea change. Venture capital investments in real estate technology through the first nine months of 2019 hit $13.8 billion, up from $7.9 billion over the same period last year.

This is forcing real estate incumbents to re-examine their digital strategies and recognize that technology is no longer just a back-office function used to keep the lights on, he wrote. Rather, it presents an opportunity to revolutionize antiquated processes and improve client results, potentially augmenting expected returns for real estate overall.

In the so-called proptech space, KBW has Outperform ratings on CoStar Group (CSGP), a real-estate data and analytics company, and RealPage (RP), a property management software company.

Another area highlighted by Sivakumaran is the continued digitization of fixed-income trading. To give a sense of just how big an opportunity this is, he pointed out that just about a quarter of the total notional volume in the high-grade corporate bond market was executed electronically last year. In the high-yield bond market, that number was just 10%. He highlights MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX) and Tradeweb Markets (TW) as two companies will benefit from the push toward e-trading in the bond market.

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Watch Advancements to Discover How Technology is Altering our World – PR Web

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"New innovations and technologies across multiple industries are evolving to create fresh ideas and solve big picture problems every day..."

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Advancements with Ted Danson will broadcast Nationwide via CNBC on Saturday, December 21, 2019 @1:30pET. Check local listings for more information on this program.

This episode will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming nearly every business on the planet. With a focus on Agorai a global platform that provides an inventory of turnkey software solutions, technology, and data the segment will discover how it is delivering the AI economy to more companies around the world through its AI marketplace, which enables people building AI tools and applications to access and share assets that would be otherwise unavailable to them.

On a mission to create game-changing surface coatings that enhance lives and create value for people around the globe, Irish company Kastus is on the cutting-edge of innovation. This segment will teach viewers how Kastus revolutionary antimicrobial coating technology is applied during the glass manufacturing process to create touchscreens with 24/7 germ-free protection for life. It will also uncover how, once activated, this intelligent technology reacts with moisture in the air to form reactive oxygen species. These agents constantly attack and destroy the harmful bacteria they encounter, leaving a super hygienic, germ free surface. Transforming glass into an antimicrobial, easy-clean surface, Kastus coating technology is scientifically proven to eliminate up to 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria for the life of the underlying product.

As the burgeoning 3D printing landscape continues to expand, companies like 3D Universe are at the forefront. Watch to explore how 3D Universe is making 3D printing and digital fabrication accessible to everyday people as well as professionals. Showcasing what makes 3D Universe innovative, viewers will also discover its relationship with the e-NABLE volunteer community, which makes free 3D printed prosthetic devices for people around the globe.

Bringing advanced technologies into the world of venture capital is changing the industry by combining the best of both humans and machines to help investors better find top startups, and to level the playing field for more innovators worldwide. This segment will examine the business of venture capital and will educate about how companies like WR Hambrecht Ventures are using technology, big data, machine learning, and data science to turn the venture capital model upside down.

Innovation and technologies across multiple industries are evolving to create fresh ideas and solve big picture problems every day, said Chad Densen, production manager for the Advancements Series. We look forward to exploring how these ideas and technologies are taking shape.

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How to Organize Your Life With the Help of Technology – Entrepreneur

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In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Kate Volman discusses some of the tools she uses to stay on task.

Volman mentions that most of the productivity tools people use are centered around technology. But how can you, with so many available options, choose the right techtool for you? To help you streamline your decision process, Volman lays out three tools she has been using for years.

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Mambu taps into card processing technology with Marqeta partnership – IBS Intelligence

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Mambu has announced a partnership with modern card issuing platform, Marqeta with an aim to offer its customers access to the latters card processing technology, thus enabling their control through open APIs and accelerate speed to market.

Mambu is providing a world-class platform addressing key challenges around how to continually deliver and accelerate innovation in the payments space without consistently being restrained by technology, said Ian Johnson, Head of European Growth at Marqeta. Theres a strong alignment between our two organisations, not just in terms of our product vision but culturally too. We are very excited by the power of our joint proposition and the significant benefits customers will derive from it.

According to the supplier, customers will be able to leverage Marqetas processing platform by signing up to the sandbox and then building and testing card functionality.

Mambu is focused on creating a rich ecosystem of payment pioneers, providing our customers with fast and easy access to services that allow them to create compelling products for their end-customers, said Ben Goldin, Chief Technology & Product Officer at Mambu. We are delighted to welcome Marqeta into this ecosystem and see them being a valuable partner in allowing our customers to rapidly drive innovation with their card product portfolio.

Mambu, recently, was selected by ODX, a provider of small business digital lending solutions for financial institutions, and a subsidiary of OnDeck (ONDK), to provide servicing technology for ODXs digital lending platform.

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