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Voice Assistants: This is How They Will Revolutionize Commerce

The Digital Transformation Institute of Capgemini published in the report titled “Conversational Commerce: Why Consumers Are Embracing Voice Assistants in Their Lives”, which highlights how consumers use voice assistants (Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa above all) and what opportunities these offer systems to companies to connect with their customers.

From the report, which was attended by over 5,000 customers in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, it emerges that in the next three years voice assistants will become the predominant mode of interaction between consumers, and that those who use technology to do purchases will be willing to spend 500% more through this new form of interaction than current levels.

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The Digital Transformation Institute of Capgemini published in the report titled “Conversational Commerce: Why Consumers Are Embracing Voice Assistants in Their Lives”, which highlights how consumers use voice assistants (Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa above all) and what opportunities these offer systems to companies to connect with their customers.

From the report, which was attended by over 5,000 customers in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, it emerges that in the next three years voice assistants will become the predominant mode of interaction between consumers, and that those who use technology to do purchases will be willing to spend 500% more through this new form of interaction than current levels.

In fact, consumers are developing a strong preference for interacting with companies through voice assistants. Research has shown that today about a quarter of respondents (24%) would prefer to use a voice assistant instead of a website. However, it is estimated that in the next three years this percentage will grow to 40% and almost a third (31%) will interact with a voice assistant instead of going to a physical store or a bank branch, compared to 20% recorded today.

Currently, those who use voice assistants invest 3% of their total expenditure through voice assistant, but it is estimated that this percentage will grow to reach 18% in the next three years, thus reducing the share of purchases made at a physical store (45 %) and on websites (37%).

The main use is still that of streaming music and searching for information on the network, but over a third of respondents (35%) used voice assistants to buy food, household products, and clothing. Currently, 28% of users have already used a vocal assistant to make payments or to send money, but 44% of users have expressed interest in using these devices for banking transactions since the smart devices have functioned vocal payment by credit card.

Consumers who use the voice assistant have expressed very positive opinions about their experience, with 71% saying they are satisfied with their voice assistant. In particular, among the main reasons that push users to prefer the voice assistant to mobile apps or websites, the report found the convenience (52%), the ability to perform hands-free activities (48%) and the automation of ordinary shopping activities (41%).

The ability of voice assistants to understand users is also a fundamental element; 81% of those who use them expect the voice assistant to understand accent and diction. The report also reveals that voice assistants are very popular among people aged between 33 and 45 and of these almost one in five (17%) have a gross annual income of more than $100,000.

Brands that offer positive experiences through voice assistants will generate more business opportunities and positive word of mouth. In fact, the report found that 37% of voice assistant users would be willing to share a positive experience with friends and family, while 28% of current non-users would increase their dealings with a brand following a positive experience.

All this translates into possible financial gains, as consumers would be willing to spend 5% more with a given brand following a positive experience with a voice assistant.

More Revenues And Employment Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

According to new research by Accenture, companies risk losing important growth opportunities if their CEOs are not able to take action to reshape the workforce, providing all employees with the right tools to take advantage of smart technologies.

The study, entitled “Reworking the Revolution: Are you ready to compete as an intelligent technology?”¬†estimates that business revenues could grow by 38% by 2020, provided they invest in artificial intelligence and effective human-machine cooperation at least as much as market-leading companies.

Under these conditions, the level of employment could also benefit from an increase of 10%. For the global economy, this would translate into a profit growth of $4.8 trillion. For example, in an S&P 500, this equates to $7.5 billion in revenues and an increase in profitability of $880 million.

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According to new research by Accenture, companies risk losing important growth opportunities if their CEOs are not able to take action to reshape the workforce, providing all employees with the right tools to take advantage of smart technologies.

The study, entitled “Reworking the Revolution: Are you ready to compete as an intelligent technology?”¬†estimates that business revenues could grow by 38% by 2020, provided they invest in artificial intelligence and effective human-machine cooperation at least as much as market-leading companies.

Under these conditions, the level of employment could also benefit from an increase of 10%. For the global economy, this would translate into a profit growth of $4.8 trillion. For example, in an S&P 500, this equates to $7.5 billion in revenues and an increase in profitability of $880 million.

According to the study, both management and employees think that artificial intelligence systems will have a central role in the business and will change the daily activities. In particular, 72% of the 1,200 top managers interviewed believe that intelligent technology will be strategic to gain the competitive advantage in the market.

According to 61% of managers, in the next three years, the number of professionals who will use artificial intelligence every day will grow. At the same time, 69% of the 14,000 workers interviewed are aware of the importance of developing skills that allow them to work with intelligent machines.

Despite the fact that 54% of the company executives consider the man-machine collaboration crucial for the business, only 3% of them expected a significant increase in investments in the retraining of their employees within the next three years.

To be able to grow in the age of AI, companies need to invest more in training, to prepare employees for a new way of working in cooperation with the machines. What we call Applied Intelligence, ie the ability to quickly integrate intelligent technology and human ingenuity in all company functions, will increasingly be an essential element for the success and growth of companies.

The report has finally identified three guidelines to accompany the evolution of the new workforce in the era of AI.

Rethinking the work starting from the workers

We need to start from the tasks, rather than from the roles, and assign the tasks from time to time to machines and people, balancing the need to automate the work with that of enhancing people’s skills. Almost half of the company executives (46%) believe that it is obsolete to think in terms of pre-established tasks for each profession and 29% say they have already broadly redesigned their roles intending to greater flexibility and artificial intelligence.

Workforce in areas of greater value

We need to go beyond just the concept of process efficiency to train the workforce to enable new customer experiences. Growth occurs only by reinvesting the savings obtained thanks to automation in the evolution of the workforce. Furthermore, a dynamic, agile and creative leadership approach will allow us to seize the opportunities for this longer-term transformation.

Accelerate redevelopment

The starting point of this process is the assessment of the level of competence of people and their willingness to learn to work using artificial intelligence systems. Digital platforms make it possible to customize training programs for individuals, favoring the adoption of new skills.

The Future of The Digital Workplace Requires New Security

In the coming years, corporate investments will increase to protect and regulate endpoints, from PCs to printers, to IoT and AR / VR devices.

According to market research firm IDC, 70% of managers expect, in the coming years, to be able to communicate with their collaborators without constraints related to the physical space of work and time.

In fact, the company workplace is changing under the pressure of the digitalization of processes and the way to consume and exchange information of new generations of workers, with the focus that is now shifting from “when you enter / when you go out / where you are” to “who you are” /What are you doing”.

Collaboration and communication are the new levers of efficiency and productivity, engines of the business transformation necessary to compete in the new digital economy. The obvious digital transformation of the workplace, however, if on the one hand promises more flexibility and a consequent improvement in the quality of work, on the o

In the coming years, corporate investments will increase to protect and regulate endpoints, from PCs to printers, to IoT and AR / VR devices.

According to market research firm IDC, 70% of managers expect, in the coming years, to be able to communicate with their collaborators without constraints related to the physical space of work and time.

In fact, the company workplace is changing under the pressure of the digitalization of processes and the way to consume and exchange information of new generations of workers, with the focus that is now shifting from “when you enter / when you go out / where you are” to “who you are” /What are you doing”.

Collaboration and communication are the new levers of efficiency and productivity, engines of the business transformation necessary to compete in the new digital economy. The obvious digital transformation of the workplace, however, if on the one hand promises more flexibility and a consequent improvement in the quality of work, on the other hides new dangers from the point of view of security and compliance, starting with GDPR.

Protecting and regulating the use of PCs, mobile devices, wearables, peripherals and smart IoT and AR / VR devices – inside and outside the company perimeter, in fixed locations or hotdesk – is becoming increasingly important and urgent.

According to the latest forecasts analyzed by IDC, corporate spending on endpoint security will grow globally from 4.2 billion dollars in 2016 to reach over 5.2 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 4.4%.

Business spending in security for mobile devices will grow from $ 2 billion (2016 data) to over 3 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of more than 10%. Particular attention must be paid by companies to IoT devices and peripherals, underlines IDC, as they are destined to become the new cybercrime targets to penetrate corporate networks.

Smart IoT printers and devices are considered by IDC to be more vulnerable than PCs or mobile devices because of their nature of objects that must be made open and accessible to the entire organization. In addition, IDC research suggests that in many companies, print security solutions and services are lagging behind the level of IT security set up for the overall infrastructure.

It follows that ensuring the security of printing environments is a process often overlooked with a view to an overall security strategy. For this reason, IDC predicts that by 2020 the largest companies will reallocate 35% of their budget for document and print solutions, to secure the printer and multifunction fleet.

Could Social Media Cause Depression in Children?

For years, many people have repeatedly drawn attention to the bad influence and addiction that can negatively shape the behavior of people attached to social networks. Recently, a general practitioner named Rangan Chatterjee in the United Kingdom received a 16-year-old boy after he injured himself and ended up in the hospital for accidents and emergencies.

After receiving the child, the first thought that animated the doctor “was to put him on antidepressants,” says the doctor. But chatting with the boy, Chatterjee quickly suspected a cause-and-effect relationship between his use of social media and his poor mental health.

Dr. Chatterjee, therefore, suggested a simple solution – the teenager should try to wean himself off social media, limiting himself to just an hour before going to bed. In the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning. After a

For years, many people have repeatedly drawn attention to the bad influence and addiction that can negatively shape the behavior of people attached to social networks. Recently, a general practitioner named Rangan Chatterjee in the United Kingdom received a 16-year-old boy after he injured himself and ended up in the hospital for accidents and emergencies.

After receiving the child, the first thought that animated the doctor “was to put him on antidepressants,” says the doctor. But chatting with the boy, Chatterjee quickly suspected a cause-and-effect relationship between his use of social media and his poor mental health.

Dr. Chatterjee, therefore, suggested a simple solution – the teenager should try to wean himself off social media, limiting himself to just an hour before going to bed. In the course of a few weeks, he should extend this to two hours at night and two in the morning. After applying this solution for a while, the doctor noted a significant improvement in the child’s well-being. And after six months, the teenager’s mother sent a letter to the doctor stating that he was happier at school and integrated into his local community.

From this case, if we still had doubts about the negative consequences of social networks on the behavior of users, for the doctor, it is clearly established without any other form of proof that “social media has a negative impact on mental health.” He added: “I think it’s a big problem and we need rules: how to educate society to use technology to help us rather than harm us?”

Some people have long seen the drawbacks associated with addiction to technology in general and adopted radical solutions. Among these people, we have for example Steve Jobs who told Nick Bilton in 2010 during an interview that his children had never used an iPad. He added that “we limit the use of new technologies at home.” It is not only Steve Job who is aware of the dangers to which children or young people are exposed. Evan Williams, one of the founders of Twitter also said a few years ago that his two boys do not have iPad, but rather books that they can read at any time.

To go in the same direction, a group of experts from the Child Welfare sent the end of last month a letter Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ask him to close Messenger Kids, the first application of the Facebook social network designed specifically for children under 13 years old. As arguments put forward, the group explains that this could create an addiction to digital devices and social media in children, which would have the effect of undermining the good development of children.

For Louise Theodosiou, a psychiatrist-counselor at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the UK, one of the most precise indications that children spend too much time on their phone is their behavior during a session with a doctor. Psychiatrist. According to her, “two or three years ago, it was very unusual for a child to answer their phone or a message at a meeting, but now it’s common.”

And among those who are addicted to these technologies, Theodosiou argues that some children, even if they are not numerous, are so addicted that they stopped coming out of their room because of their dependence on social media, gaming platforms or both. “These children live in a fictional world, sometimes to the detriment of their physical health.

A study from the University of Glasgow has shown that many teens are so invested in social media and so anxious to miss messages that they log in the middle of the night to make updates to their account, leading to sleep deprivation.

Other children are so attached to these networks that parents are forced to sleep with the home router to ensure that children can not connect to the wifi in the middle of the night, reports Theodosiou. Besides, even for children whose use of social media may be considered normal, there are still dangers in how the Internet has become an intermediary in the lives of friends and celebrities, warns the counselor.

According to Dr. Theodosiou’s analysis, one of the reasons for the poor influence of these networks on young people is that “young people need to look at others compulsively and get angry because they feel that their life is not like that of others. She added that they think their friends have a better life than themselves, even if they only see an idealized version of the lives of others.

To provide solutions to this phenomenon that is not universally accepted, Karim Palant, Director of Public Policy for Facebook in the UK, told the BBC: “Our research shows that when we use social media to communicate with people who are dear to us, this can be beneficial for our well-being. Apple, for its part, has recently faced calls from its investors to act on smartphone addiction, with software that limits how long children can use their device.

But for Dr. Theodosiou parents can keep an eye on the time children spend online and make sure it does not interfere with activities such as socializing, exercising, eating and sleep, or consider banning devices at mealtimes and take them away an hour before bedtime. The doctor also advises to talk “regularly to children about what they are doing online, messages they have written that day, who they are friends with and how it affects their mood.”

But these solutions will they effectively address the problem?

Why The 8-Hour Workday Does Not Work

The eight-hour workday is an old and inefficient approach. To reach a higher level of productivity, you have to give up this obsolete method and find a new one.

This model was created during the industrial revolution with the aim of reducing the number of hours of manual labor that employees were forced to perform in factories. This rupture meant a more humane approach to work 200 years ago but has little relevance to us today.

A recent study, convoyed by the Draugiem Group, used a computer program to monitor employees’ work habits. The tool measured specifically how much time people spent on various tasks and compared that data to their productivity levels.

During its execution, the survey came across a finding: the length of the workday does not matter much – what makes a difference is how people structure time. In particular, people who take short breaks regularly are much more productive than those who work without interruption for more extended periods.

The ideal propo

The eight-hour workday is an old and inefficient approach. To reach a higher level of productivity, you have to give up this obsolete method and find a new one.

This model was created during the industrial revolution with the aim of reducing the number of hours of manual labor that employees were forced to perform in factories. This rupture meant a more humane approach to work 200 years ago but has little relevance to us today.

A recent study, convoyed by the Draugiem Group, used a computer program to monitor employees’ work habits. The tool measured specifically how much time people spent on various tasks and compared that data to their productivity levels.

During its execution, the survey came across a finding: the length of the workday does not matter much – what makes a difference is how people structure time. In particular, people who take short breaks regularly are much more productive than those who work without interruption for more extended periods.

The ideal proportion between work and interval found by the study was 52 minutes of work followed by 17 minutes of rest. People who keep this schedule have a unique level of focus at work. For almost an hour per step, they were 100% dedicated to the task they needed to complete, without checking Facebook or distracting themselves with emails. When they get tired, they make quick breaks, during which they are completely distracted from work. This helps them to face the next phase renewed.

People who have discovered this magical proportion of productivity will destroy their competition because they understand a fundamental need of the human mind: the brain functions naturally in high energy impulses (of almost one hour) followed by low energy impulses (15 to 20 minutes).

This decrease and this natural flow of energy cause most people to varying between periods of much focus followed by much less productive periods, when they tire and succumb to distractions.

The best way to combat exhaustion and frustrating distractions is to plan your workday. Instead, work for an hour or more and then try to fight distractions and tiredness, when your productivity starts to drop, use this as a sign that it’s time for a break.

Actual stops are easier to do when you know they are going to make your day more productive. We often let tiredness win because we continue to work despite it (long after we have lost our energy and focus), and the intervals we take are not real (checking your email and watching videos on YouTube does not recharge it in the same way that’s a quick walk).

The eight-hour workday can work if you break your time at strategic intervals. Once you align your natural energy with your effort, things begin to happen much more smoothly.

Artificial Intelligence Discovers Malaria-Fighting Component

Malaria causes about half a million deaths each year, and about half the world’s population is at risk of contracting it. The disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite and is transmitted by the bite of the infected mosquito. The big problem is that this organism is becoming increasingly resistant to the remedies that fight it.

Therefore, the risk of this worsening condition has become much greater if new drugs are not developed. But it seems there are already signs of a light at the end of the tunnel.

A study newly published in the Scientific Reports journal has proven that the solution may be in a chemical component, usually found in products such as soap, toothpaste, clothing and even furniture.

For this, the scientists involved in the process were assisted by the Eve robot, built on <a href="https://learningsimplify.com/2017/11/11/10-key-concepts-artificial-intelligence-changi

Malaria causes about half a million deaths each year, and about half the world’s population is at risk of contracting it. The disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasite and is transmitted by the bite of the infected mosquito. The big problem is that this organism is becoming increasingly resistant to the remedies that fight it.

Therefore, the risk of this worsening condition has become much greater if new drugs are not developed. But it seems there are already signs of a light at the end of the tunnel.

A study newly published in the Scientific Reports journal has proven that the solution may be in a chemical component, usually found in products such as soap, toothpaste, clothing and even furniture.

For this, the scientists involved in the process were assisted by the Eve robot, built on Artificial Intelligence. It has been used so that it could locate a series of compounds approved by the FDA (Food Drug Administration), the agency that regulates the use of substances in foods and drugs. They were able to inhibit the enzyme responsible for the development of the parasite.

During the activity, Eve detected that the triclosan would be perfect to achieve the expected goal. The compound was able to inhibit the enzyme in two species of parasites that cause the disease, including invariants that had developed resistance during the treatment of the disease.

Therefore, the experts tested the action of triclosan in various ways, so that its effectiveness could be verified. The work was also combined with other tests, which found their ability to fight other types of enzymes present in these parasites. Thus, the conclusion was that the substance can be used with different therapeutic functions.

For a few decades, the FDA banned the use of triclosan in the production of soap as there was evidence that it could affect the hormonal system and survive for long periods in an environment. Another similar ban recently occurred during the years 2016 and 2017, as more than 200 researchers and practitioners signed a declaration for greater regulation of the substance worldwide.

According to one of the study’s researchers, Elizabeth Bilsland, the help of the Eve robot and the findings found were essential for the creation of new remedies for the treatment of malaria.

Also, it states that the substance is totally safe and perfectly able to block stages of evolution of the parasite. Therefore, the possibility of resistance would be greatly reduced.

By 2015, Eve had also located a component that could fight malaria, speeding up the process of designing a new drug. One of the creators of the robot, Ross King, a professor at the University of Manchester, points out that this type of AI is essential to automate the work of scholars by offering a smarter approach in scientific processes. Therefore, this type of technology can be considered important for the discovery of other remedies, offering great rewards for humanity.

Fake News is Less Manipulative Than Thought

Fake News has been a hot topic since the 2016 US election campaign. A new study now suggests that fake news is not as powerful as it is supposed to do. Although the maliciously misinformed websites spread quickly, they are virtually never the only source of information for users.

According to the three authors, it is the first study on fake news that deals with users and their network behavior rather than focusing on the websites themselves. As the New York Times writes, it came as a surprise result: even extreme users, who had positioned themselves clearly on the pro-Trump side of the US election campaign, consumed significantly more real than fake news.

The study is based on the analysis of the browser data of approximately 2525 US Americans who had voluntarily a

Fake News has been a hot topic since the 2016 US election campaign. A new study now suggests that fake news is not as powerful as it is supposed to do. Although the maliciously misinformed websites spread quickly, they are virtually never the only source of information for users.

According to the three authors, it is the first study on fake news that deals with users and their network behavior rather than focusing on the websites themselves. As the New York Times writes, it came as a surprise result: even extreme users, who had positioned themselves clearly on the pro-Trump side of the US election campaign, consumed significantly more real than fake news.

The study is based on the analysis of the browser data of approximately 2525 US Americans who had voluntarily agreed to this process. It also analyzed all website visits before and after the election in 2016. Websites that had posted at least two proven false news were added to the Fake News category.

80 percent of the articles supported Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. Accordingly, the ten percent of the strongest Trump supporters accounted for around 65 percent of visits to the relevant websites. But these users also consumed significantly less fake news than was often assumed: six percent of the Trump supporters ‘and one percent of the Clinton supporters’ news was fake news – the rest was classic and factually correct news sites.

The study does not exclude the possibility of fake news influence on the election results but clearly argues that this phenomenon had the assumed power.

One result of the analysis, however, Facebook’s recently announced the change of strategy on the subject right: Although marked the social network for some months fake news – but there was, according to the study, anyone who has consumed both the fake news and the fact to check.