The Downside of electric cars

Can their be a downside? When electric cars are running, they are virtually silent. This poses a danger to those that may be visually impaired, shorter, or even those that are distracted.

Electric car
Electric Car

The European Union has proposed that these cars be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System that will vary the noise with the speed of the vehicle.

To read more about this feature, go to: https://sfmagazine.com/technotes/june-2019-quiet-streets-are-becoming-too-dangerous/

Is this picture for real? Finding if a picture has been manipulated

Adobe and UC Berkley researchers are using machine learning to review photos to determine if a face in the picture has been changed using Photoshop.

For the full story, go to https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-research-and-uc-berkeley-detecting-facial-manipulations-in-adobe-photoshop

Unintended consequence of AI

To develop a new Artificial Intelligence model, it needs to be trained. This is done by processing a large amount of data several times until the model works.

With AI models becoming more complex, larger datasets are required to fully operationalize the model. This is taking significant amounts of computing power, and thus, electricity.

In a study at the University of Massachusetts, researchers found “that the process can emit more than 626,000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent—nearly five times the lifetime emissions of the average American car (and that includes manufacture of the car itself). “

Similar issues have been raised with Blockchain mining, in particular Bitcoin.

To see the article: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613630/training-a-single-ai-model-can-emit-as-much-carbon-as-five-cars-in-their-lifetimes

Study: Women more affected by automation

There is no doubt that emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotic process automation are going to change the skills needed in the workplace.

A recent global report by McKinsey Global Institute showed that women may be more affected than men by automation. A summary of their findings:

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  • Women and men face a similar scale of potential job losses and gains, but in different areas.
  • Women’s jobs may be more prone to partial automation than being entirely displaced by automation.
  • Between 40 million and 160 million women globally may need to transition between occupations.
  • Women will need to be skilled, mobile and tech savvy to adapt.

“If women make these transitions, they could be on the path to more productive, better-paid work.” If not, they could be left behind.

Get a full copy of the report at: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/gender-equality/the-future-of-women-at-work-transitions-in-the-age-of-automation

Future-proof your career

At the SAP Sapphire 2019 conference, Kerry Brown, VP of workplace adoption spoke on the technological changes affecting the workplace. He believes that “AI has the capability to impact and replace jobs in any workplace.”

Brown outlined 5 ways employees can “stretch” themselves from the disruption in the workforce.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-future-proof-your-career-5-tips/

Change with caution

At a recent conference, Randy Johnston, founder of K2, spoke of the emerging technologies affecting the accounting profession. He also warned of giving into FOMO or the Fear of Missing Out. Most firms cannot adopt all of the new technologies at once.

For the rest of his remarks, see the article on Accounting Today at:

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/johnston-accountants-need-to-change-carefully

The ups and downs of Artificial Intelligence

The various forms of AI are poised to significantly change the accounting workforce. There are many benefits to using AI in the accounting functions, such as reduction of errors, the ability to process larger datasets and the availability of more data for decision-making.

There are many downsides to the use of AI as discussed in this article: https://sfmagazine.com/post-entry/april-2019-ai-new-risks-and-rewards/

Can AI tell if I am angry?

Artificial Intelligence has been used to play Jeopardy, respond to verbal requests to play music, and answer trivia questions. It is also widely used in the business workplace to automate processes and predict results. AI is evolving to understand further nuances in a users voice to detect emotions.

The Wall Street journal examines the possibilities of AI:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-ai-can-tell-from-listening-to-you-11554169408