Productive, Anxious, Lonely – 24 Hours Without Push Notifications

Productive, Anxious, Lonely – 24 Hours Without Push Notifications

Digital Life
The Do Not Disturb Challenge We asked 30 volunteers to disable notification alerts for 24 hours across all devices and all services. We carefully walked the participants through all devices and services. Where possible, we used system-wide settings, such as the Do Not Disturb mode, to suppress all alerts. In other cases, such as Skype, we showed people how to disable notifications in the settings of the respective app. Please note that participants could still read messages or emails, they would...Continue reading »
Discovering Emotional Engines: what will it take to trust emotionally intelligent machines with data and decisions?

Discovering Emotional Engines: what will it take to trust emotionally intelligent machines with data and decisions?

Future
The Shape of Things to Come Everyday services will soon embrace a layer of functionality akin to the human quality of emotional intelligence, enabling them to be responsive to what their users are feeling. We can also assume the emergence of another breed of services that will seek to regulate or manipulate emotion, as and when – and to what end – the user requires or desires them to do so. Both of these manifestations of emotionally intelligent technologies will – in...Continue reading »
ONLIFE’s Hackathon winners validate Edge Computing

ONLIFE’s Hackathon winners validate Edge Computing

Business
The aim of the hackathon was to demonstrate OnLife networks, the ease with which independent developers understand the concepts and technologies behind this Clogal Innovation Unit initiative, and the impact it can have with its edge computing component. It was a hands-on session where the teams completed two facilitated challenges and followed this up by creating a prototype of their own service idea, deployable at a Telco/ISP network Edge in less than 1 day. The first exercise consisted of accessing the...Continue reading »
The SHIELD project: applying cognitive security to future virtualized networks

The SHIELD project: applying cognitive security to future virtualized networks

Future Trends
The path towards virtualize networks In order to take advantage of network capabilities and to improve efficiencies and response times in enterprise managed security services, network virtualization becomes an optimal security solution (vNSF or Virtualized Network Security Function). This is achieved by being able to deploy and modify the network as needed by software managers. An example of what type of solutions are being designed in the future in the network is the case of the SHIELD. The SHIELD project SHIELD is a...Continue reading »
Unleashing the potential of AI in education

Unleashing the potential of AI in education

Education
When I started my career in teaching, I, like many new graduate teachers, had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Teach First offered an opportunity to address the issue of stagnating social mobility; I could make a real difference to the lives of young people, and I could do it immediately. Within a few weeks of the school term, that starry-eyed, naïve, young graduate was exhausted and dispirited; I was beginning to doubt whether I could convince Abdul...Continue reading »
Female scientists and the Matilda effect

Female scientists and the Matilda effect

Insights
By Andrea Manteca On February 11 the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professions continue to be under-represented, but work is being done in different industries to change this fact. If the top positions in the business world have very little female representation, the world of science is not very different at all. Last 7th February, the 2015 Female Scientists in Numbers report was presented. The report, which took ten...Continue reading »
Artificial intelligence could allow us to predict earthquakes

Artificial intelligence could allow us to predict earthquakes

Future Trends
The possibilities of predicting earthquakes increase with artificial intelligence techniques and the mass introduction of data in algorithms. Throughout history, natural catastrophes have been some of the most surprisingly terrible phenomena. Cultures created entire mythologies based on these moments when nature would unleash its fury. And nowadays we still aren’t able to predict earthquakes and other natural disasters. Earthquakes are especially difficult to predict, both in terms of when they will occur and how intense they will be. A predictive capability of...Continue reading »
DARPA and its ambition to combine humans and machines

DARPA and its ambition to combine humans and machines

Future Trends
The American agency DARPA is characterized by undertaking the most futuristic projects. At its core, extremely celebrated inventions such as the Internet itself, or at least its embryo, have arisen. It goes without saying that artificial intelligence is one of its areas of investigation. The agency’s focus goes beyond the development of algorithms. Those responsible have publicly stated that they are working on combining humans with machines. On the contrary to the first thing that may come to mind, the concept...Continue reading »
Flying cars will not appear as you might think

Flying cars will not appear as you might think

Future Trends
Despite all the flying cars we’ve seen in science fiction, the vehicles we’ll be seeing in the foreseeable future will be more reminiscent of giant drones or helicopters. Futuristic science fiction tends to play with our illusions. And in this sense, flying cars are no exception. The flying car concept that we’ve been sold has always been the one all of us pictured: traditional cars that could “simply” fly instead of driving down a highway. And someday we may be able...Continue reading »
This sensor inside a football provides a new level of info

This sensor inside a football provides a new level of info

Digital Life
A team of scientists at the University of Illinois is experimenting with sensors inside sports objects such as balls or racquets. The proliferation of sensors in sports began with wearables, but will go much further. Smartwatches and smart bracelets runners use are just the tip of the iceberg. The next step is in the objects that are used to practice each discipline. Sensors can be introduced in a football to measure the speed of a shot , the acceleration that the...Continue reading »