Technology

Your boss is now more likely to train you up, thanks to a dwindling talent pool

With US unemployment at its lowest level in decades and skills gaps persisting in tech fields like cybersecurity, it’s slim pickings out there for employers in the labor market. No wonder that retraining your existing workers is suddenly the all the rage. And that’s good news for employees. The threat of automation looming over middle- and low-skill workers seems to ...

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Better “nowcasting” can reveal what weather is about to hit within 500 meters

Weather forecasting is impressively accurate given how changeable and chaotic Earth’s climate can be. It’s not unusual to get 10-day forecasts with a reasonable level of accuracy. But there is still much to be done.  One challenge for meteorologists is to improve their “nowcasting,” the ability to forecast weather in the next six hours or so at a spatial resolution of ...

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Digital transformation sparks innovation in networking

As companies embrace digital technologies to gain agility, flexibility, and speed, applications take center stage. With the rise of container-based virtualization, lightweight, portable applications are being launched as discrete microservices that can be consumed anywhere and on all types of devices. The underlying network that supports, secures, and delivers containerized applications needs to keep up with this new, build-once, run-anywhere ...

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Ford wants to launch a fleet of thousands of self-driving cars in 2021

Anyone summoning a Ford self-driving taxi after the company’s service launches in 2021 could be offered detours to sponsoring stores or wind up riding alongside packages out for delivery. At an event on Wednesday to showcase Ford’s progress in developing autonomous vehicles, the carmaker said its driverless rides could be less than half the price of today’s ride-share journeys,if the cars were ...

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Here’s what a manufacturing skills gap of more than 2 million people will look like

There will be 4.6 million new manufacturing jobs in the US to fill between 2018 and 2028, according to a new report out yesterday from Deloitte. The gap (see chart above) Over half of the newly created jobs—2.4 million—are predicted to go empty. The report attributes this to three main things: An increase in the skill level required for manufacturing ...

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Blockchain smart contracts are finally good for something in the real world

You have probably heard that blockchain technology and “smart contracts” are going to revolutionize our lives. But there’s a problem: before smart contracts can do anything really useful, they need a reliable way to connect with events in the real world—and that has proved impossible so far. This is the so-called “oracle problem,” a technological challenge that is still hampering ...

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How UPS uses AI to deliver holiday gifts in the worst storms

If a snowstorm hits Denver, it can delay thousands of packages that travel through the city before reaching their final destinations on the other side of the country. But if UPS knows a storm is coming, what is the most efficient way to divert all those online orders and holiday gifts around the bad weather? UPS grapples with this question ...

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