“Can they [robots] replace a smile? You can have a robot, but you need that human touch. Customers like it when you ask them, ‘Are you okay?’” – Ravi Velu, owner of Velu’s Curry Imagine patronising a restaurant where you are being served by ‘robot waitresses’. Well, this is not just a pipe dream, but a reality
As artificial intelligence continues to get smarter, social robots are poised to replace humans and become receptionists or personal assistants to bosses, journalists and lawyers in the offices of the future. Meet Nadine, a ‘Friendly’ Robot Receptionist Decades ago, bosses hired secretaries to record their daily schedules and typists to churn out contracts and reports.
“We believe that in the future, unmanned autonomous vehicles (not just aerial vehicles) will become an integral part of a city’s infrastructure, monitoring their surroundings and carrying out various tasks in the background.” – Mr Mark Yong, CEO & co-founder of Garuda Robotics Drones are flying robots also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The drone
“On average, Singapore’s millennials are spending 3.4 hours a day on their mobile phones, whereas others within Asia Pacific are spending 2.8 hours a day.” – Deloitte’s 2014 Global Mobile Consumer Survey In today’s age of rapid digitalisation, smartphones are becoming an extension of one’s self. In a recent study, market research company YouGov highlighted that
The arrest of Huawei Technologies’ CFO is the latest affirmation that trust and security will play increasingly central roles in the regulation of the telecommunications sector globally. The reason? 5G wireless technology. 5G, or fifth-generation wireless, is on the cusp of replacing both 4G wireless and broadband Wi-Fi networks for businesses and households. The buildout
The price of Bitcoin has dropped by 75% in the past year, so anyone who invested heavily at the peak will have lost a lot of money. And now there’s more bad news for crypto-currency investors to worry about: they may not legally own the digital assets they have purchased. My colleagues and I have recently completed
Technology has become such an inextricable part of our everyday lives that we sometimes wonder how people in the past survive without it. According to a study released in February 2017 by professional services firm EY, people in Singapore spend at least five hours every day on IT gadgets. The survey polled 1,000 people aged
Almost exactly a decade ago, I was cycling in a bike lane when a car hit me from behind. Luckily, I suffered only a couple bruised ribs and some road rash. But ever since, I have felt my pulse rise when I hear a car coming up behind my bike. As self-driving cars roll out,
Facebook announced on Friday that its engineering team had discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. Due to a flaw in Facebook’s code, hackers were able to take over an account and use it in the same way you would if you had logged into the account with a password. The company says it has
It was March 2014 when I received a phone call as I was working in my office. The person on the other end introduced herself as Dr. Linda Houston-Feenstra, chief cardiac nurse of Loma Linda University SACHS Heart Clinic. She said that she has heard about my work on persuasive technology, in particular how it can
This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org Assuming feathers are superior to fur in terms of water protection and insulation, I’ve always wondered: why did mammals go the fur route, rather than developing feathers? – Shane, Perth
Singapore is gradually gaining recognition as the Silicon Valley of Asia thanks to its education system, IT infrastructures for startups, government funding and massive investment opportunities. The rapid growth of e-commerce has made the tiny island the ultimate app destination, especially among MNCs and startups seeking cost-efficient apps. Apple even featured a section on their
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