North Korea says it has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of hitting anywhere in the world

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 30, 2017 shows a test-fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photos by AFP)

The North’s state announced Today – Tuesday, 4th July 2017, that the “landmark” test was conducted under the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un.

The Hwasong-14 ballistic missile reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers (1,741 miles) and hit its target precisely after flying for 39 minutes, the report said.

The announcement seems to be in contradiction with earlier reports of the test by the US and South Korea, who said an intermediate-range missile had been launched.   Continue reading “North Korea says it has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of hitting anywhere in the world”

Rise Of The Robots: The Automation Age And Humanity

The truth is, human creativity is limitless. Stop worrying about jobs lost to automation, robots and outsourcing. Nothing can compete with the human mind.

But let’s  read the write up below to analyse some issues…

Automation is on the rise in the twenty first century work place. Many jobs once performed by people are now completely computerized. Business enterprises will always go for what is most cost effective. Therefore companies are investing thousands in robotic parts that will save them millions in the long run. For now, most jobs affected involve doing repetitive tasks which require minimum skill, pay minimum wage and bring no long term financial security. Nevertheless, in these cases displacement could have severe repercussions. As artificial intelligence advances it is likely that persons in all industries will be directly or indirectly affected.

Recent Happenings

Foxconn

Contract manufacturer Foxconn which produces approximately 40% of all consumer electronics, recently replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.

Foxconn’s major customers include: Acer, Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, Cisco, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, InFocus, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio and Xiaomi.

Dubai

This year Dubai revealed their first robot police officer who has been given the task of patrolling malls. The officer is equipped with a touchscreen chest that people may use to report crimes, pay fines and get information. They aim to make 25% of the force robots by 2030.

An end to corrupt cops in the foreseeable future or more inhumane police brutality?

What Experts Say

This trend has spurned much debate among technology experts. Here are some of their views.

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Elon Musk – Founder of SpaceX, Co-Founder of Tesla, Inc. and OpenAI Elon.

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