By George Kelly | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm | UPDATED: March 13, 2018 at 7:56 am OAKLAND — Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff announced a $1 million pledge toward this month’s national anti-gun-violence March for Our Lives. In a tweet Monday afternoon, Benioff said he was “[m]otivated to join the many who are passionate about the safety of all kids and I’ll give $1M to March For Our Lives. Together all of us can make children’s health and safety our number one priority. Join us and March on March 24th.” Motivated to join the many who are passionate about the safety of all kids and I’ll give $1M to March For Our Lives. Together all of us can make children’s health and safety our number one priority. Join us and March on March 24th. https://t.co/g1iFMOmep9 — Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 12, 2018 Benioff, a highly visible donor to specific philanthropic causes … [Read more...] about Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff pledges $1,000,000 donation to March for Our Lives
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... DEVELOPING STORY — This story will be updated as new information becomes available. SALIDA, Colo. — We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of the age of climate change.” ADVERTISEMENT Thirty years later, it’s clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous. Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather stormier and more extreme. Polar regions have lost billions of tons of … [Read more...] about Warned 30 years ago, global warming ‘is in our living room’
Guess which of the 964 jobs listed in the widely used Occupational Information Network online database is the least susceptible to replacement by artificial intelligence (AI). The unsurprising answer is that of “massage therapist”. This is one of the findings of a paper in the latest issue of the American Economic Review by Erik Brynjolfsson and colleagues at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Read more: DEBATE: Are we too complacent about AI like Alexa in our lives? But, while this answer might seem obvious, the study itself is a serious and innovative attempt to analyse the potential impact of AI on occupations across the economy. A key point is that AI technology itself is going through a period of revolutionary progress. The success of Google’s Deep Mind team in defeating the world champion at the immensely complex game of Go received wide publicity. Unlike the algorithms which vanquished chess some years previously, the latest AlphaGo programme – … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence will dominate every aspect of our lives, but it won’t replace us
With Amazon’s Alexa recording private conversations, are we too complacent about AI in our lives? Joe Baguley, vice president and chief technology officer (EMEA) at VMware, says YES. As more complex and automated technology enters our daily lives, we must bear some responsibility as consumers to ensure that we are educated on what that technology is capable of. Only with that knowledge can we make informed decisions about how we want to use and configure AI-devices or services. Many early users of Alexa learnt the hard way that not enabling the purchasing PIN could lead to accidentally buying things. Thankfully, the impact of that was relatively harmless, considering other ways the assistant could be used. Manufacturers can make the default configuration settings as safe as possible, but there are always limits to what they can guard against. Artificial intelligence is a great step forward for mankind and has immense potential for good, in the right hands. But, like all … [Read more...] about DEBATE: With Amazon’s Alexa recording private conversations, are we too complacent about AI in our lives?
While not a "consumer" column, today's advice may be just as crucial. Readers might recall amongst other hats, I wear one of professional storyteller, and my special love is telling family tales. With today's society in such flux, past generations' stories get left in yesteryear and, all of a sudden, Grandmother or Uncle Dave die and their favorite family memories are lost forever. With the additional loss of oral communication (as opposed to the ever-reigning text) and just as with history lessons, it's imperative we learn as much about our past as possible for those lessons also to be passed on to subsequent generations. So how do we go about telling the story of our lives? 1. Start with your parent's generational members. Ask questions, such as "What's your earliest memory about having a pet?" or "If you received spankings when you were young, what misbehaviors did you do to deserve them? Did you have to pick your personal switch and what happened if it wasn't big enough?" Put your … [Read more...] about Consumer Watch: How to tell the story of our lives