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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/18/2020 9:31:33 AM
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Robotic process automation is a big market, but there will be only one big winner

The market for robotic process automation is one of the hottest in tech right now, rapidly gaining traction as larger enterprises look to speed up their business processes by automating mundane office tasks.

A lot of the buzz around RPA comes from the massive amounts of money being injected into the market. The two biggest players in RPA right now, Automation Anywhere Inc. and UiPath Inc., are both startups that have raised almost $1 billion between them, sharing a combined market value of nearly $14 billion. Meanwhile, the market generated revenue of around $1 billion in 2019, almost double a year ago.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/19/2020 10:09:51 AM
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Hackers can trick a Tesla into accelerating by 50 miles per hour

Hackers have manipulated multiple Tesla cars into speeding up by 50 miles per hour. The researchers fooled the car’s Mobileye EyeQ3 camera system by subtly altering a speed limit sign on the side of a road in a way that a person driving by would almost never notice.

This demonstration from the cybersecurity firm McAfee is the latest indication that adversarial machine learning can potentially wreck autonomous driving systems, presenting a security challenge to those hoping to commercialize the technology.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/19/2020 10:13:56 AM
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AI, the Transcription Economy, and the Future of Work

Gabriel is a professional transcriber, and for years he earned a middle-class living. In the early 2000s he'd make up to $40 an hour transcribing corporate earnings calls. He'd sit at his desk, “knock it out” for hours using custom keystrokes, and watch the money roll in. “I sent my son to private schools and university on transcribing,” he tells me. “It was a nice life.”

But in the past decade, the bottom fell out. As audio recordings went digital and broadband spread, clients could ship work to India and the Philippines. Meanwhile, buzzy Silicon Valley startups emerged—like Rev, a sort of Uber and 800-pound gorilla of the transcription world. It has moved the industry toward an on-demand gig model. Since Rev charged customers a flat rate of $1 per audio minute—less than half what transcription firms historically charged—Gabriel's pay sank even further. On top of it all, AI started nipping away at the industry, with machines now able to rapidly transcribe some audio as well as humans do.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/19/2020 10:17:08 AM
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America’s monopoly problem, explained by your internet bill

In the summer of 2017, I decided it was time to put on my big-girl pants and try to talk to my internet provider about my bill. It had been gradually ticking up over the past several months without explanation — let alone better service — and I wanted to know what was up. When I called the company’s customer service line, the woman on the phone knew something I did not: I didn’t really have other service options available in my area. So, no, my bill would not be reduced.

More than two years later, I’m still mad about it. And yes, that could seem a little petty. But that monthly annoyance speaks to a broader trend that all Americans should be aware of — and angry about. Across industry after industry, sector after sector, power and market share have been consolidated into the hands of a handful of players.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/19/2020 10:22:47 AM
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Carbon Capture Wins Fans Among Oil Giants

Can new technology suck carbon dioxide, a prevalent greenhouse gas, out of the air—economically? More companies are betting that it can, as governments adopt ambitious carbon-emissions targets and investors grow increasingly concerned about the risks of climate change.

Carbon-capture techniques have existed for decades. But it’s incredibly expensive—not to mention energy intensive—to remove the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on a large enough scale to make a significant dent.

Now, Exxon Mobil Corp., Microsoft Corp. and others are focused on reducing the cost and the amount of energy required to capture carbon dioxide. Some companies are using giant fans to suck up air, then separating the carbon dioxide chemically. One venture plans to fill land in Arizona with dozens of accordionlike machines designed to expand as they absorb the gas.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/19/2020 2:55:19 PM
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What I Learned From My Mother-in-Law’s Cable Bill—and Trying YouTube TV

It may be hard to believe, but Comcast still charges its cable TV subscribers a $9.95 monthly fee for high-definition TV—the 20-year-old technology that is standard in video-streaming services (and in TV sets). It’s one of a number of fees—also including a $12.60 fee for the right to watch free broadcast networks like CBS and ABC as well as an $8.75 fee for sports channels—that I discovered on my mother-in-law’s cable bill on a recent visit.

It reminded me of why the number of people cutting the cable cord is steadily growing—and it also made me wonder why more people aren’t trying streaming services like YouTube TV, Sling TV or Hulu Plus Live TV, which offer cheaper versions of classic cable delivered over the internet. I tried YouTube TV the weekend of the Oscars—it was stunningly easy to set up and a joy to use (and easy to cancel).

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/21/2020 11:52:21 AM
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Cord-Cutting Accelerated in 2019, Raising Pressure on Cable Providers

The pace at which people are abandoning traditional pay-TV packages accelerated by more than 70% last year, as prices continued to rise and consumers gravitated to more affordable streaming options.

Large cable and satellite companies lost about 5.5 million traditional pay-TV customers last year, a roughly 8% decline, according to public filings. The numbers—which exclude smaller providers that have yet to report results for the entirety of 2019—are much larger than the loss of 3.2 million subscribers in 2018.

Traditional pay-TV customers are expensive for cable companies to keep, between installation and equipment costs and the ever-rising price of programming, which has led cable and satellite providers to raise their rates. Analysts predict more American households will cut the cord this year.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/26/2020 2:53:21 PM
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Inside ‘Amazon Go Grocery’: Tech giant opens first full-sized store without cashiers or checkout lines

Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon is opening its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle on Tuesday morning, enlarging the footprint for surveillance-style shopping and signaling a larger challenge to the broader world of brick-and-mortar retail.

GeekWire got a sneak peek at the store during a recent media preview, entering by scanning a smartphone app and strolling the aisles of the completely stocked store. The banks of cameras and sensors overhead track everything put into a shopping cart, with the help of artificial intelligence — rendering unnecessary the old-fashioned ritual of scanning and paying at a checkout stand. Items are charged to a shopper’s Amazon account shortly after they walk through the exit.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/26/2020 2:56:59 PM
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Seattle-area tech workers earn $279K/year on average in total compensation, according to new BLS data

Tech workers in the Seattle region were making an average annualized salary of $279,084 in the third quarter of 2019. That’s more than double the average wage of any other sector in the area, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s worth noting that the report does not include median salaries, a metric that would better reflect what most tech workers earn. High-paid executives have an outsized impact on the average.

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From: Paul H. Christiansen2/26/2020 4:08:02 PM
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Buyer Beware: Why Retailers Should Think Hard About Amazon ‘Go’ Partnerships

Amazon is angling to become a toll collector on physical retail just as it is in e-commerce, with its vast marketplace that outside merchants access for a fee. But brick-and-mortar retailers may want to approach Amazon’s latest idea with caution.

As Amazon on Tuesday unveiled in Seattle its biggest Amazon Go outlet—grocery stores equipped with technology that eliminates the need for cashiers—The Information confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that the e-commerce giant was considering licensing the Go technology to other retailers. That could extend its tentacles throughout the brick-and-mortar landscape. Such a move could elevate the Go technology from its current experimental status into a money-making business.

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