Consider the human side of robots

Wall-e With all the talk about how robots will take everyone’s jobs and basically bring on the Apocalypse, it’s not hard to get worried.
The robots haven’t just landed in the workplace – they’re expanding skills, moving up the corporate ladder, showing awesome productivity and retention rates, and increasingly shoving aside their human counterparts. One multi-tasker bot, from Momentum Machines, can make (and flip) a gourmet hamburger in 10 seconds and could soon replace an entire McDonalds crew. A manufacturing device from Universal Robots doesn’t just solder, paint, screw, glue, and grasp—it builds new parts for itself on the fly when they wear out or bust. And just this week, Google won a patent to start building worker robots with personalities.
But hold on a minute. Let’s add some perspective here and practise some of that empathy we hear human beings are good. Let’s consider what worries robots. Carrie Fisher
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Digital agencies must learn how to speak the CEO’s language

compass Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Digital agencies must learn how to speak the CEO’s language” was written by Brandon Geary, for theguardian.com on Thursday 11th February 2016 16.00 Europe/London It was Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard who said that marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department – that senior execs must make it their mission as well. But we must update that sentiment. Digital now has become too important to be left to the marketing department and the chief marketing officer (CMO), which means digital agencies are going to have to step up and learn how to speak the language of the CEO. The reason is that digital has become more than a single channel, tactic or creative process. It’s not a silo you can safely put in the hands of a mid-level employee. Instead, it should be a source of opportunity that’s essential to creating and
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Samsung (and Facebook) raise the mobile game

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge revealed The smartphone market continues to rapidly evolve. Who thinks about a smartphone these days as simply a device to make phone calls and send text messages? I don’t – a smartphone is a powerful computer that also makes phone calls and sends text messages. That thought came to me more than once or twice while I watched and listened to Samsung’s press event via live video stream from the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Sunday evening. The company announced their next smartphones in the Galaxy model line – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – held aloft by DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, in the photo above. While both devices look pretty similar to the current Galaxy S6 equivalents, there’s no doubt that the S7 takes things up a few levels in many areas. Obvious things you’d perhaps expect – more RAM, richer graphics
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UK blogging snapshot in new blogger survey

Make me sound like Mark Twain An overnight email from Vuelio:
How’s your blog doing? How big is your audience, and what are you doing to grow it? Is blogging a hobby, an awareness-raiser, or a money-spinner? We’ve joined up with Canterbury Christ Church University to launch our first ever UK Blogger Survey in a bid to find out what blogging is all about in 2016. We’re asking bloggers all over the country what kind of blogs they’re writing, how popular they are, and how commercial they want to be. The survey takes just seven minutes to complete. We know you’re busy, so we’ll be entering all respondents into a prize draw. We have one iPad Mini 4 and one Lily Drone to give away – and the survey closes at the end of next week, so don’t delay! We’ll also give respondents a sneak peak of the findings prior to publication, so you’ll know
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The rise of the cognitive PR machines

prautomation1143w Within two years, 20 percent of business content will be authored by machines or “robo writers,” as Gartner puts it in its list of ten predictions of an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world that the analyst firm published last October. It was a topic I used as a focal point in my presentation about PR measurement and how it’s getting smarter partly through automation that captured close attention from the 50+ PR pros in the audience at a CIPR event in London last week.
Content that is based on data and analytical information will be turned into natural language writing by technologies that can proactively assemble and deliver information through automated composition engines. Content currently written by people – such as shareholder reports, legal documents, market reports, press releases and white papers – are prime candidates for these tools.
The context in which I talked about this was in how so
Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2015
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SNCR joins forces with The Conference Board

SNCR In early 2005, I joined a select group of business communicators who were social media early adopters to found a new research organization and think tank that would explore new communication tools and technologies. It had a clear vision:
To be the leading think tank for the advanced study of new communications tools, technologies and emerging modes of communication, i.e. blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, collaborative tools and the growing phenomena of participatory communications and their effect on traditional media, marketing, public relations and advertising, as well as their broader impact on business, politics, entertainment, culture, education, religion and society.
And mission:
To investigate, develop, share and transfer in-depth and forward-facing insights resulting from our deep ongoing study, learning, and continuous mastery of new communications tools and technologies with the academic community and industry for the promotion of best practices.

This new organization was called the Society for New Communications

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Podcast: How to create disruptive strategies of innovation with Erik Wahl #IBMConnect

Erik Wahl painting

Closing General Session at IBM Connect 2016: Discover Your Inner Artist:

Wrap up your week on a fun and exciting note. Liz Urheim, Vice President of Collaboration and Smarter Workforce, will share her perspectives and summarize the week. She will then be joined by Erik Wahl, author of Unthink, who will inspire you to let go of your traditional thought patterns. His unique artwork-infused presentation will help you better understand how to create disruptive strategies of innovation. In this session you will learn that your best sustainable edge is being better at mastering change and innovation than your competition. Erik will share approaches to unlock new ways to make you and your organization more creative, more productive, and ultimately more profitable.

My summary (MP3 audio, 3:14):