Better facial recognition comes at a price

Facial recognition (“FR”) is rapidly becoming part and parcel of everyday life. Whether to get through passport control or simply to unlock your phone, the technology reads the delicate contours and intricacies of your face to establish identification. Airports market it as a more reliable and efficient means of tracking who enters and exits the country, and Apple says they’re saving you time, better protecting you and the deeply personal information kept on your phone.

#Business Resources - 16/04/2019

Is this AI step too far?

It has been revealed that hundreds of UK business are using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity. Is this an innovative way to analyse productivity or a stressful scrutinisation of individuals’ activity?

#Business Resources - 12/04/2019

We are all at risk of automation

How fitting that the ONS (Office for National Statistics) should bolster its latest findings on the future of automation in the work place with a helpful robot that, having established your occupation, will inform you of your risk of redundancy.

#Business Resources - 05/04/2019

The future of data privacy – can we take control?

As users, we power the internet through our data. Be it social media, online searches or simple tasks like shopping which we take for granted, our online activities leave a trail of data that has value and is ready to be exploited.

#Business Resources - 13/03/2019

Using technology to save the planet

Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire has become the first in Europe to use technology to capture carbon dioxide produced from burning fuel to generate electricity. This has been commended as a huge step forward in the fight to prevent climate change.

#Business Resources - 11/02/2019

Building connections: the Internet of Things and construction

There is a lot of talk about the “Internet of Things”, or IoT. But what does that actually mean – and what does that mean for the construction industry? The Internet of Things is the term used to describe the networks of objects and systems with embedded sensors, software and network connectivity that allow those objects to collect data and share it. The purpose of all of these sensors is to improve efficiency, productivity, and the user experience – reducing delays and costs along the way.

#Business Resources - 18/01/2019

Connecting the workers of the world

As the High Court has just ruled against the Independent Workers of Great Britain on their judicial review application against the Central Arbitration Committee, which had held that Deliveroo riders were not workers or employees entitled to collective bargaining, this reminds that we are going through a significant period of change. So many more people are now part of the gig economy and the law does not yet recognise they have rights to do things like choose union representation for collective bargaining.

#Business Resources - 07/12/2018

Microplastic Pollution - let’s get tackling with technology

Over recent months the issue of plastic pollution, particularly in our oceans, has come to the fore and is recognised as one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Who can forget those appalling images of the sea of plastic covering large swathes of our oceans, or seeing marine life tangled, and strangled by plastic.

#Business Resources - 27/11/2018

Can AI be ethical?

Most people at work will be more affected by Artificial Intelligence in the future than they realise. Employers and HR professionals should not imagine they will have a clear run at transforming workplaces and introducing technologies aimed at productivity and competitiveness, but which involve more intrusive controls of employees and contractors.

#Business Resources - 22/11/2018

Microchips or Micromanagement?

According to various media reports[1] a Swedish microchip company called BioHax is in talks with several high-profile legal and financial UK companies to implant employees with microchips.

#Business Resources - 20/11/2018

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