Automation: a battle between work and technology

The only person’s confidence in the future is that it is not written. Not in a space that lives as closely as work. This new economy, dictated by algorithms, automated processes and robots, is driven by population, be it right or wrong, more fear than hope. Unreliability, low wages, unemployment. This is a promise that millions of people around the world fear. Fear is not new, because robots have transformed the Western economy for centuries. David Ricardo, one of the founders of economic thought, wrote about the destructive effects of machines in 1821. We have lived with “robots” for centuries and have perfected our world for centuries.

Perhaps the feeling of helplessness today comes from the relationship between space and time. This is the speed. The transformation of the agrarian society into an industrial society was linear; current acceleration is exponential. “In the next few years, the economy will face a wave of automation,” predicts Olli Buston, CEO of Future Advocacy Consulting.

Countless studies tell this story, sometimes apocalyptic, sometimes integrated. The OECD has been the same average for two years in a row. 14% of jobs in the 36 richest countries in the world are likely to be automated. Spain figures dance in the wire 21.7%. The percentage of ceba, in particular, education, which fails in the early stages and in adults. The Spaniards will have to sit at their desks throughout their working lives.Take this Saturday, May 25th, Retina magazine, free with EL PAÍS

Report 2014 analytical center Belgian Bruegel foresaw a much greater danger, 55.3%. This figure, which can be genetically applied to a person, for example, was able to delineate boundaries., a Chinese e-commerce platform, opened a center in Shanghai last year that processes 200,000 orders per day with four employees. Is this the company we want? Amazon Go has already opened several stores in the United States without any dependents. The image of the biggest revolution in the retail business in recent decades.

But do we strive for this loneliness of words and people in such a fundamental act of the human condition? “The negative impact of technology on the future of work is a choice, not an inevitable thing,” says Tim O’Reilly nicknamed “Oracle of Silicon Valley” by Inc. Inc., a Web 2.0 member and innovative software. is free. “This is what I call the basic algorithm the value of a shareholder who sees people as a value that needs to be reduced, and not as an asset that needs to be increased.” Although it adds hope: “When I look around from me, and I see all the work that we have to do as a person (climate change, refugees, care for an aging population), I know that if we use technologies correctly, we can solve these problems. problems and let everyone work. “

Perhaps we should place the future in an imaginary city halfway between Arcadia and anti-utopia. Comala Argentine writer and journalist Andres Oppenheimer, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1987 for his investigations that revealed the Iran-Contra scandal, includes robots as enemies of work. His latest book, Robots go !: The future of jobs in the automation era Gets insight panic. In translation, it will be something like this. Chapter 4: They come for the bankers! “Chapter 5: They come for lawyers! They attack hospitals: They come for doctors! They go to Hollywood: They go for the artists!, Behind this cascade of exclamations, certainty overwhelms. “Robotization reaches places we have never thought of. This applies not only to routine work, but also to others. [expertos en finanzas, médicos, contables] knowledge-intensive, “notes Emilio Ontiviros.

However, during this transitional period, characterized by complexity, chaos and contradictions, the World Economic Forum went through this uncertain topography, and its calculations are closer to Arcadia than to injustice. By 2022, 133 million jobs will be created, and 75 million will be lost. Data analysts, experts in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and general and operational directors.

The refusal of those who are dedicated to entering numbers, accountants, administrators and secretaries or secretaries. “The increase in employment will occur in predominantly unprofessional, highly skilled and more abstract occupations than those that require little skills, need manual labor or interpersonal communication,” said Rafael Domenech, director of economic analysis. from BBVA Research. “Of course, we are far from thinking about the apocalyptic scenarios of mass technological breakthroughs.”

Outdated education

In this troubled world, schools, offices, and offices talk without listening. 72% of large Spanish companies have difficulty covering the jobs they offer. This sentence, written in just 17 words and reflecting the report of the IESE business school, demonstrates aluminum disease, which suffers from the fundamentals of education in Spain. “Many companies lack communication profiles, STEM has an excess of social sciences and a career lack [ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas]“ Maria Louise Blasquez, one of the creators of this work, appears. Imbalance, which is not surprising. Spanish training brought the benefits of the theory and created the practice.

In the field of critical thinking, for example, Spain, according to the World Economic Forum, is 101st out of 140 countries. Companies are looking for talents and find absence. “On the digital planet, we need people with the ability to learn quickly, who will even more quickly forget what they learned if it becomes an obstacle to making news,” said Francisco Perez Botello, general manager of Volkswagen. A company competing in the radical sector of radical technology.

How to train

Behind this cold, the polaroid , which confuses the memory of who we are and the desire for what we need, the question that challenges the relationship between work, education and technology in the 21st century, has been exhausted. Should companies dictate their programs to avoid gaps? “Young people need to be taught not to become employees, but to develop their best creative skills in society,” says philosopher Fernando Savater. “It’s good that they mean possible jobs, but not that they are slaves to the most practical myth and abandon their curiosity and their vocation.”

The reflection is exact, like a platonic body. But how to adapt when Spanish children under the age of 25 have an average unemployment rate of 33.5%. Maybe look elsewhere. “I advise my young students that if they have a strong vocation for activity, they follow it without thinking about economic conditions, but if this is not the case – as is the case in most things – they should think about employment opportunities”, recommends Educator Jose Antonio Marina. Well, the world is becoming more and more competitive, more and more demanding. “Robots and algorithms are fundamental to work, and employees and companies are trying to figure out how to handle these 12 Hercules tasks.

But there is one significant change. We have moved from lifelong learning to lifelong employment, ”said Leo Cano, founder of BrainLang, a startup that protects the value of teaching English throughout life. time.

New employment models

Man today is a traveler to a new world of work. For example, digital work platforms have enormous power of change. They spray the market, and new technologies automate a lot of work and tasks. This is something new. These are new factories of the 21st century.

The answer is to a collective imagination in which useless habits, physical location and space win in a society that wants to work less hours and who says that free time is the main condition of freedom. If robots can do the work, because the workers will have more hours of rest? On the other hand, non-traditional forms of employment (freelancers, telework, economic platforms on demand) are growing, companies outsource more tasks than ever before, while intermediate digital structures between them 39, demand and supply for talent appear. All in the world competition.

Everything is a start. Only 1% to 3% of the workforce generates its income through digital platforms. “But its growth potential is enormous,” predicts Albert Canyigeral, the connector of the OuiShare joint platform for Spain and Latin America. “We are moving towards a more intermittent job scenario, and the challenge is to guarantee the rights and needs of these workers.”


Little by little, this universe, which still leaves many traces of dark matter, defines its architecture. We found microtraders on platforms with small online tasks (Amazon Mechanical Turk), as well as on-demand employees ( concert workers ) who ride or cycle in Uber or Glovo. Places related to non-standard

But at the same time, there is a tour to other positions. For example, a blue collar (CornerJob, Job Today) or a highly specialized white collar (UpWork, Freelancer, Toptal or GLG). “This type of professional network will expand significantly,” said Vicente de los Rios, a professor at EOI Business School. Without a doubt, the new world of labor revolves, driven by its own contradictions. Spain ranks first in the European Union in terms of employment on the platform. 17% of people of working age hold events there at least once a week. “And these are not such profiles as Uber, but mostly professionals who have a permanent job and perform tasks of specific qualifications,” analysis Maria Luz Rodriguez, professor of labor law at the university. from Castilla La Mancha.

This face vinyl, face b offers other music in a country where, according to SEPE, 37.2% of contracts signed before March had a duration of less than one month. “Digitization and automation in Spain is aimed at transforming employees into suppliers, calculating salaries into bills, and social protection for capitalization. Because companies do not want more employees, ”- criticizes Carlos Martin, who is responsible for the Central Committee of the NGO Economic Office.

Digital Syndicates

Technology sometimes tells a paradoxical story. She can make a repair request for what she broke herself. This may push, for example, outsourcing to the limit. The work is distributed worldwide, and it is easy to break it into hundreds of micro-tars. A way to lead people to predatory proposals, to the microboard and to eliminate instability. Result? Employees are dispersed, geographically isolated and do not have trade union power. Faced with this, the technology itself offers WorkerTech. “Using technology to create movements to protect the interests of workers,” said Maria Lus Rodriguez.

Everything, at the moment, is covered with silk threads. Digital networks, such as Riders x rights, the Independent Workers Union or the Independent Drivers Guild (drivers, New York), still have the same consistency. Social protection may be more related to SomosMuno-style sentences. Agency for the insurance of jobs on the Internet, focused on the self-employed. All problems of self-employment seem to be solved numerically. “The challenge on the horizon is to combine the flexibility and freedom of work in their own right with the protection and benefits traditionally associated with paid work or employment.” in the field of the digital labor market The work will be discussed jointly developed by OuiShare and Malt.

But is it possible to break a synonym that corresponds to insecurity and self-employment? “In a detailed report that I wrote for the International Labor Organization (ILO), I argue that platforms typically use workers with standard skills, so offers such as Uber to exploit their pilots rather than empower them,” Sangit Paul Choudary, founder of Platformation Labs. In fact, technology allows products to “have a lot of knowledge, and we need to retrain them if we want to be relevant in the new world.” Otherwise, the platforms exacerbate the problem. Legislation recently approved by the European Parliament, which aims to protect Employees in these conditions recognize the same fear.

New social contract

Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Virginia, warns about the slow pace of “the education system’s response to profound changes.”

It took a person decades to adapt to the serious transformations between failure and success. But we must reverse technological determinism. “We need to hold a public and democratic debate about how we want our working society to be the way we take advantage of and how we put barriers to risk. A new social contract is needed, ”says Maria Lous Rodriguez.

This happens in a world that is no longer divided between right and left, and between open and closed. Will we accept technological changes or reject them? We live in the best of times. We live in the worst moments.

Unsustainable exploitation of sand destroys rivers and seas

Every day, 18 kg of sand and gravel are mined by every inhabitant of the planet for the manufacture of concrete, asphalt and glass. Changes in consumption patterns, population growth and urbanization have tripled their demand over the past 20 years, and are now being used more than what is happening naturally, which negatively affects our planet.

Global demand for sand and gravel, which is about 50 billion tons per year, is the main polluter and causes flooding in some cases, when depletion of aquifers in others, and even contributes to worsening droughts, reveals a new UN report on the environment.

Sand and gravel are the main unrecognized materials of farms. They operate around the world and represent the largest amount of solids mined in the world. Without them, there would be no concrete, asphalt or glass for the construction of schools, hospitals, roads, solar panels and other infrastructure necessary for systems and methods of construction and industrial production. current.

The Arena and Sustainable Development report showed how changes in consumption patterns, population growth, constant urbanization, and infrastructure development have tripled the demand for this raw material over the past 20 years.

In addition, dams and mining activities have reduced river sediment reserves in many coastal areas, which has led to a reduction in sediments in the river delta and accelerated beach erosion.

“We spend our sand budget faster than we can do it responsibly.” By improving global sand resource management, we can more effectively manage this vital resource and demonstrate that infrastructure and nature can move forward. Joyce Msuya, Acting UN Executive Director for the Environment.

The purpose of the report is a global discussion on the management of these resources, the most mined and sold volume after water.

Due to the fact that sand mining is regulated differently throughout the world, regions important for biodiversity and ecosystems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to problems resulting from the local application of these rules. In addition, there is a growing trend of illegal and unsustainable mining in marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems.

Serious problem

In addition, sand mining becomes a transboundary problem. International trade in resources is increasing due to high demand in areas where there are no local banks, and is expected to increase by 5.5% annually, depending on urbanization and infrastructure development.

Unsustainable sand mining not only affects the environment, but can also have significant social consequences. For example, removing sand from beaches can jeopardize the development of the local tourism industry, while removing sand from rivers and mangroves leads to a reduction in the crabs population, which is detrimental to the harvesters of these crustaceans. These are mainly women whose lifestyle depends on this profession.

In countries such as India and China, as well as in other countries in Asia, Africa and South America, numerous mining operations are underway. sand does not comply with environmental regulations, and social consequences have already been noted.

For example, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia are legal and illegal sources of aggregate materials for the development of a regional economic corridor and land reclamation projects in Southeast Asia. Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania in Africa and Colombia in South America were identified as areas with sustainability issues for this sector.

Extraction to the detriment of others

These examples, among other things, demonstrate that uncontrolled mining occurs at the expense of other sectors of the economy, local livelihoods and biodiversity. Direct security risks for people who work in the area and live in communities where this is done include sinking workers who remove sand from canals, subsidence and landslides in the areas where they live. ; extract.

Legal and illegal activities are increasingly reported in adjacent areas and even in established reserves and protected areas of biodiversity. Unique places that were provided to society are so important from one point of view. Ecological and cultural view that they can not adapt to economic activities that are incompatible with the biophysical integrity of these ecosystems. Negative impacts have already been reported for marine and freshwater fish, as well as for birds and endangered species such as turtles and dolphins.

The need for a new policy

The report also warns that meeting the needs of ten billion people without harming the environment will require effective planning, regulatory and management policies.

Currently, the extraction and use of sand is determined by its local geography and management context and does not have the same rules, practices and ethics throughout the world. The purpose of the report is the starting point from which a productive global conversation on sand mining can begin.

To reduce irresponsible and illegal mining, UN-Environment proposes to adapt existing standards and best practices to national conditions. It also seeks to invest in monitoring and measuring the production and consumption of sand, and suggests establishing a dialogue between the main participants and stakeholders

Silicon Valley says goodbye to Chinese funds

It was a convulsive day for Huawei. From 19 Sunday, the date of the official confirmation of the American veto to Chinese society, there was a whole list of events. The trade war provoked by US President Donald Trump was a long one. 2018 was actually a year through a cruise for Chinese tea. The issue ended when Google was attacked by the government, announced the release of its operating system of all Huawei devices. The beginning of a new era, especially for one of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in the world and, in another area, responsible for some deployments of future 5G networks.

The future of Chinese society and other entities of the country, especially technological ones, is completely uncertain. Meanwhile, other sectors carefully monitor developments at the government level. One of them relates directly to the world of investment; in particular, technology investments.

The development of China as a modern country was palpable. The modern world is a spectator of change in an Asian country. Popularly known as the region of copies and lack of innovation, China is currently characterized by the opposite. The growing dominance of the middle class, with an increase in the number of graduates among the best, dismissed the characteristic era of the country’s poverty. This change, accompanied by a strong incentive from the Chinese government – 6,000 million euros last year to create local innovations – creates the ideal ground for the growth of businesses. new technologies.

However, the years in which it was possible to find an American couple in China were long. Alibaba as a Chinese partner of Amazon or Tencent as Google. The Facebook universe will be hosted in WeChat, one of Tencent’s creations. Others, like Apple, just want to build a home in Asia, while the giant Xiaomi is growing every day. In addition, for several years, China has been financing its own Silicon Valley, which is expected to become the country’s economic engine. In addition, the level of investment in the science and technology sector is very similar to the level of investment in the United States over a very short period of time.

Raising capital, state business

This is not just the growth of domestic financing in China; Since 2018, the United States is not the only center of gravity for venture capital . In the second quarter of 2018, China accounted for 47% of global technology business financing – for the first time in history, surpassing the US.

The Asian capital saw the need to move across different sectors

In any case, Quid This story is precisely in Chinese investment in the United States. For a long time, the Asian capital saw the need to move across different sectors and countries. Slightly less than a year, Chinese funds are responsible for the largest round of funding for biotech enterprises in the United States, including Chinese companies themselves in their expansion – now more difficult – in North America. Thanks to this, more than 300 companies received Chinese investment.

And not only they, small American defense-oriented technologies, were the target of Chinese control. Already in 2017, Neurala, a military robotic company, traveled to China to raise funds to support its production line ordered by the US military. For the aerospace sector where Haiyin Capital invested an amount that was not disclosed by California-based XCOR Aerospace. In 2016, the mobile company Kateeva received 88 million euros through a private group of Chinese investors.

And not only Uber or Lyft – the great mobility empires in the United States – are just some of the companies that consider the Chinese organization among their investors.

Insult and Theft
That the Chinese capital is preparing for good deals Silicon Valley is undeniable. But what is an advantage to employers was not visible with such good eyes by the Trump government. What can be considered just money has a very important geopolitical component.

While small Californian companies collected their Chinese funds, this led to a loss of United States influence on their own companies; in addition to increasing the power of the “enemy” when it comes to managing the most advanced technologies. Thus, 3,000 million Chinese funds invested in the United States last year failed due to the New Year and the commercial decisions made against an Asian country. Because if there is something clear in the world of investors and entrepreneurs, it is important that political and regulatory calm is necessary. ,

If there is something clear in the world of investors and entrepreneurs, political and regulatory calm is necessary.
In 2018, the adoption of a law to modernize a review of the risk of foreign investment allowed us to control these Chinese investments. Since the advent of the new text, many companies seeking new funds have left foreign capital for the simple fact that they do not need to conduct a state investigation. It will be a kind of fear and blockade on both sides ,

This, however, does not mean that the lack of Chinese funds means the disappearance of what is now called the Mecca of entrepreneurship, but, perhaps, a slowdown in the pace of investment. As well as the possible migration of the same to Europe, where at the moment relations with the Asian country remain stable.

There is no doubt that the problem of Huawei and the trade war against China is only part of the tip of the iceberg in relations between the two countries. The complex weapon of globalization does not protect any of the parties.

Computer Safety instructions that you need and procedure

Over time and use computers usually store dust, hair, stains, drops and dirt. For this reason, it is recommended to periodically clean the computer and its components. How to clean your desktop or laptop? In this article, we will review the procedure, safety instructions, and items needed to thoroughly clean your computer.

Before you begin: what do you need to clean your computer?

Cleaning a computer, whether it be a desktop computer or a laptop, is a relatively simple procedure that takes us about two hours and must be done regularly. How many timesThis will depend on the environment in which we are located and its location, since it is not the same as having a tower on the first floor of a house with pets that have it on the table in the laboratory.

Although a good approximation can be done once a year, there are in fact unambiguous signs, such as heating, excessive ventilation or a powerful fan ,

To clean the computer, we need a number of items. We consulted with experts such as Juan Carlos Lopez, Javier Pastor and Javier Penalva for cleaning tips ,

First we need a set of precision screwdrivers (8.21 euros). There will be cases when only one is enough, but it is desirable to have a kit at home.

In the market, we find a lot of different price packages, although knowing that this is a “lifelong” purchase, it is worth it. Decent quality, ergonomic and with a magnetic tip , that they are not magnetized? We can do it ourselves by moving the magnet from the metal base to the tip, repeating the movement several times in one direction.

We will also need a spray of compressed air (5.79 euros) to remove the inlaid dirt in hard to reach places. For this task, we could also use a vacuum cleaner, carefully using it in places where parts are small and fragile. Another element to remove dust is a small brush (8.55 euros) or even a soft bristled brush to remove dust without damaging the components.

To clean the internal surfaces and components. We need a microfiber cloth (7.99 euros), and outside we can use the same cloth or dust bag. Some tampons – tampons for the ears – we also need smaller sections.

We consulted with Engadget experts about the fluid used to clean the computer, and its general recommendation is to leave specific cleaning products aside and to make our own cleaning fluid, high efficiency and more affordable , Juan Carlos Lopez gives us a recipe:

  • 80% distilled water.
  • 20% isopropyl alcohol (9.90 euros)
  • A few drops of desiccant (photoshop).

Isopropyl alcohol is used to clean electronic devices without damaging them , which we will use in the solution. For its part, the desiccant will evaporate the liquid in a short time.

Security issues when cleaning the computer

Before proceeding with the cleaning of equipment and its peripheral devices, we disconnect them from the electric current to avoid discharges for us and for the circuits that make it up. We will also lend special attention to static electricity ,

And this is what components of electronic circuits may suffer due to static electricity, which we naturally generate . In this sense, it is desirable to handle them in latex gloves (11.04 euros), which will also protect us from dust, and with an antistatic belt. (7.49 euros).

Electrostatic bracelets are bracelets that are attached to the wrist with a cable ending in a clip that we connect to ground, using a chassis or a metal tower. Another option to get rid of static electricity is to touch a metal surface with your fingers.

If we suffer from breathing problems or are allergic It is highly recommended to use a dust mask (€ 19.52) when processing and cleaning the inside of the computer, taking into account the amount of dust remaining. he accumulates.

How to clean the tower outside and inside

The first thing to do is to place the computer on a table cleaned, spacious, with sufficient lighting and ventilation, and with something below, it can be cardboard or plastic rubber that collects dirt and avoids contact.

Turn off the equipment and disconnect it from the power supply. To clean your appearance, we will use a microfiber cloth moistened with cleaning fluid. For ports and slots It is better to use a brush or compressed air spray.

The time has come to open the equipment . In the case of a tower, external screws are often found which, once removed, allow one side to be removed for access inside. In the case of a laptop, we will turn it over and unscrew it. Although the internal part of notebooks is basically the same, the distribution and access vary from one brand to another and even between different models.

A good way to not lose the screws and remember where they come from is to mark a sheet of paper on a sheet of paper and place the screws inside by entering your name. Thus, we could write a “cover” and leave the screws used to fix the part inside.

Once we have reached the inside, we strike small blows at the fans located inside, thus affecting the blades and the stem. When submitting an application, we must have special Care in places where there are components like a motherboard, RAM, or a processor, dropping frames at a certain distance.

It’s time to clean the motherboard and components , Try to disconnect the cables and some components, such as RAM or hard disk, and our know-how as much as possible to keep everything as it is. The cleaner the area, the better we can clean.

Carefully apply a bristle brush, as well as cotton swabs or a microfiber cloth, depending on the available space. Be careful, because the cleaning fluid must not come in contact with the motherboard, PC board or any other sensitive electronic element, because moisture can damage them ,

To improve the cooling of the processor It is desirable to update the thermal grease (6.48 euros). To do this, we will remove the old paste with isopropyl alcohol and apply thermal grease with specific characteristics recommended by the manufacturer.

The more components you remove and clean, the better the result. However, even if you stick to the surface cleaning on the inside, the improvement is great .

How to clean the monitor

Dust, spray and fingerprints clog computer screens over time. However, it is quite simple to leave them clean.

Of course, pay special attention to the liquid used for cleaning: not a wiper or alcohol, because they can damage the anti-glare protection of the panels ,

According to Juan Carlos Lopez, our editor specializing in image and sound, it’s better not to complicate the cleaning kits and use a cloth soaked in liquid to clean the screens (5.60 euros) or do it yourself. just as explained above.

When the cleaning fluid is ready, we can clean the monitor, regardless of the type of panel, matte or glossy finish ,

First, we turned it off from power. In the case of a laptop, we turn off the equipment. We wet a microfiber cloth with cleaning fluid. It is important that you do not apply the liquid directly to the screen ,

Gently rub in circles , panel and frame, so that the aisles are not marked. Alcohol and desiccant quickly evaporates water, so there is no more residue.

Keyboard cleaning

Between the keys and below them are dust, food, liquids and other particles that may cause this problem. does not work properly when you press certain keys ,

To clear the keyboard, the first thing to do is: unplug the cable — if it has one, it connects it to the computer. If this is a laptop, we will turn it off and unplug it. If it uses a PS / 2 port, we will have to disable the keyboard when the equipment is turned off.

Then we lay it face down and gently shake to try to remove the dirt. To remove leftovers between keys that did not exit after installation, use a compressed air dispenser. Another alternative is to use a vacuum cleaner, yes, there is Attention to the suction power and the condition of the keys ,

After we have removed the inlaid dirt, we will clean the surface of the fingertips from fingers and other substances. To do this, we moisten cotton cloth and ear cushions with cleaning fluid, gently rubbing the keys and dividing the keys between them. This is important. Do not pour cleaning fluid directly onto the keyboard.

When the keyboard is clean and dry, we reconnect it to the computer.

Mouse cleaning

There are two types of mice on the market, those of the optical and mechanical type . Each of them is essentially the same, although the mechanics require a bit more dedication to have moving parts.

In the case of optical mice, internal cleaning is not required, as they have no moving parts, although their displacement may deteriorate over time due to the accumulation of dust in the light emitter.

Mechanical mice are especially sensitive to dust and particles accumulating them inside and making it difficult to move.

To clean a mouse, the first thing to do is unplug it from the computer in case it has a cable. If it has a PS / 2 port, we will first turn off the computer. If it’s a wireless mouse, we’ll take out the batteries.

Then moisten a clean cloth with cleaning fluid or, if not, isopropyl alcohol, and clean the outside. As with the keyboard, we will have to be careful not to inject liquid inside ,

If our mouse is mechanical, remove the ball by first removing its stopper, turning it clockwise so that you can clean the inside of the ball and the ball with a single cloth or dry paper.

When it is completely dry, we will assemble the parts and connect them to the equipment. If it’s a PS / 2 mouse, we’ll do it with the computer turned off.

What will happen to my Huawei smartphone after Google

After declaring a “national emergency” for the alleged purpose of defending itself from espionage, the Donald Trump government issued an order that US companies can not trade with Huawei without prior authorization. Google’s actions were the first – but not the only – to be made public, suspension of several agreements with Huawei and revocation of access to “your Android” for the brand, including Play Store.

After confirmation from Google itself, let’s see what they are the repercussions facing current Huawei device usersor what allows us to know the currently limited information we have.

Potentially delayed updates

In the official statement, Google states that “while complying with all government requirements, services such as Google Play and the security of Google Play Protect will continue to work on your existing Huawei device.” It means that Current users of Huawei phones will not notice any difference in the possibilities among them, at least not immediately: Google Play will continue to work for them, as well as for the rest of Google services. And it seems the same goes for those who buy a device already in distribution today, like the latest Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

By stopping the relationship with the brand, yes, Google will stop providing Huawei with the preliminary versions of the system., on which Android is adapted to the specific characteristics of their devices. This allows the brand’s newer phones to be updated more agile and faster.

To understand this, keep in mind that Android as such can be understood in two different ways. On the one hand, there is “Google Android”, which comes with Google apps and pre-installed Google Play services, which have accumulated over the years essential elements of Google’s capabilities. smartphones, including push notifications themselves or access to the Play Store.

On the other hand, it is AOSP, the open source project of Android, much more basic and available for anyone who wants to create a version of this operating system, as happens with Amazon Fire devices. However, the vast majority of applications developed for the platform are distributed via Google Play and therefore use Google Play services, which are not included in an Android version of AOSP. For an “application” to work on an AOSP version, it is therefore necessary to adapt and distribute it in another store.

Currently, it’s like that How does the ecosystem of applications in China, where virtually no Google service works or has no relevance, and has dozens of independent app stores. The biggest challenge would be competently replicating the same model in Europe, where the Play Store and Google services weigh heavily on the consumer.

For current users, the Huawei veto can therefore only mean a delay in large software updates, or even the end of them. Huawei said in its statement that it would continue to “provide security updates and after-sales services to all Huawei and Honor smartphones, tablets and devices, whether they are already sold or in stock in the world”. Doubt still lingers on future brand launches, as the possible lack of components and the inability to integrate Google Play services could adversely affect the company’s business in markets like the United States.

That’s all we expect from Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro

Huawei is part of the escalation of the trade war between the United States and China. More than ever, when Google leaves it outside of the official access to its operating system. That includes Honor, the Chinese giant’s second brand and it will be tomorrow in London to renew its range of smartphones with high-end features, although much cheaper.

With some uncertainty, they will present themselves by imitating the stratification of the parent brand, in two versions. Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro will make an appearance tomorrow May 21 at a dedicated event in London, see what we can expect.

Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro, the echo of Huawei double reference

As every year for a few, the smartphones Honor reference arrive a few months after the landing of those of reference and they do it with similar characteristics. This includes the Kirin 980 processor, the most powerful of the brand and competes with the famous Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. A basic version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory is also expected.

The first line of honor receives a Pro

As we read in WinFuture, the smaller Honor 20 would have a diagonal of 6.3 inches and a Full HD + resolution. This filtration, which comes from the hand of Roland Quandt – one of the most reputable sources in the industry – also refers to the IPS LCD technology for its front panel. The Pro version should be bigger.

As we see in the picture, there will not be fingerprint sensor in its rear part. When it is prevented by LCD technology, it will not be located under the screen either. That’s why they were forced to place it from one side, which is not unprecedented but it is unusual. The Honor 20 will also leave out “notch” in favor of a front camera pierced on the screen. It is also expected that there will be versions with a more daring design than usual.

It’s easy to guess from the promotional material of Honor that these smartphones they will have up to four cameras on the back. This is not exactly the camera configuration that becomes habitual. They would be driven by a 48-megapixel main sensor with a 16 MP super-wide angle lens, and would have an innovative 2 MP macro camera and a zoom camera that would probably avoid the most advanced periscope system.

So that would be the ToF sensor at least in the Pro version we saw in the Huawei P30 Pro.

It is also expected that the main camera will be accompanied by optics that, for the first time in a smartphone, would reach an opening f / 1.4. We have already seen this Sony 48 MP sensor in other Huawei phones, but with a slightly lower brightness in f / 1.8 with the Nova 4.

Other features would include the usual of a high-end device, which starts with a generous 3,750 mAh battery for the Honor 20 with a fast charge of 22.5 watts. Its release version would be EMUI 9.1 on Android 9 Pie, although the subsequent update is unclear.

Sony XB900N: features, prices and availability

Sony introduced the XB900N, his new wireless headphones with noise suppression. This product belongs to the Extra Bass family of hearing aids. One of its main strengths lies in the bass reproduction. They focus on people who listen to music genres that exploit this frequency, such as hip-hop and electronics.

Its design and ergonomics are inspired by the WH-1000XM3, one of the most recognized on the market. It is possible turn and fold earmuffs for easy storage. In addition, Sony makes sure that the banner is very comfortable for long reading sessions.

The XB900N have support for Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, today’s most popular virtual assistants. The headphones have a button to activate the selected wizard and start giving commands through the built-in microphone. Of course, it will connect with a smartphone to exploit this feature.

The rest of the checks will be touch gestures on the outer surfaces of the earmuffs. Your battery offers up to 30 hours of use, being possible to charge it for 10 minutes to get an extra hour. We found a freight port USB-C, good news for consumers perfectly adapted to the new standard.

Noise cancellation is a feature that increases the cost of any helmet model. However, Sony aims to change this approach with its new product, which will be available at a lower price than that offered by other markets. The XB900N will arrive in July for 270 euros ($ 250), about $ 4,800 pesos in Mexico.

Huawei is already testing its operating system to replace Android

After the actions taken by the US government that led to Huawei’s veto on Google and other companies such as Intel or Qualcomm, some reports on the Huawei-developed operating system are beginning to circulate.

According to the Global Times, the name of this operating system would call HongMeng OS and is currently being tested to gradually replace Android. The tweet He quotes three reports from the Chinese media and confirms what was mentioned above.

In March, Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, confirmed that they were working on their operating system that would be used as Plan B in case they could not use Android. In an interview with the newspaper WeltHuawei’s president said he prefers to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft because “no one can do everything alone in this sector”.

Both the name of this operating system, and the details, are not official and until now this remains like a rumor. In an official statement after Google’s veto, Huawei said it would continue to offer technical support and security updates. both for their proprietary devices and for the honor.

Huawei also said “that they will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, to provide the best experience to all users of the world”. Chinese society will lose access to the Play Store and to some parts of Android in its next terminals, accessing only the Open Source AOSP version.

The Huawei operating system would arrive with its future versions

Huawei loses access to additional services such as Gmail, Google Maps or YouTube, as well as updates for Android, technology would advance the plans to be able to implement its own operating system in his next outings.

The Huawei’s next terminal will be the Mate 30, which is considered the flagship product that will be revealed in mid-October this year, if the company’s launch schedule is kept intact

The other side of the data that Facebook has on us

The history of Facebook and its relationship with the privacy of users have repeatedly shown that we can not entrust our privacy to Facebook. At this point, and despite the regulations, it seems almost impossible to escape the arms of the social network and even to no longer use their applications, we can not be invisible to the hands of the all-powerful Facebook.

And it is that so far the massive data collection has only benefited from the social network and its partners, it becomes necessary that the company to give back to users who value the confidentiality they have. Although society has always had a certain social aspect, at least from the point of view of corporate social responsibility, it seems that the latest incursion may hurt its image a little and also serve as a showcase to demonstrate the potential of the data.

Facebook has presented its disease prediction maps. A series of tools that demonstrate the added value of the data of millions of users and can derive a direct benefit, even if the way of collecting this data has been identical to that of recent years, it is a different subject . .

On your presentation page, Facebook says your cards are not created using Facebook databut rely on the combination of the power of artificial intelligence with satellite images and census information, which are already anonymous and unidentified sources of data. Cards that use Facebook data, such as Movement and network coverageThey also only contain unidentified data and aggregates from the Facebook platform, but in the end, their main source is the users.

This map shows the distribution of children under five in Zimbabwe, extracted from census data and satellite images.

In this way, disease prevention maps take advantage of this data to generate detailed information that governments and non-profit entities can benefit from. These maps are able to generate aggregated data for analyzing population density, real-time movement of people and network connectivity between regions, which is a fundamental tool for analyzing diseases and anticipating epidemics that may occur in the regions. country. the most vulnerable communities.

The idea is similar to the maps that the company launched two years ago to prevent and to respond to natural disasters, but with more enriched data applied to public health:

“We realized that some of the motion cards we created for natural disasters could also be used to spread malaria or the flu, and we wanted to create tools that could offer substantial prospects for saving lives.” – Laura McGorman, Head of the Data for a good team from Facebook.

It is an interesting move and, although it does not correct the misuse that Facebook is making of our data, governments and open institutions can at least have the same effect. use for purposes that relate to our direct benefit.

Artificial intelligence applied to e-commerce

Imagine a world in which we all used autonomous but autonomous cars without having the perception of the situation or the context, that is to say, “blind”. Cars would know what their passengers want and they would have rules to follow for operate in a robotic manner according to the wishes of each individual. However, not having an external view of the context, they would have no idea what other cars are doing.

The result would be clear: chaos. Even if each car was technically driven, it would be very easy for them to fall. The problem, obviously, is that these cars have no way of knowing what other cars are doing around them, what they can probably do next or where the other cars are on the map.

In fact, the most likely thing is that you never thought about using a car of this type, let alone applying it to a company. This is exactly what many e-commerce sites in the world do.

“The vast majority of so-called e-commerce automation technologies work in the same way as stand-alone cars without context, they look at individual intent and use rules to try to provide relevant but superficial experience. They set rules for automatically generated results, in the hope that human intelligence will outpace everything else, including computers. “ Says Alberto de Torres CEO of Nektiu and director of the ICEMD’s top artificial intelligence program.

Many e-commerce sales automation tools simply do not work.

As with the example of cars, it’s not really that they work badly, but that they do not have a vision of behavior of the multitude of people and the context.

The reality is that these types of e-commerce sales automation tools just do not work. This automation, instead of getting real relevance, you get a conjecture in the individual purchase intent based on a simplification of human behavior, which is generated totally outside the context of the broader tendencies and the wisdom of the crowd.

See a simple example of e-commerce automation based essentially on the “IF / THEN” rules: IF “visitor” = “woman” AND “month” = “June THEN recommends fashion to the range.

Is this simple logic the one that really gives us the truth of each visitor? Of course not. So, how can the proposed recommendations really be relevant to each visitor? Even this superficial relevance is an illusion, which inevitably hinders the customer’s experience and therefore sales.


Real-time intelligence

But what is the solution to this theoretical question of the car? More rules? If we were still in the 1930s and the roads were largely deserted, maybe. But with the excellent development of real-time data processing, means that cars controlled by the rules simply would not work in a car, on the contrary, they should be smart.

To function properly, they must be adaptable, intelligent and critical, able to learn continuously in real time.

The same goes for automating e-commerce. Any solution that is not smart is not a real automation and will not offer a real relevance that – by its nature – must adapt in real time and reflect the complexity of human behavior.

“Simple Automation”, the five key issues

Rule-based approaches, in essence, suffer from a few important flaws:

  • They only simplify – data such as gender and season, as in the example, are clearly insufficient to predict and react to the likely intention of the buyer.
  • They personalize too much of a particular “behavior” – the true relevance comes from understanding the behavior of a group, not that of an individual.
  • Those that are based on rules depend on human intervention (for example, to define the length of the summer season).
  • Rules-based rules change quickly and become uncontrollable, as there are too many rules to handle effectively: changing a rule and consequences for other rules (good or bad) are unknown effects because is too late.
  • Rules and the people who use them simply can not handle the complexity of data fast enough to react in real time to changing context and behavior.

Features of a smart automation tool

The tools of The artificial intelligence completely eliminates the dependence on the rules, replace them with advanced automation that teaches, responds and adapts in real time to provide real relevance.

It has been proven that it is transforming business performance and reducing costs, while alleviating the thankless task of managing hundreds or even thousands of rules in automation tools.

The application of artificial intelligence seeks to achieve relevance in digital marketingboth in the products presented to the buyers, and when and what they must show. The whole process is automated and requires only a high level human intervention. Digital marketing decisions must be made if you want a strategy to optimize conversion, revenue or profits.

This is possible because the product exposure is calculated not according to the rules defined manually, but according to a set of integrated artificial intelligence algorithms that represent the individual behavior of the visitor on the whole site and for all the visitors, in real time.

How does the artificial intelligence tool work?

The artificial intelligence tool aims to show the most relevant products to a visitor at a given time and in all possible contexts. Each product and variant is assigned a relevance score for each query.. The relevance score is used to compare the products in the query.

Relevance is context-based and the context is based on four different components; the type of sign used, the e-commerce business strategy (including adjustments to the exhibition strategy, promotions and margin), the historical behavior of the visitor and the historical behavior of other visitors with the same profile as the visitor. current visitor.

Panels that accept the “Search by” argument can classify products based on their relevance using Top Sales based classification algorithms.

The ranking order of relevance is obtained with an algorithmic control methodand the order of sort recommended in most cases of use. Select a ranking algorithm based on the search panel. This is the sort order that will be used to take full advantage of the configuration of the exhibition strategy, promotions and margin sales.

Optimization and profitability

With an artificial intelligence-based ecommerce optimization system, it is possible to increase key key performance indicators of e-commerce. For this we can establish a strategy based on artificial intelligence algorithms this will allow us to develop in several ways, either by conversion (gain of market share), by income (increase of turnover) or by profit (increase of profit).

Being the main benefit of artificial intelligence-based optimization, the first would be to achieve business objectives in terms of margin, profitability and ability to react to real-time shopping trends. The second provides operational efficiency because it automates repetitive and sensitive aspects in real time. And especially an optimized customer experience, because machine learning and big data analytics make it possible to understand each customer’s interactions in real time and adjust product exposure to deliver individually relevant shopping experiences.

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