The digital “disruption” or digital tsunami doesn’t mean you need to radically transform your business. Becoming another Google, Amazon or Facebook is not your only option. You can survive the digital storm without giving up the traditional values ​​that have been with your company since its creation. However, you need to be able to communicate such values to the customers whose consumer experience is increasingly tied to digital culture.

I will never forget meeting the founder of a footwear manufacturer who shared his thoughts with me a few years ago. He said, “Call me old-fashioned but I still believe that…

According to scientists, human consciousness not only cannot be replicated but also evades definition. The weakness of this view lies in the presumption that only one type of consciousness, the kind that resembles ours, is possible. And yet, it is conceivable that at successive stages of its development, AI may develop new, hitherto unknown modes of self-reflection.

The history of studies on the human consciousness goes back dozens of years, hundreds in fact if purely philosophical explorations are included. The consensus among today’s psychologists, cognitive scientists and neurobiologists are that we are still struggling to comprehend the exact nature and…

Digital Twins is a great example of how digital information can become part of our lives. They have a chance to become a key tool for optimizing the most diverse processes.

Virtual representations of physical objects, gracefully dubbed digital twins, are replacing physical prototypes. Their most fascinating feature is their ability to communicate with their physical counterparts with which they exchange information at all times. The significance of such exchanges has not gone unnoticed by automotive and aviation manufacturers and skyscraper developers.

For many years, engineers have struggled to resolve a certain unsolvable problem. The finished versions of the machines and structures they designed, be it vehicles, equipment or buildings, tended to perform differently than those originally envisioned at the design stage. Needless to say, defects, flaws and anomalies are a…

The pandemic has turned the life we have grown accustomed to over the last few decades on its head. Will technology help us minimize the damage caused by the current crisis? What role can quantum computers play in this process?

The shock we are experiencing is sure to transform research priorities, development goals and economic models across the tech industry. The big tech companies are putting a lot of their resources into developing coronavirus information sites, interactive outbreak tracking maps and contact tracing apps. All these projects have a common feature that is a far cry from what we have…

Big lies, little lies and lies of omission play an essential role in society. Without occasionally concealing our true opinions about people around us, we could never be able to create lasting social bonds. Clearly, lies can be useful to humans. But can they also be useful to robots?

All of us have at least once in our lives complimented someone on their appearance despite not being impressed with it or showed interest in a conversation that we cared little about. While such behaviors are clearly commonplace, a machine that conceals the truth is still considered to be the stuff…

The sight of a robot handling pallets in a warehouse is nothing unusual. How dumbfounded would we be though if that robot flew off the handle and raved about not wanting to work all day long. Is it possible for machines to feel anger, fear or joy and recognize such emotions in people?

We can consider the well-known feeling of fear to be the product of evolution. It is there to protect our species from dangers. When in fear, we either flee, look for a hiding place or disappear from the view of the people or objects that threaten us. Alternatively, we fight, summon our strength to repel an attack and prepare our bodies for exertion. Fear can cause us to modify our behaviors. It can drive us to change our life choices and grow more mature. Whether positive or negative, our emotions not only reflect changes in our environment but also trigger…

People say that a picture is worth a thousand words. A single picture can say more about the world than an entire article. This has been the mantra for years of photojournalists who used it to express their faith in the power of photography. To paraphrase the saying, a single brief sentence spoken by an interesting person — be it a leader, politician or business owner — can inspire more reflection than an entire book by a mediocre author. A concise opinion that is nevertheless wise and insightful may bring home to us in an instant an understanding of how…

If payment methods change as fast as they have in the last few years, it will soon seem hard to believe we have ever gone to a bank, used a plastic credit card and made all of our payments in just one official currency.

Until recently, any financial transaction required going physically to the bank. With the advent of the internet, it became possible to transfer money by means of a computer connected to the web. In both of these methods, the customer was very much involved in transferring their funds. Smartphones and universal mobility changed all this considerably. If payments change as fast as they have in the last few years, it will soon seem hard to believe we have ever gone to a bank, used a plastic credit card and made all of our payments in just one official currency.

Gradually though…

Pattern and facial recognition is revolutionizing medicine, the automotive industry and marketing and making people’s lives easier. However, these advances have a dark side to them too. You should prepare for the fact that your face may attract a lot of interest in the coming years.

Just as any other modern, innovative technology, facial and object recognition has a rapid but brief history behind it. As we go over its breakthrough moments, we might revisit the year 2011 when Jeff Dean, an engineer with Google, met computer science professor Andrew Ng. Both came up with the idea of ​​creating a…

Is it time yet we thought of a “red safety button” in the event AI gets out of control? Or should we respond to our fear of an algorithmic armageddon more constructively by designing human-friendly AI?

The idea of a symbolic kill switch that would instantly neutralize hostile algorithms is not foreign to the average person nor to tech industry moguls and celebrity scientists. There is no point citing the repeated warnings of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Yuval Harrari and Stephen Hawking regarding the risks associated with uncontrolled AI. Before I reflect on how such human-friendly algorithms could work, I’d like to go over the visions of civilizational and technological pessimists.

Cosmic indifference

Some increasingly popular concepts predict that as artificial intelligence continues to self-improve, it will stop heeding any limits. It would be against its nature to…

Norbert Biedrzycki

Technology is my passion. Head of Microsoft Services CEE. Private opinions only

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