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Before the long-awaited and well-deserved Christmas break begins, here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Facebook has just rolled out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, Facebook found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.
To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, Facebook built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families.
Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before.
The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements.”
“In the same way that we can imagine how our actions will move the objects in our environment, this method can enable a robot to visualize how different behaviors will affect the world around it,” said Sergey Levine, assistant professor at Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “This can enable intelligent planning of highly flexible skills in complex real-world situations.”
It looks like we’d better get ready for the Revolution…
According to The World Happiness Report 2017, paid work is ranked lower in terms of the happiness it brings than any of the other 39 activities listed, with the exception of being sick in bed. It’s no wonder perks like Netflix and Virgin Management’s unlimited leave policy and Google’s free organic breakfasts, haircuts and nap pods get so much airtime. They sound fun and valuable, why wouldn’t they make people happy?
There are warnings though about this inflationary benefits scenario.While being allowed to take unlimited holidays sounds great, the reality is, says emotional intelligence expert Dr. Travis Bradberry writing for the World Economic Forum, that the sense of accountability and ownership it gives people means many will end up taking no holiday at all.
So if corporate clowning and Band-aid benefits aren’t the answer to the happiness question, what is?So if corporate clowning and Band-aid benefits aren’t the answer to the happiness question, what is?
Amazon is taking a page out of the spy genre in a newly-patented feature for its future fleet of delivery drones. Filings for a patent granted to the internet retailer show a self-destructing drone that is able to strategically disassemble in the air during an emergency to mitigate any potential damage from an otherwise fully-formed delivery drone, or as the patent describes it, “direct fragmentation for unmanned airborne vehicles.”
Perhaps the self-destructing drones will find a home in the recently-patented hive-like structure approved this past summer.
Amazon has big plans for its delivery drones that don’t involve ripping themselves apart in mid-air. The company was granted a patent in mid-October to allow drones to recharge electric vehicles, which would effectively give the world its first commercial roving fueling stations. And this is just one of the many innovative applications of drone technology that have emerged recently!
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