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Top 10 Emerging Technologies in 2019

Reviewing the most significant developments in technology this year, the World Economic Forum selected 10 from energy, medicine, manufacturing, data storage, utility-scale electrical storage, and a kind of collaborative telepresence that borders on teleporting yourself through your computers.

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Facebook Wants Its Own Cryptocurrency

Facebook, along with partners, has announced Libra, a program it hopes will establish its own blockchain-based currency governed by a private, independent association. Libra would be digital money to be used to pay for online and offline services. Some regulators have expressed concerns.

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Quiet Streets Are Becoming Too Dangerous

Countries in the European Union are subject to a new law requiring most electric vehicles to make an audible noise in order to operate legally. The sound must fluctuate to reflect the speed of the vehicle. The new law is aimed at protecting the visually impaired and children, among others.

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3-D Printed Villages

3D-printing technologies have now expanded into various fields, including real-estate construction. Apis Cor, a company with locations in San Francisco, Calif., and Russia, has affordable, eco-friendly construction projects underway that can be constructed in 24 hours at just over $10,000.

IMA Moments

Business Tips for Working in America

I was born and raised in Russia, but came to America and became a business professional here. The language barrier is only one of several obstacles to overcome. Here are my tips for professionals looking to work in business in America. I hope they help you, too. And keep smiling!

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Understanding Machine Behavior

In April of 2019, MIT’s Media Lab released “Machine Behavior,” a call for a new field of scientific study into machine behavior. A blend of computer science and the behavioral models applied to biological agents, the research would examine machine algorithms and their social environments.

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Apple’s Daisy Robot on Earth Day

In 2018, Apple announced that a new recycling robot called Liam would join its global recycling programs and recover reusable elements from old iPhones. This year, the company issued a follow-up Earth Day message and welcomed a faster and more efficient version of the robot named Daisy.

IMA Moments

Recognizing Unethical Situations

Dr. Kip Krumwiede, director of research at IMA®, shares a dilemma in ethics from early in his accounting career in the mobile phone industry, and warns that you can easily get into unethical situations before you even know it. Do you report it, just “go with it,” or walk away? IMA can help.

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Google’s Vanishing AI Ethics Board

Google announced the formation an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council that would “consider some of Google’s most complex challenges that arise under our AI principles, like facial recognition and fairness in machine learning.” The AI ethics board lasted just ten days. What happened?

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Computer Vision 2019: VR/AR/MR

Microsoft has released the latest altered reality headset—HoloLens 2. The promise is that the mixed reality medium will change the way medical students learn, it will help preserve ancient historical landmarks, and it will provide heads-up, hands-free assistance to first-line workers everywhere.