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Every patient in England will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in GP practices, under a scheme being rolled out across the country

Source: NHS WiFi rolled out to all GP surgeries » Digital By Default News


‘The real digital divide?’ report breaks down the demographics of people who are not gaining full benefit from the internet – either because they’re complete non-users, or that they’re using the internet in a limited way – be it only using one site or a couple of apps, or going online less than once a week.

Source: The real digital divide? | Good Things Foundation


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Ralph Nader in an article posted on Tuesday’s Counterpunch took to task the current hype about driverless cars following a day long conference on them at Washington University’s law school.

Driverless cars are being promoted because sales are cars are expected to flatten out due to car-sharing, or even fall as the younger generation are less inclined to buy them. Rather than actually investing in public transport, the car industry is promoting driverless automobiles as a way of stimulating sales again.

Nader is rightly sceptical about how well such vehicles will perform in the real world. There are 250 million motor vehicles in the US. This means that real driving conditions are way more complicated than the simple routes on which these vehicles are developed and tested. And while the car industry claims that they will be safer than human-driven vehicles, the reality is most people won’t want a car…

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A futuristic look at robotic health care in the present and not so distant future in Britain’s struggling NHS hospitals

Source: Tomorrow’s World – Could robotics revolutionise the NHS?


It sounds like a ghost story: A huge cargo vessel sails up and down the Norwegian coast, silently going about its business, without a captain or crew in sight. But if all goes as planned, it’s actually the future of shipping.

Last week, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, a Norwegian maritime-technology firm, and Yara ASA, a fertilizer manufacturer, announced a partnership to build the world’s first fully autonomous cargo containership. Manned voyages will start in 2018, and in 2020 the Yara Birkeland will set sail all on its own. It’s the beginning of a revolution that should transform one of the world’s oldest and most conservative industries — and make global shipping safer, faster and cleaner than it’s ever been.

The commercial rationale for autonomous ships has long been clear. The U.S. Coast Guard has estimated that human error accounts for up to 96 percent of all marine casualties.

Source: Autonomous Ships Will Be Great – Bloomberg


EternalBlue (the hacking tool) has now demonstrated the ROI (return on investment)

Source: Oddities in WannaCry ransomware puzzle cybersecurity researchers | Reuters


Is there an element of more could have been done to minimise the resentment that was created within Khalid Masood.

Yes, the UK could have decided not to become involved with the Middle East conflicts, but that could still cause resentment to the parts of the Middle East who were suffering before the UK and the Wests involvement.

Should there have been a better plan or even a plan on how to relate and deal appropriately with the resulting aftermath.

Should the views and thoughts of the respected areas within the UK and other Western countries have been obtained and given serious consideration, for the days of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ are long gone, something which is outside the thought process of many of our politicians, especially President Donald Trump.

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The last message left by the killer Khalid Masood on the WhatsApp messaging service, revealing his motivation for the lethal attack in Westminster, has been uncovered by the security agencies, The Independent has learnt.

Source: Last message left by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood uncovered by security agencies | The Independent

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This is progress!! But it is disaster for many.

Industrialisation as been with us for many years, in fact 1760 in respect of England. This was the start of the Industrial Revolution when factories were created and many workers from the land moved to the industrial towns for a change and more guaranteed employment when compared with agricultural work. The progression for the time was quick, but compared to the present day it was not.

With the onset of computerisation and the extension of robotics many areas of employment are reducing in the number of employees that are required to process goods. Thus reducing the employment prospects for those in the areas of industry concerned.

This is coming at a times of increased on-line shopping, thus reducing employment in retail.

However, this is not effecting the money makers, who are enjoying the increase in profits due to the reducing costs of employment, as fewer are being employed and the increase in production due the automation of the processes.

Further on the Horizon is driver-less transport so will professional drivers be the next on the agenda and if so who is looking at these areas to mitigate thee effects on the resulting workers. It will be again at the expenses of workers who can least afford it, for the rich will go forward and prosper more.

So the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer.

There will be employment opportunities, but not in the areas where many were previously employed, be it geographical or the type of industries.

How can the poor become re-employed, there could have to be large scale re-training in any new industries that are created, but invariably there will be those that cannot cope with re-training and will the new industries have the capacity to accommodate all being re-trained.

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Vincent Del Giudice and Wei Lu report for Bloomberg:

Image result for America’s Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Replaced by RobotsAmerica’s working class is falling further behind.

The rich-poor gap — the difference in annual income between households in the top 20 percent and those in the bottom 20 percent — ballooned by $29,200 to $189,600 between 2010 and 2015, based on Bloomberg calculations using U.S. Census Bureau data.

Computers and robots are taking over many types of tasks, shoving aside some workers while boosting the productivity of specialized employees, contributing to the gap.

“Technological developments have increasingly replaced low- and mid-skilled jobs while complementing higher-skilled jobs,” said Chad Sparber, an associate professor and chair of the economic department at Colgate University.

This shift is predicted to continue. About 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be at high risk of automation by the early 2030s, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The “most-exposed” industries include retail and wholesale trade, transportation and…

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Jenny Gumbrell has been housebound and unable to work since returning from a trip to New Zealand in mid-February. When her flight arrived at Gatwick she discovered that her portable mobility scooter was in pieces, having been apparently dropped from a height. It was declared beyond economic repair and, since then, the multiple sclerosis sufferer from Winchester has fought in vain to persuade Emirates Airlines to pay for a replacement.

“I can’t leave the house unless I pay for a taxi,” says Gumbrell, who had to be pushed by airport staff in a borrowed wheelchair to her taxi. “The scooter gives me a sense of independence, despite the difficulties caused by my condition.”

Gumbrell’s plight highlights the inadequacy of aviation law when it concerns travellers with disabilities. Airlines are only obliged to pay passengers a maximum of around £1,200 when their luggage is lost or damaged. The threshold was…

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  • Assistive technology is becoming increasingly more advanced in the modern day world. This umbrella term is one that is constantly evolving over time to incorporate more technological devices designed to aid those living with a disability. Advances in medical treatments have meant a better prognosis for many conditions associated with certain disabilities. Life expectancy has also risen, meaning there are now more people than ever living with a disability. In fact, estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) state that there are approximately ‘one billion people living with a disability.’ That equates to around ‘one in five people in Europe and America.’ With so many people now looking to adapt their lifestyles to suit their specific needs; the market for assistive technology is becoming increasingly popular as demand for certain products increases. People are keen to maintain their independence and their standard of living where possible, so depending on the nature of the

Source: Assistive Technology: Changing Perceptions of Disabilities | DisabledGo News and Blog

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