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The Conversation, on use of algorithms in Government

The Conversation, on use of algorithms in Government

Not just A-levels: unfair algorithms are being used to make all sorts of government decisions Adam Harkens, University of Birmingham The recent use of an algorithm to calculate the graduating grades of secondary school students in England provoked so much public anger at its perceived unfairness that it’s widely become known as the “A-levels fiasco”. As a result of the outrage – and the looming threat of legal action – the government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn and awarded

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The Conversation, on Games and moral development

Video games affect your moral development but only until you’re 18 – new study Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock, Author provided Sarah Hodge, Bournemouth University Young people have probably spent much more of their time than usual playing video games over the last few months thanks to the coronvirus pandemic. One report from telecoms firm Verizon said online gaming use went up 75% in the first week of lockdown in the US. What impact might this have on young people’s development? One area that

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Robo-Lawyers taking over? Not Quite

With the advances on technology we’ve gone through these last two decades things have changed and will keep changing in the future – one the instigators of this change is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has seen quite an advancement in a lot of sectors – automation aims to have less human assistance to fulfil the same tasks, as with automation with vehicles. Car manufacturers such as Tesla are already using Autopilot technologies to assist human drivers with day-to-day tasks and

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The Conversation, on Blockchain and Sustainability

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis Clint Adair/Unsplash, FAL Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds, with disastrous consequences. As much as the world faces a climate crisis, it also faces a climate governance crisis: we know what must be done to halt climate change but we do

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The Conversation, on the challenges of videoconferencing

Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know Spot the intruder. Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Thomas Reisinger, De Montfort University The video conferencing app Zoom gained about 2 million new users in the first two months of 2020 – and that was before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. With so many people now relying on video conferencing for contact with their friends, family and colleagues, it’s no wonder

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The Conversation, on videoconference fatigue

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Andrew Hines, University College Dublin and Pheobe Sun, University College Dublin Many new phrases have entered our vocabulary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. “Zoom fatigue” refers to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing. We can change how we interact on video calls with adapted social behaviours such as scheduling shorter meetings. But theories from audio and sound research tell us that a lot

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The Conversation, on Working from home

Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it Mixing worlds. unsplash.com/@charlesdeluvio Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Mohamed Mostafa, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Simon Thorne, Cardiff Metropolitan University The effects of coronavirus on the economy already appear bleak. Unemployment and government borrowing are soaring and a recession seems inevitable. Yet amid these worrying developments there are positive elements to be found. Many of those who have kept their jobs have found they can keep working without the need for a

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What is an API, why should you care?

API stands for application programming interface. The long and short of what it does to integrate applications. This can be singularly your bespoke apps or lots of third-party applications, or both. How does software talk to each other? Through an API. For example you may have a Document Management System or File Transfer service that clients use, but need it to go from your web-portal to the DMS – or for it to be scanned with multiple Anti-Virus to make

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The power of your voice

Many fee-earners at law firms are taught by their seniors on the value of dictation, be they Managing Associates or Partners and non fee-earners such as senior Personal Assistants. It is unarguably an incredibly valuable skill. Most of us love to talk, and yet without buying-into proprietary systems many firms who would love to have e.g. more conversational (but still thorough) witness statements are not able to. As ever with any technology, Open Source works towards opening access to dictation

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Multimedia

Every firm uses multi-media solutions – be it within Chromium, Firefox, Vivaldi, or other web-based systems, or a more powerful tool such as VLC or the Chromium OS. If you want to record, stream, playback, edit or otherwise just tinker with most multimedia files, as well as DVDs, CDs, VCDs, VideoLan’s VLC media player is simply a cut-above. It is also a user-driven solution, albeit a box with many tools, meaning your staff can pick it up with a degree

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