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Technobyte: A Dutch town adds pavement traffic signals

The rapid advance of machine translation (which is nothing more than human translations mined to excess, plus AI) means that we are now living in a world where languages no longer matter.

A French speaker will be able to talk with a Japanese businessman without either having mastered the other's language. A first version of this technology is already on the market.

For $130 a small gadget in your ear will currently translate 4 languages on the fly.

Soon we will see devices that whisper what the other person is saying, not in a computer voice, but in the translated voice of the original speaker. This, thanks to advances in bioacoustic engineering measuring the frequency, wavelength, sound intensity and other properties of the voice.

www.geberconsulting.com

As anyone who lives in a city knows, public sidewalks these days are a free-for-all of pedestrians staggering along, zombie-like, staring intently at the screens of their phones.

As well as infuriating other pedestrians, there’s some evidence that this behaviour increases our chances of being hit by a car.

To avoid that fate for its smartphone-addicted residents, a Dutch town is trying out a pilot program to put traffic lights where everyone is already looking - on the pavement.

qz.com

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) has far-reaching implications for organisations and individuals who must comply with it.

Those impacted by this all encompassing Act will have many questions.

This book lists 101 of these questions and provides possible answers.

It also contains the full text of the Act for easy reference. The new legislation affects organisations and individuals in different ways and across a wide spectrum of roles, from CEO to junior IT staff.

The marketing department of an organisation, for instance, may need to know more about the appropriate processing of personal information for promotional purposes, while a multinational organisation may want to learn about how the Act relates to transborder information flows.

www.franciscronje.com


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