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The weakening U.S. dollar has long since been a crux in the side of the emerging markets. Those markets that shift from closed to open market economy.
Areas of the top 10 including:
- South Africa
Amongst a dozen others.
Yet, the 2.5% loss in the U.S. dollar (when compared to others) has presented a unique opportunity and benefit to emerging markets. The gap from 2011 to 2016 has not been kind to these regions but change is coming.
Why Emerging Markets are Back
Two interesting developments lead the new shift in attention for EM’s:
- A 17% gain (in 2017) for the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF
- A 7% gain (also in 2017) for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF
These reports have influenced Zach Pandl, the co-head of global foreign exchange and emerging markets strategy, to reevaluate its foreign exchange forecast.
Alongside comes an extensive report from Scotiabank detailing global currency forecasts and trends.
Other influences include:
- An increase in demand for commodity due to their leveling
- An ongoing reduction of current account deficits
- An active set of reforms and acceleration of Chinese economies
Politics play an important role. The impeachment of Park Geun-hye of South Korea and shift in ruling parties of India are two such examples.
Lest we forget the impact of trade and business.
An influx of global outreach has been seen on a peer-to-peer level with the popularity of social lending and small business loans.
Likewise, the IT sector has seen success in emerging markets through the introduction of Internet companies, online transactions, gaming, and access to hardware.
The anticipation of new consumers in these markets are expected to contribute more than 70% of the global GDP. Areas, previously restricted in Internet access, have tripled. Mobile consumption due to cheap devices and services like Alipay play an important role.
The biggest winner is likely to be oil companies. The growing demand for new products and higher oil prices creates demand for alternatives such as solar, wind, and shale.
Michael Hartnett, Bank of America Merril Lynch’s chief investment strategist had this to say in mid-2016:
“There’s one thing that emerging markets have that everyone wants right now and it’s not raw materials or cheap labor — it’s yield. When you have negative interest rates in Europe and Japan, and zero rates everywhere else, the politics and economics of these countries becomes irrelevant.”
There are investment woes despite the positive outlook.
Investment Risks in Emerging Markets
As with any investment — there come risks.
Politics while playing a positive role in some emerging markets are not always the case in others. Political development may lag behind the economic growth and globalization which could pose a backlash from its citizens.
A general lack of transparency from companies and markets within these countries could also play a role. Fewer requirements, reporting, and human rights may create a difficult judge in investment for foreign investors.
U.S. protectionism and tension between allies and trade in China could introduce instability. A shake found in a recent executive order to withdraw the United States from NAFTA.
Growth is not guaranteed though optimism and the markets show a shift. Emerging markets create a high-risk, high-reward scenario that will be a worthy consideration for all players involved.
The development of new technology is not showing any signs of slowing down.
But as technology evolves, so do the threats posed by cybercriminals and viruses.
One white hat hacker (who works with companies to improve their security systems) has pointed out the many vulnerabilities in systems we now take for granted: in our cars, our home alarm systems – and even in pacemakers.
What are the emerging threats that cybersecurity firms must learn to deal with?
‘Internet of things’ will come under attack
The ‘Internet of things’ is a concept which has been talked about for a long time.
The story goes that as technology progresses, more and more devices will become connected to the Internet. For example, imagine ordering your groceries directly from an interface panel connected to your fridge.
While a fridge is a relatively innocuous example, imagine the effect a ‘dronejacking’ cyberattack might have.
Ransomware is on the rise
Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more common. This is where a virus will essentially lock up a person’s computer, before demanding money in exchange for a key to unlock the system.
If the person doesn’t pay up, their local data is generally deleted in response, and the virus may attempt to make their system unusable.
Security firm Symantec has predicted that there will be large scale ransomware attacks on cloud-based software and storage in 2017.
With more firms now relying on cloud solutions to manage customer and business data, this is a serious risk. Companies need to think hard about how best to protect their cloud presence from attacks.
Hacktivists seek to score political points by knocking out servers, taking down, taking over, or defacing websites – among other activities.
They achieve their ends by many means, but one of the most common forms of hacktivism comes in the form of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.
This method uses multiple systems, sometimes in the form of compromised computers working as ‘botnet’ under the control of the attacker(s). They will use this to flood a targeted system with traffic – incapacitating it.
Cyberterrorism is not quite the same as hacktivism. Although it may also have a political objective, its primary aim is to cause as much disruption and fear as possible.
Terrorists may seek to disrupt networks used by healthcare systems, government organizations, markets like the NASDAQ or NYSEMKT stock exchanges, or even military institutions.
The intention might be to disable capabilities that may be used against them, or to cope with the aftermath of a secondary, physical, attack.
The potential fallout from acts of cyberterrorism are of concern to governments around the world.
The result of this may be greater regulation surrounding cybersecurity in the future. This will bring with it greater compliance costs, but that’s only the start of the potential issues.
Tech companies may be required to build ‘back doors’ into their software to allow governments to monitor usage.
This could be an expensive task. And critics have pointed out that leaving any door open will actually allow anyone in. All they need to do is to find the right door.
Graphic designs trends are not so unlike other trends. Every year ushers in a new set of them. Hot pinks replace sky blues, and brazen colors replace more subtle hues.
As a result, keeping up with all of the latest and greatest trends can get tricky. Even if we can keep up, we might not be able to incorporate new trends into our designs as quickly as we’d like to.
Fortunately, there are those amongst us who take the time to put together nifty lists of some of the latest trends.
And – wouldn’t you know it – you’re reading one of those lists right now. Continue reading for 7 graphic design trends you’ll need to know this year.
Once upon a time, we could use stock images to our hearts’ content. They made plenty of lives easier.
So much so that you’d often the same stock image in someone else’s design.
Times, however, have changed. People are no longer fond of boring old stock images. They want something authentic. Consequently, you’re going to have to put in a little extra work this year.
Which means that you’re going to have to put in a little extra work this year.
Personal drawings and original photos are a must in the world of graphic design today. As a matter of fact, we’d wager that this trend, unlike some the other graphic design trends we’ve listed, is here to stay.
Needless to say, though, there are plenty of people who have had success with stock photos. There are several sites which offer high-quality stock images.
That said, if you must use stock images, don’t completely rely on them. Take the time to create some images of your own as well.
Who doesn’t love a good GIF nowadays? You can find them on your favorite social media sites and multiple other platforms, yet you never tire of them. There is literally a GIF for almost every situation and feeling.
And if the GIF you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you can make it.
As a graphic designer, you can leverage this love of GIFS. Just consider including one or two in your next design.
Apparently, “doing the most” is not trendy this year. People are moving away from busy designs and choosing minimalist designs, and people are loving it.
So how can you have a little fun with this trend this year?
Try simple logos and palettes. You might even consider playing around with the spatial relationships between the elements of your design. There are also tons of other tips that can enhance your minimal designs.
Don’t be tempted to add tons of elements to your design. There is no need to do so since minimalism speaks for itself.
As far as graphic design trends go, we’d like to think that prioritizing user experience has always been hip. Regardless of whether or not that’s the case, user experience is definitely hip this year.
And for good reason.
According to Goran Paunovic, “every dollar invested in UX returns $10 to $100.” The amount you stand to save should be reason enough for you consider prioritizing it.
You can start by doing away with much of your designs’ complexity and opting for simplicity. Customers should be able to navigate your design easily. Of course, we don’t want you thinking that you must sacrifice the visual appeal of your design to improve UX.
We also don’t want you to think that you have to compromise on security. Data breaches don’t, after all, make for user-friendly experiences. They can also get you into some legal trouble.
You’re a graphic designer. You excel at making things look pretty while (hopefully) maintaining their functionality. Storytelling might not be your strong point.
In any case, storytelling is becoming immensely important. People want more out of a design than the visual appeal these days. They want a story, and not necessarily in the form of words.
You should be able to arrange your images in order to make people who view them feel something. Whatever they happen to feel should keep them coming back for more.
Perhaps your images could share a theme. Maybe they could be sequential and tell an actual story. Maybe they could all be interpretations of each other.
There are so many ways to incorporate a great story into your designs. Don’t shy away from storytelling. It’ll give your designs more dimensions.
We’re not sure what it is about geometric designs that make them so popular. Is it the circles? The squares or trapezoids?
Perhaps it’s n-gons?
On a more serious note, graphic designs take everyday shapes and turn them into something eye-catching. Imagine staring into an image and feeling as if you’re falling into it. How about feeling as if the image itself is moving?
Those feelings keep people staring at your designs for seconds as they try to decipher them. As an added bonus for you, they’re fairly simple undertakings for designers.
Blasts from the pasts are apparently trendy again. Of course, we can’t pretend to be surprised. They go in and out of style quite frequently.
So which decades have been getting the most love lately?
Word has it that the eighties have been a popular source of inspiration.
Why, however, stop with the eighties? You have plenty of decades to choose from. There is no reason to limit your inspiration to one or two periods.
If you’re interested in vintage, though, make sure you do your homework. You don’t just want something that looks good. You want something that really captures the spirit of the period which inspired the design.
Stay On Top of Graphic Design Trends This Year
We’re not sure about you guys, but we think that this year’s graphic design trends look promising. From fewer stock photos to vintage designs, designs are sure to produce some awesome work in 2017.
And, yes, that includes you, my friend.
If the trends on this list haven’t inspired your next design, though, all hope is not lost. You’re welcome to take a look around our marketplace. It’s full of affordable graphics that can help you take your designs the next level.
Prefer to read books on the screen rather than by the page? Tired of all the clutter that comes with once-read books? Looking to streamline your reading routine?
30% of readers read from eBook reader last year, and if you’ve never tried them out for yourself, now might be the time!
The unique and attractive benefits of this cutting-edge technology include:
- Portability. Rather than crammed bookshelves, thousands of titles can fit within one device
- Environmental benefits. Less paper and packaging costs.
- Instant downloading, rather than searching for it in the bookstore or waiting for it to arrive in the mail.
- On-demand entertainment and convenience. Whether it’s learning how to level up your blog or repair your Yamaha WaveRunner XLT1200 Jet Ski, ebook Readers allow you to access infinite information from your fingertips.
Yet, with so many models on the market, it may feel overwhelming to find the right eBook reader for you. Luckily, we’ve done the research, and have come up with the ultimate list for you!
Let’s dig in!
The Hottest E-Book Readers on the Market
Best in Price
Retails for $99.99
Why we love it
- At $99.99, it’s one of the most affordable eBook readers on the market
- Single charge lasts from 6-8 weeks
- Can hold it comfortably with just one hand
- Comfortable and appropriate lighting for a variety of settings
- Includes Smart Lookup, which provides dictionary access and Wikipedia for increased learning
- Available for free, 2-day shipping if you already have Amazon Prime
- Access to the Kindle store
Best Large Screen
Retails for $229.99
Why we love it:
- Waterproof from the inside out, because who doesn’t love reading in the bathtub or poolside?
- Seamless integration with your local, public library
- Up to 1-month battery life
- Can store up to 6,000 ebooks
- Premium large screen with adaptability for large text
- Access to Kobo marketplace and variety of accessories
- Connects with Wifi/3G
Best Premium eBook Reader
Retails for $289.99
Why we love it:
- Lightest Kindle market on the market. 30% thinner than the rest. This means more comfortable reading for you. It also means taking up less space in your bag or suitcase,
- Crafted technology designed to “rest” in your hand like a book. Suitable for one-handed reading (who doesn’t want that?)
- Built-in light features 60% increased LED compared to other Kindle models
- Automatically charges when cover is snapped on (no pesky cords)
- Premium leather charging case included in price
- Can connect with WIFI or 3G
Best Compatibility Features
Retails for $99.99
Why we love it:
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Naturally adjustable lighting that’s evenly dispersed
- Six-week battery from a single charge
- Seamlessly integrates with all devices
- Supports local library access and borrowing
- Free lifetime in-store Barnes & Noble customer support
Best for Sensitive Eyes
Retails for $159.99
Why we love it:
- Extra-large no-glare touchscreen designed to look like actual paper print
- ComfortLight directs the light on the page- rather than your eyes
- High-definition quality
- Waterproof and dustproof (drying cloth included!)
- Options to customize- 24 font sizes, 11 font types, adjustable margins, ability to highlight, jot down notes, and its own dictionary
When Should You Consider a Tablet?
Interested in streamlining your book library while also being able to surf the Internet, take photos, or email?
Looking for something portable and accessible (and bigger than just a cell phone?)
If so, tablets might be for you. In addition to providing reader capabilities, they also allow for various other tasks, such as playing games, email, phone calls, social media, etc.
These can be excellent tools in the workplace or school. They also make for great sources of knowledge and entertainment for people of all ages.
But, with so many models on the market, it can feel tough to narrow down your choices. We’ve done the hard work for you. We recommend you consider checking out the following models:
Best in Price
Retails for: $64.99
Why we love it:
- At $64.99, it’s one of the most affordable and effective, all-inclusive tablets on the market
- Up to 12 hours of battery life
- Stunning HD display with clear resolution and fantastic lighting
- Alexa integration: can ask questions, get up-to-date news, and control your home with a simple request
Best for Apple Fanatics
Retails for $329+
Why we love it:
- Seamless integration with your other Apple products and tools (Macbook, iPhone, iCloud)
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor
- HD camera
- Over 1 million apps available (through Apple app store)
- 10-hour battery life
- Variety of fonts, texts, and colors
- Can be covered under AppleCare for additional cost
Best for Kids
Retails for $99.99
Why we love it:
- Includes 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (excellent educational tools and games for children)
- Attractive, sturdy case included with price
- 2-year warranty guarantee. Perfect for clumsy kids
- Unlimited access to kid-friendly books (promotes fun in learning)
- Parental controls for monitoring
- Makes for a great gift for the child in your life
Narrowing down Your Decision?
Some points to consider:
- Where do you do most of your reading? If you’re a bathtub, poolside, or beach reader, we highly recommend waterproof models!
- Does weight matter? Do you want it to “feel” like an actual book (lightweight and easy to flip through) or do you mind if it feels more like a screen?
- Do you want a device that can “do it all?” If so, we highly recommend looking into tablets, as they provide tremendous bang for your buck.
- What’s your budget? Technology prices can dramatically vary. An effective eBook reader can range from $60 to upwards of $400.
How to Take Advantage of Your Ebook Reader
Did you know that these powerful devices can be used for so much more than just books?
At Pligg, our extensive library offers everything from repair manuals to documents to software to music- all downloadable, all instantaneous, and all right to your streaming device.
We are constantly adding new content. In our database, we pride ourselves in featuring whatever is hot on the market, and we pride ourselves in being able to provide a totally customized experience for you.
Did you know that the online sports gambling industry is currently worth $37.9 billion?
Sports fans spend money in many ways: tickets, apparel, memorabilia, and more. The average sports fan spends $725 a year fueling his or her passion.
Rather than just spending money on your love of the game, what if you could make money? Do you have a gut feeling that you’ve got what it takes? Know where to find the best free betting picks?
If betting on sports is new to you and you feel a little overwhelmed, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 simple steps to becoming a better gambler!
1. Manage Your Money and Set a Budget
This tip is the simplest from our list. The last thing you want to do is run out of money.
Set yourself up for success by setting a realistic budget for each of your sports gambling outings.
Having sufficient bankroll is the name of the game when betting on sports. You want to ensure your ability to continue betting, in case you encounter a losing streak.
A good figure to start with is having a bankroll that is equal to 100 times your starting bet. Be conservative.
Remember that you are in this for the long tail, not the short term. Manage your money based on a long-term strategy. Sports gambling is not a “get rich quick” scheme.
2. Do Your Research
It’s best to start out by picking a sport that you are very familiar with and then become an expert.
It’s not enough to be following a team’s record. Learn how each team is playing. Pay attention to offense and defense. Is a basketball team shooting 3 point shots all game? Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?
Pay attention to gameplay in both offense and defense.
Is a basketball team shooting 3 point shots all game? Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?
Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?
Ask yourself questions like these in your chosen sport to sharpen your bets.
When you’ve mastered your sport, then you can move on to other markets.
3. Learn About the Industry
Familiarize yourself with the terminology of sports betting.
Search for a bookmaker to place bets. Don’t rush to choose.
Read reviews and ask around.
Be sure you feel comfortable and safe with your sportsbook.
Consider having multiple books to make bets with, so that you can always choose the best line possible.
4. Follow the Picks – Start with Free Betting Picks
No matter what sport you choose to gamble on, following the picks each week is crucial. You can start by using free betting picks or pay for picks.
Let your research and knowledge of the sport inform your betting as you review the picks each week.
You can search online to find the picks for leagues like the NBA, NFL, MLB, and even horse racing!
Here is a word of caution: the pick favored to win does not always win!
Bet carefully and be selective on the number of bets you place. Remember the long game, not the short term.
5. Bet with Your Heart and You’ll Be Heartbroken
This piece of advice may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning.
Everyone wants to see their hometown team win.
Don’t make a mistake of placing reckless future bets on your hometown team.
If you do your research and are carefully following the odds, you will steer clear of this fatal mistake.
With these 5 simple steps, some free betting picks, and solid research in your arsenal, you will be on your way to becoming a better gambler and profiting from your passion for sports!
You love golf, and, as it turns out, you also love money. Your love of both has made golf betting a godsend to you.
Loving both golf and money, however, is not enough to guarantee any returns. Gambling is, after all, a huge risk to take.
Fortunately, there are ways to make gambling less risky. You just have to look at the odds, rely on reputable tipsters, and keep yourself updated.
That said, follow along as we expand on these tips to make golf betting worth your while.
Look at the Odds
As we said before, gambling is risky. We can’t deny, though, that there are some solid mathematic approaches to it.
The “odds” are one of those approaches.
If you’re not great at math, you don’t have to worry. Odds are usually calculated for you, presumably by someone who has a great handle on mathematic concepts.
While odds are great, we do have some words of caution.
For starters, odds aren’t the only numbers that matter. Good odds can signal a good bet. They can’t, however completely reflect the chances of an event occurring.
As a result, we recommend that you pair this tip with the ones that follow this one.
Choose a Good Tipster (Or Two)
Taking a good look at the odds of an event isn’t enough. You need someone who can interpret the data better than you can by your side.
This is where golf tipsters come in. Professionals who are familiar with the math behind a good gamble, they help people place good bets.
Of course, you can’t trust just any tipster. The tipsters you rely on should specialize in golf betting.
Good tipsters also meet a host of other criteria. As Casual Gambler notes, they are, first and foremost, transparent and professional. They also have a proven track record of getting clients good results.
So how do you verify that your tipster meets those criteria?
Our advice is to consult with past clients. Ask them about the tipster’s professionalism and transparency. You should also ask them about your tipster’s general character.
You should also ask them about your tipster’s general character. Did the tipster have the clients’ best interests at heart? Was the tipster off-putting in any way?
If your tipster meets none of those criteria, you should probably find a new one.
Keep Yourself Updated
You’ve looked at the odds, and you’ve just employed a great tipster. Why, then, would you need to keep yourself updated?
After all, you’re essentially paying someone to be updated for you, right?
At the end of the day, you can’t make the bet that’s right for you if you don’t know what’s happening in the golf world.
That article in Golf Monthly about Tiger Woods’s back surgery? You need to know about that.
The last winner of the Volvo China Open? That’s also something you need to know.
You get the point.
Golf betting, like all betting, is never a sure thing.
Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose.
Lucky for you, you have a sea of resources that can help you win big. From Betting Gods golf betting tips to good old Wikipedia, you’re never alone.
With help like that, we’d definitely say that the odds are ever in your favor.
While e-reader sales are slowing down, this doesn’t mean this is true for e-books.
Only 19% of adults own an e-reader right now, while this number was at a full 32% in early 2014.
But e-book sales, in the meantime, have been on a steady rise since 2008.
What is accounting for this odd paradox? Tablet and smartphone usage and sales.
People are reading more and more on their tablets and smartphones. Which means that e-books have just found a different screen on which to live.
But what does this mean for students?
Students have been taking advantage of the e-book revolution from the start. And so have textbook companies.
A lot of students will still buy a physical textbook, but a lot of textbooks now come with a digital copy as well.
But what are the benefits of e-books for students? Let’s study and find out.
1. One Of The Benefits Of E-Books: Leave The Textbook In The Dorm
Physical textbooks still haven’t been eclipsed by e-books. And for good reason.
Our brains use the location in a physical book to help us remember information.
It might be part of our proprioception or some long-established habit we’ve formed since the invention of the printing press.
This doesn’t mean that physical textbooks are better for a student than their e-book counterparts.
In fact, they are both useful tools.
A student doesn’t need to lug their physical textbook to class when they have an e-book on their tablet, computer, or e-reader.
This does two things, saves their backs and gives them ample space to take notes without resorting to pen and paper.
Each textbook weighs between 2 and 7 pounds. If you’re taking a full course load of 12 hours, that’s 3-6 textbooks you’re lugging around every day.
And most student backpacks aren’t designed to carry that weight without hurting the wearer’s back.
Consider the weight of a tablet in comparison. Under 2 lbs.
One of the benefits of e-books: you could carry hundreds of textbooks on a tablet computer or an e-reader.
2. Benefits Of e-Books: Students Don’t Miss Out On Learning Due To Logistics Problems Or TextBooks Out Of Stock
Did you ever have to share a book in high school or college with your neighbor?
It’s utterly distracting having to sit inches away from your class partner. And if they are someone who doesn’t like you, they may just hog the book and you’re stuck with nothing.
The shipping system isn’t perfect.
While Amazon promises two-day shipping on a lot of items, and big data and machine learning are making logistics more and more efficient by the day. We still do
We still do not have a perfect shipping system.
So, when students and university bookstores rely on an imperfect shipping system, only students lose out in the long run.
One of the benefits of e-books is the ability to avoid this problem.
You can download the book as soon as you get your syllabus and your funding.
No more sitting down in class being utterly embarrassed that you don’t have your textbook.
No more sharing with the person next to you and watching their begrudging looks.
e-Books are kept on a server. And as long as the server is running, e-books will always be in stock.
3. e-Books Are Connected To The Internet
If you’ve become accustomed to reading on an e-reader or tablet, you probably automatically hold down on a difficult word to find out what it means.
Hilariously, some of us have even forgotten this isn’t possible on a physical page.
But this highlights the effectiveness and ease by which we get extra information beyond an e-book through an e-book.
That’s right. An e-book is more than a book. It’s a portal to other sources of information.
If a textbook cites a source and that source is online, the author can include a hyperlink.
Especially with e-books on tablets on laptops, this is one of the major benefits of e-books as textbooks.
We don’t need to be bound to the book itself. Most if not all academic material is found in previous research or study. And we use those sources to prove and test theories and other academic knowledge.
If we can link to these authoritative sources, we can learn more and judge the text of the book better.
And this is utterly useful for students as well as professors.
4. Students With Vision Impairment Can Benefit
For the longest time, large print books were a burden for students with vision impairment.
If you can imagine, textbooks already weigh a ton. And if you increase the font size, the size of the book goes up.
But one of the benefits of e-books is the ability to change font size.
You are not longer stuck with 12pt font. If you have troubling making out the words on the page, you simply zoom in.
It’s really that simple.
And you no longer have to rely on the insanely massive books that were large print.
5. The Benefits Of e-Books: No More Costly CD or DVDs
It used to be that if a textbook company wanted to add any extra material to the book, they would load it onto a CD or DVD and paste the plastic container inside the book cover.
This is no longer the case.
All they have to do now is include it with the e-book file or link out to a server and give a password.
This opens up boundless opportunity for textbook companies to supplement material.
They can add 3-D models of the human body in anatomy textbooks. Videos of instruction for pretty much any topic.
And with the invention of virtual reality, who knows what we’ll be doing with e-books in the future.
Maybe we’ll be reading our history textbooks while simultaneously walking through the streets of Ancient Rome.
The benefits of e-books have opened up a whole new world of opportunities for students.
e-Books Aren’t Going Away
We’ve not seen a waning in e-book sales since their advent. And we don’t expect this to change.
People haven’t stopped reading. And students will always need the benefits of e-books.
If you’re looking to buy some e-books, check out our massive library.
Siri. Google. Cortana. This is what the masses call artificial intelligence today.
Other programs exist, of course. Machine learning is a huge thing right now. With things like Blippar, Watson,
With things like Blippar, Watson, Google’s Cloud Machine Learning. These are all iterations of artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence mostly does tasks related to the internet and information right now. We can ask for information and the computer learns our preferences. It can perform basic tasks. It can play games against us. It can remind us of things. It can recognize images. We can
It can perform basic tasks. It can play games against us. It can remind us of things. It can recognize images.
We can outsource a lot of things to the computer now. Soon, even driving.
But what if we could outsource even the coding of computers to computers themselves? What if software development services went from code monkeys in their offices to servers in Dubai?
Issac Asimov in his robot series predicted that robots would replace humans in many aspects of society. He also predicted that humans wouldn’t be so keen on this transition at first. But what happens when humans are no longer the robot’s creator?
But what happens when humans are no longer the robot’s creator?
1. Humans Will Never Leave Software Development Services
The going theory isn’t that humans will be completely replaced anytime soon in the world of computers. In fact, it seems like we might form an unlikely partnership with computers in the near future.
You see, computers still rely on humans for learning. And even in the near future, like dogs and other domestic animals, computers will still need to be trained to think and create.
We no longer will have to write instructions that a machine follows step by agonizing step. They will connect the dots, so to speak, and create the steps once they’ve learned the basics of the dance.
This, in essence, is already happening. Machine learning, as we mentioned above, does a lot of the internet for us. And, recently, it’s doing some weird things that you probably haven’t thought of yet. Things like diagnosing diseases and disorders just by scanning your face. (No, for real,
And, recently, it’s doing some weird things that you probably haven’t thought of yet. Things like diagnosing diseases and disorders just by scanning your face. (No, for real, check it out, AI can look at your face and figure out what disorders you probably have.)
Instead of coding a computer to recognize a cat or a picture, just show it lots of cat pictures. It now incorporates what it sees with what you’ve told it. That’s how machine learning works.
Just like the human brain, machine learning uses networks all over the globe to process information and learn. And just like the human brain, it needs someone feeding it information to actually learn. Basically, we become the computer’s teacher.
Basically, we become the computer’s teacher.
2. Will Traditional Coding Disappear Completely?
Software development services won’t get rid of coding altogether. Although machine learning is a completely different way of building software and A.I., it will still require a coding scaffolding around which to build the programs.
Just like in Asimov’s robot series, there is fear that humans will no longer be needed for coding.
Today tech jobs that include programming are the top jobs in the world. If you know how to code, you can land a job. It may not be this way ten years from now. When we are training computers to develop software the way we want instead of directly creating software, we won’t need the nerd in his basement.
It may not be this way ten years from now. When we are training computers to develop software the way we want instead of directly creating software, we won’t need the nerd in his basement.
New jobs will probably arise. Who knows, we may even have computer psychologists diagnosing neural network disorders.
3. What New Jobs Will Arise?
To train a computer you need rarified skill. You need a high-level grasp of mathematics and an intuition for pedagogy. It’s not like memorizing how to write code or even as simple as learning a language.
Right now, only a few hundred people know how to train a deep learning computer neural network. Right now those people know how the machine works. But as things become more complicated, the number of people who understand how the software is made will probably shrink to zero.
But as things become more complicated, the number of people who understand how the software is made will probably shrink to zero.
So, we will no longer need people who understand how A.I. works, but we will need people who know how to teach A.I.
A new field will bud and grow. That is the field of A.I. education. We will have to teach A.I. how to build software development services. And, eventually, computers will take over that job. But that is a long way off.
We will have to teach A.I. how to build software development services. And, eventually, computers will take over that job. But that is a long way off.
4. What About Meaning?
Here’s the reason why computers completely replacing humans in software development services is a long way off: Computers can’t provide meaning. Not yet anyway.
Creativity, the real spirit of creativity, what really drives software development, is beyond a machine. It can assemble facts and ideas and mimic human behavior. But it can’t create in the sense that humans can create.
It can’t learn things like empathy or beauty or humor. Not yet. Even aesthetics are currently beyond its grasp.
So, the overall aesthetic design, the emotional appeal behind software development is only a human job. And it will remain a human job for quite some time.
Really, the future of A.I., especially in software development services, is going to be a sort of symbiosis. Machines think differently than us. And that’s ok. Because we have the power to create with soul, and they have the power to compute beyond what we can.
And that’s ok. Because we have the power to create with soul, and they have the power to compute beyond what we can.
A human can’t crunch large amounts of data, but a computer can’t make that data beautiful and meaningful to the human brain.
Right now we aren’t even focusing on the philosophical side of A.I. in software development. We are focusing on automation. Anything that’s boring or repetitive, we’re giving it to computers.
We are focusing on automation. Anything that’s boring or repetitive, we’re giving it to computers.
When we will cross over to giving computers jobs that involve emotions and abstract ideas is a complete unknown.
Whatever artificial intelligence means for software development services in the future, it’s not something we need to fear. It’s something that will aid us in doing things and building software we never thought of before.
Really, ironically, imagination is the limit. What will our grandchildren be doing in the world of software development services? Nobody can predict with certainty.
What have you heard about A.I. and how it’s growing. Let us know.
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