Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed

They call it artificial intelligence not because the intelligence is somehow fake. It’s real intelligence, but it’s still made by humans. That means AI as a power tool that can add speed, efficiency, insight and accuracy to a researcher’s work has many limitations. It’s only as good as the methods and data it has been Read more about Artificial intelligence doesn’t mean human expertise is no longer needed[…]

New research finds it depends on what consumers are saying and what the ads are doing

INFORMS Journal Marketing Science New Study Key Takeaways: “Word-of-mouth” is not always a substitute for advertising. When consumers learn about products from other consumers, businesses should increase advertising spending to prove their product is high-quality. When all consumers share their experiences, a high-quality business may be better served by reducing its advertising spending. As more Read more about New research finds it depends on what consumers are saying and what the ads are doing[…]

How important is internet connectivity for researchers

Fast and reliable internet access is fundamental for research and development activity around the world. Seamless connectivity is a privilege we often take for granted. But in developing nations, technological limitations can become stumbling blocks to efficient communication and cause significant disadvantages. Pete Goldsmith, director of the Soybean Innovation Lab at University of Illinois, works Read more about How important is internet connectivity for researchers[…]

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Assessing the health implications of autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are the wave of the future in the automobile industry, and there’s extensive discussion about the impacts on transportation, society, the economy and the environment. However, less attention has been focused on the potential health impacts of self-driving vehicles. Texas A&M University researchers have developed a conceptual model to identify these health Read more about Assessing the health implications of autonomous vehicles[…]

SME funding from ERDF – currently under the auditors’ microscope

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched a new audit to examine whether EU funding for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is helping to make them more competitive and future-proof. The auditors will assess whether the European Commission’s support from the European regional development fund (ERDF) is ensuring lasting competitive gains for start-ups Read more about SME funding from ERDF – currently under the auditors’ microscope[…]

Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings

The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will enhance the quality of life for people living in and using the Read more about Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings[…]

Less environmental noise exposer during work-at-home

People’s exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to University of Michigan researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing Study. Researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health and Apple Inc. looked at noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch users in Florida, New York, Read more about Less environmental noise exposer during work-at-home[…]

EU foreign investment screening mechanism becomes fully operational

The EU framework for screening of foreign direct investment (FDI) will become fully operational as of 11 October 2020. Over the last eighteen months following the adoption of the first EU investment screening regulation, the Commission and Member States have put in place an effective coordination framework. It will now become instrumental in preserving Europe’s Read more about EU foreign investment screening mechanism becomes fully operational[…]

How will Smart Cities and Communities look in 2021

The challenges that have come with 2020 and the coronavirus have been brutal, and they’ve led many of us to question our ways of life, and the aspects of them we want to bring forward with us into a new, COVID-normal world. In a relatively short period of time, we’ve had to deal with working Read more about How will Smart Cities and Communities look in 2021[…]

What attracts visual attention to screens

As part of an international collaboration, Aalto University researchers have shown that our common understanding of what attracts visual attention to screens, in fact, does not transfer to mobile applications. Despite the widespread use of mobile phones and tablets in our everyday lives, this is the first study to empirically test how users’ eyes follow Read more about What attracts visual attention to screens[…]

How subcultures within an organization influence whether employees violate information security policies or not

Information security policies (ISP) that are not grounded in the realities of an employee’s work responsibilities and priorities exposes organizations to higher risk for data breaches, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. The study’s findings, that subcultures within an organization influence whether employees violate ISP or not, have led Read more about How subcultures within an organization influence whether employees violate information security policies or not[…]

Plastic packaging waste: EU needs to boost recycling to achieve ambitions

There is a significant risk that the EU will not meet its plastic packaging recycling targets for 2025 and 2030, according to a review by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The update of the legal framework for plastic recycling in 2018 reflects the EU’s increased ambitions and could help boost recycling capacity. The scale Read more about Plastic packaging waste: EU needs to boost recycling to achieve ambitions[…]