Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.
As the dust settles following the world's largest consumer tech show, CES, brands and consumers will be mulling over what prospects the latest gadgetry might hold. While some may find the latest tech developments exciting, others are concerned by the increasingly connected world.
Over time, online hate speech moves the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. Readers become desensitised to the words and images they are exposed to day in and day out. Hate speech posters need to evolve to post increasingly more shocking posts to maintain their ability to create an impact.
We have to ensure that London keeps its place as Europe's top tech hub, to continue to be mentioned in the same breath as Silicon Valley, New York and Tel Aviv. Thinking about the unfolding legacy of UK-based startups who've hit the big time - Transferwise, Funding Circle, Deliveroo, Citymapper and ASOS, to name but a few - we mustn't miss the opportunity to continue to build on what they started.
Today we have taken a big step towards solving this dilemma. The final full results of a ground breaking research study - PROMIS - have been published in the Lancet. The findings show that giving a man a multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scan before a biopsy can radically improve the accuracy of the diagnostic process for prostate cancer.
To combat these demands, Tier 1 suppliers are turning to the digital economy. While new technologies continue to impact isolated areas and operations, linking these through digital transformation is the next frontier, and this is leading the industry closer to the possibility of the 'connected aircraft'.
The digital ad space will continue to grow and prosper in 2017, but certain risks. There will be more opportunities for ad placements within mobile apps and mobile messaging programs, but at the same time fake ad traffic generated by bots will continue to burn through advertisers' budgets and erode trust in digital advertising.
Whenever a new technology is adopted, there are teething problems. The user interfaces of smart devices are generally mobile apps that typically require users to go through painstaking processes of installation, account creation, pairing and configuration. Or worse still, the device might only communicate its status to users through a series of LEDs that make cracking the enigma code seem trivial by comparison.
The theory behind Industry 4.0 is that it will effectively create what has been called a 'smart factory', which utilises cutting edge technology, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing, in order to monitor the physical processes of a factory and make informed, decentralised decisions.
It's a strange way to start the New Year, but in the first week of January the world's tech industry gathers together in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show. Now in its 50th year (and my second), the show is a chance for the great and the good to demonstrate their latest innovations to a willing audience of over 175,000 visitors
Have you noticed that more and more often we're inundated with a newsfeed of shiny, happy photos on social media? Even though we know they don't always tell the full story, it's all too easy to compare ourselves unfavourably with what we see online and feel dissatisfied with our lives.
Social media now extends into every aspect of life, from parents posting 12 week scans on Facebook to friends setting up 'in memory of' pages to remember loved ones. Our digital footprint exists from cradle to grave and beyond, with digital communications changing the way we talk about death and even how we plan for it.
"There is no element of the work hierarchy where you shouldn't expect to see displacement," says Ming, citing recent McKinsey research which suggests that as much as 40 per cent of a CEO's job can be automated. "I don't think anyone currently owns that problem," she adds.
This is an exciting time to be involved in psychedelic research. Medical researchers are rediscovering the possible benefits of responsible use of psychedelics in therapeutic settings. The media, too, is beginning to wake up to this wealth of scientific discovery.
Renewable energy is reaching a similar moment - its 'iPhone moment'. Technology advances and accumulated expertise in construction and deployment of wind and solar energy have come together in a way that has created a true tipping point in the energy industry.
Data is supposed to be the new oil, powering all industries and underpinning major business decisions. That said, ask any Tom, Dick or Harry on the street what the word data means to them and they are likely to draw a blank.
The digital revolution is having a profound effect on our lives by dramatically changing the way we live, work and interact with one another. Today, inventions and innovations are happening at speeds which were previously unimaginable, providing new and exciting opportunities for us all.
I admit it, only the highlights of my day-to-day life have the privilege of gracing my Facebook page. With the constant fear of over-sharing my private life and boring my friends by vaguebooking plaguing my mind, I realised that I'm a culprit, too.