Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Never Mind Immigrants – Robots are Taking Over

Tech Advances in the UK Threatening Workers

Despite overwhelming evidence that immigrants are not taking jobs away from born and bred Brits, it has been a contentious topic for several years, even after Brexit. The truth is that it has nothing to do with foreigners. In fact it’s more likely that robots will threaten British jobs.

The Rise of the Machines

A couple of years ago Oxford University, Deloitte and the Oxford Martin School published a report that hints at as much as 35% of existing jobs in the UK are at risk of being eradicated by robotics, automation and technology within 20 years. What’s more is that lower paid jobs are five times more at risk than jobs in the higher salary bracket. Is the middle class about to be effectively hollowed out by tech? Angus Knowles-Cutler, senior partner at Deloitte states that imminent changes should be completely understood by companies and policy makers and preventative steps should be taken, or there will be a serious risk of mass unemployment. More recently the numbers have started looking even more dismal. The right-of-centre thinktank Reform purports that as many as 250,000 public sector workers are at risk of losing their jobs to robots in less than 15 years. According to this report machines will be more efficient and save billions of pounds. 

Not all Doom and Gloom

Progress is inevitable and not always a bad thing. Two hundred years ago a large chuck of the population lived on farms. Today all but about 1% of their jobs have been eliminated and replaced with automation - even farm animals have been replaced by machines. Yes, doctors and nurses could lose their jobs to machines that can outperform them with diagnoses and surgical procedures, but this kind of increased performance could save lives. The Oxford report also revealed that over 70% of businesses in London have concrete plans to increase staff numbers with the aim of bringing in new skills to accommodate planned advances in technology, and this was already in place two years ago. Is Knowles-Cutler correct in saying that this is simply a matter of educating the masses to prevent disaster? Is it a problem that politicians should solve, or does the tech industry have a social responsibility to tackle issues associated with the rise of the machines? These are only some of the many questions that are begging to be asked as it is fast becoming a reality.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Drones in the service of film making

Despite the fact that drones are utilized in several industries, their contribution is about is yet to achieve its optimum possibility. Maybe this is not the case in film and film production, a business at which drones became essential in the last years.
In the time of billion dollar hits and computer generated imagery, getting superb shots during filmmaking is essential. It is fair to say that they've changed the way directors shoot movies.

With the aid of drones, a camera men today can shoot impossible shots. They're simple enough for cinematographers who're comfortable with remote controls and joysticks to get exceptional shots. Drones made techniques like airborne and crane shots easly doable if you are an excellent drone pilot. Particularly that the cameras linked to drones are equipped with 3 axes equilibrium, which virtually guarantees an ideal shot, even when you aren't actually that good of the pilot. Lately in a section in Good Morning America, a business called DJI that makes drones for filmmaking.

Prior to the debut of drones, such footage was extremely difficult to take. It'd been too dangerous for humans and too far to the satellites, which neither had the lens or the angle to seize such identifying footage. The footage appeared as if an item from the natural science documentary. It had been equal quality as ground footage shot with camera men. DJI, owned by sir Frank Wang, announced on the seventeenth of Apr the release of the most strong drone ever for use in filmmaking, the Matrice 600. A brief video was launched on-line demonstrating how strong this new drone is.

The video highlighted a cinematography representative filming a martial arts scene utilizing the drone in Beijing. The new Matrice 600 is suitable with a broad range of attachable cameras. It allows professional cameramen to utilize little DSLR cameras like Canon, Panasonic, Black Magic, Sony, Nikon, and big RED cameras as if they are being handheld. The footage shown was magnificent, to say the least.