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Netguru Newsletter #81 - AI Concerns and the Extinction of Smartphones

It looks like we’re truly adopting new technologies into our daily lives. Voice bots are present in many homes and might soon replace smartphones. AI and IoT devices are both a source of concern and hope for massive economic growth. Even fitness wearables are evolving, becoming more invisible and natural to wear. What’s next?

Why Smartphones Will Become Extinct by 2025

The smartphone is a device like any other. It seems obvious that it won’t be around forever, and that another type of technology will eventually replace it. According to John Brandon, “by 2025, voice bots will become so prevalent, so powerful, and so useful in all areas of business and our personal lives that we won't need smartphones anymore.” Do you think the revolution will come so quickly? Read more


You'll Never Guess the Cities Where Startups Are Growing Fastest Today

You might expect San Jose and Boston to appear on this list, but what about Washington, D.C.? The startup phenomenon has been on the rise since 2011. The consequences are generally positive: startups are good for the economy and provide a direct remedy to unemployment. It seems like more and more cities in the USA are embracing entrepreneurship. Read more


The Prevalence of AI-powered IoT Devices Inspires Mixed Emotions

“Research firms like Gartner and the International Data Corporation (IDC) predict monumental growth in terms of connected devices and profits.” But it’s possible that IoT owes some of its success to artificial intelligence solutions. Not everybody is optimistic, however. There’s much to worry about with AI in the picture, from faulty self-driving cars to Bluetooth attacks. Read more


Artificial Intelligence Commission Needed to Predict Impact, Says CBI

“Britain’s biggest employers are calling for a commission to examine the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs.” It’s no surprise, bearing in mind that AI is predicted to impact 20 percent of jobs in the UK. Though it may be seen as a threat, AI will also allow workers to move to more fulfilling and important positions. Read more

4 Characteristics of a Good Progressive Web App

What are the 4 core characteristics of a progressive web app built according to Google’s vision? Simple. It’s offline first, mobile first, fast, and allows you to add a shortcut to your homescreen. Read more

Fitness Wearables: the Future Is Invisible

There are so many gadgets that help us track physical activity: smartwatches, fitness trackers, and devices integrated into sports apparel. As this trend becomes more popular, it seems that the best direction is towards devices that avoid encumbering the user and become virtually invisible. Read more


Lego’s Women of NASA Recognises Four Stars of Space Travel

Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Margaret Hamilton and Nancy Grace Roman. All of them are amazing women whose contributions to space travel has been invaluable. Now they can inspire little girls – future astronauts and scientists – to reach for the stars. Read more


Conquer Distractions with this Simple Chart

This chart is incredibly simple, yet it will help you divide products into four classes. Through this, you will be able to rationally decide where to allocate your most important resource: time. Read more


How to Keep Employees Motivated in a Startup Culture

Researchers have found that money isn’t the most important motivator in the workplace. When corporate motivation techniques don’t work for your startup, try out some of these ideas: creating honest relationships in the workplace, rewarding good performance, and maintaining transparency within the company. Read more


Do you think we’re going to replace smartphones in less than a decade? Are you worried about the impact of artificial intelligence? Let us know, and we’d be delighted to chat!

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