Jay Fulcher was named new CEO and chairman at Zenefits. Fulcher was most recently president and CEO at online video technology products and services startup Ooyala. Fulcher brings a combination of vision, operating discipline and leadership experience to Zenefits. His previous experience includes Agile Software Corp., where he served as president and CEO; PeopleSoft (executive vice president); and SAP (vice president).

Last year was a turbulent one for the tech-focused brokerage, which started with founder Parker Conrad resigning as CEO.

 

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Amazon is using Alexa to compete against all of the other retailers on the planet and Google Home. Tesla’s A.I. downloads updated geo-intelligence to compete against all the other car brands that don’t update via the Cloud. IBM’s Watson is automating decision analysis that competes with clinics and hospitals not enabled by its cognitive computer. “This is just the beginning of the A.I. Wars,” says James Canton, futurist.

Companies that are using A.I. to compete will shape the future of A.I. There are companies using A.I. for diagnosing disease, deciphering law, designing fashion, writing films, drafting music, reading taxes or figuring out if you’re a terrorist, fraudster or threat. A.I. is everywhere.

You are exposed to A.I. in real-time if you are within sight of video camera, cell phone, driving a car, traveling by transit, in the city, online or offline claims Canton.

“Here’s a forecast—every job a human can do will be augmented by (increased intelligence assets) and possibly replaced by A.I. Companies will use A.I. to outcompete other companies. A.I. augmented humans will outcompete the Naturals—humans not augmented by A.I.,” predicts Canton.

—Source: Institute of Global Futures www.globalfuturist.com

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VR Devices to Hit 110 Million

Virtual reality (VR) is ready to thrive off a swath of new and compelling content choices. ABI Research forecasts total VR device shipments will reach 110 million by 2021. While mobile device-reliant VR ship- ments—such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream—dwarf today’s other VR device types, standalone devices will see a 405% CAGR through 2021, compared to a 42% CAGR for mobile VR.

“Mobile VR built a solid foundation for the overall market over the past few years, but standalone VR devices will even- tually drive it,” says Eric Abbruzzese, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. “However, a trend toward standalone devices is sur- facing, and will continue over the next five years until mobile and standalone VR devices see parity in terms of shipments.”

With an influx of standalone VR devices incoming, a greater range of use cases will be explored. ABI Research anticipates a total market size of $64 billion by 2021 [for gaming.] VR applications in retail and marketing will see a 124% CAGR through 2021. Video, education, and tourism are expected to see significant growth, as well.

—Source: ABI Research http://bit.ly/2l8gE3j

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The global Cloud-based virtual learning market to grow at a CAGR of 25.23% during the period 2016-2020, according to Absolute Reports 2017 study.

Cloud-Based Virtual Learning Platform is an online learning platform that helps learners access a web-based portal instead of traditional face-to-face learning methodologies. Brands serving this sector include Blackboard, SkyTap, WizIQ and others. —Source: http://bit.ly/2lsCqPD

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The global e-learning market is poised to grow at a 7.2% CAGR over the next decade to reach approximately $325 billion by 2025 reports Research & Markets study.

Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include learning through gaming, implementation of I.T. security and Cloud-based solutions, rapid growth in online content & digitization, innovations in wearable technologies for e-learning industry, and learning management systems are switching over to cloud-based systems.

—Source: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qgq5vf/global_elearning

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Australia’s first HR-tech start-up accelerator program is being delivered by corporate start-up Slingshot in collaboration with talent solutions provider Hudson, online employment marketplace SEEK and The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Start-ups accepted into “Human Capital,” a 12-week program that kicks off in March, will receive up to $50,000 from the Slingshot Investment Fund for 10% of the equity in the business as well as training and resources, a support team of mentors and access to a co-working space.

According to Karen Lawson, CEO of Slingshot and former CEO of CareerOne, the program will help corporate leaders reinvent the human capital elements of their businesses by connecting them with disruptive start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs in the “future-of-work” space.

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Pro apps on a MacIntosh computer can be pretty expensive, especially if you’re a student or a teacher. However, Apple has just released a new app bundle with five different pro apps. It costs $199.99, but it’s just for students and people working in education. The five apps include Apple’s two most important pro apps: Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X. These two enable users to do a lot when it comes to movie editing and audio editing. The remaining parts of the bundle are: Motion 5,  Compressor 4 and MainStage 3.

Final Cut currently costs $299, and Logic Pro has a price tag of $199, so that is a great discount. Who is eligible to the bundle? Teachers, faculty, staff and college students, as well as K-12 and higher-ed institutions.

This is going back to an earlier strategy that Apple em- ployed, which was to get students “hooked” on its software so that they would keep using these apps and buying Macs. Its prime competitor in this space is Adobe, which sells most of its apps with a subscription model. That’s been very effective, especially in academia, because there is little up- front cost.

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In February, Microsoft launched an initiative to teach digital skills to people across the United Kingdom to ensure that the country remains one of the global leaders in Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and other next-generation technologies. Microsoft U.K. Chief Executive Cindy Rose joined Chancellor Philip Hammond at the launch of Microsoft’s digital skills plan at the company’s U.K. headquarters in Reading.

Microsoft will train 30,000 public servants for free in a range of digital skills. This will allow those U.K. government and public- sector entities to deliver better and more efficient services to people across the country, using more current technology. As part of the overall initiative, Microsoft has also committed to making sure everyone in the U.K. has access to free, online digital literacy training. The hope is that this training will prepare them for a world that uses technology to transform how people in all sectors work.

—Learn more: http://bit.ly/2kdAp4J

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Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is playing a bigger role in our every- day lives, but how are enterprises adopting this technology? En- ter cognitive computing and predictive analytics, and so much more. According to the National Business Research Institute, A.I.’s most important benefit is the ability to predict future tasks (38%) and automation of tasks (27%).

—Test your AI knowledge at: https://www.emarketer.com/quiz/artificial-intelligence?ecid=1014#/q/1

 

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Chief learning officers (CLOs) face increased pressure to deliver learning that engages employees and positively impacts the bottom line, according to LinkedIn’s first Workplace Learning Report. Companies are looking for proof that their investment is paying off in terms of increased workforce performance.

The report reveals 90% of business leaders believe learning and design programs are key to closing skill gaps. Yet, only 8% of CEOs in the report said they saw the business impact of L&D programs. Even fewer (4%) saw a clear ROI.

The disconnect may be access. Only around 60% of learning and design pros have any real say in their companies (invited to the C- suite on a regular basis, in other words) cites the report. The teams are simply reacting to the demands of upper management.

—View report at: https://learning.linkedin.com/content/dam/me/learning/en-us/pdfs/lil-workplace-learning-report.pdf

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