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Juliet A. Gerrard

Juliet A. Gerrard

Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, University of Auckland

AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure that everyone benefits

Aug 06, 2019 03:51 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already in use in many sectors. Its contribution is expected to rise steadily, driven by advances in data storage, computer processing power and connectivity. Following last weeks report...

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Economy

Thai economic growth continues to ease on strong THB, USD/THB to see upside risk in coming months

Thai economy and exports continue to ease because of slower global growth and the strong Thai baht. The Bank of Thailand recently lowered interest rates by 50 basis points in 2019 and the minutes indicate towards a dovish...

QE by the RBA likely to result in lower bond yields in Australia, says Capital Economics

The decline in bond yields in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2019 has paused in recent months following optimism about a potential trade deal between the US and China and hawkish language from the Fed, according to...

EM Asian currencies likely to weaken further amid increasing risk aversion, says Scotiabank

The emerging market Asian currencies are expected to weaken further amid increasing risk aversion and remain susceptible to developments in the US-China trade negotiations during the remainder of the year, according to the...

Korea-Japan conflict likely to reduce Japan’s GDP by no more than 0.1 pct this year, says Capital Economics

The tensions between Korea and Japan are unlikely to end anytime soon. That suggests that tourist arrivals may fall further and Koreans will continue to boycott Japanese consumer goods. However, Japans shipments to Korea...

US Treasury yields unlikely to rise much further over the next couple of years, says Capital Economics

US Treasury yields have rebounded over the past few weeks, as worries about the US-China trade war and the outlook for the global economy have eased somewhat. But while they are not expected to revisit their lows, Treasury...

Politics

Melania Trump maintains silence on impeachment investigations

There has been so much information and reactions made public at this point as the impeachment investigation against United States President Donald Trump. But apart from reactions from political analysts and other...

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Why Nixon's VP Spiro Agnew attacked the new media -- 50 years ago

Americans witnessed an unprecedented event 50 years ago: live television coverage on all three national networks of a speech by the vice president of the United States. Speeches by vice presidents never received such...

Fracking: how the police response is threatening the right to protest

The UK government has announced an immediate moratorium on fracking. The decision came after new scientific analysis concluded it was not possible to rule out future unacceptable impacts. Opponents of the controversial...

UK election 2019: hundreds of thousands of people could be in the wrong place when it's time to vote

The UK general election called for December 12 2019 raises important issues regarding who is entitled to vote, who will be able to vote and where they will vote. The electoral roll, which lists everyone eligible to...

Science

361-Foot asteroid '2019 UK6' to pass by Earth, NASA says

This year, our planet has had a number of close encounters with asteroids. Now, a 361-foot asteroid is said to pass by Earth on Wednesday, according to NASA. NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies has identified the...

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Technology

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars edition release date: Bundle drops a week before 'Rise of Skywalker'

One of the most anticipated blockbusters this year brings everyone to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As a way of celebrating the films upcoming release, Samsung is set to come out with a...

iPhone SE 2 will most likely bring back Touch ID

Everyone is expecting the iPhone SE 2 to be Apples new budget-friendly smartphone, but it is also fitting to anticipate several upgrades on the device. However, there are some reasons Apple fans should stop hoping for it...

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature still slated for 2019

Tesla is mostly known for two things: making vehicles that completely run on electricity and can also drive itself. The latter sounds like it is straight out of a sci-fi movie, but Tesla vehicles do ship with Autopilot...

‘The Elder Scrolls: Skyblivion’ includes all content packs, expansions of ‘Oblivion’

Rebuilding the base game of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is already a massive undertaking, especially for a volunteer team like TESRenewal. But taking note that the developers are also recreating all post-launch...

‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ arrives in Nintendo Switch before 2020

The year is approaching its final month, but the list of games yet to be released on Nintendo Switch is still quite long. Players with the portable console might also find some very familiar titles in the mix, including...
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