Computer Vision in Field Service: Empowering and Enabling Technicians

Even before COVID-19 disrupted the world, the introduction of Computer Vision into field service had begun to transform the industry. Seasoned Baby Boomer field service technicians are rapidly approaching retirement, causing a generational gap. When these older technicians hang up their tools, precious industry knowledge retires along with them. 

In fact, 73% of organizations have identified an aging workforce as a potential threat to their field service operations. Faced with a “brain drain,” field service organizations have been struggling to capture and preserve the knowledge of their “tribe” before it is lost forever.

Computer Vision in Field Service – A New World of CX

Like many other industries, the field service sector has been increasingly focused on enhancing customer experience. A research report indicates that 65% of field service organizations have identified customer satisfaction as either equal to or higher in importance than operational efficiency. To ensure customer expectations are

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‘Three Little Pigs’: Musk’s Neuralink Puts Computer Chips in Animal Brains | Technology News

(Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip in its brain for two months, showing off an early step toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.

Co-founded by Tesla Inc

and SpaceX CEO Musk in 2016, San Francisco Bay Area-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.

“An implantable device can actually solve these problems,” Musk said on a webcast Friday, mentioning ailments such as memory loss, hearing loss, depression and insomnia.

Musk did not provide a timeline for those treatments, appearing to retreat from earlier statements that human trials would begin by the end of this year. Neuralink’s

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Technology helps Bay Area teachers rethink distanced learning

Every teacher knows and dreads it: the look of a bored student. This school year, with a sea of new faces he’s never seen before, sixth-grade teacher Zac Hansel is more worried than usual.

“Right now, at the beginning of the year, we have one shot to get them in and keep them in,” said Hansel, who teaches at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos.

That’s easier said than done when teachers are still adjusting to the challenges of teaching online, especially when the students don’t know them — and vice versa. How do you rethink a profession that hinges on personal engagement and variety to work solely through video calls and computer screens? In the time of coronavirus, teachers like Hansel are making it work with creativity, a dizzying array of new apps and software, and a lot of patience. And they’re learning a lot along the way.

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Has Avalara (AVLR) Outpaced Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Avalara (AVLR), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company’s year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Computer and Technology sector should help us answer this question.

Avalara is one of 605 individual stocks in the Computer and Technology sector. Collectively, these companies sit at #5 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank is a proven model that highlights a variety of stocks with the right characteristics to outperform the market over the next one to three months. The system emphasizes earnings estimate revisions and favors companies with improving earnings outlooks. AVLR is currently sporting

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Is Amkor Technology (AMKR) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

The Computer and Technology group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Amkor Technology (AMKR) is a stock that can certainly grab the attention of many investors, but do its recent returns compare favorably to the sector as a whole? One simple way to answer this question is to take a look at the year-to-date performance of AMKR and the rest of the Computer and Technology group’s stocks.

Amkor Technology is one of 605 individual stocks in the Computer and Technology sector. Collectively, these companies sit at #5 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks

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What various weird computer noises mean for your machine

No PC is truly silent, but your computer shouldn’t be noisier than your lawnmower. If you have to turn up your music just to drown out the whirring or grinding noises your computer makes, you may want to look into that—it could be the first signal of some serious problems.

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“Help! I need somebody… Help!”

Knowing how to tell different hard drive noises apart and learning what they might mean, can save your computer. Or at least give you an unequivocal pass to buy a new one.

Clicking or grinding noises

Let’s start with the most worrisome sound. If your computer starts to click, grind, or make any sort of low-pitched buzzing noise, you should stop what you’re doing and check the hard drive. This sound could indicate a dying disk. Do not ignore this sound.


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To check your drive’s health, I recommend

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Elon Musk unveils pig with computer chip in brain

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Friday showcased pigs with computer chips in their brains during his unveiling of Neuralink, an upcoming technology aiming to bring symbiosis between artificial intelligence and the human brain.

The live showcase involved displaying real-time neural signals from one of the pigs, whom Musk named Gertrude, CNBC reported.

Musk said the process for installing a Neuralink in a human brain would be an hourlong operation that is no more invasive than LASIK eye surgery, inserting a coin-sized device into the skull that would leave a tiny scar after the electrodes are inserted in the brain.

He likened the technology to being essentially a “Fitbit in your skull.”

While the ambitious project has been under wraps since its announcement in 2016, Musk said the device could help fight memory loss, blindness and paralysis, among other medical conditions.

He added that a mainstream audience likely would

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