By Sreeraman ThiagarajanWhat do you think of when you picture humans talking to their devices and using voice to command machines? If you are like most of us, you are probably imagining a futuristic Star Trek like scenario where man-machine interactions occur as if by magic. But the reality is quite different, because voice-enabled assistants are already a part of our everyday lives, and while there is a fair bit of technical wizardry needed, none of it involves undertaking voyages to distant planets. Back on earth, at my home, the voice-enabled Google Assistant has quickly become a familiar presence, and my dad, wife and son turn to it for help, multiple times a day. Appa, who can’t see too well without his reading glasses, calls out to the Google Assistant on his phone every time he needs to access some information without having to type. My son can’t seem to get over his curiosity and keeps asking the Assistant about astronomy and math, and I usually call out to ask for … [Read more...] about Indian consumers are using voice technology to get things done. Brands are you listening?
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By Prakash Channagiri & Badih NahasNew Delhi: Do you agree that buying a car is still one of the biggest and most emotional purchases we make? So it is hard to believe that soon the data generated from the car will be worth more than the value of the vehicle itself.According to McKinsey & Company, shared mobility (ride sharing and e-hailing) and data-driven services (smart sensors, telematics in car entertainment and personal assistants) could expand automotive revenue pools by 30 per cent, adding up to $1.5 trillion by 2030.As connected cars today and self-driving vehicles in the future become the standard, they are revolutionizing the overall driving experience and the way automotive manufacturers do business. In the face of cut-throat competition and harsh budget pressures, both traditional and non-traditional players are trying to capture a piece of the pie. But how?Some players have tried to build and manage their own IT infrastructure. Perhaps a better way would be to … [Read more...] about Opinion: Switch to cloud to drive your automotive biz into the future
NEW DELHI: Global automaker, SEAT will train more than 14,000 employees globally through a new training programme centered on the future challenges facing Industry 4.0, the company said in a press release.The company has designed a programme to make workers aware of the real meaning of the Industry 4.0 concept in an entertaining, interactive way, as well as the importance of people and their continuous training at the core of what is known as the fourth industrial revolution.Xavier Ros, SEAT Vice-President for Human Resources, shared the company’s satisfaction with the success of the training programme. “We have worked to design a programme that is aligned with SEAT’s training and development strategy, based on an innovative method used to explain the industrial transformation in a way that is easy, interactive and digital.SEAT has evolved to make progress towards this new model of industry and respond to the challenges it presents to the automotive sector. People … [Read more...] about SEAT to train 14,000 employees to meet future challenges of the industry
Buoyed by the government's supportive policies, China's digital trade is growing rapidly. According to Wang, the volume of China's import and export digital trade surged 6.7 percent to $203.6 billion in 2019, accounting for 26 percent of the country's total import and export service trade volume. … [Read more...] about Digital economy to inject impetus
Recollecting his fieldwork findings, Mahesh explains: “We felt that education and training at the grassroots level and sensitising agriculture graduates to the working of sustainable and indigenous systems were necessary in the Indian scenario.” The group then began rigorously working on these fronts by providing value-addition and technical services to farmers, as also offering workshops and internships to university graduates. “We support interested farmers in processing, product development, packaging and marketing. We also provide technical know-how in setting up agro-processing facilities, getting licences and even in aspects of e-commerce. Lastly, we invite students and young entrepreneurs who wish to work in the areas of sustainable production and consumption to intern with us.” … [Read more...] about Making the right collaborations