How will artificial intelligence (AI) influence the workplace of the future and thereby the human working condition? The focus of this discussion has been on the rather tautological conclusion that many current jobs will eventually be performed by machines. In our research we have come to the conclusion that the consequences of automation may not be that one-sided. We acknowledge the rapid development in machine learning, AI, and related fields. But, we also would like to point out that the answer to questions like, “Who will win: humans or machines?” is clear. Considering current advances in computing, and acknowledging that human performance is not a serious upper bound or benchmark for many tasks, it is quite obvious that humans will be outperformed by computers in a vast majority of cases. This will also happen for tasks that currently appear demanding and require intuition and human experience. Pitching humans against AI emphasizes frictions that arise from the adoption of AI, and it supports a gloomy outlook on employment.Continue reading “How Can Humans Work With Artificial Intelligence?”
You can find the full article on the World Economic Forum website: How road pricing is tackling congestion and pollution in cities like London and Singapore.
Private vehicle traffic is skyrocketing – bringing with it more traffic jams, longer travel times and worsening air quality. Modifying road pricing can play a pivotal role in solving these challenges as well as transitioning to sustainable urban mobility. Singapore and London may be located in different hemispheres but both cities are global leaders in innovative approaches that reduce the congestion, emissions and pollution caused by road traffic. They’re among a growing number of cities with roads surpassing or nearing pre-pandemic traffic counts. Cities around the world are considering road pricing as part of multi-pronged suite of solutions to improve their transport systems and answer the question: “How can city transport be safer, healthier and more sustainable?”
Changing pricing will change traffic patterns, free up public space, incentivize zero emission mobility and support investment in alternatives like public transport, cycling, scooting and walking. If carefully and thoughtfully redesigned and implemented with community input, revised road pricing that considers direct and indirect costs could lead to a clean, equitable and financially resilient, sustainable future of road mobility.
You can find the full whitepaper on the World Economic Forum website: Sustainable Road Transport and Pricing.
This White Paper, from the Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions, evaluates road pricing mechanisms and calls for an acceleration towards equitable, clean and financially resilient mobility through continued examination of the impact of road transport. It offers a rationale for re-examining current mobility pricing mechanisms and reviews approaches to emission, congestion, parking and curb pricing schemes. Technological solutions and new mobility options provide the opportunity to use pricing mechanisms to reallocate public space and redeploy resources more sustainably. The paper calls for revisions to pricing mechanisms in conjunction with comprehensive mobility plans designed in partnership with communities to address their needs. With investment in shared, zero-emission and active mobility solutions combined with differential mobility fees, credits or scrappage schemes, changes to road transport can address the prevailing challenges.
Wolf Ketter has recently been mentioned in an article about Power TAC in the RESET Special Feature “Artificial Intelligence – Can Computing Power Save Our Planet?”. Read the full article: Power TAC: The AI Platform Showing How a 100% Renewable Energy World Might Actually Work
Authority Magazine has published this interview about Wolf’s career, his stance on sustainability and the current situation with COVID-19: Professor Wolf Ketter: “We will achieve the tipping point that accelerates a sustainable energy future when we finally realise how we are all connected in so many ways”.
Wolf has provided his insight about how “flattening the curve” during the current crisis might impact future business decisions in the Forbes article Seven Ways To Make Business Truly Sustainable Post-COVID.
The current lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is an obstacle for the wide adaption of electric vehicles. Wolf explains his take on the subject in the article Cleaning up cars: what will it take for the UK to drop fossil fuels? published in Power Technology.
As the C40 group of mayors meet in Copenhagen this week, you’ll be discussing what key actions will help you deliver on the Paris Agreement’s commitments and how your leadership can result in a prosperous carbon neutral economy and equitable society. As you start these discussions, it’s important to take stock of what policies they, and other mayors around the world, can implement at the local level to drive us towards meeting these goals.
One of these policies is road pricing.Continue reading “An Open Letter To C40 Mayors: How Road Pricing Can Change Your Cities”
The most amusing Twitter distraction of the summer has to be #FreeDorothy. In short, when a teenaged Ariana Grande fan accidentally started a kitchen fire, presumably in a case of cooking-while-distracted, her mother took away her smart phone with an admonishment to “pay more attention to her surroundings”.
The teen, in a resourcefulness borne out of summertime boredom and a desire to maintain her thriving social media network, began tweeting via a variety of connected household devices. The #FreeDorothy hashtag went viral once it became clear that “Dorothy” was tweeting using her family’s LG Smart Refrigerator.Continue reading “Are our smart meters smart enough?”
The age of the electric vehicle (EV) is dawning, with two million of them sold in 2018. Whether EV purchases are motivated by environmental concerns, lower operating costs, increases in range coverage, or just plain envy of the neighbour’s EV’s constant torque acceleration, sales of all EV models are on the rise.
Sustainable electric vehicles herald the beginning of the end for fossil fuel-dependent combustion engines. But for grid managers known as distribution system operators (DSOs), this transition brings problems. Too many EVs in the same neighbourhood can lead to power disruption or even blackouts.Continue reading “How can we embrace the electric vehicle transition by adopting smart charging?”