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Closing the Gap is an accessible overview of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and the impact it is set to have on various sectors in South Africa and Africa. It explores the previous industrial revolutions that have led up to this point and outlines South Africa’s position been through each one.
With a focus on artificial intelligence as a core concept in understanding the 4IR, this book uses familiar concepts to explain artificial intelligence, how it works and how it can be used in banking, mining, medicine and many other fields.
Written from an African perspective, Closing the Gap addresses the challenges and fears around the 4IR by pointing to the opportunities presented by new technologies and outlining some of the challenges and successes to date
Significantly revised and updated, this second edition of "Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists" is vital reading for all students of any of these subjects hoping to make it in the real world.
Increasingly, students of engineering, science and technology subjects are finding that their success depends as much on general management skills and understanding operational systems as on their technical expertise. This book offers students that all- important firm foundation in management training.
"Management for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists" offers a practical and accessible introduction to management and provides a comprehensive guide to the management tools used in managing people and other resources. Part 1 includes a series of chapters on management applications and concepts, starting with basic issues such as 'What is a business?' and 'What is management?', continuing through management of quality, materials and new product development and concluding with examples of successful companies who provide good models of management. Part 2 considers human resource management and communications, introduces tools and techniques for managing machines and materials, examines financial management, describes the procedures and tools of project management, analyses the supply system and the processes of inventory control, studies business planning and marketing, and concludes with a new chapter on the management of SMEs.
The authors' significant experience in both teaching and industry provides valuable lessons in business management, and allows them to provide case studies with real insight.
Resources designed to support learners of the new next generation BTEC First in Applied Science: Application of Science specification*. This book supports BTEC First Award in Applied Science - Application of Science QCF specification for first teaching from September 2013 (subject to accreditation by Ofqual). This book contains new content for the 2012 specification covering the mandatory four units with in depth knowledge, case studies, examples and activities to help learners prepare for this course. Combining the expertise of the BTEC team, the content addresses a learning, teaching and assessment point of view, with renewed focus on assessment activities including the new external assessment. Activities in each unit provide support and guidance for learners and can be used in the classroom or for independent work. The new BTEC Assessment Zone guides learners through the challenges of both internal (units 5-7) and external assessment (unit 8) with examiner tips and support for external assessment. * From 2012, Pearson's BTEC First qualifications have been under re-development, so schools and colleges could be teaching the existing 2010 specification or the new next generation 2012-2013 specification. There are different Student Books to support each specification. If learners are unsure, they should check with their teacher or tutor.
Nobody meant for this to happen.
Facebook didn’t mean to facilitate a genocide.
Twitter didn’t want to be used to harass women.
YouTube never planned to radicalise young men.
But with billions of users, these platforms need only tweak their algorithms to generate more ‘engagement’. In so doing, they bring unrest to previously settled communities and erode our relationships.
Social warming has happened gradually – as a by-product of our preposterously convenient digital existence. But the gradual deterioration of our attitudes and behaviour on- and offline – this vicious cycle of anger and outrage – is real. And it can be corrected. Here’s how.
Agile is broken. Most Agile transformations struggle. According to an Allied Market Research study, "63% of respondents stated the failure of agile implementation in their organizations." The problems with Agile start at the top of most organizations with executive leadership not getting what agile is or even knowing the difference between success and failure in agile. Agile transformation is a journey, and most of that journey consists of people learning and trying new approaches in their own work. An agile organization can make use of coaches and training to improve their chances of success. But even then, failure remains because many Agile ideas are simply flawed, starting with ideas in the Agile Manifesto that are oversimplifications. Coupled with other ideas that have become associated with Agile such as Test-Driven-Development (TDD) and its unit test-centric approach to programming, an overall inertia and resistance to change in the Agile community, and practices like "agile team rooms," the Agile movement is ripe for change since its birth twenty years ago. "Agile 2" represents the work of dozens of field tested Agile experts and distilled into "Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile" by a subset of the team. Agile 2 values these pairs of attributes: thoughtfulness and prescription; outcomes and outputs, individuals and teams; business and technical understanding; individual empowerment and good leadership; adaptability and planning. With a new set of Agile principles to take Agile forward over the next 20 years, Agile 2 is applicable beyond software and hardware to all parts of an agile organization including "Agile HR", "Agile Finance", and so on. Like the original "Agile", "Agile 2", is just a set of ideas - powerful ideas. To undertake any endeavor, a single set of ideas is not enough. But a single set of ideas can be a powerful guide.
The South African National Commission on Higher Education has noted the shortage of skilled people in the fields of science and technology. The teaching of these subjects has been identified as an area of concern, and volume two of "Teaching Science and Technology" - a resource for training teachers at any level - seeks to address that. Throughout the book scientific knowledge is integrated with technological processes, and educators are shown how to enliven classes by applying science to everyday life in a practical way.
What new directions in China's digital economy mean for us all China is the largest homogenous digital market on Earth: unified by language, culture, and mobile payments. Not only a consumer market of unrivaled size, it's also a vast and hyperactive innovation ecosystem for new technologies. And as China's digital economy moves from a consumer-focused phase to an enterprise-oriented one, Chinese companies are rushing to capitalize on ways the newer wave of tech-the Internet of Things, AI, blockchain, cloud computing, and data analytics (iABCD)-can unlock value for their businesses from non-traditional angles. In China's Data Economy, Winston Ma-investment professional, capital markets attorney, adjunct professor of digital economy, and bestselling author-details the profound global implications of this new direction, including how Chinese apps for services such as food delivery expand so quickly they surpass their U.S. models within a couple of years, and how the sheer scale and pace of Chinese innovation might lead to an AI arms race in which China and the U.S. vie aggressively for leadership. How China's younger netizens participate in their evolving digital economy as consumers, creators, and entrepreneurs Why Online/Office (OMO, Online-merge-with-Offline) integration is viewed as the natural next step on from the O2O (Online-to-Offline) model used in the rest of the world The ways in which traditional Chinese industries such as retail, banking, and insurance are innovating to stay in the game What emerging markets can learn from China as they leapfrog past the personal computer age altogether, diving straight into the mobile-first economy Anyone interested in what's next for Chinese digital powerhouses-investors, governments, entrepreneurs, international business players-will find this an essential guide to what lies ahead as China's flexes new digital muscles to create new forms of value and challenge established tech giants across the world.
In Subprime Attention Crisis, Tim Hwang investigates the way big tech financialises attention. In the process, he shows us how digital advertising - the beating heart of the internet - is at risk of collapsing, and that its potential demise bears an uncanny resemblance to the housing crisis of 2008. From the unreliability of advertising numbers and the unregulated automation of advertising bidding wars, to the simple fact that online ads mostly fail to work, Hwang demonstrates that while consumers' attention has never been more prized, the true value of that attention itself - much like subprime mortgages - is wildly misrepresented. And if online advertising goes belly-up, the internet - and its free services - will suddenly be accessible only to those who can afford it. Deeply researched, convincing, and alarming, Subprime Attention Crisis will change the way you look at the internet, and its precarious future. FSG Originals x Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives. The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart: recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of tech's reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industry's many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today
Featuring twenty-five writers in all, this book includes Howard P. Segal's acclaimed work on utopian visionaries.
Assessment activities and grading tips throughout each unit of this book provide learners with all the practice they need to achieve their best possible grade, and clearly understand what they need to do to achieve Pass, Merit and Distinction.
This landmark in the development of the state space approach was written by two pioneers in the field. It chiefly concerns the technique's application to systems described by differential equations. Problems of stability and controllability receive particular attention, and connections between this approach and classical techniques are highlighted. 1963 edition.
The vision of a central waterway connecting tidewater Virginia
with the Ohio River to rival the Erie Canal persisted for decades
during the 19th century. The idea was at first fostered by the
commonwealth of Virginia and then reincarnated as the Central Water
Line, which was endorsed by the federal government. It was a grand
vision, and though never implemented, the Great Kanawha Navigation
nevertheless became a highly successful regionally controlled
waterway that developed the rich resources of the Kanawha Valley.
Emory Kemp has compiled a comprehensive history of navigation on
the Great Kanawha River, detailing the industrial archaeology of
this waterway from the early 19th century, and offering a detailed
case study of a major 19th- and early 20th-century civil
engineering project that would significantly advance the nation's
The past decade has witnessed extraordinary advances in artificial intelligence. But what precisely is it and where does its future lie?
In this brilliant, one-stop guide WIRED journalist Matt Burgess explains everything you need to know about AI. He describes how it works. He looks at the ways in which it has already brought us everything from voice recognition software to self-driving cars, and explores its potential for further revolutionary change in almost every area of our daily lives. He examines the darker side of machine learning: its susceptibility to hacking; its tendency to discriminate against particular groups; and its potential misuse by governments. And he addresses the fundamental question: can machines become as intelligent as human beings?
By the end of this century, living beyond 100 will be the rule rather than the exception. What medical breakthroughs and new technologies will make this possible?
In this brilliantly wide-ranging, one-stop guide WIRED journalist James Temperton outlines the medical revolutions that are transforming healthcare. He looks at the burgeoning immune therapies that could one day cure such life-threatening diseases as cancer. He explores the science - and ethics - of genetic engineering and its potential to create 'designer babies'. He considers the role that cutting-edge medical research could play in the treatment of mental and neurological disorders ranging from depression to autism. And he addresses the fundamental question: could medical technology become so sophisticated that we witness the end of ageing?
Since its publication in 1995, the German Technical Dictionary has
established itself as the definitive resource for anyone who needs
to translate technical documents between German and English.
An essential guide for succeeding in today's competitive environment, this book provides beginning scientists and experienced researchers with practical advice on writing about their work and getting published. This brand new, updated edition also includes a new chapter on editing one's own work, a section on publicizing and archiving one's paper, and updates on authorship, including information on new authorship criteria and on the author identification number ORCID. The book guides readers through the processes involved in writing for and publishing in scientific journals, from choosing a suitable journal, to writing each part of the paper, to submitting the paper and responding to peer review, through checking the proofs. It covers ethical issues in scientific publishing, explains rights and permissions, and discusses writing grant proposals, giving presentations and writing for general audiences.
Man-made global warming is advancing inexorably. Are there ways to halt it?
In this invaluable, one-stop guide Bianca Nogrady analyses the science of climate change and offers a concise overview of the ways in which our carbon emissions might be reduced. She examines the challenges posed by food and energy production and the cutting-edge technologies that could mitigate their polluting effects. She looks at initiatives to create green industry and transport. She explains the economics of emissions trading schemes and the practicalities of geoengineering plans to trap greenhouse gases. And she addresses the fundamental question: is it possible to safeguard our future before it's too late?
Industrial Waste Treatment Process Engineering includes design
principles applicable to municipal systems with significant
industrial influents. The information presented in these volumes is
basic to conventional treatment procedures, while allowing
evaluation and implementation of specialized and emerging treatment
A workbook for day-to-day decisions
FROM THE PREFACE Wastewater collection systems are dynamic, not static. There is no single maintenance method, equipment, or technique that works best. Keeping an open mind, trying new techniques and technologies benefits sewer system operators. No two collection systems are alike. Maintenance staffing, skill levels, equipment, budgets, age and complexity of the system make each agency unique. However, collection systems do have many traits and problems in common. Based on inventory and analysis, problems are identified. Defects may then be prioritized, and corrective maintenance operations put into effect. Preventive maintenance techniques can be applied to all collection systems. Preventive maintenance is cost-effective; it strives to prevent problems from occurring rather than reacting to difficult situations and "putting out fires." This book examines problems shared by all agencies: roots, grease, deterioration, hydraulic inefficiencies and structural defects. New solutions to age-old problems are applied: TV inspection and video interpretation, rehabilitation analysis and trenchless technologies. Computerized maintenance management and GIS softwares are discussed. Jetting, line cleaning and exciting developments in nozzle technology are included. Roots and chemical root control foam, wastewater control and grease are major topics as well. Wastewater Collection System Maintenance shares insights drawn from operator experience, trial and error, successes and failures in the field, interviews and years of research and studies. A user-friendly rating and evaluation system is explained and applied to field conditions. Equipment operation and maintenance, and "tricks of the trade" are also discussed. As cities grow, new systems are extended upstream from older sewers. Many of these core drainage basins are now under capacity and in need of capital improvement projects. There are approximately 600,000 miles of sanitary sewers in the country. Nationwide, there exists a huge backlog of sewer pipes that need rehabilitation. Replacement would cost many billions of dollars. Maintenance operators are entrusted with the care and feeding of an aging sewer infrastructure.
The main driving force behind the development of new applications
for chitin and its derivative chitosan lies with the fact that
these polysaccharides represent a renewable source of natural
biodegradable polymers. Since chitin is the second most abundant
natural polymer, academic as well as industrial scientists are
faced with a great challenge to find new and practical applications
for this material. This book provides an examination of the state
of the art, and discusses new applications as well as potential
products. Applications of Chitin and Chitosan deals almost
exclusively with applications. Previous books in the field have
devoted less than 30% of their material to commercial or medical
This work examines the most important techniques for analyzing the profitability of capital investments. It discusses time value mechanics and financial concepts, including discounted cash flow, return on investment, incremental analysis, cash flow tables, income taxes, depreciation, cost of capital and risk analysis. It provides a broad introduction to project evaluation and data needs.;This book is intended for: cost, project, design, mechanical, chemical, industrial, electronic, electrical and construction engineers; project and budget managers; cost estimators and controllers; planners and schedulers; and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these discipline
If life on is Zoom getting you down and you're dreading the next inevitable invite to a Teams meeting, don't panic, help is at hand. With 101 top tips explaining the dos and don'ts of virtual meetings, You're On Mute will help you master videocalls in "the new normal." Whether you need to stop doing that weird wave at the end of meetings or want to break the habit of being transfixed by your own face in the corner of the screen, the fun advice inside this book has got you covered. In no time you'll be living your best life online, bringing your "A" game to any virtual work meeting, catch up with family, quiz with friends, online date and more. Advice includes: * Mastering online etiquette - from the right way to say hello to the right time to hang up * How to make multi-generational family video calls workable for both grandparents and children ("You're still on mute, grandma!") * Ensuring your next video quiz is an entertaining test of knowledge rather than a painful test of endurance * Successfully navigating an online romance, covering first dates to long-term relationships * Avoiding the "must not dos" of video calls, whether it's the serious matter of security or the shame of surprise screen sharing
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