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Robots and the jobs we love to hate

We need to stop defining ourselves by what we do We tend to think about work in terms of “jobs”. You are a programmer, a doctor, a consultant, or a lawyer. When we introduce ourselves, convention dictates we talk about our jobs rather than who we are. The shorthand of our titles allows us to… Read More


Public more likely to blame humans for accidents rather than autonomous car

Research suggests that in an accident where a human driver and AI dual control made an error, people would consider the human to be more at fault. The public is more likely to blame accidents involving semi-autonomous cars on the driver rather than the technology, new research claims.


Securing DevOps through evidence, analytics and proactivity

The shift towards cloud native architectures and micro services has accelerated the need to integrate security into DevOps environments.

I’ve seen first-hand how modern architectures have given agile DevOps teams a new and unparalleled velocity to create, release and deploy. But with that boost in speed comes the need to bolster processes and secure application estates.

The traditional handovers for software development are now obsolete. DevOps teams can do them autonomously and are encouraged to do so. Whilst that’s all well and good, as technical leaders we’re obliged to inspect our operations and introduce new methods to ensure pipelines remain secure. Modern checks and balances should automatically detect and reject forbidden changes before they are even applied.


DevOps is not just an excuse for the firing of developers

Across the board, the bottleneck-reducing philosophy of DevOps has become the central approach for cloud-native enterprise software development and deployment, ushering in a cultural shift in how processes, code and technology are delivered. 

According to 2019 Accelerate: State of DevOps report, companies who get DevOps right deploy 208 times more code, deploy it 106 times as fast and are able to recover 2,604 faster from incidents. This has not stopped DevOps attracting critics, criticisms that I put to Bill Kleyman, EVP of Digital Solutions at Switch.


MPs urge Chancellor to push forward robotics tax breaks

The Chancellor should bring forward proposals for new tax incentives to encourage investment in robotics to boost productivity, a group of MPs has urged.

In a new report, the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee warns that if the transition to a more automated workplace is managed badly, entire groups and regions could be left behind and British businesses could find themselves uncompetitive.



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