Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has backed new striker Wesley to be a success at Villa Park.Wesley had a disappointing performance against Burnley last week.“His performance wasn’t great on Saturday against Burnley and he was the first to admit that to me afterwards as well when I went through his clips with him,” Smith said.“But what I’ve seen in training this week has been a reaction, he’s trained very well this week and he’ll be the first to go out there and try to prove people wrong.“It’s a tough job as a lone striker and he was up against two street-wise centre-backs in James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, both very strong and street-wise centre-halves who can give a lot of centre forwards problems in this league.“I think that they got the upper hand on [Wesley] early on in the game and he showed his frustrations a little bit during the game, but he’ll learn from that. “He’s a young striker, still only 22 and he’ll get better and better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Patna: Opposition parties in Bihar on Thursday took a dig at the Nitish Kumar government over the embarrassing incident during former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishras funeral when guns carried by police personnel for salute failed to fire a single shot.The spectacle took place on Wednesday at Mishras ancestral village Balua Bazar in Supaul district, where the Chief Minister was himself present. Video clips beamed by news channels showed a senior official frantically testing guns of a couple of personnel before giving up helplessly. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The police headquarters here has, meanwhile, taken a strong note of the incident and sought an explanation from the Supaul police. However, the occasion provided the opposition with fresh ammunition to train its guns at the ruling dispensation, which takes pride in its claim of having brought rule of law to a state after over a decade of alleged lawlessness. When the guns of the police fail at a ceremonial function where the Chief Minister is in attendance, can these be expected to be of any use while chasing criminals. It is a testimony to the fact that Nitish Kumar has no control of law and order, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha said in a statement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCongress MLC- Prem Chandra Mishra- echoed similar sentiments on twitter, saying when the Bihar police lacks the capability to fire gunshots during a guard of honour, would it not boost the morale of criminals. Not a single gunshot was fired when there should have been 21. What type of honour did you accord to the late Jagannath Mishra @Nitish Kumar. RJD Rajya Sabha member and Lalu Prasads daughter Misa Bharti also sought to have some fun as she shared a news clipping of the fiasco that has left the government headed by her fathers arch rival red-faced on her twitter handle without adding any comment.
Ohio State junior forward Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is still searching for consistency after losing both games in its weekend series to Bemidji State, falling to 4-6-0 on the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes lost 2-1 despite outshooting the Beavers 22-17 in what turned out to be a stifling defensive game. Freshman forward Dana Rasmussen scored the lone goal for OSU. Senior Hannah Moher and sophomore Bailey Wright scored for the Beavers.On Saturday, the third period began tied 1-1 with the Buckeyes leading in shots 27-14. But two goals late in the third period gave Bemidji State the victory and the series sweep.“I think for the most part we controlled both the games. I thought we outplayed them for the majority of the game,” OSU coach Jenny Potter said. “I think there were just a few times that our players broke down mentally.” Bemidji State junior goaltender Brittni Mowat started both games for the Beavers, allowing just two goals on the weekend despite facing a combined 55 shots in the two games.“Bemidji has a great team, but they’re not invincible. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, plenty of chances, our team needs to learn how to bury them,” Potter said.Redshirt freshman Alex LaMere started both games in goal for the Buckeyes, turning away all but three shots on the weekend, while going through long stretches of quiet net play. With the lull in opportunities to save shots, LaMere said she just tries to stay locked in.“It’s definitely a mental game at that point, you just have to keep sharp on your edges,” LaMere said.The second game opened with the Buckeyes holding an 8-1 shot advantage, but the team believed the tempo of the game picked up considerably as it wore on. LaMere said she thinks the defense was able to keep pace with the Beavers’ attack. “Our defensive zone has come a really long way,” LaMere said. “(The skaters) stick with your girl, if we can play five-on-five that way we’ll be just fine.”LaMere expressed no frustration in having sit through a quiet first half of play before a run of fast-paced play in the final 30 minutes.“Yesterday we saw a lot of the same thing as today, it started off slower and then the pace picked up, from a goalie’s standpoint. (We) just have to keep moving and keep in the game,” LaMere said.Bemidji State entered the weekend series with one of the top ranked defenses in all of college hockey, however, OSU expressed frustration at the opportunities missed having outshot the Beavers in both games.“I guess they’re learning the hard way,” Potter said. “It can be frustrating as a coach, but it’s the learning process they’re going through.”Senior forward Kendall Curtis, who scored the lone OSU goal on Saturday, voiced her irritation with the lack of offensive results, but she said she believes in the team’s system.“Sometimes it can get frustrating, but we what want to focus on is getting new looks and how to create new offense, that was our focus,” Curtis said.Curtis’ goal was the product of strong communication and game planning with her linemates: sophomore Julianna Iafallo and junior Claudia Kepler.“We really know our roles,” Curtis said. “We know that the best way for us to operate is by playing with some giddy-up, winning battles, keeping it simple, keeping our feet moving.”Curtis, who earlier this week was named an alternate captain, said she thinks the play of her line is important to the success of the program, which is struggling to score with only 22 goals in its first 10 games.“The giddy-up we bring to the ice every shift is really important,” Curtis said. “We know that.”The Buckeyes are set to begin a five-game road swing when they travel to face North Dakota in Grand Forks for a weekend series on Nov. 14 and 15.
India’s top two IT firms Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys will be the “worst affected” companies by a sharp hike in work permit visas issued by the US government, according to a brokerage firm.Last week, the US government increased the fee to $4,000 for H-1B visas and $4,500 for L-1 visas. These work permit visas allow companies to hire highly-skilled workers from other countries when there is non-availability of such workers in the US.As domestic IT companies are among the top recipients of such visas issued by the US, analysts have raised concerns about a steep hike in visa fee weighing on margins of IT firms.”Higher visa costs will hit outsourcers that have large exposure to US markets. Infosys and TCS would be the worst affected,” said IDFC Securities in a report.While Infosys earns 60% of its income from the US, 50% of the revenue for TCS comes from North America. Although, Wipro and HCL Tech derive 50% of their revenues from the US market, the US visa usage of these companies is not so high compared to their peers.”Infosys uses proportionally highest H-1B and TCS has the biggest pool for L-1,” IDFC Securities said.In 2014, Indian workers accounted for receiving 70% of the 65,000 H-1B visas handed out by the US. TCS was the top receiver of H-1B visas last year, obtaining 5,650. Infosys (3,454) and Wipro (3,048) were also among the top receivers, The New York Times reported.As TCS and Infosys spend large amounts on acquiring the US visas, doubling of fee on such visas will increase their costs sharply.Overall, doubling of H-1B visa fee by the US is expected to cost Indian IT companies nearly $400 million. The Indian IT sector did not expect such a steep hike in visa fee, though it was prepared for an increase.Rise in visa costs will hit the service-based IT companies the most, while it will also affect product development companies.”We see an impact of 50-70 basis points as the charge is applied to extension of H-1B (awarded for 3 years with scope of 3 years extension), which was not the case earlier. Our sensitivity analysis indicates earnings impact of 2-4 per cent due to the new law,” NDTV Profit quoted IDFC analyst Shashi Bhusan as saying.
A Jessore court on Wednesday convicted nine people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing an UP member in Jessore in 2005, reports UNB.Among the convicts, three accused were present in the dock during the hearing while six others—Enamul Haque, Kabir, Anis, Biplob Mia, Kamarul Mandal, Ajam Fakir—remained absconding. According to the case statement, Insanul Haque, a member of Deyara union parishad in Sadar upazila, was killed by the convicts during a robbery on 8 July in 2005. Ijarul Haque Jewel, son of the victim, filed a murder and robbery case accusing unnamed people. After examining the records and witnesses, Md Iman Ali Sheikh of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1, handed down the verdict.
Members of the Indian Dalit community stage a protest, with a portrait of 20th century social reformer B. R. Ambedkar, during a countrywide strike against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, in Allahabad on 2 April 2018 Photo : AFPStreet battles and widespread protests by Indian low-caste groups enraged by what they consider the undermining of a law protecting their safety left at least one dead, police said Monday.Clashes with police, attacks on buses and government buildings, and blocked trains and roads were reported across five Indian states.The central state of Madhya Pradesh was one of the worst hit, particularly the city of Gwalior.”We can confirm at least one death. A curfew has been imposed in parts of the city and the protesters are still on the ground,” Anshuman Yadav, police inspector general for Gwalior, told AFP.Trouble was also reported in the capital New Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Bihar states.The “Bharat Bandh” (India shutdown) was called by groups representing the Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, who make up 200 million of India’s 1.25 billion population and are at the bottom of the caste hierarchy.They are enraged at a Supreme Court ruling that banned the automatic arrest of the accused in cases under a special law to protect marginalised groups who suffer widespread discrimination.The 1989 Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was intended to guard against the harassment of Dalits and other groups.Rajnath Singh, India’s home minister, called for calm.”The government is appealing against the court order but it is a responsibility of everyone including all political parties to ensure peace,” Singh told journalists in Delhi, where the Dalit protests caused traffic chaos.There were media reports of more deaths in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, but police could not immediately confirm fatalities.”We have reports of at least one death but can’t confirm it for now. Bringing the situation under control is our priority,” Santosh Kumar Singh, inspector general for the region, told AFP.Across the affected states, groups hurled stones, bottles and burning sticks at police and set buses on fire. Some sat on railway lines to block trains.Reports said a police outpost near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh state was set on fire. Dalit men hurled stones at police and security personnel.Police in Azamgarh district of the state told AFP that public buses were set on fire by protesters.Dalits are among the most marginalised groups in India, where caste discrimination is outlawed but remains widespread.Last week a young farmer from the community in Gujarat was beaten to death for owning a horse, which is seen as a symbol of power and wealth, police said.
Damian Dovarganes/APPeople wait for news about the shooting that left two injured at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles on Thursday. A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said.The shooting was reported just before 9 a.m. and within minutes a 12-year-old girl was taken into custody without incident. Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds.The determination capped a frantic day at Salvador B. Castro Middle School in downtown Los Angeles and corroborated what some students told reporters after the lockdown was lifted and they were reunited with parents on the school’s athletic field.In a telephone interview with his mother alongside, Jordan Valenzuela, 12, told The Associated Press he was in the classroom next door when he heard a loud bang. He said he talked to the girl just after the shooting and she was sobbing.“She was like, ‘I didn’t mean to. I had the gun in my backpack and I didn’t know it was loaded and my backpack fell and the gun went off,’” he said.Shortly after that he said the girl asked him to hide the weapon.“She said, ‘If I give you the gun will you hide it for me?’” he said. “I said ‘No.’ Then I moved away from her because I was a little bit scared.”Shallin Lopez, a seventh-grader at the school, was in the room at the time of the shooting. She said she never saw a gun.“I just saw something pop,” she said. “It was loud. I didn’t see her shoot.”Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun after the shooting. TV video from helicopters showed a dark-haired girl in a sweatshirt being led from the school in handcuffs as anxious parents and family members gathered on a street corner, many crying and talking on their phones as they waited.Diego Salinas had just dropped off his 12-year-old sister and was stunned when she called minutes later to say there had been a shooting.“There were so many things crossing my mind,” said Salinas, who was still shaking hours later. “I wanted to cry. I wanted to scream. I wanted to run. I wanted do so many things.”Claudia Anzueto, Jordan Valenzuela’s mother, said the boy was crying when he called her from a borrowed cellphone to tell her he was OK.“Not safe, very insecure,” Anzueto said of the school. “I fear for my son’s life. You know what I mean, you really hear about things like this in the news, and just to hear that something like that happened so close to home, it scared the life out of me.”The district has a policy requiring every middle and high school campus to conduct daily random searches by metal-detector wands at different hours of the school day for students in the sixth grade and up.Student Melanie Valencia, 13, said the school did a random security search Thursday, but that she’s never been checked.The most seriously injured victim, a 15-year-old boy shot in the head, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and remained in intensive care during the afternoon but was doing well.“This child was extremely lucky,” said Dr. Aaron Strumwasser, a trauma surgeon. “The trajectory of the bullet did not hit any vital structures that were an immediate threat to life.”A 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the wrist was hospitalized in fair condition. An 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were grazed and were treated and released from the hospital. A 30-year-old woman who was treated after the shooting was not hospitalized and the nature of her injury was not immediately known.The school’s campus was placed on lockdown but most classes continued. The school has about 365 students in grades 6-8 and almost all are Hispanic and many are from low-income families.“We will attend to the needs of these students who witnessed this very carefully, with the understanding this is very traumatic,” said Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District police force. “We have our school mental health folks that are here to support the needs of the students.”#Rampart; #LAFD and #LAPD provide update regarding today’s school shooting. pic.twitter.com/1aoltc15F2— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) February 1, 2018 Update 5 Patients #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD with a shooting … https://t.co/2i7jR2fHpl— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #Assist; 8:53AM; 1575 W 2ND ST; https://t.co/1jxzXQLhMj; Westlake; LAFD assisting LAPD … https://t.co/rrcFsdbnpT— LAFD (@LAFD) February 1, 2018 #LIVE Aerials over LA school where 2 students were reportedly shot and a female student suspect is in custody https://t.co/pJRifBCEVv— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 1, 2018 #LIVE aerials over LA school where 2 students have reportedly been shot and a female student suspect is in custody. 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Story Links Fans can also purchase a CardsPass for $75. CardsPass is our flexible mobile season ticketing program that guarantees a seat to all 2019-20 Louisville women’s basketball regular season home games. CardsPass holders will receive best availability on a game-by-game basis, however, seat locations will vary each game. Walz Wednesdays CardsPass Last season, the Cardinals produced a second consecutive 30-win season with a 32-4 record and won their second straight ACC regular season title. They entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the second straight year and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in program history. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Season tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2019-20 14-game home women’s basketball schedule in the KFC Yum! Center are now available for purchase. Under 13th year head coach Jeff Walz, the Cardinals will host seven opponents that reached postseason play a season ago, seven that won 20-plus games and five that played in the NCAA Tournament. Women’s basketball season tickets may be purchased by clicking here or by visiting the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street, on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by calling 502-852-5151. Season Tickets Louisville averaged 9,531 fans per game with a 162,021 accumulative attendance in 2018-19, both of which ranked third in the country. The Cardinals welcomed in 17,023 fans for the 78-69 win over UConn, which was the third largest women’s basketball crowd last season and the fourth biggest crowd for a women’s basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center. They had three of the top eight crowds in all of women’s basketball and welcomed in 10,000-plus fans seven times last season.For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version The dates for the non-conference games, along with the Notre Dame game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, were released last week, while the remainder of the ACC dates are scheduled to be released in September. Buy your tickets today and you will automatically be enrolled into our Walz Wednesday drawings, where fans can win exclusive Louisville women’s basketball prizes. Every Wednesday through September, each season ticket holder that has purchased or renewed Louisville women’s basketball season tickets will be entered to win a Jeff Walz signed item. Louisville will host Western Kentucky, Murray State, Central Michigan, UT Chattanooga and Boise State in non-conference play. In Atlantic Coast Conference play, the Cardinals will host Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Additional information is available online at www.GoCards.com/wbbtickets or by emailing the UofL ticket office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reserved Season Tickets are available for just $135 for adults, $105 for seniors (55-and-over) and $75 for those 18 and younger.
Citation: iOS still safer than Android, according to Symantec report (2011, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-ios-safer-android-symantec.html Symantec has recently done a comparison of the two mobile device operating systems that showed some surprising results. As it turns out iOS currently has 182 more security vulnerabilities than the Android OS. While most of these are lower level flaws, they are still potentially harmful, since they allow full access to a devices data if they are exploited in the correct way. Yet, despite those extra flaws they still came to the conclusion that the iOS is significantly more secure than the Android OS in their overall analysis.The two deciding factors in the analysis are the vetting process for applications, since Android has had a serious problem with trojanized applications being placed in the store in recent months, and the fact that the iOS devices all have data encryption. Android users only get a similar level of protection if they happen to be using a Honeycomb-powered tablet.One other factor that Symantec specifically mentioned is the fact the iOS is “immune to traditional types of viruses and worms” because it can’t run desktop application code, which is how the majority of malicious code is programmed. Oddly enough, this same immunity does apply to Android-based devices of the current generation. Army tests iOS and Android devices for potential combat usage Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Since the Android OS came out people have been comparing it to the iOS. One of the most important debates has been about the relative security of the two operating systems. The iOS is rather closed, with each of its apps needs to be vetted before it is released and the OS only coming from one vendor. Comparatively, the Android-based devices are a lot more open. Anyone can submit at app and have it included in the directory without vetting and many device makers use the Android OS. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This one’s for the art lovers. A group exhibition titled Inner Konnect Art is being organised in the Capital by three artists Gaurav Chawla, Ruchi Chadha and Sumita Kathuri. The artists feel that art brings much needed relief and peace into their lives and this show will bring new dimensions into their lives. The viewer not only would have a riot of colours to see, but will be taken to a journey where they will feel and experience different emotions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chawla who mostly paints in acrylic colours gets his inspiration by abstraction in the nature anywhere he see around himself. His art depicts beauty and spiritual connection. Texture and dimension in his works invite contact and extended viewing. He says, ‘My art is my way of expression of various emotions and I express it with colours. I believe my art has its own language to communicate so to explain my art words are not enough. My chosen visual form of expression, which I call an expression through colour, is universal and does not need any particular linguistic explanation. I compose my thought in lively and vibrant presentation to strike positive spirit’. The artist aims to inspire emotion within the viewer, to allow him/her to feel a powerful connection. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChadha, is a trained artist and has experimented with a variety of mediums exploring the outer and inner world. She consciously chose to follow the preachings of Buddha which helped her evolve as an artist and this can be observed in her paintings. Painting nature on canvas brings her closer to God. She has participated in several group shows across the country and her paintings are held in private collections in India and abroad . She noted, ‘Nature has always been an inspiration for me. The beauty is limitless. Wherever I look , I find a theme or something out of it that inspires me. I just can’t express my love for nature as it has new facets every day. So you will find the freshness of nature, the richness of colors, serenity, peace and passion in my work’. In this series, Chadha has tried to bring out human emotions and bondings in various situations of life. She aims to bring out a poetic symphony of life.Kathuria has over two decades of experience working in diverse mediums and variety of subjects. She has developed a unique style of work. Her work depicts the experiences that she gets in her daily life, a perspective to everyday life with her unique insight.When: 18 – 24 JulyWhere: Lalit Kala Academy. Rabindra Bhawan, Feroz Shah Road Timing: 11 am to 5 pm
My ears do not play well with earbuds. I don’t know if the problem is that the holes in my head are too big or too small, but failing to duct tape the damn things to my head, earbuds always pop out as soon as I start to move. Jogging, walking, sometimes even just breathing—boing!—out they go. It’s annoying and grinds whatever I am doing to a screeching halt. And trust me, I don’t need any extra excuses to stop me from exercising or ending a boring conference call.Related: This Speaker is Cuter Than R2-D2 and Louder Than the Death StarThat’s why I’m an over-the-ears headphones kind of guy. Typically they stay put and even act as earmuffs during cold weather walks here in New York City. via GIPHYTrouble is I’m not a teenager or a professional athlete, so I feel like Beats aren’t really exactly suited for my noggin. Maybe I could confidently rock them if I was 20 years younger or had just laid down a hot track on Kendrick Lamar’s new mixtape, but sadly neither of those things are remotely true. I want to look cool but I can’t help but feel that I look more like this: via GIPHYSo with all that said and GIF-ied, I was excited to try Sennheiser’s PXC 550 headphones. In my mind, they look cool without desperately trying to be cool. Does that make sense? Keep re-reading that sentence until it does, I’ll wait. Here’s a visual to help speed up the process: See what I’m saying? Effortless cool, like a napping Fonzi. But looks, shmooks, the important part of headphones, of course, is how they sound. Given Sennheiser’s reputation for making premiere audio equipment, I had high expectations. And when I popped on these bad boys, they delivered. It was like the skies cleared in my cloud music library. Songs and even just people talking all sounded amazing. Here’s a quick spec check:Price: $399 (treat yo self!)Weight: 7.8 ounces (Light!)Fold flat design easy to store in my man bagBluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, with option to connect via cordNoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation, which monitors outside noise levels to provide the exact suppression level neededPromised up to 30 hours of battery life and with noise cancelling off, lasted even longerAn Earcup-mounted touch control panel that did what I asked when I poked itA little more on the noise suppression: it really works! Sennheiser wants you to hear everything well and wants you to hear it for years to come. The noise cancelling tech allowed me to take the edge off of New York City’s symphony of honks, construction and men just banging crap around for no apparent reason so that I could hear the music without blasting my eardrums. The quality is amazing: deep bass, sharp high end, crunchy on the outside and with a soft, chewy inside. (Whoops, started talking about my afternoon cookie there for a second.)As for phone headset, I don’t think I’ve been on more crisp-sounding calls before in my life. I was on one call with a guy pitching an idea and it sounded great. The quality of the sound, that is. The dude’s idea was terrible, but damn if it didn’t sound like he was standing right there in the room making absolutely no sense.So if calls and music are in your future, I highly recommend adding a pair of these to your listening arsenal. Two ear holes up! Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 19, 2016 Register Now » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 29, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco showed that the U.S. labor market is “at or beyond its full potential.” While that might be good news for the economy, it’s not for the tech companies still out there, searching desperately for qualified talent.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Boosts Workforce ProductivityResearch firm Korn Ferry predicted that companies in technology, media and telecom will face a talent shortage of 1.1 million by 2020. By 2030, that number will grow to 4.3 million, the report said; and the result will be intense competition for a dwindling pool of tech professionals. The same survey showed that insufficient staff is already holding back digital transformation at 54 percent of companies surveyed.Skilled coders, of course, won’t materialize out of thin air. So, instead of hoping that traditional recruiting tactics will solve their mounting talent shortage, companies should consider a new approach — one that looks for alternatives to the human talent companies will always need but may have to struggle mightily to find. That approach: artificial intelligence.When AI is a human equivalentI’ve seen the effects of talent shortages firsthand during my career in app development. It’s something my own company has struggled with, in fact. Unfortunately, I think the outlook is even worse than the numbers imply.The university pipeline is not graduating nearly enough knowledge workers to fill even the present demand. Last year, there were more than a half million unfilled computer-related jobs, and relying on foreign-born workers has not been the best option due to tougher immigration restrictions.What if instead of trying to recruit a recent graduate who commands a six-figure salary, you could rely on technology to do the job? Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point that it can emulate the output of knowledge workers, not just perform repetitive manual labor.Related: A VC Perspective – How Valid Is the Threat of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market?Already, we are seeing AI that can handle coding on its own. You identify an objective, and the program then autonomously develops a framework, generates code and finds the ideal mixture of APIs and SDKs. AI might not be able to replace a human coder entirely, but it can already increase his or her productivity.As the talent pool dwindles, AI can pick up the slack and replace the talent that could not otherwise be replaced. It’s not a panacea for all staffing problems, but it just may help you boost your efficiency and productivity, cut time to market and improve product quality — all without your having to make new hires.AI and the future of workTech is not the only industry figuring out how to use AI to remain relevant and productive moving forward. Self-driving trucks, for example, promise to eliminate hazards from the road, delays from delivery schedules and the challenges companies experience in finding qualified drivers. That said, even industries that were not formerly considered technology-based are becoming just that.Fast food is such an example of industries now adopting new technology. Turnover in that food industry is high, but robots in the kitchen will never choose to leave. For example, I work with a company that is developing a robotic arm and sensor system that can cook the perfect burger with complete consistency. Robotic cooks mean smaller kitchens, lower labor costs and more affordable food prices for everyone. Because of this, these robotic cooks can support human ones without eliminating them.While we shouldn’t expect to see robots walking through the office any time soon, we should embrace AI in all of its forms throughout the workforce. Remember, technology isn’t displacing workers — it’s stepping in where labor is needed.Are you ready to employ AI?Employers should be cautiously optimistic about AI. It may well have a big impact in many places, but that doesn’t mean every workflow is ready to be automated. Use these strategies to employ AI where it’s most effective in your company:1. Identify your biggest pain points. Know your most persistent problems and how they might be exacerbated by talent shortages. Each department is led by someone who can give insight into what that department needs and where it’s hurting. Talk to these employees. Their knowledge and these conversations can serve as the basis for organizational charts, to help your company identify its greatest deficiencies and see how AI systems might cover your biggest unmet needs.An example? Illustrating the possibilities that come from identifying areas in which a company has room to grow, the Associated Press began automating its reporting on earnings rather than having people do that task manually.The result: The press service was able to write 12 times more stories.2. Analyze job postings to see where you could fill the void. Look at your company’s open job postings to see where AI might be able to fill roles for which you can’t find qualified candidates.There are more than seven million unfilled positions in the United States right now, which means that a growing company — or even a stable one — will naturally need to replace employees who are bouncing to different jobs or those who retire. That said, growing companies are in dire need of more human capital in their offices to stay on a steady path to growth.AI can assist in areas where candidates aren’t available. For example, the App Association’s 2018 State of the App Economy report revealed that there is just one computer science graduate for every eight available computing jobs. Yikes: Don’t suffer shortages like that where you don’t have to.By analyzing which roles you have open and which you’re struggling to fill, you’ll find areas for AI to step in and fill your need.3. Let AI consultants help you see how automated solutions can fill the gaps. In our case, we went to academics who were actually writing algorithms, white papers and dissertations on this subject. In academia, people have more time to drill down on research and development for their theories and aren’t constrained by the need to please stockholders or attain commercial success. They can therefore be key players as you acquire knowledge and eventually adopt AI for your workplace.For example, around 50 people from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab joined Uber to help that company build self-driving cars. Some of the university’s top talent made the move to be a part of the project, providing expertise and insights to the ride-hailing company as it embarked on a new journey with AI.Overall, there will likely be two types of companies in the future: those that adopt AI and use it to become more efficient, and those that choose not to use it, leaving the real possibility they will be left behind. My money is on the prior group, whose people will also have to be adaptive and willing to integrate technology into their workflows.Related: These 5 Companies Have Added Robots to Their Workforce In other words, AI solves talent shortages, but that’s just the start. 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