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Robots to take 20M jobs, worsening inequality – study

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The study highlights growing concerns that automation and robots, while offering economic benefits, are disproportionately killing low-skill jobs and aggravating social and economic stress

The future of work in the age of automation

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

A McKinsey Global Institute report released at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference examines the impact of automation in 6 mature economies and 4 emerging economies

JOB SURIVIVAL. For workers to survive the age of automation and artificial intelligence, they have to acquire new skills and be more tech-savvy, says a June 2019 McKinsey Global Institute report. Image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Your life in numbers

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the beginning there was only you – a happy, care-free, prone-to-pain anatomical being. But later you were relegated to a lifeless number.

[OPINION] How to make the automated elections less vulnerable to cheats

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tech leaders say killer robots would be 'dangerously destabilizing' force in the world

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

As nations such as the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK develop automated weapons systems, tech leaders band together to pledge not to help in the development and use of these 'slaughterbots'

MUSK. Elon Musk is among the leaders of the 160 organizations that have signed the pledge against automated weapons. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


Tesla in autonomous mode hits parked police car

May 30, 2018 - 12:32 PM

'When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times,' says a Tesla spokeswoman

TESLA. A Tesla Model S P100D in Ludicrous Mode is shown during a speed test against Faraday Future's FF 91 prototype electric crossover vehicle (not shown) during the FF 91's unveiling Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP


At least 25% of jobs in Southeast Asia may be automated in next 2 decades – ILO

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'Lower-skilled jobs in labor-intensive sectors will be increasingly displaced by technology that is cheaper and more accessible,' says the International Labour Organization

REPLACED? The International Labour Organization reported at least a quarter of jobs in Southeast Asia may facer automation in the next 2 decades. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Sotto alleges more ‘irregularities’ in 2016 automated elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Senator Sotto invites Comelec and Smartmatic officials to present their side in a ‘full-blown’ Senate hearing

TITO SOTTO. In this file photo, Senator Vicente Sotto III gives a privilege speech at the Senate. Photo by Joseph Vidal

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs? Not necessarily, says I.T. expert

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:10 AM

But the Comelec and Smartmatic should still explain the concerns in Senator Vicente Sotto III's privilege speech, says PPCRV IT director William Yu

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Several innovations at CES 2018 are geared towards helping travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage.

HIGH-TECH TROLLEY. The Travelmate suitcase can automatically follow its user around. Photo from Travelmate Robotics


Bureau of Customs eyes full automation in 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña warns erring officials, 'Wait until I catch up with all of you. I am strict with my one-strike policy'

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena addresses the Bureau of Customs during turnover ceremonies at the BOC headquarters on August 30, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Printing error caused 'faceless' P100 bills, BSP says

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Investigations have been launched to validate claim over some withdrawn 'faceless' and 'faded' P100 bills

FACELESS. Earla Anne Yehey, BPI client, posts photos of withdrawn 4 pieces of P100 bills without the late President Manuel Roxas' face on them. Photo from Yehey's Facebook account

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

Security Bank, RCBC add anti-fraud measures to debit cards

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Both banks add a remote lock/unlock feature to guard against unauthorized transactions

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013 purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016 renting new machines or using a new system

ELECTION PREPS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista talks about the poll body's plans at the Automated Election System Tech Fair at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

3 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming in Pampanga

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The suspects – identified as a Nicaraguan Italian and Romanian – allegedly stole P339 300 from various ATMs in the province

The 3 foreigners suspected to be conducting ATM skimming activities cover their faces with their shirts as they were escorted to the conference room in Camp Olivas. (Photo by Jun A. Malig)

House bill wants ATM skimmers jailed for life, fined up to P5 million

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The bill seeks to declare ATM skimming as a crime of economic sabotage

PENALIZING BANK FRAUD. One of the latest devices ATM skimmers are using to retrieve information from bank users. File photo by Rappler

Regions should retain taxes paid by big firms – CAR, ARMM execs

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao officials tell congressmen the regions can t attain fiscal autonomy because firms that exploit their resources pay taxes in Manila

FEDERALISM TALK. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan are among the officials from CAR who had a dialogue with lawmakers on June 28. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

BDO chief likens fight vs ATM skimming to running on treadmill

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:50 PM

In a demo of skimming devices at a House hearing BDO describes how banks react to evolving tools used by fraudsters

ATM THROAT. Skimming devices lie in wait inside an ATM's throat, looking to copy the data on an ATM card.

BPI, BDO take preventive measures to avoid repeat of glitches, fraud

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Testimonies of bank representatives before the Senate reveal loopholes that made their systems vulnerable

ASSURANCE. Two of the biggest banks in the country assures the public there is no need to worry amid glitches and ATM fraud.

Obama hails self-driving cars' huge potential

Sep 20, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Right now too many people die on our roads – 35 200 last year alone – with 94 of those the result of human error or choice says the US President

GREEN LIGHT. US President Barack Obama expresses support for the automation of automobiles. Photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Beep cards expand to tollways

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:14 AM

AF Payments Incorporated starts its limited public trial on accepting beep cards as payment at CAVITEX for the toll fees of Class 1 vehicles

TOLLWAYS. AF Payments says beep cards can be purchased or reloaded at the Parañaque Customer Service Center during the public trial phase. Rappler file photo

Cebu-based startup empowers NGOs around the world

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Engagespark reshapes the tech behind automated calls to power campaigns that do everything from teaching financial literacy to saving women from rape

Seize assets of firm in 2004 Comelec deal – SC

Jul 29, 2016 - 1:43 PM

The case involves the nullified P1 2 billion automation deal between the Comelec and Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc in 2004

HIGH COURT. The Supreme Court orders a Makati court to issue a writ of preliminary attachment over the properties of Mega Pacific eSolutions Inc. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

#ThinkPH: What robots can't offer yet: Creative intelligence

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:30 AM

As technology continues to automate routine tasks the onus is on individuals to sharpen that which machines can’t offer yet: creative intelligence

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

BPI ATMs, online banking services unavailable on select June dates

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:18 PM

BPI says its clients can transact in its branches and kiosks and through its contact centers

Tap-and-go beep cards now accepted on BGC buses

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:46 PM

BGC bus commuters can now use their tap and go beep cards to pay for their bus rides

TAP AND GO. The new Beep card can now be used to pay for trips on BGC buses. Photo from the Twitter account of LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera

Beep card reloading now available at Bayad Center outlets

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The beep cards used on the MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets

RELOADING OPTIONS. The tap-and-go beep cards may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets. Photo from beep card Facebook page

Comelec to 2016 candidates: Submit your SOCE by June 8

Jun 04, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Under the Omnibus Election Code candidates who fail to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures two consecutive elections are barred from running for public office

SOCE. Comelec commissioner Luie Guia reminds candidates to submit their Statement of Contribution and Expenditure

SC denies appeal vs Brillantes over ‘spying’

May 31, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Supreme Court says there is no evidence that ex poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr among others ‘collected information through unlawful means for an unlawful purpose’

POLL SABOTAGE? Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr questions an electoral sabotage case filed against the Comelec and other stakeholders. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PPCRV ends 'quick count' of 2016 polls

May 18, 2016 - 5:38 PM

But the election watchdog says its manual encoding and verification of election returns is still ongoing

QUICK COUNT. The PPCRV Operations Center days before the May 9 elections. Gemma Mendoza/Rappler

Election data quash Marcos' cheating pattern claim

May 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The most useful and solid conclusions can be drawn from election data that are transparent and capable of being corroborated

'Fingerprints of election thieves' spotted in past PH polls data

May 08, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Our analysis of election results data in 2010 indicates a high probability of cheating in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur

All votes in: Lessons from 2013 poll transmission woes

May 05, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Comelec aims to have all votes accounted for – in the hotly contested 2016 elections and the country’s 3rd automated polls

Duterte in ARMM: I am the Moro people's president

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:45 PM

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is dominated by local government officials belonging to the ruling Liberal Party

Comelec to face new Supreme Court case

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:58 PM

Mas masaya Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says in jest as watchdogs prepare to file a new case against the poll body over digital signatures

NEW CASE. Lawyer Rodolfo Reyes says election watchdogs will file a case against the Comelec next week, this time over digital signatures. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

7 ideas for Comelec: How to make the 2016 polls credible

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Poll watchdogs suggest some measures the Comelec may still take less than 2 months before the May 9 elections to make the exercise credible

VIEWS: It is absolutely wrong to disable the vote receipts

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Glenn Chong of the election watchdog AESWatch says: In automated elections the ballots are secretly read and counted inside the machine The hidden nature of automated vote counting negates transparency

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Smartphones to replace cards at bank machines in US

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The smartphone based system aims to cut transaction time and prevent skimming

epa05111083 (FILE) A file photo dated 28 September n2012 showing a building reflected in the window of a Bank of America branch in New York City, New York, USA. Bank of America released their 4th quarter results on 19 January 2016, saying their 2015 net income was up 9 per cent to 3.3 billion USD, while earnings per diluted share were at 0.28 USD, compared to 0.25 USD. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Comelec defends decision vs voting receipts

Feb 16, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says losing candidates might use the voting receipts as manufactured evidence of cheating

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

#AnimatED: Comelec needs to inspire public confidence

Feb 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Chairman Bautista running the elections goes beyond projecting a clean image