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“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” –HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey When Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick co-wrote the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, artificial intelligence was about 90% science fiction and 10% hopeful experiments. Then, they projected that AI (artificial intelligence) would require a vast computer and database on board the space probe taking a crew to Jupiter; in 2024, AI is resident on a handheld smartphone and needs a connection to the vast database known as the internet. And, as Shakespeare wrote, therein lies the rub. In the film and subsequent novel,…

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We are entering a new era of work—one where AI (artificial intelligence) and the IoT (Internet of Things) will drive innovation at companies in nearly every vertical market around the globe. At the heart of all of this is the data center. As we enter this new era of work, we must also consider the role of the data center. JLL suggests data center storage capacity will grow from 10.1 zettabytes in 2023 to 21 zettabytes in 2027, which is a five-year compound annual growth rate of 18.5%. As data rises, so too will the need for data centers, and…

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We must protect our critical infrastructure. In 2023, the healthcare sector reported more ransomware attacks than any other critical infrastructure sector, and attacks involving ransomware against the healthcare sector were up nearly 130%. Imagine the potential ramifications in small, rural hospitals. To help, Microsoft Corp., announced a new cybersecurity program to support hospitals serving more than 60 million people living in rural America. Working with The White House, the American Hospital Assn., and the National Rural Health Assn., the Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for Rural Hospitals will offer free and low-cost technology services for hospitals, along with free training and support. Here is how this can help: Guard against cybersecurity attacks. Allow hospitals to balance limited resources as threats increase. Enable procedures to continue, ensuring care for those living in rural areas. Looking to the future, cyberattacks across all industries will rise. Businesses need to be diligent in ensuring protection. Our critical infrastructure must be secure—and this is one step toward ensuring rural hospitals are…

Summer is in full swing in many parts of the world and one common household task that ramps up in the warmer months is lawn mowing. But what if that task could be eliminated with a robot? Slowly but surely, that is becoming an option, as technology advances. Consider the example of RoboUP, which offers robotic lawn care solutions. The company’s second-generation robot mower, the T1200 Pro, enables multi-zone management, making it ideal for homes with multiple yards or gardens. Homeowners can map out up to 10 separate areas in a garden and schedule mowing sessions on the RoboUP App, enabling a custom mowing schedule. Here is how this can help: Adjustable mowing heights. Ensure lawn stays well-maintained without the hassle of doing it yourself. Auto-recharge features. With the rise of AI (artificial intelligence), these robots are getting smarter too. This particular robot has an AI database that can identify people and animals while maintaining a safe distance and is able to run at nighttime or on rainy days. While this is one example, we will continue to see new advances to make life a little bit easier, as technology continues to…

Sustainability is a big topic for many companies around the world. Perhaps one vertical market where it is a big priority is energy. Between 1990 and 2020, energy used for cooling tripled and will continue to increase as global economies expand and temperatures rise. A big tech company recognizes the opportunity here and has created an accelerator to super charge this industry. As part of the third edition of the Amazon Sustainability Accelerator, 15 starts-ups from across Europe will benefit from a four-week program featuring expert-led workshops, specialized mentorship, a tailored curriculum, and access to a network of entrepreneurs in the sustainability sector. This year, these startups also have an opportunity to pitch their technology for a trial in Amazon’s European operations. Let’s consider just one example that has joined the accelerator: Dublin-based HT Materials Science. The start-up has developed a simple retrofit solution that improves heating and cooling systems. The technology can be added to any existing commercial and industrial heating and cooling system. Here is how this can help: Reduce energy consumption. Enable cost savings. Create a more sustainable world. While this is one example, we know we will see the rise of technology in all areas of the energy industry, as we look to make it more sustainable for future generations. This is certainly one trend to keep an eye…

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