October: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

AI (artificial intelligence) is a collection of technologies that can enable a system to sense, comprehend, act, and learn. These technologies are empowering professionals to better make sense of the vast amounts of digital data that are collected by modern information systems.

September: AI Is Changing Industries And Society

As robots become cheaper and more capable, they’re moving from their traditional roles on factory floors into new industries. Collaborative robots or “cobots” too are being integrated into more types of environments and performing more varied tasks—from stocking shelves and assisting factory workers to performing services in the home.

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Jeans, Redesigned

Can we achieve a circular economy in the fashion industry? One new report says yes. Moving away from a linear take-make-waste model is critical. Clothes can be made with limited impact; be recycled and refurbished; and be long-lasting and ultimately, be kept in use for extended periods of time. Quite simply, clothing can be worn again and again, and again. Now that is what we have been aspiring too for some time now.

Cyber Intrusion Activity up 125% So Far in 2021

While it’s in an enterprise’s interest to treat every year like it’s a bad year in terms of cyber threats, 2021 is actually proving to be a bad year, even when compared to 2020—the year in which everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The first half of the year has seen creative ransomware campaigns that targeted new industries, an increase in Cobalt Strike-enabled attacks, and other threat trends that have negatively affected governments, businesses, and consumers.

Infrastructure and the Return to Work

Are our roads and transportation systems ready for the mass return to office? A new study says probably not—and I would agree. Let’s take a closer look.

Intel, Airtel Partner to Unlock 5G Potential in India

Globally, enterprises are driving the demand for high-speed, low-latency 5G networks, and this demand is expected to increase exponentially during this decade of hyperconnectivity. Allied Market Research recently published a report suggesting the global industrial 5G market generated $12.47 billion in 2020, and it will generate $140.88 billion by 2030. While the research firm suggests high-implementation costs continue to hold the market back to some degree, the development of smart 5G infrastructure is contributing to the growth and opportunity for 5G during the 2020s and beyond.

Return to Office and the Mass Exit of Employees

Many companies are demanding employees go back to the office rather than giving them a transition time or work-from-home option. And it’s not surprising that just as many executives are grappling with the challenge that is front and center: employees don’t want to go back to the office. But are we really asking the right questions?

Cyber Threat Report Sheds Light on Early 2021

It’s more than halfway through 2021, and it’s time to evaluate how the first half of the year went in terms of cyber threats. Large-scale incidents like those against Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds have set the stage for the year, unfortunately, causing disruptions on a large scale and costing these companies a lot of money. In some cases, cyber threats have gone beyond the enterprise level and stirred national security concerns.

AI and Meaningful Employment for Disabled Adults

Tim Linsenmeyer, CTO, Clover Imaging Group, and Michael Walton, industry solution executive, manufacturing industry, Microsoft, talk about how Clover Imaging is leveraging Microsoft Azure technology to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning to help disabled adults gain meaningful employment. More specifically, they discuss the benefits of a machine-learning sales forecasting system that has helped right-size inventory and labor all while reducing multiple job functions in the warehouse to just one.

July: Building Digital, Sustainable Cities Remains a Priority

It’s 2021, and the decade of sustainability is officially underway. 2020 proved to be a bit of a hiccup, but, despite some setbacks, sustainability has remained a focus for cities around the world. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have made it even clearer to governments that they need to be building digital, sustainable cities if they’re going to thrive under the pressure of future challenges, including global climate change.

The Generations and Sustainable Homes

Generational trends are impacting nearly every industry—such is the case for our homes. Here’s the question at hand: If the Baby Boomers are not downsizing from the big homes and Millennials and younger buyers want to buy a home, where are we going to find the land? And how will we ultimately make these structures more sustainable.

A Focus on Healthy Buildings Can Improve Public Health

COVID-19 brought many societal issues to the forefront, and, in many cases, cities and governments were left wishing they’d been more prepared for a global pandemic before it occurred. Technology is playing an important role in creating COVID “exit strategies” that will help in the case of another future pandemic. For instance, the ability to monitor various health-related parameters indoors has become an even more important focus for many building owners and operators as society carefully navigates its way out of the COVID-19 crisis and focuses on bringing people back to work and back to in-person interactions.

Curbing Aggressive Driving

Is aggressive driving on the rise? New research says yes, and some research—and a unique patent—could help us to address this problem on our roads.

Ransomware Wreaks Havoc and Poses National Security Risk

During the 4th of July holiday weekend in the United States, fireworks weren’t the only things sending sparks throughout America and globally. IT (information technology) and security-management solution provider Kaseya became the latest victim of a ransomware attack that affected up to 1,500 businesses. Attackers (who may be linked to REvil) demanded a hefty ransom in bitcoin, per usual, and the question is, how can businesses, governments, and other organizations shore up their defenses against these unnamed, greedy criminals who plan and carry out ransomware attacks?

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