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Vertical Makeovers with Tech

Automation is turning industries and sectors upside-down. It’s not the first-time technology is changing the workforce in a drastic way, and it won’t be the last time, either. In this column, we are continuing our overarching discussion about automation and reskilling by focusing on how automation is affecting the nature of work in sectors like hospitality and retail.

Developments in Quantum Computing

This week has been all about Barcelona and MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019. Mobile phones make most of the headlines—foldable phones, anyone?—but beyond the flashy new smartphone screens and improved smartphone cameras, several trends, product announcements, and innovations are relevant beyond the mobile phone sphere in the greater IoT (Internet of Things) space.

Automation Leads to Slowdown?

I will bet there isn’t a person on the planet that hasn’t heard digitization and automation will displace some workers and that it will also create many new jobs. Everyone has an opinion on this topic. For this column let’s change the narrative just a bit and look at it from a few different perspectives.

Partnerships Drive Smart City Innovation

This week has been all about Barcelona and MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019. Mobile phones make most of the headlines—foldable phones, anyone?—but beyond the flashy new smartphone screens and improved smartphone cameras, several trends, product announcements, and innovations are relevant beyond the mobile phone sphere in the greater IoT (Internet of Things) space.

Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2019

This week has been all about Barcelona and MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019. Mobile phones make most of the headlines—foldable phones, anyone?—but beyond the flashy new smartphone screens and improved smartphone cameras, several trends, product announcements, and innovations are relevant beyond the mobile phone sphere in the greater IoT (Internet of Things) space.

Road to 5G Ignites AVs, Buildings, Cities, and More

Rapid connectivity via AV (autonomous vehicles) and the immense data transfer of speeds that will be experienced by 5G—unlike anything we’ve seen before—will change our lifestyles and our businesses. We will see people eating, sleeping, playing Fortnite, and even having sex (although it’s still illegal) in their EVs (electric vehicles). The proliferation of 5G—otherwise known as the fifth generation—will enable us to visualize, entertain, and augment new experiences in the not-so distance future through entirely new form factors changing the way we see, hear, and communicate. In fact, a new GSMA report estimates there will be 1.4 billion global 5G connections by 2025 accounting for more than 15% of the mobile market.And it goes without saying that at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 5G was all the buzz.

Tom Wheeler: Technology Is Evolutionary

Peggy and Tom Wheeler, visiting fellow, Brookings Institute, and book author, From Gutenberg to Google, The History of Our Future, explains that each new technology has had a serious economic and societal challenge—and why should we expect anything to be different today. He points to examples on the railroad and in coal mines. His recommendation? We have to have new expectations about what employment means to all of us.

The Price of Privacy

Privacy in a data-driven IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled world can be an emotionally charged issue—one fraught with personal, business, legal, and political challenges and implications. In a couple of different ways, privacy has had its share of the limelight already in 2019. Most likely, it’ll be a talking point for as long as data is considered valuable.

Why Inner Source Brings Value to Open

Open source. Inner source. How do the two compare? Do we recognize both the risks and the rewards? Open-source software, if not vetted properly, may pose certain security threats. Some smaller open-source projects, for instance, potentially do not do thorough security vetting, leaving code open to vulnerabilities.

‘Painfully Insecure’ IoT Devices Prompt Change

In the race to gain marketshare by offering consumers the lowest prices for the connected devices they want and need, some important boxes are being hastily checked—or not checked at all. Security isn’t something that makes a device look sexier; it doesn’t necessary improve the user experience, and it doesn’t drive costs down. However, security is something that more connected-device manufacturers and platform providers must start prioritizing. If they don’t, it will create problems down the road.

American AI Initiative Opens Up Data

There is no question the United States is on a mission to preserve its role as a global leader in AI (artificial intelligence) adoption and innovation. Perhaps even more noteworthy is what this latest initiative has in common with past data-related initiatives? If you watched the 2019 State of the Union address a couple of weeks ago, you heard President Trump say he’s eager to work with Congress to invest in “cutting edge industries of the future.”