July: AI Is Both Friend and Foe in Cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence can out-poker-face the best human poker players in the world; it has the potential to revolutionize surgery by allowing surgeons to do their work remotely, and it may help scientists predict the probability of life on other planets.

June: 5G in the Workplace

The workplace of tomorrow will look vastly different from the workplace of today. For instance, in the future, workplaces won’t be defined by a physical location. The latest generation of cellular mobile communications, 5G, will help us get there. 5G’s defining characteristics, like high-data rates and low latencies, will unlock new applications for the workplace that were simply not possible in the past.

May: Urbanization and Transportation

Cities are changing. According to the UN (United Nations), 68% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, compared to 55% today. What’s more, the UN expects the global population to skyrocket in the next few decades, potentially adding 2.5 billion more people to urban areas by 2050.

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AI: The Brains behind Business in 2020

Across many industries, experts are preparing to retire, and bringing with them a wealth of experience and know-how. Are you prepared for that knowledge and experience to walk out the door? AI (artificial intelligence) can help solve the labor shortage and other production problems. Quite simply it can be the “brain” to help figure things out. One company is coming to market to do just that. RevTwo turns employees and customers into superheros by leveraging a platform that provides first generation predictive AI and IoT (Internet of Things) type data.

The Health of Women and COVID

Meg Fitzgerald, author, “Ascending Davos: A Career Journey from the Emergency Room to the Boardroom,” takes a deep dive into some of life’s lessons for her book and career. She tackles some of the tough questions like how to carefully pivot to help a career advance, keys to female executive health, and tips she has learned climbing up the career ladder.

Making a Mockery of U.S. in STEM

Are we raising a class of mediocre students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Tough question to ask and answer. Although my children are all grown, personally I am glad I do not have to worry about getting them back-to-school during this time of COVID-19.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Transportation

I think we can agree on what we have been saying, the pandemic has sped up the need and desire for digital transformation. In fact, it has super charged a host of things from:

Industry 4.0 and AI Best Practices

Here’s an attention-grabbing idea: Deploying cellular-enabled Industry 4.0 solutions can generate a 10-20x operational cost-savings ROI (return on investment) over the course of five years. This is according to a joint research study from ABI Research and Ericsson. The research also suggests Industry 4.0 solutions can generate up to 8.5% in operational cost savings, which, for a factory or industrial site, can equate to an operational cost savings of up to $600 per square meter per year.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Impact Transportation Infrastructure

The impact of alternative fuel vehicles—which include not only EVs (electric vehicles), but also vehicles that run on biodiesel, hydrogen, natural gas, and other alternative fuels—on the future transportation infrastructure will be significant. For instance, MarketsandMarkets projects by 2030, almost 27 million EV units will sell, compared to just over 3 million EV units in 2019. And even though the global EV market had begun to flatten in the past year due to changing government incentives and phased-out subsidies in the U.S., and then it took a deep plunge earlier this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall trend toward more sustainable transportation modes and alternative fuels is expected to win out in the long run, eventually giving way to fully autonomous vehicles.

Chatting with Your Voice Assistant

I have a vision that voice assistants are evolving so quickly they are going to connect us to more than just hailing a cab or ordering some food. Do you have the same vision? In February I wrote a blog discussing how many of us hate, literally hate, the concept of Big Brother hovering over our lives and listening to our every word.

What Is Worth Protecting—And How?

Many of my readers know my thoughts on the importance of cybersecurity, so when a new report crossed my desk, I was eager to dig in. We all know there are a number of file-sharing systems on the market, and yet, the majority of people still turn to email to share their files. But is it safe? This new report says, not so much.

Ranking Influential Emerging Technologies for 2020

Which technologies are driving the tech industry in 2020? It’s been an interesting and unexpected start to the year, but the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Assn.) Emerging Technology Community set out to provide some perspective on emerging technologies with its third annual top 10 ranking. The 2020 ranking differs slightly from the 2019 list; what does this mean, if anything?

The Business of Sustainability

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement made history. The agreement brought much of the world together against a common foe: climate change. While efforts to combat environmental issues weren’t new, the agreement brought the fight against climate change to center stage and forced many businesses that were looking the other way to change their tunes. It was the start of something that will have ramifications in tech and related industries for many years to come.

Investing in Infrastructure or Failure?

For this column I am pretty excited to be discussing the Invest in America Act, a bill designed to provide a boost to some of the nation’s urgent transportation infrastructure needs. For those of you who have been following my radio show, or this blog, you know that I am extremely  passionate about this subject.

Connected World Announces 2020 Women of Technology Winners

While 2019 had the highest number on record of women in senior management roles, we are still desperate for more females to fill leadership positions in many industries and in the tech space in general. Enter the eighth annual Women of Technology and IoT 2020 list, which is comprised of notable women who are powerful, smart, and tech savvy across a host of vertical markets.

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