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NYC subway replacing station maps with touch screen kiosks- nice evolution but it could be so much more

NYC subway replacing station maps with touch screen kiosks- nice evolution but it could be so much more | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
New York City plans to replace the maps in its subway stations with touch screen displays that will provide simple directions and real-time service alerts.

Via Luigi Cappel
Farid Mheir's insight:

Interesting announcement for businesses thinking of going digital because it helps highlight the difference between digitization, optimization and business transformation or "digital flip". Let me explain.


Putting paper maps onto digital screens is great because it provides a means for always accurate maps, along with additional and potential real-time overlay of information. Touchscreen interface makes it even better as it allows users to interact and get personalized information. But in principle the process has not changed: it has merely been digitized.


Questions should be raised, as they are by @luigi cappel, on how to improve the user's life using these new maps, for example by linking the them to mobile phone apps or automated payment systems. This is what I call "digital optimization", as it makes the process of getting to your destination on the subway more efficient.


Now compare that to the NYC city developed 311 mobile app. It crowdsources the information gathering of NYC problems - potholes, grafitis, restaurant issues, etc. - and provides the city officials not only with digital, real-time, and geolocated information of issues but actually "flips" the city maintenance model. It puts the users in control of gathering and prioritizing the work of city workers. It gives them a voice and transforms their relationships. And that is a true innovation.


In closing, let me point you to the NYC digital roadmap. Launched in 2012, it provides a strategy for going digital that remains relatively unique at this time.

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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, March 21, 2013 3:52 PM

Great idea, they should have done this long ago, but then it is probably one of the first in the world. Of course what they really should be doing is connecting this to mobile apps, so you can work out your journey, by the ticket and then follow your journey on your mobile. It's always a little scary when you are catching a train to somewhere you haven't been before. An app that tells you that you are 2 minutes from your stop would be cool!

Digital Transformation of Businesses
A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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Moral Machine: @MIT let's you decide who should self-driving cars kill when faced with life-or-death situations1

Moral Machine: @MIT let's you decide who should self-driving cars kill when faced with life-or-death situations1 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Moral Machine is a platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving cars. We show you moral dilemmas, where a driverless car must choose the lesser of two evils, such as killing two passengers or five pedestrians. As an outside observer, you judge which outcome you think is more acceptable. You can then see how your responses compare with those of other people.

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This is simply brilliant as it forces you to make moral decisions and then reports back on your biases based on your answers. Some of the choices are questionable (how will a self driving car determine if someone is homeless or a criminal) but overall the process is very useful when considering the decisions we will soon let machines make.

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2017 Predictions in the context of exponential growth and impact of #technology in business

2017 Predictions in the context of exponential growth and impact of #technology in business | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

My 2016 predictions focused on the shifting world of customer experience. I have viewed experience through a next generation lens, realizing that our interaction paradigms will change considerably in the next five years (conversational systems, ecosystems, virtual reality, augmented reality, etc.). Rather than expand on that theme this year, I am shifting my lens to purpose. At the end of the day, it’s about human well-being. The experiences that business and government create are in some way linked to our own life experiences – and ultimately our well-being. History tells us that we experienced great improvements in the standard of living of developed countries during a special century between 1870 and 1970 – but there has been little change since.

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Another set of predictions for the year but in the context of exponential growth.

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Rethinking the Value Chain in an era of #digital, #social, #AI and #IoT via @capgemini 

Rethinking the Value Chain in an era of #digital, #social, #AI and #IoT via @capgemini  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Rethinking the Value Chain: New Realities in Collaborative Business – the premise of this report suggests that the industry’s traditional approach to the value chain, whereby product and information flow linearly and sequentially from supplier to manufacturer to retailer to consumer – is no longer sufficient. The findings further point out that value chains cannot keep pace with the new reality of global changes in consumer behaviour, business innovation, demographics and economics. As a result there is a need to lead a shift away from value chains towards more collaborative value networks. The report takes a closer look at the trends impacting the industry while presenting the strategic areas of focus for concrete actions.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Digital impacts back-office as much as front office - so why has BO changed so slowly and what should be done. Some recommendations here

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Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options- why your #strategy may need a #strategy! via @hbr

Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options- why your #strategy may need a #strategy! via @hbr | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

It’s never been more complicated to pick the right strategy.

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Digital strategy is one of the strategies to choose from. The article and the accompanying book sheds very interesting light into the strategy frameworks that exists and gives tools to help select the best for your needs and goals.

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Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage

Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There's a powerful tool hiding in your browser: Inspect Element.
Right-click on any webpage, click Inspect, and you'll see the innards of that site: its source code, the images and CSS that form its design, the fonts and icons it uses, and the Javascript code that power
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A simple overview of a very useful and powerful tool.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 18, 1:30 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at a new way to edit any webpage.  I've used this tool a few times...it's great as long as you are familiar with CCS and Javascript.  This is not the place to experiment if you don't have some background in basic coding.


Russ Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest


https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (site is under construction).


https://paper.li/f-1482109921.

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 15, 6:16 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at our immediate future.  "The New Yorker" article is utterly fascinating and scary. Will AI be a blessing or a curse?  I fear rapid change is coming and, as a species, we aren't prepared for its arrival.  If weren't not careful, machines with artificial intelligence will replace us.  Welcome to "West World", "Blade Runner", and "Terminator."

Russ Roberts 

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment 

Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Generation Z (Gen Z), born after 2000, is the first generation not to have known life without technologies and services such as smartphones, iPads, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Exposure to these technologies and services has influenced this demographic’s broader expectations and behaviors.

We have identified three defining attributes of Gen Zers:

  • Gen Zers tend to attach great importance to personal appearance, in large part because they are the first generation to grow up “in public” online, i.e., documenting their lives on social media.
  • The pressures presented by social media are encouraging Gen Zers to spend on leisure services, such as vacations, dining out and going out. This is what we call “the Instagram effect.”
  • The on-demand economy, ranging from video-on-demand services such as Netflix to dine-on-demand apps such as UberEATS, is making Gen Z the most demanding, least patient generation ever.

US consumers spent $829.5 billion on Gen Zers in 2015, we estimate. Around $66 billion of that total was spent on discretionary categories, while most of it was spent on essential or semi discretionary categories such as housing, food, clothing and transportation.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 16, 4:14 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating article on the evolution of Generation Z, which has been called the "least patient generation ever."  Social media have created a group of young folks susceptible to the "on demand" economy, thanks to instagram, facebook, and other social media.  I see this in my students at school...so impatient and demanding of immediate gratification.  That progress, I guess.


Russ Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest


https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com


https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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#musthave tools for store associates to thrive in an information-enabled world via @tulipretail 

#musthave tools for store associates to thrive in an information-enabled world via @tulipretail  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The way people shop has completely changed over the past five years. A large part of this change in behavior has been driven by online access to information. Shoppers now have easy access to more product information than ever before. Yet as the modern buying experience has changed dramatically, the in-store experience at most retailers has remained frozen in time. In particular, most sales associates do not have tools at their disposal that might allow them to keep up with the information-empowered shoppers they now serve.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Amazing that those 4 tools are not already in sales associates hands today:

  1. Access to deep product information

  2. Access to customer profile information

  3. The ability to sell items that aren’t physically in the store

  4. A way to communicate with each other

Great article to remind us of it!

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 15, 6:11 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this insight into how retail marketing is changing.  A must read article for anyone involved in person-to-person sales.  Sales personnel must "get up to speed" with digital technology before they are rendered obsolete.

Russ Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment 

Gen Z: Get Ready for the Most Self-Conscious, Demanding Consumer Segment  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Generation Z (Gen Z), born after 2000, is the first generation not to have known life without technologies and services such as smartphones, iPads, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Exposure to these technologies and services has influenced this demographic’s broader expectations and behaviors.

We have identified three defining attributes of Gen Zers:

  • Gen Zers tend to attach great importance to personal appearance, in large part because they are the first generation to grow up “in public” online, i.e., documenting their lives on social media.
  • The pressures presented by social media are encouraging Gen Zers to spend on leisure services, such as vacations, dining out and going out. This is what we call “the Instagram effect.”
  • The on-demand economy, ranging from video-on-demand services such as Netflix to dine-on-demand apps such as UberEATS, is making Gen Z the most demanding, least patient generation ever.

US consumers spent $829.5 billion on Gen Zers in 2015, we estimate. Around $66 billion of that total was spent on discretionary categories, while most of it was spent on essential or semi discretionary categories such as housing, food, clothing and transportation.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Make sure you can fulfill their digital needs because they are coming to replace the millennials!

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 16, 4:14 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating article on the evolution of Generation Z, which has been called the "least patient generation ever."  Social media have created a group of young folks susceptible to the "on demand" economy, thanks to instagram, facebook, and other social media.  I see this in my students at school...so impatient and demanding of immediate gratification.  That progress, I guess.


Russ Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest


https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com


https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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#musthave tools for store associates to thrive in an information-enabled world via @tulipretail 

#musthave tools for store associates to thrive in an information-enabled world via @tulipretail  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The way people shop has completely changed over the past five years. A large part of this change in behavior has been driven by online access to information. Shoppers now have easy access to more product information than ever before. Yet as the modern buying experience has changed dramatically, the in-store experience at most retailers has remained frozen in time. In particular, most sales associates do not have tools at their disposal that might allow them to keep up with the information-empowered shoppers they now serve.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Amazing that those 4 tools are not already in sales associates hands today:

  1. Access to deep product information

  2. Access to customer profile information

  3. The ability to sell items that aren’t physically in the store

  4. A way to communicate with each other

Great article to remind us of it!

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Amazing that those 4 tools are not already in sales associates hands today:

  1. Access to deep product information

  2. Access to customer profile information

  3. The ability to sell items that aren’t physically in the store

  4. A way to communicate with each other

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The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker 

The Doomsday Invention: a #longRead review & discussion on #AI and the book Superintelligence via @NewYorker  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Raffi Khatchadourian on Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher who asks whether inventing artificial intelligence will bring us utopia or destruction.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 16, 9:18 AM

Perfect Sunday morning reading which is guaranteed to make you reflect and ponder for the next weeks. The article is a typical New Yorker one, very well researched and written. So captivating that it got me to start reading the book which appears to be as captivating and surprisingly easy to read and understand. I love those finds and have the feeling this book will be the best complement to "Singularity is Near" and "On Intelligence" that I wrote about in the past.

 

- book "singularity is near": http://fmcs.digital/blog/singularity-is-near-an-essential-read-to-understand-why-technology-evolves-so-fast/ 

- book "on intelligence": http://fmcs.digital/blog/on-intelligence-mustread-to-understand-frontal-cortex-architecture-what-makes-us-intelligent/ 

- article "Why the future does not need us": http://fmcs.digital/blog/why-the-future-doesnt-need-us-a-reminder-that-ai-may-have-a-bad-side-via-wired/ 

- related posts: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Singularity+is+Near 

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Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us - a reminder that #AI may have a bad side via @wired 

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us - a reminder that #AI may have a bad side via @wired  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Written in 2000 and still valid - maybe more than ever in our age of AI and deep learning.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 14, 4:35 PM

A sobering, frightful look at the onrushing future--a time when robotics, nanotech, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence will make you and me obsolete.  All of this reminds me of sci-fi films such as "Bladerunner" and novels such "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov. A cautionary tale we should not ignore.

Russ Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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"On Intelligence" #mustRead to understand frontal cortex architecture & what makes us intelligent  

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

Hawkins develops a powerful theory of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.

The brain is not a computer, but a memory system that stores experiences in a way that reflects the true structure of the world, remembering sequences of events and their nested relationships and making predictions based on those memories. It is this memory-prediction system that forms the basis of intelligence, perception, creativity, and even consciousness.

In an engaging style that will captivate audiences from the merely curious to the professional scientist, Hawkins shows how a clear understanding of how the brain works will make it possible for us to build intelligent machines, in silicon, that will exceed our human ability in surprising ways.

Written with acclaimed science writer Sandra Blakeslee, On Intelligence promises to completely transfigure the possibilities of the technology age. It is a landmark book in its scope and clarity.

 

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A must read book.

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Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired 

Palm Pilot Inventor Wants to Open Source the Human Brain- real world applications from the book "On Intelligence" via @Wired  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Computer scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Hawkins -- best known as the inventor of the Palm Pilot -- has a unified theory of the brain's inner workings and has created algorithms for applying this theory to computer science. 


After leaving Handspring, Hawkins founded the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience to study the brain full-time, and he co-authored On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee. In 2005, he co-founded Grok, originally known as Numenta, to turn his intelligence research into a marketable product.

Farid Mheir's insight:

A very high-level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference

For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, November 9, 2013 12:25 PM

A very high level introduction and review of the work that led to Grok, a new service that will be demonstrated in 2 days at the Amazon re:invent conference


For those like me that were impressed with the book "On Intelligence" and are fans of the theory behind "Singularity is near", then this feels like another small but major step in the direction of intelligent machines.

prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 14, 4:38 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this analysis of Jeff Hawkin's latest foray into machine intelligence. A fascinating and somewhat alarming look at a future without humans.  The "singularity" is coming...will be ready?

Russ Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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Singularity is Near: an #essential read to understand why #technology evolves so fast

Singularity is Near: an #essential read to understand why #technology evolves so fast | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Farid Mheir's insight:

An essential book (kindle book http://amzn.to/1SC8rvp) from Ray Kurzweil that presents data supporting the theory that technological evolution follows an exponential curve. The chart is a famous illustration of this exponential technology growth.

 

It explains quite well how the personal computer has been able to become part of our lives in such a rapid manner. With evidence and data form many technologies - from the microprocessor to DNA evolution - Kurzweil predicts a future where technology will help humans transcend the limitations that nature has imposed on us. 

 

Kurzweil is an optimist and shares with us a very positive outlook on the future. Not only is it an eye opening book, it has become the basis for a slew of new studies and gathering, including the singularity university.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, November 8, 2015 3:35 PM

An essential book (kindle book http://amzn.to/1SC8rvp) from Ray Kurzweil that presents data supporting the theory that technological evolution follows an exponential curve. The chart is a famous illustration of this exponential technology growth.


It explains quite well how the personal computer has been able to become part of our lives in such a rapid manner. With evidence and data form many technologies - from the microprocessor to DNA evolution - Kurzweil predicts a future where technology will help humans transcend the limitations that nature has imposed on us. 


Kurzweil is an optimist and shares with us a very positive outlook on the future. Not only is it an eye opening book, it has become the basis for a slew of new studies and gathering, including the singularity university.

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predictive health: Smartwatches can tell you're about to get sick days in advance 

predictive health: Smartwatches can tell you're about to get sick days in advance  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

If you're still on the fence about just how useful a smartwatch can be, a group of researchers at Stanford University have some news for you.

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Is this the first useful use case for smart watches?

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17 Web Design Trends To Watch in 2017 via @Shopify

17 Web Design Trends To Watch in 2017 via @Shopify | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What does 2017 have in store for us? We asked the industry’s experts for their views on the future of web design trends.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Always good to know what is trendy to make sure we can support it with digital technology.

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Robson Grant's curator insight, January 12, 9:57 AM
The internet is only 9291 days old (25 years, 5 months, 7 days including today). On 6 August 1991 the World Wide Web became publicly available. If you're into technology and the net and want a glimpse into where it's headed the Peter Smart: The Future of the Web and How to Prepare for it Now video is a must watch.
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The Highest Paying Jobs in America Based On LinkedIn Salary Data

The Highest Paying Jobs in America Based On LinkedIn Salary Data | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The diagnosis is in: healthcare careers top the list of jobs with the highest base salary in the U.S., according to LinkedIn Salary.

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It is good to be a medical professional in the US!

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 11, 12:44 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the highest paid jobs in the United States.  Eleven of the top 20 jobs are medical-related positions.  Also, tax professionals and software engineers do well in the marketplace.  Those attending college should perhaps reconsider their major fields of study.

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Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

 

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Extortionists Wipe Thousands of Databases, Victims Who Pay Up Get Stiffed via @BrianKrebs 

Extortionists Wipe Thousands of Databases, Victims Who Pay Up Get Stiffed via @BrianKrebs  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of personal and possibly proprietary databases that were left accessible to the public online have just been wiped from the Internet, replaced with ransom notes demanding payment for the return of the files. Adding insult to injury, it appears that virtually none of the victims who have paid the ransom have gotten their files back because multiple fraudsters are now wise to the extortion attempts and are competing to replace each other's ransom notes.

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A very good review of a database ransom hacks that target mongoDB databases with a link to another very interesting article on the immutable truths about data breaches.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/01/krebss-immutable-truths-about-data-breaches/ 

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 11, 12:28 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this sobering, scary report on how extortionists rip off databases and "stiff" those who pay ransom. Unfortunately, this awful state of affairs in the new normal. Be sure to keep daily backups of all your data and train your employees on security protocols. There is no room for error when it comes to online security issues.

Russ Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

http://paper.li/f-1482109921

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In 2016 renewable energy became cheaper than coal & other Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity 

In 2016 renewable energy became cheaper than coal & other Top 10 Tech Trends Transforming Humanity  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

2016 was an incredible year for technology, and for humanity. Despite all the negative political-related news, there were 10 tech trends this year that positively transformed humanity.

For this “2017 Kick-Off” blog, I reviewed 52 weeks of science and technology breakthroughs, and categorized them into the top 10 tech trends changing our world.

I’m blown away by how palpable the feeling of exponential change has become.

I’m also certain that 99.999% of humanity doesn’t understand or appreciate the ramifications of what is coming.

In this blog, enjoy the top 10 tech trends of the past 12 months and why they are important to you.

Farid Mheir's insight:

I am not a big fan of trends and yearly predictions as a glimpse into the future. However, I like them because they provide a good state of the nation - a condensed picture of where we are and what are hot topics. 

 

This review is of particular value in that respect and I especially like #2 where author states "2016 was the year solar and renewable energy became cheaper than coal" because it goes against what we often hear, yet confirms something we expect will happen as it has been predicted for such a long time.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 11, 12:34 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this analysis of the top technology trends of 2016. Of all the trends explored, the growing competitiveness of solar and other alternative energy sources has the best chance of becoming reality.  In many places, solar energy is now cost competitive with fossil-fueled power plants. Anything we can do to free ourselves from dependence on fossil fuels should be welcomed.

Russ Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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Is BabyTech the natural entry point for personal digitization? via @ces @lapresse

Is BabyTech the natural entry point for personal digitization? via @ces @lapresse | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Technology for baby monitoring, wellness improvement and other activity tracking has seen a huge number of new products at the CES show in 2017. Here is the list of finalist for best BabyTech of the show.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Babies are inherently fragile and require attention. It is natural for parents to want to monitor and stay connected with them. Technology is the most natural way to provide solutions for parents that increasingly want to stay connected even when they are away. This has become a huge area for developments and improvements, as evidenced by the large number of startups at CES this year. Must watch for the future.

 

Also read in french: 

CES la mdoe du tout connecté pour bébés au CES 2017

http://www.lapresse.ca/techno/201701/09/01-5057758-ces-la-mode-du-tout-connecte-pour-bebe.php 

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Using Progressive Web Apps

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Why choose between website and native apps when you can use both at the same time? With PWAs, you can browse what you want to, whenever you want to.
Via TechnoRousseau
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Christopher Herbert's comment, January 10, 3:36 AM
Thanks https://www.synapseindia.website/solutions/mobile_application_development.php
Jean-Anne McMahon's curator insight, January 12, 8:42 AM
No more separate apps for web and mobile in the future.
 
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5 Steps To Success In Digital Transformation

5 Steps To Success In Digital Transformation | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

There are some areas where a majority of companies seem to be on the right track:

  • Make transformation a top strategic priority. 
  • Business outcomes need to drive digital transformation. 

At the same time, there are also issues companies still grapple with and need to resolve:

  • The potential of data and analytics is not fully utilized yet. 
  • An enterprise-wide approach to DX needs to be adopted.
  • Companies need to learn how best to marry technology with human resources.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Always good to get reminded about the need for top level support and global participation of siloed departments.

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, January 17, 10:45 AM
"Companies need to learn how best to marry technology with human resources." That is the TopTopic!
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How Does CB Insights Get Its Private Company Financing & Exit Data? Unveiling The Cruncher

How Does CB Insights Get Its Private Company Financing & Exit Data? Unveiling The Cruncher | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The post is structured as follows:
How we collect our data
Why this data collection process versus others
What are our data sources?

 

Walking through the technology and process
Step 1 – The Life Event Classifier
Step 2 – Entity Recognition Engine
Step 3 – Relationship Extractor
Step 4 – The Clustering Engine
Step 5 – The Cruncher Admin

Farid Mheir's insight:

A very interesting explanation of the process that CBinsight uses to search, compile and structure the information on startups that it tracks. The paper is already 3 years old so I expect that reliance on manual work is less and AI automation is leveraged more today. Nonetheless a good read.

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51 #startups that are disrupting #enterprise with new digital solutions 

51 #startups that are disrupting #enterprise with new digital solutions  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

All of these companies are "enterprise" startups, meaning they specialize in making tech for work and business use, which is a $3.4 trillion worldwide market.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Always useful to look at startups to see a glimpse of the future: what is hot, what is up-coming, what is challenging, and also what can be done.

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Digital transformation technology consultant and Enterprise Architect. Works with business executives in the fields of eCommerce, Cloud, Web2.0, enterprise2.0, sourcing2.0