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#mustRead for digital technologists: @ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

A global software company focused on software design and delivery. We provide professional services and products and leading thought on Agile and Continuous Delivery.
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This remains a must read to keep on top of new development tools, platforms, techniques and frameworks.

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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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Mobile Retail Apps and Sites: 25 principles for a Better Experience for Shoppers

Mobile Retail Apps and Sites: 25 principles for a Better Experience for Shoppers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In a booming e-commerce market, you can rise above the pack by providing a mobile site or app with frictionless, simple experiences for omni-channel shoppers. From Google's UX Research Lead Jenny Gove and UX Design Lead Iram Mirza, here are 25 principles for designing a retail mobile site or app.
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This guide by Google presents 25 design principles to use when creating a mobile app or website.

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A catalog of 15 of the many ways Google knows more about you than you think

A catalog of 15 of the many ways Google knows more about you than you think | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Just how extensive are Google's tracking activities? When I started cataloging them, I was amazed. Here is a partial list of tracking methods Google is known to use. I'd wager that the list of tracking methods we don't know about is much longer.

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I love Google and their products. I love how they've pushed the enveloppe to draw digital into our lives. And I also know enough about what they do with the data to be careful. This article is great because it lists some of the most common ways in which Google tracks info about you.

 

Today, I don't mind about this invasion of my privacy, because what they do with the data seems pretty harmless to me - even maybe can be considered a service - which is to target better ads to me.

 

What is really scary is not what Google does with my data: after all, they are being scrutinized by so many and their business model depends on not abusing the information they gather about us. However this is not be true for the other companies that track information about me and do not share the same prying eyes as Google does: Apple? Facebook? Mastercard and Visa? Walmart? Governments?

 

THAT is something to worry about...

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Arnaud Dubois's curator insight, May 2, 6:03 AM
Google, or probably the biggest assembly of big data in the world
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 9:52 PM
Great article about the pitfalls of online tracking activities.  I agree with reporter Farid Mheir that much of what Google does actually helps the consumer and results in more efficient, responsible business practices.  Like Farid, I'm more concerned about the tracking activities of governments, NGOs, and companies with "relativistic ethics."  Be careful what you put online.  That stuff can come back to haunt you.
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In the future, Big Data will make actual voting obsolete

In the future, Big Data will make actual voting obsolete | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Because I conduct research on how the Internet affects elections, journalists have lately been asking me about the primaries. Here are the two most common questions I’ve been getting: Do Google’s search rankings affect how people vote? How well does Google Trends predict the winner of each primary? My answer to the first questio
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Absolutely great essay on the power that Google - and other companies with access to our personal data, including Apple - the power that Big Data gives companies and potentially even to candidates. In a US election year, and with recent Netflix House of Card season, one can only be cautious that so much creativity not reflect a certain reality...

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 30, 5:29 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the future of voting and politics in general.  Similar themes have been explored in sci-fi movies and books.  The influence of Big Data over government is growing.  Once voting becomes predictable or merely a matter of data analysis, then citizen input becomes irrelevant.  Sooner or later, corporations will control every aspect of our daily lives.  Be careful what you wish for.
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What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner

What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Marketers who have started to do content marketing typically find themselves doing topic research via myriad analytics tools, managing editorial calendars in excel, handling workflow with writers and creative via email, publishing content via separate blogs and websites and promoting it with existing, but usually disconnected marketing automation and social media tools (that’s if they aren’t doing any paid promotion). At scale, this breaks down.

Enter the Content Marketing Platform (CMP) where players like Newscred, Skyword, Kapost, Curata, Percolate (whose ambitions seem to reach beyond content marketing) and more have built tools to help marketers get a handle on the creation process. But most have stayed away from competing with either the Web Content Management (WCM) or the DAM players which are made up of a group of established names.  The most common content marketing tech stacks observed in enterprise clients (clients see Content Marketing Point Solutions Bring Agility to Web Content Management Workflows) is a combination of either:

CMP + WCM + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools
CMP + WordPress (in addition to branded website) + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools

Via marketingIO
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A great blog post that sheds light into the murky waters of marketing tools and solutions to manage content. Specifically, it speaks of web content management (WCM), digital asset management (DAM) and contentn marketing point (CMP) tools, amongst others.

 

Ties in great with the recent posts on marketing tools universe here http://sco.lt/6ir5EH and here http://sco.lt/8dD2WH 

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Which is a subset of the marketing stack.

 

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Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game

Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
“Whilst the architects of today grew up playing with LEGO, I have no doubt the next generation will have played Minecraft,” Delaney says. “People have to stop thinking of it as a game. It’s a CAD tool, and as such it is the most widely used one in the world. We’re looking forward to bridging the gaps between design and reality.”
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Games can provide a platform for more serious work than just play. Here, the minecraft game is being reviewed but so is the case for the unity 3D game engine, the market leader, has a whole category of non-games applications developed using their engine, from medical to food cooking applications

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Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart

Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An interactive visualization of the marketing universe. With input from over 100 CMOs Growthverse represents a taxonomy of the marketing technology ecosystem.
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Amazing reference of over 800 companies that deliver solutions for marketing automation and other marketing activities.

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Forrester Report provides insight on digital transformation of the logistic technologies

In the age of the customer, merchandise availability and lead time are critical di erentiating elements
of the customer experience. Existing and new technologies provide both the threat and opportunity for retailers and brands of unprecedented availability and lead-time transparency. Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals have to help their line-of-business leaders to understand which logistics capabilities they can outsource and which are core to their brand value. For such distinctive capabilities, they must decide which types of supporting applications and which enabling technologies they should deploy to deliver the channel, local availability, and service-level lead time to support their brand promise. is report provides an overview of key logistics technologies, their level of maturity, and the opportunity they present for both users and vendors.

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Amazing review of OMS, PIM, inventory management and 20 other applications that are key to transform the digital logistics in any organization.

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FRBNY Nowcast - When US Feds use #BigData to predict the future

FRBNY Nowcast - When US Feds use #BigData to predict the future | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What is the weather today? You don’t need to be a meteorologist to answer this question. Just take a look outside the window. Macroeconomists do not have this luxury. The first official estimate of GDP this quarter will not be published until the end of July. In fact, we don’t even know what GDP was last quarter yet! But while we wait for these crucial data, we float in a sea of information on all aspects of the economy: employment, production, sales, inventories, you name it. . . . Processing this information to figure out if it is rainy or sunny out there in the economy is the bread and butter of economists on trading desks, at central banks, and in the media. Thankfully, recent advances in computational and statistical methods have led to the development of automated real-time solutions to this challenging big data problem, with an approach commonly referred to as nowcasting. This post describes how we apply these techniques here at the New York Fed to produce the FRBNY Nowcast, and what we can learn from it. It also serves as an introduction to our Nowcasting Report, which we will update weekly on our website starting this Friday, April 15.
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Federal Reserve of the US has launched a tool that predicts the future by predicting the US gross domestic product daily. Great use of Big Data and a signal that all corporations should include financial predictions in their systems plans in the near future.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 11:45 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how the feds use Big Data to predict future business trends.  Look for major changes in how we gauge the performance of our economy.
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Facebook's 10-year roadmap is basically lasers, bots and VR

Facebook's 10-year roadmap is basically lasers, bots and VR | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
At its F8 conference today, Facebook discussed its current roadmap for the next 10 years. It's divided into three main sections: improving Facebook proper
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Facebook is moving outside the social network real to move into other fields: AI, VR, connectivity. Limited info at this time but useful as it means Facebook will become more and more essential to include in your digital plans.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 1:17 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this update on the changing core of Facebook.  Facebook always tries to stay ahead of trends. In this case, look for this social media site to invest in VR, bots, and lasers.  Change happens...adjust or be left behind.
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The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here

The Quantified Baby: Ready or Not, it's here | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
New wearable technology for infants aims to help parents close the "word gap," but some early childhood experts are skeptical.
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The article lists a number of new products to measure baby data, especially the number of words they speak during the day. The objective is to encourage parents to speak to their child more and more often, as studies suggest.

 

Nonetheless, quantified self and quantified baby solutions are bound to raise a number of questions about usefullness and privacy. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning... ;-)

 

More on this here: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Quantified+Self

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 18, 2:02 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this peak at a new and somewhat scary technology.  There are important privacy issues that aren't being addressed.  This technology in the "wrong hands" could create a George Orwell "1984" scenario.  Be careful for what you wish for.  Aloha, Russ.
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#Amazon #Prime reaches 70% of upper income US households. Wow.

#Amazon #Prime reaches 70% of upper income US households. Wow. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
More than 70% of U.S. households with incomes of $112,000 or more have Amazon Prime.
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When you make eCommerce and digital your central focus, as I do, you look for key trends to guide your strategies and roadmaps. This data is one of those key trends. It means that people find Amazon Prime to be convenient and cost effective.

 

If you are setting up for eCommerce and are struggling with delivery fees you should charge, then this should be your guide: people will pay to get "free shipping", and when they do they will spend more than twice what others will. You, as a retailer, win on both fronts.

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The Haier Road to Growth: leverage #digital and #crowdsourcing

The Haier Road to Growth: leverage #digital and #crowdsourcing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Customers always come first for this Chinese appliance maker — even as it continually reinvents itself and expands around the world.
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Haier is a Chinese consumer product manufacturer - products like air conditioners. They have taken the digital approach wherever they could for example, leveraging crowdsourcing to design new products. And it works.

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Mobile: The Universal Technology Product via @a2z

Mobile: The Universal Technology Product via @a2z | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In this update of his past presentations on Mobile Eating the World — delivered most recently at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit — a16z’s Benedict Evans takes us through how technology is universal through mobile. How mobile is not a subset of the internet anymore. And how mobile (and accompanying trends of cloud and AI) is also driving new productivity tools.

 

In fact, mobile — which encompasses everything from drones to cars — is everything.

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If anyone still doubts mobile is a revolution and is everywhere then this 76 slide presentation should convince you. For others like me, this is chock full of amazing insight and data. Make every manager and executive you know read this.

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Yes, #mobile is eating the world...
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Will Online Groceries the the last frontier for eCommerce?

Will Online Groceries the the last frontier for eCommerce? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Online groceries seem set for significant growth this year, according to a Morgan Stanley survey. Could it become the next big driver of global eCommerce?
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It will be 20 years since I launched the IGA eCommerce solution. I was too early for sure. Now it looks things may be moving in the right direction. Will online grocery be the last frontier for eCommerce? It sure looks like it!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 9:39 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for describing the "last frontier for eCommerce."  Intriguing analysis from a man who helped start the concept of eCommerce.
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Google’s Snoops: Mining Our Data for Profit and Pleasure | Dissent Magazine

Google’s Snoops: Mining Our Data for Profit and Pleasure | Dissent Magazine | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Twenty-four hours a day, across more than sixty free product “platforms," Google is storing, indexing, and cross-referencing information about the activities of a billion people. What are the 30,000 prodigies at Google, Inc. doing with all that data?Continue Reading…
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A long read from a well respected psychologist on the power that Google employees have because of the amount of data the company accumulates. Must read for anyone interested in real-world examples of things that can go wrong with Big Data and data science.

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Magento, hybris, IBM, Oracle Comparison April 2016

Magento, SAP hybris, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Oracle Commerce (ATG) e-commerce platform comparison including typical project, license, support, infrastructure m…
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This guy is obviously biased towards Magento but it is nice to see different solutions compared as is the case here. In particular, look at slide #9. Thank you Francois Medioni for the reference.

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Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality

Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
La décision de Canadian Tire d’effectuer un retour au papier est saluée par Jean Rickli, conseiller principal associé au J.C. Williams Group. « Ils vont aller chercher différents types de clients. Les personnes plus âgées, moins habiles avec les applications, et les plus jeunes, qui voient t&hel
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Canadian Tire follows the likes of IKEA catalogue, real estatetechnical publication, tourist guides and other applications to extends its paper catalogue with additional information using mobile phone technologies. Not sure the IKEA project received huge success but again this was 2013 and a lot has changed in the past 3 years.

 

With virtual reality (VR) being trumpeted as the next big thing, Augmented Reality (AR) may actually provide something more useful and less intrusive - thus leading to faster and larger adoption? Microsoft hololens project sure thinks that way.

 

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http://conference.corp.at/archive/CORP2013_128.pdf 

http://www.inglobetechnologies.com/docs/whitepapers/AR_printing_whitepaper_en.pdf 

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Augmented+Reality 

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2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies

2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
What marketers need to know about the evolving marketing technology landscape. Review the infographic now to learn more about martech.
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Been tracking this technology landscape since its beginning in 2011 when it only referenced 150 companies. This remains one of the best tool to make CMOs and other executives understand that marketing is technology enabled and a leader in digital transformation in the organization.

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Da Silva's curator insight, April 27, 3:39 AM
What about Database Publishing Systems and Catalog automation in the 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape?
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Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc

Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Supermarket chain Tesco has teamed up with mobile application IFTTT to automatically update shoppers’ virtual carts by prompting them to sign up for various triggers – such as product price changes – to add the appropriate item when the specified parameters are met.
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The future of eCommerce where your fridge automatically adds salmon to your weekly grocery basket because it has just gone on special and you are low. Sounds futuristic but really it isn't.  And much better than having to go through a catalog of product.

 

Retailers should thus emulate Tesco to make their product catalog more open and easier to connect to.

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A programming language for living cells

A programming language for living cells | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.
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Looks like software really is everywhere. Scientists have successfully used techniques from the microelectronics industry (verilog, silicon compilers) to codify and genetically modify bacteria to detect certain conditions such as e.coli viruses. Will the future of genetic engineering become energized as much as the microelectronics industry was when silicon compilers were introduced? I assume it will.

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Filipa Alves Fonseca's curator insight, April 21, 10:30 PM
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 11:39 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating look at the field of genetic engineering.  Medical applications are an obvious application of this break through technology.  Imagine designing a cell that would destroy cancer cells and stave off degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimers.
Numalis's curator insight, April 22, 2:28 AM
Biology merging with computer science would bring a brand new domain to explore. And so many questions to answer: What are the limits of such systems? How to ensure they will do what they are supposed to do properly? Could we replace all the analogic sensors by biological sensors? But more importantly how to validate these systems and turn them off if something goes wrong?
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The reality of AR/VR business models

The reality of AR/VR business models | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There is nearly as much confusion as there is excitement about augmented and virtual reality. While VR could be big and AR could be bigger (and take longer),..
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A run down on different business models to shoot for if virtual reality is in your future. Useful to help foresee where this technology may become useful in the future....

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 21, 1:12 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this introduction to AR/VR business models.  There's a lot to know as this technology changes the way businesses operate and market their products.
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Looking for Emerging Technology Trends for 2016: read the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

Looking for Emerging Technology Trends for 2016: read the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Technology Radar is our thoughts on emerging technology trends in the industry. Read the latest here.
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I pride myself on being "techno friendly" and futuristic, an early adopter of all things technological and digital. Then I receive the ToughtWorks technology radar and realize I know none of the solutions on the radar. Then I say: time to get to work and learn about these things. And you should too.

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Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Broadly speaking, there are two main approaches to creating an ethical robot. The first is to decide on a specific ethical law (maximize happiness, for example), write a code for such a law, and create a robot that strictly follows the code. But the difficulty here is deciding on the appropriate ethical rule. Every moral law, even the seemingly simple one above, has a myriad of exceptions and counter examples. For example, should a robot maximize happiness by harvesting the organs from one man to save five?
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After the Microsoft chatbot Tay became racist and was forced to be turned off, the question of how to make robots ethical resurfaced. This article reviews why it is important for robots to be moral and ethical and what it means. 

 

With a future composed of medical robots and self-driving cars, this question will become essential and we may have to choose digital solutions based on how they react under certain edge use cases.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 18, 2:11 AM
I just don't like this idea.  Too much room for social control by faceless programmers who  assume the role of moral legislators. This program reminds me of the Harrison Ford movie "Bladerunner" and the Isaac Asimov sci-fi thriller "I, Robot." When machines and robots become sentient and can program themselves, humans may become the slaves of technology, rather than its master.  Humans may become obsolete.  Get ready for a new "dark age."  Aloha, Russ.
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Application that monitors your food pantry #IoT #DiY

Application that monitors your food pantry #IoT #DiY | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This is the second and concluding part of the earlier post where we presented a “Internet of Things” project idea around tracking kitchen food inventory. We discussed the benefits and use cases of this application from a restaurant’s point of view and presented a gist of the the project setup and components. Now it’s time to discuss the detailed hardware, software setup and the complete functionality of the system. More...
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A very geeky weekend project that has a multitude of real-world applications in manufacturing, distribution, logistics, etc. IBm describes how they have designed and built a food pantry inventory tracking system based on internet of things tools and solutions.

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I went rogue during a demonstration of Microsoft's holographic goggles and had the time of my life

I went rogue during a demonstration of Microsoft's holographic goggles and had the time of my life | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I went hands-on with the final Microsoft HoloLens.
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Detailed explanation of augmneted reality are starting to come out.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 12, 8:27 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing look at Augmented Reality, courtesy of the Microsoft HoloLens.  I'm sure Captain Picard is smiling on board the U.S.S Emterprise somewhere in the Delta Quadrant.  Science fiction is becoming science fact.  Amazing technology with all kinds of educational, industrial, and military applications.  Aloha, Russ.