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Amazon's Kindle Unlimited all-you-can-read for $10/mth: how many subscriptions will I need?

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited all-you-can-read for $10/mth: how many subscriptions will I need? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
After teasing us with a possible launch, Amazon has confirmed Kindle Unlimited, its all-you-can-read e-book subscription service. For $9.99 per month,
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10$/month for 600k books, sounds like a good deal to me, a way to bypass and even maybe make the local library useless. But wait, I already have a netflix subscription for videos, google drive for files and documents, videotron for cable tv. And many more to come in the future. When will this end?


Surely I won't be able to subscribe to all these different subscriptions! What will I do? Or more precisely, what offer would make sense? Will there be a "generic" content subscription that will allow me, say for 20$ or 40$ per month to have access to multiple sources of content, from movies to books to documents to tv programme. A global content aggregator - not Apple nor Amazon nor Yahoo as I assume these guys will certainly offer it at a discount - that will provide content. Just digital content, aggregated across all the many providers. Kind of like a telecom provider that will manage my "content roaming", allowing me to pay "content roaming charges" when access content that is not part of their library.

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Mike Lewis's curator insight, July 19, 2014 9:36 AM

Will this strategy disrupt book sellers even more?

Rick Garza's curator insight, July 19, 2014 9:39 AM

For those who plunk $20 to $40 per month on buying ebooks, this may be something to consider.

Readers are leaders.

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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Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware 

Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This post explores the pyramid of digital needs. Based on personal experience and observations, I describe what this hierarchy may be composed of, map technologies that support them, and offer an initial analysis of the impact on individuals and businesses.

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This is a new concept that I have been thinking about for a few year and that may help explain why some persons are not ready to have a Facebook account or share on social networks.

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sheenam's curator insight, June 13, 2:39 AM

Various digital technology used are categorized.

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Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook
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Collect Data from Anywhere with Google Sheet's ImportXML Function

Collect Data from Anywhere with Google Sheet's ImportXML Function | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Want to import a table or list of info from the web into your spreadsheet? Here's how to do with Google Sheet's importXML function.
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Very useful tricks to know, can save you tons of time.

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Forbes Insights-Alfresco Study Reveals 3 Levers For Digital Transformation

Forbes Insights-Alfresco Study Reveals 3 Levers For Digital Transformation | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A new study by Forbes Insights and Alfresco explores what separates the winners from the losers in the digital economy. 

The research concludes that there are three levers business and IT leaders can employ for successful digital transformation, which catalyze a rethinking of the way organizations embrace the power of business technology:

  • Design thinking—where a relentless focus upon optimizing user experience and customer experience guides all business technology decisions.
  • Open thinking—in which innovation from both inside and outside the organization is encouraged to drive new initiatives.
  • Platform thinking—where the desired outcome of systems and solution deployment is to build an ecosystem of partners and customers that exchange capabilities and data in a manner that creates added value.
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This survey confirms what others (McKinsey, Accenture, etc.) have proven before: the leaders of digital transformation leverage digital tools to rethink the way they do business instead of simply digitizing their existing one. To do so it takes amazing leaders able to innovate and risk by reviewing how they design their products and cooperate with others.

 

Full report: https://i.forbesimg.com/forbesinsights/alfresco_rethink/The_Great_Rethink.pdf

 

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Best Password Managers 2017

Best Password Managers 2017 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
To fully protect yourself online, you need a password manager. We've used and tested seven top brands to determine the best one.
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Always good to know...

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 26, 4:09 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this report on the best password managers for 2017.  Password managers are another layer of security you should add to your website or blog.

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Facebook's AI accidentally created its own language & learned to negotiate in #chatbots

Facebook's AI accidentally created its own language & learned to negotiate in #chatbots | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR) recently made an unexpected discovery while trying to improve chatbots. The bots — known as “dialog agents” — were creating their own language — well, kinda. Using machine learning algorithms, dialog agents were left to converse freely in an attempt to strengthen their conversational skills.

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Humans may not be so smart after all if it takes a few simple neural nets to start to create new languages and communicate. The article is just a teaser, if you want to know more you have to go the the Facebook research group blog to read the full thing.

https://research.fb.com/category/facebook-ai-research-fair/

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1686672014972296/deal-or-no-deal-training-ai-bots-to-negotiate/

https://code.facebook.com/posts/266433647155520/parlai-a-new-software-platform-for-dialog-research/

 

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2min video on how to pick the best #password

2min video on how to pick the best #password | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Using password managers like LastPass and 1Password are essential to your online security — cyber security expert Kevin Mitnick explains why.
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Only thing protecting you and your privacy is your password - and 2 factor authentication.  Do it!

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Thieves use GPS apps to track and steal bikes in Wellington

Thieves use GPS apps to track and steal bikes in Wellington | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Police warn capital cyclists of "opportunistic" thieves, who may be using publicly available data to find unguarded bikes.

Via Luigi Cappel
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This is similar to the old pleaserobme.com website that roamed facebook statuses to identify people that may be out of their homes (http://mashable.com/2010/02/17/pleaserobme/). OF course this is also possible with apps that track your position on your phone. Be aware!

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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, June 20, 3:16 PM
An unexpected downside of sharing data from apps like Strava or Map My Ride. I've used these apps for walking but I don't think anyone would want to steal my shoes.
Many of my friends who ride bikes like to share rides with each other, boast about their times and today from a commuter perspective, it isn't a bad idea to share routes from the perspective of how to get to work more quickly. 
The problem is that thieves are getting smarter as well and where people are sharing their routes publicly as opposed to just with friends, it appears that they are advising bike thieves where to find their bikes at the destination of their commute.
A couple of thoughts for those of you who are cycling:
1. Don't share your location or ride data with people you don't know and trust.
2. Watch out for a new solution at Kickstarter called Magpie http://kck.st/2rVQXpN and if you invest in the next 8 days you can get 3 tracking devices for $145 to be delivered early in the new year, that are small, self contained and include a year's tracking. Stash one of those babies on your back and if it does get stolen, you get your bike back and a crook get's caught. It's waterproof and has a SIM card built in so doesn't require that you have people with a Bluetooth app installed and nearby. I've got 3 on order and I don't even own a bike!
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How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace

How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
On today’s web it’s hard to set a (digital) foot online without it attracting dozens of trackers and log entries, as companies look to learn everything about you and sell that data on to advertisers. To hide you’ve got a few tools at your disposal, many of which we’ve talked about in the past, and all of which add up to a largely anonymous browsing experience. What we can’t do is promise 100 percent that you won’t be tracked—we’re not privy to the inner workings of the FBI or your employer’s IT system—but this is as much as you can do.
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This is the basics you need to know: incognito mode, VPNs and TOR network. If you don't read this.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 24, 11:28 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for showing us how to surf the internet without leaving too many traces behind.  Remember, VPN, Tor, and incognito mode.

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Why AI Works – Artificial Understanding

Why AI Works – Artificial Understanding | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Intelligence = Understanding + Reasoning
In his book “Thinking Fast and Slow”, Daniel Kahneman discusses the idea that human minds use two different and complementary processes, two different modes of thinking, which we call Understanding and Reasoning. The idea has been discussed for decades and has been verified using psychological studies and by neuroscience.
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This article explains key fundamental concepts about intelligence and provides real-world examples in the context of self-driving cars.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 23, 7:48 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating look at how Artificial Intelligence mimics the understanding and reasoning powers of the human mind.  This book is a must read.

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Investment firm ARK focus on digital disruption to invest - their 7 Big Ideas for 2017 provides great insight

Investment firm ARK focus on digital disruption to invest - their 7 Big Ideas for 2017 provides great insight | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
ARK Invest aims to identify large-scale investment opportunities resulting from technological change. We believe innovation is key to growth. From a broad spectrum of disruptive innovations, Big Ideas represents our annual breakout of technologies that we believe will accelerate significantly in the months ahead.
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Investment firms tend to be very traditional in their approach. This one appears to be embracing the digital transformation and making very insightful research that - from what they claim - guides their investments. Great idea. Now we'll see if their assumptions prove right and generate more returns than other investment guidance. I have a feeling it will.

 

Topics covered: 3D printing, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, automation, autonomous taxis, autonomous vehicles, bitcoin, blockchain, CRISPR, cryptocurrency, deep learning, dna sequencing, fintech, genomics, machine learning, mobile, robotics, shared autonomous vehicles

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 23, 7:50 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how one investment firm is banking on new digital technologies.

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Amazing to see how so many people #trust companies & manufacturers with #security #privacy

Amazing to see how so many people #trust companies & manufacturers with #security #privacy | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

With the Supreme Court slated to rule next term on whether cellphone location data requires a search warrant, a new poll shows that a majority of U.S. adults support law enforcement accessing certain personal data for someone under investigation, but only if it's authorized by a warrant. Polling was conducted June 8 through June 12 among 2,200 U.S. adults. Morning Consult is the official polling partner of POLITICO, Vox, Fortune, and Bloomberg News.

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You have to trust companies and manufacturers with your private data to interact with them or use their products. What are people who distrust those companies doing? Not buying on Amazon? Not buying a smartphone? I guess not.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 22, 7:58 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at companies that most of us trust with our private data.  Considering how many data breaches amazon, facebook, and twitter have experienced, it's a bit surprising that we still trust these people with our personal data.  I suppose the trade off is worth it to many of us.

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Evolution of Dropbox’s Edge Network shows 50% performance improvement and makes the case for #CDN

Evolution of Dropbox’s Edge Network shows 50% performance improvement and makes the case for #CDN | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Since launching Magic Pocket last year, we’ve been storing and serving more than 90 percent of our users’ data on our own custom-built infrastructure, which has helped us to be more efficient and improved performance for our users globally.
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Internet is a global resource and often we forget that there is a cost to delivering web pages across the world. This paper from Dropbox shows just how important it is to use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for websites.

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Google advances #AI with ‘one model to learn them all’

Google advances #AI with ‘one model to learn them all’ | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Google quietly released an academic paper that could provide a blueprint for the future of machine learning. Called “One Model to Learn Them All,” it lays out a template for how to create a single machine learning model that can address multiple tasks well.
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The research paper last sentence may be the most important. IT states: "...our model shows transfer learning from
tasks with a large amount of available data to ones where the data is limited". Much like with humans where people with more knowledge and general culture often are able to apply knowledge form one area to another. This appears fundamental in getting better AI solutions.

Moreover the paper shows how complex neural networks have become and we can expect even more complexity in the future. Direct link to the research paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1706.05137.pdf 

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 21, 12:56 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how AI neural networks are evolving and expanding.  Our machines are beginning to share basic traits with humans.  Attaining singularity may not be far off.

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The future of #grocery-- #inStore & #onLine via @McKinsey

The future of #grocery-- #inStore & #onLine via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

As so much of everyday life moves to the Internet, including grocery shopping, grocers must find profitable ways to revive the in-store experience while enhancing online options.

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With this week's huge announcement of Amazon buying Whole Foods, this report from McKinsey key consultants in the UK is most important to read as it gives context to the news. Moreover, UK is the most advanced country in the world for online grocery ecommerce so we should listen to them as they are early best practice leaders.

 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/amazons-whole-foods-new-ecommerce-paradigm/ 

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 19, 4:21 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the groceries of tomorrow.  Much of this technology is available now.  Traditional grocery stores may be a thing of the past.

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A #pattern language for #microservices: great reference to learn from the best

A #pattern language for #microservices: great reference to learn from the best | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

microservices.io website offers a comprehensive set of resources for learning about microservices including articles, an O'Reilly training video, and example code

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Patterns are a way to learn from the best and not reinvent the wheel. With the growing popularity of microservices over plain SOA, I found this reference extremely interesting. and useful.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 18, 11:09 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this helpful guide and infographic.  Easy to understand and follow.

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Amazon's + Whole Foods = new eCommerce paradigm

Amazon's + Whole Foods = new eCommerce paradigm | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

News that Amazon agreed to buy Whole Foods sent competitors' shares tumbling on Friday morning. This new trend will shake, frighten, and horrify traditional retailers who are not attractive acquisition targets. Few people will have seen this coming.

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I rarely comment on news unless they have the potential to mark an inflection point. I believe this is one of those news because it brings Amazon 400+ prime store locations and a grocery footprint to propel its Amazon Fresh service. 

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TechnoVision highlights 37 technologies that disrupt via @Capgemini

TechnoVision highlights 37 technologies that disrupt via @Capgemini | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Capgemini’s 2017 Edition of TechnoVision presents 37 compelling technology trend building blocks of inspiring, challenging, and disruptive perspectives.

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I appreciate the thought leadership of Capgemini around digital disruption and find this year they have tapped into an important concept: the parallel digital universe. Can't wait to dive into the different papers in this report.

Moreover, the concept of having digital twins is one that I have written about in the past as well: http://fmcs.digital/blog/digital-twin/ 

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New digital business models makes Target Restock & Amazon Prime Pantry a reality

New digital business models makes Target Restock & Amazon Prime Pantry a reality | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Target has begun testing a next-day delivery service, similar to Amazon Prime Pantry. Will it succeed?
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eCommerce Achille's heal is delivery cost - the last mile. Any company that solves this problem wins the eCommerce game. Amazon has been experimenting in this field for years and it looks like some are really popular with customers and beneficial to Amazon. Case in point: Amazon Prime members spend 5x more than other consumers because they feel shipping is "free". Amazon grocery delivery will put thousands of trucks on the road effectively making delivery cost marginal for Amazon. And here, with repetitive restocking, delivery costs can be reduced by shipping in bulk and high volume.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 15, 4:13 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the phenomenon known as "next-day delivery service."  Pioneering work done by Amazon and now Target will change how goods are marketed, stocked, and delivered.  Big changes are coming.

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Mining appears to be a good target for robots, self-driving trucks and automation

Mining appears to be a good target for robots, self-driving trucks and automation | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

La prochaine grosse mine du Québec ne sera pas comme les autres. Si tout se passe comme prévu, robots, drones et autres équipements automatisés donneront une deuxième vie à des installations minières fermées depuis 40 ans à Rouyn-Noranda.

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Mining is dangerous and very repetitive, making it a prime candidate for robots and automation. A mine in Chile by Codelco has recently been converted to fully automated and now this mine in Northern Quebec. Expect AI, robots, self driving things and other new technologies to take certain industries by storm, even more traditional ones like mining.

Also see this article on benefits of drones and driverless vehicles in mining: http://www.machinedesign.com/constructionoff-road/drones-come-down-earth-ugvs-and-driverless-vehicles-reality 

Such consistency leads to higher efficiency, lower operating costs, and better overall productivity. According to University of British Columbia, benefits of autonomous hauling systems (AHS) include:

  • Increase of 15 to 20% in output
  • Decrease of 10 to 15% in fuel consumption
  • 5 to 15% decrease in tire wear
  • Truck use (up-time) increases 10 to 20%
  • Maintenance costs drop 8%
  • Eliminating breaks and other productivity improvements let the trucks work two to four more hours per day.

This could significantly raise a mine’s output, or permit fewer trucks and a smaller fleet.

 

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Cybersecurity’s Next Frontier: 80+ Companies Using Artificial Intelligence To Secure The Future In One Infographic

Cybersecurity’s Next Frontier: 80+ Companies Using Artificial Intelligence To Secure The Future In One Infographic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

80 private companies in cybersecurity that are using AI and categorized them into 9 areas of operation.

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AI is infiltrating all industries and domains. Security is one of the fields where AI may provide the most value because protection relies so much on flexible solutions that can adapt - which is where AI is most useful.

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#AR #VR startups at an all-time high, Facebook & Apple have 1000+ engineers on it #gameOfTitans

#AR #VR startups at an all-time high, Facebook & Apple have 1000+ engineers on it #gameOfTitans | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

AR/VR hype keeps reaching new heights. Funding to AR/VR startups reached an all-time high in deals and dollars last year. Both Facebook and Apple are reputed to have 1000+ engineers working on their respective headset efforts. And PlayStation said its PSVR, a $400 headset released in October, has sold 915k units in just 4 months. Unsurprisingly, startups of all kinds are flocking toward what could be the next major computing platform.

In this webinar we'll delve into:

  • Major startup players in the AR and VR market
  • Investigate new enterprise and industrial use cases for AR/VR
  • Patents being sought by large corporates like Microsoft, Apple, along with startups like Magic Leap
  • Highlight how media companies and movie studios are reacting and driving M&A
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So much money is being invested by so many large companies that it is difficult not to expect great things from AR and VR in the coming years. If you go beyond the hype on gaming gears and being able to watch a virtual TV on the wall, every corporate strategy should include at least evaluations of the technologies to help improve manufacturing, repairs, or other professional activities. 

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 12, 7:36 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating look at how Augmented and Virtual Reality is changing our business world. Company CEO's should keep abreast of this rapidly changing field, since AR and VR could benefit your marketing efforts.

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#AI investment is growing and touching every industry

#AI investment is growing and touching every industry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The CB Insights artificial intelligence deals tracker looks at top AI deals across industries.
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AI startups funding shows that the investments has been growing steadily in the past 4 years and that every industry will be affected by the technology.

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Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for a look at how Artificial Intelligence is growing and impacting all phases of business.  It's time to explore AI for your business.  AI could spell the difference between business success and failure.

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Mapping air pollution with new mobile sensors on Google streetView cars

Mapping air pollution with new mobile sensors on Google streetView cars | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
EDF and Google Earth Outreach convened a mobile measurement team to assess air pollution at a level of detail that was nearly impossible before.
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Digital and miniaturization bring more sensors into the real world to help digitize it. Google street view did it with taking pictures to overlay on google maps but why not add additional sensors to help us "see" more of the real world in the digital world? That is exactly what is happening here and I expect more as we've seen with other projects that embed sensors for pollution, wifi and radio waves, radioactive detectors, blast detectors and I assume many others. How can this idea be applied elsewhere in factories and manufacturing plants? Could we use these sensors and have our human workers carry them to map out, in real-time, key environmental factors?

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 10, 10:56 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this update on mapping the environment with new types of sensors.  This technology could be a vital part of environmental impact assessments.

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The Road Ahead: 6 Trends Shaping The Future of Auto Tech

The Road Ahead: 6 Trends Shaping The Future of Auto Tech | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Interest in auto tech has risen dramatically in recent years. Technology has always been a staple of automotive research and development, but the past few years have seen a technology arms race as advances in IoT and artificial intelligence disciplines filter down to the automotive sector. Startup investment has risen dramatically as concepts once reserved for science fiction (like autonomous vehicles) move towards commercialization.

We analyzed the explosion of activity in the auto tech space using the CB Insights platform in our full webinar.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Automobile tech combines so many of the high tech solutions and technologies - from AI to new batteries - that it makes for a great case study to understand how much transportation will change in the coming years. And with it, the possibility of business transformation from eCommerce delivery to supply chain improvements to employee getting to work with little stress and no traffic jams.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 10, 11:02 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how AI is changing automotive technology.  Science fiction is becoming science fact.

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How one man managed to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack and how he did it #wannaCrypt #malware

How one man managed to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack and how he did it #wannaCrypt #malware | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I believe they were trying to query an intentionally unregistered domain which would appear registered in certain sandbox environments, then once they see the domain responding, they know they’re in a sandbox the malware exits to prevent further analysis. This technique isn’t unprecedented and is actually used by the Necurs trojan (they will query 5 totally random domains and if they all return the same IP, it will exit); however, because WannaCrypt used a single hardcoded domain, my registration of it caused all infections globally to believe they were inside a sandbox and exit…thus we initially unintentionally prevented the spread and and further ransoming of computers infected with this malware. Of course now that we are aware of this, we will continue to host the domain to prevent any further infections from this sample.
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Every system has its flaws, even malware and viruses. You just have to find them. This guy did and managed to stop a recent very bad version called WannaCrypt and this his explanation of how he did it. Fascinating read.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 10, 11:23 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this story of how an accidental discovery found a "kill switch" for the WannaCry ransomware.  We may not be so lucky next time.  More variants to WannaCry are appearing every week.  At least we have a clue to stopping this malignant software.

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Hypnotic video shows thousands of autonomous crates flying through Ocado's robo-factory #grocery #robots

Hypnotic video shows thousands of autonomous crates flying through Ocado's robo-factory #grocery #robots | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The 90,000-square-metre warehouse is the starting point for 190,000 customer deliveries every week
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is one of the ways eCommerce will evolve in the near future: robotization. Orders are prepared automatically, without humans touching them. Even for grocery. Especially for grocery. Because it is a high volume, low margin operation, grocery mandates automated preparation. Of course, this level of investment can only be afforded at very high volume, which is the case in the UK where Ocado's warehouses like this can deliver 190,000 orders every week. No other country has this level of grocery eCommerce but when they do (think Amazon Fresh in the US), robotic warehouses like this will become mandatory to stay in business.

The last missing link will remain, of course, the last mile: delivery. There, self driving cars and drones may offer a solution.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, June 8, 8:21 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this stunning new look at how e-commerce is changing the way we store, market, and distribute products.

Russell Roberts

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