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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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The Quartz guide to artificial intelligence: What is it, why is it important, and should we be afraid?

The Quartz guide to artificial intelligence: What is it, why is it important, and should we be afraid? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

What is artificial intelligence? Why is it important? Why is everyone talking about it all of a sudden? If you skim online headlines, you’ll likely read about how AI is powering Amazon and Google’s virtual assistants, or how it’s taking all the jobs (debatable), but not a good explanation of what it is (or whether the robots are going to take over). We’re here to help with this living document, a plain-English guide to AI that will be updated and refined as the field evolves and important concepts emerge.

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Always very well written and informative articles, this one provides a good summary in simple terms.

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Fouzia Raza's curator insight, September 18, 9:24 PM
From bioengineering to customer support, artificial Intelligence offers numerous advantages that tech empires such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have pounced upon as a window of opportunity. It is undoubtable that the field will experience tremendous growth in the coming decades, but not without some downfalls. This article gives a brief overview of artificial intelligence including its explosion, importance, and drawbacks. 

R-The source of the article, The Quartz, is a fairly new business news resource with initial launchings occurring in 2012. The news startup longs to deviate from other media giants by focusing on “global business leaders -- digitally savvy, post-national executives who seek information that will help them better navigate the new global economy." Although in its infancy, The Quartz has a slight to moderate liberal bias, and hence might use emotive stylistic techniques that sway audiences to view issues through a certain perspective.

A-In the article itself, the author fails to give an in-depth analysis of the drawbacks of AI and the looming fear of its potential to “circumvent any human attempts to shut them off.” The article thus fails to give a well-balanced account of the potential effects of increased use of AI.

V- The article does succeed in providing reliable, factual information that is supported by research studies, experts such as Musk, and relevant historical events. The author also assesses the importance of AI by presenting its value to companies and hence the global economy. 

E- The author himself possesses a wealth of knowledge on the subject matter; this holds true when looking at the startup media as a whole. Its founding members include experts from The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Economist, and The New York Times. Given its deep focus on emerging technologies and the latest innovations, it is no doubt that The Quartz possesses a high level of expertise on the subject matter. 
N- It is evident that the author supports the growth of AI in the future by emphasizing the positives. The article does include several drawbacks, such as the possible biases that AI is often demonstrated to have. This is immediately followed up by possible solutions, which demonstrates the ability of improving the technology for further use.
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Why Augmented Reality Is About To Take Over Your World

Apple and Google are working to push augmented reality into the mainstream. Soon we'll get a first look at what the technology looks like at scale.
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Pokemon GO was an early glimpse into this whole new world of augmented reality. Looks like we will see a deluge of apps in the coming months.

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Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous

Neodriven is a rearview mirror replacement that can make your car semi-autonomous | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A small company called Neodriven, led by former Tesla employee Matt Schulwitz, is announcing a product of the same name that goes on sale today for $1,495. It’s a modified version of the Comma Neo plans that Hotz open sourced, but if Schulwitz has his way, it will be an early player in that revolution.

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You can now buy hardware to turn your car into a self driving car. Makes me think of the Homebrew project where Jobs and Wozniak created the first Apple computer and started a revolution. Guys at comma.ai and neodriven.com are doing the same and it seems that the technology is there to enable this revolution: 3G/LTE, GPS, mobile phone, universal car interface, AI and image recognition. Interesting years ahead.

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4% to 10% of #web #encrypted #https traffic is intercepted

4% to 10% of #web #encrypted #https traffic is intercepted | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Overall we found out that HTTPS interceptions are more prevalent than expected (4% - 10%) and pose serious security risks as they downgrade the encryption used to secure web communications. Furthermore, the HTTPS implementations used for interception do not have the same automatic update mechanisms that browsers do, making fixes less likely to be rolled out. Intercepting middleboxes have also contributed to the delayed release of TLS 1.3 in browsers. It is our hope that raising awareness around this issue will help software vendors that rely on interception to realize the risks of this practice.
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This is a technical article that sheds light onto a potential security risk that all digital professionals should be aware of as we generally assume that SSL and HTTPS will keep our conversations secure over the Internet.

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Smartphones are driving all growth in web traffic

Smartphones are driving all growth in web traffic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Smartphones are driving all growth in U.S. web traffic, while tablets and computer web access has declined, according to new data from Adobe Analytics.

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Mobile is eating the world and the stats tend to prove that this is true. Companies that do not have a mobile strategy or support mobile on their websites are at risk of loosing leads, clients, customers, etc.

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Bosch's Giant Robot Can Punch Weeds to Death

Bosch's Giant Robot Can Punch Weeds to Death | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A modular agricultural robot from Bosch startup Deepfield Robotics deals with weeds the old fashioned way: violently
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This looks like a proof of concept but it shows that autonomous machines should become a reality in the agriculture business sooner than we may think. Advances in self-driving technology, AI, networking, mobile devices, etc. have contributed to make this possible.

Other more generic applications such as harvesting barley also been introduced: http://fmcs.digital/blog/autonomous-robots-plant-tend-and-harvest-entire-crop-of-barley/ 

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Autonomous Robots Plant, Tend, and Harvest Entire Crop of Barley

Autonomous Robots Plant, Tend, and Harvest Entire Crop of Barley | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This is as autonomous as farming gets, without any humans having to get themselves dirty, or even go outside
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This looks like a proof of concept but it shows that autonomous machines should become a reality in the agriculture business sooner than we may think. Advances in self-driving technology, AI, networking, mobile devices, etc. have contributed to make this possible.

Other more specialized applications such as weed removal have also been introduced: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/bosch-deepfield-robotics-weed-control 

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Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire & stock crash — via @briankrebs

Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire & stock crash — via @briankrebs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

As noted in yesterday’s breaking story on this breach, the Web site that Equifax advertised as the place where concerned Americans could go to find out whether they were impacted by this breach — equifaxsecurity2017.com — is completely broken at best, and little more than a stalling tactic or sham at worst.

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Equifax monopoly should end because there are so many ways to do the same work they do in more transparent and rapid fashion. Anyone that has had to request an equifax score or report can testify how long and tedious the process is. The way they have handled the breach is absolutely unprofessional and hopefully a sign that their time has come - as evidenced by this report from Krebs and the fact their stock is being crushed.

http://www.businessinsider.com/equifax-stock-price-options-traders-on-further-decline-after-security-breach-2017-9 

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Walmart eCommerce growing at +60% now invests in #cloudComputing

Walmart eCommerce growing at +60% now invests in #cloudComputing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Walmart is investing in NVIDIA chips, which are high-level graphical processing units (GPUs), in order to build out its cloud network.
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The chart says it all: walmart investments in ecommerce have paid off with 60% growth in recent months. 

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IBM introduce #blockchain technology for #food #grocery traceability

IBM introduce #blockchain technology for #food #grocery traceability | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Get an introduction video to blockchain technology and see how it can be used to address global food safety.

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IBM has been an early adopter of blockchain technology and now videos such as this one begin to show where this new technology can be used in real businesses. Here the video presents blockchain in use for grocery food traceability from harvest to store shelves, in the grocery industry. The video is not great quality but the content is interesting.

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Waymo Built a Secret World for Self-Driving Cars #longRead @TheAtlantic

Waymo Built a Secret World for Self-Driving Cars #longRead @TheAtlantic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An exclusive look at how Alphabet understands its most ambitious artificial intelligence project
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An in depth article about the Castle, Google self-driving car testing facility in a remote area of California. Full of interesting information about what it takes to get a car to drive with confidence on world scenarios.

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Machine teaching machine: Google #selfDriving car simulation turns 1 intersection in 1000s hrs of experience

Machine teaching machine: Google #selfDriving car simulation turns 1 intersection in 1000s hrs of experience | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

With simulation, we can turn a single real-world encounter — such as a flashing yellow left turn — into thousands of opportunities to practice and master a skill. Here’s how it works.

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Google self driving cars rely on human drivers to drive millions of miles and learn the basic driving skills. This story explains how Google has built a self-driving car simulation software called Carcraft to go one step further and use real-world roads into millions of different driving scenarios. 

What is important here is the fact that a machine - here the simulator - can learn from mistakes and improbable driving scenarios and then *instantly* share that knowledge with *all* of the self driving cars in Google's fleet. Humans cannot do that. And this means computers will learn skills - driving, medecine, accounting, law, etc. - extremely fast in the coming years. Be ready to see self driving cars on the road much sooner than you expect.

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#BlackFriday & #CyberMonday will account for more than 3.7B$ in 2017 

#BlackFriday & #CyberMonday will account for more than 3.7B$ in 2017  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Download the Black Friday Ecommerce Health Check to see how to prepare your online store for success this holiday season.
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Full of great stats and trends, this health check provides tips, tools and metrics for eCommerce site operators that should not be missed.

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#BlackFriday & #CyberMonday bring 5x more trafic than normal operations

#BlackFriday & #CyberMonday bring 5x more trafic than normal operations | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Download the Black Friday Ecommerce Health Check to see how to prepare your online store for success this holiday season.
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Full of great stats and trends, this health check provides tips, tools and metrics for eCommerce site operators that should not be missed.

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Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer via @O_Laborne

Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer via @O_Laborne | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch—essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The approach is crude and hardly ready for Project Runway, but it hints at the possibilities.
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Not only does this experiment show potential for AI to enter the protected world of human creativity, it also signals we soon will be able to go from idea to design to production to sales using AI, automated 3D printing factories and eCommerce. Will we soon see a fully autonomous fashion retailer with no designers, no production staff, no stores that create and sell original clothing?

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Impact of website performance on conversion rate remains true

Impact of website performance on conversion rate remains true | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Download the Black Friday Ecommerce Health Check to see how to prepare your online store for success this holiday season.
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Full of great stats and trends, this health check provides tips, tools and metrics for eCommerce site operators that should not be missed.

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Apple next killer app may be #AugmentedReality #Ikea demo and others to come

Apple next killer app may be #AugmentedReality #Ikea demo and others to come | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

First impressions of new augmented reality apps coming to the iPhone and iPad. And Apple seems confident that AR will be the next big thing. In fact, Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of Marketing, calls it a "gigantic deal."

"This is this dream of things you wanted to do as far as mixing the digital world into the real world," he told CNN Tech. "It has so many applications -- from shopping and entertainment to things we haven't even thought about -- but it's been unattainable."

In Apple's implementation, augmented reality requires you to hold up your phone or tablet to see virtual objects implanted into the real world. For example, the new IKEA Place app -- which will become available with the launch of iOS 11 -- allows you to select furniture from its website and place it virtually within a room. So you can try before you buy.

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Apple controls both hardware and software and has been showing demos of very incredible AR solutions. Since Pokemon GO craze last summer there has not been much done yet. And the GO frenzy was done on Android devices with no particular AR capabilities. The next iPhone hard+soft will have that baked in. So I expect the launch of the next iPhone in September to bring a mini-revolution in the form of AR-enabled shopping, AR-enabled snapchats, AR-enabled Facebook, etc. etc. 

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#BlackFriday2017 will stress #eCommerce sites the most - take the @shopify #HealthCheck

#BlackFriday2017 will stress #eCommerce sites the most - take the @shopify #HealthCheck | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Download the Black Friday Ecommerce Health Check to see how to prepare your online store for success this holiday season.
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Full of great stats and trends, this health check provides tips, tools and metrics for eCommerce site operators that should not be missed.

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FinTechnicolour a summary of key McKinsey article on #finTech

FinTechnicolour a summary of key McKinsey article on #finTech | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

McKinsey’s summary of leading FinTech articles is a fantastic summary of the issues facing global financial services players.  There are several sections in this 80-pager that we believe our clients will find the most value….

  • Cutting through the noise (page 6) – this is a noisy space with many old and new entrants laying claim to a place in FinTech land.  This section of the report truly cuts through the noise and presents a very clear view of the primary value drivers for F/S players and love the “6 Digital Imperatives” chart on page 12. 
  • Helping Incumbents not Disrupting (page 24) – the notion of cooperation vs. competition between FinTechs and Incumbents has emerged as a more realistic future for the industry.  Canada has a unique F/S model with large, dominant and highly successful incumbents controlling the vast majority of clients and assets.  We see cooperation as being the only role that we will play as a FinTech provider and this seems to be an increasingly popular position in our industry.
  • Banking on the Cloud (page 49) – the movement from resistance to acceptance and now to adoption of cloud apps is accelerating.  In our business, revenues generated from Cloud services have increased from 10% to 50% in just 3 years and the discussions that we have had with clients around “resistance” to the Cloud have virtually disappeared.  Innovation at a higher pace and lower cost is becoming table stakes and embracing this technology is now an afterthought.
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Fintechs are paving the way for the transformation of a very slow moving industry - the Financial sector. We should all learn from this example in other industries that move slowly, for example grocery.

 

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Made With ARKit - “Model3AR” by @JelmerVerhoog. Subscribe for...

Made With ARKit - “Model3AR” by @JelmerVerhoog. Subscribe for... | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

“Model3AR” by @JelmerVerhoog. Subscribe for updates on Jelmer’s app → http://bit.ly/2vEXtUI “The accuracy of #ARKit is just incredible. https://t.co/npq6aEkVGk — Robert Davey (@RobJDavey)

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Simply amazing what the applications of AR are!

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Design Thinking: How User Experiences Change User Expectations

Design Thinking: How User Experiences Change User Expectations | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Changing customer expectations open up new business model opportunities. Think how Uber and AirBnB have changed our personal experiences with respect to car transportation and house sharing, or how Amazon has changed our personal experiences with respect to product selection and delivery, or how Netflix has changed our personal experiences with respect to on-demand entertainment. These changing personal experiences are the source of business model disruption and customer disintermediation.

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I found the diagram to be quite interesting in that machine learning algorithms approach problems in a completely different way than humans do. Mostly because AI and machine do not "understand" the problem they are addressing but are simply applying rigorous analysis of data. In any case, the link between the two approaches is very very interesting.

See this recent blog post post that explains a bit more what I mean by machines don'T understand the problems they solve: http://fmcs.digital/blog/todai-robot-ai-project-performed-in-top-20-on-entrance-exam-u-tokyo-without-understanding-a-thing/

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I found the diagram to be quite interesting in that machine learning algorithms approach problems in a completely different way than humans do. Mostly because AI and machine do not "understand" the problem they are addressing but are simply applying rigorous analysis of data. In any case, the link between the two approaches is very very interesting.

See this recent blog post post that explains a bit more what I mean by machines don'T understand the problems they solve: http://fmcs.digital/blog/todai-robot-ai-project-performed-in-top-20-on-entrance-exam-u-tokyo-without-understanding-a-thing/

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17 Everyday Applications of Artificial Intelligence in 2017

17 Everyday Applications of Artificial Intelligence in 2017 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence seems to make headlines with every innovation, garnering both praise and fear. But is it really at the point where we should fear everyday AI? Here are 17 common place applications for AI systems and a look into where the technology could be going.
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Feels like AI is everywhere these days. True. This list may help you draw the same conclusion I have: look at any task that requires analysis of large volume of data or visual images or sound and there is a good chance AI will be able to help improve them.

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Funding Your Bliss: Mindfulness Startups Scale Up

Funding Your Bliss: Mindfulness Startups Scale Up | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Welcome to the world of mindfulness and wellness apps. In the past year or so, investors have backed more than 20 startups developing apps and tools aimed at promoting mindfulness, happiness, and other desirable mental states. To date, these companies have raised more than $150 million, according to Crunchbase data. Several of the largest rounds have been in recent months, with the vast majority of funding going to California-based startups.
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Wellness, fitness and mindfulness are more important now than ever it seems. This study tends to agree and provide some great examples.

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Todai #robot #AI project performed in top 20% on entrance exam U. Tokyo- without understanding a thing

Todai #robot #AI project performed in top 20% on entrance exam U. Tokyo- without understanding a thing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?
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The video is short and provides very good explanation of how the AI can pass the University entrance exam without understanding a thing. Nevertheless, I find this amazing because once AI learns something, or acquires a skill, *every* other AI can benefit from it. As opposed to humans who *individually* have to learn new things for themselves. Thus, we can expect AI to learn at an exponential rate and become truly "intelligent" very rapidly. This example should be a wake up call for all of us.

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Your #heart can be #hacked: FDA recalls half-a-million pacemakers over hacking fears

Your #heart can be #hacked: FDA recalls half-a-million pacemakers over hacking fears | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Turns out former Vice President (and erratic shooter) Dick Cheney was right all along: Your heart can be hacked. At least if you have a pacemaker, that is. On Tuesday, the FDA recalled 465,000 of the medical devices -- the ones that help control your heart beat -- citing security vulnerabilities. The pacemakers, which come from health company Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical), require a firmware update. Fortunately, it can be installed by a health care provider in just three minutes.

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Was just a question of time before it happened. Everything is connected and the trend is clear that nothing will escape the insertion of software into all kinds of devices. You have to know which ones are safe and which ones are not.

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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