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5 Reasons IT Projects Fail - Network Computing

5 Reasons IT Projects Fail  - Network Computing | IT News | Scoop.it

From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.

 

While mistakes are inevitable, nothing shakes the foundation of an IT department faster or causes executive confidence to wane quicker than a major project failure. There are numerous reasons why IT projects fail, from inadequate preparation to stretching the boundaries beyond what staffing resources can absorb.

Every environment is different and no two situations are identical, however there are overall patterns that tend to emerge when projects fall short of desired results. Here are five of the more common reasons why IT projects fail and some suggestions on how IT professionals can avoid these pitfalls.

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By Azmi Jafarey. So recognisable. #Failing #Projects

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Why we need to think differently about #AI

Why we need to think differently about #AI | IT News | Scoop.it
General intelligence or creativity can only be properly imagined if we peel away the layers of abstractions.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, massimo facchinetti
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While AI researchers are racking up ever more impressive successes, in many respects AI seems to be stalled. Significant as the successes are, they’re all around solving specific, well-defined problems. It isn’t surprising that AI or ML can solve such problems. What would be more surprising, and what seems no closer than it was a decade ago, would be steps in the direction of general intelligence or creativity.

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Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture?

Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture? | IT News | Scoop.it

NYU's Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debate whether or not AI needs more built-in cognitive machinery similar to that of humans and animals to achieve similar intelligence.


Via David Barton
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The debate over whether AI learning will ultimately prove more “nature or nurture” is far from being settled. 

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'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong | Technology | The Guardian

'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong | Technology | The Guardian | IT News | Scoop.it
Social media has allowed self-proclaimed ‘AI influencers’ who do nothing more than paraphrase Elon Musk to cash in on this hype with low-quality pieces. The result is dangerous

Via Geoff Livingston
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According to Lipton, in recent years broader interest in topics like “machine learning” and “deep learning” has led to a deluge of this type of opportunistic journalism, which misrepresents research for the purpose of generating retweets and clicks – he calls it the “AI misinformation epidemic”.

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Geoff Livingston's curator insight, August 1, 6:01 AM

How the media misrepresents the conversation about AI.

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(16) No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World | Sarah Grace Manski and Ben Manski - Academia.edu

(16) No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World | Sarah Grace Manski and Ben Manski - Academia.edu | IT News | Scoop.it
The building of the blockchain is predicted to harken the end of the contemporary sovereign order. Some go further to claim that as a powerful decentering technology, blockchain contests the continued functioning of world capitalism. Are such claims

Via june holley
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Interesting read. Quote: "Altogether, recent history gives us reason to expect that state interventions into the development ofblockchain technology are more likely to lead in a totalitarian rather than democratiz-ing direction."

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AI cyberattacks: Artificial intelligence threatens cybersecurity

AI cyberattacks: Artificial intelligence threatens cybersecurity | IT News | Scoop.it
The future of artificial intelligence has cybersecurity professionals very worried.
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One of the risks of #AI. And don't say that your government will take action to prevent it, because there will always be someone, somewhere misbusing it.

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Law Society seeks solution to use of algorithms in UK justice system - The Global Legal Post

Law Society seeks solution to use of algorithms in UK justice system - The Global Legal Post | IT News | Scoop.it

The Law Society has set up the first of three evidence sessions to explore the use of algorithms in UK.

 

Via Virginia Gordon
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When succesful judges and advocates can look for other jobs.

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Could This Blockchain App Kill LinkedIn? Exclusive Interview With MBYS CEO Omar Zaki

Could This Blockchain App Kill LinkedIn? Exclusive Interview With MBYS CEO Omar Zaki | IT News | Scoop.it

In the world of social media for business professionals, LinkedIn is as close to a monopoly as we have seen in the space. With millions of global users, the overall user satisfaction of the platform has been masked by a deepening concern for privacy, data protection, and overall usability.

 

With the emergence of blockchain technology has come emerging technologies that aim to solve some of these issues. One of these startups, MBYS, is tackling the professional networking space with a new decentralized application that will give users complete privacy and the option to sell their professional data directly to companies. This complete control of data, privacy, and additional benefits around trusted connections makes MBYS a company worth watching.

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Blockchain is coming. And it's getting more and more usefull purposes.

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Are humans really blind to the gorilla on the basketball court? | Aeon Essays

Are humans really blind to the gorilla on the basketball court? | Aeon Essays | IT News | Scoop.it
A new interpretation of a classic psychology experiment will change your view of perception, judgment – even human nature
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A couple of articles on Artificial Intelligence. To broaden the discussion about it. First: will AI ever be able to replace the human mind and second: is AI a danger for us humans or not?

This article is written by Teppo Felin

(@teppofelin) professor of strategy at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. His idea is that AI will never replace humans due to the way humans observe the world.

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Quantum computing applications creep forward

Quantum computing applications creep forward | IT News | Scoop.it

Tech vendors and users are moving forward on quantum computing tools and research. While still futuristic, developments bear watching, Forrester's Brian Hopkins says.

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The leaders who are savvy enough to make the right investments could be in a position to reap first mover benefits.

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AI Safety Myths

AI Safety Myths | IT News | Scoop.it

Addressing AI safety myths: Why do we need research to ensure AI remains safe and beneficial? What are the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence?

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This is about #AI and the common myths around it. And it has some serious warnings in it. You should take notice.

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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1 | IT News | Scoop.it
Part 1 of 2: "The Road to Superintelligence". Artificial Intelligence — the topic everyone in the world should be talking about.
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A few years old, but still very relevant. Do you know the difference between #AI, #AGI and #ASI? We should indeed be talking about this.

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IoT and Big Data at the Core of Digital Transformation Strategies

IoT and Big Data at the Core of Digital Transformation Strategies | IT News | Scoop.it

Digital innovation is important for 99% of executives, according to a Jabil survey from the beginning of 2018. Companies are ready to aggressively invest into digital transformation strategies and change their technology infrastructure and ecosystems in line with the demands of the modern economy.

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What happens when IoT and big data get in the core of a company’s digital transformation strategy?

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Migrating data to the cloud: back to the future?

Migrating data to the cloud: back to the future? | IT News | Scoop.it
With real insights on the readiness of your data to move to the cloud, and a cloud-native catalog ready to manage it, you can accelerate migration with both confidence and control.
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Beyond data protection, simply managing data in the cloud is different, and if it’s not done right the cost, complexity, and risk can bring down the house.

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5G mobile is nearly here – but we should share networks to make it affordable

5G mobile is nearly here – but we should share networks to make it affordable | IT News | Scoop.it
The next generation of mobile infrastructure is supposed to provide everyone with advanced digital services such as virtual reality. But without sharing networks, it may be too expensive
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5G has a financial/economical problem, not a technical. And it could take years before that's solved.

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Reassessing Expectations for Blockchain and Development

Reassessing Expectations for Blockchain and Development | IT News | Scoop.it
This brief essay explores a key but often overlooked hurdle to using blockchain solutions, which is the complexity that decentralized solutions necessarily introduce. At times, the benefits of such solutions appear to exceed the added cost of complexity but often they do not. With this tradeoff in mind, the paper considers two use cases, digital ID and health supply chain management.

Via Pierre Levy
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Understandable excitement leads to unrealistic expectations

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A Tour of The Top 10 Algorithms for Machine Learning Newbies

In machine learning, there’s something called the “No Free Lunch” theorem. In a nutshell, it states that no one algorithm works best for every problem, and it’s especially relevant for supervised learning (i.e. predictive modeling).


Via Geoff Livingston
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Machine learning algorithms are described as learning a target function (f) that best maps input variables (X) to an output variable (Y): Y = f(X)

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Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI

Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI | IT News | Scoop.it
When it comes to applying Moore’s Law to business strategies, even visionary thinkers frequently suffer from a giant “AI blind spot.” Here's why.
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Or, why we cannot interpretate exponential graphs. And nothing ever changes. History looks slow, the future looks mind blowing, no matter when.

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Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans?

Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans? | IT News | Scoop.it
Bots can get things done in a way humans can’t . But when there’s also a bot on the other side, things start to get out of control.
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The problems that come with letting giving bots more and more control over our everyday online activity worsen are dramatic. Starting with the computation power that will go into these interactions, the electricity used by the machines, the data created, and the storage space needed for the data. If this happens and grows exponentially, we might not have SkyNet (yet), but 99 percent of online interactions will not be human anymore, and machines will continue to slowly take over the internet—not to mention the phone lines, 

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The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids | Aeon Ideas

The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids | Aeon Ideas | IT News | Scoop.it

Will the intelligent algorithms of the future look like general-purpose robots, as adept at idle banter and reading maps as they are handy in the kitchen? Or will our digital assistants look more like a grab-bag of specialised gadgets – less a single chatty masterchef than a kitchen full of appliances?

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Interesting thougt. By Janelle Shane, neural network trainer.

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Beyond Ethereum: The battle to own blockchain's 'layer two'

Beyond Ethereum: The battle to own blockchain's 'layer two' | IT News | Scoop.it

Ethereum  —  as the current incumbent among general-purpose permissionless blockchains  —  has to date offered the best resources, tooling, and incentives for developers to build on top of its protocol. These “layer-two” projects combine off-chain software with some number of smart contracts (which may include a native ERC20 token) to create markets in which users can trustlessly interact and exchange some digital resource. That resource might be the sMPC of private data (in the case of Keep), live streamed video (in the case of Livepeer), generic loan contracts (in the case of Dharma), a CryptoKitty, or something else. These markets rely on the security guarantees and immutability of the underlying chain. And so the success of a project is, to a degree, contingent on the effectiveness of the underlying chain.

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Blockchain development. When a blockchain is layer 1, smart contracts are considered layer 2.

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Implementing deep learning requires a creative approach

Implementing deep learning requires a creative approach | IT News | Scoop.it

Using deep learning in an effective way requires creative problem-solving and a team approach that goes beyond simply hiring data scientists, experts say.

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Enterprises need to get in the deep learning game

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How to Prepare for the Malicious Use of AI

How to Prepare for the Malicious Use of AI | IT News | Scoop.it
People will develop ways to use AI for harm. How can we forecast, prevent, and (when necessary) mitigate these harmful effects of the malicious use of AI?
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#AI is only safe if it has mechanisms build in for us to control it. Unfortunately because deeplearning machines alter its algortims into something that's too complicated for us. We cannot know for sure if we can control them. And therefore we must be extremely carefull.

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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 2

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 2 | IT News | Scoop.it
Part 2: "Our Immortality or Our Extinction". When Artificial Intelligence gets superintelligent, it's either going to be a dream or a nightmare for us.
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The successor of the previous post. In this part it is discussed wether ASI will destroy us or gives us immortality. For me, the change it will destroy us is much higher.

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Before Automating Your Company’s Processes, Find Ways to Improve Them

Before Automating Your Company’s Processes, Find Ways to Improve Them | IT News | Scoop.it

One of the most recent automation technologies to emerge is robotic process automation, or RPA. RPA is a category of software tools that enable complex digital processes to be automated by performing them in the same way a human user might perform them, using the user interface and following a set of predefined rules. What sets RPA apart from other automation technologies is that its ability to imitate a human user of one or more information systems reduces development time and extends the range of functions that can be automated across a much wider range of business activities. It is frequently used to automate financial processes, such as comparing invoices with shipment notices, or transfering data from email and call center speech-to-text systems into transactional systems of record. Many organizations have adopted it for automating back- and middle-office processes, and many have achieved rapid returns on their investments.

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Don’t waste automation’s potential on a bad process.

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The Five Rules of Blockchain – Ronald Mulder –

Putting data in a block and forging the blocks into a chain doesn’t make data immutable, and it certainly doesn’t make data “true” or trustworthy. A blockchain that exists on a single computer, or on any number of computers controlled by a single party, can easily be manipulated. The true innovation in bitcoin is not the blockchain in itself, but the “open consensus mechanism”. That is: the mechanism that achieves consensus (about the state of the blockchain) between al participants, even when the identity of participants is unknown and participants can freely enter and exit the system.

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Good read if you're interested in blockchain. By Ronald Mulder on Miedium.

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