New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

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New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

Europe’s data privacy rules could drastically affect businesses working with artificial intelligence. The new European Union’s rules related to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018.

The new rules could pose problems for companies who are working with AI and expanding their operations in Europe. The gathering and use of data is fundamental in training artificial intelligence and using the technology to answer questions.

Thanks to the rise of IoT, companies from sports brands to pharmaceutical corporations are gathering more data than ever. The upcoming regulations crack down on data ‘profiling’, the ability of companies to use automation to determine characteristics of individual users. Continue reading “New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI”

The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

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The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

There’s another high-level skill that will also be needed. A point raised in the Aspen discussions was the problematic and inherent biases that may be embedded in AI, and thus, too much trust being placed in machines with flawed, or even dangerous, logic. The ability to design inherent biases out of AI systems, and to provide critical thinking over and above automated decisions, is is a skill area that needs to be developed and brought into every organization considering AI.

“With the rise of automation, you definitely have conversations about jobs that are going to be lost,” says Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League at MIT Media Lab. “But I think something we’re not talking as much about is who then become the gatekeepers for the jobs that are there? Even now, you have automated systems going through applications for jobs, looking for specific patterns. Those specific patterns might reflect prejudice in selection from prior decision makers. So now what you do is you embed that prejudice, potentially, if you’re not intentional about checking for bias or trying to take measures to ensure fairness. Data is destiny. If you have biased data, you’re destined to have bias in your outcomes or your predictions if it’s left unchecked.” Continue reading “The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers”

AT&T to control vast majority of 5G spectrum, following $1.6bn acquisition

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AT&T to control vast majority of 5G spectrum, following $1.6bn acquisition

For all intents and purposes, it looks like AT&T is going to own a majority of 5G wireless connections in the US. The company has announced that it has acquired Straight Path Communications for $1.6 billion. Not familiar with the name? That’s totally understandable. “Straight Path is the largest commercial holder of the 39 GHz spectrum, with about 95 percent of the total licenses commercially available, as well as a significant holder of 28 GHz in major markets, including New York and San Francisco,” the company’s website reads. Continue reading “AT&T to control vast majority of 5G spectrum, following $1.6bn acquisition”

Costs for a fibre based Gigabit Society significant but achievable

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Costs for a fibre based Gigabit Society significant but achievable

FTTH Conference, Marseille, 16 February 2017: The FTTH Council Europe made public the first results of its updated study on the cost of deploying FTTH throughout the EU showing that the outstanding costs of full fibre coverage in the EU are €156 billion as input to the ongoing legislative debate on the proposal for a European Electronic Communications Code. Continue reading “Costs for a fibre based Gigabit Society significant but achievable”

Industry-leading Cybersecurity and IoT Experts Form IoT Cybersecurity Alliance

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Industry-leading Cybersecurity and IoT Experts Form IoT Cybersecurity Alliance

AT&T*, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic are joining forces to innovate in the security space. They’ll use their combined expertise to help tackle today’s top Internet of Things (IoT) security challenges.

This IoT Cybersecurity Alliance combines industry-leading security providers and IoT experts. The group will research and raise awareness of ways to better secure the IoT ecosystem.

As the number and kinds of connected devices multiply, so have the security risks. In the past 3 years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices. Continue reading “Industry-leading Cybersecurity and IoT Experts Form IoT Cybersecurity Alliance”

IBM Acquires The Weather Company’s Product and Technology Businesses, Extends Power of Watson to IoT

IBM Senior Vice President Bob Picciano (left) joins The Weather Company Chairman & CEO David Kenny (right) at the IBM Insight Conference in Las Vegas.  IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand.. The planned acquisition would bring together IBM’s powerful cognitive and analytics platform and The Weather Company’s dynamic cloud data platform, which powers the fourth most-used mobile app daily in the United States and handles 26 billion inquiries to its cloud-based services each day. Continue reading “IBM Acquires The Weather Company’s Product and Technology Businesses, Extends Power of Watson to IoT”

Reasons why companies continue to struggle with IoT

The Internet of things (IoT), the term used to describe the use of sensors and other Internet-connected devices to track and control physical objects, is opening up entirely new ways of doing business. However, the changing customer demands is challenging skill requirements and even the supplier landscape, thereby throwing up immense challenge to business leaders. Two recent studies detail why enterprises continue to struggle with IoT.

Researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute found that key IoT application – and they examined over 100 – could have a total economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion per year in 2025. More than two-thirds of value will be generated in business-to-business settings and that business customers and consumers will likely capture more than 90% of the value created, they said. Continue reading “Reasons why companies continue to struggle with IoT”

Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle Special Report Reveals IoT Among Most Hyped Technologies

The journey to digital business continues as the key theme of Gartner, Inc.’s “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2015.” New to the Hype Cycle this year is the emergence of technologies that support what Gartner defines as digital humanism — the notion that people are the central focus in the manifestation of digital businesses and digital workplaces.  Continue reading “Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle Special Report Reveals IoT Among Most Hyped Technologies”