July 31, 2016

Google teaches its car to be nice to cyclists

The autonomous car provides an ample amount of room and won’t overtake if cyclists take the center of the lane. It notices a variety of cyclist signals, such as an indication that the cyclist wants to move into another lane. Google has programmed its software to store the hand signals, which means if the cyclist moves to a new lane two minutes later the car will remember the signal. Google gave two examples of the car being extra cautious around cyclists, the first is if it notices a parallel parked car with the door open, it will slow down to let the cyclist pass without fear of a collision. The second is a video (below), shown at SXSW Interactive 2016, where the Google can instantly recognizes an oncoming cyclist and immediately slaps on the brakes.

The Cloud: What’s UNIX® Got to Do With It?

Cloud Solution/Hosting Providers look to a UNIX Cloud infrastructure to service financial institutions looking to support high transactional environments like online and mobile banking marketplace. Moreover, UNIX Cloud infrastructure provides a cost-effective, secure, and redundant environment. “Verizon serves both customers and employees with a UNIX Cloud infrastructure that implements enhanced agility, superior performance, easy maintainability, and effective cost control,” said Chris Riggin, Enterprise Architect at Verizon. HPE, IBM, and Oracle have expanded their services offerings to deliver UNIX mission-critical cloud and enterprise infrastructure, including their branded systems.

Disaster Recovery in a Virtual World

The cost of failure is expensive. IDC research shows that a medium-sized organization experiences, on average, 15–18 business hours of network, system, or application downtime per year, with each hour of downtime costing approximately $225,000. The result of going digital means businesses cannot tolerate the same levels of planned and unplanned downtime that they could before. In fact, for many businesses, “the window for downtime is close to zero.” In another survey, many organizations (39%) said they now need to restore critical workloads in minutes, not hours, and that meeting this requirement is virtually impossible with outdated data protection methods.

Here's why banks are embracing cloud technology

We’ve entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers and ATMs. No firm is immune from the coming disruption and every company must have a strategy to harness the powerful advantages of the new fintech revolution. The battle already underway will create surprising winners and stunned losers among some of the most powerful names in the financial world: The most contentious conflicts (and partnerships) will be between startups that are completely reengineering decades-old practices, traditional power players who are furiously trying to adapt with their own innovations, and total disruption of established technology & processes

Focus on Security Paves the Way for Expanding Services

Think of it as a piece of fruit, an apple, and you pass it around identifying yourself. Tokenization, and the Stateless Tokenization technology that HPE offers in particular, is that you have an exchange process. The middleman takes your apple, turn it into a pear through a specific algorithm. The reverse process can be applied when someone gives me a pear and ask for an actual apple; the visual is coming back to you. So, every time, every piece of information that is passed along in the message exchange, they go through this process. The key term here is stateless, of course, so that we don’t have a rack of this mapping information stored somewhere, which becomes yet another vulnerability. That makes our operations a lot easier, especially in a multi data-center environment.

One Berlin startup wants to make sharing your data as easy as sharing your money

Jolocom is developing an application that will allow users to share personal information through a secure and decentralized blockchain network. A user’s personal information is tied to them through an individual Web ID generated by the app, allowing them to share information directly with other others in the network. “It’s an extension of hyperlinking,” says Lohkamp. “But instead of linking documents or webpages, you’re linking data.” Say, for example, you wanted to open a new bank account. Instead of going to the bank in person to fill out paperwork and provide different forms of identification, you could just connect to the bank through the Jolocom app. The bank would then request the necessary information, and, with your approval, the data would be automatically transferred to create your account.

Virtual Labor Will Fuel Digital Initiatives

Nevertheless, smart machines and the services they enable are a reality. Hundreds of organizations are adopting smart-machine-enabled services to achieve short- to midterm savings, new revenue sources or profitability structures. Few, however, have fully understood the depth and magnitude of the potential value of the intellectual property (IP) being created. The IP developed alongside smart-machine-enabled services has the potential to add significant revenue, as it may be patentable. Due to the need for speed, business leaders tend to partner with providers to engage them in proofs of concept without involving sourcing executives or their teams, which exposes the organization to long-standing sourcing risks (including selection of the wrong partners, negotiation mistakes and vendor management issues).

How An Agricultural Data Firm Puts The Cloud To Work

In a phone interview with InformationWeek, Sanjay Dayal, CTO and cofounder of Agralogics, said he considered a variety of enterprise integration platforms from companies like MuleSoft, Tibco, and WSO2. Those offerings, he said, would have required more configuration, coding, and maintenance than Built.io Flow. "The whole point was I didn't want to have a very heavy infrastructure," said Dayal. "This is something for which we needed lighter touchpoints." Agralogics functions as an ERP service for the food ecosystem, Dayal said, noting the food industry tends to adopt new technology slowly. Built.io Flow proved appealing because it could connect customers' antiquated systems with AWS, the infrastructure that Agralogics relies upon.

HIT Think How IoT will affect information governance

Gartner defines information governance as the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to ensure behavior in the valuation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information. While these are accurate and encompassing definitions, they are built on top of, and rooted in, processes that are being forever changed by IoT. Data defines how you operate your company at a foundational level. Data also impacts how you operate your organization and what you provide as services, as well as how you measure success and failure from your financial reporting. Data is vital to every process in the organization, and the discipline of information governance has become one of the most strategic areas within corporate management to understand and manage data.

Let's build a robot!

We've all seen various household and industrial/commercial robots come to the market. They are generally big budget, expensive things that are mostly out of reach financially, or so limited in their functionality as to be almost useless. Interesting, and indeed fascinating, but quite useless. At the end of May of this year (2016), Asus launched its own first stab at a household robot, and I thought - wow, that's cute, and actually, not that difficult to build... sure, what we might build at home may not be as polished or slick as the cool thing Asus sells, but it sure as heck could have similar functionality, if not more!

Quote for the day:

"Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice." -- Peter Drucker

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