Daily Tech Digest - August 06, 2023

California Opens Privacy Probe Into Car Data Collection

Modern vehicles are equipped with a wide range of sensors, cameras, and other technologies that generate vast amounts of data. This data includes information about the vehicle’s location, speed, acceleration, braking, and even driver behavior. Additionally, connected car systems can collect data on music preferences, navigation history, and other personal preferences. Car data is collected by various parties, including automakers, technology companies, and third-party service providers. This data is used for a variety of purposes, such as improving vehicle performance, developing new features, and providing personalized services to consumers. However, concerns have been raised about the potential misuse or unauthorized access to this sensitive information. The investigation by the California Privacy Agency highlights the importance of protecting consumer privacy in the context of car data collection. As vehicles become more connected and autonomous, the amount of data being generated increases exponentially. 

An eventful week in the world of Arm and RISC-V

What’s most intriguing though with all of these coincidental events though is the NXP Semiconductors’ announcement. Almost all the initial investor companies announced in the new, unnamed organization, are also Arm licensees. The press release states: “Semiconductor industry players Robert Bosch GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., have come together to jointly invest in a company aimed at advancing the adoption of RISC-V globally by enabling next-generation hardware development.” So, was this strategically timed to coincide with Arm’s annual meet? What’s also intriguing is that the announcement says a new company has been formed but the company isn’t named. Maybe the disclaimer is the added statement that “the company formation will be subject to regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions.” The new unnamed company formed in Germany also “calls on industry associations, leaders, and governments, to join forces in support of this initiative which will help increase the resilience of the broader semiconductor ecosystem.”

How Agile Management Disrupts the Status Quo

As a relatively newer project management methodology, you might wonder how agile differs from the typical or traditional project or team management approach an organization might use—and how it disrupts those traditional approaches. Agile principles are designed to allow for more seamless collaboration, feedback, and flexibility to ensure faster and more thorough success in bringing high-quality products to market. Agile methodology and coaching should focus on bringing together stakeholders, developers, programmers, and end-users to support the underlying principles. This management methodology encourages and facilitates ongoing conversations and regular communication as a primary means of measuring progress with incremental development. However, “incremental” movement doesn’t necessarily translate to slowing down the process. In fact, team member input—and, importantly, user input—ultimately allows for a more effective, functional, and satisfying final product.

A Journey Through Software Development Paradigms

In the quest for seamless collaboration and integration between development and operations, we encounter DevOps, a paradigm that bridges the gap between siloed teams and fosters a culture of continuous integration, delivery, and learning. We explore the triumphs and challenges faced by organizations adopting DevOps, witnessing its potential to accelerate software delivery, improve quality, and enhance customer experiences. Beyond the familiar shores of Agile and DevOps, our journey ventures into the uncharted territories of emerging paradigms, each holding the promise of further transformation. Lean Software Development, Continuous Delivery, and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) await our exploration, revealing new insights and practices that continue to shape the future of software development. As we reach the culmination of our voyage, we stand in awe of the pioneers and visionaries who have paved the way for progress, embracing adaptation and innovation in the pursuit of excellence. 

The Rise of Emotionally Aware Technology: A Deep Dive into Global Affective Computing

One of the key drivers behind the rise of affective computing is the increasing demand for personalized user experiences. Today’s consumers expect their devices to understand their needs and preferences and to respond accordingly. Emotionally aware technology can meet these expectations by adapting its responses based on the user’s emotional state. For example, a virtual assistant that can detect frustration in a user’s voice could offer to simplify its instructions or provide additional support. Another factor contributing to the growth of affective computing is the advancement in machine learning and AI technologies. These technologies enable computers to learn from data and improve their performance over time, making it possible for them to recognize and interpret complex human emotions. For instance, facial recognition software can now analyze subtle facial expressions to determine a person’s mood, while natural language processing can interpret the emotional tone in written text.

Digital twins: The key to smart product development

In advanced industries, survey data indicate that almost 75 percent of companies have already adopted digital-twin technologies that have achieved at least medium levels of complexity. There is significant variance between sectors, however. Players in the automotive—and aerospace and defense—industries appear to be more advanced in their use of digital twins today, while logistics, infrastructure, and energy players are more likely to be developing their first digital-twin concepts. One major aerospace company is developing a machine-learning-based geometry optimization system that can simulate thousands of different configurations at high speed to identify weight savings, aerodynamic improvements, and other performance benefits. A European software company is building a multiphysics model of the human heart to support drug and medical-device development. In the United States, an automotive company is building a system that can model all the software and hardware configurations it offers. The system will be used to simulate the effect of design improvements before they are delivered to customers as over-the-air updates. 

Four technology disruptions organizations must watch

Digital humans are becoming more and more like real people. They are readily available and have the ability to interact over a screen to handle a service-based issue or provide customer service instantly. As digital human software is integrated with natural language processing and robotic process automation tools, digital humans will become more of a presence in workflows of more and more processes. Consulting leaders should focus, both singly and in tandem, with leaders of other parts of an organization, on crafting approaches their clients can use to leverage a digital human workforce. Service delivery leaders — particularly within business process outsourcing providers — should be developing a strategy to deploy digital humans within their service delivery functions. ... A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is a digital entity, running on a blockchain (which provides a secure digital ledger for communication tracking), that can engage in business interactions with other DAOs, digital and human agents, as well as corporations, without conventional human management.

Bitcoin Beyond the Currency – the Disruption of Industries

The Bitcoin economy has the potential to become the biggest economy in the world; bigger than the United States or China. Bitcoin is a solution for everyone in the world who lives in fear of inflation risk, currency risk, or regime risk. A global, decentralized, trustless settlement layer and means of exchange with no state backing or intervention. For that to happen, BTC has to be more than a store value, it has to be a currency. We have to stop thinking about it in terms of market capitalization and start thinking about it in terms of a gross decentralized product, the “GDP” of the Bitcoin economy. One doesn’t talk about the market capitalization of the dollar, we shouldn’t think of Bitcoin in those terms either. Bitcoin is continuing to become increasingly vital as legacy institutions fall behind the strides being made in the technology sector. These breakthroughs are significantly disrupting incumbent industries ranging from those commonly considered such as banking and finance, to more unique industries such as insurance and energy.

Mitigating AI Risks: Tips for Tech Firms in a Rapidly Changing Landscape

Keep in mind: despite their capabilities, large language models can’t tell between what’s real and what’s not. And when asked to verify if something is true, they “frequently invent dates, facts, and figures.” While this stresses the importance of fact-checking on the end-user’s part, you could still face a lawsuit for defamation if any misleading information is published or shared with the public. In fact, ChatGPT-creator OpenAI is already being sued for libel after the system made false accusations against a radio host in the United States, claiming that he had embezzled funds from a non-profit organization. This is the first case of this nature against OpenAI, which could test the legal viability of any future AI-related defamation lawsuits. However, some legal experts believe the case may be challenging to maintain since there were no actual damages and OpenAI wasn’t notified about the claims or given the opportunity to remove them. Beyond defamation, tech firms that deploy large language models in user support systems can also face general liability risks relating to physical harm.

Data Democratization’s Impact on Users and Governance

A key result of increased user involvement in the nuts and bolts of data is the increased importance of data literacy throughout the organization, Stodder added. “It’s essential for organizations to understand what their current capabilities are and to make a plan to address any stumbling block they’re having.” Training tailored to the full range of user personas, from advanced users to more basic data consumers, will be critical to any data democratization effort. ... Another critical aspect of a democratization effort is an effective governance program. “Organizations can easily expand their data programs faster than they expand their governance programs,” Stodder explained, “which, given the existing strain placed on governance by regulations and the complexity of the data landscape, can only compound the problems.” Some of these governance issues can also be exacerbated by the distributed nature of a democratized landscape. “Many organizations are trying to consolidate to a kind of hub-and-spoke model,” Stodder said, “which has been effective for many of them. 

Quote for the day:

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” --
Elon Musk

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