State of Wisconsin Chief Information Officer David Cagigal has a simple goal: To “never spend another dollar” on laying optical fiber cable for data projects involving state government and its partners.
If that sounds unrealistic, consider that millions of miles of “dark fiber” – meaning, high-bandwidth fiber not in use – already exist in the United States. Even that’s just an estimate because the fiber installation glut of the early 2000s led to myriad network bankruptcies, and today’s successor companies don’t always know where all the fiber is buried.read more
Reddit will soon start treating some of its more controversial communities differently than others, according to newly minted Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman.read more
“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong,” Benjamin Franklin once said. These attitudes of success are timeless and guide every entrepreneur’s journey.
While there’s an abundance of contemporary entrepreneurs worth quoting, I’ve long had a fascination with legendary entrepreneurs who built many of the early cornerstone industries of the 20th century and earlier. From Henry Ford to Ray Kroc and Coco Chanel to Estee Lauder, they all faced enormous odds in not only creating new business models but in changing the very trajectory of a society. And they did it from ground zero at a time when raising capital was far less efficient than it is today.read more
When a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack.
If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their products and services, and government officials can push for tougher regulation or seek more money for cyber defenses.read more
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, along with hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts, are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, warning that they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms.
In a letter unveiled as researchers gathered at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires on Monday, the signatories argued that the deployment of robots capable of killing while untethered to human operators is “feasible within years, not decades.”read more
The new OS brings a number of features tailored specifically for healthcare settings and clinicians. Let’s take a look.
The arrival of a new Microsoft operating system does not exactly bring the same excitement that it once did.
Indeed, since about the time Windows Vista launched, subsequent operating systems have come – and in the odd case of Windows 9 essentially vanished – without the fanfare of Windows 95, XP or even 2000.read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Amazon sparked interest in drones more than a year and a half ago when it revealed on “60 Minutes” a program to use drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes. Since then the Amazon Prime Air engineers have largely kept a low profile as they test their technology overseas.read more
There’s no genetic test for entrepreneurism but these three questions come pretty close.
You can’t just take a blood sample and determine if someone has the DNA of an entrepreneur. Still, I’m convinced from decades of observation and interaction that being an entrepreneur isn’t just something you do; it’s something you are.
So, rather than draw blood, I’ve distilled the essence of entrepreneurism into three very basic questions. Yes, this isn’t exactly a Myers Briggs profile, but I’ve tested these on entrepreneurs over the years in various forms and the results are uncanny in their consistency. They speak to what really drives an entrepreneur–something that is at the same time wonderful and perverse, in that it is so different from what drives most people.read more
I’ve been thinking about the idea of grounded truth since I heard Ed Boyden, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute, speak recently about mapping the brain and complex systems. During his talk, Boyden used the term “grounded truth.” It’s a phrase with a simple and powerful definition. Grounded truth is an assumption-free understanding of the world.read more
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards of Technology, is circulating a draft guidance on best practices for securing healthcare data on mobile devices.read more