“Everybody and their mother is out to create their own specialized voice-activated devices,” IBM fellow and CTO for its Watson project Rob High told me during an interview at MWC. IBM, of course, doesn’t offer a direct competitor to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, but the company hopes that developers will choose Watson, in all its various guises, to power their AI apps, smart chatbots and similar services.read more
Only 29% of US businesses have cyber insurance; Deloitte outlines steps for insurance companies to improve risk models, communication, and policy sales.
Sales of cyber insurance policies are suffering from a lack of shared data about security incidents, too few standard definitions, and not enough focus on risk mitigation for insurers or customers, according to a report from Deloitte released this week.read more
Even as fanatic customers can be counted on to line up outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone, there are still millions of Americans who don’t use a smartphone at all. For that matter, there are still plenty of happy owners of tube televisions, rotary dial telephones, film cameras, fax machines, typewriters and cassette tape players.read more
Viewed from afar these days, it might be easy to conclude that life in Washington, D.C., has become a reality show gone awry.
Cabinet-level nominees stepping down amid claims of wrongdoing; a president seemingly at war with the press and members of his own team; an intelligence community at odds with the source of its authority; and a bureaucratic “swamp” that refuses to be drained.
Not to be overlooked, however, are the real issues facing Congress, the White House and the nation as the hard work of governing marches on.read more
Called the “largest interconnected machine,” the U.S. electricity grid is a complex digital and physical system crucial to life and commerce in this country. Today, it is made up of more than 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations, 160,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and millions of miles of low-voltage distribution lines. This web of generators, substations and power lines is organized into three major interconnections, operated by 66 balancing authorities and 3,000 different utilities. That’s a lot of power, and many possible vulnerabilities.read more
I recently returned from a vacation to find that Google’s algorithms had created a customized slide show of my trip. I hadn’t asked for one. But the company’s software robots apparently noticed I’d traveled somewhere and taken a flurry of photos, which likely indicated I’d been vacationing. Now, I actually enjoy some of Google’s simpler customization tools, like autocomplete. But this unbidden slide-show curation seemed too humanlike. The machine had anticipated desires I didn’t have yet. I actually yelped when I saw it.read more
BreezoMeter has collected pollution data and created a way to build real-time air pollution maps for big cities.
The San Francisco company is launching an interactive map of air pollution based on data from real-time traffic information and other data sources, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter. You can use it to plot the safest path to work on your daily commute.read more
Lenovo Health has joined forces with Orbita, a connected home healthcare technology vendor, to unveil a virtual home care system at HIMSS17 based on two recently debuted products: Lenovo Smart Assistant and Orbita Voice.
Lenovo’s Smart Assistant, first previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a voice-controlled speaker for the home that combines the Amazon Alexa voice platform with Lenovo styling and Harman Kardon speaker technology.read more
With Republicans now in power across the government, Congress has moved aggressively toward undoing Obama-era tech policies. Net neutrality, the rule that ensures equal access to all websites, and broadband privacy rules are the first targets. Lawmakers also hope to...read more
There has been plenty of talk about the need for a chief analytics officer or chief data officer. But do you ever wonder what they do for a living?
As analytics continues to spread out across an organization, someone needs to orchestrate it all. The “best” person for the job is likely a chief analytics officer (CAO) who understands the business, understands analytics, and can help align the two.read more
We all know that the technology industry has a gender problem. But how do you move the needle from awareness to action?
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit tech group, have an idea: take the fight to the states. On Friday, both will host the first-ever Girls Who Code Governor’s Summit at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The guest list includes Govs. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa.read more
A century or more ago, there were plenty of people in Wisconsin who cringed at the thought of all those horseless carriages, motorized bicycles and boats buzzing about. And yet, it was precisely that kind of innovation that built a signature part of Wisconsin’s modern economy – and which can be repeated today with an aggressive welcome to autonomous vehicles.read more
A small startup company, Echo Labs, is working to integrate a new level of health monitoring into wearable technology.
Echo Labs provides health care organizations with analytics to allow for better care of their patients, decrease hospital admissions, and reduce spending. Its first generation wearable offers health information by creating continuous vital sign tracking.read more
A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative.read more
When a cyberattack occurs, ethical hackers are called in to be digital detectives. In a certain sense, they are like regular police detectives on TV. They have to search computer systems to find ways an intruder might have come in – a digital door or window left unlocked, perhaps. They look for evidence an attacker left of entry, like an electronic footprint in the dirt. And they try to determine what might have been copied or taken.read more
Intel, the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer, will invest $7 billion to finish a factory in Arizona, adding 3,000 jobs, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday after meeting with President Trump at the White House.
The completion of the factory, which will complement two other Intel semiconductor plants in Chandler, Ariz., had been under consideration for several years.read more
Demisto, which helps automate Security Operations Centers (SOC), announced today that is has raised $20 million in new funding.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based startup has developed DBot, a chatbot that automates a security analyst’s simple tasks and facilitates collaborations across different teams in real time for better management and response to attackread more
Jawbone might pivot to the medical industry as it exits the consumer market, according to people close to the company. It has already sold all its assets for the Jambox speaker business, and has heavily reduced its customer support staff.read more
We live in a data-driven world. From social media to smart cities to the internet of things, we now generate huge volumes of information about nearly every detail of life. This has revolutionized everything from business to government to the pursuit of romance. We...read more
Wisconsin has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship. Think of the marquee companies that remain the state’s economic “calling cards” – Oshkosh Corp., S.C. Johnson, Johnson Controls, Manitowoc Co., Harley-Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, Johnsonville, Kohler, Kohl’s and Quad Graphics. These companies all have one thing in common: They were named after the Wisconsin community of their founding or the last names of their founders.read more