This Week In Digital – Week 08, 2019

Blockchain-level security for FB login, Mozilla with a new AR/VR browser, and experts predict how Big Data will fare in 2019. Read more interesting tech stories in This Week In Digital.

Komodo and Amazon create a 60-second blockchain builder – Tim CopelandFebruary 20, 2019.

According to CoinMarketCap, there are now more than 2,000 blockchains kicking around online, and things are about to get a whole lot busier. A new advanced partnership between web giant Amazon Web Services and blockchain ecosystem Komodo, called Chainlizard, will enable the creation of blockchains on the Komodo network in less than 60 seconds—Amazon is planning on releasing its own version of a managed blockchain later this year. A demo version is already live, but when the complete version gets the green light in Q2, 2019, it will not only provide a bespoke blockchain, but include nodes, a block explorer and software wallet.

Facebook interested in Blockchain-based authentication – February 21, 2019.

You may soon login to Facebook with Blockchain-based authentication, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated. In a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain late on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said he is “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the Blockchain technology. “I’m thinking about going back to decentralised or Blockchain authentication. Although I haven’t figured out a way to make this work out but this is around authentication and basically granting access to your information and to different services,”Zuckerberg told Zittrain. According to him, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps. Media reports also said Facebook was exploring to develop its own cryptocurrency.

Big Data, AI & IoT, Part Three: What’s Stopping Us? – Charles Towers-Clark, February 22, 2019.

Business leaders and media outlets alike have begun to clamor around the promise of AI, Big Data and IoT as if they are a magic bullet that will solve the world’s problems. But no technology exists in a vacuum, and the potential impact of these technologies is currently mitigated by barriers such as standardization, a lack of understanding, and unrealistic expectations at the top of many organizations. Wading through these issues is a challenge, but businesses, enterprises and governments are starting to realize that cooperation and steady progress will bring a quicker win than rushing in head first.

2019 Data Predictions: Demise Of Big Data And Rise Of Intelligent Apps – Karthik RamasamyFebruary 22, 2019.

We’re witnessing the shift from big data collection to real-time data consumption, and 2019 will mark the tipping point as intelligent applications  not people -become the primary consumers of data. With that in mind, here’s a look at the trends in the data trenches that are facilitating this shift for companies worldwide and the predicted implications across multiple aspects of technology.

Why cloud security needs to become your top priority – OLIVER PICKUP, February 24, 2019.

Multifarious benefits of cloud computing make the disruption of digital transformation worthwhile, business leaders are assured. However, a recent torrent of automated attacks on cloud infrastructure’s vulnerabilities has precipitated a somewhat gloomy outlook, raining on the cloud’s silver lining.In September, for example, Xbash – an advanced, data-destructive malware strain that combines cryptomining,ransomware and botnet capabilities – was identified. How can organisations that have come to depend on the cloud for the smooth running of their business combat these morphing, multi-vector cyberthreats?

Mozilla to Bring Firefox AR/VR Browser to Microsoft’s Hololens 2 – Anko Roettgers24th February 2019.

Microsoft’s newly-announced Hololens 2 augmented reality (AR) headset will get an alternative browser, courtesy of Mozilla: The Firefoxmaker announced Sunday morning that it is bringing its Firefox Reality AR/VR browser to the headset when it launches this summer. Microsoft used a press event ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Sunday to officially announce the next version of its AR headset: Hololens 2, which features much-improved hardware and a $3500 price tag.

Artificial Intelligence In Humanoid Robots – Sanjit Singh Dang, February 25, 2019.

When people think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the major image that pops up in their heads is that of a robot gliding around and giving mechanical replies. There are many forms of AI but humanoid robots are one of the most popular forms. They have been depicted in several Hollywood movies and if you are a fan of science fiction, you might have come across a few humanoids. One of the earliest forms of humanoids was created in 1495 by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was an armor suit and it could perform a lot of human functions such as sitting, standing and walking. It even moved as though a real human was inside it.

Artificial Intelligence won’t replace people, but add to their capabilities: Sebastian ThrunFebruary 25, 2019.

Twenty years from now we will speak all languages, recognize all faces, remember conversations and diseases that kill people today but will be detected much earlier now, thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered systems. In 50 years, it might be possible children born then will live to at least 200 years; and climate change will come to a halt! The world will be completely powered by alternate sources of energy instead of burning fossil fuels. Such romantic, tech assisted, science-fiction-become-reality kind of vision is what Silicon Valley deep tech scientist Sebastian Thrun believes will be true.



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