This Week In Digital – Week 13, 2019

Possibilities of fusing 5G and Blockchain, how AI will help HR recruit better and Astronomers to discover new exoplanets. Read all about it in the latest update of This Week In Digital.

Data visualization via VR and AR: How we’ll interact with tomorrow’s data – Greg Nichols, March 26, 2019.

Imagine tapping into a raw data feed from a distributed network of IoT devices in a logistics center. The center is full of robots, employee work stations, and shipping and receiving docks. The data coming back contains important information about machine performance and operational efficiencies. Reading the data correctly will reveal important opportunities to increase productivity. Before IoT and analytics tools, data fit nicely on a spreadsheet and could, with a little imagination, be exported visually in a chart or graph. Now, in the age of Big Data, the job of reading data often falls to data scientists who apply models to extract useful insights from large data sets. Companies that don’t employ data scientists may use third-party Software-as-a-Service products to churn through data.

India to Use Blockchain to Improve Coffee Supply Chain – Ana Alexandre, March 28, 2019.

The Coffee Board of India has launched a pilot blockchain-based e-marketplace in order to integrate coffee farmers with markets. The development was announced by Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) on March 28. The Coffee Board — an organization backed by the MCI to promote coffee production in India has rolled out an e-marketplace for coffee producers in order to reduce the number of intermediaries between coffee growers and buyers. The product will reportedly be delivered in the form of an application and aims to improve transparency and traceability of coffee produced in India “from bean to cup.” To implement the project, the Coffee Board collaborated with M/s Eka Plus, а digital commodity management platforms for аgriculture.

The Implications of Fusing 5G and Blockchain – Ben Whittle, March 30, 2019.

Analysts have been anticipating the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) for several years. However, there have been two main impediments to its success: capacity and security. But now, the introduction of a new technology could change that. This year, major carriers like AT&T and Verizon will be introducing 5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. The 5G platform brings a high data rate, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reduction, higher system capacity and massive device connectivity, according to analysts.

The Power of Crunching Big Data Effectively – Editorial Team, March 31, 2019.

According to an Accenture study, 79% of enterprise executives agree that companies not embracing big data will lose their competitive edge, with a further 83% affirming that they have pursued big data projects at some point to stay ahead of the curve. Considering that data creation is on track to grow 10-fold by 2025, it’s crucial for companies to be able to process it more quickly, and meaningfully. The expression “big data” is often bandied around in the business and tech world, but what does that really mean? Big data is a term that’s used to describe extremely large data sets that can be analyzed for trends and patterns in order to make better business decisions. That may sound easy enough, and although there is extensive research and written information on big data technologies, few companies are actually using big data successfully. In a survey undertaken by Capgemini, just 27% of executives surveyed described their big data initiatives as ‘successful’. Most businesses remain ambitious, knowing they should be employing the technology without actually doing so.

How HR leverages artificial intelligence, analytics to recruit, retrain, reward – Nandita Mathur, April 01, 2019.

Human resources, or HR, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) is the new driver of business growth today. It is not surprising, then, that both HR leaders and managers are leveraging AI to augment decision-making and interactions with employees. “The age of the intuitive HR leader is gone. Today, you have to use data while making a selection. HR was earlier very process-oriented. Now, we are moving out of that phase, and using decision science and AI to enable productivity,” says Diane Gherson, chief HR officer (CHRO) at International Business Machines Corp. (IBM).

Young Astronomer Uses Artificial Intelligence To Discover 2 Exoplanets  – Joe Palca, April 01, 2019.

A team of astronomers led by an undergraduate student in Texas has discovered two planets orbiting stars more than 1,200 light-years from Earth. Astronomers already knew of about 4,000 exoplanets, so finding two more might not seem like huge news. But it’s who found them and how that’s getting attention. Anne Dattilo, a senior at the University of Texas, Austin, found the planets by using an artificial intelligence program to sift through a mountain of data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. By using AI, the 22-year-old is helping to usher in a new era in astronomical research.

Why McAfee Is Integrating AI Into Next Gen Security – Sean Michael Kerner, April 01, 2019.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are often over-used terms in a modern cyber-security context, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful for helping organizations and vendors to improve. Among the many vendors that have embraced AI is McAfee, which is integrating different capabilities across its portfolio. Beyond the buzzword hype, AI has real value, as well as real potential for both defenders as well as adversaries, according to McAfee SVP and CTO Steve Grobman. In a video interview with eWEEK, Grobmanprovides insight into the current state of AI for cyber-security and how it is being used today.

 

 

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