This Week In Digital – Week 45

We bring you another weekly update of This Week In Digital. From AR/VR entering into literature world to rise of Blockchain’s popularity, significant developments have happened since last week. Read on to know

Blockchain Google Searches Now More Popular Than Cryptocurrency – Nicolas Say, November 6, 2018.

The term ‘Blockchain’ has been popping up in Google searches more often. In fact, it has overtaken the term ‘cryptocurrency’ consistently in terms of search frequency over the latter half of this year. Blockchain did it for the first time in July, and according to Google, it has been a more popular search term since September. For the moment, there are few blockchainapplications that the public can access directly. Investors have limited options as well, as most blockchain startups are private and pretty risky to boot. Most of the action in market-ready blockchain applications is happening at higher levels, with major companies that can secure the confidence of their counterparties. Some smaller players are also getting attention, but they face an uphill battle when it comes to credibility.

Artificial intelligence and the security dilemma – Chris Meserole, November 6, 2018.

Recent breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) have prompted breathless speculation about their national security applications. Yet most of that work has focused narrowly on their implications for autonomous weapons systems, rather than on the broader security environment. Apart from Michael Horowitz and a handful of others, few scholars have sketched out how A.I. might affect core questions of international relations and foreign policy. One key challenge stands out: What influence will A.I. have on security dilemmas between great powers? With the two leading producers of A.I., the United States and China, already eyeing each other warily, the question is far from an idle one. If we are to maintain a stable international order, we need to better understand how artificial intelligence may exacerbate the security dilemma—and what to do about it.

Worksoft Sees Major Shift To SAP® S/4HANA – AIT News Desk, November 8, 2018.

Worksoft, an SAP partner and leading global provider of Robotic Automation Software for mission-critical enterprise applications, announced tremendous growth in S/4HANA-driven sales of the Worksoft Certify automation platform for 2018. Currently, Worksoft is the industry’s leading continuous test automation platform for Enterprise Packaged Apps. SAP S/4HANA is the next generation intelligent ERP solution that delivers greater ROI, increases business agility and enables innovation with continuous support and accelerated updates.

This Week In XR: Virtual Reality Day, The Beat Saber Goes On, And More Good News For VR – Charlie Fink, November 8, 2018.

This was week was rich with VR news in diverse verticals, from games to enterprise, illustrating the continued strength and vitality of the young medium. VR hits like Beat Saber are drawing a crowd. VR is slated to star in this year’s massive IAAPA out-of-home amusement convention in Orlando. While consumer adoption has been slow, hits are emerging, investors are coming back, and passion and evangelism are growing, as 62 cities will be participating in Virtual Reality Day.

Enter a new dimension: Will.i.am’s augmented reality revolution – CNN Staff, November 8, 2018.

Will.i.am wears a lot of hats: Grammy Award-winning musician; co-founder of the Black Eyed Peas; a judge on TV’s “The Voice;” headphones entrepreneur. And now he’s bringing his creativity and flair for innovation into a new dimension, incorporating virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) into a variety of interactive experiences. The project that started this wave of projects was a graphic novel titled “Masters of the Sun.” But to fully experience the graphic novel, readers must download an accompanying AR app: “When we put AR on it, the book comes alive, so people can experience our graphic novel in three-dimensional space,” Will.i.amexplains. As you scan the pages with your device, characters and scenes seem to jump out of the screen.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Influencing Our Daily Lives –  November 9, 2018.

The word artificial intelligence (AI) brings the pictures of robots and machines in our mind. Surprisingly AI has already melded as a part and parcel of our daily lives. “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we will augment our intelligence”- Ginni Rometty. Chairman, President & CEO of IBM. AI has a great influence on human lives and it will dramatically grow in the years to come. Virtual Personal Assistant, Prediction on Purchase, Fraud Detection, Music and Movie Recommendation, News Generation, Online Customer Support these are some ways in which AI has delved into human lives

Organizations Need To Adopt The Strategic View Of Automation – Priya Dialani, November 11, 2018.

Automation is paving a way in all the functions of every enterprise. Customer relationship management software, product life-cycle management software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms, among other systems, have helped organizations streamline all functions and track data. Recently, in October, Capgemini published a report – Reshaping the future: Unlocking automation’s untapped value, emphasizing that organizations are using automation not for strategic decision making but for short-term goals of the business. Over 700 executives were sampled out of which 16% used automation at a scale. 14% used automation which reached only proof-of-concept stage and 17% used automation in the pilot phase. One CIOquoted in this research that many companies are testing automation for proof of concept and some easy implementation tasks to see how automation works.

How Samsung and Skydance view the evolving world of VR – DEANTAK, November 11, 2018.

Investors have moved on from virtual reality to other cool categories like crypto and blockchain and esports. But some of the established companies still see long-term potential in the VR market, particularly as it merges with the emerging markets of augmented reality and mixed reality. Skydance Interactive and Samsung are among the companies that are believers. There isn’t much of a consumer market now, but they’re encouraged at the growth of enterprise applications and they look forward to new versions of VR hardware coming in the near future.

UOB & Intel Want to Use Artificial Intelligence to Combat International Money Laundering – Fintechnews Singapore, November 12, 2018.

United Overseas Bank (UOB) today announced it  collaborated with Intel to test how federated advanced data analytics can enhance cross-border anti-money laundering (AML) efforts. The project was co-funded by the MAS’ Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) Grant under the Financial Sector Technology and Innovation Scheme. The AIDA Grant was launched at the Singapore FinTech Festival in 2017 to encourage the use of artificial intelligence and data analytics among financial institutions. The joint project between UOB and Intel set out to use a combination of technology and advanced data analytics to provide greater clarity about the extent of transactions made across countries and entities by a single client. As cross-border transaction data sit in multiple localities, maintaining data sovereignty and determining the risk of money laundering across geographies can be difficult and complex.

 

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