The European Union has been toughing up on Google’s parent company, Alphabet, due to antitrust regulation in different European countries. In this case, Google must choose whether they should fight against regulators or simply allow for the fines and penalties to come in. The problem is that in the past, other American tech companies such as Microsoft have had to pay up to $2 billion in fines. Google has said that they believe that they have a strong case against the lawsuits against them and they would not be afraid to go to court in case the European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager rejects the agreements and compromises that Google has negotiated, the previous Commissioner rejected this agreement three times already.
While virtual reality is all over the news and seems to be the next big thing there is another disruptive technology that will rival VR in the near future, augmented reality. Augmented reality like Microsoft’s HoloLens has the ability to change how we perceive the real world, rather than a virtual one. In creative industries where people create designs for cars and other products, the HoloLens will be able to assist them with their work visually. It will be able to show them what a specific action will do to their product and the optimal way to produce the final piece. What this means is that “going back to the drawing board” in these industries no longer requires large amounts of funds. It will be as simple as changing the design in augmented reality. This transfer from manual labor to augmented reality will ultimately revolutionize the design industry as its possible applications are endless.
Link to article: http://www.improvides.com/2015/01/23/microsofts-new-hololens-potentially-revolutionary-actually-useful/
Question: Where do you see augmented reality being most often applied in the future?
JP Morgan Chase’s CFO has reported that her company is actually a technology company that offers financial services. They claim this because they have invested in a team of 40,000 technologists including 18,000 developers that are currently creating intellectual property for JP Morgan Chase, therefore, we should be seeing some new tech products coming from this company soon. This isn’t the first time that a company of this nature has done that, Goldman Sachs’ CEO has referred to his company as a tech company multiple times. Given the fact that banks have been losing a lot of revenue lately due to market disruptions coming primarily from technology companies such as Robin Hood, which lets you trade stocks for free without having to pay commissions; and Acorns which withdraws small amounts of money from your bank account and invests it in a portfolio that “meets your needs.” Big financial companies are now in the need to catch up with these companies and also regain the trust from the general public that still feels some stigma from the 2007-2008 global financial crisis and house bubble, which was fueled by big banks giving out subprime mortgage loans to risky investors.
With the past Apple iPhone unlock software vs Government trying to breach, there’s a new similar dilemma going on. Microsoft is now suing the government for ‘unconstitutional’ cloud data searches. Not that this directly relates to anything we’re learning right now in school, but just thought I’d share with you all in case your company stores their data on Microsoft’s Cloud – the Government may be narrowing down your emails or potentially any documents stored on their cloud.
Over the past 16 years, 15 of them have been the hottest in recorded history. Warmer weather leads to more frequent and extreme weather events. This fallout from this has impacts across many areas of society and effects everyone involved. While this is an overall negative for most people of earth, one area that has benefited from this are companies offering “infrastructure as a service”.
In 2014 global data protections and recovery services grew by 7.2%, and this is steadily increasing. One of the main driving factors has been Disaster Recovery. For years the extra storage and infrastrucyre required to properly maintain and disaster recovery plan has been extremely cost prohibitive. But recent companies like Amazon, Google, and others provide cloud storage and processing for companies at a far lower rate. Now business can afford to backup their data and processes in multiple locations for cheap, allowing for business continuity in times of crisis.
This is especially important for businesses located in natural disaster prone regions. The article linked talks about the New York Department of Transportation during Hurricane Sandy. When Sandy hit, the DOT lost power to it’s data center, and partially flooded fuel tanks providing backup power. While they did have external backups, they only allowed for a fraction of the primary services to be reinstated afterwards. Fortunately, they had some systems backed up with Amazon, which allowed for a much quicker recovery.
With the inevitable increase in global temperatures, businesses must prepare for the worst-case disaster scenarios happening. The best case has been infrastructure investments provided externally. Disaster Recovery as a service is the fastest growing segment of disaster recovery, and likely to remain that way into the future.
What would your opinion be on the best way to handle potential disasters?
Are there negatives to investing in services like AWS, over build your own physical backup sites?
As if the FBI really needs your permission to listen to your conversations or read your texts….
According to this article, App developers leveraging ‘Silverpush’ may be gathering that exact data for none other than, Advertising! This plugin of sorts has the ability to use the microphone on your phone to hone in on anything going on around you. In this instance, trying to make a link between the devices you’re using… think tv, laptop, cell phone. If an advertiser can target you on multiple devices at once, then maybe you’ll finally buy that useless junk sitting in your Amazon shopping cart.
Or maybe it’s just Batman trying to save the day….
As we begin to recognize the realistic, yet scary progression in 3D printing, I found a similar technology that may disrupt the printing and ultrasound market, potentially even IBM Watson’s outlook. Realview Imaging, established in 2008, completed the first development of a Holographic Clinical Beta System – they are the world leader in providing this technology. True holography reconstructs the wave front reflected by an object, resulting in a replicated object floating in mid air. These holograms are projected with high resolution and quality, enriched with color and can be viewed from a wide angle. I find the idea behind this to be much more practical than 3D printing, and potentially a better way to potentially discover health abnormalities faster and treat more efficiently.
How do you view this innovation in comparison to 3D printing? If you find them similar, how can we conjoin both technologies into one?
What is your view of potential for this technology?
18-time world champion, and 9-dan ranked Go player Lee Se-dol lost a series of close matches to the google-owned AI AlphaGo. Go is a board game considered more complex than chess for computers to master due to the massive number of possible boardstates that prevents brute force from figuring out plays. DeepMind uses a series of neural networks to learn and improve its gameplay. This is no small undertaking as hundreds of employees work on DeepMind and to try to find new uses for it. This disruptive technology can be applied to many upcoming industries as it can sustain some industries that already use intelligence for data analysis like google’s search. It can come in as a new-market where companies can borrow DeepMind to solve problems that they may be having, replacing lots of decision-making jobs.
- Do you think that a job you may have could be replaced with a learning AI?
- Can you think of a creative way that an existing company could rent DeepMind
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at a much faster rate than other connected devices, such as smart phones or tablets. Gartner estimates that the internet of things installed base will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, and will generate over $300 billion in revenue. However, the internet is inherently insecure, so as the world becomes increasingly connected, IoT is vulnerable to hacking. A few key areas for concern are in vehicles, homes, and industrial controls. It is crucial that IoT designers keep privacy and criminal implications at the heart of the design of these new technologies.
The most unsettling concern about IoT is that we cannot predict the potential real-life impact it will have. As IoT becomes more widely adopted, we will likely see some of the hidden consequences. To combat these issues, security professional Josh Corman has started a movement “I am the calvary,” which is intended to “act as a hub for vulnerability research that affects four areas: medical devices, automobiles, home services and public infrastructure,” and will give altruistic researchers a place to share findings.
After talks about the popular change in Bitcoin it seems that something must be done with its infrastructure soon or they could be in big trouble. Recently, Microsoft has no longer given consumers the option to pay using Bitcoin. The consumers that have Bitcoin credit on their accounts can still use them they will not allow new customers to pay with that form of currency anymore. With such a huge Tech firm discontinuing this option does that mean that Bitcoin is not as popular as many have thought it would be? It comes as no surprise that Bitcoin has had some infrastructure problem with the growing demand for them. But they have not changed in order to increase its capacity in response to the growth of Bitcoin.
Will other large firms (Paypal, Zynga, EBay, Tesla, Tigerdirect) continue the trend to discontinue Bitcoin if they don’t change there infrastructure soon?
Why do you think Bitcoin hasn’t change its infrastructure after seeing how much demand there is for this currency?
Would you use Bitcoin if it was more accessible for you to get a hold of?
Main Source: http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/14/microsoft-quietly-drops-bitcoin-support-from-the-windows-store/