Spend any time on social media and you will invariably eventually be exposed to some sort of personality test. What sandwich are you? What part of the country should you move to? Which Star Wars character are you? While those tests are fun, you probably could get through your day not knowing that your sandwich personality is peanut butter and jelly or that you should pack everything up and move to Saskatchewan dressed like Chewbacca.
Startups have been leading the field for several years. They have revolutionized whole parts of the economy, their valuations are soaring and they are attracting the brightest young graduates. To many, they represent the future and their capacity for innovation stands in stark contrast to large companies.
Nowadays, anyone who wants to improve their home or workplace security will often install a surveillance camera. These can provide a live video feed straight to your smart phone or computer. The cameras are connected over the local wireless network (mainly WiFi), or via cable. But what happens if someone takes a malicious interest in you? Can the camera make things easier for them?
Five years ago Bell Labs had a vision. We realized that if communications networks continued to consume energy at the same rate, and the amount of data continued to grow the way we thought it would, energy consumption would make networks economically unsustainable. So we made a decision to create an organization with a bold – and some argued unattainable – goal of reducing energy consumption by more than 1,000-fold that we called GreenTouch.
Is the information and communication technology (ICT) sector a problem for the Earth’s climate? That was the idea examined at a recent symposium of the Royal Society in London. It is a disturbing idea to be sure, but it is based on the assumption that our current situation will not change - an assumption which is no longer valid, as many players are already actively engaged in bringing about change.
The growth rate of mobile data is staggering and continues to increase at an incredible rate as mobile devices have evolved from being tools for personal communication into being high performing, multi-media platforms. Live-streaming high-definition (HD) video, surfing the web, engaging in social media, on-line gaming and secure banking are just a few of the types of applications used daily on an ever-growing number of connected devices worldwide.
In my last blog on digital banking transformation, I talked about the many banks that are treating digital transformation as a critical step in their future survival. Success in digital transformation relies heavily on technology innovation and becoming a knowledge-based company. In order to reach and serve the next million customers, banks need to examine their information technology (IT) infrastructure and develop a digital roadmap.
Recent accidents in the United States and Europe have placed the issue of railway safety firmly in the public spotlight. Thankfully these events are rare, however, the industry must continue to strive to avoid high-profile incidents which put passengers’ lives at risk and the sector’s reputation in jeopardy.
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