GARTNER PREDICTIONS FOR THE TOP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
Game Changing Technology
For 2017 And Beyond
By 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality. By 2020, 30 percent of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen. By 2022, a blockchain-based business will be worth $10 billion . . .
Fasten your seatbelt. According to Gartner, Inc. – the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company – dramatic changes are ahead in the way you will do business and conduct your personal life in a 24-7, always-on, digital world . . . Read more.
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Will Algorithms Rule? You, Our Future and Our Civilization
The good news is that we can now mine mind-boggling quantities of data for valuable information about almost anything and anybody.
Dr. Panos Parpas, of Imperial College London, says that “algorithms, explained simply, follow a series of instructions to solve a problem. It’s a bit like how a recipe helps you to bake a cake.” Seems innocent enough, but what if the recipe, i.e., the algorithm is faulty, or worse, intrusive? Read More
Huge IoT-based DDoS attack has security experts worried.
The attack, which affected a number of major Web sites, reportedly used Internet-enabled cameras as a platform for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The attackers exploited manufacturer-set passwords that hadn’t been reset by users.
“This is just the beginning,” said Sanjay Sarma, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT who has done pioneering work on IoT systems “There’s more coming, sadly — perhaps a power plant.”
Read More at Computer World
One Friday night this month, Madeline Dahl, a 23-year-old nurse in the cardiology ICU at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, received an alert on her cell phone: PulsePoint an app that alerts CPR-trained people that aid is needed nearby indicated that someone near her needed immediate help. The alert turned out to be a life-saver.
Read More at CNN
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