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    1. How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

      For centuries, humans have been fretting over “technological unemployment” or the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Never has this sentiment been accentuated more than it is today, at the cusp of the next industrial revolution. With developments in artificial intelligence continuing at a chaotic pace, fears of robots ultimately replacing humans are increasing. However, while AI continues to master an increasing number of tasks, we’re still decades away from human jobs going extinct.

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    2. Acquisition signals increasing role of AI in outsourcing

      With its announcement last week that it will purchase enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) and automation vendor Rage Frameworks, Genpact became the first IT and business process service provider to acquire an AI platform.  The addition of Rage Frameworks, which has been applying machine learning and language processing to build intelligent automation platforms for financial services, capital markets and supply chains, “will take Genpact deeper into integrating semi and unstructured data and AI, where we see the true marriage of business processes with clever technology and self-developing algorithms,” says Phil Fersht, CEO of outsourcing analyst and consulting firm HfS Research.

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    3. Blockchain can help secure medical devices, improve patient privacy

      Blockchain can help secure medical devices and improve patient privacy, but the key is proper implementation, according to a top security pro at Partners Healthcare. The downsides would include mistrust of the technology because of blockchain’s potential performance problems, and its association with ransomware and use as payment for illegal items on the Dark Web, Partners’ Deputy CISO Esmond Kane told the SecureWorld audience last week in Boston. On the other hand, the decentralized, encrypted public ledger could have a wealth of applications in healthcare.

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    4. Elon Musk’s OpenAI Unveils a Simpler Way for Machines to Learn

      In 2013 a British artificial-intelligence startup called DeepMind surprised computer scientists by showing off software that could learn to play classic Atari games better than an expert human player. Now OpenAI, a nonprofit research institute cofounded and funded by Elon Musk, says it has discovered an easier-to-use alternative to reinforcement learning that gets rival results when it plays games and performs other tasks. The group says it has a more practical way to get software to learn tasks, such as steering robots, that require multiple actions.

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    5. How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them

      The US Senate yesterday voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. Within a week, the House of Representatives could follow suit, and the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year would be eliminated by Congress. So what has changed for Internet users? In one sense, nothing changed this week, because the requirement to obtain customer consent before sharing or selling data is not scheduled to take effect until at least December 4, 2017.

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    6. The race to make India a cashless economy

      Against the backdrop of the demonetization exercise that shook up the Indian economy last November, there’s a major tussle brewing in the consumer banking space in India. Vying for the chance to handle citizens’ money are two major sets of players – the traditional banks, and a new age of “Payments banks” – organizations that have received licenses to run partial banks, where they can accept deposits, offer services like debit cards and remittances, but not provide loans (at least not yet). It’s a battle between the old and the new that we’ve rarely seen the likes of elsewhere ...

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    7. Social determinants: powering the next big leap for healthcare analytics

      Real estate isn’t the only thing that’s all about location. Your ZIP code may be the single biggest predictor of your health and mortality. Healthcare analytics professionals increasingly view ZIP codes as surrogates for income, education, employment status, ethnicity and other related data elements that are collectively referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH). These types of data are beginning to play a critical role in population health management (PHM) practices.

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    8. YouTube’s automatic captioning system can now describe sound effects

      YouTube has long had an automatic captioning system that, thanks to Google’s machine learning advances in recent years, has gotten pretty good at automatically transcribing spoken words in a video. As the company announced today, its technology is now able to take this a step further by also captioning some of the ambient sounds like [LAUGHTER], [APPLAUSE] and [MUSIC]. For now, the automatic effects captioning is actually restricted to those exactly these three sounds. The reason for this, Google says, is that these are also exactly the sounds that most video producers manually caption right now.

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    9. Transform your IT from cash-eater to profit-maker with managed IT as a service

      The vast majority of cloud migration programs supporting IT transformation rarely end up with the promised business benefits. These scattered initiatives, decided in the CIO’s office, are often disconnected from any basic business strategy. Who can objectively pretend that leveraging the cloud to cut IT costs and streamline IT operations is enough to help the business become an innovation champion, prevent market share erosion or stop customer churn? These are actually the challenges.

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    10. If You Use A Business Dashboard, You Have This CEO to Thank

      Fixing the need for an analytics and business intelligence dashboarding tool that was both affordable and easy to use. Cyfe, founded in 2012, pioneered the freemium dashboard platform, expanding  a year later to include further support for analytic and marketing tools like Eventbrite, Stripe, and many others. Now, the company is helping brands like WholeFoods, Marriott, ABC, and Groupon save tons of time and effort in their marketing and IT departments.

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    11. An action plan for cloud management

      Companies everywhere are moving core enterprise systems to the cloud. Formerly complicated and expensive on-premises outsourcing implementations are now relatively simple and inexpensive in the cloud. This reduction in cost and complexity is causing an explosion of cloud services and cloud service providers. With multiple cloud services, many companies are losing track of the who, what, where, when and why of their data.

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    12. How to Use Smoke Tests to Validate Your Product or Feature Ideas

       Think you’re sitting on the next big idea for a product or a product feature? Before you spend dozens of hours and tens of thousands of dollars on the idea, you need to validate it. In other words, you need to make sure your audience is just as excited about the idea as you are. So, how can you validate the ideas sitting in your startup notebook or your product feature backlog without wasting resources? By running a smoke test. What is a smoke test?

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    13. How IT Can Empower the Enterprise with Self-Service Analytics at Scale

      Business intelligence used to be a top-down affair which IT often approached in the same manner as traditional IT projects. The business makes a request of IT, IT logs a ticket, then fulfills the request following a waterfall methodology.While this approach centralized data and promoted consistency, it sacrificed business agility. There was a significant lag between question and answer. And this delay led to lackluster adoption and low overall business impact.

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