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    1. The move towards robotics

      As more and more workplace roles and activities are slated for automation, how can CIOs help their businesses to reap the benefits of this growing trend? Analyst Gartner estimates software or robots will take one in three jobs by 2025. Just like with mobile, cloud, and big data technologies, the rise of robots will have a huge impact across all sectors and job roles, even in industries that might seem more immune to digital development. Businesses must get ready for automation - and savvy CIOs should be at the head of those preparations.

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    2. HP Enterprise joins battle for the edge of IoT

      HPE's Edgeline IoT Systems are gateways for working on data before it crosses a network. The Internet of Things could help some companies save money or even boost sales, and the big names of enterprise tech are lining up to help their customers make the leap. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is in the thick of that pack. On Wednesday in London, it unveiled two gateway devices for gathering and processing data at the edges of IoT networks. The HPE IoT System EL10 and EL20 are available now.

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    3. 5 disruptors to keep on your radar

      What should be on your radar screen as we head into the new year? The 182 IT professionals who participated in the Computerworld Forecast 2016 survey singled out these five potentially disruptive technologies and trends: the rise of DevOps, virtualization 2.0, carbon-reducing technologies, the evolution of the IT-marketing alignment, and a sharpening of IT's focus on the customer experience. Here's a look at what our survey revealed about each of those emerging areas.

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    4. Microsoft Launches PowerApps, Makes Building Business Apps Easier

      Microsoft today launched PowerApps, a new Office-like service that makes it easy for virtually any employee in a company to build basic mobile and web-based business apps — and for IT departments to enable them to do so. The new service is now officially available in preview. As Microsoft’s corporate vice president for its application platform Bill Staples noted during a press briefing earlier this month, the company believes that while employees are now more mobile than ever, a lot of work is still bound to the desktop.

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    5. Machine Intelligence In The Real World

      In the past few years, I’ve been laser-focused on machine intelligence. I’ve talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors about helping machines make us smarter. And in the months since I shared my landscape of machine intelligence companies, folks keep asking me what I think of them — as if they’re all doing more or less the same thing. On average, people seem most concerned about how to interact with these technologies once they are out in the wild. This post will focus on how these companies go to market, not on the methods they use.

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    6. Mobile is the gateway for virtual reality becoming a $15.9B industry by 2019

      With virtual reality now becoming an actual thing with the launch of the Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in the wings ready to launch, analyst SuperData thinks the future for headset manufacturers is looking really green.How green? According to a report on SuperData’s website, our current environment of mobile and experimental virtual reality could eventually lead to the market pulling in $15.9 billion in combined hardware sales by 2019. This number comes at the end of a projected rise in sales that starts this year at $660.5 million, to $5.1 ...

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    7. What Toyota's $1 billion investment in AI is really about

       The car maker will inject $1 billion over the next five years, adding to a $50 million investment in AI research it made with MIT and Stanford in September. For obvious reasons the headlines have focused on Toyota's leap into autonomous driving, and comparisons with Google's driverless car program abound. But the more immediate impact of Toyota's investment won't be found on the road."There's a significant impetus for safe driving, but I think manufacturing is the underreported story," says Martial Hebert, "I believe we'll see solutions in manufacturing from Toyota's efforts much ...

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    8. Alternative processors tapped to fulfill supercomputing's need for speed

      As world powers compete to build the fastest supercomputers, more attention is being paid to alternative processing technologies as a way to add more horsepower to such systems. One thing is clear: It is becoming prohibitive to build blazing CPU-only supercomputers, due to power and space constraints. That's where powerful coprocessors step in -- the processors work in conjuction with CPUs to conduct complex calculations in a power-efficient manner.

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    9. How AI will take over health IT

      As the worst-case scenario goes, humans will integrate AI into drone-based weapons; eventually cede complete control; leading AI to begin using these weapons for their own purposes. The good news is that such a foreboding future is a long way off. The bad news is that, following a similar and much more likely course, AI could radically reshape the professional world. And health IT could be the first to fall. Why health IT? First and most obviously, healthcare in the U.S. is desperately inefficient. Lately the solution prescribed to combat inefficiency is to get rid of as many people ...

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    10. How Much Technology Is Too Much Technology?

      There are many visions of what our hyper-connected future might look like. We’re packaged countless variants on the shiny-techie-future vision theme every day as marketing departments lay it on thick to try to put gloss on their latest product and restless grease on the wheels of consumption. Thing is, these tales of shiny futures are not really that interesting. Given they are artless fictions. What’s far more interesting is how technology is being applied in the here and now — and how it’s already interacting with and impacting social structures. And if you look at those tell-tale signs ...

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    11. ​Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework

      Linux has long ruled supercomputing. In the latest TOP500 supercomputer ranking, 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers were running Linux. There's more to running a high-performance computer (HPC) than the operating system, and open-source software is getting organized to support it. HPC is used for large-scale meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics modeling and calculations. It has unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements. Creating this software has never been easy. Supercomputing uses programming techniques, which are not used in any other kind of computing.

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    12. The Two Distinct Types Of Fintech Innovation

      Fintech, the (faintly uncool) term for financial technology, is booming these days. But it’s wrong to think of fintech as a single sector. There are two very distinct types of fintech innovation that entrepreneurs, consumers, investors and regulators need to be able to tell apart. Finance is about transporting value, and that can either be transactional (i.e., payments, settlements and exchanges, including the provision of data) or intertemporal (i.e., investment, insurance and borrowing).

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    13. Banks Should Prepare For The Internet Of Things

      It is widely acknowledged that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a huge impact on nearly every industry, and financial services is no exception. Insurers are already exploring how the IoT will transform the insurance industry through improved customer dialogue, more precise price models and faster settlements. This is achieved through real-time monitoring, collection and analysis of behavioral data for both P&C and life insurance. This creates many opportunities for incumbents, as well as threats from new entrants like Google.

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    14. The pace of innovation is accelerating, but the impact on jobs is a question mark

      Predictions about future job growth are getting harder to make. Innovation is happening so quickly in so many areas that it's making Moore's Law look sluggish. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a new study, looks at the innovations ahead and quantifies what it sees as the growth rates of various technologies. But when it comes to the impact on jobs, the bank's researchers are scratching their heads like everyone else. There is worry, in this comprehensive report, that automation could upend the U.S. government's job growth estimates.

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    15. Verizon Giving $6 Million to a Dozen Startups Using Mobile Technology to Save Lives

      A drone that acts as a lifeguard, a Wi-Fi network that can be airdropped into a disaster and ten other potentially life-saving startup ideas are set to share in $6 million in prizes thanks to a contest from wireless giant Verizon. The startups are all winners in the company’s Powerful Answers contest, with the specific prizes to be announced at a Dec. 9 event in San Francisco.

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    16. Fintech investments in APAC to quadruple in 2015

      A new report from Accenture has indicated that Asia-Pacific financial services will be making fintech investments in blockchain, cloud, and security. The report, Fintech Invest in Asia Pacific set to at least quardruple in 2015, showed that in the first nine months of 2015, fintech investments nearly reached $3.5 billion from $880 million in all of 2014. This rise was said to be driven by investment deals made in and from China, by organisations including Alibaba Group Holding and its Ant Financial Services Group subsidiary, into Paytm, an Indian-based mobile payment and commerce platform; and fundraising efforts by Ping ...

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    17. ​Google makes email smart enough to answer for you

      The Inbox service's new "smart reply" feature offers three ready-made responses to emails. It looks simple but exemplifies deep-learning technology that's getting more important at the Internet giant. It may look simple, but under the covers, the capability requires complex technology called deep learning, a newer incarnation of what researchers for decades have called artificial intelligence. Google has been using deep learning to give its services something of the mental adroitness and sophistication as a real human mind. With it, Google already screens out spam, identifies photo subjects, translates text and tries to spot trends in your spreadsheet ...

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    18. Amazon, Apple and Google Unite Behind Financial Innovation Coalition

      Three of the technology industry’s fiercest rivals — Amazon, Apple and Google — have aligned behind their shared business interest in promoting tech-friendly changes to the financial services sector. The newly formed Washington, D.C., advocacy group Financial Innovation Now will look to influence the political debate on issues such as security and fraud prevention, real-time payments, online lending and access to basic financial services.

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    19. Ready For The Regulators

      It’s not just the impending 2016 political theater or our own paranoid imaginings. Silicon Valley really has been buzzing more about the role of government policy in business innovation, and the crescendo will persist long after our next POTUS is decided. While government is bringing regulation to innovators, there’s an opportunity to bring innovation to regulation. As 2016 quickly approaches, one race to watch is whether innovators or policymakers take the lead in defining the way business and government interact in the future.

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    20. Google reports strong profit, says it's 'rethinking everything' around machine learning

      It's already sorting your email and translating your voice searches, and machine learning will play a bigger role in Google's services moving forward. "Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we're rethinking everything we're doing," says Google CEO Sundar Pichai. He was putting the spotlight on a branch of artificial intelligence that's getting more attention lately. It involves using computer algorithms that can "learn" over time. A common example is its use in email, where machine learning figures out from watching users' behavior which emails are spam and which should be let through

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    21. Huawei Overtakes Xiaomi To Top China’s Smartphone Market For First Time

      Huawei, the Chinese tech firm that produces smartphones in addition to networking equipment, became the top seller of smartphones in China for the first time during the last quarter. TechCrunch understands that the gap between Xiaomi and Huawei’s figures — according to Canalys’s research — is not huge. So a change in leadership is more a testament to Huawei’s progress than any major crisis at Xiaomi. Banned from selling networking gear to the U.S. government last year, Huawei’s consumer electronics business is taking off with a series of appealing devices. An Android smartwatch, a smartphone with an ...

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    22. The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization

      The car is well on its way to becoming the most sophisticated mobile device in the Internet of Things (IoT), or, to use a phrase that’s more to the point, the Monetization of Things™ (MoT). Linked to the cloud by way of wireless technologies, smart chips, onboard computers and mobile apps, connected vehicles are driving new business models and disrupting old ones. Here’s a look at some of the key monetization opportunities emerging from their wake right now, as well as some not far down the road.

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    23. AI 'just an ordinary part of our lives,' already optimizing business operations, says researcher

      While the uninitiated might think artificial intelligence as a business tool is still a ways off, researchers are already using AI and machine learning in ways with definite enterprise use cases, according to an AI expert. Over the past few years, according to CMU's Dean of Computer Science Andrew Moore, AI researchers have been able to build systems with practical functions across industry spaces that are either already in use or right on the horizon. Part of the breakthrough is thanks to big data and data science.

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    24. 7 technology lessons retailers learned in 2015

      As the autumn air turns crisp and the leaves fall, retailers around the country are gearing up for what they hope is a highly profitable holiday season. But besides making sure they’re fully stocked with the holiday gifts customers want, they are also taking stock of everything they learned in 2015 – so they can up their game after the New Year rolls around. Savvy retailers know that in order to compete in a fast-paced landscape of demanding customers looking for shopping Nirvana through smartphones and social media, they need to keep up with constantly evolving technology at every turn. 

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