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    1. Is AI the best weapon against terrorist propaganda?

      In the past four months alone, there have been three separate terrorist attacks across the UK (and possibly a third reported just today) – and that’s after implementing efforts that the Defense Secretary claimed helped in thwarting 12 other incidents there in the previous year. That spells a massive challenge for companies investing in curbing the spread of terrorist propaganda on the web.

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    2. How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

      There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population. Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is historically an arduous process that requires years of education and experience. Fortunately, artificial intelligence can help the healthcare sector to overcome present and future challenges.

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 5 Digital Marketing Trends That Will Disrupt Your Business

      The gloves have come off and marketers now are playing for keeps. Right now, it’s the best of times and the worst of times for business marketing. On one hand, there are unprecedented opportunities for reaching potential customers with precisely segmented messages, quantifying the impact of marketing campaigns, and understanding customers through a vast stream of data. On the other hand, every business is in the same game, consumers are savvier and wearier of marketing tactics, and tools such as automation and analytics challenge businesses to keep up with the competition as much as they offer a competitive advantage.

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    6. Mixed Reality will be most important tech of 2017

      2016 has been a remarkable year that’s brought continued growth and awareness to the worlds of Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality.2017 will be the start of an era that will bring some of the biggest digital advancements we have ever seen on the face of the earth for all of mankind. Through Mixed Reality we will all be able to share, experience and understand the world with a whole new set of eyes: a smarter more connected and magical set of eyes!

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    7. 3 reasons 2017 is the year to develop a company chatbot

      During Microsoft’s Build Conference earlier this year, CEO Satya Nadella delivered the three-hour keynote address, in which he highlighted his belief that the future of technology lies in human language. In this new wave of technology, conversation is the new interface, and “bots are the new apps.” The big tech enterprises are all entering the chatbot space, and many startups are too. Why is so much attention being given to chatbots recently, and should your business be paying attention too?

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    8. The world’s top autonomous vehicle tech firms are teaming up to create the ultimate self-driving system

      Delphi and Mobileye, two heavy hitters in the world of autonomous vehicle technology, have announced that they are partnering to jointly develop a self-driving system that automakers will be able to integrate into their cars starting 2019. For those who came in late: Delphi is one of the auto industry’s biggest parts suppliers. In 2014, it showed off an Audi SQ5 fitted with a self-driving system developed in-house, that allowed the vehicle to successfully navigate through 3,000 miles on its own.

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    9. Ford plans to have self-driving cars on the road in five years’ time

      Ford is planning to release fully autonomous cars within five years. The cars will have no brake or gas pedals, and be devoid of a steering wheel. In Ford’s view, we’ll get in, sit down and enjoy the ride. But there are no vehicles to show off yet. Instead of a product announcement, Ford simply proclaims it wants to make self-driving cars, and feels it can position them for ride-sharing service like Uber and Lyft.

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    10. Yahoo’s anti-abuse AI is better than humans at spotting online trolls

      Trolls are everywhere online — we even have a few of our own. The problem, until now, has been in correctly identifying what constituted abusive language. As it turns out, even humans are pretty terrible at identifying abuse. Yahoo’s newest algorithm is different. In 90 percent of test cases, it was able to correctly identify an abusive comment — a level of accuracy unmatched by humans, and other state-of-the-art deep learning approaches.

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    11. 4 Ways Gamification Is Advancing Cybersecurity

      With internet-based services encroaching over every aspect of our lives and tasks, new vulnerabilities are sprouting every day, providing malicious actors with new possibilities. One method helping immensely in overcoming these problems is the use of gamification, which employs gaming mechanics to deal with non-gaming situations. The use of gaming concepts is helping in many ways break the complexity of cybersecurity tasks and create motivation for collective efforts to deal with the rising challenges.

       

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    12. 17 simple growth tactics you can try in order to fuel growth for e-commerce

      In the past five years, growth hacking has exploded in popularity among savvy internet marketers, SaaS companies, and technical product entrepreneurs. Growth hacking is a fairly simple concept: It’s the idea that every strategy, idea, project, or tactic you develop and implement at your business should be centered around one thing: Driving growth. The whole point of growth hacking is to develop and run lean tests, campaigns, and programs that can help you better identify viable strategies, channels, and focus areas that you can use to scale your business.

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    13. The digital battle that banks need to win

      Retail banks are undergoing one of the biggest shake-ups in their history as new, digital-only rivals move in on their customers. Today, they must either redesign or die, as customers look for increasingly sophisticated digital experiences – a demand they’re failing to meet. Survey findings from British banking customers in this article indicate the areas of the digital banking experience that  most urgently need improvement, in order to fend off competition from digital rivals.

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    14. 6 Hidden Challenges Of Using The Cloud For Big Data And How To Overcome Them

      Enterprises have been slow to move big data processing to the cloud, but not for lack of trying. Most companies now use the public cloud in some form, often for SaaS applications. But enterprises have been slow to migrate big data and data warehousing to the cloud, despite cost, scalability and elasticity benefits. According to a 2014 Gartner survey, less than half of organizations with big data programs reported using the cloud in any form.

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    15. Mobile app UX design: What strategies work and why

      Your app’s success is contingent on a combination of factors, but I feel as you probably do as well, that the overall mobile user experience (UX) tops them all. The apps that stand out in the market are those that deliver great UX. Now, there are a countless number of elements that when applied in an optimum combination make your app’s UX one that users don’t forget. When it comes down to designing for mobile UX, sticking to best practices for your particular industry is a solid way to go.

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    16. A SaaS owner’s guide to managing your customer support process

      While your blog is the external face and voice of your company, your support team is the internal one. According to Jason Lemkin of SaaStr, SaaS companies — especially startups — should be using their company’s product, even if the teams don’t strictly ‘need’ to. That brings up an interesting issue — by putting every single employee on support in some capacity, you’re tackling several problems at once. You’re lightening the load of the dedicated support teams, teaching employees about the product they may well be advertising or marketing and gathering vital data from users on how the product ...

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    17. Why machine learning is not the silver-bullet solution to online fraud

      Machine learning has emerged as the best tool to fight fraud at scale, and merchants with the right instincts are increasingly turning to it for solutions. However, too many merchants are looking to machine learning as a panacea for fraud, and some vendors are irresponsibly fueling that belief, advocating a total replacement of seasoned fraud experts in favor of the machine. The truth is, when machine learning is naively and dogmatically applied, it will not only fall short of its potential, but it’s also likely to perform much worse than traditional fraud prevention techniques.

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    18. 6 business technology trends for 2016

      Where Silicon Valley goes, business follows. There’s a strong case to be made that Silicon Valley and nearby San Francisco have become the center of the world, displacing even New York and London. That’s because the computer industry is centered there, and technology currently is the number one force that is changing the business landscape. Even if a business has nothing to do with technology, it is strongly influenced by the trends that emerge from the Valley.

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    19. Digital addiction is the world’s next great health crisis

      A recent Atlantic piece introduces us to Griffin, a teenage addict from California. Poor Griffin. He was woken up in the middle of the night, thrown on a plane and driven out to the Utah desert to start a rehab program. His addiction? The internet. Yes, addiction is a word we throw around a lot today. Supposedly we’re “addicted” to Game of Thrones, lattes and Crossfit as well. Lest we forget cigarettes, heroin and vodka. So what about the internet? Is it the digital crack of our networked age?

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    20. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter urge UK to guarantee encryption in law

      Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have made a joint submission on the UK’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill that urges the government to guarantee encryption in law. While acknowledging that oral assurances have been made by ministers that encrypted services are not at risk, the group has asked for clarity: We reject any proposals that would require companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products via backdoors, forced decryption, or any other means.

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    21. Banks of the future are already here

      Drastic changes await the banking sector in the next two decades. While banks remain quite wrapped up in themselves, IT companies and startups are increasingly offering financial services. 10 percent of Starbucks revenue already comes from mobile financial services, Amazon runs its own application for receiving payments through mobile devices and Facebook allows its messenger users to transfer money directly to each other. Banks ought to embrace innovation and learn to compete in new ways – otherwise they will slowly but surely die.

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