New business models, big opportunity: Tech/manufacturing

New business models, big opportunity: Tech/manufacturing

April 13, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic upended the way companies do business. Some are coping better than others—but largely, businesses are optimistic about 2021. That’s especially so for tech-forward organizations in two different industries—technology and manufacturing— that are planning major business initiatives to move beyond crisis response and thrive in a transformed corporate landscape. The pandemic accelerated…

New business models, big opportunity: Retail

New business models, big opportunity: Retail

April 13, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Now is a tough time to be a retailer. Even before the 2020 coronavirus pandemic brought rapid changes to the market, many traditional brick-and-mortar businesses were struggling. For example, from 2011 to 2020, the number of US department stores shrank from 8,600 to just over 6,000. The global crisis only amplified retail challenges. Since March…

NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

April 13, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

In 2023, NASA will launch VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), which that will trek across the surface of the moon and hunt for water ice that could one day be used to make rocket fuel. The rover will be armed with the best instruments and tools that NASA can come up with: wheels that can…

Facebook’s ad algorithms are still excluding women from seeing jobs

Facebook’s ad algorithms are still excluding women from seeing jobs

April 13, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Facebook is withholding certain job ads from women because of their gender, according to the latest audit of its ad service. The audit, conducted by independent researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), reveals that Facebook’s ad-delivery system shows different job ads to women and men even though the jobs require the same qualifications.…

Got your covid shots? You might have to prove it.

Got your covid shots? You might have to prove it.

April 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

As covid vaccines roll out in a handful of countries, the next question has become: How do people prove they’ve been inoculated? For months, this conversation—and the ethical questions any “vaccine passport” system would raise—has been theoretical, but over the last few weeks, efforts have become more concrete. Australian airline Qantas started running a trial…

Forget Boston Dynamics. This robot taught itself to walk

Forget Boston Dynamics. This robot taught itself to walk

April 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

A pair of robot legs called Cassie has been taught to walk using reinforcement learning, the training technique that teaches AIs complex behavior via trial and error. It’s the first time reinforcement learning has been used to teach a two-legged robot how to walk from scratch, including the ability to walk in a crouch and…

Preparing for AI-enabled cyberattacks

Preparing for AI-enabled cyberattacks

April 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Cyberattacks continue to grow in prevalence and sophistication. With the ability to disrupt business operations, wipe out critical data, and cause reputational damage, they pose an existential threat to businesses, critical services, and infrastructure. Today’s new wave of attacks is outsmarting and outpacing humans, and even starting to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI). What’s known as…

What you need to know about the Facebook data leak

What you need to know about the Facebook data leak

April 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The news: The personal data of 533 million Facebook users in more than 106 countries was found to be freely available online last weekend. The data trove, uncovered by security researcher Alon Gal, includes phone numbers, email addresses, hometowns, full names, and birth dates. Initially, Facebook claimed that the data leak was previously reported on in 2019…

The future of work is uniquely human

The future of work is uniquely human

April 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The disruptive shifts of 2020, including covid-19 shutdowns that led to millions of workers working remotely, forced organizations to radically rethink everything from worker well-being, business models and operations to investments in cloud-based collaboration and communication tools. Across every industry, last year’s best-laid plans were turned upside down. So it’s not surprising that technology and…

The CDC’s $1.75 billion sequencing boom may be throwing money at the wrong problem

The CDC’s $1.75 billion sequencing boom may be throwing money at the wrong problem

April 6, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Shortly after President Biden was inaugurated, the man who was being given command of his coronavirus response had a message about what America needed to do. “We’re 43rd in the world in genomic sequencing,” said Jeff Zients at a press conference in January. “Totally unacceptable.” The answer, he suggested, was to “do the appropriate amount…