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Enterprises will spend $7 trillion on digital transformation by 2021

Enterprises will spend $7 trillion on digital transformation by 2021

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Global enterprises will spend more than $7 trillion dollars in the next four years as they struggle to modernize, build a global technology foundation for growth, and support simple, secure, and reliable access to data and services, says the IDC. The big drivers? The usual suspects like cloud initiatives, big data analytics, and mobility. But, IoT is becoming a major investment focus, and so are automation or AI initiatives. Connectivity is always a part of the conversation here, as well as IT services and enterprise applications. Join us for the Read/Write Digital Transformation Dinner in Silicon Valley: February 13 Apply to attend by commenting on this post Host: John Koetsier, Journalist, Analyst, Futurist; Sponsor: Tata Communications In 2019 alone, global enterprises will spend $1.
DOD “Red Flag” exercise ushers in GPS jamming season across West

DOD “Red Flag” exercise ushers in GPS jamming season across West

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This is the official 2018 season kickoff for Sitrep, a (mostly) regular Ars video series. We'll be presenting quick updates every few weeks on the latest tech-focused developments in defense and national security and how those developments affect the world at large. Video edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript. (video link) For much of February—and in some places, well into March—the US military will be jamming signals from the Global Positioning System as part of training exercises over vast swaths of the Western United States, as well as in smaller areas surrounding major military facilities across the US. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments
CARFIT And CEA Create A Joint Lab On Artificial Intelligence

CARFIT And CEA Create A Joint Lab On Artificial Intelligence

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CARFIT and CEA have signed an agreement to create a joint laboratory focused on Artificial Intelligence related to car vibrations and their interpretation. The lab will bring together teams from the List, a CEA Tech Institute, and from CARFIT to share knowledge and expertise. The joint lab will be dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence methods for identifying signs of mechanical failures exposed by car vibrations. CARFIT develops technological solutions to simplify mobility, by proposing real-time car monitoring to offer a smart maintenance system, adapted to the driver’s car use. The CARFIT team is comprised of automobile specialists, scientists, and artificial intelligence experts. CARFIT wants to further develop its predictive maintenance expertise by exploiting automo
Amazon to take on UPS, FedEx via “Shipping with Amazon”

Amazon to take on UPS, FedEx via “Shipping with Amazon”

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Enlarge Amazon's plans to take on UPS and FedEx are reportedly coming to fruition. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the online retailer's new shipping service, named "Shipping with Amazon" (SWA), will roll out in Los Angeles in the coming weeks. With SWA, Amazon will pick up packages from businesses and ship them to customers, relying almost entirely on Amazon's shipping infrastructure. Aside from first starting in LA, SWA will first serve third-party merchants that already sell on Amazon. The company plans to send drivers to pick up shipments from these businesses and deliver the packages for them. While shipping and delivery will mostly go through Amazon, anything outside of the retailer's reach will be given to the USPS and other shipping services for the "last mil...
Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions

Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions

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Competition has begun heating up as to who will be the first one to operate a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, as demonstrated again by recent announcements from General Motors (GM) and Uber.  However, a lot of work is still needed to allow such vehicles to roam freely throughout our city centers, neighborhoods and freeways, but they are in fact coming. As autonomous vehicles begin to roll out, the need for remote monitoring will become imperative to ensure their longevity. Passengers will no longer be concerned about the ongoing health of the vehicle and instead will focus on getting from point A to point B safely. However, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) operators will need to maximize the availability of their fleets, which will require real-time insight as to the health of each vehicl
Russian nuclear weapons engineers caught ­­­­minting blockchange with supercomputer

Russian nuclear weapons engineers caught ­­­­minting blockchange with supercomputer

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A reproduction of the Tsar Bomba, the biggest nuclear weapon ever detonated, at the Nuclear Weapons Museum at RFNC-VNIIEF in Sarov, where Russia designs and builds its nuclear weapons—and some engineers apparently decided to try to do some nuclear-powered blockchain mining. (credit: Croquant & Hex) Russia's Interfax News Agency reports that engineers at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF)—the Russian Federation Nuclear Center facility where scientists designed the Soviet Union's first nuclear bomb—have been arrested for mining cryptocurrency with "office computing resources," according to a spokesperson for the Institute. "There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining," said Taty