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How to Develop a Blockchain Strategy: a Roadmap
Knowing what blockchain is and how it can contribute to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges is one thing; knowing how to develop a blockchain strategy is another thing altogether. Meanwhile, understanding how to implement a blockchain strategy within your business is even more difficult. Blockchain, particularly when... Read more
Updated Value Assessments from McKinsey’s AI Frontier Studies
Day by day it seems like technological advancements widen the scope of what qualifies as “artificial intelligence.” McKinsey expresses this exact sentiment in a recent discussion paper from the McKinsey Global Institute that analyzes the potential value-add of different deep learning models across multiple industries. Over 400 use cases... Read more
Cyber-weapons as a form of magic, and why we can’t code our way to a safer internet
A “cyber-weapon” isn’t a thing, but a skill. It’s not an object you can blow up with a missile or send a UN team to inspect, but the technical knowledge of how to identify and exploit a set of systems, written clearly enough that a computer can do it. It’s a recipe... Read more
Smarthings’ Platform Downtime as an Example for IoT Education
In mid March, SmartThings, the Samsung-owned intelligent devices (IoT) platform, briefly experienced downtime that affected countless customer accounts and products. Households with SmartThings devices were not able to operate their locks, lights, garage doors, and more, turning these so-called “smart” devices into nothing more than “dumb” appliances. Quick and... Read more
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, testified before the United States Congress yesterday about Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytics data scandal. We’ve collected the details data scientists should know about the Zuckerberg testimony.  In a nutshell: Zuck performed better than expected by calmly answering all questions and effectively advocating... Read more
The Compression of the Hype Cycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about hype cycles, across industries (Big Data/AI, IoT) and ecosystems (New York). Whether you use the Carlota Perez surge cycle (see this great Fred Wilson post) or the Gartner version, hype cycles convey the fundamental idea that technology markets don’t develop linearly, but instead go through phases... Read more
Why the Current Cambridge Analytica / Facebook Scandal Requires us to Rethink Social Media
It is an outrageous scandal that we should not accept. Even if your Facebook profile has not been obtained by Cambridge Analytica, we should not accept such a massive breach of privacy, and those responsible should be held accountable. Those valuing their privacy should think carefully about their usage of... Read more
How an AI Winter Could Be Good for Data Science
The term “Artificial Intelligence” has been making regular appearances in the headlines of the mainstream media lately, often with stories about robots being “better at reading than humans,” or researchers panicking after bots start communicating in their own language. But even more recently we’ve been seeing articles that question... Read more
Using Artificial Intelligence to Understand Brands
Artificial Intelligence techniques behind automated translation and other NLP (Natural Language Processing) applications doesn’t just work at the level of words and phrases, but give us quantitative data about the meaning people assign to different concepts, including brands. We can then measure relationships between different brands in a space, understanding what... Read more
The Growing Role of AI and ML in Data Security
AI and ML in data security act as a blessing for businesses of all sizes, ensuring information security from any external threats. Artificial intelligence or AI is a technology that focuses on making intelligent machines that can assist and automate processes. AI tries to make software think like how... Read more