Sharon Gaudin

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Industrial robots are security weak link

Industrial robots used in factories and warehouses that are connected to the internet are not secure, leaving companies open to cyberattacks and costly damages.

That’s the word coming from a study conducted by global security software company Trend Micro and Polytechnic University of Milan, the largest technical university in Italy.

“The industrial robot – it’s not ready for the world it’s living in,” said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro. “The reality is these things are being connected in more and more places. There are a lot of attacks that could happen in that environment.”

The study looked at Internet security vulnerabilities that could involve industrial robots used on manufacturing lines in areas such as the automobile and aerospace industries. The robots, which generally look like large mechanical arms, are used to move heavy objects, weld seams and fit pieces together. The machines also can be found moving and stacking crates in warehouses.

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Should your next big hire be a chief A.I. officer?

As companies increasingly turn to artificial intelligence to communicate with customers, make sense of big data and find answers to vexing questions, some say it’s time to think about hiring a chief A.I. officer.

A chief artificial intelligence Officer – or CAIO — could round out your C-level execs, sitting at the big table with your CIO, CFO, CTO and CEO.

“A.I. is going to be really important to some companies – enough to have top officers who will focus on just that,” said Steve Chien, head of the artificial intelligence group for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “And beyond that, you’ll want every employee thinking about how A.I. can improve what they do and you’ll want a chief A.I. officer overseeing all of that. They should be constantly thinking about how A.I. can improve things.”

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5 pitfalls to avoid when migrating to the cloud

Mistakes can be costly. They also can be so painful they keep you from venturing any further ahead.

Of course, that’s true with almost anything tech-related, but IT managers will tell you that there are some common, and potentially damaging, pitfalls that anyone looking at a cloud migration should work to avoid.

Migration mistakes can cost the enterprise money and time, and eliminate or reduce any expected increases in agility as well as speed and cost savings.

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Quantum computing advances toward the enterprise

 

Quantum computing may still sound like the stuff of science fiction, but within the next 10 years, it could be a reality

“Systems are still pretty rudimentary,” said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT.  “Though they perform some specific kinds of calculations faster than traditional computers, they are defined by their limitations. When true, fully operable quantum systems come online, they will force the IT industry, public and private sector organizations and individuals to fundamentally rethink certain kinds of problems and all but abandon some conventional solutions.”

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With robots on the job, it won’t be IT as usual

With robotics making great strides and more companies welcoming robots into the workforce, IT managers need to start prepping for the changes coming their way.

“Robotics will probably touch every business over the next decade,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. “I think we’re nearing a tipping point where more businesses will be adding robots and robotics to their operations. They’ll be doing everything from manufacturing, to delivering food to restaurant tables to cleaning chores and farming — and lots of stuff in between.”

While robots have been working on assembly lines and in giant warehouses for some time, they’ve become much more than giant hulking arms moving car doors and stacking boxes. With advances in technologies like artificial intelligence, computer vision and mobility, robots are taking on a host of new roles.

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With robots on the job, it won’t be IT as usual

With robotics making great strides and more companies welcoming robots into the workforce, IT managers need to start prepping for the changes coming their way.

“Robotics will probably touch every business over the next decade,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. “I think we’re nearing a tipping point where more businesses will be adding robots and robotics to their operations. They’ll be doing everything from manufacturing, to delivering food to restaurant tables to cleaning chores and farming — and lots of stuff in between.”

While robots have been working on assembly lines and in giant warehouses for some time, they’ve become much more than giant hulking arms moving car doors and stacking boxes. With advances in technologies like artificial intelligence, computer vision and mobility, robots are taking on a host of new roles.

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A.I. in the driver’s seat with the enterprise

Artificial intelligence will be a critical driver of U.S. economy. This package shows how three companies are using IBM’s Watson A.I. in innovative ways.

GlaxoSmithKline is using Watson to better connect with customers. GSK is rolling out a Watson-based question-and-answer feature first for its Theraflu cold and flu medication, enabling customers to ask questions by voice or text through GSK’s online ads.

Staples is testing a smart assistant device that looks like its Easy Button, but that customers can use to order products, track shipments and help with returns. Staples sees the Watson-fueled service as an aid to office managers by having the device handle the brunt of their ordering and delivery tracking, so they can work on other tasks.

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How United can meld action and social media to save its brand

If executives at United Airlines want to rescue their brand, and quite possibly the fate of their company, they need to make concrete changes and then use social media to turn around the conversation.

“They are essentially branded bankrupt,” said Michael Bilello, founder and CEO of Centurion Strategies, a Tampa-based PR and crisis management company. “If I was in this position, I would institute a 10-steps to improvement plan, and I would also execute a very aggressive social media campaign that makes every traveler a spokesperson… Social media, 100%, will be a key influencer right now.”

United has been under fire this week after a video of a passenger being dragged off an overbooked plane went viral over social media.

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