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AlphaGo retires from competitive Go after defeating world number one 3-0

AlphaGo is going out on top. After beating Ke Jie, the world’s best player of the ancient Chinese board game Go, for the third time today at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Google’s DeepMind unit announced that it would be the last event match the AI plays. In a statement, DeepMind co-founder and co-CEO Demis Hassabis said the reason was that this week’s summit represented “the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program.” [1] [1] By…

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CIOs: Happier and more willing to take risks

The influence of top technology leadership is extending beyond the traditional IT department and into the wider business, according to the 2017 CIO Survey by recruitment company Harvey Nash and consultant KPMG. The proportion of organisations that have enterprise-wide digital strategies has risen by more than half (52 per cent) in just two years, according to the global survey of 4,500 IT leaders. As many as 89 percent of CIOs are maintaining or increasing their investment in innovation. [1] [1]…

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Augmented reality: An enterprise business imperative

We hear terms like virtual reality and augmented reality without always understanding what they mean and the implications for business. Beyond cute stickers in Snapchat or Pokemon Go, augmented reality is going to have a profound impact on many parts of our lives including social relationships, professional activities, and culture. [1] [1] By Michael Krigsman on ZDNet

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Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All

IN A MOVE that could shift the course of multiple technology markets, Google will soon launch a cloud computing service that provides exclusive access to a new kind of artificial-intelligence chip designed by its own engineers. CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the new chip and service this morning in Silicon Valley during his keynote at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. [1] [1] By Cade Metz on Wired

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How to design for the user…and the bot

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to drive changes in how enterprises innovate and communicate their business. But for the humans and consumers interfacing with products affected by this technology, what will an AI-empowered future look like? What will it feel like? Empowered by rapidly advancing machine intelligence, product designers are rethinking the fundamental principles that guide the way they work. [1] [1] By Andrew Paley on VB

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Massive cyberattack targeting 99 countries causes sweeping havoc

Hospitals, major companies, and government offices have been hit by a massive wave of cyber attacks across the globe that seize control of computers until the victims pay a ransom. Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries, making it one of the broadest and most damaging cyberattacks in history. [1] [1] By Selena Larson on CNNtech

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Three ways to survive the rise of the cloud and ‘big software’

Applications that were once simple to manage are now rolled out across thousands of physical and virtual machines. These sprawling applications include multiple components, with the potential points of integration spread across the enterprise and out into the wider cloud. So, what are the key challenges CIOs will face as they overhaul their IT departments in readiness for the next stage of enterprise computing? Here are some key lessons for CIOs. [1]   [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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BMW issues a sharp wake-up call to employees

Munich — Inside a bright auditorium at an abandoned airfield near Munich, rows of men and women gaze at images flashing by on a giant screen: a Mercedes sedan; Porsche and Jaguar SUVs; the face of Elon Musk. “We’re in the midst of an electric assault,” the presenter intones as the Tesla chief’s photo pops up. “This must be taken very seriously.” The audience is composed of BMW employees flown in for a combination pep rally/horror film intended to make them afraid…

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5 big challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders in 2017

What is the biggest business technology trend this year? Is it mobile? The Internet of Things? Digital transformation? Big data? Virtual Reality? AI? The fact is, you could make an argument that any one of those are the biggest tech trend. I’m sure there are other trends not mentioned that could lay claim to that title as well. [1] [1] By Joe Stangarone on mrc’s Cup of Joe Blog

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What is the biggest business technology trend this year? Is it mobile? The Internet of Things? Digital transformation? Big data? Virtual Reality? AI? The fact is, you could make an argument that any one of those are the biggest tech trend. I’m sure there are other trends not mentioned that could lay claim to that title ...

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Thought Leadership Breakfast in partnership with Extreme Networks

On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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