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Unhidden Figures: Are Women A.I.'s Natural Born Leaders? (Paid Post by IBM from


IBM has recently launched its inaugural IBM Women Leaders in A.I. in recognition of women advancing their company's journey to artificial intelligence across diverse industries around the globe--from California's County of Sonoma to South Africa's NedBank. There is an opportunity for women to not only contribute to Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) – one of the modern era's most important technologies – but help lead in its application across various industries around the globe. This position of influence is not solely to appease a diversity mandate or to stand guard against algorithmic biases. Women can stand up as one of the integral factors in bringing transparent, inclusive and trusted A.I. to business. Among those recognized on IBM's list of Women Leaders in A.I., we recognized a common success factor - shared a propensity for bringing stakeholders together for effective work.

Artificial Intelligence: the future is just around the corner - The Oak Leaf


Artificial intelligence is no longer a sci-fi movie trope--it's here and it's at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. Businesses are wising up, hiring smart and investing in artificial intelligence, a Salesforce director told Santa Rosa Junior College students and World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) members Oct. 25. Jonathan Miranda is the director of strategy of Salesforce's technology division.That's just his job title, though. He is a futurist who studies where technology trends are headed. "Our team is aimed at the next two, three, five years" he said.

Data: Lifeblood of the Internet of Things


Much has been written about the rise of autonomous vehicles with testing being conducted globally and the increasing number of consumers who are already enjoying the benefits. One of my colleagues, who juggles his time between our office in Cupertino and the vineyard and olive orchard he runs in Sonoma County (Trattore Farms), tells me he's taken full advantage of his Tesla's autopilot feature for his drives. It's not just the hands off driving potential that impresses him though; it's the way that his car, as part of a network of cloud-connected vehicles, is learning as the car documents data points and uploads them to the cloud in real time. So for example, if several Teslas log information at the same GPS point where their driver taps the brakes if their car approaches a dip in the road too fast, the algorithm directing autopilot through that location will automatically update and all the Teslas using autopilot at that location will automatically slow down. I've not had the chance to experience the Tesla autopilot for myself but I'm also seeing the power of data sharing and the IoT with my drone flying.

Drinking Whiskey With Henry, a Quadriplegic: How Technology Is Changing Lives and Breaking Down Barriers

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Despite his physical limitations, Henry is changing the world, working tirelessly on various robotics technologies with researchers like Georgia Tech's Charlie Kemp, who level the playing field for people with disabilities through the project Robots for Humanity. He's also hoping to enact policy changes that would allow disabled people to work thanks to telepresence, which he outlined in his Sonoma County TEDx Talk, setting new goals for the Americans with Disabilities Act. A truly exceptional person who's full of life and curiosity, Henry loves to joke around, learn and travel.