CIOs have an unpredictable and uncertain year ahead. Over the last decade, the chief information officer (CIO) has become an integral part of every large business. The growing importance of technology and data have helped to make CIOs one of the key leaders involved in developing, implementing and seeing through a digital strategy. In 2018, within the CIO community, there was rising talk of machine learning, edge computing, serverless and 5G, as well as more interest in deep learning, robotics and anti-ransomware tools. However, many CIOs are still focusing on many of the buzzwords of yesteryear: cloud, agile, DevOps and data science.
Picture the hospital of the future replete with a NASA-like command center featuring scores of information screens and a radiology department that leverages AI technology to help improve diagnostic accuracy and deep-learning technology to ensure that radiology images are clear. This is the world of data-driven medicine that, sees -- not in a crystal ball but in the real world. "Those technologies are here now, and they are gaining steam," said Charles Koontz, CEO of GE Healthcare Digital and chief digital officer of GE Healthcare in an interview at GE Digital's Minds Machines event in San Francisco last week. A 2016 McKinsey study supports the notion that the healthcare sector is embracing digital transformation. The field has seen "some core change," according to McKinsey, basing that assessment on a survey of 10 verticals.
Big-data repositories hold much of the world's personally identifiable data. Many data management professionals are now laser-focused on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, which will take effect in little over a month and will place strict data-stewardship mandates on any enterprise that does business in any of those nations. Since it was founded in 2011, Hortonworks Inc. has evolved from a Hadoop big-data software distribution startup to a diversified provider big-data governance tooling for private, public, hybrid and multicloud deployments. GDPR is now the principal global focus in that regard, though other country- and sector-specific laws, such as HIPAA in the U.S., are still a driver of demand for such capabilities. As I discussed in this recent article, GDPR mandates stringent enterprise controls on processing, movement and use of the personal data of the citizen of EU member states, and imposes significant financial penalties for failure to maintain them.
The Language Big Data Alliance (LBDA) is to host a major summit in London later this month. Formed by leading research institutes, universities and government departments from around Europe, the LBDA works to create solutions in the fields of Big Data and artificial intelligence. Across the day there will also be panel discussions from high calibre speakers and key-decision makers in the research, education and technology sectors. "The ultimate goal of this Summit is to recruit partners and other long-standing members of the LBDA and unite them with the partners in our ecosystem to help further the mass adoption and application of AI and Big Data in educational, technological and scientific research in Europe," said Eric Yu, co-founder and secretary general of the LBDA. LBDA has more than 200 global members and partners including NGOs such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), government and regulatory bodies as well as international educational institutions from all around Europe, the United States and Asia, including University of Vienna and University of Bristol.
The creators of "What We Do in the Shadows" (FX), Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, both New Zealanders, adapt and Americanize their 2014 vampire comedy into a jolly spoof of demonic gloom. Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) are undead life partners; for centuries, their nominal leader has been their roommate, Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), who combines a Count Chocula accent with a Rip Van Winkle world view. A daywalking "energy vampire," Colin (Mark Proksch), has been foisted upon the group; he works in an office and haunts its taupe cubicles, draining the life force from his colleagues with extremely beige small talk. He's a bottomless well of unfun facts, and his superhuman skill at boring humans into a stupor is an analogue of the traditional vampires' mesmeric abilities. This is a show about hypnotic power, as well as every other kind--about status and control, about interoffice alliances and interpersonal allegiances, about bloodsucking and bootlicking.