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Machine learning for a 5G future

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Kaleidoscope 2018: Machine learning for a 5G future is the tenth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions. The aim of the Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society. Machine learning shows promise to assist smarter use of network-generated data, enabling ICT network operators and service providers to adapt to changes in traffic patterns, security risks and user behaviour. This will also affect ITU standardization work in fields such as coding algorithms; data collection, storage and management; and network management and orchestration. Kaleidoscope 2018 calls for original scientific papers addressing advances in research on machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for future communication networks, covering all aspects of network design, management, implementation and optimization.


Gartner identifies 'megatrend' trio to shape next decade Tahawul Tech

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Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017 report has named three distinct megatrends that the firm says will enable businesses to "survive and thrive" in the digital economy over the next 5-10 years. The analyst firm says that Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide "unrivalled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms" that will allow organisations to connect with new business ecosystems. The report is the longest-running annual Gartner Hype Cycle, providing a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that to consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios. "Enterprise architects who are focused on technology innovation must evaluate these high-level trends and the featured technologies, as well as the potential impact on their businesses," said Mike J. Walker, a research director at Gartner. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions."


Are you ready for the upheaval emerging tech will bring?

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Many business leaders in some of the largest industries think they're prepared for the upheaval that emerging technologies represent. But few are actually ready for the operational, competitive, cultural, and security shifts that are already taking place, according to a newly released report from business and technology consultancy West Monroe Partners. Technology presents every organization with unprecedented opportunities to elevate performance, scale, and market impact, the report noted. Those same technologies also present a serious threat to those who fail to adapt quickly. The report, called Technology is transforming everything: Businesses struggle to change with it, is based on a survey of 300 US senior executives in financial services, healthcare, and energy and utilities conducted in late 2017.


Artificial intelligence can elevate the human workforce

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From the invention of the mechanical weaving loom at the start of the Industrial Age to the debut of personal computers in the Information Age, people have typically been more hesitant than eager when faced with rapid technological change. In retrospect, it seems laughable that society would view such transformational advances with skepticism. Technological revolution typically faces growing pains as the workforce strives to adapt its skills to the new environment. Yet it's apparent that businesses are aiming to use these innovations as tools for human enablement rather than replacement. Developing the latest skills poses an increasingly difficult challenge for both the C-suite and the workforce.


Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017

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Imagine a world where it is possible to implant a magnet that detects electrical current or utilize an exoskeleton to enhance strength. Now consider the potential abuses of requiring employees to have chip implants before they can work. Human augmentation has the potential to use technology to enhance bodies and minds, but also raises ethical and legal questions.