Ken Burns has spent the last 40 years chronicling the most poignant and influential events in American history. The 66-year-old Oscar-nominated filmmaker has crafted definitive and multifaceted histories of the Civil War, baseball, the Roosevelts, cancer, country music and jazz. In an age of short Tweets and shorter attention spans, Burns's films are sprawling, deep-dive studies on topics that simultaneously reveal the best and worst of America. We are living through one of those moments right now as the coronavirus shakes every aspect of American life. With most of the country stuck at home and weathering a torrent of fear and breaking news, Burns is offering an alternative.
Data is playing a larger role in day-to-day business conversations than ever before. The ability to communicate with data is now a necessity for business leaders, frontline employees, and everybody in between. People who may have easily avoided discussing data in the past are finding numbers being thrust upon them. When data is a foreign language to you, it can be frustrating to not understand what's being said or be able to use it effectively in communications with others. Not being conversant or fluent in data is quickly becoming a liability in today's fast-moving data economy.
Holiday shoppers have an infinite digital world of products available for viewing at their fingertips. Stepping into a brick-and-mortar store seems to have lost its appeal. In reality, 85 percent of customers still preferred to shop at physical store last year according to Time Trade. Though that's positive news for brick-and-mortar retailers, many brands still aren't doing enough to meet consumer demands that rival the online experience. Last year, our research showed only a small percentage of retailers met consumer's expectations.
Forbes' Jillian D'Onfro leads a panel of AI industry experts (left to right) Marco Casalaina, Salesforce, Chuck Ganapathi, Tact.ai, and Lorrissa Horton, Cisco. Today's voice-powered AI assistant has many names--Siri, Alexa, Cortana--but as this developing technology becomes ubiquitous in both consumer and enterprise environments, Chuck Ganapathi has a suggestion for his industry colleagues: "Let's not pretend it's a human," the founder and CEO of Tact said Monday during the Voice AI in the Enterprise panel at the Forbes CIO Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, taking a jab at Google's eerily lifelike Duplex AI system. What's more, he said, the enterprise must be careful not to hark back to the secretary pools of old: Voice assistants at work shouldn't automatically sound like they're women. His company intentionally gave its AI-based customer-relationship management system a gender-free name and gives users multiple voice options at setup. He also commended the work of a European agency called Virtue that launched the first "genderless" digital assistant voice this spring.
The legal industry is ripe for tech disruption. That's partly because the field is rife with paperwork, whether it's the records that first-year attorneys and other staffers need to search for discovery or the hard copies of legal documents that many firms are legally required, or think it's critical, to keep. All that paperwork represents costs--the cost of the work hours needed to search through, organize and file all that documentation, as well as the cost of physical storage space itself. If you're paying, say, $10 per square foot to rent space and need an extra 200 square feet for paper storage, that will set you back $24,000 per year. It's critical to start looking for the technological solutions that will help your office keep up with the times--whether that's getting a new Kyocera MFP or investing in a better eDiscovery provider.
Earlier this year a report by the King's Fund highlighted the tremendous difficulties startups have in scaling up their technologies in the healthcare sector. It cited things such as a lack of appetite for change and insufficient resources to scale up successful pilots as key factors holding back innovation in the sector. Such conclusions are not new however, with many shared with previous reports on the topic. For instance, the King's Fund report follows on from the Accelerated Access Review, which was designed to speed up the introduction of technologies and innovations into the NHS. Many of the recommendations from that are shared with the King's Fund report, as they are with another report from the Health Foundation.
The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 fits neatly under a TV while the wireless sub-woofer can easily be tucked away out of sight. It's possible to add on surround speakers wirelessly using MusicCast Surround speakers.Yamaha In the past year or so there have been a few attempts at trying to package surround sound for a flat screen TV alongside speakers for a music system. Unfortunately, until now sound bars and sound bases have indeed offered great sound to boost your TVs weedy speakers but they've not been able to offer wireless facilities like Apple's AirPlay or the ability to play hi-res music files. Well, that could be about to change with a brand new soundbar that Yamaha has announced today.
E-cigarettes have generated numerous debates and seemingly endless controversies, despite being widely used by the public for a relatively short time. Comparisons to the irrefutable harm caused by tobacco smoking have quickly become saturated by "well they must at least be better than cigarettes" statements, with public health organizations scrambling to try to keep the focus on their central message--never starting is better than having to quit, whatever your method of nicotine consumption. Organizations which previously may have relied on newspaper ads, billboards and leaflets in doctor's surgeries to communicate with the public now have to compete with a deluge of online content of varying quality and scientific accuracy, some of which may not simply be individuals voicing their opinions and thoughts. A new study by researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU) was originally designed to use data from Twitter to study the use of e-cigarettes in the U.S., the type of people using them and their perceptions of e-cigarettes. However, while they were analyzing the data, they came across something surprising.
Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) begun their digital transformation three years ago. LTLS, with revenues of almost 270 million Euros in 2017, provides maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircrafts and aircrafts components. The company has several material flows related to warehousing: they receive brand new spare parts from the manufacturers, they receive repaired parts from partners, and they receive unserviceable parts from airlines they will repair at Lufthansa Technik's own facilities. The digital transformation is divided into three action areas: First, digitize the core by increasing operational efficiency; second, digitally enhance their products, and finally, explore whether digitization can allow them to create new types of opportunities based on new business models or new digital products. Because about half of this company's 2017 revenues are related to warehousing services, several of their digital projects have been related to improving efficiency and productivity in their warehouses.
When it comes to the forefront of the global human resources landscape, Diane Gherson is someone you want to know. As Chief Human Resource Officer at IBM, Diane has helped to revolutionize IBM over the past 13 years. Under her leadership, she has transformed global workforce outcomes through talent analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics. I interviewed Diane to learn her thoughts on several topics, including the future of work, how technology is disrupting human resources, how to build a lasting culture, the best way to give feedback, her favorite interview question, her best career advice and where she eats breakfast. Zack Friedman: It's no secret that technological innovation brings rapid disruption.