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.
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.
Sam Altman is the cofounder of AI research lab OpenAI, which developed the software that took on the humans at Dota 2 . Machines have scored another victory over humans in the ongoing man vs machine saga after a team of AIs working together successfully beat five semi-professional humans at the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game of Dota 2. 'Silicon beat meat' (as one spectator put it) 2-1. The team of AIs are known as OpenAI Five and they were developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research lab founded by Elon Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman. OpenAI's agents previously beat some of the top human players in 1v1 matches but this is the first time a group of agents have come together to beat a team of humans in the top 99.95 percentile at Dota 2. The team modes are harder as they require more coordination and long-term planning. Greg Brockman, OpenAI cofounder and CTO, described the day of play as an "emotional ride" on Twitter.
According to marketing guru, Seth Godin, "Artificial intelligence does a job we weren't necessarily crazy about doing anyway, it does it quietly, and well, and then we take it for granted." Today, we see AI walking boldly across the corridors of any company, any industry, and any business-type. And although artificial, the technology has added a personal touch to the way we shop and trade. AI in e-commerce cannot be discussed without referring to chatbots. These chat boxes on the home page of e-commerce websites and mobile applications are AI-based computers that are programmed to communicate with customers in a personalized manner.
How do you describe a business? There's an interesting little secret that people in IT likely know, but that doesn't always get to the C-Suite. Programming, at its core, is all about creating models. Sometimes those models are of classes of things, sometimes they better describe processes, but it is rare for a piece of software in your organization to not have some relevance to perhaps a few dozen critical types of things. In large enterprises, it's not at all uncommon for that organization to go through a form of fire drill known as "creating the enterprise data model" (in TLA-speak, "EDM").
A decade ago, a group of Internet companies, civil society organizations, academics, and investors launched the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a collaborative effort to promote free expression and protect user privacy on the Internet. Google helped lead this effort and a parallel project devoted to developing a human rights framework for the Internet. In 2010, Google further demonstrated its leadership by making a principled decision to withdraw its search-engine services from China. In a very public way, the company acknowledged the inherent contradiction between Chinese Internet censorship and Google's commitments to its users and the GNI to promote free expression. It was thus disturbing to read recent reports suggesting that Google now is seriously considering re-entering the Chinese market and succumbing to Chinese censorship in exchange for commercial opportunity.