Edge computing presents organizations with a significant leap in business opportunity. Much has been written about the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT), but it is now clear that these benefits can only be truly realized with Edge computing. Limiting your organization to only adopting central cloud computing simply won't support your future IoT needs. Today, every organization needs to be a digital organization, powered by data, running in a multi-cloud world. Recognizing that multi-cloud actually begins at the point of data creation – the Edge – the value in the future is in combining Edge computing with IoT.
A new AI-powered video-editing platform is preparing for launch, designed to help businesses, marketers, and creators automatically transform landscape-shot videos into a vertical format suitable for TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and all the rest. Founded out of London in 2019, Kamua wants to be aligned with tools such as Figma, a software design and prototyping tool for product managers who lack certain technical skills. For Kamua, the goal is democratizing the creative and technical processes in video editing. "Kamua makes it possible for non-editors to directly control how their videos look in any format, on any screen, in multiple durations and sizes, without the steep and long learning curves, hardware expense, and legacy workflows associated with editing software suites," Kamua CEO and cofounder Paul Robert Cary told VentureBeat. Kamua, which was available as an alpha release since last year before launching in invite-only beta back in September, is now preparing for a more extensive roll-out on December 1, when a limited free version will be made available for anyone without any formal application process.
Businesses are always looking to optimize and streamline services to cut costs. The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic calamity caused by it have put even more pressure on enterprises to innovate and do more with less. Andy Watson, senior vice president for Asia, Pacific, Japan, and Greater China at SAP Concur, says many organizations will turn to automation and AI in 2021 as a way to address key business pain points and simplify cumbersome processes. "Automation will become essential, not extra. As businesses maintain hybrid remote-working models and anticipate other potential disruptions in 2021 and beyond, the role of automation and AI use cases in the workplace will grow," Watson said in an email interview. "These may include enabling efficient day-to-day communications between knowledge workers doing their jobs from home and automating invoicing and expenses to keep valued partners paid and to preserve budgets."
Last week the Canadian government tabled legislation as part of its climate action plan to meet and exceed Canada's emissions reduction targets. This followed comments made two days earlier by the Bank of Canada's Governor in which he cautioned that climate change will have a profound impact on our economy. A survey conducted by IBM last month shows that the majority Canadians agree – 73% believe the advancement of clean technologies and artificial intelligence are important in ensuring economic growth. The survey also reveals that most people are keen to integrate more technology into their personal lives if it would support planetary health – 74% of Canadians said they are willing to adopt technology solutions to help live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. So, while countries around the world – including ours – work towards the 2050 net zero emission goal and implement other innovative'good tech' measures to combat climate change, how can we do our part with the technology we use every single day?
A large-scale outage on Amazon's cloud service this week wreaked widespread havoc on websites and software services. In addition to disabling Flickr, Adobe and the Washington Post's website, the outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday caused Roombas, Rokus, Ring doorbells and other smart household appliances to stop functioning. The issue, which impacted the US East-1 region, sent Twitter users into a tizzy. 'My f---ing doorbell doesn't work because AWS us-east-1 is having issues,' tweeted one disgruntled Ring user. 'I... can't vacuum... because us-east-1 is down,' complained Geoff Belknap, Chief Information Security Officer for LinkedIn.
I just want to share some of the observations I've made throughout my "journey". Maybe my experience differs completely from others, but after talking with my colleagues about these things, I don't think I am unique in how I feel about getting a Ph.D. First off, they take way too long and cost way too much and for very little reward at the end. And they are also kind of a scam. I have some friends who've shared horror stories of Professors outright refusing to let their students graduate, holding them "hostage". I'm sure others are aware of this happening.
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