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What's coming for the channel in 2021

ZDNet

For the channel, 2020 was a tale of two cities. On one hand, customers and governments recognized partners as an essential service and central to their ability to rapidly respond to a worsening pandemic. On the other, customer demand shifted to automation, cloud acceleration, customer/employee experience, and e-commerce/marketplaces, where many technology channel parts were left in the cold. The industry experienced a "K-shaped" recovery where partners who had skills, resources, and prebuilt practices around the business needs of their customers excelled with double- (and sometime triple-) digit growth. Yet many smaller VARs and MSPs were down by double digits, relying on government, vendor, and distributor funding to survive.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

#artificialintelligence

What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.



ARM CEO: Tech Industry Must Build an Immune System to Prevent a Cybercrime Pandemic

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Tech security today is bad, and as people bring more and more connected tech gadgets into their homes, the risks are increasing dramatically. That's why it is time for the tech industry to step up and take responsibility for protecting the devices they make, and the people that use them. This was the message delivered by ARM CEO Simon Segars to ARM developers attending the annual ARM TechCon in Santa Clara, Calif., this week. The theme of security permeated the event, with ARM announcing its Platform Security Architecture, a set of architecture specifications and open source firmware aimed for use in the IoT, along with a programmable security core. But Segars and other speakers made it clear that this concern about security wasn't just about what ARM is doing.


Cyber ransoming: A growing parasitical business for UK hackers

The Independent - Tech

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting UK workers files and data, and the Metropolitan Police have warned that "no one is safe". The FBI, Metropolitan Police, and security experts all agree that cyber ransoming has fast become one of UK's biggest economic crimes. Unpredictable, unstoppable and potentially fatal to a business, the rapid emergence of ransomware has become a threat to people across the nation. August Graham, the editor of the Sentinel, arrived at work one morning last summer to find a note pop up on one of the computer screens. It informed him that all the files on the firm's server had been encrypted and were being held ransom.