How could poor countries develop better systems to eliminate poverty? It seems that having the right balance of systems and approaches could ignite the innovative potential of these countries.
According to an HBR Article - Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality
"The situation is far worse in the developing world. Although growth has raised the standard of living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, more than a billion people remain in extreme poverty and outside the formal economy. This is especially true in countries with large rural populations, where smallholders are shut out of the supply chains of nearby food companies because they lack knowledge of modern agricultural practices and the means to access and finance needed technology inputs. Developing nations also suffer from massive talent gaps. Large numbers of young adults are unemployed, while corporations find planned expansions stymied by a shortage of skilled local workers."
Are you afraid of AI taking over? Well, there maybe ways they will do so without being overlords so to speak. It may just replace humans in certain jobs.
In the last few years, machine learning has seen real applications including the field of computer vision. Check out this new Amazon Store that was building on these technologies.
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CES 2018 will start this coming Monday January 9th, so expecting lots of chatter around areas like Machine learning, Self-Driving cars and many others.
Here is one site to check and follow during the show - Techradar
Do you have a report to share or favorite gadget from CES 2018?
The whole concept of 3D printing is well established and the overall hype has died down to some extent nowadays. The goal then is to now find practical solutions that solves real world problems.
One area to explore especially in developing countries is the concept of reducing waste notably plastic while creating real manufacturing solutions. 3D printing is a good candidate but does have special requirements in terms of material composition. Thankfully, there are solutions emerging such as the ProtoCycler Product. Popular Science did a great article on how this product came about - Feed Your 3D Printer Recycled Plastic.
While this is great and a step in the right direction, the next phase is to push more open source solutions to reduce the overall cost significantly.
What exactly is digital transformation? The following Definition can shed some light "Digital transformation is the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies and their accelerating impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind." Learn more...
With that definition in mind, it makes sense that the network needs to support better automation capabilities. This could be effected at different layers to ensure seamless integration in different deployment scenarios. One recent buzzword that comes to mind is SDN or Software Defined Networking which has the promise of translating business requirements into network elements configuration and management.
To learn more about SDN and Digital Transformation - Click here.
Networking is certainly going through a transition period especially with SDN and the application of machine learning to network data. This video is an interesting perspective from AT&T
I have always had an interest in the use of a single computing device that could be used in different ways. Cell Phones have become very powerful and are just as good as any low end laptop or desktop computer. Is it going backwards to have these solutions? Could someone just get a low cost Chromebook versus getting a laptop shell for your cell phone?
This company recently had a successful crowdfunding campaign called Superbook. The Phone Connects to the Laptop like shell via the MHL USB port. They also provide an application called Andromium to give a laptop style feel to the user interface of Android.
My preference would be something that uses a wireless connection (Wifi etc.) to the phone instead of a wired solution.
Why would someone get this over a low cost laptop? First of all it is very low cost at about $150 with all the add-ons available. Secondly, they leverage both Android and Windows which seems to have good foundations for building an outstanding user experience. The other important factor here is the availability of cloud computing to store documents, videos and Photos.
Here are two possible use cases for using this device:
1. Developing Country User - Someone in a developing country that can only afford a cell phone could use this device to get a full computing experience for editing documents and other tasks.
2. Corporate Professional - Most professionals get a laptop from work which is not wise to use for very personal things. This device could be used as a supplement with an existing smartphone to accomplish personal computing needs.
There are other use cases for this device but for now, lets start with those two and see how this plays out in time. There are several other options out there to convert a phone into a primary computing device. We will do some discussion on those in the next post on this topic.
AT&T is working with Colt Technology Services to provision network services using a programmatic API-to-API interface between separate software-defined networking (SDN) architectures.
The test occurred between two networks — one in the U.S. and one in Europe — and demonstrated that enterprises can provision on-demand, scalable network services across multiple locations and multiple networks, even networks from different service providers.
We have always being interested to find a solution that uses a single device for multiple computing needs. There have been some initiatives to utilize a smartphone as the engine for a Laptop or even desktop computer (Check out - Casetop). This can work fairly well but the phone screen is generally too small to do any meaningful reading on its own, so that brings in the need for a tablet. We are sure there are ways to design a tablet that you could plug the phone into for the expanded screen size and there have been some attempts. We will explore this topic more in the next post but in the mean time we are sharing an article about Android being a Computing platform of choice.
Check out - Android PC Article