AI Ushers in a New Era of Business and Tech

The impact of AI is already rippling through several key areas: predictive analytics, speech processing, image processing, chatbots, virtual assistants, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), robotics, cyber-security and more. In fact, artificial intelligence and its associated technologies—machine learning, cognitive computing and deep learning business applications—are steadily transforming the business and IT landscape, along with enterprise requirements. – See more at: http://www.baselinemag.com/innovation/ai-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-business-and-tech.html#sthash.xjGI24gP.dpuf

Apple joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in AI initiative

Following Bloomberg’s report, the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (what a name) officially announced that Apple is joining other tech companies as a founding member of the AI initiative. Companies will work on research projects, AI best practices and more.

The Partnership on AI was officially unveiled back in September 2016. At the time, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft were the only founding members. Apple, Twitter, Intel and Baidu didn’t participate in the initiative.

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Email Attachments Have Got to Go

After 20 years of email attachments, two new, but completely disconnected technologies are converging to provide a competitive alternative to inbox-based business management. They are the cloud and artificial intelligence…Eventually, the cloud and AI will deliver what has proven elusive for so long: a way to view and manage the business without complicated apps, massive integration projects — or inbox-based business management.

Following the Data Through a Digital Transformation

The creation of dynamic digital processes — whether highly personalized marketing, effective fraud detection or real-time responsiveness in operational or analytical dashboards — requires a dynamic data platform more akin to a data lake than a data warehouse. This is not to denigrate the usefulness of the data warehouse, but rather to follow where the data leads: to flexibility and variances in structure, speed, scale and context.

Artificial Intelligence Doesn’t Just Cut Costs, It Expands Business Brainpower

The majority of decision-makers (71%) believe that business-to-consumer is the model that is most likely to be impacted by AI and almost all (97%) feel that there are “customer benefits to be had from the adoption of AI.” They see AI as helping in the  creation of new, improved products, services and business models (55%) and in giving faster access to existing ones (55%). Half also feel that AI can help with the quicker resolution of problems (50%) and over two fifths (42%) say it can help with greater personalization.

Two-thirds of decision-makers also believe AI will “bring out the best in their organization’s people.” Most respondents seem optimistic about redeploying displaced employees with higher-value work. The majority, 85%, plan to train employees about the benefits and use of AI, and 80% of companies replacing roles with AI technologies will retrain or redeploy displaced employees.

How I Would Hack Your Network (If I Woke Up Evil)

There has been a shift in security, and the old security fundamentals aren’t effective any longer. The new security fundamentals include implementing application whitelisting, firewalls enabled down to the host level, and user behavioral analytics (UBA). UBA is exceptionally interesting because it is looking at user access patterns for indicators of compromise rather than just looking at program signatures…

Let’s summarize. First, your AV (Antivirus)won’t be a problem for me and will easily be bypassed. Second, I will phish your employees by using as much social media and reconnaissance as I can. Third, I will exploit all externally facing interfaces, portals, and servers. Finally, I will pivot as much as possible. How do you defend against me? Stop using your AV as a crutch, keep a smarter social media image (and encourage employees to do the same), implement whitelisting and firewalls, even at the host level, and UBA. Good luck.

 

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