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Analysis: Where are we actually at with autonomous vehicles?

Analysis: Where are we actually at with autonomous vehicles?

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Bold predictions and skeptical challenges abound regarding the speed with which autonomous vehicles could emerge. The evangelists believe we could see a rapid evolution from “level 1” function-specific automation of tasks – such as stability control – through to “level 4” fully self-driving vehicles. Indeed, in early 2017 Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, claimed […]

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Digital cars: why the infotainment unit is probably redundant

Digital cars: why the infotainment unit is probably redundant

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The best automotive infotainment unit is the one in my pocket. A car maker with a future is a car maker that realises how vital its data is and pays the buyers of its vehicles for the right to use it. This also has the added benefit of creating a relationship with the buyer of the […]

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Under the GDPR rules, banks could be fined billions

Under the GDPR rules, banks could be fined billions

Written by on June 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

European banks face €4.6 billion in fines in first three years under new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) according to Consult Hyperion Report. A new study commissioned by security outfit AllClear ID, ‘GDPR – Banks, Breaches, and Billion Euro Fines’ forecasts that European financial institutions could face fines totaling €4.6 billion in the first three […]

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17 EU countries call on Tusk for high level talks on digital policy

17 EU countries call on Tusk for high level talks on digital policy

Written by on June 22, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support. In a letter sent a day before the 22-23 June summit in Brussels, the leaders […]

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The security problem with QR codes and the real role of NFC

The security problem with QR codes and the real role of NFC

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A decade ago I remember writing that one of the problems with QR codes is that there is no security. Some years later I wrote an article pointing out that NFC ought to be safer than QR codes because NFC included a standard for digitally-signing tags (although I did also note that no-one used it) […]

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Facebook’s intelligent digital assistant is not very intelligent

Facebook’s intelligent digital assistant is not very intelligent

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Very little AI in the assistant that has launched. Now that Facebook’s digital assistant is available in the wild, one can see how simplistic it is indicating just how far Facebook still has to go to get a real grip on making its services more intelligent. Facebook M has been in beta for over 18 months […]

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HSBC teams with AI start up to combat money laundering

HSBC teams with AI start up to combat money laundering

Written by on June 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

As compliance costs continue to rise, HSBC has partnered with AI startup Ayasdi to fight money laundering more efficiently. Ayasdi will help HSBC to automate parts of its anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and investigation processes that have traditionally been conducted manually by thousands of compliance officers. Despite advances in technology, traditional AML investigations in banking […]

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What the decline of newspapers can teach the finance industry

What the decline of newspapers can teach the finance industry

Written by on June 15, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The traditional finance industry seems unprepared for digital disruption. The experience of the newspaper business could teach banks a thing or two. Amazon announced recently that its lending business is gaining momentum – in the last 12 months alone, it has issued $1 billion in loans in the past year to merchants that sell on […]

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Alphabet set to become more focused on monetising data

Alphabet set to become more focused on monetising data

Written by on June 14, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Homeless robots find permanent shelter. Alphabet has reached a deal to sell both Boston Dynamics and Schaft to SoftBank leaving it more focused on its core business of collection and monetisation of Internet data. Boston Dynamics is a robotics company that specialises in robots that are autonomous as far as navigating and adjusting to their immediate […]

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