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Opinion: This AI boom will also bust

Imagine an innovation in pipes. If this innovation were general, something that made all kinds of pipes cheaper to build and maintain, the total benefits could be large, perhaps even comparable to the total amount we spend on pipes today...

The magic inside your devices

Sometimes, it’s what’s inside that counts more than what we can see on the outside. That’s certainly the case with people, and increasingly, I think, it’s going to be the case with tech devices. …

Editorial: The indefatigable PC

By all rights, it should be dead by now. I mean, really. A market based on a tech product that first came to market over 35 years go? And yet, here we stand in the waning days of October 2016…

Opinion: Can IT survive?

If you’ve ever worked at a business with at least 20 employees, you’ve undoubtedly run into “them”—the oft-dreaded, generally misunderstood, secretly sneered at (though sometimes revered) IT department. The goal of Information Technology (IT) professionals, of course, is to provide…

Service providers still act like utilities

If you ever want to enliven a cocktail party filled with executives from the telco or cable industry, just start talking about dumb pipes. As in, “your service doesn’t offer anything more than a simple connection from my devices to…

The Andromeda strain: A new Google OS?

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth…

Consumer interest in auto tech? Slower than you think

The industry announcements around auto-related technologies such as autonomous driving, electric/hybrid vehicles, ridesharing services and more have been coming so fast and furious lately that it seems to be a foregone conclusion that everyone wants all this stuff.

The utility of cloud computing

From a technology perspective, the idea of delivering computing services from the cloud has gone mainstream. Every day, it seems, we end up hearing about or interacting with a new service or app that gets its capabilities from the ephemeral…

No "one size fits all" solution: IoT strategies going vertical

A nearly existential search for meaning and direction is hitting the tech industry and its major players in a way that they’ve never truly experienced before. Why? It’s a combination of factors including market maturity, flattened growth in key categories,…

The state of the smart home

The promise was big, the hype was bigger, but the reality, well, let’s just say, not exactly earth-shattering. Several years after the concept of the smart home started making waves—the first Nest thermostat was introduced in October of 2011—the smart…

Car Wars: The battle for automotive tech

And so it has begun. With the announcement late last week by BMW, Intel, and Mobileye of a new reference platform for autonomous cars—expected to be available in model year 2021 vehicles—the battle lines are being drawn for what promises…

IoT in business environments faces challenges with scale

One of the core tenets of any business or technological initiative is, in order to achieve mainstream success and widespread adoption, the primary concept must be able to scale. Sure, it is a great proof-of-concept if you can effectively deploy…

Voice-based computing with digital assistants

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the era of voice-driven computing has finally arrived. Powered by the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and deep learning, the new generation of smart digital assistants and chatbots are clearly…