First commercial quantum computer released by IBM | CES 2019 keynote features deep data, broad AI | Blockchain connects beef all the way back to the cow
January 15, 2019
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First commercial quantum computer released by IBM
First commercial quantum computer released by IBM
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IBM has announced its first commercial quantum computer, IBM Q System One, available to be used outside of the lab, and the model is designed to be upgradable as more advancements are made in the field of quantum computing. "This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science," says IBM's Arvind Krishna.
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CES 2019 keynote features deep data, broad AI
CES 2019 keynote features deep data, broad AI
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CES 2019 began with a keynote speech from CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, who emphasized that the "only certainty about the future is disruption." On the future, IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty and IBM head of AI and quantum research Dario Gil each discussed predictions for using deep data and its intersections with AI.
TechRepublic (1/8) 
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Blockchain connects beef all the way back to the cow
Blockchain technology allows the tracing of individual shipments of products, such as beef products being traceable back to particular cows, allowing for greater accuracy of data and food-safety applications, writes Michael del Castillo. "By selling blockchain calves, my reputation rides all the way to your plate, and it leads to me being much more vigilant about how things go because my name rides with it," says Ogden Driskill, a rancher and Wyoming state senator.
Forbes (1/8) 
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Hacked
Current and future cybersecurity issues
Anonymous hacker gets 10 years in children's hospital cyberattacks
Anonymous hacker gets 10 years in children's hospital cyberattacks
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A member of the hacker collective Anonymous was sentenced to 10 years in prison over the 2014 DDoS attacks at Boston-area children's hospitals in response to the case of Justina Pelletier, who was taken from her parents by Boston Children's Hospital after what was later determined to be a misdiagnosis. Martin Gottesfeld was found guilty in August 2018 of one count of conspiracy to damage protected computers and one count of damaging protected computers for attacks that cost the facilities more than half a million dollars.
ZDNet (1/10),  Patch/Somerville, Mass. (1/10) 
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Auditors find cybersecurity issues in DOD networks
Auditors have found more than 250 cybersecurity gaps in the Pentagon's network framework, some of them unaddressed after more than a decade. The Defense Department Inspector General determined that the problems will only worsen as cyberthreats become more sophisticated, making the department even more vulnerable to threats.
Nextgov (1/11) 
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Experts warn of cybervulnerabilities for agencies on hacker "hit list"
Experts expressed concerns over the government's ability to protect against cyberattacks amid the partial shutdown. Government agencies, especially those on what McAfee's Tom Gann calls the "hit list" for hackers, may not be properly protected 24-7, which is critical to detecting hackers.
Roll Call (free content) (1/10) 
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Law, Regulation and Litigation
Intellectual property, lawsuit, legislation, privacy, regulatory and security news
Americans lack trust in organizations to carry out desired AI regulation
Over 80% of Americans want better regulation over artificial intelligence but lack overwhelming confidence in any company, nongovernment organization or government body to test and manage AI. Fifty percent of Americans trust university researchers to build AI, while 44% say tech companies are the best option to manage AI.
MIT Technology Review online (free registration) (1/10) 
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Top EU court adviser supports Google in "right to be forgotten" appeal
Maciej Szpunar, a top adviser to the European Court of Justice, says Google should be allowed to limit the "right to be forgotten" to the EU. The statement came in support of Google's appeal that the company should not be fined for failing to delist sensitive information outside of the EU.
Reuters (1/10) 
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Ross: US-Chinese trade deal "we can live with" possible
The US and China have restarted trade talks, and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the countries can come up with an agreement "we can live with." Issues of enforcement and structural changes are fairly easy to resolve, Ross says, while market access and intellectual property rights are more challenging.
Reuters (1/7),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/7) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Michael J. Fox Foundation, IBM to develop tech for Parkinson's
The Michael J. Fox Foundation will provide IBM with grants and data to develop new technology for tracking the various stages of Parkinson's -- a disease that is expected to affect almost 1 million people by 2020. "This partnership will help us to build a disease-progression model that will support our understanding of the disease, its progression, and how to improve the drug-discovery process," says IBM's Jianying Hu.
NBC News (1/9) 
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Aon News
Report: "2019 Global Medical Trend Rates"
Aon is pleased to present the results of its 2019 survey of average medical trend rates from countries around the world. The survey was conducted among Aon offices in 103 countries that broker, administer or otherwise advise on employer-sponsored medical plans in each of the countries covered in this report. The survey responses reflect the medical trend expectations of the Aon professionals, clients and carriers represented in the portfolio of Aon medical plan business in each country. Download report.
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Clear for Takeoff? Protecting Key Infrastructure From Flood Risk
Major storms, including accompanying winds and floods, threaten lives, destroy property and damage critical infrastructure. Power outages, broken communication lines and disruption to road, rail, sea and air transport are common in the aftermath of major storms, affecting both business and everyday life. Airports are a critical part of our modern infrastructure, essential to linking people and businesses around the world. Building long-term defenses against perils such as storm surges and flooding is becoming essential to future resilience. Is our infrastructure ready for extreme weather? Read more.
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