The hard side of the IoT

Crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo together with the Maker movement have helped to make hardware sexy again and created the illusion that making hardware is easy. But making commercial hardware is so much more than prototypes and 3D printers. Moreover, we are starting to see (sadly, I admit) the first big crashes with the closing of crowd-funded platforms like Ninja Blocks. …

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Alicia Asin. We are constantly in contact with sensor and radio manufacturers. A number of key factors show why the time has not come for the hardware commoditization phase of the IoT just yet

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Your Team Can’t Read Your Mind

When you live or work with people for a while, it’s easy to assume that they can read your mind and that you can read theirs. Whether it’s a spouse or a long-time team member, you may presume that you know what they’re thinking and that you can save time and effort by not having to spell everything out. Unfortunately, though, mind reading is a risky short cut, and is more likely to backfire than not.

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By Anna Ranieri. No one on your team should expect or encourage mind reading. Instead, spell things out — and ask that your team members do the same.

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‘Presenteïsme’ kost ondernemingen twee keer zoveel als absenteïsme

Absenteïsme, werknemers die afwezig blijven op het werk omwille van ziekte of andere redenen, is een bekende kostenpost voor bedrijven en overheden. Waar veel minder aandacht voor bestaat zijn de werknemers die wel aanwezig zijn, maar waarvan de productiviteit ver onder het gemiddelde zakt doordat ze zicht uitgeput of gedemotiveerd voelen.

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#Presenteïsme: verborgen kosten voor bedrijven en overheden die hoger zijn dan de kosten van abstenteïsme. Een nieuw trend?

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De laatste dagen van het kapitalisme

n zijn boek ‘Postcapitalism’ kondigt Paul Mason, redacteur economie bij de Britse televisie-zender Channel 4, een nieuw tijdperk aan voorbij het kapitalisme dat op zijn laatste benen loopt. Anders dan de constante voorspellingen van traditioneel links, zullen de kapitalistische structuren volgens Mason echter niet afgebroken worden door de arbeidersklasse.

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Een nieuw tijdperk: postkapitalisme. Impressie van het boek van Paul Mason.

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Mapping Approaches to AI Safety

When I started to work on this map of AI safety solutions, I wanted to illustrate the excellent 2013 article “Responses to Catastrophic AGI Risk: A Survey” by Kaj Sotala and IEET Affiliate Scholar Roman V. Yampolskiy, which I strongly recommend. However, during the process I had a number of ideas to expand the classification of the proposed ways to create safe AI.

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By Alexey Turchin. How to secure #AI?

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The Dangers of Data, Part 1

I have been using data to guide decisions for a long time, and I have made a ton of mistakes in analyzing that data that has led to bad results. There’s a reason people say “garbage in, garbage out,” but how do laypeople know when data analysis is useful and when it isn’t?

Most people never know. To compound the issue, we are all presented with more access to data, and more exposure to unsupported analysis of that data presented as truth.

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By Jim D”Amico. There is neither space or time enough to cover every potential issue with data analysis, so what I will offer here is a brief list of common errors in order to help everyone up their game.

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What Does Leadership in Self-Organization Look Like?

Leadership within a traditional hierarchical structure is the one with which most organizations are familiar: a top-down format within a triangle where managers are the main decision makers. So what happens when that structure becomes a hierarchy of work rather than a hierarchy of people? How is leadership in self-organization different?

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By Erica Spelman. It’s about #Holacracy and #Transparancy.

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How do we keep the Internet of Things secure?

A recent exposé by Wired magazine depicts an alarming account in which two security researchers in the US carjacked a Jeep Cherokee from miles away. Their mock attack left the reporter rattled and briefly stranded in the middle of the road.

As journalist Andy Greenberg explained in his piece: “Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the Jeep’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.”

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By Andrea Stroppa. It is evident that we are facing a major challenge: how to ensure the security and privacy of the Internet of Things. And because hackers will always be one step ahead of the developers, it maybe a scary thought to rely on IoT and so called intelligent machines.

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