Day: July 3, 2020

With COVID-19 as backdrop, CIOs are playing bigger roles leading digital transformations

A new Tata Consultancy Services study on CIOs finds their responsibilities are continuing to change and adapt as they help their companies rise to new challenges.

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The roles of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in businesses have been evolving for years, but have been changing even more amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a new study by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the biggest changes are being seen inside companies where CIOs have been leading the way in digital transformations.

The 2020 TCS Chief Information Officer Study, which was conducted by the TCS Business 4.0 Institute thought leadership center, surveyed 1,010 IT executives in 11 industries in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands to gain their insights into the roles of CIOs in 2020 and the future within their companies. 

Some 75% of the responding executives work in enterprises with gross revenues of $1

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English company modernizes Phantoms, Bentleys and Jaguars with electric engines

Lunaz rebuilds classic cars from the metal frame up to add charging ports, batteries, and Wi-Fi.

The auto engineering company Lunaz rebuilt this Jaguar XK120 from the frame up to add an electric powertrain, charging ports, and Wi-Fi.

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An English company is making classic cars green by replacing gas engines with electric ones. The auto engineering company Lunaz rebuilds and restores the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, the Rolls-Royce Cloud, the Jaguar XK120 and Jaguar XK140. 

The cars are hand-built in limited production runs. In addition to installing an electric powertrain, each car is reengineered and restored from the metal frame up. First, the car is 3D scanned so that engineers can create detailed CAD models. Battery chargers and DC converters are integrated into the existing design and the fuel filler cap is replaced with a charging connection. The air conditioning and electronic heating systems are installed and the accelerator

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Intel to invest $253.5 million in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms – TechCrunch

Intel said on Friday it will invest $253.5 million in Jio Platforms, joining a roster of high-profile investors including Facebook, General Atlantic, and Silver Lake that have backed India’s top telecom operator in recent months.

The American chipmaker’s investment arm said it is acquiring a 0.39% stake in Jio Platforms, giving the Indian firm a valuation of $65 billion. Intel Capital is the 12th investor to buy a stake in Jio Platforms, which has raised more than $15.5 billion by selling a 25% stake since April this year.

“Jio Platforms’ focus on applying its impressive engineering capabilities to bring the power of low-cost digital services to India aligns with Intel’s purpose of delivering breakthrough technology that enriches lives. We believe digital access and data can transform business and society for the better,” said Wendell Brooks, Intel Capital President, in a statement.

The announcement today comes weeks after Mukesh Ambani, who

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Futuristic tech in retro movies: Prescient, predictive or phony?

Good and bad robots, self-driving cars, video phone calls in space, and time travel comprised the future’s potential in movies featuring cool technology.

The Matrix Reloaded, from 2003, used futuristic tech.

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There’s more to futuristic tech in Hollywood than just what is seen in Star Trek, although techies do love a good transponder or tractor beam. 

Virtual stimulation, mind manipulation and fantastical technology are frequently highlighted in films of the previous decades. The “good” movies involved more than a tired trope of a storyline; those movies were thought provoking, and standouts, at films’ release. Were filmmakers offering up what they believed to be a likely view of tech’s potential or making it up whole cloth? We take a look at movies that were either about, or featured technology of the time, whether when the movie is set, or the year it was actually made. With a

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57% of employees second-guessing careers during COVID-19 pandemic

Many workers said they are more motivated to be employed at a company that values its staff during unpredictable times, Robert Half found.

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More than half (57%) of workers said they have experienced a change in their sentiments toward work during the coronavirus pandemic, data from Robert Half found. During such unpredictable times, some 60% of that number said they want to be employed at an organization that values its staff.  

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COVID-19 has thrown a major wrench in both the enterprise and economy, resulting in millions of furloughs and layoffs. More than 44.2 million US employees have filed for unemployment claims since the start of coronavirus shutdowns, according to Fortune. Those lucky enough to still have jobs have still been impacted, reevaluating their current employment during such trying times. 

“This has been a time of

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9 super-smart problem solvers take on bias in AI, microplastics, and language lessons for chatbots

These members of MIT’s latest 35 Under 35 list are engineers, chemists, and researchers working for universities, startups, and big tech companies.

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Just when the problems of the world become overwhelming and unsolvable, someone publishes a list of smart people finding solutions to these challenges. MIT’s 2020 35 Under 35 list does just that. The MIT Technology Review has been publishing this list for 20 years. There were more than 500 nominees in this year’s contest. Twenty-five judges reviewed the list of 100 semi-finalists to select the final 35 people.

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These nine honorees come from each category in the list–inventors, entrepreneurs, pioneers, humanitarians, and visionaries–and have a specific focus on technology.

Removing the racial and gender bias in AI

Inioluwa Deborah Raji, AI Now Institute, is taking on the challenge of racism and bias in the data

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