Joseph Mariathasan: Social good versus privacy rights

first_imgCredit: Vikramjit KakatiThe city of Guwahati in Assam, IndiaBurman also points out that a liberal state cannot be built in isolation from the larger state apparatus. India, he says, habitually violates the rule of law so cannot be trusted implicitly to uphold liberal values just because the law empowering it is for a seemingly benign purpose.“A state that routinely treats dissenters as traitors, evicts helpless land owners, and uses torture as an investigative tool, cannot reasonably be expected to act liberally in the interest of liberal values, especially if it is given draconian powers with vague objectives,” Burman states.He adds that “it is reasonable to presume that the data protection law will suffer from the same illiberalism that we see in the Indian state”.Finding an appropriate response to criticisms such as these has been the challenge for India’s Supreme Court. Last month, it ruled that Aadhaar is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy.However, the five-judge bench did strike out one section of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed corporate entities and even individuals to demand an Aadhaar card in exchange for goods or services. No school, office, or company can now force anyone to reveal the unique 12-digit number, nor is it mandatory for opening bank accounts or for mobile connections. It must still be quoted to file income tax returns and to apply for a personal bank account.The challenge for any liberal democracy is to ensure fairness and justice. Finding a balance between privacy and ensuring a just distribution of state resources amongst all sectors of society is difficult. As journalist Tony Joseph recently declared: Credit: Gerd Altmann India’s national ID system was initially aimed at improving access to social security systemsWhen Aadhaar was conceptualised, the objective was for the system to identify beneficiaries of social welfare schemes. Its usage, combined with bank accounts accessed by smart phones in even the most remote villages, promised to revolutionise access to social services and assistance for the poorest segments of society. That objective is both laudable and achievable.A side effect of the success of Aadhaar has been that all purchases can be tracked. That makes evading taxation much more difficult. One fund manager recently pointed out that 2.5m new cars are bought every year in India, but the number of people declaring an annual income of more than INR1m (€13,000) is only 2.4m.The use of Aadhar has extended well beyond identifying beneficiaries of social welfare schemes.The growth has been demand-led as private firms, as well as government agencies, have used Aadhaar as a more accurate route to identifying individuals than other options. Individuals are no longer able to buy a new car or make any transaction over INR50,000 without providing their Aadhar number, meaning it has become easier to determine if appropriate tax has been paid.Privacy concernsEnsuring greater tax compliance is a clear benefit of Aadhar, but the ubiquitous use of personal identity numbers raises dangers for liberal societies.Anirudh Burman, legal consultant and research assistant at India’s National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, argues that it is a grave error to presume that the state will act benignly to uphold liberal values of privacy and autonomy.For example, if land records are to be made publicly accessible for increased efficiency in land markets, what is a reasonable expectation of privacy in such a context? While Indian bureaucracy is notorious for its ability to stifle new initiatives, in this case the government obtained the services of Nandan Nilekani as chairman of UIDAI. Nilekani was a co-founder in 1981 of Infosys Technologies, now a world-class IT company.UIDAI was tasked with guaranteeing that every resident of the country had a unique 12-digit “Aadhaar” number. There is only one number for each citizen, and every person can use it to validate his or her identity. The scheme has grown to become the world’s largest biometric ID programme.The way India managed to do this – and the controversies that surround its current usage – has lessons for other governments in both developed and emerging economies. Strong sentiments, but does he just represent the middle classes and upper elite of Indian society for whom gaining access to social welfare payments is not an issue?The controversies surrounding the use of Aadhaar have not ended, but the fact that there is debate – and change as a result – is a testament to the liberal democratic underpinnings of Indian society. That bodes well for India’s future. How important is privacy? The issue of whether the UK should introduce national identity cards has been a political hot potato for years.John Major’s Conservative administration (1990-97) tried to introduce them in the mid-1990s, only to be shot down by Tony Blair’s Labour party – which promptly introduced a similar proposal for so-called “entitlement cards” when it was in power, in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.Large segments of the populations of emerging economies may have no official means of identification, making distribution of state services and financial aid both difficult and easily subject to fraud.These issues led India to develop a technological solution – India is fortunate in having a vibrant and world-class IT industry. In 2009, the Manmohan Singh-led government set up the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to develop and deliver the technology capable of supporting a national ID card service.last_img read more

Bayern top group after six-goal thriller at Ajax

first_imgThere was little hint of the drama to come when Bayern took the lead in only the 13th minute at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena when Serge Gnabry’s perfectly-timed pass put Lewandowski in behind the Dutch defence.It should have been 2-0 14 minutes later when Gnabry served up a great chance for Lewandowski, but a fantastic save by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana blocked his shot.Having earned a 1-1 draw in Munich at the start of October, Ajax kept the Germans under pressure.It was 1-0 to Bayern at the break, but the Germans found themselves in the unusual position of enjoying just 40 percent possession, content to sit back and hit Ajax on the break.Bayern were under intense pressure and the hosts deservedly drew level after a series of high-speed passes opened the away defence, giving Tadic a simple tap-in at the far post with an hour gone.The game sparked into life with Onana again producing another superb save to deny Lewandowski moments later, just before Woeber was sent off for lunging in on Goretzka’s ankle.Mueller trudged off soon after, leaving Tagliafico with a bloodied head with 15 minutes left for going in high on the Argentinian.Mueller’s red card swung the momentum back in Ajax’s favour.Jerome Boateng’s clumsy foul on Danish substitute Kasper Dolberg gave Ajax a penalty which Tadic slammed home.Substitute Thiago Alcantara won the penalty Lewandowski slotted in and Coman’s superb curling shot made it 3-2, before Tagliafico gave Ajax short-lived hope.Share on: WhatsApp Amsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich pipped Ajax to top spot in Champions League Group E on Wednesday after a dramatic 3-3 draw which saw both sides finish with 10 men.The point was enough to put Bayern into the last 16 as group winners on a bad-tempered night in Amsterdam with five goals, two penalties and two red cards in an action-packed second half.“That was an advert for football,” beamed Bayern head coach Niko Kovac.“We had the clearer chances and could have finished the game much sooner, but we didn’t use the spaces.“However, the most important thing was to finish top of the group and with 14 from 18 points we are happy.”Kingsley Coman came off the bench to put Bayern 3-2 up on 90 minutes before Nicolas Tagliafico equalised for Ajax in the fifth minute of added time.After Lewandowski gave Bayern a first-half lead, Ajax turned the game around after the break as Dusan Tadic tapped home, then converted a penalty with eight minutes left.However, Bayern roared back with Lewandowski scoring a spot-kick three minutes from time before Coman put the Germans back in front and Tagliafico could only rescue a point when victory would have seen the Dutch outfit usurp their opponents at the top of the table.Lewandowski’s brace leaves him as the Champions League’s top-scorer with eight goals in the group stage.– Dangerous challenges –Ajax’s Maximilian Woeber and Bayern forward Thomas Mueller were shown straight red cards for dangerous challenges.last_img read more

Quartet named for Dutch Junior Open

first_img Laird Shepherd, 19, (Rye) has enjoyed a run of high finishes this season starting with 13th place in the Portuguese amateur and continuing with 9th place in the Scottish men’s open and fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy.  Todd Clements, 20, (Braintree) set a course record of seven-under 66 on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa during the Brabazon Trophy, where he finished 25th. He tied seventh in the Lytham Trophy, 24th in the St Andrews Links Trophy and payed all four rounds of the European Amateur.  8 Jul 2017 Quartet named for Dutch Junior Open Bailey Gill, 20, (Lindrick) won the U21 Darwin Salver at Rye, tied seventh in the Portuguese amateur and reached the last 16 in the match play of the Spanish amateur. He also shared 10th place in the St Andrews Links Trophy. He was in Yorkshire’s winning team at the 2016 English men’s county championship. center_img Four players will represent England in the Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria Golf Club from July 19-22.  They are Todd Clements of Essex (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), Bailey Gill of Yorkshire, Laird Shepherd of Sussex and Tom Sloman of Somerset. Tom Sloman, 20, (Taunton & Pickeridge) was runner up in the Irish amateur open and took third place in the Darwin Salver. Other high finishes include 10th place in the Welsh open stroke play and 14th in the Duncan Putter in Wales.last_img read more

Concern raised as €100m beef fund for farmers announced

first_imgConditions in applying for the Beef Emergency Measures Scheme (BEAM) are restrictive and may limit the take up of the scheme.Those are the thoughts of Donegal TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.Speaking on Monday, McConalogue said: “Beef and suckler farmers have been under massive income pressure since last Autumn as a result of poor factory prices and it is absolutely essential that income support is provided to help address the heavy losses that have been incurred. “In this regard the €100 million in potential funding allocated to the BEAM Scheme is welcome.  However, the Government is failing to deliver a scheme that is fair to farmers and could result in this funding not being fully drawn down.“The requirement on participating farmers to reduce stocking rates by 5% between July 2020 and June 2021 is unnecessary and should have been resisted by the Government at the European level.“Their proposed implementation of this requirement as part of the scheme takes no account of a farmers existing circumstances or stocking rate and is entirely arbitrary.“It will be particularly difficult for farmers who are already lightly stocked to implement and for those with smaller holdings. “I believe the Minister should look again at the terms and conditions of the Scheme and at a minimum, exempt holding with less than 20 suckler cows or already low stocking rates from the stock reduction requirement.“He should ensure that the Scheme is made available to all farmers with a beef enterprise and that funding is delivered to farmers promptly.“I am also concerned that the 5% stock reduction requirement will lead to reduced demand for cattle next year and see a dampening in prices as farmers seek to scale back to meet the 5% threshold during the destocking period. This runs the risk of creating further downward pressure next year on store and suckler prices in particular.“Minister Creed must look again at the scheme terms and conditions to avoid the full funds not being drawn down,” he added.“While the €50 million EU funding under the implanting regulation is guaranteed, the fact that any underspend would mean the Government not having to fully follow through on their €50 million allocations will leave many farmers sceptical as to the reason behind the onerous terms and conditions for the scheme. “The Minister must now act promptly and address concerns regarding the Scheme.“He must ensure that the Scheme is made available to all farmers with a beef enterprise and that funding is delivered to farmers promptly.”Concern raised as €100m beef fund for farmers announced was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watch: Global South African tech gurus on bringing skills home

first_imgShamin ChibbaTech-savvy South African expats are making their mark in software development across the world, but their expertise is yet to benefit the country of their birth. To examine how to fix this, Brand South Africa hosted an international Google Hangout bringing together some of the best global South African minds in digital technology.Held at Wits University’s Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) on Tuesday 24 June, the discussion focused on how South Africa can turn its brain drain into brain gain by bringing expats’ knowledge and experience back home.Panellists included the South African founders of top international software companies, including Vinny Lingham, the co-founder of Gyft, Yola and Silicon Cape; Pieter de Villiers, co-founder of Clickatell; Donovan Neale-May, executive director of the Chief Marketing Officer Council; and Alpha Software co-founder Richard Rabins.Simon Barber, Brand South Africa’s country manager for the US, said the National Development Plan offered huge scope for plugging in expat skills, knowledge and connections. De Villiers agreed, saying software development and expat involvement should be viewed with the NDP goals of reducing poverty and inequality in mind.JCSE head Barry Dwolatzky said South African expats can be used to bring value to the local software development industry. “All of you out there are not lost people but are bridges that can be used to link what we are doing here in South Africa.” Watch the full Google Hangout session:last_img read more

Sari for Change recycles saris into new jobs and businesses

first_imgSari for Change is an incubation project, where intern designers, seamstresses and beaders use fabric from donated saris to create exquisite new handmade garments (Images: Sari for Change Facebook page)Entrepreneurial warrior Rayana Edwards is training unemployed women through her Sari for Change project.In a bid to promote job creation, Edwards is using her skills to fuse clothing, coaching and culture to boost South Africa’s ailing clothing manufacturing industry.Sari for Change is an incubation project, where intern designers, seamstresses and beaders use fabric from donated saris to create exquisite new handmade garments.Using beadwork, hand embroidery, crochet trim and other techniques, they are encouraged to incorporate traditional African elements into their designs.This project employs women who are able to use a sewing machine but may lack knowledge of market forces and requirements, and provides them with on-the-job training for several months.Professional garment makers teach the trainees through master classes, with Edwards imparting entrepreneurial skills.These women are then encouraged to launch their own businesses closer to where they live, while still receiving mentoring. The women are also given the opportunity to produce clothing for Harem Clothing stores, Edwards’s business.“This ensures they have a steady income and a client in the first few months of starting up. They, in turn, have to replicate what they were taught – paying it forward,” Edwards explains.The Johannesburg-based designer is eager to impart much-needed creative and business skills. Edwards and her team are playing their own small part in promoting the manufacture and consumption of vibrant and proudly local women’s wear.Using beadwork, hand embroidery, crochet trim and other techniques, designers are encouraged to incorporate traditional African elements into their designsSACRED ECONOMYShe refers to women supporting each other in launching small business as the “sacred economy”. “It’s about beating all the evils and wrongs done to women by ensuring we have healthy bank balances,” she explains.“That way, we can make better decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. It’s about sacredly investing in each other as humans first. The intention, simply, is to channel abundance towards a creative purpose.”Edwards is the founder and director of Harem Clothing, and runs a retail store at Northcliff Corner shopping centre. She fuses her love for traditional and Western garments by creating beautiful kaftans and tunics of all lengths, designs and fabrics.The clothing – ranging from wedding dresses and outfits for special occasions to everyday wear – is layered and comfortable.“Being a Muslim, we subscribe to a certain dress code, which is to dress modestly. Most of our products are produced in this way, yet appeal to many other women,” says Edwards.“For example, the kaftan is worn by countless communities worldwide. Working with the sari, we are also catering for non-Indian women out there who wish to wear them – so why not have an Indian sari with traditional African beading? We are living in a global village, so our clothes should reflect that.”She says: “We have just had our first intern designer launching her label online, and yet she still does work for us. We encourage collaborations and long-term partnerships.”LOVE FOR FASHIONEdwards previously worked largely in property development, before embracing her love for fashion and clothing and opening her first high-end ladies’ boutique while living in Nairobi.Passionate about Africa and its creative potential, she has since been at the forefront of merging the informal sector of indigenous fashion and handcrafts with mainstream business principles.Upon moving back to South Africa, she imported sandals from Kenya that were snapped up by fashion house Sun Goddess for its participation in SA Fashion Week.Edwards opened Harem Clothing in 2007 and set about creating an empowerment structure to support women in reaching their full economic potential.Edwards continues to dream big: “The bigger vision is to have a central place where we have all the indigenous crafts of Africa collected and designed in products that feed into Africa,” she says.“We’d also love to roll out 10 Harem stores countrywide within the next 18 months, incorporating our Sari for Change project, and for the owners of these stores to be located closer to their homes. Studies have shown that when women travel long distances to their workplace, it infringes on their [time with their] children and quality of life. This is a huge challenge in this country and it breaks my heart when an employee has to leave their home at 5am in the middle of winter to ensure they reach their place of work at 8.30am.”Until then, Edwards and her team of emerging women entrepreneurs will continue their quest to build the sacred economy – building, supporting, sharing and celebrating successes together.last_img read more

Buckeye Bacon Bash coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Into bacon? Yeah, dumb question. Everyone is into bacon! In fact, so many people are into bacon that VIP tickets to the Buckeye Bacon Bash are now sold out. Have no fear — bacon lovers can still purchase general admission tickets to this elite celebration of bacon at and at the gates of the event on April 23. Right now, Ohio farmers are gearing up for quite possibly the coolest bacon event in all of Ohio — the Buckeye Bacon Bash. On April 23 at Scioto Downs, just south of Columbus, the Ohio Pork Council, Sugardale, 92.3WCOL, and the Dispatch Media Group are proudly sponsoring a celebration of bacon and it’s best friend — craft beer.The Bacon Bash will feature live entertainment from popular musical acts John Schwab, the Jonalee White Trio and DoubleCut, contests, food and drink samples, kids activities….and BACON. Attendees will also have a chance to meet Ohio bacon farmers and chat about where there bacon comes from! The Buckeye Bacon Bash is sure to give people exactly what they really want – BACON!For more information on the Buckeye Bacon Bash, and to buy your tickets, please visit!last_img read more

Facebook Granted Patent on the News Feed – This Could Be Very Big

first_imgTags:#Facebook#Features#news#RSS & Feeds#web marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Today we’re ready to declare The Newsfeed the dominant internet metaphor of the day; the cascading waterfall of updates from your friends, with comments swirling even around those – that model is everywhere now!MySpace, Flickr, Yahoo!, Twitter (?), the sharing part of Google Reader and even Google Buzz – do all of these sites have technology at the center of their social experiences that falls under this new patent of Facebook’s? Twitter probably doesn’t fall under this patent because the filing Text of the PatentHere’s the abstract for the patent, filed August 11th, 2006, Mark Zuckerberg listed as the first inventor:A method for displaying a news feed in a social network environment is described. The method includes generating news items regarding activities associated with a user of a social network environment and attaching an informational link associated with at least one of the activities, to at least one of the news items, as well as limiting access to the news items to a predetermined set of viewers and assigning an order to the news items. The method further may further include displaying the news items in the assigned order to at least one viewing user of the predetermined set of viewers and dynamically limiting the number of news items displayed.An initial response from Google’s Chris Messina, a leader of the Activity Streams standards organization that includes Facebook.I hope that this is defensive and Facebook doesn’t intent to enforce this patent. this is why the Open Web Foundation was instantiated, so we could work on these kinds of features without any one organization invoking patent rights. this is just one more example of how the patent system isn’t architected to support the right kind of innovation.[For all the other websites using activity streams-like formats] if this patent gets enforced, you could do it in reverse chronological order where there is no algorithmic ranking or you could license this technology from Facebook. i don’t know what this means for Facebook’s Platform and Connect.It sounds crazy, but did Facebook invent the algorithm-driven newsfeed? Messina wasn’t quite willing to grant that in our conversation, but it’s a tough call. “Facebook certainly built the whole phenomena around the newsfeed,” he said.Don’t miss:Dave Winer’s take on this news.Nick O’Neill has published the following update to his story, but I’m not buying his conclusion:It appears that this patent surrounds implicit actions. This means status updates, which is what Twitter is based on, are not part of this patent. Instead, this is about stories about the actions of a user’s friends. While still significant, the implications for competing social networks may be less substantial.Implicit actions are a very big deal. LinkedIn contacts making new connections or changing their jobs would be the most immediate example that comes to mind. If offering a stream of updates of the non-status messages of friends is something Facebook alone could deliver, that would be a major loss for the rest of the social web.There’s an active conversation going on our Google Buzz page for this topic, too. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook has been granted a patent on the Newsfeed, “displaying a news feed in a social network environment.” Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook found the patent first and says it could be “one of the most significant social web patents” in a decade.If all algorithmic ranking and delivery of social activity updates to social network users falls under this patent Facebook applied for in August 2006 (one month before it launched its controversial Newsfeed) then there’s going to be a whole lot of trouble for sites all over the web. We’ve got calls and emails in with Facebook PR, we’re going to start thinking and reading up about what this could mean but for now, please join us over on Google Buzz to discuss this story as it unfolds in real time. Our coverage continues below.Working Summary:This patent appears to cover primarily implicit user activity updates (such as “person X changed their employer listed or their relationship status or became friends with person Y”) and the dynamic ranking of those items when delivered in the context of a social network. In contemporary Facebook terms, it would probably cover the News Feed but not the status messages in the Live Feed. It would probably not impact what Twitter is doing today. It could impact any number of other social networks – like LinkedIn, Ning and other systems not created yet. But it’s possible that Facebook will only use this patent defensively. Time will tell what the company’s intentions are. 18 months ago we wrote the following, as site after site adopted a Newsfeed model for delivering updates to users: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Designing an Effective Contact Us Page For Your Company’s Site

first_imgThe contact page. It’s a mainstay in the footer navigation of just about any website, especially those run by companies for whom a well-designed contact page can be mission critical. For some smaller companies it can mean the difference between making a profit and losing money. Follow these essential guidelines to ensure your current and prospective customers can stay in touch without a hassle.Make It a FormWhile it’s temptingly easy to just put a traditional email link on the contact page, this doesn’t lend itself to the best user experience. When clicked, such a link will open the default email client on the user’s machine, which may or may not be what they actually use. If I’m a Gmail or Yahoo Mail user, I don’t want to fire up my as-yet-unconfigured copy of Outlook Express when I click a link to email somebody. While savvier Web users know to copy the email address and paste it into their email service of choice – or may even have their browser set up to do it for them – you can’t count on all of your prospective customers being Firefox plugin-slingin’ uber-geeks. Instead, use a Web form. Whether you use a third-party product like Wufoo or FormSite or have your Web guru build it themselves, a clean, easy-to-use form is going to get more of a response than a simple email link. Keep It SimpleAs with all things in Web design, simplicity is key. Your contact form should only ask your would-be customers for the information you absolutely need to know. In most cases, it’s as simple as name, email and a description or body field. Only ask for the user’s phone number if it’s absolutely critical to your business to do so. Avoid asking for their mailing address unless you plan on mailing them something (with their consent, of course). The more fields a form has, the fewer responses it’s likely to have. In some organizations, there are several different departments, each with a different contact person. Perhaps some inquiries would best be directed to a sales contact, whereas others would be more appropriate for a technical person. Keep the process clean by working these options into a simple drop-down menu labeled something like “How can we help you?” or “Topic:”.While the form should be the focus of your contact page, don’t hesitate to offer alternative methods of communication in a sidebar. A call-out box containing a phone number and social media profile links would be a nice touch.Note: A contact form is a great way to collect email addresses for your mailing list, but it’s best to give the person filling it out the option to sign up for email via a check box. Get Creative, But Don’t Go CrazyThe contact page is a great opportunity for a designer to come up with something truly inventive and beautiful to look at. But as Web usability guru Jakob Neilsen always warns, if it’s not immediately intuitive how to navigate or use any part of a site, users will leave in a hearbeat. The average user should be able to immediately locate and fill out each field on the form and click submit. At that point, they should receive a clearly-worded confirmation that their message went through and they can be on their way. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#biz#How To A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

How three disruptive technologies can work together to change the world as we know it

first_imgFollow the Puck The amount of data a person can collect in the home is astounding. Nest controls your heating and cooling, collecting historical data of usage patterns. CURB connects to your fuse box to gather data on every outlet. Netatmo measures air particles, humidity and even noise. All this data can be overwhelming, and finding insights can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, once AI is trained to work with all this information, it won’t be long before our home lives are improved. VR enters the picture in scenarios like renovations or insurance evaluations — when contractors are able to virtually tour your home from their office, it streamlines processes significantly. How These Technologies Can Work Together in Different Industries As AI develops further potential of running on the edge, these three technologies’ relevance will only increase in significance. Their intersection is the key to unlocking the full potential of IoT applications. And VR is capable of so much more than entertainment and gaming; their greatest uses are in training and diagnostics — and AI and IoT sensors will make that more apparent as we move forward. Related Posts The Final Frontier: The Intersection of VR, AI, and IoT These technologies’ intersection has the potential to disrupt industries such as design, maintenance, logistics and many other fields. On the factory floor, for instance, IoT sensors collecting data on machinery enables predictive maintenance. And the ability to provide a remote visual to technicians in real-time can revolutionize the process. These technologies working in tangent provide the ability to zero in on problems much more effectively. K.R. SanjivChief Technology Officer for Wipro Limited Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Consumers Benefit From the Intersection of AI, VR, and IoT, Too In the digital journey, AI, IoT, and VR are all significant levers to redefine processes for both businesses and consumers. But it’s the combination of the three that will be the most disruptive. For entities looking to effect change, the key is to identify the right opportunity within this intersection and implement a pragmatic solution to leverage all three technologies together. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Consider another example: At my company, we are designing IoT sensors and solutions within the heavy equipment industry, building edge- and cloud-based analytic engines to address geospatial understanding, ring-fencing data and sensor-based performance details, to name a few areas. We are also digitizing this content for training and maintenance within this industry. In the heavy machinery industry, equipment idle time is a huge loss and makes machines prone to theft or misuse. Putting sensors for measuring various parameters such as engine parameters, fuel monitoring, and hydraulic pressures provides real-time analytics on the usage patterns. This demonstrates how a machine can be better utilized or flag any misuse, substantially improving the profitability and user experience for a company. Instances of this three-way intersection are happening across industries — and this trend is already leaking into the consumer market. Smart home sensors are becoming more prolific on the consumer market, and they’re beginning to do more with the data they generate via IoT. Everything from ambient temperature and air quality to lights, electricity, and even human activity can be monitored these days. There’s no shortage of data platforms, and IFTTT is currently serving as a break-fix to help with automation and other smart use cases. And this is just one example. IDC research shows spending on these next-gen technologies grew an estimated 17 percent in 2017 and will only accelerate over the next five years. In other words, we’re set to see a lot more interplay between the three technologies in the not-so-distant future. Tags:#AI#IoT#VR IoT, for example, doesn’t work on a hub-and-spoke model. Currently, the technology operates mostly on the IFTTT model — i.e., “if this, then that” — but relying on AI instead will create smarter, more granular connectivity. This isn’t a farfetched concept: AI requires data, which IoT generates, so it’s a match made in heaven. And VR brings it all together with an immersive visualization of the data, creating heightened simulations that enhance users’ experiences and understanding of a scenario. The use cases don’t stop there; these technologies are combining to improve our lives outside the home as well. Guru, for instance, is using VR to bring static museum artwork to life. AI is used to distinguish between buildings, objects and people in exhibits to identify themes. From there, it brings digital life to the figures and environments, immersing visitors in a whole new way to appreciate the art world. And public transportation can be improved by this technology intersection: Eye Create Worlds has a proof of concept in which a network of IoT sensors are placed throughout a city to allow a remote operator to optimize rail transportation networks in VR. Look at the Tour de France as an example. Today’s cyclists are heading into this summer’s race with significantly more information than previous competitors have been able to afford. Before the race begins, trainers with 360-degree cameras run routes so cyclists can get familiar with them through a VR simulation. Machine learning then uses historical data about the weather, environment and other cyclists to forecast racing conditions. Once the race is underway, heart rate monitors track movement efficiency, while a GPS and other sensors gather data on the bike. Alone, each feature is helpful — there’s no arguing that. But when brought together, users (the cyclists) find themselves in a heightened, immersive experience with the potential to prepare them for the race like no previous cyclists before them. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things are common buzzwords these days, but so often, businesses and individuals alike think of each in its own silo. That’s a disservice to emerging tech because combining each concept’s strengths will lead to solutions previously unimagined. Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions K.R. Sanjiv is the Chief Technology Officer for Wipro Limited. The views expressed in this article are his own and his employer does not subscribe to the substance or veracity of these views. last_img read more