AI Storm Brewing


AI is coming. Now what? The answer isn't clear, because after decades of research and development, AI is finally starting to become a force to reckon with. The proof is in the M&A activity underway right now. Big companies are willing to pay huge sums to get out in front of this shift. Here is a list of just some of the AI acquisitions announced or completed over the past few years: ... » read more

Looking Back On IoT In 2016


The Internet of Things was going great guns for most of 2016. Until October 21, that is. That’s the date of the coordinated cyberattacks on Dyn, an Internet performance management services firm. The distributed denial-of-service attacks quickly had impacts on Airbnb, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, PayPal, Reddit, Twitter, and other popular websites. Dyn was able to fight off the aggressive att... » read more

Securing The IoT


Last week’s massive distributed denial-of-service attack, directed at Dyn DNS—a small New Hampshire-based company that operates part of the Internet’s Domain Name System—brought many popular websites to a crawl. Among those affected were such giants as Airbnb, Reddit, Twitter, Amazon and Netflix. The Internet outages spread from the East Coast of the United States to the rest of the ... » read more

System Bits: May 17


AI drives Toyota websites An innovation in artificial intelligence described in a 2001 paper by UCLA computer science professor Adnan Darwiche has found a somewhat unexpected application: helping car buyers of Toyota and Lexus customize their vehicles online. The websites let shoppers tailor their vehicle from among a range of models, colors and accessories. The software that powers the sit... » read more

Why Social Media Matters To You


There is a growing consensus among VCs and top executives that some sort of shakeout is coming in the social media world. There are simply too many companies fighting for a fixed number of advertising dollars and too little money coming in the door in the short term. A report by IAB showed online advertising revenue in the United States was $42.78 billion in 2013, up from $36.56 billion in 2012... » read more