TechVision: The Second Machine Age

Digital technologies – with hardware, software, and networks at their core – will diagnose diseases in the near future more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. In The Second Machine Age, MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, two thinkers at the forefront of their field, reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Erik and Andrew identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.

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Heartbleed – graphic of the day

Heartbleed refers to the unauthorized bleeding of information via a web encryption program known as OpenSSL, used in about two-thirds of all websites and many other technology programs. The hacks would take place during a “heartbeet” session, when a server and a computer send data back and forth to check if the other party is online. Today’s graphic diagrams how hackers took advantage of the Heartbleed security bug.


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Big data innovation trends in education

In this fourth installment of the Thomson Reuters Knowledge Worker Innovation Series Mona Vernon, Senior Director of Emerging Technology at Thomson Reuters and Dr. Una–May O’Reilly, the leader of the AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, discuss big data innovation trends in education, MOOCs, interactive visualization & analytics.

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TechVision: Social investment networks

The latest installment in our TechVision series looks at how social media changed financial markets and features Yoni Assia, CEO of eToro, hosted by Thomson Reuters Chief Enterprise Architect, Dave Weller.

TechVision is an interactive video series presented to a live and virtual internal audience in our offices, and in key customer facing events with a focus on real-world applications of emerging technologies and trends. Our speakers are thought leaders who help us reframe and explore growth opportunities.

Knowledge Worker Innovation Series: Transformative data visualization

Transformative data visualization

Inspired by a neighborhood of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Knowledge Worker Innovation Series consists of events that bring in thought leaders from industry and academia to discuss, dissect and explore technology topics and trends. The discussions helps us stay on top of and share the ideas that shape our approach to making information intelligent and delivering it to the businesses and professionals who depend on it.

We are pleased to announce the fifth event in our Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, proudly held in Boston’s Innovation District. Enormous quantities of data go unused or underused today, simply because people can’t visualize the quantities and relationships within. The ability to convey specific data in a clear and understandable manner is a mix of science and art. Ben Fry, data visualization expert, will discuss principles of graphics design and dynamic visualization that can improve the insight gained from data. Ben will detail how all data problems begin with a question and end with a narrative construct that provides a clear answer without extraneous details. He will share several examples of projects and how each visualization conveys the unique properties of the data it represents: why the data was collected, what’s interesting about it, and what stories it can tell. (more…)

Attracting talent, innovating Eikon: EikonHack 2014

Our first ever student Hackathon was held in London in March. A 24-hour coding competition, the EikonHack tasked 35 students with building a news discovery app for a mobile device using Thomson Reuters Eikon technology and Reuters news.

Read more about the event on the Thomson Reuters Eikon Blog.

Shift in the influence of G20 nations – graphic of the day

Analysts from our IP & Science business conducted an in-depth study of the G20 nations to compare the research and innovation landscape of each. Their work revealed that the power is shifting, as emerging nations enhance their science, education and technology policies. This map shows changes that occurred over the last decade giving rise to new opportunities and potential in the future.


Read the full report, The Research and Innovation Performance of the G20, or download the infographic.

Media streaming device comparison – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Amazon unveiled its new media streaming device, offering the hardware as well as a $39.99 gaming controller for its own fast-growing online content services. Today’s graphic compares the new Fire TV to its main competitors from Apple, Google and Roku.

Amazon Fire TV

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Women leaders of the data revolution roundtable: Insights and inspiration


In celebration of 2014 International Women’s Day, I was pleased to host and participate on a panel of some of today’s most celebrated women leaders of the data revolution. Joining me in London were Mary Fratto Rowe, SVP of, Fiona Capstick, Office of the CIO, IBM, Sue Baldwin, Head of Vendor Relations, JP Morgan, and Martina King, CEO, FeatureSpace. Moderated by Reuters News Editor, Jane Barret, we had a very robust and insightful discussion on Big Data. What are the trends?  The challenges?  The opportunities?  And how women can better own and advance their careers in a traditionally male dominated industry.

Here are some of the key takeaways from our discussion: (more…)

Aerospace industry is working to improve flight tracking

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Is it a matter of coincidence that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patents this week focused on aircraft navigation and communications?  These inventions, one from Boeing and one from Airbus, are just two examples of the dozens of inventions covering aircraft alert systems, satellite navigation and communications management that have been patented over the last several years. They shine a light on one of the challenges the aerospace industry is working to overcome: how to accurately track flight vehicles wherever and whenever they are. (more…)