By Kathleen Held, Producer, Thomson Reuters
We recently hosted a Knowledge Worker Innovation event with Thomas H. Davenport, a prolific author and Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College, a research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Tom spoke about “Automation or Augmentation of Knowledge Work Jobs,” the types of jobs most likely to be affected, the technologies driving knowledge worker automation and the opportunities to augment these technologies.
Tom presented research from a variety of sources on the debate of automation and which jobs are most likely to be affected. The technologies that are driving knowledge work automation include: analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, rule engines, event stream/complex event processing, cognitive computing and custom integrations and combinations of these technologies. He described four types of analytics; descriptive, predictive, prescriptive and automated or embedded analytics for competitive advantage. (more…)
I’ve currently been on an extended trip through Europe, but last week, one of the biggest news stories was the landing of the Philae probe on a comet. It marks the first time that we have been able to achieve such a feat. The entire mission has been one series of innovations after another, and personally, I’m so happy for the engineers in the European Space Agency (ESA) command center who have seen their dream become a reality.
Although the Philae probe has now gone into a hibernation status due the inability of the probe to recharge its batteries, it has accomplished a number of key objectives including sending pictures back from the comet and sending science data from all of its on-board instruments including the COSAC – the Cometary Sampling and Composition experiment – which drilled into the comet in search of molecular building blocks that may have kickstarted life on planets like Earth.
I was reading the Sunday Times, and it had a great article written by Bryan Appleyard titled “One Giant Step.” I genuinely appreciated his comments about this project for a number of reasons. Have a read of this quote: (more…)
Beyond passive safety devices such as air bags and seat belts, car designers are pushing technology to help drivers and prevent road accidents. Today’s graphic shows how sensors, radar, LIDAR, cameras and other technologies in a car can cover potential risks and assist drivers.
Reuters unveiled its groundbreaking mobile TV news service this week on the top floor of our office in Times Square. As the trends change for the delivery of and demand for TV news, we are introducing a forward-thinking service that’s on-demand, up-to-date, relevant and mobile – putting users in control of what they watch and when they watch it. Watch the reveal video here: (more…)
Linking inside and outside the enterprise
The web didn’t become mainstream overnight. And at the Open Data Institute Summit 2014 we heard how the web of data is already well on its way.
Sir Tim Berners Lee, creator of the world wide web, drew an analogy between the two. As the web grew it reached a point where, as a business, if you didn’t have a website then you effectively ‘didn’t exist.’ Those initial websites would just be a picture of the office or shop and their address and phone number. One by one businesses would competitively reveal more, progressing from listing their product catalogue to their prices and then their inventory. As we move to a web of data, Sir Tim predicts that the point will come where, as a business, if people can’t access data about you and your products via the web then you will, effectively, not exist.
Data on the web has some fundamental difference to documents on the web. As we move from people browsing the web to, predominantly, machines doing it, the value will come from linking the data. Personal data, enterprise data and open data will still be distinct, but by using the same underlying approaches, any one organization can create their whole picture – proprietary, shared and public.
Linking inside and outside the enterprise depends on identifiers, the subject of the presentation by David Weller. Open identifiers are core to creating value from data, as outlined in a recent white paper published by Thomson Reuters and the ODI. (more…)
The world’s biggest television makers are turning to quantum dot technology for their next-generation TVs as it could still be some time before OLED is affordable for the mass market. Today’s graphic looks at some of the display technologies used in televisions.
The evolution of the web
Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the world wide web. Today’s world would have been almost unimaginable then, and the phenomenal growth of the web has been intrinsically linked with many of the technology advances of the past 25 years. It will be no surprise if that continues for the next 25.
We’re used to hearing about big data, but open data (“data or content…anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute”) is also on the rise. And people are predicting that in addition to bringing societal benefits, this will have a positive economic benefit too. Some have predicted that impact to be worth trillions.
Data on its own can’t make that impact. What you actually need is to link data – not just one data point in isolation but other data that you can use to infer meaning and to help you make decisions from that data. For open data, the current trajectory of growth, particularly the shortage of linked open data is putting that multi-trillion economic potential at risk. At Thomson Reuters, we have been working with the Open Data Institute (ODI) on recommendations for creating value with open data through the use of identifiers. (more…)
How “small data” can enhance and transform our lives.
Consider a new kind of cloud-based app. An app that creates a picture of an individual’s life over time by continuously, securely and privately analyzing the digital traces they generate 24×7. The social networks, search engines, mobile operators, online games and e-commerce sites that they access use these digital traces to tailor service offerings, target advertisements and improve system performance. These diverse and messy, but highly personalized data can be analyzed to draw powerful inferences about an individual. Applications that are fueled by these traces can enhance, and even transform, our experiences as consumers, patients and passengers.
Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.