Technology

My week Down Under

Australia

I’ve just wrapped up a week-long trip to Australia – my first for Thomson Reuters, and with a bit of luck, hopefully not my last. It’s absolutely one of the best places to visit in the world, if you can take the long flight to get there. From Dallas, the flight is 15.5 hours and that’s just to get you to Brisbane – continuing on to Sydney required a stopover to refuel, and another hour or so in the air.

Earlier this year, I had been asked to present at an information retrieval conference session on the Gold Coast. While the title of my session, “OK Glass…Google…Why Do I Need Your Search?” is a bit facetious, it allowed me to talk about the way we are thinking about the continuous client service. Of course we need search. Search has, in my opinion, evolved into a learned history of things I care about and am interested in. Thus, applying algorithms to that learned history enables services to proactively and asynchronously push content to my phone, without me even needing to ask for it. That’s incredibly important, because those and other types of devices do not have the sorts of user input functionality that we have on our desktops and laptops (i.e. a large screen, keyboard, and mouse). (more…)

‘Cyber governance: What every director needs to know,’ by Paul A. Ferrillo, Esq., Weil Gotshal & Manges

 

 

For a one-minute audio intro to the commentary, click here.

 

WestlawNext users: Click here to read the full article on WestlawNext.

Paul Ferrillo

Paul Ferrillo

 

Help us improve Open Calais

The Open Calais initiative was launched in 2008 and was the first of its kind to help make the world’s content more accessible and valuable via the automated generation of rich semantic metadata.

However, in recent years, updates have been few and far between. With your help, all of this can change.

Open CalaisWe are currently trying to determine the future of the platform and we need your feedback to make Open Calais even better than it is today. Your input will directly shape our strategy.

With that said, please spend just a few minutes filling out our survey.

A lot of content is submitted to Open Calais every day. We will use this opportunity to identify active users vs. servers that are automatically submitting content without anyone actually using it. This will help improve the performance for everyone. So make sure you respond to the survey so we know who is out there using the metadata coming out of Open Calais.

We really appreciate your collaboration!

Analytics: How big data can solve our most complex problems

big data

Big data seems to be everyone’s favorite answer to complex questions. Of course, big data is not an answer in and of itself, but a way to get to the answer. So it was nice to hear a wide range of experts give varying opinions on the subject. The above titled panel featured Drake BaerDon TapscottBob Schukai (from Thomson Reuters), Guruduth Banavar and was moderated by Bill Thoet.

The panel discussion oscillated between the potential of big data, the problems it raises and the progress that’s already been made. Both Don Tapscott and Guruduth Banavar talked about the new asset class that has been created as a result of big data. But in many instances, the data is unstructured and complex. These “digital crumbs” that are being created have the potential to pass all other asset classes. A useful analogy that Tapscott used was that of natural gas and the idea of “data frackers.” With data being accumulated from “stuff we do every day,” there’s unlimited potential for new innovation and knowledge, but also major privacy risks.

Although it may feel like big data just appeared, it “did not fall from the sky,” as Drake Baer most aptly put it. We’ve already made huge strides using big data in things like sequencing the human genome, the Square Kilometre Array, and artificial intelligence. Bob Schukai even made the analogy of our brain as a computer, where processing big data is simply how we experience life.

He also explained how Thomson Reuters is one of the original big data companies. The panelists debated about how the traditional business model is changing with information becoming more widely available. So in addition to providing information, companies must be able to provide what the customers need to know about the data. Bob explained how Thomson Reuters is providing context, relevancy, location, insight & a predictive component. Banavar went as far as saying that IBM’s goal is to eventually have a Watson in every home! The potential opportunities for big data, even on a personal scale, are quite exciting.

Designing with empathy

It’s nice to be back in Aspen for the Ideas Festival, and unsurprisingly, I’ve spent a lot of time in sessions around creativity and innovation. I particularly enjoyed one run by IDEO featuring their founder, Tom Kelley, titled Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential in All of Us.  

There were a couple of great themes worth sharing. The first of those is the obvious one: with creativity and innovation comes failure. Tom had a really good way of putting innovation into context using the example of running an experiment. With an experiment, you have a hypothesis – and sometimes it’s right and sometimes it’s not. If you treat the creative process as an experiment, you’ve reframed failure as a potential outcome but with a completely different spin.

Perhaps the best message I took away was the concept of “designing with empathy.” Kelley talked about the development and launch of a GE scanning machine that could do incredibly powerful things, particularly in the field of pediatric medicine; but the machine scared the daylights out of kids.  Over 80% of them were so frightened that they had to bring in an anesthesiologist to keep the kids still. The GE product designer was gutted to hear that his incredible work had caused such a reaction – and so GE went back and took another run with a redesign that included graphics to make it look like a pirate ship! Kids were told to pretend they were hiding from the captain and to stay as still as possible, and it worked. After the redesign, less than 10% of kids that went into the scanner required the anesthesiologist. (more…)

And the winner is…

Apps for Good

213 educational partners, nearly 800 experts and over 17,000 kids.  That’s the numbers behind this year’s Apps for Good program which culminated in the Monday night awards ceremony at the Barbican. What started for us as a corporation three years ago with a handful of schools and perhaps a hundred or so students has now grown by leaps and bounds. The stars just seem to have aligned so nicely – and when you couple the growth of the program with the start of a new computing curriculum in British schools, it’s actually pretty impressive to see things change so quickly.

18 teams from across the country competed in 6 categories: My Planet and Information sponsored by Thomson Reuters; Saving, Spending, & Giving, sponsored by Barclaycard; Connected Communities, sponsored by TalkTalk; Learning, sponsored by Samsung; and Productivity. The Tech London Advocates group sponsored the People’s Choice Award.

And the winners are: (more…)

Thomson Reuters and Apps for Good: Partnering to develop the next generation of technologists

Bob Schukai

Thomson Reuters was at London’s Barbican Centre on Monday evening for the annual Apps for Good awards ceremony. We have partnered with Apps for Good, an open-source technology movement where young people learn to create technology tools to change their world, since 2011.

The awards ceremony recognized teams of students from across the UK who have created apps which tackle everyday problems or issues they are passionate about. From over 17,000 participants in the Apps for Good program, 18 teams were shortlisted for awards in six categories. Thomson Reuters sponsors two categories: the My Planet Award, and the Information Award.

The winners were: (more…)

‘ESI: My Amex! Litigators and clients must work together to reduce e-discovery costs,’ by Chad Stouffer, Esq., and Aaron Lukas, Esq., Cozen O’Connor

 

 

For a one-minute audio intro to the commentary, click here.

 

WestlawNext users: Click here to read the full article on WestlawNext.

Chad Stouffer

Chad Stouffer

Aaron Lukas

Aaron Lukas

Flagship smartphones compared – graphic of the day

Amazon’s new smartphone, which joins their “Fire” lineup of tablets and streaming devices, aims to stand out in a crowded field dominated by Apple and Samsung. The new 3D Fire phone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, television shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them on Amazon. Today’s graphic compares the new Amazon Fire to six major competitors on the smartphone market.

Amazon Fire Phone

Would you like infographics like this on your website, blog or other social media? Contact us and visit our Reuters Agency blog for insights and discussions on the changing media industry.

Succeed or die: Learning from behind the scenes of Spotify, Summly & Coindesk

Shak Khan

By Andrew Fletcher, Manager, Collaborative Projects, Thomson Reuters

What does Shak Khan do? Behind the title of Special Projects at Spotify, and the numerous other tech successes that Shak has been involved in, is the story of someone who had the hunger and drive to “get to where I want to get to or die.” He counts the four key ingredients that took him from being a high-school dropout to a successful entrepreneur as: loss of sleep, dreams, books, and pain. A key part of this being able to balance the need to dream in order to have the vision of where he wanted to go, with the hard work to make it happen. His first business in the early 90s typified that hard work approach. He would read Loot and then drive around London buying broken mobile phones to polish and repair them. He’d then fly to Dublin on the same day where he could sell them for triple the price. He’d then count his money in the toilets at Dublin airport before flying home and repeating it again the next day. (more…)