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Category: Technology

These articles cover technology, its affect upon us, and ponderings on its future.

3 gates for making changes
Many new ideas have come and gone, with only some of them being successful in reaching into people's workflow. Here I look at what the elements for success might be.
A system failover scheme
In many enterprises, having backup systems is seen as a necessary but resented overhead, and they will often take risky measures to minimise their costs. But is that wise?
AI is the new SEO
Tech has its fads, and with each we get a plethora of talking heads ever-willing to enlighten us.
Accessing encrypted communications
There are two aspects that don't seem to be part of the discussion around law enforcement access to encrypted communications, but both are legitimate concerns.
Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is about replicating the adaptive reasoning process that humans or higher animals use. For that, we need to understand what intelligence is, and how it is used.
Biological systems
Biological systems have been developed over millions of years, learning to deal with changes in climate and environment, and adapting to what foods are available and what predators to avoid.
Biometrics
As people have difficulty using secure passwords, alternatives have been sought, with biometrics being hailed because they use peoples' natural uniqueness.
Driverless cars
Driverless cars are where governments have to take a holistic approach to road safety, rather than a manufacturer-centric one.
Early browser wars
Many seem to look at the early browser wars between Netscape and Microsoft as some sort of early cyber-bullying, but as a HTML developer at that time, I made the decision to drop using Netscape because it just wasn't anywhere near as useful as Internet Explorer.
Finger counting to 282 millionProfile and plan view of finger positions for counting to 282 million
Even since we started becoming conscious of having a use for the stuff lying around us, we found we need to keep count of them. The obvious tally machine was our fingers, and so the digital age began!
Outsourcing
Many consider outsourcing an efficient way to perform functions that are considered non-core.
Selling the prototype
Prototypes are fine as proofs of concept, but not as what you sell to a customer.
Super-fast non-volatile memory
Computer storage has been of two types; fast, but which requires power to retain its contents (primary), and slow drives which remember without power (secondary). But what happens when the slow drives become as fast as primary?
Technology and the loss of agency
We are increasingly dependent upon technology for more of lives, but we are not getting any better equipped for life.
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