In blockchain we trust – from MIT Technology Review

A blockchain (though the term is bandied about loosely, and often misapplied to things that are not really blockchains) is an electronic ledger—a list of transactions. Those transactions can in principle represent almost anything. They could be actual exchanges of money, as they are on the blockchains that underlie cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. They could mark exchanges of other assets, such as digital stock certificates. They could represent instructions, such as orders to buy or sell a stock. They could include so-called smart contracts, which are computerized instructions to do something (e.g., buy a stock) if something else is true (the price of the stock has dropped below $10).

What makes a blockchain a special kind of ledger is that instead of being managed by a single centralized institution, such as a bank or government agency, it is stored in multiple copies on multiple independent computers within a decentralized network. No single entity controls the ledger. Any of the computers on the network can make a change to the ledger, but only by following rules dictated by a “consensus protocol,” a mathematical algorithm that requires a majority of the other computers on the network to agree with the change.

Once a consensus generated by that algorithm has been achieved, all the computers on the network update their copies of the ledger simultaneously. If any of them tries to add an entry to the ledger without this consensus, or to change an entry retroactively, the rest of the network automatically rejects the entry as invalid.

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The crypto bubble, like the dot-com bubble, is creating the infrastructure that will enable the technologies of the future to be built. But there’s also a key difference. This time, the money being raised isn’t underwriting physical infrastructure but social infrastructure. It’s creating incentives to form global networks of collaborating developers, hive minds whose supply of interacting, iterative ideas is codified into lines of open-source software. That freely accessible code will enable the execution of countless as-yet-unimagined ideas. It is the foundation upon which the decentralized economy of the future will be built.

Just as few people in the mid-1990s could predict the later emergence of Google, Facebook, and Uber, we can’t predict what blockchain-based applications will emerge from the wreckage of this bubble to dominate the decentralized future. But that’s what you get with extensible platforms. Whether it’s the open protocols of the internet or the blockchain’s core components of algorithmic consensus and distributed record-keeping, their power lies in providing an entirely new paradigm for innovators ready to dream up and deploy world-changing applications. In this case, those applications—whatever shape they take—will be aimed squarely at disrupting many of the gatekeeping institutions that currently dominate our centralized economy.

Read more: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610781/in-blockchain-we-trust/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-04-09&utm_campaign=Technology+Review

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Is the era of management over? – via weforum.org

The bottom line is that the hierarchical management mode is no longer suited for the challenges of the modern economy. Every pillar of a traditional organization is now in flux, as was brilliantly conceptualized by Tanmay Vora

Contextual awareness, peripheral vision, design thinking and a multi-disciplinary approach – these are all terms that are trending in modern office-speak. And deservedly so. A project-based and titles-free organization — where yesterday’s team member is today’s team lead — can deliver the flexibility and agility that businesses yearn for.

 

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read more: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/is-management-era-over

Gene therapy for telecom operators

In short: 5G is probably last call for Telco operators to get out of a tight corner and be more relevant and visible to Customers not just as connectivity commodity. This can be achieved by changing Telecom Genes that have driven their evolution so far.  They will have to start delivering advanced services “OTT-like” and be open to cross-industry collaborations.

read here the entire article.

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[…] What is the biggest challenge facing telecom operators?  To remain relevant to customers. 

Will even 5G be relevant? It’s clear to me that operators will deploy 5G, but that alone will not ensure relevance: customers are likely to take high-quality network performance for granted.

What customers will notice are the kinds of services provided on the network.

Unless operators offer services that are valued, their customers may not recognize that they have any relationship at all with them, and the operators will end up as mere connectivity providers. Out of sight, out of mind.

Deep changes are required to Telco Genes to survive: 

1)the connectivity gene is the first one that needs modification for operators to offer NOT ONLY TELCO services.

2) The second is the gene that runs scared of collaboration. 

 

Quantum Algorithm Will Push AI ‘Thinking’ to New Heights

Quantum computing will revolutionize the world, reshaping our everyday lives. Companies like the Google, Microsoft, and IBM are making large investments in quantum computing. There is no doubt that quantum computing will not only disrupt every industry but will also tackle problems that are intractable for the classic computers now….

Read more: https://interestingengineering.com/quantum-algorithm-will-push-ai-thinking-to-new-heights

 

When Connected Cars & Entertainment join

Renault introduces a new car that drives itself and entertains you with VR.

Credete che la “digitalizzazione” sia solo una moda passeggera?

Vi ricordate che poco più di 10 anni fa non esistevano gli smartphone, i tablet e le Apps?

Usavamo telefonini Nokia, BlackBerry o Motorola: società’ ormai pressoché scomparse dal mercato. Cosi come e’ avvenuto alle videoteche Blockbuster con l’avvento dei film in digitale.

Il futuro sara’ sempre più “distruttivo” rispetto agli attuali stili di vita e di conseguenza cambieranno ancora di piu’ le professioni richieste dal mercato del lavoro, cioe’ cosa dovranno sapere fare i nostri figli.

Che piaccia o no, bisogna abituarsi all’idea, prepararsi a viverla e munirsi (soprattutto i ragazzi) delle competenze necessarie per saper gestire una societa’ in veloce cambiamento per esserne attori/promotori e non esserne travolti!

http://www.archimedea.it/le-professioni-dei-nostri-figli/

What Exactly Is Quantum Computing?

At the end of this reading and other ones I did on the same topic I ended up with my understanding of this new breakthrough Quantum Computing (QC) technology. As far as I understood, in very simple words quantum computer it is not at its best  boosting computing performances in any context like sequential operations or deterministic operations like just browsing the internet or streaming a video. For this purpose is more performing a deterministic “traditional” multi-processor computer.

QC delivers all its incredible performance when it comes to pull together many conditions, n-complex problems,  to be all verified at the same time to find the optimal solution, e.g. np complex problem , breaking any RSA security code or anayze genome code.

So quantum computing will slowly grow side by side with  the traditional computing to address specific problems that cannot be managed in the traditional way for lack of time/computational resources.

Not clear where this new technology could lead alike the “Theory of relativity“: its another opportunity, more powerful and comprehensive way to read and interact with Universe’s laws.

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Quantum computers are nothing like the regular computers or even supercomputers. While the top supercomputers use extensive parallelism with numerous processing units to get its super speed, the Quantum computers work with the physics of quantum mechanics at its core.

How Does Quantum Computing Work?

[…]The quantum computers use atoms (quanta) as its physical system. Unlike in regular computing where the information is carried in either 0 or 1 bit, the quantum mechanics allows an atom to be in both 0 and 1 state simultaneously. This bit of data is called a qubit. ( Don’t hold your head just yet!)

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So, as per the theory, if there are equal number of qubits and the regular bits, then the qubits will hold twice the information, i.e. if there are n qubits in the supercomputer, then it will have 2^n different states.

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As of today, many private players have entered into the competition to build a quantum computer, that would actually silence the critics. D-Wave has recently claimed to break the 1000 qubits barrier record. Other tech giants such as Google and IBM are advancing to develop their own quantum computers as well.

Mobile Telco: is it time for CTRL+ALT+DEL?

Telefonia mobile, un utente su 2 vorrebbe Google, Apple o Facebook come gestore: «Insoddisfatti dell’attuale customer experience»

Secondo i consumatori, gli operatori tradizionali investono troppo poco nei canali digitali (siti web, app mobili e social media), e solo l’8% ritiene i negozi fisici indispensabili, dice un report di Capgemini Consulting. «Emerge una correlazione tra uso dei canali digitali, livello di soddifazione, e crescita del fatturato»

Il report di Capgemini Consulting: “Unlocking customer satisfaction: why digital holds the key for telcos

“… rivela che quasi la metà (44%) degli utenti mobili passerebbe a Google, Apple o Facebook, se questi colossi introducessero un servizio di comunicazione mobile, per la “miglior qualità del servizio” (48%) e per la “esperienza più personalizzata” (23%) che essi potrebbero garantire rispetto all’attuale gestore telefonico.

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«Ciò che i consumatori si aspettano dai fornitori di servizi di telecomunicazioni è cambiato, ma molti operatori non sono ancora pienamente in grado di soddisfare le richieste, con conseguente calo del livello di customer satisfaction, spiega Eraldo Federici, Senior Vice President, Market Unit Head, TME & Large Accounts di Capgemini Italia, in un articolo su CorCom. «La lenta diffusione dei servizi digitali costituisce il cuore del problema, e questo è un pesante richiamo agli operatori affinché accelerino gli sforzi di trasformazione in un’ottica digitale o si tengano pronti a rischiare uno sconvolgimento a opera dei gestori solo digitali”

leggi articolo originale:

http://www.mobile4innovation.it/mobile-internet/telefonia-mobile-un-utente-su-2-vorrebbe-google-apple-o-facebook-come-gestore-insoddisfatti_43672152227.htm?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=1SU2USERSGOOGLEFB_17052016&utm_content=post_content

Elettronica stampata in 3D: se ne parlerà a Milano al Vodafone Theatre | 3d Printing

 

Durante il convegno, i leader internazionali del settore si incontreranno per fornire una visione concreta dei prossimi scenari tecnologici e stabilire un punto di incontro con l’industria, il mercato e la ricerca sulle tematiche dell’additive manufacturing, alla presenza di produttori, esperti, responsabili d’azienda e professionisti.

I guru del settore racconteranno i  prossimi step tecnologici e di innovazione a livello mondiale, delineando i temi strategici del futuro dell’additive manufacturing tra tecnologie, materiali, trend e case history di eccellenza.

Elettronica stampata in 3D: se ne parlerà a Milano

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Apple vende le Ultimaker 2+ nei suoi negozi in Europa

La decisione di Apple è degna di interesse, perchè rappresenta il primo passo concreto, tangibile, verso la stampa 3D.

Fino ad oggi la casa di Cupertino ha fatto raccolta di brevetti per questa tecnologia: ne abbiamo parlato lo scorso dicembre QUI. Ora passa alla vendita al dettaglio.

Le Ultimaker 2+ sono acquistabili a 2.299 euro in Austria, Repubblica Ceca, Danimarca, Finlandia, Italia, Norvegia, Polonia, Portogallo, Svizzera, Spagna, Svezia e Ungheria.

Il nuovo iPhone7 Plus potrebbe permettere agli utenti di effettuare scan 3D degli oggetti per poi stamparli in 3D con una stampante Ultimaker 2+

leggi di piu…

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160413-ultimaker-2-now-available-in-apple-webstores-in-19-european-countries.html

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2016/04/12/apple-sells-ultimaker-3d-printers-in-europe/