Tech Insights
Oct. 8, 2014

Interop speaker: To combat government snooping, encrypt data before putting it in cloud
Using cloud services allows your organization to hand off "the basic blocking and tackling" of securing an infrastructure, but it also allows a cloud service provider to hand your organization's data to the government, said Elad Yoran, CEO of Security Growth Partners and an advisory board member for Vaultive, at the Interop conference. The solution, he said, is to make sure that the only data a cloud provider can give the government is complete gibberish. More

Building a workforce for the digital age includes cybersecurity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For major companies such as Home Depot, Target and JPMorgan Chase, the risks and realities of cyberattacks on computer systems and customer accounts have hit all too close to home. The latest incident, reported in a regulatory filing by JPMorgan Chase, revealed that 76 million household accounts and 7 million small-business accounts were hacked this summer.More

Bitcoin could transform Internet of Things into vast data marketplace
As sportswear giant Nike expands its wearable technology applications, it will need more data to feed its gadgets and software. To do that will be a simple matter in the future. A Nike executive will simply pull up a list of sensors operated by a private weather station, selecting the ones from which she would like to buy data. More

Google's 'Physical Web' project looks to inject Internet of Things with more search
The new open standards project by Google "Physical Web" aims to make the experience of navigating the Internet of Things in the future, much like searching the Web today. If predictions from Gartner and Cisco are right, there will be somewhere between 20 to 50 billion active IoT devices on earth by 2020, with consumers able to interact with a significant proportion of those via their smartphones or wearable devices. More

Big data — Revolutionizing sports in unexpected ways
The Guardian
You know analytics is serious in sport when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows an interest. Not only does it run a yearly conference on the topic, its boffins are busy figuring out fresh ways to revolutionize sport using big data. More

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration
In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array. With 1 million square meters of collecting area and enough optical fiber to wrap around the Earth twice, this marvel of modern engineering will be sensitive enough to detect airport radar on a planet 50 light years away. SKA will also generate 700 terabytes of data every second, equivalent to roughly 35 times the data stored in the Library of Congress. At full capacity, the SKA's aperture arrays are expected to produce 100 times more data than the entire Internet. More

Can big data tell us what clinical trials don't?
The New York Times
When a helicopter rushed a 13-year-old girl showing symptoms suggestive of kidney failure to Stanford's Packard Children's Hospital, Jennifer Frankovich was the rheumatologist on call. She and a team of other doctors quickly diagnosed lupus, an autoimmune disease. But as they hurried to treat the girl, Frankovich thought that something about the patient's particular combination of lupus symptoms — kidney problems, inflamed pancreas and blood vessels — rang a bell. In the past, she'd seen lupus patients with these symptoms develop life-threatening blood clots. More

Big robot fleet takes to UK waters
BBC News
A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters. Unmanned boats and submarines will travel 300 miles across an area off the southwestern tip of the U.K. The aim is to test new technologies and to map marine life in a key fishing ground. More

Government robots will decide if your Thai food tastes right
ABC News
Pad Thai dishes don't always taste the same. But they could from today onward. Thailand is unveiling two new robots that can evaluate whether Thai food around the world is made according to government-standardized recipes, according to a spokeswoman from the Thai National Innovation Agency, which was tasked by the Ministry of Science and Technology to promote Thai food. More

STEM education: 3 of the best online engineering resources for kids
Cool Mom Tech
Julie Marsh, a mom of three and a project manager by trade, writes: "I was once a struggling engineering student, so I have a special appreciation for the courage and creativity of kids who really want to know how stuff works and aren't afraid to jump in and figure it out. Now that one of my own kids is convinced she wants to be an engineer when she grows up, I've been digging for resources to help her explore her interests. Because honestly, gears, circuits, and programming still kind of scare me." More

Why your team needs rookies
Harvard Business Review
Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably slowing everyone else down. But that doesn't have to be the case. In research, studying how inexperienced people tackle tough challenges, it has been consistently found that rookies are surprisingly strong performers. More

Report: Hewlett-Packard plans to break into 2 companies
Dallas Business Journal
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to split into two companies in a move that would create a separate personal computer-printer operation and a corporate hardware-services business, The Wall Street Journal reported. More