Tech Insights
Dec. 4, 2013

Forget the 'Internet of Things' — The future is smart dust
Fast Company
The "Internet of Things" — or the idea of connecting all machinery, buildings and stuff, together into one big sensing, recording and data-logging mega-network — is a hot concept in industry at the moment. Companies like General Electric and Cisco are busy making a node of everything. But, to some people, the "Internet of Things" is yesterday's buzz topic. The future is even more ubiquity. It's something called smart dust.More

Here's why 2014 will be the year of the 'Internet of Things'
Consumers have been snapping up connected fitness gadgets such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone this year. Next year, we'll see this kind of ubiquitous sensor technology extend to the enterprise as part of the "Internet of Things," according to an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. In fact, machines will generate more data than will people next year, according to the analyst, Andrew Milroy.More

3 ways to get a big bang out of big data
Talking about big data is all the rage these days. But we've all seen this movie before. A hot new tech trend emerges that's going to change everything — and then quickly fades away. How do you separate hype from reality?More

The state of big data: What the surveys say
Fall is a busy time for thought leadership marketing, the time of the year when many companies release the results of surveys they conducted or sponsored recently. Not surprisingly, given the prominence of the buzzword, big data is the subject of numerous studies this year.More

Too old for IT jobs? 7 fight-back tips
For older IT job seekers, ageism occurs in subtle ways during the application and interview process. Use this advice from recruiters to tackle the challenges.More

US students drop further, rank below average of global students
U.S. teenagers showed little progress on an international test of math, science and reading, which was again led by students in Shanghai and Singapore, bolstering support for tougher standards in U.S. schools. More

3-D printed skin a future possibility
Three-dimensional printing has definitely come some way since it was first introduced, but how about using a 3-D printer for biomedical purposes instead of just churning out action figures and toys for your nephews and nieces so that you need not go to the store to purchase one for them and get all bruised up at the checkout counter as you jostle with the mad holiday crowd? Well, it seems that researchers over at the University of Liverpool in the U.K. are working on delivering individualized, natural-looking 3-D printed skin.More

Should robots have rights?
Kate Darling, a legal scholar working with the Berkman Center, is trying to answer questions most people have never even thought about: Would you murder a robot? If you did, should you be charged for it?More

The danger of cybersecurity 'ghettos'
Ghettos are not good, whether they are at the local, state or national level. They tend to breed unrest, dysfunction and crime that can extend well beyond their borders, undermining the health of an entire society.More

Do smart devices need regulation? FTC examines 'Internet of Things'
The Federal Trade Commission recently hosted a public workshop examining the emerging role of connected technology and the ramifications for user privacy and data security.More

Robots help hospitals reduce infection rates
Crain's Detroit Business
Hospitals strive on a daily basis to reduce the amount of bacteria, germs, viruses, spores and fungi that are passed through institutions from patients, the public and employees. Studies have shown that nearly 100,000 patients die annually from an estimated 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections. These infections range from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus to the drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection that is sweeping through hospitals in New York City.More

Should robots have rights?
Kate Darling, a legal scholar working with the Berkman Center, is trying to answer questions most people have never even thought about: Would you murder a robot? If you did, should you be charged for it?More

9 reasons why you must update your LinkedIn profile today
Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become an essential personal branding tool. It has never been more important to build and maintain a stellar LinkedIn profile. The virtual professional network has morphed from an online resume and networking site to a comprehensive personal branding resource. Here are nine eye-opening reasons why you need to polish your LinkedIn profile right now.More

8 ways to empower your employees to be more productive
American Express OPEN Forum
Want strong, productive, happy employees? These eight tactics can help you get that and give you a business that's more successful than you thought possible.More