Cybersecurity, AI, IoT All Major Drivers of the Internet’s Future

#Cybersecurity, #AI, #IoT All Major Drivers of the Internet's Future on @InfosecurityMag

  • There are many forces that are shaping the future of the internet today, from artificial intelligence (AI) and cyberthreats to the internet of things (IoT) and the rising role of government—all of which impact key areas, including digital divides, personal freedoms and rights, as well as media and society.
  • The internet Society (ISOC)’s 2017 Global internet Report found for example that AI and IoT, for all of their benefits to people’s personal and work lives, could result in a “surveillance society.”
  • “We cannot afford to let the ‘securitization’ of the Internet, and our digital lives, run rampant: there is a very real threat that online freedoms and global connectivity will take a back seat to national security,” ISOC said in the report.
  • “We found that people share a sense of both optimism and disillusionment for the internet’s future in equal measure,” said Sally Wentworth, vice president of global policy for the ISOC.
  • “Our extensive research clearly shows that just as when the internet Society was founded 25 years ago, people believe that the internet’s core values still remain valid—that it must be global, open, secure and used for the benefit of people everywhere in the world,” Wentworth added.

AI and IoT, for all of their benefits to people’s personal and work lives, could result in a “surveillance society.”
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Salesforce Ventures Is Investing $50 Million in Artificial Intelligence Startups

Salesforce Ventures is investing $50 million in artificial intelligence startups

  • Venture capital investment in AI startups is rising quickly.
  • For 2017, global financing for AI startups is projected to surpass $10.8 billion—nearly double the $5.6 billion spent in 2016, according to research firm CB Insights.
  • Since its founding in 2009, Salesforce Ventures has deployed more than $700 million in funding to over 250 startups, Somorjai said.
  • With its new fund, Salesforce is hoping to attract more developers to build AI apps that work in tandem with its products.
  • The company said that it was also expanding the number of AI tasks employed by its ‘Einstein’ technology.

The venture wing of Salesforce.com is launching a $50 million fund to invest in start-ups employing artificial intelligence.
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Salesforce to launch $50 million artificial intelligence fund

Salesforce to launch $50 million artificial intelligence fund

  • Salesforce, whose software helps businesses sell, market and track customer activity, has been increasing its use of AI since launching its ‘Einstein’ technology a year ago, which uses automation and data-driven features.
  • Venture capital investment in AI start-ups is rising quickly.
  • For 2017, global financing for AI start-ups is projected to surpass $10.8 billion – nearly double the $5.6 billion spent in 2016, according to research firm CB Insights.
  • Since its founding in 2009, Salesforce Ventures has deployed more than $700 million in funding to over 250 start-ups, Somorjai said.
  • With its new fund, Salesforce is hoping to attract more developers to build AI apps that work in tandem with its products.

The venture wing of Salesforce.com Inc is launching a $50 million fund to invest in start-ups employing artificial intelligence, the cloud computing firm told Reuters on Tuesday.
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Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI? : NPR

Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent #AI? on @NPR  #TheAIConf

  • Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Future Consequences.
  • About Sam Harris’s TED Talk Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction?
  • Not for Sam Harris.
  • About Sam Harris Sam Harris is a writer, neuroscientist, philosopher, and host of the podcast, Waking Up With Sam Harris.

Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? Not for Sam Harris. He says it’s not a question of if but when — with potentially destructive consequences.
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The evolution of smart tech: What will our cities look like in 2025?

The evolution of smart tech: What will our cities look like in 2025?  #smartcities #AI #IoT

  • Many companies investing in smart city technologies are too focused on the consumer side of IoT (the “flashy side”) and are hindered by outdated, inefficient backend infrastructure forcing them to rethink their strategy.
  • Knowing that things will go wrong in the early years of smart cities and IoT technology adoption, it will take a select few to be the first movers, take the risk, and carve the path for others.
  • In order to reach the next phase of “smart cities,” companies involved in the on-demand ecosystem will need to optimize their own resources through a dynamic technology that enables more efficient and effective processes.
  • Despite what many might believe, we’ll likely see rural areas – not major cities – adopt smart technologies such as delivery drones and autonomous vehicles first.
  • Instead, rural areas not only provide open skies and sparse populations, but these communities actually stand to benefit the most by utilizing optimized smart technologies that provide efficient, low-cost and timely services.


Smart Cities
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Interview with Spiros Margaris

My interview 

with @joefields_ from @Onalytica 

 #fintech #insurtech #AI

  • He is ranked No. 1 FinTech and No. 2 InsurTech global influencer by Onalytica, and he regularly appears in the top three positions in several industry rankings.
  • We must support all the great FinTech, InsurTech and AI minds with their great ideas that make this fantastic ecosystem possible and strong.
  • Cybersecurity – For me, this is the big elephant in the room that affects incumbents as well as FinTech startups.
  • So many people influence me that I will avoid naming a particular FinTech, InsurTech or AI influencer.
  • I get my inspirations not only from the FinTech, InsurTech and AI industries but also from other great sources unrelated to it, such as art or literature.

An interview with top FinTech influencer Spiros Margaris – VC and Founder of MARGARIS ADVISORY on his expertise, background and network.
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