IDG Contributor Network: How blockchain is hastening the advance of autonomous cars

Our modern era is a pivotal time, and new technology is constantly pushing the status quo. While tech gurus, engineers, and developers make steady progress in numerous industries, there are only a few trends that will define this point in time for our successors. Those who look back fondly at the dawn of the 21st century will likely count the advance of blockchain and autonomous vehicles among the key emergent technologies. They will also recognize that these two innovations were undoubtedly intertwined.

Hands off the wheel

The dream of self-driving cars first captured the hearts and minds of people in the 1980s, with Carnegie Mellon and Bundeswehr University Munich students creating the seminal autonomous vehicles ALV and Eureka Prometheus, respectively. These cars did not rely on magnetic tracks or remote control like previous attempts, but without further advancements in technology that hadn’t yet taken place, progress stagnated. The first true step forward in allowing auto manufacturers to build their own self-driving models was the proliferation of wireless internet.

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Fraud News: Workers’ Comp and Disaster Aid Fraud, Staged Crashes

Mississippi Woman Arrested in Worker’s Comp Fraud Case A Mississippi woman has been arrested in a worker’s compensation fraud case. Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday, in a news release, that 35-year-old Francine Owens is accused of giving misleading statements …

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New Hampshire Home Swept Up By River¸ Destroyed By Floodwaters

A home in Warren was destroyed Monday afternoon when most of it was swept into the by floodwaters. shot a video of the home being carried down the and crashing into a bridge. “Unbelievable. It was pretty wild to watch a whole house float down the river and just get crunched into little pieces and they’re floating down the river¸” Babbit said. The owner of the home¸ Lisa Slade¸ of Hudson¸ said it had been in her family for decades. “It’s devastating¸” Slade said. “I know it’s only a summer home to people¸ but that’s our home. Like¸ we’ve been going there our entire lives¸ and to have that gone is just awful.”

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SoftBank Ought to Back a Sprint and T-Mobile Marriage

Sprint is once again running away before exchanging vows with T-Mobile.Instead of going back and forth on the terms, SoftBank should just take the plunge.

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IDG Contributor Network: The Agile PMO

The Project Office has received a negative reputation in many corporate circles. Often hailed as the “Project Overhead,” many consider the PMO a waste of corporate budget and time, an office that exists to create strict consistency rules while hampering the efficiency and effectiveness of software, firmware and hardware delivery. Unfortunately, my experience interacting with dozens of PMO’s, the criticism has roots within reality.

Back in the early 2000’s, I felt that viewpoint too when I joined my first company that had a true PMO, which seemed more focused on standards and consistency then delivery success. That viewpoint persisted in my next company when I tried to preserve my own flavor of delivery whilst paying homage towards the old “iron triangle” of schedule, budget and scope (when MS Project was king) for my projects.

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Eurozone Still Not Ticking the Inflation Box

Eurozone data suggest the was a little fortunate in the timing of its decision to slow bond purchases next year.

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47% off Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker – Deal Post

Garmin’s vivosmart is the touchscreen activity tracker with wrist-based heart rate and a full suite of smart notifications. The sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight. With a built-in heart rate sensor and altimeter, it tracks and displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity. Receive text, call, email, calendar and other alerts on your wrist when paired with your phone. The full featured activity tracker averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 reviewers, and is discounted right now down to just $79.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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IDG Contributor Network: Managing your IT career

Over the last couple of years, I have been amazed at how many CIOs that I know personally have been “in transition.” One good friend even “transitioned” for a couple of years. Honestly, I had this happen to me once as a startup person and I can tell you it is no fun. Given that CIO and other IT leader tenures have been getting shorter, I wanted to hear their perspectives regarding managing an IT career.

Members of the CIOChat that I run shared openly on this topic. They were candid that the ‘control era’ is over. They said CIOs and their leadership teams need to know that they cannot control everything so instead they should work at influencing decisions instead. At the same time, CIOs in the chat suggest that trying to make yourself indispensable does not work. It will, unfortunately, stop an IT leader’s upward movement.

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Beating Rival Banks in Tough Times Bodes Well for BNP

Paribas’s third-quarter numbers gave investors the heebie-jeebies, but compare the French bank to its peers and there is little reason for fright.

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OEMs¸ Insurers To Place More Emphasis On Collision Repair Certification

and insurer telematics first notice of loss systems will soon reduce the volume seen by uncertified collision repairers¸ Certified Collision Group CEO Bruce Bares predicted Thursday. Bares said both OEMs and insurers will roll out the telematics to detect a and try to sell the customer on a shop within their network — but both entities will only push OEM-certified repairers. “This is all coming together in the first quarter¸” Bares said¸ describing two of the Top 10 insurers as working on such an initiative. He described seeing from a specific Top 10 carrier (it’s unclear if it was one of those two) software which will match a policyholder with a shop certified for their vehicle.

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IDG Contributor Network: Platform business models: 4 key steps for implementation

Platform business models allow enterprises to set up powerful industry-focused, cloud-based ecosystems for value exchange and innovation among participants. After their initial debut in the tech sector, they’re now appearing across almost all industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, telecom, transportation and utilities.

In “Platform business models: A primer”, I wrote about how these models are fast becoming the dominant business model for companies with advanced digital transformation strategies. The business model is particularly compelling because it converts traditional, linear value chains into multi-dimensional value networks and ecosystems. Organizations employing platform business models are often seeing a 4x multiplier in terms of average valuation compared to more traditional business models and McKinsey noted recently that “companies pursuing offensive platform strategies yield a better payoff in both revenue and growth”.

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Man charged with defrauding FEMA of over $250K

A man from Pennsylvania has been charged with using phony documents to collect $252,734 in -backed disaster benefits and payments.

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How to select the best self-service BI tool for your business

The business information (BI) market is fierce and crowded. Historically, the big players — think Oracle and IBM — engaged in feature wars to try to justify budget-stretching (if not budget-busting) pricing, and relied heavily on high-touch salesmanship. To make matters worse, the vendors expected your IT department to work with the vendors’ own consultants to configure their products and integrate them with each of your systems of record, often at additional cost.

Once a traditional BI system was installed and running, managers had to wait for weekly or monthly line-of-business reports, meaning decisions often took a month, plus another month to implement. Adding a report required a request to woefully-backlogged IT, and could take weeks or months to design and code.

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5 big cybersecurity lessons to learn from the Equifax data breach

The Equifax data breach has been unlike any other. Its victims’ did not voluntarily provide their personal information to the company, nor did they have the ability to opt out.

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Why Asia’s Largest Oil Company Won’t Reward Investors

PetroChina, which reported sharply higher third-quarter earnings Monday, has a lot of attractive features—state financial backing, enormous reserves, and a near-monopoly in the world’s most-important natural gas growth market. But policy and market forces are shifting against it.

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Startups That Never Grow Up

The flood of cash into startups has allowed companies to stay private for far longer than in the past, raising the question of whether many companies are worth the $1 billion-plus values private investors have attached to them.

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The software revolution laps the insurance shore

Nobody wants to be caught holding stone chisels in a digital world. With the right development tools in place, insurers can quicken the pace of innovation.

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Halloween night poses hidden hazards & over 100 fatalities

In 2016, 107 people died on the roads the night of October 31st, and 21% of those killed were pedestrians

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Commentary: Cities Could Do Better When it Comes to Disaster Preparation

The first game of this year’s earned a dubious distinction for the highest temperature ever recorded at the . At 103 degrees, the temperature at 5 p.m. Tuesday in was far above the previous record …

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Confusion Over California’s Recreational Marijuana Rules

Ready or not, kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it’s not. and are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there …

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