US Transportation Department regulators and labor, industry and advocacy groups met in March to discuss autonomous vehicle safety challenges, including cybersecurity, per a report released this week. Law enforcement officials suggested that they be empowered to interact with and potentially control autonomous vehicles during emergencies, although others noted that such capabilities would raise cyberattack risks.
The Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, Ga., opened its doors Tuesday. The $100 million center is designed to foster public-private partnerships between universities and state agencies to bolster cyberdefenses and improve cybersecurity training.
Sirin Labs is touting a dual-screen design for the FINNEY blockchain-based smartphone, which features a slide-out screen that serves as a cold storage wallet for cryptocurrency. The device is aimed at solving security and user experience issues associated with cryptocurrency, Chief Marketing Officer Nimrod May says.
Delaware plans to test a blockchain-based filing system that will give businesses more accurate transaction records and keep them in compliance with government regulations. The technology will be developed by IBM and based on the Hyperledger Fabric framework.
Dell EMC's DP4400 went live Wednesday, offering an integrated data protection tool to channel partners. "With the DP4400, you get a combination of data protection, software, compute, storage, analytics, and it's in a very small form factor -- this is what customers are asking for," says Scott Winslow, president at Dell EMC partner company Winslow Technology Group.
Artificial intelligence could lead to disruption at the service desk, as AI bots are programmed to easily handle basic or mundane tasks that help desk employees routinely face, writes Calvin Harper. Automation and AI can let employees focus on more difficult or complex work and step in when soft skills are needed, Harper writes.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing to discuss infrastructure security when it comes to physical or cyberattacks. The Department of Energy is also stepping up its cybersecurity efforts, providing $25 million in grants that focus on protecting the energy industry from breaches.
Microsoft could reach $7 billion in commercial cloud revenue this quarter, with Amazon Web Services projected to reach $6 billion in revenue, experts predict. Microsoft's success with Office 365 and Azure features could be behind the company's success with the cloud, Bob Evans notes.
Online retailers targeting the health care industry, such as Warby Parker and Amazon, are bringing changes to traditional health care services, with apps that offer services like vision tests and online prescriptions. However, these companies are facing obstacles in the form of strict government regulations.
Apple is combining its artificial intelligence and machine learning groups into one team directed by former Google executive John Giannandrea. The unified group is responsible for Core ML and Siri.