DPL Reading List – August 12, 2016


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Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.

One Voice, Many Hands (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “You want a strong voice for your company. Not as in overbearing. Strong as in consistent. Strong, like boisterous. Able to take on many tones and tasks, and still do the job of sounding consistent. That kind of strong.”

AI Revolution 101 – “There are so many variables that it’s completely impossible to predict what the consequences of AI Revolution will be. However, “what we do know is that humans’ utter dominance on this Earth suggests a clear rule: with intelligence comes power.”

13 Inspiring Things Successful People Do To Be Extra Productive – “If only there were some magic formula to help us be our most productive, successful selves. Of course, no such elixir exists, but we can learn plenty from the example set by millionaires. How do they manage their time so efficiently, learning to focus in just the right areas for critical impact? How do they know where to invest time for the greatest rewards?”

Google And Microsoft Want Every Company To Scrutinize You With AI (Thanks to Brian Zimmer for recommending this article) – “Adding machine learning to the cloud services that corporations already use to outsource tasks such as data storage and analysis is seen as another way to extract money from the technology and enhance the very lucrative market. IDC estimates that corporations spent almost $70 billion with cloud providers last year, and predicts that will double before the end of the decade.”

Good Decisions (And Sunk Costs) (Thanks to Jarrod Wubbels for recommending this article) – “If your team has been working for a year on a new project, and two weeks before your (expensive) launch, someone comes out with a competitive product that’s better and cheaper, it means that it will cost you millions of dollars to fight your way to decent market share. Should you launch?”

Why Microsoft Stored 200MB Of Data In DNA Strands, And What’s Next – “The researchers filed away digital versions of works of art (including a high-definition video by the band OK Go!), the top 100 books of Project Gutenberg, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in more than 100 languages, all on DNA strands. This marks the first time this much data has been stored at this scale.”

Frequent Password Changes Are The Enemy Of Security, FTC Technologist Says – “By studying the data, the researchers identified common techniques account holders used when they were required to change passwords. A password like “tarheels#1”, for instance (excluding the quotation marks) frequently became “tArheels#1” after the first change, “taRheels#1” on the second change and so on. Or it might be changed to “tarheels#11” on the first change and “tarheels#111” on the second. Another common technique was to substitute a digit to make it “tarheels#2”, “tarheels#3”, and so on.”

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