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

Why Every Company Should Consider Creating a “Cyber No-Fly List” – “A cyber no-fly list can use deeper context and intelligence about digital traffic, asking, for example, “Is this traffic from a known malicious actor?” If so, the company should probably block the traffic regardless of how benign the activity may appear. With an up-to-date threat list, enterprises can stay informed about the many factors that reveal the true nature of network traffic, including whether it’s associated with a known threat, who and what might be behind it, and whether it has been reported as a threat to others.”

2018 Winter Olympic Games may medal in technology – “The sponsors are, to an extent, the who’s who of the tech: Intel, Samsung, Panasonic, Toyota, Atos. Okay, maybe not Atos, but the IT company is pulling off a singular feat at the Olympics: managing all the sprawling event’s IT needs through the cloud. Sexy? No. Cool? Extremely. Especially when you consider the scale and scope of the Winter Olympic Games.”

From Energy To Transport To Healthcare, Here Are 8 Industries Being Disrupted By Elon Musk And His Companies – “Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has plans to colonize Mars, and thinks AI may turn humans into its pets. But beyond the hype and his enormous net worth and Twitter presence, here’s how Musk’s companies are actually taking on … virtually every industry.”

Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with Amazon-made AI chips – “Currently, Alexa needs to contact the cloud to interpret commands. That’s why there’s a short delay after you ask the virtual assistant a question-she needs to analyze the command and gather an answer with help from the cloud. A dedicated AI chip in a device like an Echo would allow Alexa to process certain requests more quickly, decreasing the delay that lies in between your question and Alexa’s answer. While complex inquiries will likely still be handled with help from the cloud, more simple commands could be processed all on the device itself.”

Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read – “To really get the most out of your reading and reading reflection, there are a few other add-on tricks you can try.”

73 Mind-Blowing Implications of Driverless Cars and Trucks – “I believe that the timeframe for significant adoption of this technology has shrunk in the past year as technology has gotten better faster and as the trucking industry has increased its level of interest and investment. I believe that my daughter, who is now just over 1 years old, will never have to learn to drive or own a car.”

Better Blockchains Built by Nature – “I personally have seen very little exploring the concept of swarm-mechanics applied to blockchain based protocols/economies, but would be very interested to get researchers to study emergent behaviors crypto protocols and incentive structures which evolve organically.”

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