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August 25, 2017
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10 Insights from Technology Leaders & Influencers

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It can be challenging to stay on top of all the great tips and insights that technology thought leaders tweet on a daily basis. We rounded up 10 recent insights from influencers you don't want to miss.
 
1. Forbes Tech News
Forbes Tech News recently tweeted an article written by Iris Leung on their website, “The Tech Industry Is Getting Very People and Culture Focused, Here's Why.” The article explains that “prioritizing people and culture are essential to building a successful business, and tech companies of all stripes are beginning to awaken this notion.” Leung cites recent events at companies like Amazon and Uber as factors contributing to the growing need to prioritize employees, and she lists several new types of roles in companies responsible for leading the change.
 
Forbes Tech News is part of the Forbes Media group which is one of the leading, global news and media groups in the world. The first component was the bi-weekly magazine, Forbes, which was first issued in 1917 and is one of the most influential sources of information for business leaders and professionals.
 
Connect with Forbes Tech here.
 
2. Jim Marous
Jim Marous recently tweeted out the article, “Digital Payments Approaching Universal Acceptance” which he wrote for The Financial Brand, a digital publication focused on marketing and strategy topics for retail banks and credit unions. The article covers a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll that showed consumers are becoming more comfortable with digital payments and mobile banking. He also makes predictions for the next big area for growth in the sector.
 
Marous is a major influencer in the banking industry, reaching the top 5 in rankings for Fintech. He is the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, and owner and publisher of the Digital Banking Report. Marous focuses on topics for banking related to innovation, customer experience, marketing strategies, channel distribution, payments and digital transformation.
 
Connect with Jim Marous here.
 
3. Shira Rubinoff  
Shira Rubinoff recently tweeted about a new series of guidelines the UK government has rolled out to protect smart cars against hacker and data thieves. It’s a progressive move that shows how serious the UK government is in their stance against hackers. You can read the article, "UK Government Issues Guidelines to Protect Smart Cars against Hackers" here.
 
Shira Rubinoff is the President of Green Armor Solutions and is a known expert in the human factors of information technology and security. Ms. Rubinoff was named by the Executive Women’s Forum and CSO (Chief Security Officer) Magazine as a Woman of Influence and honored with their One to Watch award, as well as highlighted as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ.
 
Connect with Shira Rubinoff here.
 
4. Jason Hiner
Jason Hiner recently tweeted out an article posted in TechRepublic, "Why Deep Learning Won't Replace Its Human Counterparts Anytime Soon." In the article, Matt Asay provides an argument against the belief that deep learning, based on artificial neural networks, will replace humans. He claims that although deep learning offers real promise, AI is nowhere near delivering human-like understanding to machines.
 
Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic which helps IT decision-makers identify technologies and strategies by providing a variety of content from IT professionals, peer-to-peer advice from the largest community of IT leaders on the Web. Hiner is also the Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work and he's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks
 
Connect with Jason Hiner here.
 
5. Mike Quindazzi
Mike Quindazzi recently tweeted out an image that shows the 8 biggest challenges/barriers to choosing and implementing AI. His list includes:
 
1. Lack of understanding about capabilities/limitations
2. Training/education
3. Internal culture
4. Financial investment
5. Data management
6. Concerns about customers’ and society’s response
7. Concern about employees’ responses
8. Maintenance of AI
9. Others
 
You can read more of his thoughts on AI in the article "How Smart is Artificial Intelligence?"
 
Mike Quindazzi is a Managing Director and Business Development Leader for PwC. He has 28 years of management consulting and industry experience and explores the impacts of the 8 essential emerging technologies and 5 megatrend forces shaping the future of business and society. Quindazzi currently serves on the executive committee at the LAEDC (the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation) leading a number of important economic development initiatives. 
 
Connect with Mike Quindazzi here.
 
6. Eric Vanderburg
Eric Vanderburg recently tweeted out an article that appears on TomsHardware.com, "Cerber Ransomware Mutates To Steal Bitcoin Wallets," which explains the nature of a mutation in Cerber, a ransomware that has been around since 2016. The article goes over details of how the ransomware has changed and how you can protect yourself from the new Cerber variant.
 
Eric Vanderburg is the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI, which supports business and government clients with advanced tech solutions, and has been focused on litigation technology since 1990. Vanderburg is a cyber security, storage networking and information technology expert with over 40 technology and security certifications. He is a consultant, published author, speaker and thought leader in the IT field. 
 
Connect with Eric Vanderburg here.
 
7. S. Vaughan-Nichols
S. Vaughan-Nichols tweeted out a helpful advice from the AI experts at Hewlett Packard about "How To Prepare Your Business for AI." The article states that AI is growing up, and attracting the attention of many business leaders, however, there is a need to “tame” data and use it wisely, without being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information.
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, is a business and technology journalist with several decades of experience writing about technology, and the business of technology. He’s written over 10,000 articles and has been published across many journals, magazines and sites. He has launched five publications and is a well-known speaker and tech thought leader.
 
Connect with S. Vaughan-Nichols here.
 
8.  Jason Pontin
Jason Pontin tweeted out an article earlier this month from MIT Technology Review, “Scientists Hack a Computer Using DNA,” which reads like the stuff of sci-fi novels set in scary futuristic times. Antonio Regalado wrote the article and explained that the scientists claim that hacking computers using DNA doesn’t currently pose much security risk, however, it was possible and could be something in the future done with faked blood or spit samples.
 
Jason Pontin was the editor in chief and publisher of the MIT Technology Review for 12 years. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for numerous national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, and the Financial Times.
 
Connect with Jason Pontin here.
 
9. Christopher Mims
Christopher Mims’ pinned tweet on his Twitter feed at the moment features an article he wrote for the WSJ.com, "Why Your Face Will Soon Be the Key to All Your Devices." It’s a great read that analyzes why we may be getting the best security yet, face recognition, as opposed to current faulty methods like passwords and thumbprints. He does recognize this won’t end all security risks, but it will at least improve the situation from our current systems.
 
Christopher Mims is a technology columnist with The Wall Street Journal. He writes Keywords, a weekly column on technology, and previously was the lead technology reporter for Quartz. For more than a decade, Mims has covered science and tech for publications ranging from Technology Review, Smithsonian, Wired, the Atlantic, Slate and other publications. 
 
Connect with Christopher Mims here.
 
10. Stacey Higginbotham
Stacey Higginbotham recently tweeted out an article she published on her blog, "Flutura is Taking on GE in the Industrial Internet." In the article, she writes about how the biggest investment gains from the Internet of Things is actually on the industrial side, and “multi-billion dollar industries are connecting sensors to the internet or proprietary networks and applying advanced learning to improve their operations.”
 
Stacey Higginbotham publishes a blog, Stacey on IoT, covering the Internet of Things. She has been covering technology for major publications for 15 years and is an expert and influencer on IoT and the tech field. She has a bi-monthly column in PCMag, and has appeared in Fortune (where she was Senior Editor), MIT Tech Review, Gigaom and Worth magazine. She is also a co-host on This Week in Google.
 
Connect with Stacey Higginbotham here.
 
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