Apple may (or may not) have scaled-back its ambition to build its own connected vehicles, but at CES 2018 we still saw lots of news around its CarPlay system. Here’s a brief run-down on what happened:
What they’re saying
CES 2018 saw lots of conversation on the topic of connected cars, but the big truth remains that as the industry digs deeper into the attempt to create automated and semi-automated transport, it’s becoming clearer that the challenge isn’t only technical – regulatory, privacy, safety and a host of other puzzles also need to be resolved.
Maersk and IBM today announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time.
The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks, according to the companies.
Blockchain will enable a single view via a virtual dashboard of all goods and shipping information for all parties involved, from manufacturers and shippers to port authorities and government agencies.
Late one Friday when no one was looking, Apple quietly updated the business support section of its website, Apple at Work. The move wasn’t widely advertised, but it reflects the growing importance it places in the enterprise markets.
The times they have a-changed
It wasn’t too long ago when saying the idea of Apple products having any place in enterprise IT would open you up to acres of ridicule.
That’s not the case today, as Apple becomes an essential item in every enterprise tool kit. IBM calls Apple “pervasive in the enterprise”, while Jamf CEO Dean Hager notes that his own internal company research that suggests 75 percent of enterprise users would choose a Mac for their next computer if they were given the choice.
A few years ago, chatbots were supposed to take over as a leading way to interact with the internet. They would live on our phones and in our messaging apps. Whenever we needed anything, all we had to do was type out a question.
Things are turning out … differently.
Chatbots, bots, virtual assistants and agents are all about the conversational UI — about interacting with a computer through natural-language words and sentences.
The conventional wisdom used to be that the chatbot revolution would be driven by pre-emption, interjection and agency, as exemplified by Facebook M and Google Now.
Instead, the killer features are hands-free voice interaction and ubiquity — the main strengths of the Amazon Alexa platform.
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From Cisco’s plans for intent-based networking to SD-WAN, IoT and 5G pilot programs, the networking industry is growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Here’s what’s likely to be top of mind in the industry this year.