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Research focus: ETH Zurich/University of Bologna and pAElla-powered data centres

ETH Zurich in Switzerland is one of the most highly regarded science and technology universities, one known for its cutting-edge research and innovation.

When it come to data centres, the pinnacle of innovation right now centres on how data analytics, sensors and AI can be used to improve power and performance.

Over the last few years, a group of researchers from both ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna has been at the forefront of advanced data centre monitoring research.


5 ways to spot a Deepfake

Concerns about Deepfakes are nothing new, but the technology has advanced far faster than many anticipated and has given rise to a medium that’s terrifying in its potential.

Though watching Jim Carrey’s face on Allison Brie’s body is, admittedly, delightful, the implications for forgery are sobering.

Consider, for instance, the recent Deepfake using Vladimir Putin’s face over MIT Technology Review’s editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield’s body. Though it’s clear that Putin himself isn’t being interviewed, it isn’t a bad effort. It also doesn’t take a big imaginative leap to envision how the technology can be further enhanced and used with nefarious intent.

In the meantime, here are five useful tips to separate digital sophistry from the real thing:


AI and analytics for SMEs in uncertain times

Therefore, it’s more important than ever to ensure that business owners and managers are doing all they can to understand how their business may recover, and perhaps change, in the future. One of the ways in which this can be achieved is through the use of technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and business analytics.

When most people think about AI, they tend to think of robots and science labs in which scientists develop AI for large companies. In reality, it’s possible for small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of AI in order to develop analytics, which results in a better understanding of their market and to model potential future scenarios.


On the ball: How ESPN uses BI and analytics to give sports fans the ultimate viewing experience

Sport consumption has seen a huge increase in recent years. With record viewing numbers for the likes of Premier League last season, and a novel willingness from consumers to pay for exclusive online content. As a result, sports is a lucrative source of revenue for network and programming brands. 

Alongside this increase in popularity, modern television offers fans a more up close and personal experience at a fraction of the cost compared to attending live sporting events. Viewers can watch from the batter’s eyes, and encounter the huge right hand made by MMA fighters. In many ways, the viewing experience has evolved to become what Doug Kramon,  ESPN’s senior director of fan support and customer care views as a ‘virtually there’ experience.


DBAs: The unsung heroes of IT infrastructure in crisis

Eventually, life and business as we know it will go back to normal – or close to it – and perhaps autonomous databases that fix themselves will become a reality one day, too. However, until that day arrives, this is a wake-up call to get to know and show appreciation for your organisation’s DBAs and the work they do


Why organisations need to adopt Organisational Network Analysis now

It’s a turbulent time for many businesses as they face financial disruption and reckon with stay-at-home measures that disrupt business-as-usual. Organisations need a high-performing workforce more than ever, but simultaneously, HR departments are being forced to action redundancies, furloughs and pay cuts to ease the bottom line. 

Much attention has been placed on technology and tools that enable remote working, but comparatively less has been placed on a burgeoning subset of analytics that can help HR departments drive employee productivity and wellbeing during this critical period. It’s called Organisational Network Analysis (ONA).


Q&A: The enterpise data mapping problem, with Jiri Vojtek, COO at CloverDX

What is the enterprise data mapping problem and why does it need to be solved? Techerati editor James Orme spoke with Jiri Vojtek, COO at data management company CloverDX, to understand the real-world data challenge and how businesses can tackle it.


Democracy and the birth of ‘Clean AI’

Despite Cambridge Analytica waking the world up to the manipulative power of AI, algorithmic encroachment on the democratic process shows no signs of abating. Dr. Christian de Vartavan says coding transparency is needed to ensure AI enhances democracy, rather than derails it


AI: The newest colleague in the workplace

There’s no doubt artificial intelligence (AI) has huge potential to transform the modern enterprise. We’re already starting to see its impact – with recent research finding that AI can help organisations grow their annual profits 80 per cent faster and errors being reduced by more than a third (37 per cent). Indeed, AI is dominating many boardroom conversations, and we’re seeing increasing numbers of companies implementing, or considering the use of, the technology in one way or another.


5 ways to build the culture for effective DataOps

Data created by companies is bigger than ever before, with many seeking to understand how DataOps processes can be used to convert such data into actionable business insights. Gartner defines DataOps as a collaborative data management practice aiming to improve the communication, integration and automation of data flows between data consumers and data managers in a company. 

There remains a distance to go until businesses are fully aware of the most effective ways for maintaining good data quality and data management. Major cultural transformation must occur within many companies if DataOps is to be successful. This shift involves accepting that DataOps is a continuous process and serves as an impetus for organisational change by encouraging agility and endorsing change. 


Covid-19 apps around the world

Millions of people in the UK are to be asked to use a phone app to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government is “optimistic” people will download the app to allow better contact tracing – a key factor in beating Covid-19 and helping the country out of lockdown.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he thought the “vast majority” of people would download the app and “play their part” – but insisted it was just one element of the plan to stop the spread.


Covid-19: How technology can revolutionise your at-home workout

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into chaos, forcing millions upon millions of people to self-isolate at home. 

Maintaining the health and wellbeing of both ourselves and our loved ones has become more imperative than ever – not only to combat the threat of the virus itself but to ensure we stay happy and healthy at home. 

Keeping fit and exercising is one of the best ways to do exactly that, to ensure we stay proactive and utilise the time we have at home to the best of our ability. But why stop there? 

Thanks to the increasingly technological world we live in, numerous exercise-based advances over the years have made at-home workouts much easier, more refined and more effective than ever before. Join us as we take you through how. 



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