Thanks to a former student, I have been trying new Digital Fitness app from PWC. During the pandemic, they are making it free for anyone wanting to better understand the changing technologies and other issues in business.
Once you setup an account, the app guides you through a quiz to determine your digital aptitude. Then based on your score it puts you on a Fitness plan. You improve your score by reading short article or watching videos on various topics from environmental impacts, basics of the blockchain and project management. The articles I have read have been quite informative and interesting.
The amount of streaming data as well as the large data storage centers are having an negative impact on the environment. Some experts believe the data technology industry rivals the airline industry on the environmental impact.
With the number of new devices collecting data, the demands for electricity are set to increase significantly.
Tech companies are looking at how to curb the power usage from massive data centers. These centers not only expend large amounts of energy powering the data centers, but they also need significant air conditioning to cool the machines.
The algorithm made me do it shows one of the primary reasons explainable artificial intelligence will be needed in the future. Many AI solutions seem to be a black box which few, if any, individuals can explain the particular output.
This Harvard Business Review article highlights why the black box approach to AI in the future won’t be feasible. The author notes that the “The algorithm told me to do it” defense won’t likely stand up in court.
Juice jacking is ability for cybercriminals to replace legitimate, public USB chargers with devices that have the capability to download data from your phones. Just this month, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office warned travelers of the potential dangers of using USB charging ports in public places.
However, when asked, the DA’s office said they have had no official reports of Juice-jacking taking place in the area. In short, many believe this cyberattack is feasible, but not widespread.
My advice is to use either power packs or plug into an electrical outlet if at all possible. Even though this isn’t widespread to date, caution should still be exercised.
For those of us discussing blockchain in our accounting courses, it can sometimes be difficult for students to visualize how the blockchain works.
I recently used this game in my business analytics and emerging technologies course for upper level accounting students. The feedback was great! Students commented that it helped them visualize the blockchain even more.