Chat Executive Predicts Death of Most Websites

LivePerson office spaceAvailable now: moving conversation from assistant to phone.

By Rick Richardson

Forget stumbling through a customer-support page – the future of commerce won't be found by surfing the World Wide Web.

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Soon many of the tasks we now do via websites and brand-specific apps will be handled through messaging and voice platforms such as iMessage, WhatsApp and Amazon's Alexa, according to Alex Spinelli, the chief technology officer at LivePerson.
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Amazon Offers New Delivery Service for Buildings

Woman using Amazon Hub in building lobbyThere's even a way to request one.

By Rick Richardson

No doorman? No problem.

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Amazon has introduced a new delivery solution for apartment complexes that promises to deliver both convenience and safety (alongside your actual package, of course).
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6 Blockchain Jobs of the Future

Computer keyboard with blackchain button, heavy chain and fiber opticsPlus the specific skills needed.

By Rick Richardson

While blockchain adoption remains slow, industries including finance, manufacturing and health care are exploring the developing technology's potential to create business advantages such as reduced operational costs, faster transaction speeds and more secure records.

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An estimated 1,520 blockchain startup companies are now looking for workers, along with a number of corporations like IBM and Microsoft. As the market continues to grow, more lucrative career options will open up for those who are skilled in the various blockchain technologies.
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Russian Router Malware Just Got Much Worse

Man plugging cable into a routerBetter safe than sorry.

By Rick Richardson

Remember that recent Russian router malware warning? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router owners are going to have to factory-reset their devices and install firmware updates.

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Not only are many more Linksys, MicroTik, Netgear and TP-Link routers vulnerable to the VPNFilter malware, according a recent report from Cisco Talos labs, but several Asus and D-Link models are now also thought to be vulnerable, as well as a couple of Ubiquiti routers and individual Huawei, Upvel and ZTE devices. In all, nearly 70 devices are impacted, including QNAP network-attached-storage drives.
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EY’s ‘Day One Ready’ Creates Needed Competencies of the Future

Work spaceCurrent employees also have new skills programs.

By Rick Richardson

It's fun when I get to include an article on my former firm. Recently, Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced it is launching a new program to collaborate with universities and usher in the digital workforce.

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This program, Day One Ready, prepares students for today's real business world and connects them to potential internship opportunities. It is the newest element of the tax practice's proprietary upskilling initiative designed to create the workforce of the future and to help EY meet the demand for digitally skilled talent.
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Paying for Life in 2040

$100 bills following through a wormhole lined with binary codeCash and credit cards may become extinct.

By Rick Richardson

Put your augmented reality goggles on and dial up 2040. Here’s one possible view of where the world will move in the next 22 years.

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You've just taken an autonomous electric taxi from the gym to work, picked up a coffee and – in the elevator to your office – watched a short advertisement on the heads-up display projected by your wearable digital assistant, clipped to your collar.
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New Technology Purifies Water Using Sunlight

Abstract water wave with bubblesIt's going into a solar still.

By Rick Richardson

A new, low-cost technology could provide drinking water in regions where resources are scarce, or where natural disasters have struck.

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Scientists have developed a new technology that uses the sunlight to purify water with near-perfect efficiency.
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Your Next Bank Card Might Have a Fingerprint Scanner Built In

Sample biometric MastercardTesting is going on in Europe.

By Rick Richardson

Visa and Mastercard have chips embedded in hundreds of millions of credit and debit cards around the world. They're used in more than 200 countries and process billions of payments each year. And they both intend to create bank cards that use your fingerprint instead of a PIN.

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Early trials of cards with fingerprint scanners built in are under way, and success could eventually result in the death of the humble PIN.
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New Lidar Sensor Slashes Cost, Boosts Production

Lidar sensorThey could be in every autonomous car by the end of 2018 ... with some convincing.

By Rick Richardson

A new lidar sensor could equip thousands of driverless cars with the sensing abilities required to drive at high speeds on the open road.

Lidar has become the primary way most driverless cars sense the world around them, bouncing laser light off nearby objects to create 3-D maps of their surroundings.

For years, the industry leader in lidar has been Velodyne, which builds some of the most expensive, ultrahigh-resolution sensors available. But the rapid growth of self-driving vehicle research prompted other firms to start making them too – among them, a startup called Luminar, which was set up by Stanford dropout Austin Russell and came out of stealth last year.

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Holographic Memory Film Is Thinner Than Human Hair

Person working on holographic filmThis version is stable in UV light, unlike earlier attempts.

By Rick Richardson

As humanity creates more and more digital information, we'll need better ways to store it.

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That's why newly developed nanoparticle-based films may be so critical. They're over 80 times thinner than a human hair and could create materials that can holographically archive at least 1,000 times more data than a DVD in a 10- by 10-centimeter piece of film.
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How Blockchain Is Changing Our World

Computer monitors morph into chain linksUses extend far beyond the financial sector.

By Rick Richardson

It's quickly becoming apparent that blockchain technology is about far more than just Bitcoin. Across finance, health care, media and other sectors, innovative uses are appearing every day.

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Here are some examples of blockchain in use today. While some may fail to live up to their promises, others could go on to become household names if blockchain proves itself to be as revolutionary as many are predicting.
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