Spotted by me, recently:
As labor and benefits costs rise – and tech costs fall – we will see much more of this.
McDonald’s is adding self order kiosks and mobile order apps – which will reduce the number of staff needed to process orders at the front. See story at Money.CNN.com.
The former CEO says Microsoft got into the mobile device market too late
Source: Steve Ballmer Says Smartphones Broke His Relationship With Bill Gates – Bloomberg
Wireless “smart” devices may be the tech wave of the future, but researchers have found flaws that let hackers spread malicious code through them.
Source: Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target – The New York Times
Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system passed away on October 8 at the age of 70, leaving a legacy that casts a very long shadow.
Source: Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies | WIRED
This is total awesomeness! The application of robotics to assist those subject to physical disabilities:
It’s not only engineers who work in robotics
Source: It’s not only engineers who work in robotics | Robohub
My wife recently retired from nursing. She had worked as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, working with spinal cord injury patients, and sometimes with traumatic brain injury patients. She tells me that tremendous advances are being made toward spinal cord regrowth and repair – this is still a ways out but is another exciting development for those with these types of injuries.
Amazon uses 45,000 small robots at about one-third of its U.S. warehouses to automate order processing. The robots look like bread boxes on wheels, lifting modular shelves stuffed with products and carrying the shelves to workers who pick out pieces.
Source: America’s Dazzling Tech Boom Has a Downside: Not Enough Jobs – WSJ
Click the link for the funny cartoon 🙂 Source: 05_klossnerj_internetofthings_03-24-2014-100535431-orig.jpg (1404×1006)
Imagine when you have to reboot the stove before you cook dinner!
Source: ‘Industry 4.0’ comes to B.C.: Smart machines and Internet of Things change the workplace
IOT changes everything for service and industrial businesses. As described at the link, IOT enables smarter machines/automation. But it also means deploying sensors throughout a “work environment” to monitor and detect safety issues, to identify productivity issues, to detect quality problems, to optimize production and much more.
Almost all countries on earth now have Internet of Things devices infected with Mirai.
Source: Internet of Things Malware Has Apparently Reached Almost All Countries on Earth | Motherboard