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AI Trends - The Big Picture

It comes as no surprise that 2020 has witnessed an explosion in the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies; increasingly finding their way into everything from advanced quantum computing systems and leading-edge medical diagnostic systems to consumer electronics and “smart” personal assistants.

Revenue generated by AI hardware, software and services is expected to reach $156.5 billion worldwide this year, according to market researcher IDC, up 12.3 percent from 2019.

Rock-Star Software Engineers: Worth Their Weight in Gold?

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has described his hiring rules as following the ‘rock-star principle’: paying a significantly higher salary to hire one rock-star software engineer, than hiring 10 less outstanding engineers.

Hastings says: “In the first few years of Netflix, we were growing fast and needed to hire more software engineers. With my new understanding that high talent density would be the engine of our success, we focused on finding the top performers in the market.

Cyber Security - The New Threat Landscape

The massive number of new remote workers we now see globally brings with it many security issues. For example, most home networks have only basic security; many home users don’t have strong Wi-Fi passwords and have no protection against unauthorized access.

CleanTech Investment is Crucial for a Green Recovery

Figures for the impact of Covid-19 on the cleantech sector already make bleak reading and show the path of destruction in its wake. In the US, unemployment data for March 2020 shows every clean energy sector is being impacted by the economic crisis:

The Future for Smart Cities

With a global population explosion underway and increasing numbers of people migrating to urban centres, some argue that cities will have to get smarter or face collapse.  Which is why the “smart city” is already a fast booming marketplace comprising a vast array of complex elements.

The Joel Test - 20 Years On

The Joel Test was created in August 2000 by Joel Spolsky, a software developer from New York City, who is a founder and CEO of Stack Overflow, creator of Trello project management software, and ex-Microsoft employee.

The test is designed to rate the quality of a software team, all in about 3 minutes! It consists of 12 ‘Yes / No’ questions that are intended to be quick and simple to answer.

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