Self-driving cars are coming…and there’s nothing you can do about it

Self-driving cars are coming…and there’s nothing you can do about it

There are very few sure things in the tech world, but the self-driving car is a slam-dunk certainty. We know that every automaker is working on it, but it was really driven home to me (no pun intended) recently while talking to a colleague at one of the largest insurance companies in the country. They’re scrambling for ways to uncover new revenue sources unrelated to cars. Why?

“All our planning is wrapped around automobile-related revenues being down by 50 percent at the end of ten years,” he said. “The self-driving car is going to eat us alive: Fewer people will be buying insurance, and those that do will be paying smaller premiums.”

Are they overreacting? Are their actuaries fantasizing a Buck Rogers future full of personal jet packs and food synthesizers?

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(White Paper) New Rules for a New World: Five Support Imperatives That Can Save the Internet of Things

(White Paper) New Rules for a New World: Five Support Imperatives That Can Save the Internet of Things

Last year Gartner predicted that connected IoT devices would reach 25 billion by year 2020 with more than half related to consumer applications. The vision of connected home automation is driving a lot of this growth, but what happens when we take a hard look at the customer experience?

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Making Data Meaningful In A Connected World

Making Data Meaningful In A Connected World

In the Internet of Things, and particularly in the sub-domain called the smart home, there is so much information flowing in all directions that just dealing with exceptions or trying to derive insights are no longer sufficient for the realization of all the potential value that exists. True utility is dependent on devices and systems being acutely aware of where they are, where you are, what else is going on that might affect what should happen next, and knowing what happened before when a similar situation existed.
That’s called contextual intelligence…

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Why What we’ve Always Done won’t Work Anymore: The Special Challenge of Launching Products for the IoT

Why What we’ve Always Done won’t Work Anymore: The Special Challenge of Launching Products for the IoT

Like a car with an engine too powerful for its frame, much of today’s Internet of Things technology seems to be outstripping our capacity to use it effectively. Even at this early stage, predictions of continuing double-digit expansion in adoption of new connected devices are showing signs of being wildly optimistic: The enthusiasm shown by adventurous and technically savvy early adopters isn’t easily spilling over into the mainstream consumer market.

Why is this happening, why does it matter, and what can we do about it?

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Cloud

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Cloud

Even in 2017, it’s a phrase that still induces chills in the technophobe: “The cloud is here, and it’s everywhere.”

The cloud, for those of you held hostage in Something-stan for the last decade, is a romantic euphemism for “It used to be on your computer and now it’s on ours.” Or, more, correctly, it’s on somebody’s but nobody knows exactly where.

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Federal Lawsuits Show Smart Home Devices a Huge Threat

Federal Lawsuits Show Smart Home Devices a Huge Threat

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against a major player alleging truly egregious practices that threaten consumer confidence across the entire Internet of Things.

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