In 1988 when Mark Weiser first articulated the concept of Ubiquitous Computing, I wonder if he had sensors and wearables in mind? Ubiquitous computing, sometimes called the age of calm technology refers to the era where technology is pervasive or omni-present in our lives, but not dominant. Instead, ubiquitous computing is about technology that recedes to the background. This is where “wearables” will rise!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not yet reached a fundamental breakthrough. So far, I see progress in many areas, but somehow it is a horizontal development, as if something cool is still out there waiting to be discovered.
The Seven City Tour of Google’s Advisory Council ended in October 2014. The next three months were spent drawing up an advisory report. However in December 2014, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party advocated an adjustment of the May 2014 ruling. Their advice was to extend the Right to Be Forgotten to Google Global instead of Google Local. It seems that the Advisory Council’s report which still needed to be released was being by-passed. Read further >
I had the privilege and pleasure to be present at one of these rare occasions.
Experts from different domains, personal histories, and backgrounds will work together in the coming years. They all push toward making the creation and maintenance of data-intensive systems and applications more efficient.
Or to put it simply: ALIGNED was born!
There were a couple of events that I consider a BFD in 2014. The advancements being made with the “supercarbon” Graphene is one, legalization of marijuana in some states in the United States another, and of course my son graduating from high school. Well, a big deal for my wife and me anyway. Another observation that I would categorize as a big deal was the dramatic advancements in Digital Media. And in 2014, it accelerated because of the convergence of technology, innovation, and the user base.
As data continues to explode across the information super highway, the ways in which we search for information has also changed. The goal of search (as defined by Google) “is to get the user to the answer or information they seek, faster by creating a seamless connection between them and the knowledge they seek.” I support this definition and we can see that Google is backing up their statement by putting their money and resources where their mouth is. So how about you and your organization, are you ready to get real about the future of search?
Previously, we discussed the Google seven city tour focusing on the question Who owns the data people post on the internet?, which ended in early November. But this isn’t the end of The Right to Be Forgotten. Read further >
In October, Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting launched CCH IntelliConnect Browser Search, a free browser add-on that displays IntelliConnect subscriber content in a box above a search engine’s search results. So, whether customers are using Google, Yahoo! or Bing, they no longer need to alternate between research tools – it’s one and done. This allows accountants to search the way they normally would – using a simple, familiar, search engine – and saves them valuable time because they can access reliable Wolters Kluwer, CCH content on their favorite search engine without logging into IntelliConnect. Read further >
There are several articles recommending that law firms leverage the expert search and knowledge management (KM) expertise of law library staff in business development. For example, in an article posted at Altman Weil, Nina Cunningham suggests two actions law library staff might take to enhance their role in law firm business development, namely, (1) partner closely with the IT department of the firm and (2) become an expert in the firm’s major practice groups. Partnering with the IT department is essential because IT often controls access to all KM technologies in the firm, including firm-wide portals/intranets and practice group distribution lists. Expertise in a practice area enables law library staff to create ever more relevant search alerts for members of the practice group and gain deeper insight into the preferred channels for each member to receive bizdev-related current awareness (smartphone/tablet, Intranet, RSS, social media, etc.). Another article posted at aallnet.org recommends that law library staff should partner closely with the firm’s marketing department – and to be sure that the marketing teams give proper credit to law library staff that help in running queries, analyzing search results, and creating profiles of clients, their competitors and the firm’s competitors. But there is much more value that the law library can provide. Read further >