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Highlights from CES 2021

It’s January 2021, and the world we live in today is different than the world we lived in last January. The annual CES show reflected this reality. Several things were different about this year’s conference, which wrapped up last week. First and foremost, CES was 100% virtual. And while healthcare is always present at CES, there was a unique focus on pandemic-inspired devices and solutions in 2021. And yet, it was still CES. There was still a lot of dramatic flair in the presentations, even though there was no live audience to experience them in person. There were still a lot …

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Cybersecurity and Privacy During a Lingering Pandemic

The cybersecurity game changed in 2020. Remote work surged, along with things like employee health monitoring and data sharing around COVID-19. Cybercrime surged as well. Companies had to worry not only about outsider threats but also insider threats; data breaches due to employee negligence or inexperience in their new remote roles cost businesses big time. In 2021, how will 2020’s legacy impact the future of work, privacy, and IT spending in the enterprise?In 2020, hordes of workers were forced to transition to remote work quickly. GWA (Global Workplace Analytics) estimates that these work-from-home initiatives saved U.S. employers more than $30 billion dollars …

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With New Healthcare Tech Relying on Data Sharing, Trust is Required 

Doctor showing senior patient how to synchronize health app in smartphone and smartwatch
By AI Trends Staff  
On the verge of a new era of healthcare in which AI can combine with data sharing to deliver many new services, healthcare organizations need to earn the trust of patients that their data will be used properly. 
That was a message delivered by speakers on healthcare and AI topics at the Consumer Electronics Show held virtually last week.  
Christina Silcox, Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Issues related to data bias and explainability surfaced quickly.  A major issue with …

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December: Despite Pandemic, Opportunity in Retail Remains ‘Exceptional’

The second trend, according to Stewart, is consumer/retailer emphasis on physical health. “COVID-19 brought fear and panic to the retail landscape. The closure of non-essential retail stores to stop the spread of the virus, while mandated for public health, brought intense financial ramifications,” Stewart explains. “At the same time, the focus on health accelerated the development and application of technologies to allow consumers to shop safely. While many innovations were in the development pipeline, the pandemic greatly compressed the application timeline. In part, these technologies include those that facilitate touchless retail, including customer interfaces, virtual testing and try-on of …

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Energy and Sustainability Trends in the COVID Era and Beyond

COVID-19 looms over the 2021 sustainability outlook, and the pandemic has and will continue to impact all aspects of society in large and still unknown ways. Connected World discussed this topic with Matt Kromer, head of grid integration at Fraunhofer, who shared his thoughts on 2021 sustainability trends, how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies will help businesses and governments pursue sustainability in the next year, and how COVID-19 will impact sustainability goals and initiatives in 2021 and beyond.From a macro-economic perspective, Kromer points out that COVID-19 spurred a large drop in energy use in 2020. For instance, DNVGL projects an 8% reduction in global …

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States Pursued Sustainability, Even in 2020

Typically, the space is pretty burned out on tech buzz words of the year by the time December rolls around. But this year, tech buzz words’ place in the news has been usurped by all things COVID. Had COVID-19 not stolen most headlines since March, sustainability would have been more of a hot topic in 2020. And while sustainability may have taken a bit of a back seat during this year of the pandemic, it will be a trend that carries throughout the 2020s, because experts are appear optimistic upon entering 2021.
The ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) recently released …

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A New and Expanded Playing Field for Cybercriminals

The double whammy for cybersecurity in 2020 has been the huge increase in the number of remote workers and the heightened everything surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, these factors have created a new and expanded playing field for cybercriminals looking to prey on people’s fears and take advantage of overwhelmed IT departments trying to support work-from-home productivity.
Critical operations and infrastructure have been a big target for cybercriminals this year as these malicious actors look to disrupt industries such as healthcare, government, and education in times of unease, upheaval, and rapid change. A new report from RiskIQ, for instance, outlines …

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