European Robotics Week (ERW) offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public. Through the organisation of over 700 events, Europeans get the opportunity to have their questions about how robots will impact the way we work, live, and learn, addressed. Every year the ERW changes the central event and hosts an eco-system of various engaging activities in the chosen location. The official opening for this year is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Read more
Are passwords a thing of the past? For 200 IT decision makers in the US, they could be. According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 69% of respondents said they will likely do away with passwords within the next five years. This is due to the security risk that this level of protection carries.
Password log-in systems are so common that we find it difficult to imagine beyond them. Despite this, security companies are currently selling solutions that enable alternatives to the traditional password. Passwords are not a safe method of securing your data, and the increasing frequency and severity of data breach incidents prove it. Yahoo in 2014, for example, suffered a hack in which login credentials from 500 million user accounts were stolen. Read more
Dutch bank ING, has announced it’s plans to save €900 million per year, by replacing 5,800 people with machines and moving 1,200 jobs as part of a ‘digital transformation’.
Looking back at the year 2001, it’s hard to imagine how different the world of technology was and how we have come such a long way in fifteen years.
Global internet usage was at just 5% then, compared to 50% today, and connection speeds were depressingly slow. For those fortunate enough to have internet access, there wasn’t much to do besides email and some very basic services (on poorly designed websites!). Google was merely in idea stages, Amazon was a start-up and YouTube and social media didn’t exist at all yet. Mobile phones were quite common, but weren’t capable of much more than a phone call or text.
So thinking about how far we’ve come since then, are you prepared to see what’s in store for the next fifteen years? According to Forbes.com, here’s 5 tech trends we’ll see by 2031:
A new report has been published by the Data Protection Commissioner saying mobile apps are not respecting users privacy, with many seeking more personal data than needed.
Lack of compliance laws on website Cookies are coming under fire from Europe’s data protection authorities, only five years after an amended EU directive governing their use came into force.
It is a delicate area which will pose challenges for companies and organisations, its also not well understood by those who impatiently dismiss pop-ups or fail to read website policies to see what information those sites may be accessing and collecting. Read more
Irish PhD student Siobhán O’Connor will showcase the Supporting LIFE app at the annual TEDMED conference taking place in Washington in September this year. Read more
The ESB and Vodafone have joined forces and will invest €450 million into building a 100 per cent fibre broadband network across Ireland. The companies say that its firstcustomers should be online by early next year. Read more
The Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Unit has just launched its online consultation, to identify game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain. The consultation targets scientists and researchers from the widest range of disciplines, innovators, creators or interested bystanders and members of civil society in general.
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The inaugural Tech Week Ireland is taking place from Sunday 27th April – Saturday 3rd May 2014. Tech Week is a festival of technology that will give students, parents and the public hands-on opportunities to learn about 3rd level and career options in computing and other technology fields. Read more