Technology Will Aid Compliance With CRE Environmental Regs

Jake Fingert, general partner at Washington, D.C.-based Camber Creek CAMBER CREEK Many industries are confronting increasing pressures to reduce energy consumption. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Among the most daunting recent hurdles is the new climate change bill in New York City. It mandates a four-fifths cut in carbon emissions emanating from buildings within the next 30 years. The problem? Today’s most advanced technology is able to slash energy utilization by less than half (46 percent). Current smart energy management systems can take energy conservation efforts only…

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China theft of technology is biggest law enforcement threat to US, FBI says

A lamp post outside the White House is adorned with Chinese and US national flags in Washington. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The FBI on Thursday identified China as the biggest law enforcement threat to the United States, and its director said Beijing was seeking to steal American technology by “any means necessary”. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, told a conference the bureau currently had about 1,000 investigations open into Chinese technology theft across its 56 regional offices. The agency’s counterintelligence chief, John Brown, said the bureau arrested 24 people in 2019 in…

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Technology in the workplace: why culture remains key

(Image credit: Image source: Shutterstock/violetkaipa) It’s no secret that technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Communication has been transformed by instant messaging apps, new security measures have been introduced to keep data safe, and tech innovations are proving cost-effective for many. Automation through technology is placing productivity and efficiency at the heart of organisations everywhere, and embracing it prevents businesses wasting time on admin, giving them the space to drive growth and focus on what’s important – people. Teamwork is being transformed by technology, too. Working together is…

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Will new technology help fight the Coronavirus?

Technology is helping transform industries. Healthcare and medical research are two areas that are most ripe for disruption, so when new diseases emerge, like the deadly Coronavirus, it’s time for technology to put its money where its mouth is. But, is this feasible? Can new and mature technologies, like AI and analytics, help fight the Coronavirus and any other diseases that might spark global healthcare crises? In the latest video from Tech Talks*, filmed at the Disruptive Live studios, Katie Mills — head of innovation at Schneider Electric — and Daniel Clayton — digital marketing manager at Logitech —…

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Technology is anthropology

The interesting thing about the technology business is that, most of the time, it’s not the technology that matters. What matters is how people react to it, and what new social norms they form. This is especially true in today’s era, well past the midpoint of the deployment age of smartphones and the internet. People — smart, thoughtful people, with relevant backgrounds and domain knowledge — thought that Airbnb and Uber were doomed to failure, because obviously no one would want to stay in a stranger’s home or ride in a stranger’s…

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Does technology affect your work-life balance?

Millennials have become the world’s most observed generation in recent years—be it for the early onset of chronic diseases or the number of hours spent on average on smartphones. They are also the biggest demographic group in India. A recent survey by furniture brand Godrej Interio says older millennials (in the 30-40 age group) fumble when it comes to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Gen Xers, aged 41-50 according to the survey, are more adept at getting this right. According to the findings of the Make Space For Life survey—conducted in 2019 among…

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In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire

The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement. Using an organizational tool called SameSide, whose launch coincided with the Women’s March and a joint effort with RockTheVote, Women’s March organizers are hoping to transfer excitement about the march into broader political engagement with local and national women’s issues in…

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Why the controversy over Huawei technology in UK networks?

The White House believes China will use its platform in the UK to spy on Washington. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP As the UK government prepares to decide whether or not to allow Huawei to be involved in setting up a key portion of the nation’s infrastructure, US officials have issued a stark warning that allowing the Chinese firm a role would put transatlantic intelligence sharing at risk. Why are the Americans so concerned? To put it bluntly, the White House believes the Chinese state will use Huawei to help it spy. Officials in Washington believe…

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Mind-reading technology lets you control tech with your brain — and it actually works

LAS VEGAS — It’s not the self-driving cars, flying cars or even the dish-washing robots that stick out as the most transformative innovation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show: It’s the wearable gadgets that can read your mind. There’s a growing category of companies focused on the “Brain-Computer Interface.” These devices can record brain signals from sensors on the scalp (or even devices implanted within the brain) and translate them into digital signals. This industry is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year, with the technology used for everything from…

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Technology in 2050: will it save humanity – or destroy us?

 Composite: Guardian Design; Reuters; Getty Images/iStockphoto Futurism is a mug’s game: if you’re right, it seems banal; if you’re wrong, you look like the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, when he declared in 1943 that there is room in the world “for maybe five computers”. David Adams knew these risks when he wrote about the future of technology in the Guardian in 2004 – even citing the very same prediction as an example of how they can go awry. And from our vantage point in 2020, Adams certainly did a better…

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