Weekly Rewind: Top 10 Stories On CXO Today (July 17-21)
This week we have some very interesting stories to present our readers. Artificial Intelligence or AI seems to be the flavor of the week. It is interesting to note that AI is not just revolutionizing scientific research, but has started dominating our lives, business and society. On one hand, it is recognizing scenic locations to make happy and productive workers, on the other, it is accelerating the pace of self driving cars and also boosting decision making in business in various unique ways. We have for you a series of articles on AI and its impact on the enterprise.
We have a special feature on Emojis, the digital images people send each other by text and social media, that are reflecting the changing nature of business communication today. It is little wonder then that there is a day dedicated to these icons - July 17 is officially celebrated as World Emoji Day. There’s another article on how IoT can give a fillip to India’s efforts of universal immunization of children, by technology expert Muqbil Ahmar.
Before the close of the week, Reliance Jio showed it can disrupt once again by announcing the launch of its much awaited feature phone, ‘Jio Phone’, which will be released on August 15. The 4G feature phone will be available at a price of Rs. 1,500, which will be refundable after three years on returning the phone. This means Jio phone will be available to all Indians for an effective price of Rs. 0, a news analysis on this topic.
Like every week, this week too, we also have for you interesting interviews, case studies, infographics, and expert columns on various emerging technology and market trends and challenges in the enterprise space.
Here are some of the top stories of the week on CXOToday you would not want to miss.
The view from office windows is not something we give a thought often. Yet the scenic quality of our daily environments has a direct correlation on our personal wellbeing. Offices with scenic views, as well as high-quality indoor environments, could help employees become more productive, believe researchers and artificial intelligence [AI] can be used to beautiful scenery for office spaces in order to boost workplace productivity.
Emojis, the digital images people send each other by text and social media, are reflecting the changing nature of communication today. It is little wonder then that there is a day dedicated to these icons - July 17 is officially celebrated as World Emoji Day. While its popularity is soaring across the globe with many believing that these tools have added personality to text message conversations, others are of the opinion emojis are not apt to be used for workplace communication.
In a data-driven world, we are overloaded with massive amounts of information. More tables, more charts, more bullet-point and so on. But information doesn’t have any value on its own; its value comes solely from how it affects our decision-making. Scientists are now using AI tools that understand and respect human decision-making, and are able to provide readers with input and support regarding the information, explanations, options, and outcomes that are important to them.
On the 40th Annual General Meeting of Reliance, Mukesh Ambani announced that Reliance Jio’s launch of its much awaited feature phone, ‘Jio Phone’, which will be released on August 15. The 4G feature phone will be available at a price of Rs. 1,500, which will be refundable after three years on returning the phone. This means Jio phone will be available to all Indians for an effective price of Rs. 0 and is yet another way RJio disrupts the market.
In the digital age, almost every brand is looking at an opportunity to create its own compelling stories and share it with its audience. As businesses are using content to share their stories with consumers, digital solutions firms such as Zirca is helping brands identify these content opportunities, and create stories based on consumers’ content consumption habits across various online platforms. The Mumbai based digital firm has announced the launch of its native advertising management platform, ContentdB.
Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a courageous executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. In a recent study, 65 percent of business leaders believe implementing technology changes is a top priority and that 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage.
Digital technologies have empowered customers to have complete control of their interactions with businesses. They demand superior multi-channel experiences which are personalized and contextual. Moreover, the rapidly evolving technology landscape and fierce competition have caused businesses to see digital as a necessity rather than an option. Deepak Mittal, CEO, To The New writes that to succeed in this journey, it requires a complete enterprise wide transformation with a sharp break from legacy systems and old age practices.
India plans to immunize 27 million children every year. Around 9 million immunization sessions are held every year for infants together with 30 million pregnant women for routine immunization. As vaccines travel through cold supply chains, Internet of Things (IoT) together with real-time monitoring can decrease wastage in vaccines through improved identification and resolution of storage and transit issues than incumbent systems. In other words, IoT can give a fillip to India’s efforts of universal immunization of children, says technology expert Muqbil Ahmar.
More than 2 billion adults lack access to financial services and according to the World Bank, the majority reside in rural areas with a daily income less than $5 a day. BitCoin, a popular form of digital currency, offers benefit to these people as a valuable remittance and transfer medium. With the explosion in the acquisition of smartphones and cheap tariffs for mobile internet, BitCoin becomes a solution to the “unbanked” masses who however are connected via the Internet.
Scientists have come up with a bracelet called Steer that will help drivers to not fall asleep behind the wheel. Steer detects the driver’s level of drowsiness by analyzing heart rate and skin conductance and warns when his or her condition is close to sleeping and hence can help fleet managers and taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber to run their teams more effectively and cut considerable cost of operations.
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