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The Digital Battlefield

Cybersecurity once meant protecting against small-scale hackers trying to get a quick payday. However, recent hacks have halted airport operations, exposed classified government documents, and even affected the democratic process. In 2016 and 2017, an entire region of the Ukraine—homes, schools, and hospitals—was dangerously left without power in the dead of winter due to persistent […]

Autonomy in the Sky

Most people are familiar with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, for tasks like taking aerial pictures or delivering mail. However, these days UAVs are also used to save lives. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and rising water shut down streets and highways, drones played an essential part in surveying flooded areas […]

You Need to Know: Lars Atle Andersen

Not many executives in the oil and gas industry visit Silicon Valley darlings like Google and Spotify for inspiration—but Aker BP is a company that wants to do things differently. Lars Atle Andersen is the vice president responsible for making sure the company stays true to those tech aspirations. Created only in 2016 after a […]

Powering the Future with Paul Browning of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Paul Browning fell in love with gas turbines early in his career. Joining General Electric fresh out of  Carnegie Mellon University, he was soon assigned to “one of the sexiest things that a materials engineer can work on.” After turbines got him interested in the power business, he rose through the ranks to become president […]

Global HITSS and La Revolución Digital

Midway up an office tower in Plaza Carso—the sprawling retail, office, and residential space in Mexico City—Oscar Márquez is planning how to usher the Slim family empire (and, if possible, much of Latin America) safely through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Márquez is chief technology officer for Global HITSS, a unit of América Móvil, the biggest […]

5 Under-the-Radar Feats of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has applications in a wide range of industries, but often the focus is on famous wins like AlphaGo or an exciting potential use still many years in the future. This leads many to say that AI is not delivering on its promises to revolutionize the human experience. We don’t yet have artificial general […]

AI Behind The Light Switch: The Future of Power Utility

The invention of the commercially viable light bulb is one of the iconic stories of 19th-century technology. Thomas Edison developed a personal and transformative vision, ran countless experiments, and emerged with not just a working prototype but also a lasting business empire that would serve as the model for the new utility industry. Today, however, […]

The New Reality of Cyber Threats

Erin Russell The world’s critical infrastructure — power plants, electric lines, water treatment facilities, and fiber optic networks — is seeing a major shift that increases efficiency, but opens up vulnerabilities. According to CyberX, at least one third of industrial sites overseeing the centralized operations of this infrastructure are connected to the internet. This interconnectedness has […]

Why Hacks Still Happen: The Future of Cybersecurity

A new era of cybersecurity is dawning. AI and machine learning technologies are changing the way enterprises protect their systems and data. With hyper-intelligent machines on our side, one could easily imagine that organizations must feel invincible. Yet fears of devastating cyber attacks seem to be higher than ever, and not without cause. Just in […]

AI Goes To Flight School

In 2017, a shortage of pilots in the Air Force flight training reached a margin of over 2,000 pilots in the coming years, a problem echoed by other branches of the military. Low recruiting numbers are compounded by declining retention of trained pilots, as civilian airline carriers (who are facing shortages of their own) have […]