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The Beginning and Ending of Time: Stephen Hawking

The Contributions the Late, Great Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, cosmologist, and author, made to the tech industry

This Wednesday, Hawking, who had ALS, died at the age of 76. During his lifetime, he became what many considered the world’s greatest living scientist, and was widely known for his ideas about the universe (including theories about the big bang and black holes).

Hawking and his extraordinary ideas inspired many, some of whom, including big names in technology like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, turned to social media to pay tribute this week. But why was he so respected within the tech community? Even though most of his contributions were related to science, his clever insights regarding the future state of technology made a significant impact.

How Technology Helped Him
Hawking’s used a wheelchair to move around after his disease left him paralyzed, and he was dependent on others and technology for most everyday tasks. Hawking lost his ability to speak when he caught pneumonia on a trip to Geneva. He started using Equalizer, an innovative program by California-based company Words Plus, that allowed the user to select words and commands on a computer using a hand clicker, linked to a speech synthesizer. As his disease worsened and his ability to communicate declined, Hawking met with Intel, who applied state-of-the-art computing technology to improve his communicating speed with the use of a keyboard on the screen and a word-prediction algorithm. This system later improved with modern artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology.

His Commentary on Artificial Intelligence
According to Quartz:

“Despite the help machine learning gave Hawking in communicating, the physicist was somewhat pessimistic about the technology’s potential impact on society. He was known for his skepticism of developing “strong AI,” or general artificial intelligence, that would have similar reasoning capabilities as a human.”

Thanks to his innovative, assistive technology, Hawking could share this views on the future of computing and how technology improves the way we live. He believed that everyone played a role in engaging current and future generations with the study of science to create “a better world for the whole human race.” He predicted that technology could reverse harm caused to the planet by industrialization and help end disease and poverty, but AI needed to be controlled. He said: “computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it.” Hawking’s comments were part of the escalating debate about the pro and cons of artificial intelligence, also commented on by technology innovators like Elon Musk and Bill Gates.

Stephen Hawking took the world on a remarkable scientific journey through the universe. He was a brilliant scientist, a great communicator, and his revolutionary ideas and arguments were inspiring to the scientific community and beyond. Although he will be missed, his legacy will live on forever.

 “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking


10Fold salutes you, Stephen Hawking, you will be missed!

By Kyra Tillmans

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How Home Technology Will Change the Future

By Kaitlin Krull

Twenty-first-century life is dictated by technology in practically every way. From industry to education, from science to the arts, it’s ever present. One of the most fascinating things about technology is that it is always developing—and home technology is no different. By the time we wrap our minds around the latest gadgets and products for our homes, scientific advancements change the game.

One of the most fascinating things about technology is that it is always developing—and home technology is no different.

Although we can’t predict the future, over at Modernize we have a few ideas as to how exactly home technology is going to alter the course of our lives and change the future.

100% connectivity

Generations to come will never know a world without the Internet and constant connectivity. Current home technology products such as WiFi and Bluetooth are commonplace in virtually all developed countries, and these technologies are only going to expand and improve. By the time we have retired, connectivity will not be an issue for anyone. All of our home electronics (and appliances, and machinery) will be linked all the time, anywhere, automatically.

Automated homes

Connectivity on mobile devicesHome automation is something that most of us thought was only possible in cartoons like the Jetsons, but it’s now a reality for many homes already. A thing of the present rather than the future, smart home automation technologies allow virtually your entire home to be controlled remotely via panels, smartphones, and other devices. As connectivity increases, these devices will be standard in new homes and markedly improved in time.

Increased convenience

Most people would argue that the point of technology is to make life simpler. While millennials are criticized for wanting everything to be available to them instantly, technology is really to blame here. Smartphone apps in particular, give us the opportunity to learn, communicate, purchase, and do anything else we might possibly need to do, instantly.Not too far in the future, everything will become available to all of us at home with the touch of a button.

Smartphone apps in particular, give us the opportunity to learn, communicate, purchase, and do anything else we might possibly need to do, instantly.

Coffee? Clothes? Shower? Phone? Ride to work? Done. Now.

Decreased energy use

Smart energy products such as thermostats are taking off in energy conscious (and technologically advanced) countries throughout the world because they can monitor, track, and adjust your home’s energy use with minimal effort from you. But these kinds of products are just the beginning. We imagine that technologies that tell us exactly when to turn off appliances in order to make our homes as efficient as possible are not far around the corner. Furthermore, developing technologies behind renewable energy sources will decrease our carbon footprint even further than they are now, saving us tons of energy (and money).

Current futuristic technologies

While we can’t possibly know for sure whether our technological predictions will come to fruition, there are quite a few current home products already out there that give us a glimpse into our future. Hydroflooring, smart glass, 3D televisions, and giant touch screen coffee tables are just a few of the current gadgets that make us think that our future home lives might not actually be that far removed from the Jetsons (or even Iron Man, for that matter). In all seriousness, these products point to a technological future of self-sufficiency for homes everywhere.


Surprisingly, Deep Tech Changes Everyday Life, Not Just Big Business

The term deep tech may be intimidating, especially to those of us that just finished our education and are tip toeing into the technology industry. Many of you may be thinking applications of deep technology are far removed from our daily lives. You may be surprised to know that we all benefit from deep tech more often than most will ever notice.  Following will help you understand how deep tech changes the way we live and work. That’s why 10Fold focuses on companies in deep tech industries

Take Interana for example, a behavioral analytics solution that enables companies to easily obtain insights from the actions people, products, or machines make over time. By using Interana, businesses can more effectively design products and services that are more relevant and useful to you. Even the popular social connection app Tinder uses Interana to help you “swipe right” more effectively.

Forgerock is an identity and access management company. Identity management used to mean verifying usernames and passwords. Today, it’s more complex. In 2015, one out of every three digital security breaches used stolen credentials and passwords. As more people and their devices are connected online, authenticating their identities beyond the password has never been more important.

ForgeRock develops software that helps to make sure users are who they say they are so we don’t have to just rely on a password. ForgeRock helps customers verify digital identities by examining behavior because behavior can’t be stolen.

And, they don’t just verify an identity when the user first logs in; they do this continuously throughout the session. Because even after a user’s identity is verified, it can be compromised and hacked.

ForgeRock verifies the digital identities of people, devices, services and things because everything connected to the network needs a trusted digital identity. And once you trust the authenticity of an identity, you can safely share information and build trusted digital relationships.

AppDynamics - CEO - Jyoti-BansalAppDynamics uses application intelligence to monitor the software you use for work and for pleasure, and ensures that problems are detected before customers are effected. For example, you don’t want the driver to lose track of you while waiting for an Uber, and with AppDynamics monitoring each line of code within the app to identify performance issues, you can be sure there will be no hiccups in your service.

 Reflektion is revolutionizing digital commerce by tracking shopper intent in real time, understanding what is important to you, as you shop. Reflektion continuously adapts to help you find what you need and want, increasing your shopping satisfaction on websites such as Converse, The Walt Disney Company, and O’Neill Clothing.

Here at 10Fold, we value the ingenuity of these businesses and appreciate the conveniences they have created for the way we all work and live.  We celebrate each of them on our weekly “Make a Difference Monday”  huddle, when our account managers explain the innovations changing the face of the technology industry.

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