Welcome to our biweekly selection of business IT innovation news. Created using our own opinionated selection and summary algorithm. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world better.
1 Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?
Alarming paper on economic growth. And based on data from the pre COVID-19 period. Economic growth arises from people creating ideas. Generally, everywhere we look we find that ideas, and the exponential growth they imply, are getting harder to find. Our robust finding is that research productivity is falling sharply everywhere we look.
2 Monitoring the COVID-19 Crisis From Space
Nighttime light emissions data, a novel class of remote sensing data, measures the total amount of light produced at night in a given region. A comparison of nighttime light emissions in Beijing and several surrounding cities showed a marked reduction in light emissions almost a week before the start of the Jan. 23-24 quarantines in Hubei Province. Several prior studies have had even stronger predictive results, using light emissions to quantify local economic activity, local levels of income, and electricity usage. We have found that satellite nighttime light emissions data is particularly effective at quantifying the economic and social impact of COVID-19. Satellite-based remote sensing data is able to capture this reduction across an entire region at the same point in time.
3 How to store data forever
RAID gets more creative with three or more hard drives, utilizing parity , which allows it to reconstruct the contents of failed hard drives from still-online drives. As someone who has been often maligned by the disappearance of my data for various reasons — companies going under, hard drive failure, etc — and as someone who is responsible for the safekeeping of other people’s data, I’ve put a lot of thought into solutions for long-term data retention. I couldn’t find any hard data, but anecdotally, 4 out of 5 microSD cards I’ve used have experienced failures resulting in permanent data loss. With two hard drives (RAID1), for example, it utilizes mirroring, which writes the same data to both disks. With software RAID, the hard drives are portable between machines and you can always interpret the data with general purpose software.
4 Inevitable Bugs
Bugs are inevitable if you do not have the right set of tools or the right set of people. So the scope of the question was narrowed to high- impact bugs that need to be found in project time. Unless pipelines are of sufficient depth and the requirements for a bug to appear involve the injection of asynchronous events, then bugs should be considered disappointing, not inevitable.
5 Privacy Norms and the Pandemic
Could we actually use this moment to set new and better norms for privacy? ### What are we worried about? The rallying of the privacy and data governance communities has me cautiously hopeful that we could go in the opposite direction. Governments don’t get access to any of the contact data, striking a balance between public health and privacy. This comic explains the concept better than I can. And, amidst the rush to tech solutions, is this all downside for privacy and data governance, or is there an upside? The conversation about privacy and the pandemic — and about the idea of digital contact tracing in particular — has shifted a great deal in the last few weeks.
6 Open Science against COVID-19: how Zenodo and OpenAIRE support the scientists
Finally, Zenodo’s home page has been revamped to make sure that COVID-19 research objects and communities get the necessary visibility. Intended to be used beyond the high-energy physics community, Zenodo taps into CERN’s long-standing tradition and know-how in sharing and preserving scientific knowledge for the benefit of all. The community content, which is automatically fed into the OpenAIRE Open Research Gateway, is currently under development by OpenAIRE and will result in a single point of entry for all research results and other useful resources for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and SARS-CoV-2.
9 Digital transformation: 6 keys to success now
Applying a little emotional intelligence can make a world of difference in reaching your team goals, especially in these trying times. Six principles are presented in this article that can help your organization to be stronger and more competitive. These principles are almost identical like ours…
10 Manager’s Playbook: Heuristics for effective management
An opinionated Manager’s Playbook on “Heuristics for effective management”. Focussed on development of IT products.
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