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As the novel coronavirus has reminded us, preventing a pandemic is a race between the spread of the disease and efforts to develop an effective vaccine. Even a disease such as the one that is now ravaging parts of China, with about a two percent fatality rate, could potentially kill millions if not contained in time. Think about the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 20 million people worldwide before it burned itself out. ZME Science suggests that AI will play an increasing role in identifying and tracking the progress of diseases such as coronavirus, the better to contain the spread while researchers create a vaccine. This would work by having public health ...
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by @Gordon Leary AI, or Artificial Intelligence , is not that scary machine that you saw in that movie last night. AI uses algorithms and data to solve problems , or find answers . Through continued use of these algorithms, we amass more data, and make our machines smarter, and deliver better business results . AI is used in many aspects of our lives today – from search engines to recommendation engines to digital assistants, to weather forecasting – AI is part of our lives, and it is now even more accessible for businesses than ever before AI has many forms, of which machine learning is what we are most familiar with today. Machine learning consists of ...
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The desktop computer industry is giving way to more convenient ways of computing — mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Convenience is a good thing but generally, it can give way to security caveats. Whether the business or nonbusiness user takes advantage of the devices, there are some points to keep in mind when using them. Complacency tends to sneak in for the duration of mobile device use, depending on the general usage. Another more common danger is that mobile devices can be lost or stolen relatively easy. It’s a computer hacker’s pastime to set up WiFi access points — requiring no password — in order to obtain a connection to a victim’s ...
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When the internet became more user-friendly in the mid to late 90’s, it opened the door to various security caveats ⁠— a criminal’s honeypot. The world connected via routers, servers, and computers is now a primary target for those looking to exploit   data theft  ⁠ —   a craft   by which well-informed and expert computers users utilize a combination of various skills, knowledge, and tools to steal and/or compromise data stored on computers. Stolen data is used for a variety of purposes such as identity theft, political gain, financial crimes, and sometimes for merely stroking the ego. Footprinting , a term used by the IT industry to define methods ...
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As a young i professional, I have found that attending conferences is both a daunting and exhilarating experience. You usually feel more exhilaration from all the learning than you do daunted by the experience of trying to find sessions that will be a challenge for you while also at a level where you can understand the concepts that were thrown at you. Unfortunately, you have to figure out which sessions to take before you can feel the exhilaration of education. I am hoping to ease a little bit of that stress and point out several sessions that would be good to attend if you are just starting your career or are new to the platform. All speakers’ work ...
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Thank you, yet again, for your name suggestions. We loved reading them and hope you do too! Newsletter Name Suggestions: CONNECT Common Bytes Commoner Newsletter COMMON News Common Exchange Common Knowledge COMMON Unite iScoop iConnect Common Network iConnector COMMON Place Sensor The COMMONER Blurb Com Cast COMMON Sense COMMON PUBL-i-CATION CONPOST iConnect PowerConnect NowiKnow2 COMMON Sense iConnect Power News BiWLetter Connector Interesto COMMONEWS The Power of i PowerUp Systems JSYK (JUST SO YOU KNOW) Common Now! Un-Common Update Power Connector COM.News COMMONSense Common Connect News COMMON Newsletter Print400 POWERUP The COMMON Thread COMMON Newsletter ...
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Thank you everyone who submitted suggestions for the renaming of the community’s newsletter and digital magazine. We loved all your suggestions but had to narrow it down. For those of you who are curious to see the full list, click here and enjoy! Vote below for your favorite newsletter and digital magazine name. Select ONLY your first choice option. Thank you for voting! The new names will be announced shortly. If you have any questions regarding the new name campaign, please contact COMMON’s Marketing Coordinator, Anna Marrah . #PressRelease
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Artificial intelligence has been used in many applications, ranging from finance to healthcare. According to Geek.Com . AI has entered the realm of sports. AI has already performed analyses of athletic performance and has even been used in sports nutrition. However, artificial intelligence has been used to create an entirely new sport called Speedgate AKQA used data from 400 popular sports and an algorithm to create 10 possible outdoor pastimes. After field-testing the results, Speedgate made the cut. Speed gate is played on a field with two “gates” on either end and a circle in the middle. Two teams of six people, three forwards and three defenders, ...
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President’s Corner

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For the past week, I have been in Berlin, Germany, participating in the 2019 COMMON Europe Congress (CEC). For me, it was truly one of the hottest conferences I have attended in some time, with temperatures soaring into the 90’s. The venue was a hotel in the heart of Berlin with a spectacular 7-story high fish tank in the middle of the hotel atrium, complete with many varieties of fish and plant life with an elevator down the center for viewing. As I am always interested in how other engineers patch things together with baling wire and paperclips, I was fascinated that they had applied duct tape to seal said aquarium in the hotel lobby and not a drop of water ...
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Data Protection

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The duration that a business’ operations are interrupted at any given time by various complications and unforeseen circumstances will be determined by how prepared the business is in dealing with them. Some unforeseen causes of downtime in small and medium-sized businesses include but are not limited to fire, floods, illegal computer hacking, earthquakes, terrorism, and broken equipment. Whatever the case, the IT industry sets standards for how to prepare for business downtime in the wake of the disturbances. Any business serious about preparing for downtime and disasters should have what’s called a DRP — Disaster Recovery Plan . The following is a basic ...
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POWERUp 2019 Advanced Program

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Want a glimpse of what is coming at POWERUp 2019? Check out the Advanced Program for details of what you can expect at this year’s spring conference. Download POWERUp2019 » #Event
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Recently, the Verge sat down with Dr. Eric Topol , who recently published a book entitled “Deep Medicine,” which examines how artificial intelligence will change healthcare. Dr. Topol presented the following insights: Artificial intelligence will not replace doctors. Patients will still appreciate the human touch when it comes to getting health care. Also, AI can have glitches or get hacked, so human doctors will have to check the Ai’s diagnosis, sort of like seeking a second opinion in the same office. AI will be able to solve a long-standing problem that doctors face, which is the time they must spend analyzing data from patients, especially from new ...
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Artificial intelligence promises to radically transform the economy, perhaps faster than any technological revolution in history. According to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute , AI could add $13 trillion to global wealth by 2030, which is equivalent to an additional 1.2 percent of growth per year. However, this brings up an important question: how should organizations integrate artificial intelligence technology into their operations? One possible solution is to decentralize the process by allowing data to be analyzed by each individual machine or on a local server. This brings AI closer to the “edge”–meaning closer to the source of the data, ...
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Next Generation - Part 4

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CEF (COMMON Education Foundation) CEF is a group within the IBM i community that supports students interested in pursuing IT careers. This organization should not be overlooked when looking for new employees. CEF’s mission provides insight: As technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, so does the demand for IT professionals. This growing need presents an unprecedented opportunity for students to embark on an educational track to prepare them for a professional career in Information Technology. The COMMON Education Foundation (CEF) is providing pathways to engage and educate a new generation of IT talent. One of CEF’s primary missions ...
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Cloud services and technology originated as storage solutions for businesses but have advanced greatly in the past few years to include options such as cloud-based email, servers, applications, and desktops. These new cloud technologies can benefit your business by providing an updated IT infrastructure that’s secure yet offers the ease of obtaining your business data quickly and efficiently. Continue reading to learn more about a few new ways cloud technology is being introduced in today’s business world. Cloud-Based Data Backup and Business Continuity One of the new ways cloud-based technology is being used is providing data backup for businesses. ...
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The Next Generation – Part 2

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Guest Blogger – Laura Ubelhor Read Part 1 of this series in the December 2018 issue of COMMON.CONNECT. Local User Groups When looking for recruits, don’t overlook local user groups. There are many local IBM i user groups across the country, bringing together community members and students. They provide opportunities such as student activities, competitions, and local conferences. Events often feature students and a career information exchange. Because user groups encourage student growth and introduce the foundations needed for a strong IT career, they are great to reach out to when looking for new IT talent. If you don’t have a group in your local ...
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The Next Generation – Part 3

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Guest Blogger – Laura Ubelhor Connecting with Colleges Working with colleges to scout out upcoming talent is another great way to bring the next generation onboard. However, as there are so many schools that offer IT programs, it can be difficult to narrow down your search. IBM and the COMMON Education Foundation offer resources to help focus your search and enhance your results. There are many colleges across the country that include IBM i curriculum, and IBM will help you discover them. To find universities offering this curriculum in your area, visit the IBM i Academic Initiative website . Choose the “Participating schools” link in the right-side toolbar, ...
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The problem of bias in hiring remains acute. Few businesses today deliberately discriminate in their hiring practices. Yet a recent meta-study (a comprehensive review of multiple studies) reveals that hiring discrimination against blacks and Latinos has not significantly improved over the past 25 years. As the Financial Times notes in a recent article , “Bias in the hiring process is prevalent and hard to eradicate.” Often the issue is not intentional discrimination, but the adverse impact of the unconscious biases we all have. The term “adverse impact” relates to employment practices that may on the surface seem fair and objective, but that actually ...
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