Week Ending: December 15th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Another week closer to December 25th and offices across the globe are getting into the Christmas spirit by donning Christmas jumpers and heading out for their annual Christmas party.

Unless you work in a small business, it’s likely that you’re going to speak with colleagues you don’t usually interact with every day, at the fabled work Christmas party. For that, you’ll need a few topics of conversation up your sleeve. You’ve come to the right place.

AI will be the creator of jobs

Every week there seems to be a new scaremongering story about how Artificial Intelligence will be the end of times. This week we’re sure there’s headlines a plenty from figures warning us about what AI could become capable of, however this week we’ve got a positive AI story for you!

Gartner has revealed that by 2020 AI will create rather than eradicate. The researcher stresses that fears about AI taking jobs does not take into consideration the work it will create for humans. Healthcare, education and public sectors are all cited as those which will benefit from new roles created thanks to Artificial Intelligence. The recent research explains that significant innovations in the technology will complement many roles, meaning that the human workforce will continue to thrive.

Good news, AI is not stealing your job anytime soon!

Schools and military bases could be left without heating due to hackers

Hackers could target the military and pupils, researchers have warned, through security issues with heating systems. Sky News reported this week that vulnerable controllers have been improperly installed in schools and on military bases in the UK, as well as government buildings and some businesses.

Pen Test Partners, a partnership of high-end penetration testers explored the security of such systems, taking less than 10 seconds to discover over a thousand insecure systems that were accidentally connected to the internet - some had already been affected by malware.

So who’s to blame? Third party installers apparently who have not followed manufacturer security guidelines, potentially putting clients at risk.

With IoT security a hot topic this year, hopefully this research will bring about new measures to improve instalments and raise overall awareness of the importance of secure systems vital to establishments.

The dismantling of net neutrality laws

One of this week’s biggest talking points was net neutrality as Commissioner of the FCC, Ajit Pai, sought to dismantle current net neutrality laws.

Changes to net neutrality laws will affect things such as streaming speeds and how much companies can charge for services, meaning we could see providers control the speed of their network, favouring bigger companies that pay more to have faster running websites.

It’s an ethical discussion about the dissemination of content across the web and we’re yet to know the full effects. Rest assured, we’ll be covering the topic further in 2018.

For an in-depth look visit Information Age.

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