They’ve been giving out Nobel prizes all week, but where’s the category for “AI technology that makes Zoom calls better”? In this week's quick reads, you can get the scoop on a potential frontrunner for when they add that category next year. Plus: Get the latest on the IoT, a major 5G player hiding in plain sight, and a trillion dollars' worth of inefficiency waiting to be reclaimed in the energy industry.
- Thanks to some AI magic from NVIDIA, you may soon start to hear the following phrase slightly less often: “Sorry, Zoom is freezing up on me.”
- Microsoft’s IoT Signals Report joins the chorus documenting how COVID-19 has significantly driven acceleration of IoT adoption in 2020.
- The US Postal Service has over 31,000 owned or leased real estate facilities, within a 1-mile radius of 44 million people. Some speculate that adds up to a major 5G opportunity. (Oh, they have a few trucks and some field personnel, too.)
- If you’re going to bandy about the phrase “petro-Darwinism,” be prepared to back it up with a juicy statistic or two. Such as: There’s somewhere “between $500 billion and $1 trillion in trapped value from inefficiencies in global oil and gas.” Standardizing data practices and injecting intelligence into the enterprise can help release those trapped inefficiencies (ka-ching!) says one Forbes contributor.
- The concept of “process mining” has started to move from academia to the board room. The author of The AI Advantage offers an overview in the Harvard Business Review.
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