One Degree News Brief … October 26, 2017

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A Strategist’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence

As the conceptual side of computer science becomes practical and relevant to business, companies must decide what type of AI role they should play.

Jeff Heepke knows where to plant corn on his 4,500-acre farm in Illinois because of artificial intelligence (AI). He uses a smartphone app called Climate Basic, which divides Heepke’s farmland (and, in fact, the entire continental U.S.) into plots that are 10 meters square. The app draws on local temperature and erosion records, expected precipitation, soil quality, and other agricultural data to determine how to maximize yields for each plot. If a rainy cold front is expected to pass by, Heepke knows which areas to avoid watering or irrigating that afternoon. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted, this use of artificial intelligence across the industry has produced the largest crops in the country’s history.


Launching Apple 2.0

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include the reinvention of Apple as the successful destroyer of artificial industry boundaries, the birth of continental instant communications, the Internet and Internet advertising, and of the newsreel, today’s social media.

 Steve Jobs introduces the iPod at a special event at Apple’s headquarters, telling the assembled reporters “This is a major, major breakthrough.”


Are big changes on tap for P&G’s digital strategy?

Proctor & Gamble (P&G) announced its Q1 earnings report for fiscal year 2018 with a 1% increase in both net and organic sales year-over-year, a 10% increase in net earnings per share and a 6% increase in core earnings per share, as detailed in a company news release.
The results were a mixed bag because, despite surpassing earnings estimates, P&G failed to meet sales expectations. The company’s stock dropped Friday on the news, CNBC reported. The sales shortfall was blamed mostly on P&G’s Gillette razor business, which is facing growing competition from digital-first brands like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club.


12 surprising mobile technology statistics enterprises can take into 2018

The new year is right around the corner. Reflecting on the top mobile technology trends over the past 12 months reveals significant changes in how individuals connect with mobile at home and at work.

In many ways, 2017 has been the year mobility reached some major tipping points. Recent studies on mobility adoption, app trends and security reveal a changing mobile climate. Users are spending more time on video and demanding more personalized experiences if they’re comfortable sharing their data with brands. IT security professionals understand that between social engineering-based threats and the IoT, mobile security is more serious than ever before.


 

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