This article was originally published as a TechRepublic cover story. Marcus Hall was nine years old when he first drove a tractor on his family's sprawling Iowa farm, eschewing Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars for long rides on heavy machinery. Growing up on a multigenerational family farm is common in an agricultural state like Iowa, where nearly 27 million acres are devoted to cropland--out of the 35 million acres that make up the state. For many, the experience ties them to the earth. The sense of freedom in an open field entices each season. Hall grew up with all the trappings of a future farmer, but a penchant for technology led him down a more experimental path--to the test farm of ag equipment giant John Deere. As manager of the test farm, Hall gets to run field trials of John Deere's high-tech farm equipment before it goes to market. It's the proverbial dream job for a self-described farm boy. "I just enjoy being out on the tractor," says Hall. "Plus, it's fun … [Read more...] about How self-driving tractors, AI, and precision agriculture will save us from the impending food crisis
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Weapons ByAdam Satariano Oct. 19, 2018 LONDON — An autonomous missile under development by the Pentagon uses software to choose between targets. An artificially intelligent drone from the British military identifies firing points on its own. Russia showcases tanks that don’t need soldiers inside for combat. A.I. technology has for years led military leaders to ponder a future of warfare that needs little human involvement. But as capabilities have advanced, the idea of autonomous weapons reaching the battlefield is becoming less hypothetical. The possibility of software and algorithms making life-or-death decisions has added new urgency to efforts by a group called the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots that has pulled together arms control advocates, humans rights groups and … [Read more...] about Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?
Hint: It won't involve a college degree. Nikolai Kuznetsov Published 8:30 am, Monday, June 25, 2018 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images How You Can Build a Career in Blockchain 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In the past 18 months, blockchain has leaped onto the world stage and presented itself as the next-generation solution for many of the tech sector's most pressing problems. It's received influential endorsements from government leaders, industry titans and ambitious entrepreneurs in an unprecedented acknowledgment of the technology's prowess. Related: The Cryptocurrency Job Market Is Exploding (Infographic) To be sure, they aren't wrong. Blockchain, which was first developed to account for the popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is now one of the … [Read more...] about How You Can Build a Career in Blockchain
Source: IBMIn the latest twist to "data warehouse in a box" saga, IBM is taking the wraps off its Cloud Private for Data (a.k.a., ICP for Data) offering that it first announced back in March at Think. IBM promises in the new release to offer a private cloud platform that goes well beyond data warehousing to support advanced data science and data engineering as well. It will be available as software on an IBM turnkey product and through clusters running natively on Red Hat OpenShift container application platform as well. The latter is key to connecting to the IBM WebSphere installed base - they don't have to buy a separate cluster to take advantage of the new capabilities.ICP for Data blends and reengineers a mix of IBM tools and platforms into a cloud-native container and microservices architecture that runs with Kubernetes orchestration. It's safe to say that ICP for Data is cloud buzzword-compliant.It will tie in multiple data stores including the well-known Db2, which offers the … [Read more...] about IBM releases Cloud Private for Data
Seagate has reported net income of $381 million, or 63 cents per share, on revenue of $2.8 billion for the third quarter of the financial year. This was down slightly from last quarter's $2.9 billion in revenue, but up from the $2.67 billion announced this time last year by the storage provider. "Seagate achieved our second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth and exceeded our financial performance expectations for the March quarter, through solid execution and strong demand for our mass storage products," Seagate CEO Dave Mosley said. "Looking ahead, the growing data age demand on storage, combined with consistent investment in our leading storage technology platforms and efficient operational capabilities, will continue to drive economic value for customers." So far for the year, Seagate has recorded $8.349 billion in revenue, compared to $8.365 billion recorded for the first nine months of last year. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter to March 30 was … [Read more...] about Seagate records $381m Q3 net income