What we all missed in UiPath’s latest IPO filing

Robotic process automation platform UiPath filed its first S-1/A this week, setting an initial price range for its shares. The numbers were impressive, if slightly disappointing because what UiPath indicated in terms of its potential IPO value was a lower valuation than it earned during its final private fundraising. It’s hard to say that a company […]

Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI

Back in November, the computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton had a hunch. After a half-century’s worth of attempts—some wildly successful—he’d arrived at another promising insight into how the brain works and how to replicate its circuitry in a computer. “It’s my current best bet about how things fit together,” Hinton says from his […]

Brislen on Tech: We choose to be poor

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Callaghan’s fascinating presentation “Mapping our future” and about New Zealand’s economic opportunity. I first saw a somewhat refined version of his presentation at a TUANZ even in 2011. It so upset the man from the rural sector who followed him that all he could do was stand up […]

NZ Excellence in IT Awards: Nominations now open

We’re super excited to announce that nominations are now open for the NZ Excellence in IT Awards, the awards that recognise the people making such a difference in tech. The New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards are sector-wide awards recognising the individuals and teams who have truly excelled in our industry. While other awards focus […]

US government strikes back at Kremlin for SolarWinds hack campaign

Enlarge (credit: Matt Anderson Photography/Getty Images) US officials on Thursday formally blamed Russia for backing one of the worst espionage hacks in recent US history and imposed sanctions designed to mete out punishments for that and other recent actions. In a joint advisory, the National Security Agency, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency said […]

The $1 billion Russian cyber company that the US says hacks for Moscow

The hackers at Positive Technologies are undeniably good at what they do. The Russian cybersecurity firm regularly publishes highly-regarded research, looks at cutting edge computer security flaws, and has spotted vulnerabilities in networking equipment, telephone signals, and electric car technology.  But American intelligence agencies have concluded that this $1 billion company—which is headquartered in Moscow, […]

Building a high-performance data and AI organization

CxOs and boards recognize that their organization’s ability to generate actionable insights from data, often in real-time, is of the highest strategic importance. If there were any doubts on this score, consumers’ accelerated flight to digital in this past crisis year have dispelled them. To help them become data driven, companies are deploying increasingly advanced […]

Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data.

The future of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine remains in limbo after an advisory panel recommended taking a deeper look into reports of rare—and sometimes fatal—side effects. The US Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration advised suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, after reports that six […]

100 million more IoT devices are exposed—and they won’t be the last

Enlarge (credit: Elena Lacey) Over the last few years, researchers have found a shocking number of vulnerabilities in seemingly basic code that underpins how devices communicate with the Internet. Now, a new set of nine such vulnerabilities are exposing an estimated 100 million devices worldwide, including an array of Internet-of-things products and IT management servers. […]