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5 Big Highlights from Microsoft Build 2023

The annual conference for developers and those otherwise inclined is going on this week: Microsoft Build 2023. It’s hosted in Seattle and is available for attendees online as well, from May 23-25. This year is particularly salient with the new advancements in artificial intelligence and Microsoft’s partnering with OpenAI. If you aren’t able to attend…

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Using Power Apps as Technology for Wind Energy Components Supply

Making use of the best technology for wind energy is an exciting and important way to work toward a greener future. Wind energy companies around the world have turned to the supplier Baettr for over ten years for components they need to provide this clean energy. Baettr has a reputation for precision and is involved…

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Risk, Reward, Control and Morals: Responsibility in Industry and Finance

Risk is a necessary evil for anyone who wishes to gain a better-than-average return on their effort. When do risky behaviors become too risky? And, what moral hazards lie in risk-taking behaviors in pursuit of massive rewards? Part of general responsibility in industry and specifically in finance is the ability to recognize when risky behaviors…

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Imagine the Possibilities with Generative AI! 

Generative AI is clearly here for the long term. Although there are plenty of ethical issues surrounding the use of these tools, I’m going to have a little fun showing some of their possibilities. Hopefully this will, in turn, get you thinking how you can utilize (g)AI in your business, since both obvious and not-so-obvious…

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Could Quantum Materials Lead to Emergent Intelligence?

As technologies have advanced—and especially with the rapid rise of AI that’s happening now—we’re seeing incredible capabilities and the most human-like computer intelligence we’ve ever encountered. Unfortunately, those capabilities take a big toll on the environment, sucking up huge amounts of energy and water and leaving a big carbon footprint that we’d be wise not…

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It’s Not Biological, But AI’s Carbon Footprint and Thirst for Water are Astonishing

In recent months we’ve all been stunned by the rapid rate of AI development, particularly when ChatGPT became publicly available and then quickly led to the even more capable GPT-4, Microsoft’s integration of GPT into Bing, and the AI race between tech giants we’re seeing now. There’s lots of discussion about how this advancing technology…

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Technologies for Tackling Ocean Plastic Pollution

Every year, 8 to 10 million metric tons of plastic wind up in the ocean. Research suggests that by 2050, plastic in the sea will actually outweigh all the fish. This massive problem is ever-growing as plastic production continues to increase, while these items never degrade. Even plastic that has slowly broken down becomes microplastics…

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Your Microsoft 365 Copilot is Almost Here! Are You and Your Data Ready to Let it Shine?

The recent announcement of Microsoft 365 Copilot, an AI-enhanced productivity tool, promises to revolutionize the way we work by integrating advanced AI into everyday applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams. The impact of Copilot will be significant, with the potential to streamline workflows, improve efficiency, and save time. As organizations prepare to embrace…

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Why You Should be Thinking About Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Over recent years there’s been a growing awareness of the impact that businesses have on the world around them. Companies are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and good governance. ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) is a way to show this commitment, demonstrating it to customers and stakeholders while also…

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Automate Information Lifecycle Management for Compliance and Governance

The last of our four Compliance Accelerators is one that will help your organization automate information lifecycle management. It’s the final part of a well-structured process for good compliance and governance at your company. This follows our other three accelerators in this series: This final Compliance Accelerator takes all of the information and priorities established…

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Using a Compliance Accelerator to Satisfy Regulatory Compliance and Privacy Requirements

Our Compliance Accelerators are packaged services that guide organizations through governance and compliance, areas that are often daunting to businesses. After building an Information Governance Strategy and identifying sensitive data and risks in your organization, the third Accelerator is to help you satisfy regulatory compliance and privacy requirements. We leverage industry guidance and best practices to…

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Identify Sensitive Data​ and Risks in Your Organization with a Compliance Accelerator

Many companies today handle sensitive data and private information, and they therefore carry increased risk in the event of a data breach. It’s crucial to identify sensitive data and risks that come with that data, for good business practice as well as legal compliance. That’s not necessarily an easy thing for organizations to do, though.…