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About Laurence Cruz

Laurence Cruz is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. A U.K. transplant, he has worked as a reporter with The Associated Press in Seattle and as an environmental reporter for The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. He has a BA in English from Oxford and an MA in Communications from Washington State University. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

By Camilo Sanchez
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Getting from A to B on an increasingly crowded planet is becoming harder and more stressful. City streets are snarled with polluting traffic jams. Airport security checks add delays and angst to air travel. And travel by train, especially in car-crazy California, leaves much to be desired. All of which are arguments for tech billionaire Elon […]

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If you’re an automotive robot—one of those massive, steel arms that assemble cars with preternatural efficiency—you keep a grueling work schedule. Your typical workday is 22 hours, or two 11-hour shifts with a short break between each. And you often work seven days a week. No lunch breaks. No water-cooler chats about “Game of Thrones.” […]

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Major transitions in storytelling media are nothing new. In the 1920s, silent movies gave way to films with sound. In the 1940s and ’50s, televisions increasingly occupied the space in living rooms where radios once sat. With each transition, content creators struggled to adapt storytelling conventions to the new technology. There was much excitement, experimentation […]

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industrial internet
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et engines have always belonged in the clouds—but in the cloud? In fact, jet engines are just one of a slew of industrial machines that have gone, metaphorically speaking, airborne. That is, they have successfully transitioned from being sold as “things” to being sold “as-a-service,” managed and operated in the cloud. Dubbed the Industrial Internet […]

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Cloud Analytics
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Cloud adoption is on the rise and bringing significant benefits, and IT architects are becoming more sophisticated in how they think about cloud, but as of early 2015 relatively few companies have mature cloud strategies and many have no cloud strategy at all, according to a worldwide survey by tech research firm IDC. Nearly two-thirds […]

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Digitize or die. That’s the clarion call echoing through the business world as the Internet of Things and its next phase, the Internet of Everything, gather steam. Companies of all stripes are rushing to get with the program—or risk having the next Uber or Airbnb eat their lunch. Cities, too, are moving to digitize more and more of their operations, from smart […]

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Business Woman
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New eras call for new leadership roles. Back around 2000, Vice Presidents of eBusiness first appeared as companies migrated their business processes online. A decade later, Chief Data Officers and Chief Innovation Officers began springing up to seize the opportunities in big data. Today, as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off, some observers say […]

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At a construction site in Dubai near the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, a complex ballet unfolds. Hundreds of trucks come and go as 5,000 workers labor beneath 37 cranes to raise another skyscraper in this United Arab Emirates city. The potential for disaster is never far. According to OSHA, one in five workers killed […]

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Business advisor Brad Szollose remembers the career-changing moment he became fascinated in the Millennial generation. He and his wife were headed out to dinner and trying to get their 17-year-old nephew, Sebastian, to pull himself away from an online Rock Band game so he could join them. In the verbal tug-of-war that ensued, Szollose kept […]

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For most residents of developed countries, the ability to prove one’s identity is something that’s taken for granted. An entry-level rite of modern society, it enables a slew of transactions that would otherwise be out of reach—opening a bank account or getting a driver’s license, for example. Yet millions of people in developing countries remain […]

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Looking for the next great technology startup with disruptive potential? The recent Kairos Global Summit provided an embarrassment of riches. Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in beautiful Laguna Niguel, Calif., the private event brought together 350 of the world’s brightest college entrepreneurs from 43 countries. Most of the attendees are founders of ingenious startups solving real-world […]

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When the World Health Organization announced news of a rapidly evolving Ebola outbreak in Guinea, West Africa in March, an online tool run by experts in Boston had already flagged the disease nine days earlier. The openly available tool, dubbed HealthMap, had picked up the first public reports by local French media stations of events […]

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Anyone who has traveled the London Underground can appreciate the challenges of keeping such a beast running smoothly. The iconic transport system is massive, complex and old; it celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, making it the oldest subterranean railway network in the world. Nearly half of its 250 miles of track winds through a […]

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With its original story of a lonely man who falls in love with an operating system, writer-director Spike Jonze’s romantic comedy Her has delighted audiences and critics alike. But the Zeitgeist-capturing premise at the film’s core is an evolution of a sci-fi staple—the computer as ultimate personal assistant. What will the ultimate personal assistant look […]

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As the UK and the Balkans emerge from their wettest winter in over a century, debate is raging over how to respond to such patterns of extreme weather. But what if there was a way to predict floods and send detailed warnings directly to the people in harm’s way? A team of experts in the […]

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