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  • How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer Crunch Network

    How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer

    As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of the day, the need for computing resources is growing at a fast pace. So how can we make a more economic and efficient use of all the computing power that’s going to waste? Read More

  • Will technology prevent the next food shortage crisis? Crunch Network

    Will technology prevent the next food shortage crisis?

    According to scientists, the answer to an impending food shortage might be found in a new age of digital technologies that have proven their worth in different fields and have the potential to transform agriculture and food production and meet the consumption needs of the growing human population before we’re driven to eat cockroaches — or worse, each other. Read More

  • How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks Crunch Network

    How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks

    Imagine a computing platform that would have no single point of failure and would be resilient to the cyberattacks that are making the headlines these days. This is the promise behind blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and challenges the traditional server/client paradigm. Read More

  • Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain Crunch Network

    Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain

    At the time of its inception some two centuries ago, the supply chain was a revolutionary idea that would improve visibility and control on goods and products as they moved from point A to point B. But the old concept and technology can no longer support today’s production and supply cycles. Hopefully, the supply chain problem can be remedied with blockchain. Read More

  • Why it’s so hard to create unbiased artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Why it’s so hard to create unbiased artificial intelligence

    As AI and machine learning mature and manifest their potential to take on complicated tasks, we’ve become somewhat expectant that robots can succeed where humans have failed — namely, in putting aside personal biases when making decisions. But like all disruptive technologies, machine learning has its own set of unexpected challenges. Read More

  • How to facilitate the path to brownfield IoT development Crunch Network

    How to facilitate the path to brownfield IoT development

    As the Internet of Things evolves toward becoming one of the fastest expanding sectors in the tech industry, a lot of focus is being given to greenfield development, the process of creating new devices from scratch. The greater potential lies in brownfield development, the integration of connectivity and data collection into things and designs that already exist. Read More

  • The darker side of machine learning Crunch Network

    The darker side of machine learning

    While machine learning is introducing innovation and change to many sectors, it also is bringing trouble and worries to others. One of the most worrying aspects of emerging machine learning technologies is their invasiveness on user privacy. Read More

  • What it takes to secure the elections Crunch Network

    What it takes to secure the elections

    While virtually every industry and domain is flourishing and being revolutionized by technological advances, more than three-quarters of U.S. citizens will vote for their next president on paper ballots this November. Read More

  • How blockchain can change the music industry Crunch Network

    How blockchain can change the music industry

    Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends. The blockchain has drawn the attention of investors and professionals in different industries, and is now showing promising signs to change the music industry. Read More

  • What makes IoT ransomware a different and more dangerous threat? Crunch Network

    What makes IoT ransomware a different and more dangerous threat?

    Ransomware has already managed to carve itself a niche as one of the main cybersecurity threats of 2016. As individuals, organizations and government agencies, we’re taking precautionary steps to protect ourselves against malware that can encrypt files beyond our reach. What we’re ignoring though, is the next wave of ransomware attacks, which will not target our files, but rather… Read More

  • How IoT adopters can make efficient use of their data Crunch Network

    How IoT adopters can make efficient use of their data

    The adoption of IoT technology can provide companies with unprecedented opportunities to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and tap into new markets previously inaccessible. But that won’t happen when IoT data gathers dust in the cloud. Read More

  • How blockchain will grow beyond bitcoin Crunch Network

    How blockchain will grow beyond bitcoin

    Since its advent in 2009, bitcoin’s decentralized, broker-less and secure mechanism to send money across the world has steadily risen in popularity and adoption. Of equal — if not greater — importance is the blockchain, the technology that supports the cryptocurrency, the distributed ledger which enables trustless, peer-to-peer exchange of data. Every day, new companies… Read More

  • How virtual reality is transforming the sports industry Crunch Network

    How virtual reality is transforming the sports industry

    After a failed stint in the 1990s, virtual reality made its reappearance last year with headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. But this time, it’s here to stay and, in less than a year, it’s already drawn attention and investment from venture capitalists and tech giants such as Facebook, and has made huge impact across a great many industries… Read More

  • How data science fights modern insider threats Crunch Network

    How data science fights modern insider threats

    Insider threats are the biggest cybersecurity threats to firms, organizations and government agencies. This is something you hear a lot at security conference keynotes and read about in data breach reports, whitepapers and surveys — and these insider threats are becoming increasingly more difficult to detect and prevent, as well as more frequent. Read More

  • How to prevent your IoT devices from being forced into botnet bondage Crunch Network

    How to prevent your IoT devices from being forced into botnet bondage

    With more and more unguarded IoT devices becoming connected to the internet every day, malicious bot lords are having an easier time conscripting new recruits into their undyingly loyal armies of zombie machines — and their next target can be your smart fridge, light bulb, kettle or door lock. Here’s what you need to know about IoT botnets and what can be done to fight this… Read More

  • How fog computing pushes IoT intelligence to the edge Crunch Network

    How fog computing pushes IoT intelligence to the edge

    As the Internet of Things evolves into the Internet of Everything and expands its reach into virtually every domain, high-speed data processing, analytics and shorter response times are becoming more necessary than ever. Meeting these requirements is somewhat problematic through the current centralized, cloud-based model powering IoT systems, but can be made possible through fog computing. Read More

  • How predictive analytics discovers a data breach before it happens Crunch Network

    How predictive analytics discovers a data breach before it happens

    Cybersecurity experts are constantly trying to keep pace with changes in the volatile landscape of IT security. Despite sophisticated tools and solutions, every IT security officer knows that data breaches eventually happen — and they usually go undetected for a long time. What if we could stay ahead of threat actors and predict their next attack before they take their first… Read More

  • Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity Crunch Network

    Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity

    Most of us think of website hacks as illicit activities aimed at siphoning critical information or disrupting the business of website owners. But what happens when your site becomes hacked, not for the purpose of harming you but rather to further the ends of other parties? Most likely, the attackers would manage to feed off your resources and reputation for months or years without being… Read More

  • How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer Crunch Network

    How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer

    The transportation industry is associated with high maintenance costs, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are losing their lives to car accidents and road disasters every year. Hopefully, this problem can be addressed by the Internet of Things and machine learning, two technologies that are taking the world by storm. Read More

  • Exploiting machine learning in cybersecurity Crunch Network

    Exploiting machine learning in cybersecurity

    While more and more jobs are being forfeited to robots and artificial intelligence, is it conceivable to convey to machines a responsibility as complicated as cybersecurity? The topic is being hotly debated by security professionals, with strong arguments on both ends of the spectrum. In the meantime, tech firms and security vendors are looking for ways to add this hot technology to their… Read More