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    Just the Fun Stuff – News of the Week, 6/23/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Jun 23, 2017 6:53:00 AM
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    Unsplash_RosanHarmens_MadridIowa_crop.jpgNext week, we’re off to Cisco Live! in Las Vegas, so it seems like a good time to highlight some of the fun news from the past week - from toymakers and bots, to science fact that reads like science fiction.

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    Beyond Barbie: Mattel Plans Digital Transformation 

    Ad Age | It’s all fun and games – or maybe a “future-proofed kid-experience company”, as this piece on Mattel’s new CEO and digital transformation plans explains. They’re exploring ways to revamp supply chain and cut bureaucracy too, but the focus on connected toys and interactive activities is clear.

    At AI Bot Startups, Cool Kids Rule 

    TechCrunch | Joanna Glasner has some pithy observations on the prevalence of preppy names for AI-powered chat bots – but the real message is the prevalence of companies making AI-powered chat bots! A lot of the activity is in venture-backed startups, which means that the smart money is on this market exploding in the next few years. As she states in the article, it’ll be interesting to see which of these “kids” grow up to be household names.

    Graphene-Based Computer would be 1,000 Times Faster than Silicon-Based, Use 100th the Power 

    Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence | On to a different kind of fun, a multi-University team of researchers working with graphene ribbons has discovered that applying a magnetic field changes the resistance of current flowing through the ribbon – which opens up the possibility of building a cascading series of these ribbons into graphene transistor based logic circuits. Of course, there are many technical challenges to overcome before this technology becomes commercially available. But for those who doubt, just think back to the state of computer hardware fifty years ago!

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    Topics: Industry News, Cisco