iotTech Titans Join Forces to Promote IoT Standards

This is a truly amazing development in the modern tech history: Apple, Google and Amazon are teaming up to promote standards for the Internet of Things.

Apple Inc.Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc. -- three of the biggest smart-home and voice-assistant providers -- are joining forces to make internet-connected homes easier to set up and safer to use,” write Mark Gurman and Gerrit De Vynck of Bloomberg News. “The rivals announced Wednesday that they’re working with the Zigbee Alliance, a foundation that promotes standards for the Internet of Things, and its members including Samsung Electronics Co., Somfy SA and IKEA, on a new standard that will ensure their products work with one another.”

Frankly, this is great news. Despite the efforts of lots of smart and good-hearted people, the Internet of Things remains a confusing tangle of competing standards and incompatible systems. I welcome the establishment of unversal standards which will lead to higher levels of interoperability, more transparency, less uncertainty and greater safety for all of us.

russiaRussia Plays Catch-Up in Quantum Computing

Evidently, Russia does not want to be left behind in the race for quantum computing leadership. After sitting on the sidelines for years, Russia has joined the field of competitors, which includes China, Germany and the U.S.

“Russia has launched an effort to build a working quantum computer, in a bid to catch up to other countries in the race for practical quantum technologies,” writes Quirin Schiermeier of Nature. “The government will inject around 50 billion roubles (US$790 million) over the next 5 years into basic and applied quantum research carried out at leading Russian laboratories … The windfall is part of a 258-billion-rouble programme for research and development in digital technologies, which the Kremlin has deemed vital for modernizing and diversifying the Russian economy.”

future techFuture Tech May Be More Transformational Than Ever Before

Will the future be even stranger than we can possibly imagine? That’s the essential question posed in this excellent article by Eric Mack of CNET.

“The decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas like hooking brains up to computers -- and even immortality -- become topics of serious conversation,” he writes. “Vivek Wadhwa, author of the 2017 book The Driver in the Driverless Car, expects that along the way, several other major advances will be in common use by 2030, including the ever-delayed flying car, medical tricorders, bionic exoskeletons and unlimited clean energy.”

From my perspective, I’m definitely ready for flying cars and unlimited clean energy. What’s your opinion? Let me know, thanks!