The term resilience has been used during the Covid-19 pandemic to describe the levels of preparedness towards it, the ability to respond to it and the means to overcome the crisis. In recent years this term has also been gaining more and more traction in academic and public use with regards to the preparedness and rehabilitation from emergencies and in tandem penetrated a wide array of other domains (business, psychology, sociology, etc.). Despite its wide utilization in studies of emergency preparedness and management, the term resilience appears to lack the required accuracy and applicability. …


One of the rudimentary principles of software development is abstraction. Abstraction means how can we simplify the development of code and the ability to disregard various complexities and remove duplications. Each and every new programming language’s version or development environment provides more and more abstraction and simplifications. Each line of code written today can do much more than 5 years ago.

Developers are writing and building entire systems on their computers and development environments, but the code eventually needs to move “to production” and provide the customers with its business value. These production environments were, and are still, maintained by…


Across history, and pre-history, homo sapiens were weaker than their environment, and only by using superior cognitive abilities, and not relying just on the physical, they managed to overcome their enemies and adjust the environment to their needs, and them to the environment.

Actually, the move from being hunter-gatherers to agriculture made homo sapiens mainly use, and rely on, physical strength rather than their brain. But today, when technology has almost altogether relieved the need to use physical strength to complete a task, we are required to use our cognitive abilities.

In all cultures, and throughout history, since the agricultural…


For the first time we can see that in the last two years there is a technology that people from all ages and from all around the world are really scared of. This technology is artificial intelligence (AI), a technology and concept that was born more than 60 years ago with Alan Turing’s test, which we’ll come back to later.

The basic idea behind AI is the goal to create a computer program (the “artificial” part) that will be able to solve “problems”, which is achieved through a continuous learning process (the “intelligence” part). These problems may be any sort…


Artificial Intelligence is the most sought-after buzzword in organizations these days. Every enterprise is looking to understand what AI is and how to build an internal AI capability, but mainly there is a hunt for AI use cases that will bring value.

Prof. Andrew Ng (pronounced “Ying”) from Stanford university, former chief data scientist of Baidu, coined the phrase “AI is the new electricity.” From his perspective AI can revolutionize all industries in a similar way to the electrification process of the world. There is another similarity between AI and electricity and it is the time it took from the…


“We predict that in 10 years’ time 50% of all code globally will be written automatically by ML code.” — This statement was made last week by Jack Hidary from Google X in a session titled “AI: The new beginning”, which was co-hosted by Prof. Yossi Matias, VP engineering @Google.

The session was filled with eye opening statements, future predictions and teasers for the year to come.

Google X leads projects to save or improve lives of people around the world, and as such they only work on projects that have an impact on more than one billion people!

Their…


How can you know if your job will be digitalized, automated, or robotized? Start with this questionnaire.

There are three types of dislocations that may occur to almost any job on the planet — digitalization, automation, and robotization.

Digitalization refers to the digital transformation that engulfs nearly every industry today. “Digital” means the transformation of a physical interaction or activity into a purely virtual (digital) one. Amazon is one of the first real examples of the digital revolution. No need to go to a bookstore to buy a book; everything is done via browser and delivered to your home. Uber…


Confused koala discovers his home has been cut down (TreeHugger.com)

I think no one can argue that Koalas are among the cutest and most cuddly mammals on the face of the earth. Unfortunately, in recent decades their population has decreased by 80% in Australia, where they live. Even though organizations and the Australian government are trying to protect them, the Koala population continues to shrink. There are two main reasons for their disappearance — the first is deforestation in many parts of Australia that dramatically reduced the number of eucalyptus trees, on which the Koalas depend for food and safety.


Recent years have shown us that disruption comes without warning and changes the way we enjoy the evolving new digital world. For the vast majority of companies disruption is an external force that may take them out of business or coerce them to make extreme changes not in their terms. Some companies are aware of the new technologies that may disrupt them and the market, but as the change and decision is too painful they opt to wait it out. The prime example is Kodak who invented and patented the digital camera and even so went bankrupt because they couldn’t…


A year ago I got interested in the reasons behind the choice of locations of the public cloud data centers, and mainly those outside the US. Microsoft, Amazon, Google (and IBM up to a point) have built, or acquired, data centers throughout the world. I wanted to know why they chose these locations, but I dropped the issue.

Only after the switch in the US presidency did my interest in the subject rekindle. As it happened most of the CEO’s of these mega-companies publicly shared their view on politics and globalization, as the new executive branch started sharing their executive…

Tomer Simon, PhD

Futurist @ Amdocs. Technology & innovation evangelist. Emergency management expert. Risk & crisis comm researcher and lecturer.

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