Learn about the impact of artificial intelligence and the opportunities it presents for the accountancy profession. In our report Artificial intelligence and the future of accountancy, Kirstin Gillon, from ICAEW’s IT Faculty, looks at the rise of artificial intelligence, its impact on the accountancy profession and how it can be utilised by accountants.
By Mark Rowland With cyber security a bigger issue than ever before, firm’s “penetration testing” teams are working to stay one step ahead of the criminals. For most companies, “air gapping” a computer – disconnecting it from all networks and restricting USB use – is the height of security. But even a completely unconnected machine… Read More How accountants are out-hacking the hackers
By Steve Lewis PwC has created a big data model for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice that aims to identify youths at risk of offending so they can be set on a better life path. While its title would be right at home in the newspeak of George Orwell’s 1984, New Zealand’s Whole-of-Population Micro-Simulation… Read More Fighting crime with statistics
By Yan Barcelo Smartphones and apps are designed to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. People might joke about being addicted to their smartphones, but it’s not really a joking matter. According to CBS News, tech giants in Silicon Valley deliberately design phones, apps and social media to get people hooked — a process many programmers… Read More Brain hacking
China’s technology start-up sector is making the country a global hotspot for venture capital investments. Nicky Burridge finds out how Chinese start-ups are increasingly stepping out of Silicon Valley’s shadow. Caught in the rain without an umbrella? No problem. You can hire one with a few swipes of your mobile phone. Sharing E Umbrella, which… Read More The tech start-up boom
While bitcoin attracted negative publicity in its early days, virtual currency networks such as blockchain and Ethereum have the potential to change the world. By Emmet Kelly Picture the scene: a locker room with an infinite number of lockers in a public place. Anyone can wander by. There are windows on each of the lockers… Read More Blockchain: a ledger you can bank on