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The new standard for testing robot intelligence is setting them the task of assembling IKEA furniture. These robots are slow, careful, and successful, making them way better than humans at assembling an IKEA chair.
Robots Continue Attempting to Master Ikea Furniture Assembly.

The Australian Ageing Agenda reports that a New South Wales regional aged care provider is building a virtual reality driving simulator in one of its facilities, so older drivers in the community can practice driving without being on the road.
Provider developing a driving simulator for seniors.

We're pleased to announce Telephone Company One has joined our team. Graham's the man to call if you're having trouble connecting to the NBN!
Telephone Company One.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wiser Connections!
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On Thursday 21 September 2017 Sonya Weiser will be presenting a cyber security information session, hosted by the Eastside BEC. Don't miss out, book now.

Cyber security is in the news again. Unfortunately, many businesses large and small around the world have been targeted yet again by cyber criminals, who are demanding a ransom be paid to unlock encrypted files on servers. If you haven’t got the message yet, you must protect yourself from these attacks!
blog - ransomware attacks around the world

The Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIITC) has today released a roadmap for future technology in the aged care industry, citing the importance of supporting consumer choice and control. Prepared by the Flinders University Medical Device Research Institute on behalf of ACIITC, the report acknowledges three issues: population ageing that has never been experienced at the same level; the rapid development of new technologies; and, reform of the aged care sector that fundamentally changes the way in which older Australians will be supported.

How big a role will technology, robots and virtual reality play in the future of aged care?  Queensland University of Technology have launched a research project "Senior Living Innovation".  The outcomes and findings could be fascinating.

By now you’ve probably heard the news about the devastation a ransomware hacking attack caused in Britain and Europe, with large corporations and hospitals grinding to a halt. Here’s what you need to do to keep yourself and your business safe from the rampaging worm.

How can you avoid being bitten by a black swan? We've all heard of projects that start with the best of intentions, but end up going way over time and budget. They're often the victim of black swan risks, unknowns that pop up out of nowhere to derail projects. Read here about strategies major government departments are putting in place to avoid black swans.

Don't trust anyone you don't know over the phone! The "can you hear me?" phone scam that tricks an individual into saying "yes" in order to record their voice to authorise financial charges has made its way to Australia.

Adelaide's Wiser Connections was established to help businesses find the best IT solutions for their operations. Founder Sonya Weiser started her career 30 years ago as an applications developer and said she has seen the frustrations SME operators have when it comes to IT.
Wiser Connections in the news

Mobile technology can be a great way to support inclusion for the elderly. This article outlines five commonly used features inbuilt into an iPad. Once you have the device, there’s no extra cost. They just need to be set up.

As the residential aged care sector grapples with changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), providers must find new ways to ensure they are receiving the funding they are entitled to.

The Australian government’s mandatory data retention scheme came into effect on April 13th. Your internet service provider now has to keep a record of every website you visit, by law, and make that data available to the government.

Older Australians who use social media sites daily are less likely to experience feelings of loneliness than those who peruse the web less often.

Quite a story! She built a plane at 14 and flew it at 16, making her the youngest person to fly a plane they had built. Now at 23 she can research whatever she wants at Harvard.

A payment platform developed for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Lantern Pay, is now being launched for aged care providers to send electronic invoices to clients, for them to pay via an app.

Driverless shuttles are coming soon! Adelaide Airport, Flinders University and driverless vehicle supplier RDM Group are receiving government grants to trial driverless shuttle buses at the airport and at the Tonsley campus of Flinders University.

A new aged care facility being constructed in NSW claims to be the most technologically advanced facility of its kind in Australia. Robots and LED lighting will be immediately obvious, while behind the scenes LiveCare360 is the core application that will support the aged care of the future.

Continuing on from Sonya's recent blog about driverless cars, here's an article which says the most detailed maps of the world will be for cars, not humans. And will be updated by cars connecting to the cloud in real-time. But as our friend Elliot Duff says, hat happens when the vehicle enters a private space - who owns the maps, and what are the privacy implications - especially if the mapping system is recording data so it can detect change?

An aged care provider in Victoria has helped its residents learn about technology and share their stories through a program which is bringing generations together and creating jobs for young people.

Did you know that the Uber app tracks your location all the time, not just when you're booking a ride? Uber employees have been busted tracking people in real time without authority! This article tells you how to turn off location tracking in Uber:

We've found an elegant solution to an annoying problem... Synchronising a Microsoft Outlook calendar with a Samsung phone's calendar in the background without having to remember to plug anything in or remember to run the software. All you need is a Google account and this application, which provides calendar synchronisation between Outlook and Google, including attendees and reminders. Completely free - but we encourage you to donate to support the developers - install once and it queity gets to work behind the scenes. Then all you need do is set your phone up to synchronise with your Google calendar and all your meetings are kept up to date all the time.

Watch what this amazing Boston Dynamics robot can do. Watch it right to the end, it gets more and more amazing. Who needs people any more?

Three quarters of the start-ups questioned said they “couldn’t exist” without the cloud-based tools they used... this great article also names the most popular tools for you to try.

Your WordPress website may be vulnerable! Attacks on websites running an outdated version of WordPress are increasing at a viral rate. Almost 2 million pages have been defaced since a serious vulnerability in the content management system recently came to light...

Following on from Sonya's latest blog post, UK based company RDM Group has now established their Asia Pacific head office in Adelaide to develop driverless pods.

Google is writing software that can design AI programs better than humans can do. What could possibly go wrong?
"Progress in artificial intelligence causes some people to worry that software will take jobs such as driving trucks away from humans. Now leading researchers are finding that they can make software that can learn to do one of the trickiest parts of their own jobs—the task of designing machine-learning software."…/ai-software-learns-to-m…/

What a fabulous use of technology, a stylish, smart and reasonably priced piece of jewellery that could save your life!

From the "Welcome to 2016" files, comes this information: "MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells."

What would you do with a swarm of tiny robots?!

This is the camera of the future, no more selfie sticks!

A miniature printing robot, who doesn't need this?

Do we need more women in IT? Here's a very thought provoking blog that argues the case against, written by a woman...

A fascinating look into disruptive technology being introduced for financial markets, known as "block-chain". We're wondering how security of transactions will be ensured with such open peer-to-peer financing?