Enterprise Tech Efforts Move Beyond Survival Mode

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Enterprise technology firms say companies are emerging from survival mode and kick-starting pre-Covid-19 efforts to overhaul their operations with digital tools.

“Businesses can’t wait,” says Alvina Antar, chief information officer at cloud-identity and -management company

Okta Inc.

Ms. Antar, who took on the role six weeks ago, said companies that raced to install remote-work applications during Covid-19 lockdowns are now doubling down on long-held plans to expand the use of cloud computing, data analytics, smart software and other tech capabilities.

“Yes, they scrambled on the workforce side,” she said. “If they didn’t have that, the business would crumble.” But companies also need to prepare for fierce competition in a post-Covid market, she added.

Like many information-technology providers, Okta is in a unique position to gauge the pace of that shift firsthand. The Silicon Valley company, with twin headquarters in San Francisco and San Jose, sells technology that links a company’s business apps together in one place—much like a central switchboard of digital enterprise tools.

Okta Chief Information Officer Alvina Antar



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Since March, Okta has signed up 1,000 new corporate customers, bringing total users to 8,950. In the quarter ending July 31, revenue rose to $200.4 million from $140.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

“Once you learn that you can move all your users to work from home in days, rather than years, you start thinking about what else you thought was too hard to do,“ said Orion Hindawi, co-founder of cybersecurity company Tanium Inc.

Mr. Hindawi said that includes migrating all critical applications to the cloud, or throwing out legacy security software and reimagining it, among other moves.

Don Schuerman, chief technology officer at software maker

Pegasystems Inc.,

said there is “no putting the genie back in the bottle now.”

He is also seeing digital transformation accelerate across

Are We Getting False Survival Warnings From Fake News?

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You might have heard about those metered strikes that never happen. Or the fact that some islands in the world can only exist for a decade or so before being submerged by global warming, but they still exist half a century later. While global warming may be a threat, are we getting fake survival warnings to prepare ourselves when there is still time?

All major issues concerning individual nations like the 2016 Presidential election in US and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom or those issues that are of concern to the whole world like the issue of global warming and climate change are threatened by fake news which can lead to catastrophic results. While the subject of fake news has gained a wider audience following the 2016 US election, fake news has still had a worrisome impact on us.

Fake news is not a recent phenomenon and has existed for a long time but its impact has become more widespread with the spread of the internet and social media. The fake news phenomenon has been aided by the rapid expansion of the digital medium and its capacity to deliver any message across the globe at lightening fast speed. It leads to a situation where such fake news can’t be checked, verified or challenged before it is made available worldwide.

Scientists grapple with fake news. Scientists studying climate change are grappling with this phenomenon of fake news which is able to sow the seeds of confusion in the minds of both the general public whose support is necessary to implement changes to save the environment as well as the decision makers who have the responsibility of making decisions which even if painful are necessary to stop further environmental damage.

In such a scenario it is necessary that scientists step …

The Mathematical Colors of Human Survival Technology

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The Romantic Era of the Arts from the mid 18th Century to the mid 19th Century was inspired by the ideals of a lost ethical ancient science. Its leaders were concerned that humans had deviated into being governed by a lifeless mechanistic culture. The philosopher of science Wolfgang von Goethe considered that Isaac Newton had betrayed the science of color to reduce all to a black and white mechanistic reality. Goethe's linguistic color perception theories were revived in 2012 as a book of the year 'Through the Language Glass', written by the linguist-physicist Guy Deutscher. However, few people are aware that in fact, Isaac Newton actually refuted the idea that the mechanical theory of the universe was complete and that like the Romanticists, he had derived this opinion from the same lost ethical science.

The work of other poets and artists during the Romantic Era that had attacked Newton for having a science derived from a clockwork description of a mechanical universe has now been linked to important DNA discoveries and the issue has become a crucial human survival one. It is an outstanding achievement that in 2017 the World Fund for Arts in Russia has taken upon itself to rejuvenate the Science-Art ethos belonging to the Romantic Era of yesteryear.

Newton's mathematical genius supported a more profound description of the universe than that of a lifeless mechanistic cosmos. Science, economics and religion approved of the mechanistic model, the basis from which a false quantum mechanics was derived by teaching that Newton's world-view was mechanical. Both political and commercial science, together with religious persuasion gained control of our unbalanced modern science. Along with the scientists, religious institutions were in denial that the living process evolved to infinity, evoking religious laws to enforce their opinions. The lost ancient ethical science could …