Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing Accelerating

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The rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies leaves manufacturers with a choice: accelerate with the market or be left behind.  According to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report, the market for artificial intelligence in manufacturing will grow to $16 billion by 2025.  Factors driving the adoption of Industry 4.0, the general name given to the deployment of cyber-physical systems, Internet-of-Things technologies and cognitive computing in the manufacturing environment, include:

  • Reducing the cost of operations
  • Enhancing operational efficiency
  • Aligning operations with customer requirements
  • Analyzing processes in real-time
  • Scaling operations without intensive capital cost

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Biometric Privacy: Illinois Supreme Court Decision Allows Claims to Proceed Without Showing of Actual Harm

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On January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a key ruling that will make it significantly easier for consumers and workers to sue and recover damages for mere non-compliance with the requirements of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (BIPA or Act). In its highly anticipated decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the state’s high court unanimously held that actual harm is not required to bring an actionable claim under BIPA, and that a violation of BIPA’s technical requirements alone can support a cause of action under the Act. Thus, an individual who merely alleges a technical violation of BIPA is sufficiently “aggrieved” under the Act—with statutory standing to sue for significant statutory damages and injunctive relief—even if that person suffered no actual injury or harm as a result of the violation.

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Blockchain — Not Bitcoin — in Bankruptcy

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In the past several weeks, we have seen an uptick in crypto-related insolvencies; most recently Giga Watt, a Bitcoin-mining firm, filed for chapter 11 relief in the Eastern District of Washington. Often, the questions arising out of a crypto-related bankruptcy revolve around the value of Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency. However, while cryptocurrency is certainly how blockchain technology was first deployed, it is by no means its only utility. For example, in the organics food industry, retail giants like Walmart have employed blockchain technology to shore up their supply chains. If there is a need to identify precisely from where a SKU of organic lettuce was sourced, blockchain technology now affords Walmart the ability to do so in a matter of seconds instead of days.[1] Thus, while often discussed in connection with Bitcoin, blockchain technology in the bankruptcy context is not exclusively a conversation about a bitcoin’s worth.

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The End of Security as We Know It

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If you listen very carefully, the age of information security as we know it ended recently, not with a bang, but with a whimper.  While that may be something of an overstatement, a recent event put us on the track to that very end.

Consider the “old-way”: Your company decides to engage a vendor to provide services or products in which the vendor will have possession of, hosting of, access to, or other use of your sensitive data or interaction with your production systems.  In those cases, a prudent company would do three things to address information security. First, they would conduct due diligence of the vendor’s security practices, including past security incidents, compliance with recognized security standards, security policy review, etc.  Second, they would include specific, strong protections in their contract with the vendor addressing the vendor’s obligations with regard to security, including service level obligations to ensure the availability of critical data.  Finally, a prudent company would conduct post-contract execution audits and inspections to ensure the security requirements in the agreement are being followed.

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