Author Archive for Harry Forbes

Blockchain vs RDBMS for the Supply Chain

In an earlier post I hypothesized that the pharmaceutical industry was an obvious sweet spot for new supply chain visibility technology like blockchain. But also that three main issues must be addressed in order for blockchain technology to serve supply chain applications: 1) Bitcoin blockchain miners are paid for their work in Bitcoin. In supply […]

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Sorry, the Internet of Things is not one market

Please excuse me if today’s blog post sounds like a rant. But… There is a feature article entitled “The Patchable Internet of Things” in this month’s IEEE Spectrum magazine. Citing success of recent distributed denial-of-service (DDNS) attacks that were mounted from malware in consumer electronics (CE), the authors advocate “patchable hardware”. I quote: “We submit […]

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Questions for Blockchain Pilot Programs

Blockchain is a decentralized database that stores a ledger of assets and transactions across a peer-to-peer network. In the popular imagination blockchain is associated with the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, but blockchain itself is a technology for transaction assurance. The asset or value transferred could be anything. Much of the brainpower devoted to blockchain since it appeared […]

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Machine Learning and People

Last week I attended a fascinating meeting led by Dr. Lex Fridman of MIT reporting about research on machine learning as applied to autonomous cars. His research involved experiments with autonomous  cars and human drivers. The objective was to get solid evidence about how humans and autonomous driving systems interact with each other and with others […]

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Containers, Open Automation, and Dick Morley

Tuesday night I spoke to a lively group from the ISA Boston Section on the topic of Open Process Automation. I had fun, and hope everyone else did, too. The most important point I wanted to make was this: Pretty soon it’s possible that the automation and IIoT edge worlds may have a common runtime […]

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