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No. 427: Mean streets, herbal treats and fiscal feats – plus, supermarkets for robots

  Warmest greetings: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we slog through a sticky summertime stretch of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 7 out there, and we’re at the steamy center of Summer 2019 – the mathematical midpoint between the June 21 summer solstice and the Sept. 23 autumnal equinox. Party on, Côte d’Ivoire: To our readers along the Ivory Coast, a joyous Independence Day. Here in the States, Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day, celebrating…


Debrief: Innovations past and future, with Marc Alessi

  Arguably the hardest-working man in Long Island innovation, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi enjoys a singular socioeconomic viewpoint. The entrepreneur and champion of 5G connectivity has had a productive year as both executive director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State and executive director of Shoreham’s Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, all while leading his 2014 advanced-scanning startup SynchroPET to the edge of commercialization and chairing Campolo, Middleton & McCormick’s…


To keep talent coming, tech must fill its own pipeline

By PHIL RUGILE // Workforce development in tech? Not as easy as it sounds. My workforce muse, Rosalie Drago, has in this very column touched on the concept that apprenticeships belong in every industry – but in fact, they’re still viewed mainly as benefits only in trade occupations. You often hear of someone “apprenticing as a plumber.” But when talking about a software developer getting on-the-job training as a “junior” developer, the term “apprentice” would…


No. 395: On Watson, women in energy and Ming the nonagenarian (and beating Alzheimer’s at its own game)

  Picking up speed: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as another busy workweek blurs on by. It’s already April 10 out there, and while it’s not yet an official federal holiday – the Sibling Leadership Network (real thing) is working on that – today is still National Siblings Day. A moment’s paws: It’s also American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Day, commemorating the April 10, 1866, founding of the ASPCA. Attention inventors:…


In accounting, a little artificial flavor goes a long way

By GREGORY ZELLER // Not all of artificial intelligence is working to infiltrate national defense systems and annihilate humanity in an apocalyptic firestorm. Some AI just wants to get you a better tax return. That’s the human thinking, at least, as artificial thinking spreads throughout the matrix at New York City-based accounting giant EisnerAmper. The firm has already plugged AI protocols into various corporate offices, and will bring them soon to EisnerAmper’s thriving Syosset satellite….


With patents aplenty, Canon leads Island innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Japanese import and major Long Island stakeholder continued to set a breakneck U.S. patent pace in 2018 – big news on an Island where innovation shapes up as a last, best socioeconomic hope. International imaging giant Canon Inc., parent of Melville-based Canon USA, ranked third in the number of utility patents awarded in 2018 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, trailing only global tech rivals IBM and Samsung. With…


No. 272: Stalin says hello, MSC Industrial rides the momentum and understanding why Central Islip needs two Marriotts

Well done: Congratulations, true believers – it’s Friday and you made it! For successfully completing 2018’s first five-day workweek, approximately 37 percent of you (according to a Bloomberg study) will now enjoy a three-day weekend. Seems U.S. businesses treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, about the same as President’s Day, insofar as paid vacations. (Schools, banks and stock markets get it right). All hail: However your weekend shapes up, today, Jan. 12,…


Salary workshops open students to negotiation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Heads up, campus-to-corporate recruiters: An innovative workshop will prepare NYIT students to better negotiate their starting salaries and benefits. The New York Institute of Technology has partnered with the American Association of University Women to bring a series of “Start Smart” sessions to NYIT’s Old Westbury Campus. The practicum is designed to provide students – women and men – with the knowledge they’ll need to go toe-to-toe in a compensation package…


With Watson’s help, Adelphi hackers wow IBM judges

A team of crack Adelphi University computer-science students took second place, and a step toward a potential commercial venture, at a recent New York City hackathon. Students Sarthak Arora, Prasanth Venigalla, Jai Punjwani and Harmit Minhas, all projected members of the Class of 2018 at the Garden City university, captured the $1,500 runner-up prize at the API-First Hackathon, a three-day June coding event sponsored by MobileMonday, a national community of innovators, entrepreneurs and other tech-minded…


At Zuznow, giving enterprise mobility a voice

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a busy week for artificial intelligence-focused app-developer Zuznow, which has taken a bold step into voice-controlled software and recruited an IBM veteran to up its enterprise-mobility game. The Israeli tech import, a resident of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University, speaks to the AI revolution with Susie, the “world’s first intelligent assistant plugin that brings voice-control and chatbots to any enterprise mobile…


Zuznow is now making up for lost time

By GREGORY ZELLER // A visa snafu might have slowed the works a bit, but Israeli import Zuznow has taken it all in stride. The Tel Aviv-based startup is finally settling into its offices at Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, nearly a year after it originally intended. It took “a really, really long time” for cofounder and president Ken Levkovich and his wife, cofounder Rachel Levkovich, to get their…


IBM tops patent list for 23rd straight year

IBM was awarded the most U.S. patents in 2015 – for the 23rd consecutive year – as the company pushed into cognitive computing, which uses machine learning and data analytics technologies to help businesses predict consumer behavior. Big Blue received 7,355 patents in 2015, the company said Wednesday, topping South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. (5,072) and followed by Canon, Qualcomm and Google, according to data compiled by Fairview Research. Many of the new IBM services…