The story behind StepFWD

Alexandra Anghel on how StepFWD started

At the beginning of 2015, me and my co-founder decided to rent a couple of desks at TechHub Bucharest. It was our first time trying out a co-working space and I was skeptical I could make the switch after working from a private office for so long.

Frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to get out of the house.

After securing a seed investment at the beginning of 2014, we had failed to generate enough revenue or raise a follow-on investment. Read in full

AI brings smart learning experiences in schools

The education system is clearly one of the fields that should and definitely will continue to change over the next decades to keep up with technological advancements. Hence, it is no surprise that artificial intelligence has found a way to become part of the learning experience. According to data, the AI education market is currently valued at half a billion USD and the amount is set to rise to six billion by 2024. Read in full

The perfect match: artificial intelligence and the internet of things

The idea of having your fridge turn on the AC or the washing machine and then remind you to buy some groceries on the way home doesn’t seem so far fetched. This is thanks to the Internet of Things which promises to completely reshape our lives by translating our physical world into digital signals.

What is IoT and why does it need AI?

The Internet of Things or IoT can be defined as a network of physical objects that use embedded sensors, actuators and other devices that can collect or transmit information about the objects. Read in full

Is AI the next step in the future of leadership?

Artificial intelligence is not only changing the products and services we provide nor the way we create these products. It has become quite clear that it is also completely reshaping human behavior and leadership.

Whether we realise it or not, some of the high-level decisions that are being taken by people in key positions, be them organization or nation leaders, are already influenced by the evolution of AI, machine learning, NLP, etc. Read in full

AI in healthcare: friend or foe?

There’s one industry that artificial intelligence can greatly enhance, however, it is also the one that can suffer the most from any misuse of the technology. It’s been a while since researchers have started to weigh the pros and cons of using AI in healthcare and the case is still controversial.

On the one hand, the introduction of robots and artificial intelligence in the medical system can speed up the processes, free the doctors of dull and repetitive duties so they can focus their entire attention on patients and, most importantly, can help people stay healthy. Read in full

How AI can reinvent retail

Artificial intelligence adoption across industries is skyrocketing. A McKinsey Global survey revealed that 47% of the interviewed companies have embedded at least one AI capability in 2018, compared with only 20% in the previous year. Furthermore, 30% said they are piloting AI and 71% stated they expect the overall investment in AI to grow in the coming year.

One domain in which we can witness an increase in the number of AI-driven technologies used in the business processes is retail. Read in full

State of AI: key challenges companies need to overcome

A recent report revealed that 40% of companies claiming to be in the AI business do not actually have any real artificial intelligence capabilities.

The same study found that when companies did include artificial intelligence and machine learning into their businesses, the use cases were quite ordinary. Some of the most popular ways start-ups used AI included chatbots (26%) and fraud detection (21%).

These findings prove that artificial intelligence is currently the most used and, sadly, the most misused concept in technology. Read in full

Adding automatic tests to an ASP.NET MVC application (part 1)

I. Introduction

Soon after software development has emerged, it became obvious that any application beyond a homework needs testing. Testing evolved naturally along with frameworks, both on client side and server side and now we are talking about Test-driven development and Behavior-driven development(e.g. Cucumber). Of course, most efficient tests are automatic ones.

A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to start a project from scratch (MDW Automatic Testing along with Claudiu) and I said to my self: why not develop a small framework to easily add automatic tests?

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Artificial intelligence will certainly be part of the future world, will we?

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For some time now, artificial intelligence has been revolutionizing the way we see banking, fintech, retail, education and even the medical system. At this point, it is clear for everyone that whatever future we might have, AI will definitely be part of it. The thing we don’t seem to agree on is how good will such technology be for humanity. On the one hand, a lot of experts believe that AI advancements will bring much value and will help humans improve their existence over the next decades. Read in full

A study towards understanding the job titles in a DevOps world

DevOps is an IT related concept heavily debated, marketed, talked-about in the industry for quite some years. What I love most about it is that it continuously improves; it is like a living organism, as any IT company built on people’s creativity, passion and knowledge.

As I see it, if DevOps would be a person, automation would be its heart, communication and knowledge sharing would be its blood, agile product management would be its brain while servant leadership (or even further — transformational leadership) would be its breathing air. Read in full