A number of tech companies are blazing a trail for equality in the boardroom - Amazon, Apple and Google have 30 percent, 29 percent and 27 percent female board members respectively. It’s undoubtedly a huge step forward – a lot of businesses still don’t have any women on their board – but there’s still a way to go before we reach parity.
Apple and IBM have teamed up to offer a range of new apps for business users in general and the finance sector in particular, aimed at delivering a better service in and out of the office, which is great news for customers.
And rumours are rife about what the much-anticipated iPhone 7 will have to offer businesses – Force Touch, developed for the Apple Watch, seems to be a certainty, effectively turning the entire screen into a button. Improved power management and battery life seems to be on the cards as well, which will be welcomed by many users.
It’s good to see that Elon Musk’s Space X is giving the Dragon spacecraft a software upgrade, designed to help it survive explosions and other accidents. The next launch is due towards the end of this year – here’s hoping it succeeds in advancing Musk’s space travel ambitions.
Some exciting things are happening in cognitive and AI – not only has a robot shown self-awareness in a small but significant way, an artificial intelligence system has beaten humans at a Pictionary-style sketch recognition task. But there’s no need to fear a rise of the machines – these advances are all designed to make our lives easier!