Looking for something fun – and productive – or both! – to dive into this weekend? Here are a few picks for news and inspiration from the worlds of field service, technology, startup life – and even some work-related thoughts on Pink Floyd.

  1. IoT analyst Stacy Higginbotham offers her perspective on the Boston Consulting Group’s recent take on new value creation opportunities in your IoT ecosystem.
  2. If you don’t have access to the data you need, look for another option. Proving that there’s always more than one way to sense a cat, the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab is finding ways to recognize musical nuances by watching instead of listening.
  3. What else can you learn from music? Here’s an oldie but a goodie from 2008: CIO magazine reveals Pink Floyd’s lessons for IT.
  4. As the global economy transforms itself in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand for automation, there’s a shortage of 58 million workers with AI and machine learning skills, as outlined in this Fast Company article.
  5. Some say the pandemic marks the end of the open-plan office that has dominated startup life. Others say not so fast.

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