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ICEbreaker, April 2018

by ICE ICT Editor | May 14, 2018 | ICEbreaker | 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to our monthly newsletter, ICEbreaker from ICE, the travel technology consultants.

This month’s highlights include how to deal with poor quality data, delivery butterflies, recovering from cultural faux pas and is blockchain the new big disruptor? Finally, with news that a casino was hacked through a fish tank – how secure is your internet of things?
We’ve been busy attending the grand opening of Simwave, the world’s first virtual reality maritime training centre in Rotterdam. It’s impressive with nearly 60 VR simulators including a virtual engine room to train crew across the industry. You can watch the opening ceremony here.

Until then, 

Ian Richardson (Richie) and Conor Byrne
(ICE's founders) 

Infographic Of The Month

Bitcoin consumes more energy than Bangladesh and is just below Israel on the energy consumption ladder.


Quote Of The Month


 “That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet.”


Bill Gates, 20 years ago when his computer flashed the infamous blue screen of death and went down during a demonstration at COMDEX 1998.

Find out more HERE.

Number Of The Month


5 Years


British scientists are formulating a way to store computer data on DNA code. It should be ready in five years' time. If we stored all the data on the internet all the data on the internet in DNA it would be the size of a shoe box.

Find out more HERE.

Articles Of The Month


Garbage-In, Garbage-Out

If your data is bad, your machine learning tools are useless. The HBR outlines five useful steps for dealing with poor quality data.

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Cyber Security: Casino Hacked Through Fish Tank

Hackers stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank. How secure is your internet of things?

Read More (3 mins)



Aurora Station: The First Luxury Space Hotel In Orbit By 2021

Aurora Station will be the same size as a private jet cabin and host six people. The space hotel will orbit 200 miles from earth's surface.

Read More (4 mins)



What Does The Future of Transport Look Like?

Technology has already reduced the air industry’s baggage mishandling costs from
$4.22 billion to $2.1 billion over the past decade. How can AI tools empower airlines to keep track of the new volumes of data from IATA Resolution 753?

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How Voice Is Changing Travel Tech

Imagine asking Alexa to look up flight information and book travel and flights, or even call a customer service desk and speak to an AI powered virtual agent. Voice tech has the potential to transform the travel industry but how to address privacy issues?

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Is Blockchain The Next Big Disruptor?

Blockchain is more than a digital currency. We're carefully watching The Tratok Project as it enters the race to use blockchain tech because of its increased security and lower distribution costs.

Read More (4 mins)



The Art of AI Conversation

Microsoft reports a breakthrough with its social chatbot in China, Xiaolce, which has over 200 million users. The bot's new 'full duplex voice' predicts what people will say next, speeds up her response and allows her to listen and talk at the same time.

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How To Recover From a Cultural Faux Pas

Keep your cool and ask for feedback. Some top tips from the HBR on what to do and how to learn from a cultural mistake. It happens to the best of us.

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April Fool's fun

The cruiselines embraced the spirit of April 1st with a number of pranks from Virgina Voyages underwater wi-fi - wa-fi; CMV's new silent deck, Viking Lines' traditional sales and P&O Australia's Walk the Wire event.

Read More (2 mins)


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