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February 18,2020

A Novel Approach to Cybersecurity

The journey began with a possible purchase on eBay.

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February 11,2020

A Dangerous New Form of Ransomware

One of the most daring bits of technological espionage occurred in the summer of 2009, when the Stuxnet virus—clearly designed by Israel and the U.S., though neither has ever 'fessed up—silently attacked centrifuges in Iran that were being used to enrich uranium for use in nuclear power plants...

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February 04,2020

Is Blockchain Ready to Hit the Market?

Although I often remind people that ITL isn't a news site, I'm going to make an exception here, because I want to be sure you saw the news about ITL that opens up major opportunities both for the website and for this Six Things newsletter. 

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January 28,2020

What Happens When an Industry Goes Digital

Now that innovation in insurance seems to have found a rhythm, many may feel that the pace is manageable and that digital disruption perhaps won't produce the sort of drama imagined a few years ago. So, now seems like a good time to trot out some thoughts from a talk I give occasionally on what...

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January 21,2020

What Ski Racers Can Teach the Insurance Industry

The best athlete you've likely never heard of is Mikaela Shiffrin, who is close to breaking all the career records in international Alpine ski racing—and is just 24 years old. When Lindsey Vonn was considering one more heroic comeback from injury last season so she could build on her 82 wins on...

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January 14,2020

The Best Thing I Saw Today

Having watched about as much sports as humanly possible over the holidays, I thought I'd borrow the bit that Scott Van Pelt uses to open his SportsCenter broadcast on ESPN: "Best Thing I Saw Today." In my case, the best thing I've seen lately is this video interview of Marc Andreessen,...

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January 07,2020

What to Expect in 2020

Happy New Year!

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December 17,2019

Looking Back at 2019

As we close out the year (you have better things to do than hear from me on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, so we won't publish Six Things again until January), I found two recurring themes in this year's newsletters that I thought were worth highlighting as we start to turn our attention to...

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December 09,2019

How AI Can Vanquish Bias

This article by Lemonade co-founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber tackles a profound issue for insurance and offers an innovative solution. The article suggests a smart way to watch for bias hidden in algorithms and to correct for it. In the process, Daniel provides an opening toward a holy grail:...

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December 03,2019

The False Dichotomy That Holds Us Back

Our chief innovation officer, Guy Fraker, told me the other day of being in an innovation strategy meeting where the CFO of a workers comp carrier talked of needing to "protect our losses."

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