Eleven Important Tech Trends to Expect in 2021

By eWeek Editors

As our latest installment in this year’s eWEEK predictions, we offer insights from two sources: Dave Padmos of EY Americas, and Diego Oppenheimer, CEO of Algorithmia

EY makes EY Diligence Edge, an artificial intelligence platform hosted on IBM Cloud and supported by IBM Watson Discovery, designed to revolutionize the mergers and acquisitions due-diligence process. Algorithmia is a machine-learning model deployment and management solution that automates the MLOps for an organization.

Here are insights for 2021 from thought leaders representing two trendy companies.

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Why Europe’s big cannabis route is so hard to shut

By Kostas Koukoumakas

“Now we’re on their turf,” says one of the three Greek drug enforcement officers, walking, guns at the ready and bloated in their bulletproof vests.

A short distance ahead lies the porous border with Albania. This is the biggest land route for cannabis trafficking in Europe.

The Greek border village of Haravgi Ioannina is nearby, but there is no barbed wire or any other barrier to mark the frontier.

“Cannabis is trafficked on foot by Albanians who live in villages on the other side of the border,” says Greek officer Lambros Tsoumanis, who spends much of his time patrolling these mountains. “They are hardy, tough people and know all the crossings like the back of their hand. They can survive for days in the forest.”

Greek police have confiscated 1.5 tonnes of cannabis since the beginning of the year. The previous two years, they seized almost nine tonnes.

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House to take historic vote on federally decriminalizing marijuana

ByJohn Parkinson

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act would also mandate a reassessment of prior marijuana convictions, invest in services for people caught up in the war on drugs and open Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses.

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These Tech Startups Want to Sell You Their Life Insurance

By Leslie Scism and Alexandra Bruell

Technology startups are ready to challenge traditional life insurers head on.

Bestow Inc. and Dayforward Inc. are making the leap to become life-insurance carriers, a move away from a model where startups only sell traditional insurers’ policies.

The companies are banking on their versions of online technology for sizing up the risk of insurance…

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