News of Note—AI, Parks Associates, Google and more

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> IDC has forecast that worldwide spending on cog­nitive and AI systems will grow to $52.2 billion by 2021, up from an estimated $19.1 billion this year. Release

> California State Sen. Scott Wiener’s state-based network neutrality bill is now heading towards a series of hearings and votes this month. Electronic Frontier Foundation article

> Over one-third of those who own smart home devices had technical problems with the devices in 2017, compared with 28% in 2016, says Parks Associates, adding that the trend is driving a higher demand for tech support. Telecompetitor article

> Google and Microsoft are investing time and money in cloud security tools to help organizations better protect their data. Forbes article

> The global IPTV market size is expected to reach $117 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, progressing at a CAGR of 13.7% during the forecast period. Release