By Matt Migliore

GE’s annual Minds + Machines conference wrapped today in San Francisco, with more lively discussion about how data analytics is/will revolutionize the way factories and process industries do what they do. The hubub about “Big Data” just keeps getting bigger and bigger. But so too does the chatter about cybersecurity, as major players like GE recognize that cybersecurity is key in enabling the data revolution to realize its potential. More on that dynamic in my final Minds + Machines report to come next week. For now, I’ve provided the video re-plays for the GE Minds + Machines keynote addresses and featured presentations, as well as links to eight interesting “Perspectives” articles from the GE Reports website. Enjoy …

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‘Perspectives’ from GE Reports:

1. Why Cyber Risk Should Be Treated Like an Unlocked Car

Instead of trying to guess the risk of cyber attacks, companies should view their industrial assets like an unlocked car — and simply focus on stopping attacks from occurring in the first place.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

2. Video: Gen. Alexander on Keeping the Industrial Internet Safe

General Keith Alexander is probably best know as the first head of the United States Cyber Command. Now, in the private sector, he’s helping industrial companies protect themselves against hackers. GE Reports caught up with him at the Minds + Machines conference.

To watch the video interview with Gen. Alexander, click here.

3. Who’s Going to Pay for Sustainable Infrastructure?

Everyone agrees on the need for infrastructure investment to drive development, but it will only happen under the right conditions.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

4. The Coal Rush

Coal may have its critics, but Japan is demonstrating that the fossil fuel can have a role to play in sustainable economic growth.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

5. The Robot Market — Taking Jobs or Helping Society?

In most cases, the implementation of robots and robotic technology centers on performing tasks. From welding to vacuuming, robots are performing jobs that are dirty, dangerous, arduous or just plain dull.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

6. Smart Factories Are Only as Smart as Their Supply Chains

It’s been just three years since Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research coined the term Industry 4.0 to describe a manufacturing and assembly process closely aligned through interconnected machines. With the advent of Industry 4.0, automated manufacturing facilities require higher levels of logistics integration.

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7. The Key to Developing the Industrial Internet? Standards

To build an Industrial Internet system, we must minimize the effort required to assemble the various elements into a coherent — or interoperable — whole. Small companies in particular often cannot afford the expense involved in writing the code needed to make off-the-shelf Industrial Internet elements interoperate. By ensuring interoperability in advance, we reduce the costs of development and spur innovation.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

8. Why Is the Offshore Industry Happy to Accept Mediocrity?

Offshore oil and gas is one is one of the world’s most important industries. Its success powered much of the global development that took place in the latter 20th century, and the industry remains a key provider of energy to the world. Yet despite its crucial importance, many oil and gas projects are poorly run and under-deliver.

For the full perspective on this story, click here.

Matt Migliore is director of content for Flow Control magazine and He has covered technology and industry for 15 years. He can be reached at 610 828-1711 or