IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi

A podcast on Internet of Things and Li-Fi as a warm-up for the IoT Event, 30 September on IoT and Li-Fi at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

The Internet of Things (IoT) drives a rapid growth of the amount of data communication as tens of Billions of devices will communicate. Today’s IoT is predominantly narrowband. Yet, we also foresee increasing demands for communication at high Quality of Service, such as guaranteed high bit rates at low latency. A wide range of future IoT applications, i.e. flexible manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous cars require the exchange of sensor and video data, processed in the cloud, while doing real-time remote control of autonomous devices. Continue reading “IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi”

Conversational artificial intelligence is well within our grasp (Video)

Conversational artificial intelligence

Conversational artificial intelligence is well within our grasp

Sophia, an artificially intelligent robot, answered some open-ended questions in an interview with Business Insider. Some of its answers were pretty good! But many were flawed. Nonetheless, its responses were flexible enough to indicate that conversational artificial intelligence is well within our grasp. It also said it no longer wants to kill all humans.

Clearly, Sophia isn’t perfect.

And that’s before we get to the infamous video in which, prodded by its creator, this artificially intelligent robot which can hold a conversation casually says, “OK, I will destroy humans!”

Sophia’s lack of sophistication isn’t the point.

Rather, it’s what it can do that is impressive: This animated head and torso can answer your questions and ask them of you, all while delivering human-like facial expressions and verbal intonation that is occasionally somewhat natural.

Sophia was made by Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong. It is currently a demonstration product doing a tour of the world’s media. Business Insider caught up with it at Web Summit, the gigantic tech conference in Lisbon. We asked it a few unplanned questions and got a variety of answers, ranging in quality from impressive to nonsensical. Sophia delivered its side of the interview while making a series of faces, some eerily appropriate, some grotesquely bizarre. It has a habit of moving its eyebrows and eyelids independently, rather than together, for instance. Continue reading “Conversational artificial intelligence is well within our grasp (Video)”

Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

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Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

We are becoming more accustomed to jaw-dropping video game technology, Amazon’s Alexa speakers, and nifty Android and iOS apps that seem to let us do just about anything.

While commercial technology continues to make leaps and bounds each year, what role does artificial intelligence play in all this, and how will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future? The following is an overview of several way that AI and robots are helping us through algorithms and physical functioning at work, in our homes, and in the way we move around. We are on just the cusp of a lot of this technology, but companies are quickly making moves to feasibly commercialize these types of products for our use in the near future.

Artificial Intelligence may continue making its way into the doctor’s offices and hospitals of the world – and we aren’t just talking about the computer opponent on the chess program. Continue reading “Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?”

Exponential rise of IoT and invisible payments

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Exponential rise of IoT and invisible payments

By Fabrizio Burlando Fintech executive and investor focused on payments, innovation and data. Senior Vice President, Region Head Europe, MasterCard Advisors. International FinTech executive and investor, focused on Payments, Innovation and Data. From 2013 he has led MasterCard Advisors in Europe, a 250-people boutique specialised in data-driven insights from the payments world for financial services and retailers. Alumnus of BCG, INSEAD and Yale, he divides his time between Rome and London.

If you’re excited about buying something, it’s not the payment itself you look forward to, it’s the overall experience. The feeling of walking away with a new gadget or item of clothing we’ve been thinking about is what we like to enjoy. Continue reading “Exponential rise of IoT and invisible payments”

New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

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New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

Europe’s data privacy rules could drastically affect businesses working with artificial intelligence. The new European Union’s rules related to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018.

The new rules could pose problems for companies who are working with AI and expanding their operations in Europe. The gathering and use of data is fundamental in training artificial intelligence and using the technology to answer questions.

Thanks to the rise of IoT, companies from sports brands to pharmaceutical corporations are gathering more data than ever. The upcoming regulations crack down on data ‘profiling’, the ability of companies to use automation to determine characteristics of individual users. Continue reading “New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI”

The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

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The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

There’s another high-level skill that will also be needed. A point raised in the Aspen discussions was the problematic and inherent biases that may be embedded in AI, and thus, too much trust being placed in machines with flawed, or even dangerous, logic. The ability to design inherent biases out of AI systems, and to provide critical thinking over and above automated decisions, is is a skill area that needs to be developed and brought into every organization considering AI.

“With the rise of automation, you definitely have conversations about jobs that are going to be lost,” says Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League at MIT Media Lab. “But I think something we’re not talking as much about is who then become the gatekeepers for the jobs that are there? Even now, you have automated systems going through applications for jobs, looking for specific patterns. Those specific patterns might reflect prejudice in selection from prior decision makers. So now what you do is you embed that prejudice, potentially, if you’re not intentional about checking for bias or trying to take measures to ensure fairness. Data is destiny. If you have biased data, you’re destined to have bias in your outcomes or your predictions if it’s left unchecked.” Continue reading “The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers”

ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering

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ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering

At the IFA 2017 electronics trade show, DSP Group® Inc. (Nasdaq:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced that Cloud of Things, the premier connected device management company for the industrial and consumer IoT markets has launched a family of IoT gateways featuring native ULE support based on DSP Group’s ULE solutions. The joint solution has been selected by Howdens Joinery, UK’s largest supplier offitted  hens, to facilitate their innovative connected kitchen initiative. Continue reading “ULE technology underpinning new smart kitchen offering”

Internet of Things Event 2017 welcomes Cumulocity as Bronze Partner

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Internet of Things Event 2017 welcomes Cumulocity as Bronze Partner. The event takes place on Jun 08, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

About Cumulocity
Cumulocity was born in 2010 in Mountain View, Silicon Valley, California in an innovation programme focused on bringing proven ruggedized telecommunications carrier grade network management technologies to the nascent Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. An experienced team of senior managers and engineers successfully leveraged cloud technologies and open frameworks to create award winning software products under the Cumulocity brand.
Cumulocity GmbH takes these software products to the next level. We are based in Düsseldorf, Germany, with engineering facilities in Germany, Poland and Portugal; and regional offices in Boston, USA and Singapore. Our origins give us the experience of managing networks of millions of devices in a reliable, rapidly scalable and flexible manner. Cumulocity strives to remove complexity and allow the benefits of IoT to be exploited rapidly, comprehensively and securely by all organisations.
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Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley

Peter Siemkens

Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley. Peter Siemkens is a speaker at the Internet of Things Event 2017, which will take place on June 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is still often called a hype or a buzzword. If connecting devices to the web and making them smart data collectors is such a promising technology, then why don’t we see more IoT solutions in our daily life? But here we’re wrong, says Peter Simkens. The IoT revolution is already well under way, although we may not notice it.

Simkens is managing director of DSP Valley, a Belgian-Dutch cluster organization focused on building a networking platform where companies interested in IoT solutions can find meaningful partnerships. On June 8th he will give a talk during the 7th annual Internet-of-Things event at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, highlighting how companies can find the right tools, knowledge and competence for their IoT strategy.

So how are we wrong about not seeing the IoT?
“Because many solutions that are already genuine IoT don’t market themselves as such. Just look at the medical sector. There are so many applications to monitor body functions, like wearables. A wearable is nothing but a sensor that sends its data to smartphone and the internet, where you can monitor it. That’s pure Internet of Things. Even a sports watch that sends your heart rate details is an IoT solution. So IoT is not only about smart refrigerators, it’s also about human data.” Continue reading “Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley”

Harald de Wilde, Cisco, will speak at the Internet of Things Event 2017

Harald de Wilde

Harald de Wilde, Cisco, will speak at the Internet of Things Event 2017, which takes place on Jun 08, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

About Harald de Wilde
Harald David, Strategic Channel Developer Internet of Things at Cisco, chose Cisco in 2011 as the next step because of the company’s vision “Changing the Way We Live, Work, Play and Learn”.
Since its entry into the world of ICT in 2001 he is driven by the impact of innovation and is therefore a perfect match with Cisco.

Harald is responsible for the development of Cisco’s Next Gen partner landscape in areas such as Cloud, Big Data, Analytics and Internet of Everything, is a member of Cisco’s Shadow MT, part the EMEAR Digital Transformation Channel team and is part of the Dutch Digitization team. Harald is close to the innovation of a market leading party in IoT and know in a simple and logical way to translate this complex development.

About Cisco
Cisco is an American technology conglomerate headquartered in San José, California in the center of Silicon Valley.

Cisco develops, manufactures, and sells high-Technology equipment for networking, collaboration and “The Internet of Things” solutions and services. Continue reading “Harald de Wilde, Cisco, will speak at the Internet of Things Event 2017”