Save the date: September 30, 2019, IoT & Photonics workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
More info about IoT & Photonics workshops: https://iotevent.eu/
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Photonics is a key enabler of the Internet of Things
Without photonics, the interconnectedness of physical devices and their ability to share and analyze information about their surroundings would not be possible.
For its implementation the Internet of Things relies heavily on sensor technology. Sensors need to be small, robust and energy efficient to be embedded in machines, appliances, buildings and infrastructure and succesfully collect data over large periods of time.
Fibre optic sensors – manufactured using photonics technology – are not only more sensitive than existing electromagnetic sensors, but also faster operating, better able to withstand harsh conditions and immune to electromagnetic interference.
Some of the most significant photonics IoT applications are: communications, transportation, environmental monitoring, smart homes, factories, and gadgets.
The IoT event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Internet of Things and how photonics can support this.
We invite you to check these two new IoT-related events in Eindhoven this autumn and get up-to-date with the latest smart society technology developments.
Photonics – saviour of data centers
More bandwidth, higher speeds and lower energy costs
As of 2018 more than 4 billion people worldwide are using the internet. Data traffic is growing at alarming rates and expected to double in size in the next three years. In the foreseeable future the current silicon chip based internet infrastructure will be unable to cope with the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.
Photonics technology reveals the way forward with the creation of ultrafast chips and fibre optic cables based on light sources. By using light as a way of transmitting data these technologies far outperform the existing copper solutions. The speed photonics technology offers is indispensable in transitioning from 4G to 5G broadband. Continue reading “Photonics – saviour of data centers”
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?
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
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
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
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
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”