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?”

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”

Innovative testbed accelerates machine learning for predictive maintenance in high-volume manufacturing

Innovative testbed accelerates machine learning for predictive maintenance in high-volume manufacturing

The Industrial Internet Consortium, the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The testbed is led by two companies, Plethora IIoT, a company, designing and developing cutting-edge answers for Industry 4.0, and Xilinx, the leading provider of All Programmable technology. Continue reading “Innovative testbed accelerates machine learning for predictive maintenance in high-volume manufacturing”

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

At the EMO 2017, Siemens is demonstrating the various connection and installation options of its high-performance and open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere for applications in the machine tool sector. The company is connecting over 240 different machine tools from over 140 manufacturers across the whole exhibition site using its “Manage MyMachines” app on MindSphere. In addition to this, machine manufacturers such as Heller are presenting new services and business models based on MindSphere to, for example, increase efficiency and productivity.

“The overwhelming willingness of machine tool manufacturers at the EMO to connect their machines to MindSphere shows the potential the sector sees in cloud-based digitalization solutions. Our cloud-based IoT operating system offers machine manufacturers many different ways to gain a competitive advantage by using their extensive domain expertise and developing high-performance applications for machine operators. Continue reading “Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models”

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor, city of Eindhoven will open the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference 2017, on November 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She has a very clear and outspoken vision on the developments and expectations of the people of her city and region. “We must go from a data-driven economy to a innovative design for life economy,” says Schreurs.

Mary-Ann Schreurs believes in design as an important engine for our economy and being just the right tool for defying big challenges of the city. As the first Dutch vice-mayor of design she therefore introduced design in local innovation policy. Her goal is to improve citizen’s lives by using the methodology of design thinking in co-creation with the citizens itself and other stakeholders in the city. Before she became council member and vice-mayor in Eindhoven, she was co-initiator of (European) innovation projects linked to design.

“Since the end of the second World War Two we have been reduced to numbers instead of human beings,“ starts Schreurs. “Everything has been made secondary to the system, and everybody had to live accordingly to that vision. If you buy a car, you, the human, only have to press the right knobs to get what you want. The car will drive it self (editorial: which it does already for 25 years) we are no more than an extended arm of the IT nowadays. That is why we are already living in the ‘Matrix’.” Continue reading “We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven”

Sensor technology is in a transition phase – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Rob Jansen, TNO

Sensor technology is in a transition phase – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Rob Jansen, TNO

Rob Jansen knows everything there is to know about sensors. For TNO, a major Dutch independent research organization, he specializes in ‘structural health monitoring’, technology to assess the condition of infrastructures and buildings based on sensor data. He also works on developing new sensor technology. Continue reading “Sensor technology is in a transition phase – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Rob Jansen, TNO”

Smart industry is all about digitization of manufacturing – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Evelien Bras, Thales

Smart industry is all about digitization of manufacturing – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Evelien Bras, Thales.

According to Evelien Bras, business innovation manager at Thales Nederland, the bulk of opportunities smart industry offers still lie ahead. “Smart industry is all about the digitization of manufacturing,” says Evelien Bras, who leads an innovation fieldlab for Thales, a worldwide designer and producer of electronics for defence and security applications. Continue reading “Smart industry is all about digitization of manufacturing – Interview with ISN Conference speaker Evelien Bras, Thales”

How reliable can sensor data be?

How reliable can sensor data be? Commercial pollution monitors are attracting plenty of hype, but scientists say buyers should beware. Tom Marshall explains.

New kinds of smart sensor data are hitting the market, and they could transform how we cope with health risks from polluted air by putting information at our fingertips. Asthmatics could stay indoors when sensors show lots of particle pollution; urbanites might skip their evening jog if nitrogen dioxide levels are high. Continue reading “How reliable can sensor data be?”