Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow

I should have expected it! The end of January/beginning of February always seems to bring some kind of major snow event in the East. Here in Cary, NC we experienced only a couple of inches of snow, but that snow covered a solid inch of ice underneath. Several hundred miles north, my daughter walked through almost two feet of snow at her college campus in Philadelphia. And it got me thinking…

Data is like snow; or better, data is like any kind of precipitation. Small amounts of data can cause headaches and, in our case, muscle aches, as we tried to crack through the inch of ice under our snow in Cary to clear our driveway. But when a lot of data comes at you fast and furiously, like the snow falling during the recent blizzard, you have to deal with both the volume and the velocity of the data. The Washington Post reported an average of more than 20 inches of snow in 2-3 days across 68 square miles equaling almost 3.5 billion cubic feet of snow. Continue reading “Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow”

Computers are “starting to open their eyes” – 2015, a breakthrough year in Artificial Intelligence

After a half-decade of quiet breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, 2015 has been a landmark year. Computers are smarter and learning faster than ever.

The pace of advancement in AI is “actually speeding up,” said Jeff Dean, a senior fellow at Google. To celebrate their achievements and plot the year ahead, Dean and many of the other top minds in AI are convening in Montreal this week at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Continue reading “Computers are “starting to open their eyes” – 2015, a breakthrough year in Artificial Intelligence”

We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong: AI and IoT are inseparable

We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong.

  • Big data analytics for IOT software revenues will experience strong growth, reaching $81 billion by 2022 says Strategy Analytics
  • Smart Cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016 says Gartner
  • By 2025 IOT will be a $1.6 trillion opportunity in Healthcare alone says McKinsey
  • 50 billion+ connected devices will exist by 2020 says Cisco
  • Data captured by IOT connected devices will top 1.6 zettabytes in 2020 says ABI Research

Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. Continue reading “We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong: AI and IoT are inseparable”

Artificial Intelligence – Should we be afraid?

When Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all agree on something, it’s worth paying attention.

All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world’s foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race”. Musk, the tech entrepreneur who brought us PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX described artificial intelligence as our “biggest existential threat” and said that playing around with AI was like “summoning the demon”. Gates, who knows a thing or two about tech, puts himself in the “concerned” camp when it comes to machines becoming too intelligent for us humans to control. Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence – Should we be afraid?”

Shipments of connected digital signs will reach 17.2 million in 2019

According to a new research report from Berg Insight, global shipments of connected digital signage displays grew by 21.7 percent to 7.3 million units in 2014. Market growth is driven by greater demand for digital signage solutions in all market verticals, technological advancements and a continued decline in prices. Continue reading “Shipments of connected digital signs will reach 17.2 million in 2019”

This Smart Jar keeps track of your food so you never have a baking emergency (VIDEO)

Anyone who’d ever been a vegetarian knows how difficult it can be to get enough protein in your diet. That was the challenge Madhuri Eunni was facing seven months ago, when she came up with the Neo Smart Jar. “I was thinking it would great if there would be a way to measure all the protein powders and the chia and the flax that I usually use in making my smoothies,” she says. Continue reading “This Smart Jar keeps track of your food so you never have a baking emergency (VIDEO)”