GE for GE: Deploy the digital industrial blueprint to improve its own manufacturing operations through Brilliant Factories, internal and external supply chains with the asset management system called the Digital thread, and engineering design with machine-learning modeling software called the Digital twin.
Robots are probably the first thing you think of when asked to imagine AI applied to industrials and manufacturing. Indeed many innovative companies like Rodney Brooks' Rethink Robotics have developed friendly-looking robot factory workers who hustle alongside their human colleagues. Industrial robots have historically been designed to perform specific niche tasks, but modern-day robots can be taught new tasks and make real-time decisions.
Last month, High's company unveiled Project Intu, an experimental platform that allows developers the ability to build internet of things devices using its artificial intelligence services, like Conversation, Language and Visual Recognition. Someday, the system promises to let programmers create a staple character of sci-fi: the gregarious, hyper-connected AI like J.A.R.V.I.S. of Iron Man, KITT of Knight Rider, or Star Wars' C3PO.
In February, the Edgerton Center hosted 60 10th-grade students from the Beijing Chenjinglun School in Beijing, China, for a workshop on underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The visit was organized by Pei Zhang, executive director of the U.S. China Scitech Education Promotion Association, and led by Edgerton Center instructors Ed Moriarty and Cheetiri Smith, with the assistance of many volunteers and translators.
Across enterprises, ever-expanding stores of data remain unstructured and unanalyzed. Few organizations have been able to explore nontraditional data sources such as image, audio, and video files; the torrent of machine and sensor information generated by the Internet of Things; and the enormous troves of raw data found in the unexplored recesses of the "deep web." However, recent advances in computer vision, pattern recognition, and cognitive analytics are making it possible for companies to shine a light on these untapped sources and derive insights that lead to better experiences and decision making across the business.