From anywhere and with just a mobile phone, anyone can become an air traffic controller, or at least a virtual air traffic controller. One can follow the world traffic flow of airplanes live and find out where an aircraft is coming from and where it is headed. One just has to take advantage of the millions of pieces of data that fly across the Internet. This is the magic power of Big Data. Artificial intelligence then enters the picture to find patterns and give meaning to the massive and heterogeneous information stream.
Ben Gurion, the main international airport in Israel, is one of the most protected airports in the world. It is known for its multilayered security. On the way from the office to the airport, you get caught in the lens of airport cameras. The road curves several kilometers to the terminal, and when you are driving, the security system has enough time to analyze your identity. In case of any signs of danger, you will be intercepted.
Last year was when talking to a smart speaker started to become the norm, but surprisingly, LG has struggled to replicate the same success with its CLOi series commercial robots. Ahead of LG's CES show, I talked to its Head of Research for Life Robots, Jaewon Chang, who updated on the company's robot trial service in South Korea's Incheon International Airport. Since deployment in July, each of the five Guide Robots has interacted with around 2,500 people. However, only a quarter of travelers used voice interaction, with the majority preferring the touchscreen mounted vertically on the robot's chest. Likewise, just as few people let the robots guide them to their destination.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks are words that are often seen in today's business technology headlines. Are robots taking over the world? Or are they just here to help you find the best hotel for your next holiday? Artificial intelligence may seem like the bane of some futuristic, dystopian society but you've probably already come into contact with it in something as simple as booking a hotel or flight. If you have ever binged watched a series or two on Netflix, you've seen the'what to watch next' recommendations pop up on the screen.
Automotive supplier Bosch wants to help guide drivers to vacant parking spots in more than a dozen U.S. cities this year. The German company says it's been testing its "community-based parking" initiative in Stuttgart and other German cities and will launch it later this year in as many as 20 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Miami and Boston. The company says it will be working with automakers on the initiative but didn't say which ones. As cars drive by, they will automatically recognize and measure gaps between parked cars and transmit that data to a digital map. The company has been pushing a number of smart-city projects, including internet-connected sensors to monitor pollution, allergens and flooding.
Bots are prolific on social networks like Twitter and are shaping the way we communicate, whether we realize it or not. Technology of Business has garnered opinions from dozens of companies on what they think will be the dominant global tech trends in 2018. Artificial intelligence (AI) dominates the landscape, closely followed, as ever, by cyber-security. But is AI an enemy or an ally? Whether helping to identify diseases and develop new drugs, or powering driverless cars and air traffic management systems, the consensus is that AI will start to deliver in 2018, justifying last year's sometimes hysterical hype.
While companies like Amazon pour considerable resources into finding ways of using drones to deliver such things as shoes and dog treats, Zipline has been saving lives in Rwanda since October 2016 with drones that deliver blood. Zipline's autonomous fixed-wing drones now form an integral part of Rwanda's medical-supply infrastructure, transporting blood products from a central distribution center to hospitals across the country. And in 2018, Zipline's East African operations will expand to include Tanzania, a much larger country. Delivering critical medical supplies in this region typically involves someone spending hours (or even days) driving a cooler full of life-saving medicine or blood along windy dirt roads. Such deliveries can become dangerous or even impossible to make if roads and bridges get washed out.
LG electronics announced some rather large, human-sized conceptual robots today that it seems to be marketing to people that don't want to schlep around their luggage or groceries. The announcement comes just before the start of CES, a time rife with of ideas -- some which turn out to be useful and innovative, but many of which are junk. LG is betting on some interest for its three CLOi (pronounced KLOH-ee) robots: the Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Cart robot. These robots aren't yet being produced for consumers, but will be on display at the CES show. The company says that these prototypical machines recently completed successful trial runs at Korea's Incheon International Airport, wherein they presumably wheeled over food to human patrons and carried luggage around.
It is impossible for a travel agent to keep track of all the offered tour packages. Traditional database-driven applications, as used by most of the tour operators, are not sufficient enough to implement a sales process with consultation on the World Wide Web. The last-minute travel application presented here uses case-based reasoning to bridge this gap and simulate the sales assistance of a human travel agent. A case retrieval net, as an internal data structure, proved to be efficient in handling the large amount of data. A usual tour package contains the flight to the destination and back, transfers from the airport to the hotel and back, board, and lodging.
The system ensures a high standard of quality in customer service, airport safety, and use of stand resources. This article describes our experience in developing an AI system using standard off-the-shelf software components. Although there were some initial hitches when the new airport opened on 6 July 1998, operations quickly returned to normal within a week's time. Within a month, operational statistics surpassed those of the old airport--80 percent of all flights were on time or within 15 minutes of schedule, all passengers cleared immigration within 15 minutes, and average baggage waiting time was only 10 minutes. During the 1998 Christmas holiday, HKIA serviced about 100,000 passengers daily and maintained equally high service standards.