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Autonomous to Smart: Importance of Artificial Intelligence – InFocus Blog Dell EMC Services

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This incident highlights two significant challenges with respect to the application of artificial intelligence in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), edge analytics and creating "smart" devices: The challenge for any autonomous device (car, truck, drone, washer, wind turbine, pace maker) is how to manage challenge #1 within the computational and storage limitations of #2. And I'm not even sure where to begin with how an autonomous car might handle something like this (I hope your autonomous car hasn't been watching any Transformer movies…) We don't need autonomous devices as much as we need "smart" devices; devices smart enough to do what my daughter did when faced with an unexpected situation requiring a real-time decision with only a limited amount of historical data and experience. Historically, the rapidly declining storage costs and rapidly increasing CPU processing capabilities have allowed technologists to wait for the technology to advance in order to address the problem for them. Unfortunately, the growth in the sensor data and complexity of "smart" decisions at the edges is increasing faster than Moore's Law can cover (see Figure 2).


Spark Connector for #CosmosDB - seamless interaction with globally-distributed, multi-model data

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With the updated Spark connector for Azure Cosmos DB, Apache Spark can now interact with all Azure Cosmos DB data models: Documents, Tables, and Graphs. The Spark connector for Azure Cosmos DB enables real-time data science, machine learning, advanced analytics and exploration over globally distributed data in Azure Cosmos DB. Azure Cosmos DB provides graph modeling and traversal APIs along with turn-key global distribution, elastic scale out of storage and throughput, 10 ms read latencies and 15 ms at the 99th percentile, automatic indexing and query, tunable consistency levels, and comprehensive SLAs including 99.99% availability. With Azure Cosmos DB being the industry's first globally distributed multi-model database service, the Spark connector for Azure Cosmos DB can work with tables, graphs, and document data models – with more to come!


[video] Real-Time Data Integration @CloudExpo @StriimTeam #IoT #AI #DX #Analytics #SmartCities

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With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo @ThingsExpo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-4, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. Join Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, for three days of intense Enterprise Cloud and'Digital Transformation' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indispensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and (IIoT) Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) Digital Transformation in Vertical Markets. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 21st Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech, which will incorporate machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and blockchain into one track.


What are Smart Cities? Everything you need to know

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From traffic information to weather monitoring, the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping revolutionise how we live our lives across a number of industries. By connecting various aspects of the urban landscape to the Internet, local administrators will gain access to countless extra datasets that could help them provide better services for their citizens. The potential benefits provided by smart cities mean that the opportunities to utilise their technology are not limited to any particular areas or locations. For any city looking to embrace IoT technology, there are a number of hurdles to overcome, particularly concerning data analytics and smarter services investment.


The Wirecutter's best deals: Google Home and Philips Hue bundles drop by $70

Engadget

This bundle offers two of our picks, the Google Home Speaker and the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter kit, for $230, an excellent deal. The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit is our pick for the best smart LED light bulbs. Grant Clauser writes, "Philips Hue is not just a smart bulb; it's a whole smart system. This is an excellent deal on these refurbished noise cancelling headphones, which typically cost $350 new.


Becoming a smart city takes more than sensors and buzzwords

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Better parking, efficient lighting, improved traffic flow, smarter security, improved waste management, and disaster planning are all areas where technology can make an impact. Arvind Satyam, Cisco's managing director of smart cities and digitization division, gives the example of waste management and traffic departments working together. There is a reason "every city has their own challenges," said Blake Miller of Think Big Partners, a startup partnered with Cisco that's working on making Kansas City smarter. "The tenant, customer, and visitor experience is all integrated with the technology, and then all the back building facilities management is integrated as well," Eric Simone, CEO of ClearBlade, told Digital Trends.


Turbocharge productivity and efficiency with AI - Watson

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Making search more intelligent Some companies have struggled to provide search platforms that can access information across multiple databases, documentation formats, fragmented customer histories, and extensive product catalogs. AI-enabled search platforms have the ability to interpret data in a variety of formats across a company's varied data repositories--including unstructured documents like PDF files, emails, and industry-specific formats such as engineering specs and drawings. Instead of bothering specialists over and over again, an organization can deploy AI technologies that allow employees to ask questions in natural language and get suggested answers back from comprehensive repositories of institutional knowledge. You can learn more about how AI systems are being used to augment organizational expertise, improve workflow and response times, and provide predictive insights.


Microsoft takes on Nest with a Cortana-based thermostat

Engadget

Microsoft isn't content to let Amazon or Alphabet dictate the future of the smart home. The software giant has unveiled a smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, that promises to one-up what you see from the likes of Nest. The slick-looking control packs both a translucent touchscreen and, more importantly, Cortana voice controls -- you don't have to talk to a speaker or your phone to change the temperature. Neither Microsoft nor Johnson Controls has said anything at this point (we're reaching out), but it's safe to say this will cost more than your average home climate controller.


Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now

USATODAY

Smart home devices can make everyday tasks easier, leaving more time and energy for other more important aspects of your life. If you're looking for ways to enjoy a slice of the smart home pie without parting with all of your hard-earned money, I highly recommend a smart plug like the TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug. You can control this smart plug from your phone, making it a breeze to fire up your a/c on the way home or turn on lights while you're on vacation (and it's much cheaper than a smart air conditioner or smart light setup). But if you're more concerned with the aesthetics of controlling a device from your phone or home assistant than with reducing your energy consumption, there's a version without the green feature for only $25.


The Startup Behind NYC's Plan to Replace Phone Booths with 7,500 Connected Kiosks

MIT Technology Review

Both cities are replacing outdated phone booths with Wi-Fi kiosks that have embedded computing tablets, USB charging ports, keypads for making phone calls, and large screens that display relevant information to passersby. New York, which started installing its "LinkNYC" kiosks in 2016, currently has more than 900 activated across all five boroughs and plans to increase that number to 7,500. Eventually, information from Intersection's future sensors could be combined to create real-time data maps that might be useful for emerging technologies such as self-driving cars. Next, Intersection is looking to deploy its digital screens in airports, apartment buildings, and office complexes.