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2017 trends: What does the future of big data, IoT, and artificial intelligence hold? - Electronic Products

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From smart cities to healthcare, here's a snapshot of major changes ahead Big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence have quickly become the cornerstones that define and uphold our interconnected, internet-driven reality. According to The Next Web, smart contracts represent the future of big data. At the end of 2016, Innovation Enterprise predicted that big data regulation would be prevalent in 2016 -- in light of recent hacks, we shouldn't be surprised to see more regulation going forward, though our browsing data became less protected under a new presidential administration. It's already May, and there isn't much in the way of either standardization or increased security, though the increasing frequency of hacks should have experts working hard.


How to socialize great smart cities strategies for all urban centers

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The Smart Cities for All initiative, led by G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs), with the support of Microsoft, has helped to produce a new toolkit to assist cities with implementing smart city programs that can help all community members. "Our discussions with city CIOs worldwide tell us that once they become more aware of this digital inclusion issue, of disability and accessible ICTs, they are strongly interested in addressing it–but they also know they need help and guidance in doing so," explains James Thurston, G3ict's Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, to Cities Today. These strategies include providing direct technical assistance to smart cities, driving accessible technology innovation in smart cities solutions, changing the global narrative, expanding tools offered to smart cities, evangelize ICT accessibility at a global scale and growing capacity via training and providing more knowledge. As Thurston and Pineda prepare to work on phase two of their plan, they will be looking into building more strategic partnerships to support direct technical assistance to cities.


Siri will soon control Belkin's WeMo smart switches

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WeMo, Belkin's line of smart light switches and plugs, will soon be compatible with Apple's HomeKit. "WeMo is offering this bridge to address the overwhelming request from customers to make currently installed Wemo products work with HomeKit and other HomeKit compatible products. The WeMo Bridge will allow current and future WeMo users to experience the benefits of HomeKit, including Siri integration and interoperability with other HomeKit devices while also leveraging all the WeMo features customers enjoy." The Bridge (pictured above) adds HomeKit integration into WeMo's smart plugs and light switches by using your WiFi connection.


Sorry, but the future isn't voice, either – Startup Grind – Medium

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The phenomenal rise of Amazon's Alexa, and its run against Google Home and Siri, has us aquiver again with talk of the war for voice, and who will win it. Apple and Google went for the car computer option first. Lack of integration is also a reason that some early attempts in smart home technology haven't really brought much, except remote control heartache. My instinct is that an open-standards play will win the day here, that plugging a device into your personal AI ought to have the same conformity you expect from plugging it into a power socket.


You can soon control Ikea smart lights with your voice

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Add one more perk to Ikea's elegant, affordable selection of smart lighting products: you can soon control them with your voice. According to Ikea's website, a gateway kit featuring two bulbs, remote control, and a gateway to access broadband Internet costs $79.99, while dimming kits go for roughly $27. Users can download a free app to control all Ikea lighting. "We think that smart home technology should be accessible for everybody," said Jeanette Skjelmose, business area manager for Ikea's lighting and smart home division, in a statement.


IKEA's affordable smart lights will dim with your voice

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Today, the Swedish retailer announced that their IKEA Home Smart products will respond to voice commands from Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant starting this summer. Making our products work with others on the market takes us one step closer to meet people's needs, making it easier to interact with your smart home products," said IKEA Home Smart's business leader Björn Block. In comparison, IKEA's Smart Lighting System's TRÅDFRI Gateway is half that price -- just $30, though the number of lights it supports is unclear. IKEA's aggressive pricing makes smart, voice-controlled lighting more accessible to a wider range of potential buyers.


Smart Cities NYC '17: Microsoft's deep dive into smart city tech - TechRepublic

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Everything from a new accessibility toolkit for smart cities, to an AI assistant, to a patrol car prototype were part of Microsoft's presentations at Smart Cities NYC '17. First on the agenda was Microsoft's announcement about its Smart Cities for All Toolkit to help city officials and urban planners design cities with inclusive features to assist people with disabilities. VIDEO: Smart Cities NYC '17: How to make urban areas inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities(TechRepublic) "I think cities have a lot to learn from Microsoft. VIDEO: Smart Cities NYC '17: How Los Angeles is using an AI bot as part of smart city tech (TechRepublic) "Chip was created by our IT organization to help the public navigate our business assistant virtual network," Coral said, explaining that the gateway is the city's procurement department and has historically been known as an application that is difficult to navigate.


How Big Data Helps Build Smart Cities

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Smart cities face serious challenges prior to widespread acceptance, but their integrated use of Big Data, IoT, and other technologies to solve contemporary urban issues should eventually lead to their adoption.


The Economic Benefits of Emerging Technologies

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In November of 2016, Louis Columbus from Forbes wrote, "This years' series of Internet of things and the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) forecasts reflect a growing focus on driving results using sensor-based data and creating analytically-rich data sets. This type of leap forward in computing could allow for not only faster analysis and computation across significantly larger data sets, it would also reduce the time to discovery for many business, intelligence and scientific challenges which include improving energy grids, protecting and encrypting data, simulations of molecules, research into new materials, development of new drugs, or understanding economic catalysts. Quantum computing can reduce time spent on physical experiments and scientific dead ends, resulting lower costs and faster solutions that can provide economic and societal benefit. While there is a wide variety of definitions of AI, artificial intelligence today is properly known as narrow AI (or weak AI), in that it is designed to perform a narrow task (e.g.


Amazon Echo Look Launches Amid Controversy - Star Cloud Services

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It turns out the smart mirror in the smart home is actually a smart camera, what a surprise! With talks of Snap Inc. becoming a "camera company" and Facebook resounding in its ability to replicate the trends as usual, it's a bit ironic that Alexa now is not just a "smart speaker", but can literally live inside your camera. That's the beauty of the evolution of computer vision and machine learning. Since Amazon's native image recognition technology, "Reokognition", can do facial analysis, it's a shoe-in that sentiment analytics can be easily integrated into how Amazon can potentially live in your closet.