With a historic net neutrality vote set to take place tomorrow, people across the United States are rightly concerned about the future of the internet. Visions of price-tiered online spaces dancing in their heads, constituents all over the country are reaching out to their elected officials in a likely doomed effort to forestall what many see as the inevitable destruction of our mostly level digital playing field. But tomorrow's vote is about more than whether Comcast can charge you extra for streaming movies on Netflix. Just as the internet has seeped into many unexpected facets of our lives, abandoning net neutrality could have unexpected consequences in places you might not expect. If Elon Musk is correct, driverless cars could soon be everywhere.
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A recent survey of IEEE engineers reveals some interesting insights into the Internet of Things (IoT)--both challenges and expectations. Commissioned by Northeastern University Silicon Valley, the survey asked the engineers to answer nine questions about IoT development and deployment. Some of the answers might surprise you. While still in its infancy, the IoT is poised to change our lives in very personal and meaningful ways. The visionaries are already asking if robots will someday replace soldiers, if guns will be traded for cyber-bots, and if artificial intelligence (AI) will change the way we live our daily lives.
What do tomorrow's automakers have to do with net-zero buildings? Why it's important: This will transform the design and technology requirements for buildings in order to accommodate personal EVs and even electric fleets What It Is: Drillinginfo, a SaaS provider for the energy industry, has acquired Pattern Recognition Technologies (PRT), an energy forecasting software player. Why It Matters: Adding PRT's machine learning capabilities to predict energy consumption will allow Drillinginfo to enter horizontal markets in energy data analytics. This maneuver also bolsters Drillinginfo's North American customer base, particularly in clean energy data analytics. Why It Matters: Incumbents are reacting to the transition towards smart products by picking up smart home specialists.
Okay, marketers and technology enthusiasts have been talking about the coming of the Internet of Things (IoT) for years. But with products like Google Home and Amazon Echo emerging and gaining popularity, it's reasonable to suspect that 2017 is the year that IoT finally starts taking off. Even though original estimates held that we'd see 50 billion "connected" devices by 2020, revised estimates are still targeting nearly 30 billion, representing an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars in the near future. So here's the question--is your business ready for the IoT? Even if you don't deal directly with technology, IoT devices are going to have a massive impact on how you do business.
Samsung Electronics and Amazon have launched HDR10 Plus content for the latter's streaming service, the companies announced. Movies and TV series on Amazon Prime Video will be available in HDR10 Plus when viewed in Samsung's UHD TV, including the flagship QLED TVs. Around 100 offerings, including Amazon's self-produced The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle, will be initially available. There will be more to follow going forward, the firms said. Samsung and Amazon announced the partnership in April.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our personal and professional realm of connected devices. In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer at 7Summits, discussed how far from being part of the near future, "conversational things" is arriving now and explored with real-world examples. Speaker Bio Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC.
As people increasingly migrate to cities in search of jobs, services, and other urban benefits, local governments are turning to emerging technologies to respond to the pressures of their growing populations. Tech-savvy "smart cities" are reacting to heightened demands on scarce resources by developing new capabilities such as artificial intelligence (AI) and sensor-driven analytics to resolve myriad challenges, from crime to congestion. The new insights that result are helping city managers look at old problems in a new light, while cloud computing is making these efforts affordable and realistic. Analytics, for example, can help cities use existing resources more efficiently, according to Joel Cherkis, a group vice president at Oracle. "Traditionally, when crime rates go up, cities hire more police," he says.
In just over three years, clocks and calendars will mark the beginning of the third decade of the third millennium. As the pace of change in business technology shows no signs of slowing down, we can be certain that the future of workbeyond 2020 will be very different how we lived and worked in 2010. This decade saw the rise of tablet devices (the first iPad went on sale in 2010). DVD/Blu-ray sales declined as download and streaming services such as iTunes and Netflix changed how audiences access television and movies. The taxi industry was outflanked by innovative technology in the form of a new app with a better business model.
Technology moves fast, and when predicting the future, it can be hard to keep up. Here at Noggle, we believe in analyzing what's happening right now in order to gain a more accurate gauge of what's realistically going to come into being over the next few months and years ahead. To do this, where better to look for the ideas of the future than in the worldwide Patents database? Examining the concepts that have been submitted and protected now, gives a strong indication of where technology is heading and what innovations are taking place. Of course, not all inventions are created equal, and many patents won't last the course and make it into our collective future conscious and culture – this is why we have produced a broad overview of recent patents, and picked up on recurring and common aspects and topics.