You might still think of TiVo as a DVR company, but this year a different strategy is starting to emerge. TiVo didn't bring any consumer hardware to CES 2017; instead, the company showed off a brand-new TiVo interface--first announced last September--that tries to predict what you might watch based on past viewing patterns. That new interface should become available for the entire TiVo customer base this year, says Paul Stathacopoulos, TiVo's vice president of strategy. It can also run on Android, paving the way for new streaming devices with TiVo's recommendations, browsing experience, and search on top. TiVo's emphasis on software, rather than hardware, at CES shouldn't be a huge surprise.
I was recently consulting for an organisation that was looking to implement a framework to govern the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. Like many organisations in their sector, they had been running various'lab' experiments for some time, and had seen positive results; but there was still something holding them back from wholesale investment. A major consulting firm had encouraged them to'accelerate' their innovation by using a framework to govern the roll-out. I asked them where they felt it needed more focus, and they responded saying that it felt somewhat vanilla, a re-hashing of any-old IT project management best practice. "Surely there is something different about AI", they asked?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) electroreduction could provide a useful source of ethylene, but low conversion efficiency, low production rates, and low catalyst stability limit current systems. Here we report that a copper electrocatalyst at an abrupt reaction interface in an alkaline electrolyte reduces CO2 to ethylene with 70% faradaic efficiency at a potential of 0.55 volts versus a reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). Hydroxide ions on or near the copper surface lower the CO2 reduction and carbon monoxide (CO)–CO coupling activation energy barriers; as a result, onset of ethylene evolution at 0.165 volts versus an RHE in 10 molar potassium hydroxide occurs almost simultaneously with CO production. Operational stability was enhanced via the introduction of a polymer-based gas diffusion layer that sandwiches the reaction interface between separate hydrophobic and conductive supports, providing constant ethylene selectivity for an initial 150 operating hours.
Let's say you're writing an application, and you want to give it a conversational interface: your users will type some command, and your application will do something in response, possibly after asking for clarification. There are lots of terms associated with this technology -- conversational commerce, bots, AI agents, etc. I think it's much clearer to call it a Linguistic User Interface (LUI), by analogy with the Graphical User Interface (GUI) you could attach to the same application. Imagining your application with a GUI is a good antidote to potentially woolly thinking about "AI agents". You still need to wire the UI to the underlying application, and the conceptual model of your underlying application is still going to play a dominant role in the overall user experience.