If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
I'm pleased to say that the IDC MarketScape has positioned the IBM Watson IoT Platform as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Software Vendors) 2017 Vendor Assessment (doc #.US42033517, July 2017). IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms, 2017 Software Vendor Assessment stated, "IBM has created a strong analytics brand with Watson and can demonstrate the power of cognitive analytics in the IoT." Additionally, through Watson IoT solutions for Connected Products, Connected Operations and Industry-specific IoT environments, IBM has a clear advantage in delivering an IoT platform designed to directly support the number one driver of IoT platform decisions by clients -- clear contribution to defined business outcomes. If you'd like to read an excerpt of the IDC MarketScape's report to find out why Watson IoT Platform was named a leader, you can read more about the IDC MarketScape Report here.
Real-time insights generated from connected stadiums and even connected athletes are changing coaching styles, training approaches and the way fans engage with what they are seeing. In preparation for last year's Olympic Games, the IBM jStart team designed a digital training solution for the USA Cycling team. The solution pulled together all data sources that were part of an IoT solution into a single dashboard, giving the team real-time, actionable insights that helped take them from fifth place in world competition to a gold medal in the 2016 World Championship and silver in the 2016 Olympics. This is just a quick glimpse into how the sporting IoT can enhance fan engagement and provide athletes and coaches with real-time, actionable insights from data.
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: Tim Baxter, President and Chief Operating Officer of Samsung Electronics America, speaks during a press event for CES 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on analysis of over 200 hardware startups, the HAX Hardware Trends Report has identified six key ways the world of connected devices has evolved and will impact our lives in the coming years.