Here's what we wanted to see from CES, but didn't


Jefferson Graham runs down the winners and losers of CES 2018. Toto's $19,000 Floating Tub has a heated headrest and "brings freedom from gravity, releasing stress on joints and encouraging ultimate relaxation." LAS VEGAS -- The $19,000 high-end floating bathtub from Japanese manufacturer Toto was cool, but a cutting edge tech gadget? The mammoth technology convention formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show was stacked with home and bath products this year. While a new Kohler toilet is Bluetooth-enabled and lets you flush by asking Alexa to do just that, it was hard to lump these appliance upgrades in with some of the technological leaps that really made a mark in our lives.

Three EECS professors join leadership team

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The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has announced the appointment of two new associate department heads, and the creation of the new role of associate department head for strategic directions. Professors Saman Amarasinghe and Joel Voldman have been named as new associate department heads, effective immediately, says EECS Department Head Asu Ozdaglar. Ozdaglar became department head on Jan. 1, replacing Anantha Chandrakasan, who is now dean of the School of Engineering. Professor Nancy Lynch will be the inaugural holder of the new position of associate department head for strategic directions, overseeing new academic and research initiatives. "I am thrilled to be starting my own new role in collaboration with such a strong leadership team," says Ozdaglar, who is also the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The road to AI leads through information architecture


Ford drove the first automobile down the streets of Detroit in 1890. It would take another 30 years before the company streamlined production and made cars available to the mass market. The obvious lesson: Sometimes technology has a long gestation period before we can scale it for everyday use. But, digging a bit deeper, there is a more profound lesson. Over the first hundred years of the self-propelled vehicle, manufacturers established essential building blocks -- standard components like the combustion engine, steering wheel, and axle.

AI and Machine Learning major growth areas in technology: Lenovo Gadgets Now


LAS VEGAS: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are going to be major areas of growth in the tech world to leverage these for improving productivity and efficiencies, according to one of the top executives of Lenovo. Ken Wong, President of Asia Pacific with the Fortune 500 company, said that their own experience from AI and ML internally in several countries is being packaged and sold to large companies -- starting with China -- to improve productivity and business. "We are one of the biggest companies on planet to effectively leverage AI and ML for efficient global supply operations and for planning and management of manufacturing," Wong told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 here. To further leverage technology for manufacturing processes, Wong said the company was setting up three specialised research labs in the United States, Germany and China on AI and ML. The company, he said, would invest around $1.2 billion in the next two to four years to be on the cutting edge of these growth areas.

Geek of the Week: UW student Christine Betts wins first Allen Institute for AI engineering scholarship


LAS VEGAS – While finished products get most of the attention at the annual CES consumer electronics show, "ingredient technologies" are the unsung heroes, setting the stage for exciting new devices and services in the years ahead. Two of those "ingredient technologies" being touted at CES 2018 are 5G wireless and artificial intelligence, officials say. "5G and AI are heralds for the coming data age," said Steve Koenig, senior director of research for the Consumer Technology Association, owner and sponsor of CES, which opened Tuesday and runs through Friday. "CES is going to set the pace for that." It will fuel new services and technologies such as the Internet of Things, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

Banking Must Move From Mobile-First to AI-First


While there are many important technological trends impacting the banking industry, none may be more important than artificial intelligence (AI) and the ability to use data, advanced analytics and digital technology to deliver a better customer experience. Technology continues to impact the banking industry, as more and more transactions move from physical to digital channels. The application of big data insights and advanced analytics (machine learning) has changed the internal operations, external experiences and competitive battlefield in financial services.With so much change, banks and credit unions are rethinking their business models for the future. In a study from Accenture, it is proposed that the winners of the future will be characterized not only by technological capabilities, but also by the ability to use technology to empower people within the organization. According to the 28-page report, Technology Vision 2017, "It is that combination of people and technology that will truly create competitive advantage in the banking industry of the future."

The Five Fundamental Building Blocks for Artificial Intelligence in Banking


To find success with artificial intelligence, banks and credit unions will need to cultivate new capabilities -- from machine learning to natural language processing. Computer scientist and celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil says artificial intelligence will match human intelligence by 2029, and that by 2045, it will have multiplied the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion times. Predictions like this abound amid the hype surrounding AI. Real understanding however, is less common. Many enterprises are unclear about what constitutes AI, where it can be applied, and how to prioritize its use cases within the organization.

4 predictions for the future of work


I'm optimistic that future education will become more flexible to suit the needs of a 21st century workforce. Project-based schools, many offered by technology experts, are cropping up. Examples include Holberton in San Francisco, founded by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier; Wildflower School in Boston, founded by former Google exec Sep Kamvar; and Portfolio in New York, founded by Babur Habib and Doug Schachtel. These schools set the stage for what future education will look like. We will rethink the way talent is developed and deployed, and prepare students for a lifetime of learning better paced to the rapid evolution of skills.

Pizza-Making Robot Chef


A group of engineers from PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II, led by Prof. Bruno Siciliano, is developing a service robot that is mastering the craft of pizza-making. In order for RoDyMan to learn from the best, the project has engaged a famous Neapolitan pizzaiolo, Enzo Coccia, who had to wear a biokinetic sensorized suit so that the robot could record and replicate his movements. The goal of the project is to create a robot that can dynamically manipulate deformable objects, such as the pizza dough, making it able to undertake tasks that are typically considered as human-executed. According to Prof. Siciliano, the project is still under development and its expected year of completion is in 2019 when he wishes to showcase the robot at Naples' pizza festival. For more videos, subscribe to Mashable News: http://on.mash.to/SubscribeNews

The future of AI as a creative marketing tool


AI attracts a lot of attention from many different industries, and marketing is no exception. There are a lot of discussions going on about how AI can help companies make their marketing efforts more efficient. When speaking about AI in marketing, the focus is usually on how AI can effectively process big data to make predictions, help marketers save time on repetitive tasks, or drive conclusions from big chunks of data. AI already helps us with automation and making better marketing decisions, so it's safe to say the technology can execute complex analytical tasks. But we all know marketing is not only about crunching data -- it is also about creativity.