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Cognitive Business: Inside the Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite

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AI is likely to impact nearly every industry in the world much in the same way the computer has done over the past 50 years. That said, in the last couple years I've seen a lot of momentum in Retail (e.g., Lowe's smart kitchen design center, Ziosk restaurant kiosks), Manufacturing (e.g., Rolls Royce connected engines, eSmart Systems, Schneider Electric smart power), Healthcare (e.g., Dartmouth Hitchcock connected care), and Banking and other Financial services (e.g., Tangerine, Quarterspot loan success predictions). These industries have significant amounts of data already available to them that they can use at relatively low costs to gain real efficiencies in how they run their operations, employ their people, improve their products, and anticipate the needs of others so they can better serve their customers.


How Can Technology Improve Healthcare for Everyone?

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To be sure, technology will play a pivotal role in helping us solve complex challenges, but we can't have technological capability define what constitutes a worthy challenge. At the same time, I would encourage everyone who cares about health and healthcare to be curious about and familiar with the rapid advances in data science and machine learning, hardware prototyping, communication technologies, and sensors networks, because we can then better define complex challenges in ways that motivate technologists. We need technologists, system engineers, and service interaction designers to work together to build more efficient and dignified services for low-income Americans. This question originally appeared on Quora.


The One Big Surprise In Elon Musk's 'Master Plan' For Tesla

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When Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his much-hyped master plan for his company this week, very little about it came as a surprise?


Germany Will Now Require 'Black Boxes' In Self-Driving Cars

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday. Manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals. The draft is due to be sent to other ministries for approval this summer, a transport ministry spokesman said. Germany is home to some of the world's largest car companies including Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE, Daimler and BMW and the government wants the industry to become a global player in the market for self-driving vehicles.


Why A Mining Company Is Getting Into Face Recognition Software

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Caterpillar Safety Services, a consultancy branch of the global mining company, has partnered with the tech company Seeing Machines to put fatigue detection software in thousands of mining trucks around the world. Last month in Nevada, for instance, a mining truck driver had three fatigue events within four hours; he was contacted onsite and essentially forced to take a nap. Last February in North Carolina, one night shift truck driver who experienced a fatigue event realized it was a sign of an underlying sleep disorder and asked his site management for medical assistance. Crane expects the use of fatigue detection technology in consumer cars to increase "exponentially" in the next few years.


Driver Killed While Using Tesla's 'Autopilot' Feature

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The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may become a setback for the growing number of tech and car companies investing heavily in autonomous driving technology. Regulators scrambled last year to write new rules for self-driving cars after Tesla announced hasty plans to release its limited Autopilot feature. In January, at the Consumer Electronics Show -- more or less the Detroit Auto Show of tech -- it seemed nearly every major car company unveiled some kind of autonomous feature. The death exacerbated already simmering concerns over the safety of Tesla's battery-powered vehicles.


It May Surprise You Which Countries Are Replacing Workers With Robots the Fastest

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Last fall we took a close look at the world's 25 largest manufacturing export economies to see which countries are most aggressively automating production and which are lagging. Nearly half of the countries -- Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand -- are generally considered emerging markets. Surprisingly, the countries moving ahead most aggressively -- installing more robots than would be expected given their productivity-adjusted labor costs -- were all emerging markets: Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Countries moving more slowly in the adoption of industrial robotics include Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Poland.


Are Smartphones 'Over'?

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And analysts and product designers said fresh breakthroughs are running up against the practical limits of what's possible in current smartphone hardware in terms of screen size, battery life and network capacity. The financial stakes are high as the futures of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the world's three biggest listed companies at the end of last year, may turn on who gets the jump on making handsets redundant. Lindholm, now runs KoruLab, developers of compact, ultra-efficient software for running wearable devices. Financial analysts at UBS estimate smartphone makers will generate more than 323 billion in revenue this year, a 1.4 percent decline from last year.