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) …
The company says it can accurately disaggregate 80 percent of home energy use; it can do things like detect a microwave oven through its very specific startup and operating power "signature," or sense a washing machine thanks in part to subtly increasing demand on the motor as the drum fills with water. As it identifies garage door openers, toasters, microwave ovens, washing machines, heaters, and refrigerators, it displays them on an app as a newsfeed and a series of labeled bubbles. Green Mountain Power, an electric utility serving 260,000 customers in Vermont, is planning to pilot the technology in customer homes in the town of Panton. The goal: to get homeowners interested in monitoring home energy usage--the necessary first step toward getting them to do things like shut off equipment at critical peak times or better align their household usage with household solar power generation (another data point Sense can track).
Smart Meters for a Smarter Planet Consider smart meters' (the kind that Talend Data Masters' winners m2ocity and Springg are using) impact on data growth. Each of the airline's A380 aircrafts contain roughly 24,000 sensors, which generate 1.6 GB of data per flight from Smart meter technology. Using the smart meter analytics technology, Air France can now detect potential needed repairs 10 to 20 days before they occur. Companies applying open, native technologies like Talend for real-time big data integration, which requires zero hand- coding, utilizes Spark, Spark Streaming and Spark machine learning, can start to get more insight from their data.