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) …
Last week, we featured sales on gear from outdoor retailers who were hoping to get a jump on the creeping monolith that is Black Friday. Many other manufacturers and retailers are hoping to entice you into checking out their wares before you fall into a post-turkey stupor. If you're in the mood--or if you have better things to do on your holiday weekend than shop--we've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorite deals to check out. It may not be as beautiful as the Nest, but the Ecobee4 was our smart home thermostat of choice when we reviewed it last year. Temperature sensors ensure that the far reaches of your house remain unbaked (and unfrozen).
Despite the fact that there are many well-publicized problems with the Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise efforts to use it to achieve better business results, the fact is as IoT apps, devices and infrastructure matures, IoT will drive digital innovation in the coming years. Make no mistake, the problems hindering IoT development that we have identified previously are still problematic -- what enterprise can ignore the threat that unsecured endpoints pose -- but at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 in Barcelona in Spain, Gartner identified a number of emerging trends and technologies that will go a long way to solving IoT related problems. The result is that the IoT will continue to deliver new opportunities for digital business innovation as well as give CIOs that can master these trends, the push they need to drive digital transformation and development initiatives in their businesses. As data drives the IoT, AI will be applied to a wide range of IoT information, including video, still images, speech, network traffic activity and sensor data. A wide range of social, legal and ethical issues will grow in importance around ownership and use of data.
Mobile network EE plans to switch on 5G services in 16 cities across the UK cities in 2019. EE said the first six cities to get 5G coverage will be London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Coverage won't be total: 5G will be offered in the busiest parts of the six launch cites -- including Hyde Park in London, Manchester Arena, Belfast City Airport, the Welsh Assembly, Edinburgh Waverley train station and Birmingham's Bullring. EE said it will also be offering some 5G services in the busiest parts of ten other UK cities -- Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol. It could also pave the way for new services such as real-time virtual or augmented reality, autonomous driving, or a significant expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) usage.
By 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to generate an additional $344B in revenues, as well as to drive $177B in cost reductions. IoT and smart devices are already increasing performance metrics of major US-based factories. They are in the hands of employees, covering routine management issues and boosting their productivity by 40-60% . The following list of predictions (Figure 1) explores the state of IoT in 2019 and covering IoT impact on many aspects business and technology including Digital Transformation, Blockchain, AI, and 5G. By the end of this year there will be are around 3.6 billion devices that are actively connected to the Internet and used for daily tasks according to IT Pro .
An ambitious smart-city project spearheaded by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs has run into local resistance, causing delays. The backstory: Waterfront Toronto, a development agency founded by the Canadian government, partnered with the Google sister company in October 2017 to create a futuristic neighborhood on the Toronto waterfront. Sidewalk Labs plans to fill the 12-acre plot with driverless shuttle buses, garbage-toting robots, and other gadgets to show how emerging technologies can improve city life. The problem: Sidewalk Labs' connection to Google and vague descriptions of its business model alarmed privacy advocates and urban planners from the start. Local pushback has increased since, causing a key supporter to resign from the project and delaying the release of its final development plan to spring 2019.
What is Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT? Industry 4.0, Industrial IoT, and Industrial Internet are used interchangeably when talking about the new era of manufacturing. A digital ecosystem of connected machines, equipment and devices that communicate with one another, this cyber physical system with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication monitors and evaluates the physical processes in a manufacturing facility to ultimately make decentralized decisions. An evolution from Automation & Robotics, Industry 4.0 is the combination of computers and machine learning algorithms that gives equipment the ability to adjust and control processes based on data it collects. This is all done with very little human intervention.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip from TP-Link makes no compromises in providing six switched smart outlets and three always-on fast USB charging ports along with power-surge protection. From a sleek design that fits in with modern home décor, to integration with its well-designed app, to an array of voice-control assistant support and scheduling, TP-Link has managed to make the ideal device--a rare achievement in smart-home hardware or electronics of any kind. The key feature you want in a smart power strip is robust scheduling. If the app is just a glorified per-outlet on/off switch, it might be slightly useful. But at four or five times the cost of a regular power strip, why bother?
Smart homes are taking over and it seems like smart light bulbs are the gateway drug to all things Internet of Things. However, as with any new fangled device, the smart light bulb market grows on the daily -- and is possibly the most saturated smart device market out there. If you thought there were a lot of Amazon Echo devices to choose from, the smart light market is that, times a bazillion. It's totally normal if you have a lot of questions. Which smart bulbs require hubs or extra equipment?
There is no denying that we are in the midst of a digital revolution that is rapidly changing our society and economy in vast ways. I'd go so far as to say the impacts will be broader than those of the Industrial Revolution. Automation, propped up by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), is already having profound impacts on the lives we live, on a daily basis. Allow me to illustrate some relevant examples. Our homes are getting "smarter" as we adopt smart home technology driven by the internet of things (IoT).
Brian Hannon, Chief Commercial Officer at Voxpro – powered by TELUS International (Voxpro), a company that focuses on improving the digital customer experience, believes the only companies marketing connected products to consumers who will win will be those who think through the entire customer journey as part of their product design, development and evolution. "We're working with companies in the fastest growing areas, and IoT is clearly one of those," Hannon said, adding that "companies who have their own approach to customer experience, companies that embed planning for CX to work within the design of product are succeeding, and are way ahead with customer satisfaction while taking advantage of the feedback loop to improve those products over time." Hannon wrote in a recent blog that "harnessing digital connections to foster deeper human connections is the highest opportunity of the internet of things," and believes that given more devices, more software, more systems and more human attachment to living digitally will continue to grow, and that brands marketing smart homes, smart cars, wearables and more will succeed when they increase customer engagement, rather than trying to avoid it with "self-service" approaches. "Some companies underestimate the power of not only deepening customer relationships but taking advantage of behavioral data fundamental to improving that product, or building new products and services based on that intelligence," Hannon said. And because more and more sensors (for example fall detection sensors built into wearables or smartphones, or motion detection sensors installed in the homes) integrate messaging, notifications and alerts, the journey is not just one taken by one consumer, but by people connected with that consumer.