How IBM Watson is powering every other business with AI

As the growing temptation for automated processes covers the varied industrial spectrum, Machine Learning is emerging into an ocean of possibilities while IBM’s Watson leads the marathon. From acting as a virtual chef of 65 recipes to embracing space programs, there’s a swathe of applications being ideated, built and rolled out to the public. Pulling […]

Is speech recognition software having a renaissance?

The past months have witnessed breakthrough announcements from Microsoft, IBM, and Google, all hitting new marks in speech recognition accuracy; they claim that the error rate has reached 5.1 percent — the word error rate of humans. Still, that doesn’t seem particularly accurate — the last time I spoke to a machine, I didn’t get the feeling […]

Visa and IBM want to make every device you own a cash register

IBM has teamed up with Visa to create thousands of potential points of sale, using Watson’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform to bring all devices online. Makers of cars, desks, fitness devices, and smart home appliances will be able to integrate Visa’s payments platform seamlessly, according to the company’s press release. See Also: Is diabetes […]

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5 predictions for artificial intelligence in 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially gone mainstream. Industry research firm Gartner named AI as its number one strategic technology for a second year in a row. The acquisitions race among giants like Google, IBM, Salesforce and Apple to purchase private AI companies keeps heating up — 2016 alone saw 40 AI-related acquisitions and our own research found that 62% […]

Our (info)graphic, short history of the Industrial Internet of Things

  [VIEW FULL INFOGRAPHIC HERE] The Internet of Things (IoT) is touted by many as the next industrial revolution. The IoT has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, and leading analyst firms predict that the next decade of continuous IoT development will spur global revenue growth of more than $2-3 trillion. Industry experts also agree […]

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Smart cities need banks’ data muscle more than governments

Though governments are vocal smart city champions, some industry pundits say connected cities need the data power of private sectors like banking to evolve. The future of smart cities was explored in a commentary on Payments Source by Hossein Rahnama, CEO of context-aware computing startup Flybits. As Internet of Things (IoT) technology proliferates throughout global […]

Key tech players create non-profit AI alliance

Tech giants Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google’s DeepMind, Facebook have joined forces to create a non-profit alliance called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Academics, non-profits, and specialists in policy and […]

Hypercat standard becomes Australian IoT cat’s meow

The chaotic Internet of Things (IoT) space just got a bit less fragmented as an Australian consortium chose to back the Hypercat technology standard. The Hypercat Australia group recently launched its efforts as a counterpart to the UK-based alliance pushing the Hypercat standard. This comes against the backdrop of competing standards vying for dominance in […]

Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project

Another company jumped on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way, with Wanxiang’s $30 billion smart city project. The Chinese electric car maker announced the mega-project at the Global Blockchain Summit. Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain technologies with smart city innovations. The project will involve […]

How to make steelworking a less dangerous profession

In recent years IoT has played an important role in worker safety with wearable and embedded sensors making it possible for workers to be monitored within their surroundings to prevent injury from falls, toxic gas, and overexertion. Wearable technology can prevent a range of injuries in some of the most dangerous occupations. North Star Bluescope […]

IaaS drives up U.S. fed cloud spending by 25%

U.S. federal government spending on cloud computing jumped 25% in the past three years, driven by infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investment. An article by Nextgov discusses the finding of a recent report by big data analysis firm Govini that shows strong cloud spending. This follows an earlier report that government spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) […]

USA Cycling drafts off IBM cloud in Rio gold hunt

In the ramp up to the Rio Olympics, USA Cycling Women’s Team Pursuit is boosting riders’ performance through connected devices and wearables that generate real-time insights via IBM’s Apache Spark cloud-based data analytics. Performance insights gained from data analytics are increasingly used as a training tool in the hyper-competitive field of top-tier sport, especially in […]

IBM’s Watson-powered Olli knows where you want to go

If a new driverless shuttle bus makes riders nervous, IBM’s Watson system is on board to make feel passengers feel less alone. And the bus’ cute name – Olli – might help, too. TechRepublic reports that Maryland’s Local Motors is partnering with IBM on its autonomous shuttle bus named Olli. IBM is contributing its Watson […]

Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Communications and networking might be overlooked by smart cities, missing out on the potential capabilities of partnering with telecoms to build “heterogeneous networks” that deliver service to multiple platforms. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) claims — in its latest report titled “The Central Role of Telecoms in the Smart City” — that emerging technologies […]