Artificial Intelligence in the News – 26Nov2019

The current trend in tech, no matter what the venue, is Artificial Intelligence (AI) | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #HealthCare | Fashionable and trendy, the use of AI in society is looked upon as progressive and modern, not to mention smart and intelligent. No matter what the facts may be–whether AI’s the savior or the destroyer of mankind–everyone wants it, and they want it now.

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The future is now!

One of the reasons why corporations and governments across the globe are sure to continue their efforts to develop AI is the fact that this tech is capable of reading, sorting, assessing, analyzing, and logically, systematically reporting on huge quantities of data–commonly called Big Data.

But, will corporations and governments stop with Big Data? Let me take a guess… “No!” and let me tell you why, because AI is capable of so much more.

–Allan B. Colombo

The following is a quick look at AI in the news:

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Can Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails The Healthcare Industry? | Personal healthcare experiences often spark pioneering cures, and Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait, is no exception. After two immediate family members weathered serious health issues, Dasgupta brought his digital expertise in manufacturing to the healthcare industry. Click Here!

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges | A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked. As part of Stanford’s ongoing 100-year study on artificial intelligence, known as the AI100, two workshops recently considered the issues of care technologies and predictive modeling to inform the future development of AI technologies. Click here!

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester | IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019. Click Here!

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Can Artificial Intelligence Learn to Learn? | As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence into their systems, technology professionals are looking at a new frontier of AI innovation. This is in the area of Meta-Learning. Meta-Learning is simply learning to learn. We humans have the unique ability to learn from any situation or surrounding. We adapt our learning. We can figure out how we can learn. To acquire this kind of flexibility in learning, AI needs Artificial General Intelligence. Click Here!

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Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and ’emotionally’ bond with AI | PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed. The bizarre prediction was made by Dr Maciej Musiał from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Click Here!

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UAV’s in Conventional Security: Will It Happen?

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UAV’s in Conventional Security: Will It Happen? | #TpromoCom #Drone #UAV #Security | The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) in conventional security is almost a given when you stand back and look at the solution itself and what it can do to assist corporations as well as municipalities. Possibly one of the biggest hurdles that lie ahead of us, however, is public perception of its use and the intent behind those using it.

The following are a collection of news items that center on the use of UAV’s (i.e. Drones) in a variety of settings. The first is an article in #SDMag that touches on the current state of the industry in conventional security. Frankly, it’s well done and thoroughly researched. Case studies provide an in-depth look at how it’s being used, and surprisingly enough, we learn from Ford Motors that their use of drones has more to do with assisting security personnel than replacing them. Take a look. –Al Colombo

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The Security Industry Is Ripe for Disruption & Drones Might Be What Does It | #TpromoCom #Drone #Security #Safety | The security industry’s use of drones has exploded in the past 12 months, making adoption lightning-fast for an industry known as a bit of a dinosaur. If you haven’t started offering drone solutions for your customers, you’re already late. Click It!

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Alpha 800 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) | #TpromoCom #Army #Drone #UAV | Alpha 800 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is manufactured by Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS). The unmanned rotorcraft is configured to perform multiple tasks including reconnaissance, surveillance, inspections, and delivery of emergency supplies.

The medium-range platform is designed for surveillance and target acquisition and is capable of detecting surface targets in all weather conditions. Click It!

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Did the White House Use Drone Killing Technology? | #TpromoCom #WhiteHouse #Drone #Kill | At about 3 a.m. on Monday morning, a small quadcopter drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, crashed on the White House lawn. White House officials said that the drone, by itself, was unarmed and didn’t represent a threat. Authorities quickly located the owner, a government employee, who has managed (so far at least) to convince the Secret Service that he made an innocent mistake flying his drone outside of the White House in the wee hours of the morning. Click It!

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The Endless Aerial Surveillance of the Border | #TpromoCom #Border #Police #Security | New reports suggest that drone activity at the southern border is spreading to nearby cities, erasing the line between police procedures and immigration enforcement.

A collaboration between journalism students and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties group, probes this deceptively simple question. Click It!

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Tackle Box for the Modern Fisherman: Rod, Reel, Drone | #TpromoCom #Drone #Fishing #Angler | Anglers use the flying machines to drop bait where the big fish swim; ‘Lots of things could go wrong.’

When fisherman Robbie Riches laments the ones that got away, he means his $1,000 drones. Click It!

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European Drone Regulations: The EASA High Level Conference at Amsterdam Drone Week | #TpromoCom #EU #Drone #Regulations #Event | Europe’s leading drone conference, Amsterdam Drone Week, takes place December 4 – 6: and the EASA High Level Conference on drones meeting there could have a major impact on the global drone industry. Click it!

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Wearables Market Headed for a Shakeup as Google Seeks to Acquire Fitbit

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Wearables Market Headed for a Shakeup as Google Seeks to Acquire Fitbit | #TpromoCom  #Parks #Google #Wearables | According to Reuters and CNBC, Google (aka Alphabet) has made an offer to acquire Fitbit. This stands to considerably shake up the wearables space.

Fitbit is the number one wearables company in the US—Parks Associates consumer surveys find that among the 19% of heads of US broadband households that own and use wearables, Fitbit has nearly 60% penetration—twice that of its nearest competitor, Apple.

Looking specifically at smart watch models, Parks Associates finds that Fitbit smart watches and the Apple Watch are nearly neck and neck in terms of consumer adoption. Fitbit has been largely successful in getting its users to move from its lower-cost (and lower profit) fitness trackers, with Parks Associates consumer survey data finding that 40% of Fitbit users in US broadband households use one of its smart watch models.

A Google acquisition of Fitbit would make Google the number one name in the US wearables market overnight, and give it a highly useful entry point into the healthcare market. While there’s been some speculation that Google may be seeking to acquire Fitbit for its IP, it seems more likely that Fitbit’s strong brand and popularity among consumers would make it an acquisition a la Nest rather than the next Motorola.

However, Google also has its own smart watch platform—Wear OS—which is used to power smart watches from companies such as the Fossil Group, LG, Misfit, Casio, and Mobvoi.

What will an acquisition of Fitbit do to Google’s existing smart watch platform? While Google may seek to keep both alive for a while, it seems likely that Fitbit—the stronger, more popular brand—would receive the bulk of Google’s time, attention, and resources, leaving Wear OS to the fate of Google Inbox, Hangouts, and Google Reader. It’s too soon to tell for sure, but history isn’t exactly on Wear OS’s side.

Interested in learning more about the US wearables market? We recently published research looking at this space. Go check out our new 360 Deep Dive: Consumer Demand for Connected Wearableswhich answers the following questions:

  • What is the current state of the connected wearables market?
  • How are leading device makers managing the growing blending of the wrist wearables categories?
  • What are the major barriers to connected wearable adoption?
  • What types of functionality are most in-demand by consumers?
  • How do the customers of big four wearables players – Fitbit, Apple, Samsung, and Garmin – differ in terms of their priorities and use of devices?

To read the remainder of this news release, click here.

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VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator

VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator | #TpromoCom #Voice #AI | Latest VoiceBase release provides organizations omni-channel views of their customers and unparalleled flexibility and speed in deployments

San Francisco, CA, USA, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VoiceBase, the leading AI-driven voice analytics company, today announced Text Analytics. This new capability empowers organizations to analyze text data in parallel with voice data. Customers can now ingest text data from chat, messaging, email, social platforms, forums and help platforms such as Zendesk, ServiceNow and Salesforce.

“Combining text data with our award winning AI-powered voice analytics platform allows for organizations to truly listen to the omni-voice of the customer,” said Mark Langsfeld, VP of Product, VoiceBase.Enterprises will now be able to leverage consistent categorization and analysis using a unified platform, rather than siloed channel views of critical customer information.Introducing VoiceBase Online

With the competitive landscape changing many industries, customer experience is at the core of digital transformation.  To enable customers to optimize the time to market for speech and text analytics, VoiceBase is also introducing VoiceBase Online. VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted SaaS application that hosts the analytics databases with optimized query schemas, data transformations, and front-end visual analytics, powered by Tableau.

“In a changing analytics world, many customers ask for self-service, but a segment of customers also desire full-service analytics.  VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted, highly scalable, and affordable option for organizations that value speed to market with their voice of the customer analytics,” said Langsfeld.

General availability for VoiceBase Online is January 2020.

Introducing VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator

To help organizations rapidly deploy speech and text analytics at scale, VoiceBase is also announcing Enterprise Accelerator. 

Enterprise Accelerator is a tightly integrated, turn-key analytics platform.  Through simple online configuration, Enterprise Accelerator creates and continually maintains a performant and easy-to-query warehouse in your own Snowflake, Redshift, or Azure SQL instance.  Enterprise Accelerator also provisions a companion Tableau server site with a suite of ready-to-customize dashboards.

Langsfeld added “Speed and flexibility are at the heart of Enterprise Accelerator, and our alpha customers and partners are really excited by how fast we can go from a call recording to enterprise scale analytics within hours.”

“At Delta Dental of Washington, Enterprise Accelerator allowed us to spend time on analysis, without having to build out an internal analytics environment.  Deploying through Enterprise Accelerator easily saved us months of project time,” said Becky Masters, Director of Digital Experience.

General availability for VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator is January 2020.

To learn more about Text Analytics, VoiceBase Online, and Enterprise Accelerator, stop by the Tableau Conference 2019 in Las Vegas from November 12th through 15th.  VoiceBase will be in the expo hall at Mandalay Bay, booth 639.

About VoiceBase

VoiceBase helps people bring vision to voice.  VoiceBase’s AI-driven platform allows people to quickly process speech and text data to create actionable insight.

To learn more about VoiceBase, please visit https://www.VoiceBase.com.

To talk to VoiceBase’s sales team, please visit https://www.voicebase.com/contact-us/contact-sales/.

Mercury Systems Selected by Raytheon to Supply Critical Technology

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Mercury Systems Selected by Raytheon to Supply Critical Technology for LTAMDS Radar Program to enhance U.S. Army Threat Awareness

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) today announced that its high-performance signal processing and RF solutions were selected by Raytheon for its advanced Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program, the Army’s next-generation missile defense radar. LTAMDS is a new radar that will ultimately replace the U.S. Army’s current Patriot radars, and will operate on the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense network.

“Since 2009, Mercury has been a strategic supplier for Patriot and we continue to deliver best-of-breed technologies and rapid deployment services that improve nearly every aspect of the system,” said Didier Thibaud, Mercury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Now with LTAMDS, our customer can count on Mercury to continue supplying affordable secure and safety-critical processing subsystem solutions providing our military forces with a strategic and tactical advantage.”“We are looking forward to working with Mercury, one of our key LTAMDS strategic partners, on this next evolution in air and missile defense,” said Doug Burgess, Raytheon’s LTAMDS program director. “We share the same vision of bringing forth solutions that provide the warfighter overmatch capability quickly and affordably. Mercury has a strong understanding of where we are heading from a technological perspective, which enables them to collaborate with us for innovative solutions for this key program.”LTAMDS draws from a portfolio of combat-proven modular open-system capabilities the companies worked on together that are scalable and configurable. LTAMDS is designed to be fully operable with the U.S. Army’s existing architecture. The solution expands battlespace coverage to protect soldiers from advanced air and missile threats. Its design helps the U.S. Army prevail when they confront the “tyranny of distance” in places like the Pacific theater, where the vast expanse of ocean complicates communications and situational understanding.

Mercury’s radar signal processing subsystems are designed, made and supported from trusted DMEA facilities.

For more information, visit www.mrcy.com/#radar-solutions or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or info@mrcy.com.

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters®

Mercury Systems is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com and follow us on Twitter.

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More than 50% of new security system owners self-installed their system

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More than 50% of new security system owners self-installed their system

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES® examines impact of DIY and smart home on the security industry with executives from Arlo Technologies, Google, Ring, and SimpliSafe

November 7, 2019

New research from Parks Associates reports that 51% of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed their system. This is up from only 10% of security system owners who acquired their system six or more years ago, and 88% of self-installers report the setup was easy or very easy for their system.

The international research firm will explore the impact of DIY and smart home solutions on the security market, including strategies to leverage innovations to expand adoption, at the fifteenth annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Smart Home Business Models and Strategies on January 7 at CES® 2020 in Las Vegas.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit features multiple sessions examining mass-market business strategies, partnership opportunities, next-gen home services, energy management solutions, and smart home platforms, concluding with a networking reception. CONNECTIONS™ Summit sponsors include Alarm.com, ARM, Cirrent, Inspire, Sprosty Network, Trusource Networks, and MMB Networks.

“New DIY security solutions entering the market are designed from the ground up to be self-installed by the consumer, so they are designed to deliver a smooth, painless experience on installation and setup,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “These solutions seek to appeal to households unmoved by traditional self-installed security systems. Value propositions such as security and peace-of-mind have always appealed to a broad base of consumers, so as DIY products evolve to deliver an easy off-the-shelf experience, security adoption will start to crack the 70% of households that do not have and do not plan to acquire a security system.”

The session “Disruption in Home Security: Smart Home Convergence” features the following speakers:

  • Naveen Chhangani, VP, Product and Services, Arlo Technologies
  • Vera Tzoneva, Head of Assistant Distribution Partnerships, Google
  • Andrew Vloyantes, GM of Installed Solutions, Ring
  • Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe

“Over the past decade of keeping people’s homes and businesses safe, we’ve seen that more and more customers want solutions that fit their lives without compromising on security and privacy protections,” said Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is a one-day executive summit that focuses on the best business models and value propositions in the Internet of Things (IoT), the smart home, and connected and mobile CE and services. The event includes eight executive sessions and a networking reception on January 7, the opening day of CES.

For more information on Parks Associates research or events, visit www.parksassociates.com, or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at Sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas. The executive event features one day of panel discussions on the smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), energy services, connected health, and connected entertainment, with trends and implications for connected consumers and opportunities for companies to build new revenues and develop innovative business models. The 14th annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 7 during CES, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit. http//www.connectionssummit.com

DIY Dominates IP Camera Mkt & Flir Launches New Deep Learning Camera

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DIY dominates network camera market

Parks Associates’ Smart Market Product Assessment on networked cameras reports 68% of owners self-installed their networked camera in Q4 2018, compared to 49% in Q4 2016. This shift toward DIY options comes as both ease of use and retail availability for this product increase. Read more »

Editor’s Note: I realize that professionals in the security market may not want to hear this news, but it’s becoming an issue, one that savvy business folks will take time to study. There are two basic options: 1) profit from it, or 2) fight it. At the end of the day, the decision rests with you. –Al Colombo

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Flir launches first deep learning – enabled machine learning camera

Flir Systems, Inc. has just launched the Flir Firefly DL, the industry’s first deep learning, inference-enabled machine vision camera with Flir Neuro technology. Read more »