Death of Socrates

Will the Internet of Things Accelerate the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Like the Internet of Things that shed its drab machine-to-machine image of a decade ago to become the cornerstone of the digital transformation movement, artificial intelligence technology is sprouting a new life from its 50-plus years old roots. (Yes, we’ve been doing artificial intelligence, admittedly with limited success, since the late 50s.)

There’s no doubt that AI has achieved impressive success over the last decade, promising a growing field of practical use of AI technology.

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Philosopher Illuminated by the Light of the Moon and the Setting Sun (Dali, 1939)

Designing Self-Driving Cars: Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics Are Not Helpful

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Artificial intelligence (AI) technology continues its aggressive foray into nearly every aspect of our lives, from the seemingly human-like (most of the time) interactions with Alexa to fully autonomous cars that in the not so distant future will be able to handle complex navigation and steering scenarios better than most human drivers.

Conversations about robot cars that make split-second life-and-death decisions involving car occupants and pedestrians inevitably invoke Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics that first appeared in his 1942 short story Runaround:

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The Omnibus (Honore Daumier, 1864)

I Want to Say One Word to You: Batteries!

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Electric Cars: Not So Fast

The future of personal and commercial mobility is undoubtedly electric. But thus far, sales of electric vehicles have been disappointing. A hefty price tag and lack of charging infrastructure continue to stall broad adoption, especially in regions that are afflicted by air pollution and should see high demand for EVs.

Internal combustion vehicles will continue to dominate the new vehicle market for the next five to ten years. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) estimates that by 2030, EVs will make up 44% of all new vehicle sales in Europe, 41% in China, 34% in the US and 17% in Japan. India,  owing to a shortage of charging infrastructure and a lack of affordable EV models, will trail these regions, with only 7% of total sales.

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Five Hammers (Wayne Thiebaud, 1972 )

The Problem With This Big Hammer Called Artificial Intelligence

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Everything is Artificial Intelligence

If your only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.  This overly used cliché seems very apropos when thinking about the rush to suggest artificial intelligence technology for practically every product and flaunt machine learning as a silver bullet for whatever problem the new product or service is purported to crack.

Indeed, AI technology can be very powerful.  Recent advances in machine learning, aided by ubiquitous connectivity and distributed cloud computing, demonstrate how potent this technology is and promise much more to come.  But AI-based systems can also be difficult to build and even more so to scale and deploy.

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Planetary Folklore (Victor Vasarely, 1969)

Connected PLM: Making Better and Faster Product Lifecyle Decisions

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The industrial Internet of Things is breathing a new life into product lifecycle (PLM) practices and PLM software itself.

From its early days, the mantra and promise of product lifecycle management was anchored in the ability to harmonize all product lifecycle activities and frontload complex design and manufacturing. The promised benefits centered on accelerating design and manufacturing ramp up and reducing associated cost by identifying mistakes and resolving conflicts early on, when the cost of design change is still low. Additionally, a centralized repository of reusable designs, best practices, compliance procedures and other objects fosters reuse of enterprise knowledge and experience. These, in turn, reduce the number of design iterations, lower the cost of engineering change orders (ECOs), improve product quality, reduce warranty costs and accelerate time to market.

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