Posts Tagged ‘smart devices’

Google Glass, Small Business, & the Internet of Things

Ron Callari of InventorSpot recently discussed the role Google Glass could take in small business. He writes, “The small business folk I’m thinking would gravitate to Glass are journalists and bloggers who would be able to report instantaneously while on a remote assignment, in advance of returning to their computers. Store owners with the use of QR codes would be able to promote specials and discounted promos to consumers who are passing their shops. Imagine being able to conduct a meeting while walking down the street, while simultaneously reading your emails. You could collaborate with co-workers, read their documents while communicating with them verbally. Small business owners could solve mundane issues quicker, allowing them to spend less time on the tactical and more time on the strategic side of their business.” Read more

An Intelligent TV Ecosystem: How the Viewer Experience Will Change

Martin Focazio of Interactive TV Today recently wrote, “Today, televisions have poor manners. They don’t listen, they don’t shut up, and they constantly show you things you’re not really interested in seeing. They show violent content to your kids when you’re not around and they don’t even have the courtesy to pause the program when you leave the room. This blind, deaf and dumb machine that dominates our homes is about to change radically. The television of tomorrow will be an ever-observant and civilized part of the home with unmatched access to your tastes and preferences. Like a good butler, it will unobtrusively respond to your wishes (verbalized or not), it will react appropriately to who is in the room and it will offer an appropriate selection of content for your enjoyment. In short, the television of tomorrow will know you and the people you live with, will know what you like, and will seem intelligent–perhaps nearly sentient.” Read more

Machine Learning + Deep NLP: The Quest for Understanding at Cognition

As the Internet of Things expands its reach, more and more of the everyday objects that we surround ourselves with are becoming “smart.” It’s already happening with our phones, our microwaves, our refrigerators, our lighting systems — entire houses are gaining an element of artificial intelligence, allowing us to communicate with objects via language. In most cases, those communications are as basic as possible, i.e. “Dim lights” or “Call Susan.” But with technologists and linguists putting their mental muscle to the test, we will soon find ourselves immersed in an array of objects, tools, and machine-based services that we will be able to converse with using natural language.

One of the experts pushing person-to-machine communication forward is Kathleen Dahlgren, a PhD linguist, adjunct professor at UCLA, and President of Cognition. The company is comprised of “a team of pioneering technologists applying computational linguistics, formal semantics and machine learning to bring you intelligent dialogue with machines.” At the recent Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco, Kathleen discussed the innovative work she is doing at Cognition using the example of a smart television. Read more

Here Comes the Internet of Things

John-Paul Rooney of the Guardian recently called on readers to make way for the Internet of Things. He writes, “Growing interest in the interoperability of household appliances and the difference this could make to our everyday lives, is leading to calls for new ‘standards’ to be introduced to accelerate the way to the internet of things. Much like those used in other areas of industry where technology sharing is important, such as the telecoms sector, innovators in the consumer electronics sector and other hi-tech industries believe that the use of Europe-wide ‘standards essential patents’, could help to protect innovators’ routes to market and encourage research and development (R&D) investment.” Read more