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Emerging Trends In Cognitive Systems

Introduction From automated to autonomous and now cognitive, a paradigm shift is taking place in the design principles of machines, matter, methods and more. So, what are the principles of cognitive design? And are they centered around the future of humanity? From tabulating systems to programmable systems and now with cognitive systems, the evolution in computing allows humans to move beyond numbers and data to knowledge and intelligence. It is no longer about the replacement of man with machine, but… more

Clearbanc Is Using AI To Level The Playing Field In Funding

With women and minorities receiving a tiny fraction of venture capital (VC) funding globally, it’s no wonder that entrepreneurs are hungry for new sources of finance to fuel their growth. Clearbanc, led by Michele Romanow is answering the call for those small businesses. Michele Romanow is no stranger to spotting market opportunities, before the age of 28; she had already started several companies. One of those companies grew so fast that it was acquired by Groupon within less than a year of operations.… more

The Weaponization Of The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Introduction The information age is evolving the very nature of warfare. Today, each nation increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems across cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).  But, it’s a cause of great concern if an enemy can easily use a weapon like a small, inexpensive EMP device. An EMP weapon can deny any individual or entity across a nation the ability to use electromagnetic waves for their digital infrastructure and digital connectivity, e.g., radio, infrared and… more

Super Turing Computation Versus Quantum Computation

The Church-Turing limit restricts all current computation, including quantum computers, to rational number computation. This is because quantum computer designs (still not scalable even with high parallelism), are still Turing machines, which are limited by Turing machine constraints. This limits any scalable quantum computer’s ability to solve problems because their Turing machine restricted rational number computations are a tiny fraction of all real numbers, akin to our small solar system when compared… more

Is Global Healthcare Ready For Broad 5th Machine Age Technology Adoption?

Healthcare, growing to $10 Trillion US globally, lags behind nearly 80% of other industries in innovative technology adoption, and in fact, is at the bottom five across industries. However, this is about to change in the next three years. From the WEF Future of Jobs Report, by 2022, adoption forecasts include 87% big data, 87% biotech, 80% machine learning (a form of AI), 73% wearable technologies, 67% each for blockchain / IoT / AR-VR, 53% 3D printing, 47% stationary robots and 40% non-human robots. This… more

The Coming Corporate Brain Drain

Benny retired last week. There was a small party for him in the IT department, and everyone chipped in to get him an Apple Watch, the obligatory successor to the Gold Watch of yore. A couple of decades ago, he and his wife would go off on vacation, doing the travel thing for a bit before getting tired of stale camper funk and the Denny’s Over 55 Special Menu, though today, weak retirement portfolios and stealthy consumer inflation make it likely that they will not spend all that much time on vacation… more

How Privacy Laws Are Changing To Protect Personal Information

Over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day. Much of this data consists of information that would allow people to be personally and individually identified (or, personal information). There are currently over 2 billion active Facebook users. Every minute, approximately half a million SnapChat users share photos while Instagram adds another 50,000 photos to that total. There are half a million tweets sent every minute. The amount of personal information that is being exchanged each day is… more

The Evolving Energy Ecosystem: Smart Grids To Smart Energy

Introduction For any nation, the energy ecosystem is fundamental to its progress and development. Since the energy industry drives economic growth, the power grid has always had a profound impact on a nation’s economic survival, security and sustainability. Now, supported by advances in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things and more, the growing digitization, automation, communication, connectivity and decentralization are on their way to fundamentally… more

Sometimes the Veneer of Intelligence is Not Enough

Original COGNITIVE WORLD publication date May, 2017 We all chafe against the brittleness of SIRI, Alexa, Google… every day.  They’re so incredibly useful and yet so incredibly… well, stupid, at the same time.  For instance: Me to Google: How tall was the President of the United States when Donald Trump was born? Google to me: 37 million hits, none of which (okay, I didn’t really read through all of them) tell me the answer.  Almost all of them tell me that the Donald was born on June 14, 1946. Me to… more

Not Good As Gold: Today's AIs Are Dangerously Lacking In AU (Artificial Understanding)

We would not be comfortable giving emotionally impaired people real-time decision-making authority over our family members’ health, our life savings, our cars or our missile defense systems. Yet we are hurtling in that direction with today’s emotionally impaired AIs.  They — those people, and those AI programs — have trouble doing multi-step abstract reasoning, and that limitation makes them brittle, especially when confronted by unfamiliar, unexpected and unusual situations. Don’t worry, this is not one… more