Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Watson starts to sense feelings!
Artificial intelligence won’t be truly convincing until it can understand emotions. IBM just gave Watson an upgrade that includes a much-improved Tone Analyzer. The AI now detects a wide range of emotions in your writing, including joy or sadness. Tweak that for voice recognition and add the already strong image recognition engine and it’s clear that Watson is becoming a full-fledged intelligent agent, not just a business tool or clever chef!
Facebook is building a map of the human population
Facebook has the ambition of providing Internet access to the entire world by sending up flying base stations in the form of autonomous drones over remote areas. However, 99 percent of Earth does not include any human life, which means the efforts have to be focused. To deal with this, Facebook is using a combination of satellite images and Artificial Intelligence to map the areas where people live. By combining these images with demographic data Facebook will be able to map the population density down to every 5-square-meter space in the countries in scope and thus direct their Internet access to where there are people. What else can this powerful tool be used for apart from beaming down internet access?
Disruption is hard
We have previously written about Googles comparing site for insurances and how it had the potential to completely cut out middle men. Obviously very disruptive. BUT it seems the insurance is to complex or perhaps consumers are not ready to “sign their life off” online. Google is shutting down the site and focusing on other business, the sites never really caught on…
Even though Google failed this time, most likely tech companies will keep trying, the US market for property and casualty insurance commissions is estimated to be worth about $50 billion!
5G wireless technology is still a few years away
“In the race for 5G, everyone wants to be first” says researcher Dr.Tafazoli of British University of Surrey. His goal is to create a network that can offer internet speeds that are a 100 times faster than anything else available now to enable for example commercial driverless car technology and drone-delivery. Ericsson and Huawei are spending billions on research in the field but still there is no common vision of what a 5G network will look like and experts don’t believe we will see a global standard for 5G communication any time before 2019 – thus delaying a widespread rollout until the next decade. The demand is however constantly increasing, can the pull from consumers force the market to bring 5G wireless technology to the market even sooner? How do balloons, drones and satellites fit in to the connection picture in ten years?