Microsoft: The UK can lead in AI, but the ‘window of opportunity’ is closing

Chris Bishop, Lab Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, has voiced his excitement and concern about the AI industry in the UK.

The UK has a long heritage in artificial intelligence and that history is helping establish it as a leader. A new AI startup is founded every week and Silicon Valley giants like Google are paying out large amounts of cash for the likes of DeepMind (acquired for £400m).

Microsoft...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices.

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: "Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and...

By IoT News, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Steve Chien, NASA: On how automation helps monitor natural hazards and the future of AI

Remember the volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, back in 2010? Those whose flights were cancelled in the chaos probably retain a mild annoyance. Those in the industry caught in the crossfire, on the other hand, may well break out in a cold sweat to this day just thinking about it.

Why? The industry simply wasn’t ready for the disruption. The resultant six-day travel ban from Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions led to the following: more than 95,000 cancelled flights; approximately 10...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Cyanogen switches gear from Android to self-driving cars

Cyanogen, once famous for Android ROMs, has switched gear and will now focus on the next big thing — self-driving cars.

If you’re tech-savvy (and you’re a reader of ours, so you obviously are…) then you’ve likely heard of Cyanogen. The company started its journey building custom Android ROMs for the many tinkerers on the Android platform.

A year ago, Cyanogen changed its name to Cyngn and discontinued building Android ROMs to focus on a “modular” OS which is easier...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Interview: The pursuit of loyal chatbots

IoT News spoke with Alex Bunardzic, senior software developer at Staples, about the future of chatbots and the pursuit of their loyalty.

“People spend a lot of their online time chatting either through SMS, Messenger, or other channels,” says Bunardzic. “Previously, it was the trend that people were spending more time on social media and that’s where businesses were flocking to – you go where the market is. Now, businesses are realising the market is in the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

Moving AI into the testing sphere: TestPlant announces new product suite

Software business provider TestPlant has announced the launch of its digital automation intelligence testing suite, aiming to help organisations keep up with developmental challenges through artificial intelligence (AI).

The suite “accurately verifies, predicts and monitors the user experience and customer success of an application before and after each release, shifting testing from a compliance activity to a revenue generating profit centre focused on customer satisfaction, conversion, adoption, and...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Why the convergence of the IoT, big data and AI will drive the next generation of applications

The latest market research report titled ‘Technology Advancements Shaping Big Data Progress’ from Frost & Sullivan states that big data, IoT, and AI combined, will take futuristic applications to the next level.

It identifies the important development areas within the information and communication technology sphere which not only has the ability to address the challenges of the Big Data space, but also facilitate development of advanced applications through convergence.

Swapnadeep Nayak,...

By IoT News, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

KITT is no longer a fantasy: Assessing the rise in infotainment for connected cars

Back in 1982, when intelligent assistant KITT from the hit TV show Knight Rider first hit our screens, the most sophisticated info-entertainment tech inside your car was probably a radio and cassette deck.

We’ve come a long way in the past 35 years. According to research firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be 250 million connected cars on the world’s roads. But just how far off are we from having our own KITTs installed in those connected vehicles?

KITT was able to drive as well as provide Michael Knight with all...

By Ian Cowley, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Dr. John Bates, CEO, TestPlant: On the promise of AI and turning testing into a profit centre

“There’s all sorts of useful algorithms – the right algorithms are impacting everything that we do,” explains Dr. John Bates, CEO of TestPlant. “It’s about the software learning and refining… it’s still a bit of a black art, but if you can package these things up right and make them consumable, it’s very, very interesting.”

The topic of conversation, naturally, is artificial intelligence (AI). What else could it be? Everyone’s talking about it, every...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.