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Monday, May 25, 2015

Apple Names Chief design Officer

The primacy of design at Apple is in evidence as Apple names Jony Ive its chief design officer.

Daimler Testing Automated Truck Driving

In the BBC:  More on Daimler's work on automated truck van driving.  Includes a number of images of conveyances and their technology.  Will be a considerable advance in supply chains, once all the details are worked out.

" ... Earlier this month, the automotive giant was granted the first licence ever to test such a vehicle on a public highway by the US state of Nevada.

Using a combination of GPS, radar and video cameras, the Freightliner Inspiration can drive by itself on open stretches of road, freeing a driver to take breaks, check his emails and even watch DVDs.

The catch is that a qualified person must remain in front of the wheel at all times so they can take control if something goes wrong.

However, proponents say that the technology, once perfected, will reduce accidents by lessening the chance of human error, boost productivity and cut emissions. ...  "

Enterprise Wearables

PwC on:  The potential of wearable technology in the enterprise.    " ... Wearables hold so much promise because they provide a hands-free way for employees to engage in real-time with context-specific business information, customers, or one another. For example, companies across industries can provide tailored, in-the-moment onboarding and job training to workers equipped with smart badges or wearable displays. In industrial settings, goggles, lanyards, or sensor-embedded clothing could help workers who are performing repetitive or dangerous tasks increase productivity and reduce injuries. ... " 

Rich Fast Data, Focused Digital Enterprise Advisory Systems

A connection with a former colleague let me to take another look at Nestle's Digital Acceleration Center. Our Enterprise started similar efforts in Business Sphere.   I point to Nestle's work  here. 

This brings to mind that today any enterprise needs focus on data and focused expertise.  Linked to how this data can be leveraged with analytical methods.    And to multiple sources of expertise, human and cognitive.    Prescriptive and collaborative results delivered.  Example of job augmentation.

Face and Eye Tracking Databases

I recently mentioned the value of a database of eye tracking in alternative contexts, for example retail.  I was sent a link to this example.    Not the same thing, this looks at faces under specific lighting conditions and orientation,  but with similar implications.  A place for a syndicated effort?

Building Foundational Enterprise Apps

Enterprise, Cognitive Apps needed. 

 In the early days of Apps we formed a team to look at what kinds of data and Apps could be linked to focus people on their jobs. It gets back to the job-task-microtask conversations we have been having here. When I heard about the work being done in the collaboration between Apple and IBM, it struck me that this was exactly what we were tasked with back then. So I have been following the list of the Apps as they evolve.

See the link above for a broad look at all of them to date. My only disappointment is the minimum of Cognitive, Watson-style examples so far. A real challenge.  Looking forward to more, especially ones that can perform tasks than can be factored into many different jobs. That way you get to leverage the data and logic to maximize value. Power augmentation. Keep them coming,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jack Hughes Honored in Golden Buckeye Hall of Fame

My early mentor at P&G, John (Jack) Hughes, has been honored with induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame .  It is not mentioned in the article linked to, but Jack was among the people who brought the first computer system into Procter & Gamble in the 60s.   I researched an article on that effort. This was still when new mainframes were proudly placed behind a glass screen in the corporate lobby.  The company internal magazine called it an 'Electronic Brain'.   Jack headed the effort to figure out what to use it for.    It was applied to a number of classic accounting needs, but also things like supply chain optimization, which led to a long history in that arena.   Thanks Jack.

Chaos Theory in Games

Also relates to results in AI, which we discovered in creating and editing knowledge. Chaos theory in games.

  " ... In theory, programming a video game should be nice and mathematical, with each line of code following an ordered structure that produces straightforward, predictable effects. You tell the program to spawn a monster, it spawns a monster. But as game designs become more and more complicated, adding things like realistic physics and destructible environments, the outcome of an action is not always predictable, which can result in all kinds of unexpected glitches.

Veteran game developer Kevin Ryan attributes these unexpected outcomes to the butterfly effect, an element of chaos theory that says that very minor changes can cause a chain of events that result in a disastrous outcome. The butterfly effect is named for the common example of a butterfly flapping its wings, which results in subtle atmospheric changes that cause a hurricane hundreds of miles away. ... "  

Game Theorist John Nash Dies in Car Crash

John Nash inspired some of our game oriented modeling: In Mashable:  " .... John Forbes Nash, Jr., the famed mathematician whose life was the subject of Oscar-winning biopic A Beautiful Mind, died Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey, according to multiple reports. He was 86. ... "   

More on John Nash.

Storytelling and Data Visualization

Linking storytelling and data visualization is gaining ground.  It has always been done, but new and easy to use methods are making the process possible from the earliest planning stages.  This Toronto conference has some writes ups and emphasis on the capability.

Future of the Home Robot

In Wired: Colin Angle of iRobot on the future of the Roomba.  Recognizing things and making maps of our world.  Continue to be interested in how robotics will work with us in our day to day lives.    And how an internet of things will connect with them.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Daimler, Qualcomm and the Connected Car

Via Engadget.   A considerable partnership.  Another wave of data will result.

Press release: 

Daimler and Qualcomm announce strategic collaboration on Connected Car Technologies
Monaco/Stuttgart – Today, Daimler AG (DAI) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced a strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such as 3G/4G connectivity, wireless charging technology for in-vehicle use and implementation of the Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology. In addition, the companies are jointly assessing the application of Qualcomm Technology’s newly developed Automotive Solutions.  ... "  

Personal Drone Security

A drone that follows you around and takes pictures.   Perhaps still a very alpha concept, but all the technology is there, just needs some adjustment.  A weird hint at a not very improbable future.  I am thinking of all of the consequences, intended or not.  Today I see movies about modern life and smart phones are everywhere. Is this our next marker of a future era?   It is not science fiction anymore.

Language of Innovation

The Language of Innovation with Doug Williams
The Innovation Engine is a podcast series that discusses innovation through the lenses of corporate leadership, company culture, and emerging trends and technologies. This episode features Doug Williams of InnovationExcellence.com   ... 

Concerns about AI

As an early practitioner in AI,  I continue to watch the progress of the technology.  Recall reading some of Stuart Russell's work in the 80s, we used his textbook.  Notable for Inductive reasoning.:  Now in Wired: 

This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns ...  In January, THE British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful. “We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial,” the letter states. “Our AI systems must do what we want them to do.” Thousands of people have since signed the letter, including leading artificial intelligence researchers at Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other industry hubs along with top computer scientists, physicists and philosophers around the world. By the end of March, about 300 research groups had applied to pursue new research into “keeping artificial intelligence beneficial” with funds contributed by the letter’s 37th signatory, the inventor-entrepreneur Elon Musk.   ... "    

More on Russell in the WP.

Machine Learning from Oxford

Via Vincent Granville.  Free  Machine Learning Classes at Oxford University   Slides and video, This is a very technical introduction, not for everyone.

Format is good,  instructor updates slides live with marker,  but sound is marginal at times,  I remain amazed a how much of thi kind of information is now available online.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Vora Ventures Demo Day

Have worked with components of Vora Ventures a number of times.  They write:

Vora Ventures was named Cincinnati’s 2015 Tech Company of the Year at the Business Courier Innovation and Technology Awards!  http://www.vinimaya.com/news/vora-ventures-wins-tech-company-year-2015-innovation-technology-awards/

To celebrate, we invite you to a fun and informative social event to learn more about the innovations of our portfolio companies and to connect with leaders from the vibrant Cincinnati tech community. You are invited to join us for a casual and social after-work party filled with innovative technologies, networking, music, food, drinks and new opportunities! Visit Vora Group Demo Day www.VoraVentures.com to learn more about the Vora Group and our portfolio of companies. ... 


How Would Alan Turing Fix AI?

In CWorld: by John Ball:  of Thinking Solutions. Some interesting points about AI:   " ...  Computers were designed to compress and duplicate information. They don’t handle A.I. well because they leave too much work to programmers. Programmers were replaced by engineers using statistics in waves of hope from the 1970s, but the results remain inaccurate and limited. A.I. hasn't scaled and after nearly 60 years of effort, and a new approach is warranted. ... " 

Storytelling Tool

Was brought up in an advertising and marketing world.  So the concept of broadening the use of storytelling techniques has always been of interest.   What is the best way to have technology help?   In Fastcompany.

Coding is Your Child's Key to Future

Not sure I completely agree.  But coding trains anyone in logic, understanding the measurement of  results and paying strict attention to detail.    All are useful anywhere.

What Question Might Turing Pose Now?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Packaged Decision Optimization Cloud

A packaging of a number of IBM's optimization and analytics capabilities.   Clever solution oriented packaging.      But will it get ahead of open source solutions?   Interesting views of the under use of optimization technologies.  Beyond Machine Learning.

" ... IBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products. This demand for decision optimization involves enterprise Operations Research (OR) teams, embedded solvers in software products and a series of business domains in which optimization plays a major role, such as scheduling, inventory management, etc. ... " 

Virtual Rooms in the Smart Home

In ReadWrite Web:   Good piece.  Look forward to compare it to our innovation home.  Homekit details and developer instructions.

"Virtual Rooms" For The Apple Smart Home Sound Like A Great Idea ...  A new "Home" app could make smart homes easier for users.

Since Apple announced its HomeKit smart home initiative last year, it's been mostly quiet about just how iPhones and other Apple gadgets will wrangle those connected devices. Now, however, the company may have a fancy new app in the works—complete with virtual rooms, a clever and apparently easy-to-grasp metaphor for running a smart home. ... " 

May - June 2015 Analytics Magazine

A Publication of Informs: 
Analytics malfeasance, unified analytics and human resource analytics are some of the many topics explored in the current May/June issue of Analytics magazine. The issue also offers an analytical approach to answering the question, “Is a career in analytics right for you?” Meanwhile, regular columnists Vijay Mehrotra, Rajib Ghosh and Harrison Schramm give their unique perspectives on workforce management, healthcare analytics and herd immunity, respectively .... 

Creating Rapport with an Organization

In Bob Herbold's Blog:  Creating rapport with an organization, from his interesting organization management writings.

Towards Having Smart Computers on my Team

CSIG talk today by Barbara Grosz of Harvard: “Is Your Intelligent Computer Smart Enough To Be on My Team” or more serious title: “Interactive Intelligence and Health Care Coordination”.   Slides here.   Some excellent description of research work going on at Stanford and Harvard on the topic.   Reminded me of work we also did to augment human teams with collaborative AI systems.   One example was our "Copy Owl" system.  Barbara and her team are driving the idea forward for health care team collaboration.

Broadly the challenge is aptly described as not 'intelligence', but "  ... Can a computer team member behave over the long term, in such a way that people will not notice it's not human or think it's  stupid. ... " 

Ongoing discussion on the talk on Linkedin Group.

More on past and future talks in this series, usually held every Thursday at 10:30 AM EST.

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Was reminded of this resource recently.  Had used it to inspire some of our work with agent based models, good to see they are still going strong.  Articles vary in technical depth.   From their description:

" ... The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is an interdisciplinary journal for the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation. Since its first issue in 1998, it has been a world-wide leading reference for readers interested in social simulation and the application of computer simulation in  the social sciences.

Original research papers and critical reviews on all aspects of social simulation and agent societies that fall within the journal's objective to further the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation are welcome. .... " 

 Just a few of their peer reviewed articles in the latest edition: 

An Agent-Based Model of Status Construction in Task Focused Groups
André Grow, Andreas Flache and Rafael Wittek

Self-Policing Through Norm Internalization: A Cognitive Solution to the Tragedy of the Digital Commons in Social Networks
Daniel Villatoro, Giulia Andrighetto, Rosaria Conte and Jordi Sabater-Mir

Modeling Education and Advertising with Opinion Dynamics
Thomas Moore, Patrick Finley, Nancy Brodsky, Theresa Brown, Benjamin Apelberg, Bridget Ambrose and Robert Glass

Mobilization, Flexibility of Identity, and Ethnic Cleavage
Kazuya Yamamoto

Exploring Creativity and Urban Development with Agent-Based Modeling
Ammar Malik, Andrew Crooks, Hilton Root and Melanie Swartz

How Evolutionary Dynamics Affects Network Reciprocity in Prisoner’s Dilemma
Giulio Cimini and Angel Sanchez

Innovation Suppression and Clique Evolution in Peer-Review-Based, Competitive Research Funding Systems: An Agent-Based Model
Pawel Sobkowicz

Does Longer Copyright Protection Help or Hurt Scientific Knowledge Creation?
Shahram Haydari and Rory Smead      ....  "

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Target Item Level RFID Tags on Fast Track

In Retailwire:  Experimented with the idea as early as 2000.  Note to be used in some categories only. As we did in areas like Shaving.   But those experiments could spread.  To what degree will this replace the barcode, which were also closely involved with.   Also to address shelf level out of stock issues.

Target puts RFID rollout on the fast track 
Target plans to complete one of the largest rollouts of item-level radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in retailing by next year. What will implementation of item-level RFID tracking in categories such as clothing and home decor mean for Target's ability to reduce out-of-stocks in stores?   ... " 

AC Usage in Middle Class

In IEEE Spectrum:  World's Middle Class embraces air conditioning.  Implications for energy usage.

More Agile for Service Innovation

Continued conversations with Dan Greening of SenexRex.  In particular about the use of Agile for services innovation.   See in particular recent posts in their blog.

Use Cases for an Internet of Many Things

Initial post in the Cisco Blog that looks at use cases for IOT.  An excellent start to address things like applications, security and standards.  What Cisco calls the Internet of Everything (IOE)  is also called the Industrial Internet.  From my perspective very useful in many kinds of supply and value chains. Broadly stated:

" ... The goal for any IoE use case is to connect people, processes, data, and things to improve a large and complex business function. For example, it’s easy to recognize that a manufacturing supply chain will benefit from greater connectivity among all of the players, processes, and components. Real-time data about the status of every point and item in production helps to improve efficiencies and proactively solve problems.

Yet IoE and big data can also inform human resources strategies so a company can better attract and retain top talent. And for IT, automated operations and regular review of data analytics make it easier to deliver services and improve their performance. ... "  

Links to a broader document.   Following.

Linking Eye Tracking to VR Headsets

In CWorld: Makes sense to link the two.  It means that we can accurately understand how people's eyes move in given contexts.   Now virtually constructed.   It also allows experiments with those contexts to be rapidly produced and modified. Considerable opportunity.

Black Swans and Big Data

In TeraData Mag:  Good piece that looks at the inevitability of these events, and how Data can still help. Leads to the suggestion that predictive analytics will allow us to be prepared for classes of Black Swans.  Segmenting appropriate responses.  And then, obviously addressing them with the same patterns:   

" ....  A data-driven analysis or simulation designed to determine an organization’s ability to deal with a crisis situation can help it be ready for the day a black swan lands on its front steps. Krishna notes that this type of “stress testing” can gauge the level of readiness. “[Preparation] is really all about imagining the unimaginable, understanding what’s going to blow up ... [and] to be able to determine what corrective actions are needed,” he explains. “That is becoming very much an accepted approach ... certainly something that, from a regulatory standpoint, is becoming mandatory for a number of financial institutions.”

Businesses that identify a possible event early on and take evasive actions are usually in the best position to ride out the crisis. Krishna advises companies to carefully map out the exact steps they will need to take in various types of crisis situations. “Then document those actions so that if any of the expected scenarios occur, there will be no second-guessing,” he points out. “It’s simply a matter of executing what’s already been documented; executing that game plan, if you will.” ... ' 

Brainlike AI Circuits

In CWorld: My contention  is still that we do not know enough about the operation of the brain for this to be AI. Neural nets, which only roughly mimic the brain, have turned out to be very useful for selective problems, like pattern recognition.  But are not generally applications of AI.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Hilltop Coke Ad

I am a bit of an advertising and marketing history buff.  Met a few Mad Men era people while working at the world's largest marketer.  One told me that the series was not too far from sixties reality.   Also am old enough to have seen the Coke Ad in its run on TV.  Have not closely followed the series, but was intrigued by the portrayal of the arrival of computers and analytics driving marketing, which I was part of. There definitely was a creative v engineering contention.  With all that being said, the WSJ tells the real story of the Coke Hilltop Ad.  New to me.  

Google to Update its Cardboard VR

This experiment showed how very simple Virtual Reality (VR)  could be  delivered very cheaply, even with a cardboard device.  The approach works, demonstrates the idea well, but lacks a number of needed capabilities for real applications.   Still a good demo of the idea.   Now Google indicates new capabilities are coming.

Digitally Connected Grocer

In Progressive Grocer:  Fairly obvious points, now how do we respond?   " ... Defining the 'Connected' Consumer ....  Grocery industry being pushed into the future by digital technologies ... " 

" .... Technological change in the grocery industry will only become faster and more responsive in the future, as consumer packaged goods brands and retailers work to meet the demands of connected consumers, industry members said at a recent summit. Grocers will either adapt to engage customers digitally before, during and after shopping trips or they will be left behind, John Karolefski writes ... " 

L'Oreal 3D Printing Skin

In BBC Tech:

French cosmetics firm L'Oreal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin. ... It said the printed skin would be used in product tests. ... Organovo has already made headlines with claims that it can 3D-print a human liver but this is its first tie-up with the cosmetics industry.

L'Oreal currently grows skin samples from tissues donated by plastic surgery patients. It produces more than 100,000, 0.5 sq cm skin samples per year and grows nine varieties across all ages and ethnicities. ... " 

High Precision 3D Printers

I have looked at several 3D printers now, mostly on the consumer end, and their precision was poor. Now new printer examples are emerging, with higher precision, and cost.   Precision also usually cuts  speed, limiting some applications.

Apps Emerging to Get Car Data

In Technology Review:   " ... Courting App Makers to Unlock Your Car’s Powerful Data Trove Startups like Automatic are trying to interest developers in gadgets that plug into your car, hoping to power a new wave of mobile apps. ... "

Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning

A technical look, by David Barber,  A free online version.

Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning by David Barber is an ebook that is designed for final-year undergraduates and master’s students with limited background in linear algebra and calculus. From basic reasoning to advanced techniques within the framework of graphical models, readers get to learn the developing skills as easily as they could wish.   .... " 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Neuromarketing Practical Advances

A little late, but a good podcast on the topic:

Roger Dooley writes, introducting their podcast:

" ... In the past, Elissa Moses was Chief Research Officer with the early neuromarketing pioneer Emsense and has held several key positions with firms like Phillips and the ad agency Grey. Today, Elissa stresses the need for multiple technologies in market research studies. Listen in to learn how you too can learn how to use low-cost technology like surveys, implicit testing, and web-based facial coding, not just expensive fMRI brain scans, to your advantage. ... " 

Google Seeking Ad Fraud

In Adage.  A visit to a Google site that is devoted to identifying Ad Fraud.   All this has evolved quite a bit.  Been attacked a few times myself.   Now the attackers are very sophisticated.  Ad fraud has received relatively little attention, because it is less dramatic than deeper financial frauds.  But now  patterns are being sought, and found.  Hopefully these same skills will  be reapplied to make the Net a safer place.

SPSS as an Enhancement to R

It was just pointed out to me that SPSS can be linked to R.  Had known this but not the details. Worth a closer look.  Upcoming Webinar on May 26 on the topic.   Points out a number of limitations of R and why its useful to connect it to a Statistical platform.

Google Testing Buy Button

In Retailwire:  Is this the ultimate challenge for retail?  Everyone searches.    So making the buy as easy as possible is powerful.  Embedded discussion is useful.

" ... In what is being seen as a potential challenge to Amazon but perhaps a conflict for retailers, Google plans to begin testing "buy buttons" in coming weeks.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that buttons will appear beside paid search results on mobile in the "Shop on Google" section. Clicking a button takes the shopper to another Google product page, where orders can be customized (sizes, colors, etc.) and shipping options explored before completing the purchase. Google will also store credit card information to let the shopper repeat the process again at another time. ... " 

Sample R Packages for Input, Wrangling, Visuals

A nice survey by Sharon Machlis, it is always good  to have examples of things you know you need to do, in a language that is relatively new to you.  This is a start.  From here you can go wherever you want:  Great R packages for data import, wrangling & visualization   ...

Hyper Personalization

Interesting startup direction ...  Reminds me of case based reasoning approaches ....

" .... Analytics passed a major milestone on the road to ubiquity last week with the launch of new capabilities that extend the reach of data-driven decisions even deeper into our digital lives. An up-and-coming startup called Jivox Inc. set the ball rolling with the introduction of an advertising platform that promises to provide the ultimate customized experience.

Dynamic Canvas,  as the new system is called, assembles pre-supplied graphics and copy into one of over 3,000 potential promotional formats based on the specific preferences of each viewer. Jivox gleans that information from a combination of metrics ranging from basic details such as age and gender to much more precise data points like local weather to produce what is touted as a much more through understanding of buyer expectations.   ....  "

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate

From the HBR in 2011, and I may have posted this before, but found it again looking for innovation examples.   Worth repeating.  Mentioning now VA guru Bob McDonald.  Just a few months ago I was approached by the VA concerning McDonald and innovation.

How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate
Back in 2000 the prospects for Procter & Gamble’s Tide, the biggest brand in the company’s fabric and household care division, seemed limited. The laundry detergent had been around for more than 50 years and still dominated its core markets, but it was no longer growing fast enough to support P&G’s needs. A decade later Tide’s revenues have nearly doubled, helping push annual division revenues from $12 billion to almost $24 billion. The brand is surging in emerging markets, and its iconic bull’s-eye logo is turning up on an array of new products and even new businesses, from instant clothes fresheners to neighborhood dry cleaners.  ... " 

Eye Data During Programming for Useful for Retail

Establishment of a database of eye movement during programming tasks.  Why not do the same thing during other common tasks, like online or physical shopping?    The same could be done for physical retail shopping as well.  Then use the data to address hypotheses about behavior. A kind of crowd-data analysis.  Has this been done.  Glad to participate.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Business Model Innovation

Not the same thing as BPM,  which I prefer because it deals with business specifics.  But in reading this, BMI could be a good place to start.  Perhaps linked to structural (Morphological) models of a business.  Lots to choose from.   Perhaps to understand the business specifics choices more exactly.

Distinct Approaches to Business Model Innovation by Ralph Ohr

Business model innovation (BMI) is becoming ever more important as it turns out increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate based on products and services alone. New business models are difficult for competitors to copy, not only because it takes considerable time and effort to build a new business model and simultaneously change several elements of an existing one, respectively. Moreover, a business model has to fit a company’s unique combination of strategy, culture and competencies in order to succeed. ...  " 

Watson Academy: Cognitive Computing

 Cognitive Computing -- Question Answering Technologies behind IBM Watson


" ... We have designed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the question answering technologies behind IBM’s original Watson Jeopardy!® system. This MOOC is taught directly by developers of the system and based on a Columbia University  graduate course that Alfio Gliozzo taught for two years. It covers background concepts needed to understand IBM’s Watson Jeopardy!® system and cognitive technologies. Topics include: Deep QA Architecture, Semantic Integration and Machine Learning, NLP, Unstructured Information Management Architecture, Structured Knowledge in Watson, Domain Adaptation, and Distributional Semantics. .... " 

Twenty hour course.  Taking a closer look.

Primer on the Internet of Things

Infographic on the topic with a number of links with added information.    Very good, but sometimes unnecessary graphics. IOT hype seems to be taking over from Big Data hype.  Both important.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Updates from the Foresight Institute

Foremost public site for practical nanotechnology.  It is still extending our understanding of a number ways we can work with material structure.   And how we might be able to make practical molecular machines.  This post has a number of interesting videos.

3D Printing Growing Pains

Mosongo Moukwa, Director of Technology at PolyOne writes on the growing pains of 3D printing.

P&G Reviews Media Buying, Planning

An opportunity for new kinds of analytics in media planning.  A space that I was closely involved in.  In Adage: " .... P&G to Review Massive Media Planning and Buying Business Across North America In 2014, P&G Spent $2.7 Billion on U.S. Measured Media   ... " 

Very Cheap Computers

In FastCoexist:  We looked at sponsoring examples like the '$100 laptop' for the third world. .  What are the applications for the IOT?

The World's First $9 Computer Does Everything That Your Expensive Model Can Do ... Chip is a bona fide Kickstarter hit. But the tiny computer's implications go far beyond the novelty of a cheap computer.

Over the years, a number of ultra-cheap computers have popped up—in fact, a $169 computer for the developing world, called Endless, was announced just last month. But nothing out there can match the price of Chip, a tiny new $9 computer that has attracted over a million dollars in funding on Kickstarter. ... "