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IoT and Smart Agriculture Are Building Our Future Cities Today

The 9.6 billion people expected to live on the planet by 2050, and with 70 percent of them in urban areas, IoT is pushing smart agriculture in smart cities.

Internet of Things (IoT) and other related new and emerging technologies are set to change and improve Smart Cities. Agriculture is using these technologies, deploying IoT for smart farming, creating what now we call Smart Agriculture.

Mobile operators and 5G deployment, governments, and city councils are working on a new approach to implementing smart city solutions which contribute to delivering real, long-term benefits to businesses and citizens alike.

Smart Cities initiatives provide valuable resources which can assist governments, city planners, and digital service providers in deploying connected solutions, thus creating cities that are truly smart.

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Machine learning is a modern science which enables computers to work without being explicitly programmed. The modern-day technology deploys algorithms that can train and improve on the data that is fed to them. Over the years, machine learning has made possible the concept of self-driving cars, effective web search, spam free emails, practical speech recognition software, personalized marketing and so on. Today, machine learning is increasingly being deployed in credit card purchase fraud detection, personalized advertising though pattern identification, personalized shopping/entertainment recommendations, to determine cab arrival times, pick-up locations, and finding routes on maps.

The growth of machine learning is driving business and revenues to new heights. It is predicted that about $47 billion will be budgeted towards machine learning in 2020. The prospect of startups and business establishments adopting machine learning technology is equally promising. Forecasts estimate a 64% adoption by enterprises investing into machine learning with 72% of the executives concurring to incorporate machine learning solutions as a core ingredient into their business operations.

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How AI, machine learning boost cyber security

The last few years have seen a massive rise in the number of data breaches affecting major organisations. Alongside this, security challenges are changing fast. Pimply hackers in basements have morphed into sophisticated criminal networks, and viruses have turned into advanced persistent threats. The attack surface and number of entry points have proliferated exponentially. Security incidents are now an inevitability, and focus has turned from trying to prevent breaches to identifying and remediating attacks as fast as possible to limit the fallout.

“The changing nature of the security game is seeing a number of trends rise to the fore,” says Simon Campbell-Young, MD of Credence Security.

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Switching innovation: Turning ‘corporate antibodies’ into corporate allies

Human nature’s resistance to change is well-known. We tend to cling to what is familiar … known … safe. The same is true within organisations.

After all, change management programmes exist for a reason. But, similarly, we all know the saying, “Insanity … doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Innovation, by its very nature, calls for new, different, fresh, and out-the-box thinking and practices. With futurists predicting more change in the next 20 years than the last 300, innovation has long been heralded as vital for organisational survival.

So how do we marry the two? How do we facilitate innovation, ingraining an innovative culture within organisations, on the back of human nature’s need to stick to what is known? While it’s key to balance the dynamic between too much resistance and too much enthusiasm, as vital to success is winning over ‘corporate antibodies’, which are described by the Harvard Business Review as “individuals that extinguish a new idea as soon as it begins to course through the organisation”. Read more

What AI’s Lifespan Boost Will Mean for the Healthcare Industry

In early 2015, a University of California, San Diego team successfully used micro-motor powered nanobots inside live mice — without causing damage to their stomach linings, changing healthcare forever.

In mid-2015, this concept was quickly advanced by mechanical engineers at Drexel University working in partnership with Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in South Korea. What they created were more efficient ‘micro-swimmers’ capable of breaking through clogged arteries and leaving anticoagulant medication to prevent future blockage.

That’s pretty amazing.

Indeed, artificial intelligence (AI), from big data and machine learning to caretaker robots and medical nanobots, can help humans live longer. It’s a primary reason scientists have predicted human lifespan to increase to 125 years by 2070. Read More

Underwater Data Centers: Pushing the Limits of Data Center Innovation

Edge computing will take data everywhere, including the floor of the ocean, as is the case for Microsoft’s Project Natick deployment in Scotland.

Today we continue our Data Center Executive Roundtable, a quarterly feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the data center industry, and where it is headed. In today’s discussion, our panel of experienced data center executives – Jack Pouchet of Vertiv, BASELAYER‘s Samir Shah and Erich Sanchack of Digital Realty – discuss design innovation in the data center sector, especially Microsoft’s deployment of an underwater data center. Read More

Tomorrow’s best sustainable innovations

These innovations see us interacting with smart buildings, lighting our way with photosynthetic lamps, sporting shoes without footprints, and living in tiny cabins made of construction waste. The innovative minds behind all of these sustainable solutions have found unique ways to make the world a little bit better.

Here is our series of “Tomorrow you will interact with a smart building"

In the German town of Esslingen, near Stuttgart, a new kind of structure is being built. “Milestone” is a 6,500m2 office building like no other; its partially mirrored façade does a lot more than just keep out the weather. Milestone is covered in photovoltaics and QR codes that provide information on the town’s history, people and landscape, and within its dedicated smartphone app, you’ll see a kind of pixelated map of the area, with each pixel carrying different information on stories of the city and its inhabitants. Read More

Boost for India’s Innovation Ecosystem with AICTE Move

The Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development has set up Innovation Cell in AICTE with special mandate to promote activities involving education sector for fostering the culture of appreciating, nurturing, supporting and handholding new ideas leading to innovation, entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem in India.

The proposed cell shall actively engage with institutions organizing different innovation activities/ events/ programs to achieve the desired impact. The Innovation Cell will also coordinate with various education agencies under the Government to ensure that desired goal is percolated to the base of pyramid and every corner of our nation. This Cell shall also identify and plug loopholes in current ecosystem, IPR policies, funding mechanism for long term success.

The Innovation Cell shall have following positions to be filled from amongst the professionals in the field of Innovation, IPR, Teaching, Research, Educational Planning or Administration, Training etc. for a period of TWO (2) Years. Read more

Can Machines Be Creative? Meet AI artists

Even in the real world, AI has demonstrated that it can perform feats that are unexpectedly creative. Under the guidance of programmers, different types of AI have produced original songs, paintings and digital artwork; some bust out their own dance moves, and others spit rhymes like Kanye. Read more

Test-tube burgers and the future of meat

Industrial farming is also on the rise, but animal agriculture has a lot of downsides. It is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, habitat destruction and it is responsible for more CO2 being released into the atmosphere than all forms of transportation. However, a potential solution is in the works as scientists around the world compete to be the first to create a lab-grown burger to market to the masses. Read more

Artificial intelligence could supercharge hacking and election meddling, study warns

The rise of AI-enhanced software will allow people with little technical skills to easily produce audio and video that makes it nearly impossible to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t, according to a report released Wednesday from researchers led by Oxford University and Cambridge University. Entitled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention and Mitigation,” the report was released to sound the alarm about how artificial intelligence is becoming easier to use — and could become a key tool in the arsenal of foreign operatives seeking to spread disinformation. Read more

Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries

Around the world, tech startups are partnering with NGOs to bring machine learning and artificial intelligence to bear on problems that the international aid sector has wrestled with for decades. Read more

How technology is redefining the travel industry

Artificial intelligence in travel sector has already started to change the way people are searching and booking their travel. These range from algorithms that are constantly refining how options are ranked on people’s favourite website, data collected from the apps on phone, sentiments shared on social media etc. AI is helping travel companies to provide highly-tailored offers based on customers’ needs and preferences. Read more

LG develops technology to reduce VR sickness

LG Display Co on Monday said it has developed a new breakthrough in Virtual Reality (VR) technology to prevent dizziness, headaches and other symptoms associated with motion sickness by reducing the delay between users’ movements and the images shown on the screen. Read more

The Beaming Future of Li-Fi Technology

LiFi is a wireless optical networking technology that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for data transmission. By using LiFi in all the lights in and around a building, the technology could enable greater area of coverage than a WiFi router. Read more

The Era of the Flying Cars is On the Horizon

Flying cars are no more a figment of one’s imagination. They are real and might soon help you move from one place to another in a fraction of your current transit time. Read more

Improving output, innovation key to make India manufacturing hub

Improving manpower productivity and focusing on innovation will be key to making India a hub for manufacturing, top executives said at a recent discussion. “For future competitiveness, innovation is necessary,” said Andreas Lauermann, MD at Volkswagen India. Competence enhancement and innovation were shortlisted as crucial to push India’s manufacturing to the next level. Read more

Microsoft to Use AI for Disabilities

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. Read more

Uber Plans To Launch Flying Taxis With Technology That Doesn’t Exist

Tired of all the Ubers clogging up the road? Let’s have Ubers clog up the skies instead. That’s right, the ride-sharing and transportation company that hauls your drunk ass home on Friday nights now wants to make machines that fly. The company will be revealing its plans for Uber Elevate, its proposed flying taxi service, at its second annual Elevate Summit. Read more

President Ram Nath Kovind says government should promote research, innovation in education

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that the government has a responsibility to promote and support research and innovation in centres of education. Expressing his deep interest for education, the President said, education holds the key for the development of nation and people and plays an important role in the making of a modern India. He also presented the Visitor’s Award for Technology Development. Read more

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