Artificial Intelligence

Kamen Aims to Deliver AI to FedEx

Like much of the tech industry, Dean Kamen and his team are getting pulled into the matrix of AI. “ I’ve spent 35 years building medical equipment, insulin pumps, and critical life-support systems … [using] well-understood algorithms with closed-loop control,” said Kamen in an interview. “We have not used neural nets or AI for any…

AI Trolls for Data Center Woes

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is using neural networks to predict failures on some of the 4 million hard drives that its InfoSight service monitors. The project taught HPE that using neural networks takes time, specialized expertise, and some big iron. The first challenge of the ongoing program was curating data sets on failures of select models of…

AI Silicon Sprouts in the Dark

The potential for new architectures to accelerate deep learning is enormous. So far, only one novel chip has been fully described and benchmarked — Google’s TPU — but the pipeline is full and a few of the techniques are becoming clear. The jungle is dense with possibilities. They include analog computing, a variety of emerging…

Give Your Product a Voice with Alexa

Since the original Alexa device was brought to market in 2014, Amazon has created many more devices with Alexa built in and has expanded Alexa’s capabilities. What’s more, Amazon isn’t the only one building with Alexa. Other companies can choose to use the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to add voice interfaces to their products, from…

Open IoT Network Adds Devices, Expands in China

AMSTERDAM — Wienke Giezeman is a man on a mission. Since 2015, he’s been busy creating LoRAWAN, a decentralized long-range wide-area-network–based internet of things (IoT) network that has no single owner and no single point of control. He wants to make it easy for people to focus on the business value created by IoT without…

AI on the Edge Is IoT-Ready

Artificial-intelligence processing at the edge, or the addition of compute power to end nodes, is a new design trend for the internet of things (IoT). The approach is well-established in applications such as autonomous driving, in which zero-latency data connectivity is critical. But the latest components and software have made AI on the edge accessible…

Improve Airline Maintenance with AI & Analytics

Historically, some of the worst aircraft disasters have been attributed to faulty or overlooked maintenance — and as recently as last year, maintenance was still factoring into the top five causes of domestic aircraft delays. It’s prompted aerospace companies to take a hard look at implementing analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict potential maintenance…