• Almost 62% of respondents in a 2017 business survey pointed to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as the two most important factors that will set the tempo for business for the next decade and beyond.

    Not to be outdone, Big Data and Business Analytics (BA) came in right behind at 58%.  Don’t fret about the totals exceeding 100% since participants were asked to rank dozens of factors in order of importance, likelihood, or need, and choosing one thing does not preclude another.

    AI Expectations

    AI is coming, and few are even thinking about applying the brakes.  There are

  • AI and data science has Innumerable Applications. Let’s look at 100 use-cases of AI, ML and data science.

    We, as humans, are shaped by our experiences.  Touch a hot stove element as a child, and you learn quickly never to do it again.  Spin and spin with your friends on the front lawn until you fall down, to experience the feeling that they sky is spinning around you.  Keep doing it over and over until you throw up, and you have learned a limitation.  You may do it again, but you’ve learned to stop doing it sooner because of the

  • We don’t want an AI President (do we?)

    That is a funny notion, isn’t it?  Suppose for a moment what would happen were we to elect a truly smart, well informed Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the Leader of our country.  Immune to bribery; virtually all-seeing and all-knowing; able to instantly assess when someone is voting contrarily to what their constituents want (in support of a lobbyist with a fat wallet and an agenda).  Suddenly politicians would be answerable to the people.

    Accepting bribes (or dubious “contributions”) would be almost impossible.  We’re almost at the point in social evolution where we

  • Fuelish Decisions

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already affected your life—in ways you might have read about, or already suspected—and this effect has been largely positive.  It streamlines your interactions and makes web searching easier.  AI controls traffic lights to reduce automobile congestion; it invisibly places elevators at specific positions in high-rises so that they are near where they are going to be needed, thus minimizing how long you wait when you push the call button.  Its abilities are expanding all the time.

    For example, Facebook has invested heavily in AI so that they can present useful, related articles (or ads)

  • Do Telecoms use Artificial Intelligence?

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a long history in the telecom industry. AT&T likes to say that they’ve been using AI for nigh on 22 years now (since 1996), but let’s be honest and admit that AI has changed significantly in the last quarter century.
    In the beginning, it certainly wasn’t very smart. It was largely a reactive system, doing a limited number of fairly useful things, in response to a limited number of inputs. Anything more difficult than interpreting tones and redirecting calls or recording a message often left it gaping like a spent

  • It’s Not Just Hulking Robot Welders

    Sure, when you think of manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), it’s always easy to picture automotive assembly lines, replete with arc-flashing metal giants that Henry Ford certainly wouldn’t recognize. AI is so much more than that—if that even qualifies as AI!
    Consider: Robot Welders and other automated tools have no innate intelligence. Ever since we invented PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), we have been automating processes, but it is by programming that we put our machines through their paces.
    A canning plant (peaches, dog food, motor oil—it doesn’t matter) send thousands of cans

  • A Brief & Tort-urous Journey

    Are you familiar with the expression “Ignorance of the Law is no Excuse”? Well, you had better use it as much as you can before it becomes a meaningless vestige of days gone by. One day, soon, all will be known, or knowable.

    Faced with the incredible scope of the law, from municipal, all the way up to international, it is impossible for any lawyer to know everything. The daily or weekly newsletters that keep them apprised of new laws, regulations, and case decisions that impact just their specific area of practice, can often be

  • If you’re looking forward to the day that R2-D2 is your car’s pilot, sorry, it is not going to happen. Yes, you can read, watch a movie, or work on some contracts before you get to the office, all while you whiz along. We will undoubtedly have cars that handle the navigational details, where you are merely “the cargo” as a passenger. It is inevitable, and not even that far in the future.

    However, we are probably not going to see a wasted passenger space for a robot body when it will all fit on a single circuit board tucked

  • The Future of Retail

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) in retail situations is becoming more prevalent. Traditional retailers tend to look at it as somewhat inaccessible for them because of the nature of their business. Online retailing will get a tremendous benefit, but brick and mortar establishments won’t be left in the cold.
    Soon, the first-person encounter with a retail employee will evolve into interactions with AI smart terminals located throughout the store. They’ll possess cameras and be able to interact with a customer. It will be able to see when customers hold their hands about 18 inches apart and hear

  • The Future of Insurance

    Foretelling the Future

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) can use predictive analysis to identify specific areas of risk, as they apply to each client, a particular geographical location, vocation or avocation, thus making insurance more relevant. That ability allows insurers to offer products that make sense to cover those risks while providing more appropriate pricing.
    The problem for the immediate future is learning how to retain new, younger customers; they are the most challenging market segment to hang on to because they want convenience, agility, and personalization—things the industry hasn’t been known for in the past. They