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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. This was the home of Watson, the electronic genius that conquered Jeopardy! in 2011. The original Watson is still here—it’s about the size of a bedroom, with 10 upright, refrigerator-shaped machines forming the four walls. The tiny interior cavity gives technicians access to the jumble of wires and cables on the machines’ backs. It is surprisingly warm inside, as if the cluster were alive. Today’s Watson is very different. Consumers can tap into that always-on intelligence directly, but also through third-party apps that harness the power of this AI cloud. As AIs develop, we might have to engineer ways to prevent consciousness in them—our most premium AI services will be advertised as consciousness-free. Medicine is only the beginning. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Yes. 1. 2. 3.

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Finnish phoenix: The start-ups rising from Nokia's ashes 29 January 2015Last updated at 19:02 ET By Padraig Belton Business reporter Cold calling: Polar Bear Pitching in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, in an ice hole in the River Oulujoki For many, Finland and Nokia were synonymous. And when in 2012 and 2013, Nokia shed 24,500 employees and sold Nokia House (and its mobile phone division to Microsoft), they called it the "Elopcalypse" after then-chief executive Stephen Elop. But the sinking of Nokia has led to an explosion of start-ups, as a skilled workforce jumps ship and begin businesses. Aiko Chihira, le troublant robot humanoïde plus vrai que nature de Toshiba Depuis quelques mois, Toshiba prépare un grand coup. Confirmation au CES de Las Vegas où l'entreprise a présenté à nouveau son robot humanoïde capable de parler en langage des signes. Toshiba a profité du CES de Las Vegas pour présenter à nouveau son robot humanoïde bluffant. Déjà présentée en octobre 2014 par la firme, Aiko Chihira est un robot prenant l'apparence plus vraie que nature d'une femme, sauf qu'elle est animée par 43 moteurs. La particularité d'Aiko ?

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014 We launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2014 was our third full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014 from our archive of over 7,000 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors. Click the link if you missed the last two years’ lists: We do some other rankings too. At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month and we also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our Innovation Excellence Weekly email and FREE MAGAZINE, so an annual Top 100 seems like a logical fit.

Four Types of Innovation and the Strategic Choices Each One Represents If you’re like me, you want your brainstorming sessions and new product development projects to be productive and you want the ideas you (and your team) come up with to be relevant to your business’ overall goals. That’s what this post will help you with – giving a guidance to your ideation/new product development efforts and some insight into how those ideas might fit into the overall plans of the business for the future. When coming up with a new idea, often it can be helpful to think through categories of ideas first. For example, I don’t know about you but my creativity is actually enhanced when there are a few constraints put in place to help me know what is in scope or out of scope. Additionally it can also be helpful to know how some ideas can contribute to the overall strategy of the company or organization. You may come up with a fantastic idea but if it doesn’t jibe with the goals of the overall business, it will most likely get scrapped.

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Inventing the Future of Christmas By Mark Champkins As Inventor in Residence, I was given the task of coming up with some inventions that we might see in the future at Christmas time. A good starting point was to think about all the problems and minor annoyances about Christmas, then to try to think of solutions.

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Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergy between team members, which allows the group to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. The most widely used method to spark group creativity is brainstorming, a technique first introduced by Alex Osborn, a real life “Mad Man,” in the 1950s. Brainstorming is based on four rules: (a) generate as many ideas as possible; (b) prioritize unusual or original ideas; (c) combine and refine the ideas generated; and (d) abstain from criticism during the exercise.