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January 9, 2017
IOT

Bad Design Kills: Self-Driving Cars or Not

January 6, 2017
CULTURE

“Smart” Basketballs

October 12, 2016
NEWS

My Facebook Data Selfie

October 12, 2016
IOT

NEWS

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October 17, 2016
“Smart” Basketballs

You’ve probably seen or heard of the smart basketballs that come with a companion app that connects to your phone via Bluetooth — tracking shooting accuracy, range, percentage, and other statistics.

October 17, 2016
Huge Vulnerability Discovered in the Ring Doorbell

Last October, a botnet comprised of ~100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, driven by a virus called Mirai, launched a DDOS attack against Dyn DNS. This attack disrupted service to several major websites including Amazon, PayPal, Twitter ...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
“Smart” Basketballs

You’ve probably seen or heard of the smart basketballs that come with a companion app that connects to your phone via Bluetooth — tracking shooting accuracy, range, percentage, and other statistics.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Huge Vulnerability Discovered in the Ring Doorbell

Last October, a botnet comprised of ~100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, driven by a virus called Mirai, launched a DDOS attack against Dyn DNS. This attack disrupted service to several major websites including Amazon, PayPal, Twitter ...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
DARPA’S Take on the IoT Battery Problem: N-ZERO

The subtle difference between LPWAN devices and N-ZERO lies in the military’s focus on persistent sensing. On battle grounds, troops must detect vibration, light, sound, or other signals to act quickly.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Project Natick: Underwater Data Centers

To take advantage of freely available cool air, we’ve seen Google open a data center in Finland and Facebook open a data center in a Swedish city near the Arctic Circle. Now Microsoft wants to build one underwater to follow suit.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
OpenFog Consortium Reference Architecture Executive Summary

This week, fog computing reached another milestone as OpenFog Consortium — a group of big name players including Cisco, Intel, and ARM Holdings — released their executive summary of their massive 162 page reference architecture document.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Disney is Chasing After Nikola Tesla’s Dream

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla had a vision for wireless power transfer. 120 years later, we still don’t have wireless charging figured out, other than those charging pads for smart phones and electric toothbrushes.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Verizon Now Playing Catch Up

Verizon surprised consumers this past Sunday when it announced Verizon Unlimited, offering an unlimited data plan for the first time since 2011. Verizon had long insisted that most consumers pay more for an unlimited data plan when they use under 5Gb

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
VR Hasn't Really Arrived Yet

Best Buy workers said that only a few Oculus headsets were sold per week even during the holiday season. Compare that performance with how popular Amazon’s Echo and Google Home were, and you can see where we are at in the hype cycle with VR.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Trends in China & Lessons from WeChat

Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have all played huge roles in pushing the mobile S-curve from creation to deployment stage. Some may argue that in China, the mobile S-curve is already passing the scaling stage into the maturity phase.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Using Machine Learning to Predict Parking Difficulty

Last week, Google quietly launched a new parking feature for Google Maps on Android across 25 major US cities. If you are in these metro areas, you will now see a red parking sign that indicates limited parking availability to help you plan your...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Understanding Blockchain

Now, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin and blockchain, but if you are like most people, you might not really understand how it works. In order to understand how blockchain might affect IoT in the future, it’s critical to have a basic understanding...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
How to Start a Successful IoT Journey, Smart Cities, and the Industrial Internet Revolution

As is typical at most conferences, the energy level began to fade as we moved through day three of IoT Evolution Expo. Much of the networking had occurred in the first two days, and the opening of the Exhibition Hall pulled attention away from the...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Choosing the right connectivity, Smart Cities, and Analyzing IoT

My second day at IoT Evolution Expo was jam-packed with meetings, but I managed to sit in on a few interesting keynotes and presentations. Below you’ll find some of my takeaways from each.

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
How to Generate Revenue in IoT, Rapid Development, and Smart Cities

IoT Evolution Expo kicked off it’s 17th event this morning at 9am. I'll share some of my takeaways from the various presentations and panels that I attended between meetings. I’ll also share my overall thoughts from Day One. So let’s get into it!

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
CryptoNets: Neural Networks for Encrypted Data

If you just read our previous post on data brokers, you might feel hopeless about our state of security. Not only is personal information being sold and stolen, but the data also isn’t sufficiently anonymized. Last October we reported...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
You’re Being Sold on the Internet

You’ve already read about the big data breaches at the DNC, retail stores, and even tech companies. Yet most people brush it off as if this is just a script for an episode of Mr. Robot or Black Mirror. The scary part is that it’s not...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Mood Predicting Wearables

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) have now released a prototype of a wearable device that can predict the mood of a speech. The device recognizes speech...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Securing Our Medical Devices

A look at Modern Healthcare’s Special Report: “How to harness technology to protect your organization and patients from the latest cyberthreats.”

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Voice: The Gateway to Ambient Computing

2017 is the year voice becomes a mainstream “operating system,” as we attain “good enough” speech recognition, as voice-enabled hardware gets deployed in volume, and as an ecosystem of companies begins to build in earnest on the big voice platforms..

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
The End of 2G

AT&T officially discontinued its service on 2G wireless networks in 2017. For the 99% of Americans on 3G and 4G LTE networks, this news probably flew under the radar. In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, most of us assumed that 2G was already...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Mathematically Modeling the Rise of Innovation

Adam Grant gave us insight into innovations from a social-science perspective in his book, Originals. Now Vittorio Loreto gives us insight into innovations from a mathematical perspective, providing a model that captures the patterns of innovation...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Google’s Infrastructure Security Design Overview

After the Dyn DDoS attack back in October, the world saw just how vulnerable our “smart” things were as Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon all went down. As Calum McClelland explored in last week, security is absolutely essential...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
VR & The Great Unbundling

...we can see a glimpse of how technology will affect the media industry in the future. I’ll summarize’s Ben’s takeaways from his post and comment on how VR may play a role in transforming media...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
CES Highlights, Self-Driving Cars, and Social Problems

Aside from the dominance of Alexa, CES 2017 was labeled a disappointment by many. Steven Sinofsky, who has 26 CES shows behind him, gave a different take. He noted that CES 2017 was “one of lots of new, cool, and useful but not any firsts”...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Alexa at CES '17 and Computer Generated Neural Architectures

Amazon sold millions of Alexa-enabled devices past holiday season — in fact, 9x more than last year — and many pundits declared that Alexa “stole the show” at CES 2017. Alexa was indeed all over the place at CES: it was in LG’s refrigerator, Ford’s F-150s, Hubble’s camera...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
2016 in Review: IoT, Machine Learning, AI & Automation

In 2016, we saw the rise of voice UIs with the success of the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. We also experienced the AR/VR boom with Oculus Rift, HTC, PTC, and Microsoft all pushing more updates on their AR/VR headsets plus the explosive popularity of...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Mobile is Eating the World and Google’s Great AI Awakening

Mobile S-Curve is moving from creation to deployment and is passing the PC S-curve with Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) now having 3x the scale of Microsoft and Intel (Wintel).The ubiquity of mobile means that GAFA is now building on an...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
5.5MM Lost Jobs and Yann LeCun on Predictive Learning

The Thirtieth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2016 concluded on Sunday (Dec 10), showcasing new advancements in machine learning and computational neuroscience. For excellent reviews of each day of the conference...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Amazon re:Invent Highlights, Google vs AWS, and Smart Cities

Computing: T2 (burstable), R4 (memory intensive), I3 (high I/O), C5 (compute intensive), and F1 (FPGA accessible) instances were released. Other new additions include elastic GPUs (ability to attach graphics acceleration with flexibility) and instances for...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Intel Dives into AI and Dr. Fei-Fei Li Joins Google

The rise of deep learning has been a boon for Nvidia and its GPU business. Most applications of neural networks such as computer vision and natural language processing currently utilize Nvidia’s graphic processors. Intel is poised to flip the script as it plans...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
IoT Platform Q4 Roundup and VR Powered by Our Minds

One of the most pronounced problems in IoT is the issue of fragmentation. A complete IoT solution requires the seamless integration of hardware, network protocols, software, analytics, and user interface. In a market riddled with a lack of industry standards...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
DeepMind’s One-Shot Learning and Object Recognition w/ Radar

Artificial Intelligence has yet to surpass the human brain in terms of training time: even the best algorithms require huge Google’s DeepMind led by Oriol Vinyals introduced a new technique to allow one-shot learning: the ability to recognize objects in images...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Fighting Mirai with Nematodes and Uber’s Self-Driving Trucks

A more recent IoT botnet attack called Linux/IRCTelnet continues to drive the conversation about the troubling state of security on the Internet. Earlier this week, Leo Linsky, a software engineer working at PacketSled, released then later took down the code developed...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Treating Phobias and PTSD with VR and Copycat Manufacturing

Last Friday’s massive DDoS attack on Dyn has raised serious concerns about security in IoT. This week, Martin Abadi and David Andersen from Google Brain, the deep learning team within Google, demonstrated that AI systems can teach themselves...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Mirai Botnet Army and the Case Against IoT Standardization

On Friday, a massive DDoS attack aimed at Dyn occurred, causing trouble for Twitter, Amazon, GitHub, and Netflix to name a few. According to the security firm Flashpoint, part of these attacks involved the malware Mirai, which hacks vulnerable IoT devices with...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Oculus Connect 3 and Security Flaws in Connected Med Devices

At Oculus Connect event last week, Mark Zuckerberg introduced Santa Cruz, a standalone version of the Oculus Rift that claims to be the middle-ground between mobile VR sets like Samsung’s Gear VR and PC-connected devices. Facebook’s CEO also announced...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Samsung Acquires Viv, AllSeen Alliance Disbands, Bias in NLP

Viv became the latest AI company to be acquired. TechCrunch announced earlier this week that Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv. Although Viv has yet to launch since its celebrated demo in May at Disrupt NY 2016, it iswidely regarded as the better...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Democratizing Machine Learning and Rethinking the Web

Machine learning is the craze right now. A data engineer at Facebook, Amazon, or Google can earn more than $500k per year, and it is said that a self-driving car engineer is worth $10 million according to Ex-Googler Sebastian Thrun. Clearly there is a demand and...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Self-driving Cars and Hacking Machine Learning Algorithms

We have known for a time that the IoT world is full of vulnerabilities and security flaws. As the digital world continues to converge with the physical world, malicious hacks that can take control of your car and disable its brakes, for example, pose a serious concern...

NEWS
NEWS
January 6, 2017
Product Design in IoT and Learning by Playing Video Games

It’s no secret that smart home devices are struggling (look no further than the Revolv hub debacle). A month ago, Stacey Higginbotham published her thoughts on how Airbnb could help the smart home industry by introducing new IoT devices inside rental homes...

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March 6, 2017
DARPA’S Take on the IoT Battery Problem: N-ZERO
NEWS
NEWS
February 26, 2017
Project Natick: Underwater Data Centers
NEWS
NEWS
February 26, 2017
OpenFog Consortium Reference Architecture Executive Summary
NEWS
NEWS
February 20, 2017
Verizon Now Playing Catch Up
NEWS
NEWS
February 20, 2017
VR Hasn't Really Arrived Yet
NEWS
NEWS
February 17, 2017
Trends in China & Lessons from WeChat
NEWS
NEWS
February 13, 2017
Using Machine Learning to Predict Parking Difficulty
NEWS
NEWS
February 12, 2017
Understanding Blockchain
NEWS
NEWS
February 10, 2017
How to Start a Successful IoT Journey, Smart Cities, and the Industrial Internet Revolution
NEWS
NEWS
February 9, 2017
Choosing the right connectivity, Smart Cities, and Analyzing IoT
NEWS
NEWS
February 8, 2017
How to Generate Revenue in IoT, Rapid Development, and Smart Cities
NEWS
NEWS
February 6, 2017
CryptoNets: Neural Networks for Encrypted Data
NEWS
NEWS
February 7, 2017
You’re Being Sold on the Internet
NEWS
NEWS
February 6, 2017
Mood Predicting Wearables
NEWS
NEWS
February 3, 2017
Securing Our Medical Devices
NEWS
NEWS
January 31, 2017
Voice: The Gateway to Ambient Computing
NEWS
NEWS
January 30, 2017
The End of 2G
NEWS
NEWS
January 25, 2017
Mathematically Modeling the Rise of Innovation

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