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New Adventures in AI: A Time Machine Recap

Questions both as grandly philosophical as the nature of self, and as nuts-and-bolts pragmatic as how automation will transform the energy industry, were considered by leading minds from across a host of industries gathered in Austin for two days last November. There, they discussed the myriad ways artificial intelligence is transforming business, culture, and the […]

Jobs, Morality and Getting a Seat: The Biggest AI Questions at SXSW

Since its inception in 1986 as a regional music festival, Austin’s South by Southwest — better known as SXSW — has ballooned into one of the country’s most celebrated events for technology, music and film. Just last year, its speakers included Christiane Amanpour, Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg. The buzz is already beginning for 2019. […]

Why Does This Robot Face Creep Me Out?

In a 1970 issue of a little-known Japanese magazine called Energy, roboticist Masahiro Mori first coined the term “bukimi no tani”—literally, “the uncanny valley.” He explained that objects, such as robots or toys, become more endearing as they become more human-like. However, at a certain threshold of human likeness, the object turns creepy and off-putting. […]

Why Hacks Still Happen: The Future of Cybersecurity

A new era of cybersecurity is dawning. AI and machine learning technologies are changing the way enterprises protect their systems and data. With hyper-intelligent machines on our side, one could easily imagine that organizations must feel invincible. Yet fears of devastating cyber attacks seem to be higher than ever, and not without cause. Just in […]

Top 5 Hackable Habits You Need to Break

An outdated anti-virus isn’t the only reason hacks still happen. Everyday habits leave us vulnerable in ways we might never have imagined. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe from hackers. 1. KEEP YOUR BOARDING PASS PRIVATE Hackers can gather sensitive information from your boarding pass, including your name, address, flight […]

The Basics of Natural Language Processing

Where humans lack collaborative partners, we are creating them — not just with artificial intelligence but specifically with natural language processing. When we dream of hyper-advanced machines, from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “The Jetsons,” we dream of them talking to us. WALL-E’s titular robot understood human speech, and his strained efforts to speak made […]

American’s Third Offset Strategy

One of the most famous concepts in evolutionary biology is the Red Queen hypothesis. It takes its name from a passage in “Through the Looking Glass,” in which the eponymous queen states that “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Similarly, the hypothesis states that organisms must continually […]

The OODA Loop: Why Timing Is Everything

  Warfare is undergoing a shift of a historic magnitude. As countries invest more heavily in battlefield technology, countries without AI in their arsenal will find it increasingly difficult to compete. It may seem like a stretch to claim that AI will soon become a prerequisite for military success. But the truth is that AI […]

Cognitive Analytics Can Secure OT Systems in Oil and Gas

The Internet of Things (IoT) has caused sweeping changes across nearly every industry — and oil and gas operational technology (OT) is no exception. Recent cyberattacks have begun to fuel worry about the implications of IoT for cybersecurity, and rightly so. A changing technological landscape means old methods for securing systems may no longer work. […]

The New Industrial Revolution

Flowserve is Deploying Artificial Intelligence to Transform our Critical Industrial Systems George Washington gave the very first State of the Union address in 1790. That same year, as a nation was being born, Thomas Simpson, a civil engineer living an ocean away in London, founded a pump and industrial steam engine workshop and named it […]