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AI Behind The Light Switch: The Future of Power Utility

The invention of the commercially viable light bulb is one of the iconic stories of 19th-century technology. Thomas Edison developed a personal and transformative vision, ran countless experiments, and emerged with not just a working prototype but also a lasting business empire that would serve as the model for the new utility industry. Today, however, […]

The New Reality of Cyber Threats

Erin Russell The world’s critical infrastructure — power plants, electric lines, water treatment facilities, and fiber optic networks — is seeing a major shift that increases efficiency, but opens up vulnerabilities. According to CyberX, at least one third of industrial sites overseeing the centralized operations of this infrastructure are connected to the internet. This interconnectedness has […]

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 […]

AI Goes To Flight School

In 2017, a shortage of pilots in the Air Force flight training reached a margin of over 2,000 pilots in the coming years, a problem echoed by other branches of the military. Low recruiting numbers are compounded by declining retention of trained pilots, as civilian airline carriers (who are facing shortages of their own) have […]

Boeing Looks Beyond the Horizon in its Second Century

For the first time in U.S. industrial and financial markets, the top five companies by market cap are all technology companies: Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. As internet pioneer Marc Andreessen remarked over six years ago, “software is eating the world.” And as SparkCognition’s Founder and CEO, Amir Husain, likes to add, “AI is […]

Incorporating AI into Marketing (and 6 Standout Tools)

At their core, sales and marketing disciplines are based on understanding the psychology of why people spend money. This behavior doesn’t always seem easily predictable, and although there are patterns in people’s spending behavior, many purchase decisions often change from day-to-day, seemingly sporadically. However, by applying artificial intelligence technology to the massive amounts of available […]

But What About AI Smart Buildings?

The Importance of IoT-Enabled Structures in Smart Buildings People have always sought to make sense of the environment and utilize resources to enhance their safety, comfort, and well-being. It is no different in the growing world of IoT and the evolution of how brick-and-mortar buildings are moving from solely providing shelter to having increasingly complex […]

Cancelling Flight Delays: AI Aircraft Maintenance

Not long ago, on a Sunday night like any other, I found myself waiting in a terminal at the Charlotte airport for a connecting flight. As most 21st century travelers have come to expect, the boarding process didn’t begin on time — but as most of us dreaded — our momentarily postponed boarding queue turned […]

How Secure is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the world. Everything is connected and the amount of data available for consumption is growing exponentially. From a technologist’s view, this is an exciting opportunity. From a network administrator’s perspective, it’s terrifying. While the majority view IoT as an exciting buzzword, the network administrator understands that the connectivity […]

Transcended by the Machine: A Conversation with H.O. Maycotte of Umbel

Austin is quickly emerging as a hub of AI innovation. The city’s history as a collaborative space for startups companies — as well as the presence of the University of Texas and eager venture capitalists — have created a prime ecosystem for AI machine learning innovation and entrepreneurship. Artificial intelligence may seem like a foreign […]