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Tech Startups, Is It A (Bubble) Wrap?

I have been a seed and early stage deep technology investor for the past 20 years. This means that I am part of the problem, so writing a column on a potential tech bubble is like asking an oil baron how he feels about natural habitats. I love the challenge of adding business perspectives to a research breakthrough, innovation or patent portfolio. Doing this together with the most qualified people in their respective fields brings me enormous joy, but for some strange reason I have been starting to feel a… more

AI Plays Games

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was all the rage in the 1980s. Specifically, companies invested heavily to build expert systems — AI applications that captured the knowledge of acknowledged human experts and made it available to solve narrowly defined types of problems. Thus, expert systems were created to configure complex computer systems and to detect likely credit card fraud. This earlier round of AI was triggered by a series of successful academic expert applications created at Stanford University. One… more

Why Quantum Computing's Time Is Now

Most technologists have some basic understanding of quantum computing. Quantum bits are represented by qubits, and information isn’t simply a zero or one, it can be both at the same time, representing much more information. A quantum effect known as entanglement linking two particles allows instantaneous communication.  Ultimately, quantum computing promises to be a disruptive technology with such dramatic speed improvements that real tractable solutions to hard problems could be solved in hours and days… more

Not Good As Gold: Today's AIs Are Dangerously Lacking In AU (Artificial Understanding)

We would not be comfortable giving emotionally impaired people real-time decision-making authority over our family members’ health, our life savings, our cars or our missile defense systems. Yet we are hurtling in that direction with today’s emotionally impaired AIs.  They — those people, and those AI programs — have trouble doing multi-step abstract reasoning, and that limitation makes them brittle, especially when confronted by unfamiliar, unexpected and unusual situations. Don’t worry, this is not one… more

How To Live This Life Better: Effective Altruism In The Context Of Longevity

If we zoom out of the mundane and take a bird’s eye view on life, it is simple. We are born, we grow, we reproduce, we take care of our young while gradually declining, and then we die of a long and terrible or short and not so terrible disease. The millions of years of evolution polished us to accept this paradigm, and the inability to change had made us content with the situation. Advances in science and technology satisfied our basic needs and allowed for the new concepts for “pursuit of the greater… more

Dr. Yelena Yesha: Pushing Technology Boundaries to Solve the World's Biggest Problems (Part II)

Dr. Yelena Yesha is a Distinguished University Professor in the Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her curriculum vitae stretches over a mile, detailing her accomplishments in technology in the last 25 years. Her triumphs with NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), IBM, her leadership in the recent launch of the NSF Center for… more

Pop Culture, AI And Ethics

I am a major sci-fi fan. Well, at least I thought I was until I went to my first Star Trek convention in my 20s and realized that I was in the minority of people who did not speak Klingon or know episode numbers, titles or dates. Science fiction inspires technologists every day. Most recently, I have become inspired by Black Mirror, a show originally aired by the BBC and now offered on Netflix. The brainchild of Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is the Twilight Zone for our times, giving us a glimpse as to… more

From Innovation To Commercialization Of Enterprise AI.. At AI World

Kathleen Walch is Co-Founder and Senior Analyst at Cognilytica Many companies are increasing their focus on AI as they incorporate machine learning and cognitive technologies into their current offerings. Industries ranging from pharmaceutical, finance, healthcare, automotive, retail, and so many others are all trying to deploy and scale enterprise AI systems while reducing their risk. Going to online or in person events can be a great way to explore a wide range of technologies and meet experts in a… more

The Rise Of The Silicon Brain

Introduction The rise of the silicon brain that can give rise to thought, emotion and behavior in a machine seems to be on the way. This is mainly due to rapid advances in software and hardware that are paving the way for next generation computational systems with cognitive abilities modeled after the human brain. This will prove to be a significant evolutionary development and especially important to enhancing machine intelligence for the complex problems that need to be solved for the future of humanity… more

The Era of the Unintelligent Government Contractor Is Over

  A few months ago, research firm Cognilytica wrote about the current state of the global AI race. (Disclosure: I am a principal analyst at Cognilytica) Many countries such as China, South Korea, France, Japan and Germany have lofty ambitions to gain a stronghold on AI technologies. About a year ago, China released a three-step program outlining its goal to become a world leader in AI by 2030. Almost half of all worldwide patents on autonomous driving come from German car companies or their suppliers.… more