Ronald Schmelzer

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Ronald Schmelzer, columnist, is senior analyst and founder of the Artificial Intelligence-focused analyst and advisory firm Cognilytica, and is also the host of the AI Today podcast, SXSW Innovation Awards Judge, founder and operator of TechBreakfast demo format events, and an expert in AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more. Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, & Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.

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4 days 8 hours ago
Increasingly, voice assistants from vendors such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are starting to find their way into a myriad of devices, products and tools used on a daily basis. While once we might have only interacted with conversational systems on our phones, dedicated desktop appliances, or desktop computers, we can now find conversational interfaces on a wide range of appliances and products from televisions to cars and even toaster ovens. Soon, any device we can interact with will…

2 weeks ago
TWEET THIS Too many people confuse RPA and AI. In fact, they have nothing to do with each other. Automation is not intelligence. The future of process automation lies with cognitive tools that autonomously discover, manage and optimize processes Artificial intelligence is being applied to a broad range of applications from self-driving vehicles to predictive maintenance. Some of the more mundane, and even boring, applications are focused on helping improve automation of back office operations.…

2 weeks 6 days ago
The business of communicating the happenings of society might seem to be something entirely human-centric. After all, what do machines care about what happens in the news? However, the journalism industry as a whole is highly dependent on technology. From ways of communicating instantly with news sources and content generated first-hand in image, video and text form, to the publication of content across an ever-increasing array of channels, technology is core to making the news and journalism industry buzz…

1 month ago
When you combine the words data and mining, you might think IT and technology-focused initiatives aimed at extracting value from data in the enterprise. But sometimes we mean applying the power of data and intelligence to the actual mining industry, where the primary value being extracted are resources from the earth. Even in this very physical of industries, artificial intelligence and machine learning are being applied to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, environmental and safety concerns, and…

1 month 1 week ago
Sales are a primarily human-to-human activity. The very nature of sales is entirely built upon human communication. The core of sales as a process is focused on one human being's ability to connect with another and convince them that they need to buy what the offeror has for sale. Successfully establishing relationships is key to landing a successful sale, which is why having strong communication skills is easily the most important focus for just about any person that works in sales. With the strong…

1 month 2 weeks ago
Ever since humans have had people and projects to manage, we’ve had challenges keeping the projects on time, on budget, and people on task. The field and industry of project management emerged as a way to manage a collection of people towards an end goal. For project managers, it is commonplace to be managing not only multiple teams, but also multiple projects at the same time. These projects often must come together towards a bigger goal. For a field that is known for having lots of moving parts, finding…

1 month 3 weeks ago
As artificial intelligence becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, from the image and facial recognition systems popping up in all manner of applications to machine learning-powered predictive analytics, conversational applications, autonomous machines and hyperpersonalized systems, we are finding that they need to trust these AI-based systems with all manner of decision making and predictions is paramount. AI is finding its way into a broad range of industries such as education, construction,…

1 month 4 weeks ago
As long as humans have started to wear clothes, we would have the desire to express our individuality, and one way to achieve that is through fashion. The fashion industry is one of the biggest in the world, estimated at 3 trillion dollars as of 2018, representing 2 percent of global GDP. Much of brick-and-mortar traditional retail as well as online e-commerce is dedicated to the sale of clothing and fashion items. So much so that Amazon acquired shoe retailer Zappos for $1 Billion in 2010, and major…

2 months ago
Artificial intelligence is making some of the most remarkable progress in back offices of enterprises of all types. The back office is where business operations that support the main customer-facing parts of the organization operate. It handles finance and accounting, human resources, supply chain and logistics operations, IT and supports technology and all the other bits and pieces of the enterprise that are needed to make the rest of the operation work smoothly. The back office is the place where…

3 months ago
Machine learning is one of the cornerstones of artificial intelligence. If systems can’t learn, they can’t adapt or apply knowledge from one domain to another. Yet, machine learning is just a component of the overall goals of AI. Beyond machine learning, we still need ways to interact with the external environment, reason about things that are learned, and set goals that drive higher-order aspects of intelligence. Regardless of machine learning’s role in the overall context of AI, researchers and…

5 months 3 weeks ago
It’s clear that artificial intelligence is making its presence widely felt across a broad range of industries, organizations, and government sectors. The momentum continues since last year’s AI World event in Boston with many of the organizations represented deepening their investments and deployments of AI, machine learning, and deep learning technologies. AI Expanding Its Role in Healthcare AI is making its presence felt deeply in the healthcare, medicine, and life sciences. At the event, a broad range…

10 months 2 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer |  November 5, 2018  |  Source: CogWorld on FORBES Rethink Robotics shuttered its doors and closed for good on October 4, 2018. For many casual observers the collapse of a much-celebrated company, founded by preeminent artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and minor celebrity Rodney Brooks was a surprise. To others, it’s just the latest indication of the trouble in robotics land. According to the company, Rethink Robotics was forced to shut its doors when it couldn’t find additional…

1 year ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 27, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Anyone observing the news can see that artificial intelligence and machine learning are getting lots of attention. It goes without saying that startups are playing into this trend and raising more money than ever, as long as they have AI or cognitive technologies in their business plans or marketing material. Not only are startups raising increasingly eye-opening amounts of money, but venture capital (…

1 year ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 27, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the factors often credited for this latest boom in artificial intelligence (AI) investment, research, and related cognitive technologies, is the emergence of Deep Learning AI algorithms, and the corresponding large volumes of big data and computing power that makes Deep Learning a reality. However, deep learning is just an approach to machine learning (ML), that while having proven much…

1 year 1 month ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 9, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Even though artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies have been around even longer than the electronic computer has been around, AI seems to get stuck in this perpetual trap where AI fantasy doesn’t meet reality. People’s hopes and visions for what AI can be are soon met with the reality of just how tough it is to create any sort of artificial intelligence in machine form. Of course at…

1 year 1 month ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 9, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the challenges for those tracking the artificial intelligence industry is that, surprisingly, there’s no accepted, standard definition of what artificial intelligence really is. As Rodney Brooks puts it starkly in the recently released “This is AI” video, “artificial intelligence doesn’t mean one thing… it’s a collection of practices and pieces that people put together.” Of course, that’s not…

1 year 2 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  July 20, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Amongst all this hype and bandwagon jumping on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Cognitive Technologies is also a sense of unease. How is it that a technology that has roots going back as far as the beginnings of computing is suddenly now the hot “must have” technology that’s powering ever-more dramatic amounts of money being pumped into a few skyrocketing startups?  The industry…

1 year 2 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  June 23, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica If you have been following the breathless hype of AI and ML over these past few years, you might have noticed the increasing pace at which vendors are scrambling to roll out “platforms” that service the data science and ML communities. The “Data Science Platform” and “Machine Learning Platform” are at the front lines of the battle for the mind share and wallets of data scientists, ML project managers,…

1 year 2 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica  |  June 30, 2018Member Article Czech writer Karel Čapek first coined the term ‘Robot’ in his 1920 play R.U.R. about a dystopian future in which artificial, manufactured “roboti” act human-like and perform tasks in servitude to their human masters, only to later form a rebellion that leads to the extinction of the human race. Many of the visions and dreams about what intelligent machines can be and the fears associated with them are in this way…

1 year 3 months ago
Real-World, Industry and Adoption focused Market Research and Intelligence on AI.

1 year 3 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  June 5, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the downsides to the recent revival of popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that we see a lot of vendors, professional services firms, and end users jumping on the AI bandwagon labeling their technologies, products, service offerings, and projects as AI projects without necessarily that being the case. On the other hand, there isn’t a well-accepted delineation between what is definitely AI…

1 year 4 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  May 11, 2018Ron is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica The AI Hype Train Has Left the Station You know you’re in the middle of a hype cycle when every industry has products that use some buzzword, regardless of whether or not they have the technical merit or legitimacy to actually use that buzzword. This is where we currently are with regards to the market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and services. We participate in literally hundreds of briefing calls a year, at a…

1 year 4 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  May 4, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not the only technology that’s getting a lot of media and investor attention these days. Blockchain is emerging as a technology in its own right separate from the much-hyped rise in value of cryptocurrencies. Proponents of blockchain claim that it will have fundamental, ground-breaking impact on all industries, changing the way that we transact with one another. Blockchain…

1 year 4 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  April 13, 2018  |  Source AI brings mixed emotions and opinions when referenced in the context of jobs.  Here’s something fun you can do at your next business or technology networking event; ask the question “Do you think Artificial Intelligence will be a net job killer or net job creator?” What we would expect you would hear is an interesting and conflicting set of opinions that range from “AI will destroy all jobs as we know it” to “AI will enable us to work better and do new things…