Business-tech author details how cognitive systems wield a power like we've never seen and could soon be tending to our agriculture, industry, and service needs
The era of cognitive systems is dawning and building on today’s computer programming era. All machines, for now, require programming, and by definition programming does not allow for alternate scenarios that have not been programmed. To allow alternating outcomes would require going up a level, creating a self-learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. Via biomimicry and neuroscience, cognitive computing does this, taking computing concepts to a whole new level.
Rudder sources street light data to brighten the night-time pedestrian experience
Navigation apps have done wonders for our daily commutes and weekend road trips. We can get from point A to point B faster than ever, but sometimes the fastest route is not always the one we feel comfortable taking—especially at night. This is why Bearbone Studios has developed Rudder, an app that functions as an urban night light, helping you navigate to your destination via the most well-lit path.
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PSFK and IBM Watson are collaborating through The Good Data Contest to find how IBM Watson’s capabilities can improve the lives of communities and spark a conversation around what cognitive computing will mean for our future. With only two days to go until the contest closes, make sure you have the opportunity to win the $50,000 USD – to be spent on prototyping, marketing and consulting from IBM Watson talent—as well as be flown to New York City to visit the Watson Lab.
How technology is connecting us to a network of human helpers operating in the background for life’s little details
For every timesaving device humans have invented, we have found new ways to fill that time with more work—much of which is unpaid. A recent survey by Pew found that men and women spend 11.8 and 21.3 hours per week respectively on non-paid work such as childcare and housework. For every minute we’ve saved through dishwashers and microwaves, we’ve found new ways to use them doing something else.
Astra's digital billboard is able to target its video messages using gender-detection software
German beer brand Astra recently developed a digital illuminated billboard that targets its advertising solely at women. The women detection billboard was installed outside the Zum Silbersack pub in Hamburg, with the aim of inspiring more females to try the beer.
In a trend dubbed "retailtainment," the French label has created a branded VR headset that gives a look behind runway curtains
With the runway being held in bigger venues, live-tweeted and relentlessly shared online, fashion has created a new inner sanctum—the backstage—and Dior is using VR to give more people a pass for that too.
Makies is expanding its accessory range to make room for more diverse 3D-printed dolls—and is taking suggestions
In honor of the Toy Like Me campaign, which encourages greater diversity in the toy box and calls for toys that reflect children in more inclusive ways, British-based toy developer Makies is expanding its range of doll accessories to include hearing aids, walking canes, and bespoke facial characteristics.
How fans are sharing and repurposing media to articulate their ideas to the world
Kenyatta Cheese, Creative Director of Everybody at Once, a consulting agency for audience development, helps brands across media, entertainment and sports understand how to capture an audience and inspire it to grow. At PSFK 2015, Cheese explains why and how people are using content to have a conversation with one another.
The EOscc2 smart car can spin 360 degrees, drive sideways and can link up to form trains
German artificial intelligence researchers have created a smart car that can form tandem trains, shorten on command and parallel park matchlessly. The EO smart connecting car (EOscc) 2 was designed to be megacity-ready with awesome space-saving features.