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This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be?  In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning systems and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, self-test, self-configure and self-learn. David Gunning writes, "Continued advances [in AI] promise to produce autonomous systems that will perceive, learn, decide, and act on their own." That's a problem, not only with me, but with Karma. A simplistic definition of Karma is a s... (more)

Scalpel? Check. Swabs? Check. Open source robotic surgeon? Pardon?

Robotic surgery specialists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, are scrubbing up a new team of mechanical medics in the shape of the new "Raven" machines. With wing-like arms, the Raven handles many of the same extreme precision movements that the more expensive da Vinci Surgical System has been used for, but at a much lower price i.e. somewhere around US $250,000 for Raven as opposed to US $1.8 million for da Vinci. Why do we need robotic surgeons? Because tiny incisions cause less tissue damage and so patient recovery is faster. Raven is also the first surgical robot to use open-source software as it runs a Linux-based operating system. The theory here then is that researchers (and perhaps even students) can work to modify and extend the original code with the aim of improving the system itself. Reports suggest that there has been talk of spinning off R... (more)

Fujitsu Laboratories of America Hosts Fifth Annual Technology Forum

Fujitsu Laboratories of America announced that it is hosting its Fifth Annual Technology Forum in Santa Clara, California tomorrow. The theme for this year’s event is “From Sensor Networks to Human Networks – Turning Big Data into Actionable Wisdom.” This invitation only event will feature keynote talks and panel discussions on how “big data” is transforming our daily lives and will showcase innovative new big data based solutions from Fujitsu companies worldwide. According to industry experts, as a result of broad adoption of new technologies for personal communication and online interaction including smart phones and social networking, 2.4 zettabytes (2.4 billion terabytes) of unstructured big data will be created in 2012. These new layers of data about people, places, and things are emerging in real time from many directions, providing context around our content... (more)

The Rise of the Cloud-Enabled Autonomous Robots

On the IEEE Spectrum Robotics blog, I came across this blog post, “Cloud Robotics: Connected to the Cloud, Robots Get Smarter” written by Erico Guizzo. It’s an interesting read on the possibilities of leveraging the Cloud in the field of robotics. Robotics has long been plagued by all the processing capacity required to mimic human capabilities, though emerging technology like Cloud computing is creating new possibilities. A single human brain has a greater switching capacity than all the computer switches on earth as discovered by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and covered by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, a member of the CNET blog network, in her post. If you’re interested in the ultimate computer, the human brain, I highly recommend reading it. You may also be interested in the awe inspiring video so I’ve included it below for your conven... (more)

M2M and Embedded Mobile Devices: Topical Round-Up

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Social media has seized on the potential of RFID tags to log visitors to certain amusement parks. Once they pass through the gate or pass by an RFID scanner, their presence will be beamed to Facebook or another social media site announcing they were there and what they were doing. Read Original Content According to ABI Research the compound annual growth rate of global insurance telematics subscribers will grow by 90 percent from 2010 to 2017. That's an increase from 1.85 million telematics users... (more)

December 2011 Research on Enterprise Mobility

I am sitting in my leather reading chair with my coffee next to a warm, early morning fire reading about enterprise  mobility.  I am re-reading Aberdeen Group's Mobility in ERP 2011, which is one of the best reports I have read all year, and Cognizant's whitepaper, Enterprise Mobile Apps.  Here are some of the insights I have gleaned this morning. Aberdeen Group's paper: Best-in-Class companies spend 25% of the work week trying to access information, all the others spend almost 40% of their time trying to access information. Cognizant's paper: Millennials (i.e. generation Y) - will increasingly be unwilling to accept the idea of being bound to a desktop computer in their work lives either as employees or customers.  In their minds, productivity, communications, collaborations and decision-making are all dependent on having a mobile device with which they can access th... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly A new study by Forrester found that business spending on mobile projects is expected to grow by 100 percent by 2015, and spending on mobile apps is predicted to hit $55 billion in 2016.  Read Original Content According to AT&T, smartphone use has risen to 85 percent of small businesses, up from 80 percent last year. Also, even though the tablet market is not yet two years old, tablet use by small businesses was at 67 perc... (more)

The rise of IT-industrialization

A few days ago I attended the analyst summit of one of Europe’s large service providers and the theme of industrialization rang through very clearly in many of the presentation and interview sessions. Those of you who followed my earlier writings know that applying the lessons of modern manufacturing to today’s IT, is a topic near to my heart.  Back in 2004, long before joining Gartner, I wrote an article on IT-dustrialization in CFO magazine , followed by many blogs, later bundled in “Lean and the art of cloud computing management”. At Gartner IT services industrialization is covered in my area under the topic of IUS (Infrastructure Utility Services) and I am currently working with two of my European colleagues - who have been covering IUS for several years - on a market map and compass for this IT industry area. But, as mentioned earlier publishing in many cases p... (more)

CA Technologies Achieves High Functionality Marks in Independent Research Firm's Comprehensive Evaluation of Application Performance Management Market

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies today announced it received high functionality marks in Forrester Research, Inc.'s December 2011 report: Market Overview: Application Performance Management, Q4 2011. The report evaluated 26 vendors on APM functionality based on Forrester's APM Reference Model. CA Technologies achieved the highest marks possible for functionality in eight out of ten categories and the second-highest marks for functionality in the other two categories. Vendors were evaluated in ten categories of APM functionality: 1) End user experience monitoring using a passive appliance; 2) Response time monitoring using a scripted robot or active agent; 3) Transaction tracing and mapping; 4) Application monitoring (Java and .NET); 5) Packaged application monitoring (Oracle, SAP etc.); 6) Infrastructure monitoring (including virtualizat... (more)

Energy Harvesting in Action

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Energy Harvesting in Action http://www.reportlinker.com/p0184197/Energy-Harvesting-in-Action.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Electric_power_energy Ambient energy Energy harvesting is the use of ambient energy to provide electricity for small and or mobile equipment, whether electrical or electronic. It is concerned with providing relatively maintenance free, long life equipment, reducing the need for batteries. As is typical in relatively new technologies, there is much hype about energy harvesting and it is tough to find which countries, technologies and suppliers see success and why. This report answers those questions using hard facts. Those wishing to use energy harvesting need reassurance that it is a techno... (more)

Dealer Profile: SCAN Marine

SCAN Marine represents France Helices in the Philippines. With locations around the country, SCAN Marine can provide France Helices’ customers the level of service they have come to expect and demand. Visit the SCAN Marine web site for more information about this outstanding company and the services and products they provide: http://www.scanmarine.com.ph. Scan Marine Inc. (SMI) is a well-established corporation existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, with business and postal address at 160 Honorio Lopez Boulevard, Balut, Tondo, and Manila, Philippines. SMI is 100% Filipino ownership and was formed and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 5, 1981 with the hereunder Primary Purpose and Secondary Purpose, among others, as amended on September 12, 2002: PRIMARY PURPOSE    To provide the Marine Industries suc... (more)