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The most prolific players in the IT industry are working together to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft have created the Partnership on AI.

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Individually, all of these organizations have been working on AI for years. With technology understanding developing rapidly, the first instances of consumer level AI are emerging. In his keynote for Microsoft Ignite 2016 Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, focused his entire speech on Democratizing AI for every person and every organization.

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In his keynote Mr. Nadella gave LIVE examples of AI implementations like Cortana. Connecting more and more applications and services, and using a neural network to learn more about what, how and when to show it across devices, Cortana is a great example of an AI agent, a personalized front-end that helps me as a user to benefit from the AI framework.

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The new partnership aims to ensure applications of AI are beneficial to people and society. They intend to do this by studying the potential societal impact of AI systems, and develop and share best practices. They will conduct research on specific AI applications in different sectors of the economy, develop educational resources and host open forums to widely disseminate information about the latest topics in the field and support an ongoing public discussion about the technology.

Some good results can come from this partnership. With the combined strength of these industry giants, and the open invitation to participate the new partnership is giving for anyone who has something to contribute, huge steps can be made in developing the field of AI. An added benefit of these organizations working together is that this makes it possible for them to create a common framework and interface. In this sense it is a pity Apple is not participating in this partnership. Their Siri is one of the most advanced AI agents available right now. Let’s hope it’s absence will not force us to choose between different AI frameworks in the future, just like right now there is not even any compatibility for something as simple as a charging cable.

Gerard Duijts AUTHOR:
Gerard Duijts has been working as a business consultant at Sogeti since 2007, consistently working on innovating and improving the way Sogeti helps clients. Gerard is SharePoint lead for Sogeti NL, and is the driving force behind SSI - Sogeti Social Intranet, an internationally recognized business solution that makes it possible to offer a social intranet solution to our clients in days rather than months, incorporating many years of experiences and best practices.

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Clean energy with crowd sourcing pic 1Traditional, non-renewable energy sources are being rapidly depleted. Besides, these forms of energy pollute the environment, and are often hazardous to extract and difficult to transport / distribute.

On the other hand, projects and initiatives to discover, provide and use clean and renewable energy are usually quite expensive. To be successful in such projects, a lot of investment is needed for research and development, implementation of infrastructure, storage or distribution facilities, and for the actual production of these high-tech initiatives. Unfortunately, such large amounts of money can only be provided by the governments or big investment funds; and with extensive funding and support comes high dependency. Therefore, only few small, private and local initiatives get noticed, let alone having any chance to grow into something that can actually make any major impact.

This has been the situation until the last few years.

However, over the last couple of years, crowd funding has been growing in popularity and importance. This alternative source of investment offers a chance for small initiatives to grow and become successful. These small projects are no longer dependent on ‘creativity-strangling’ government funding or ‘quick return-seeking’  investment funds. Instead, under the evolving circumstances, innovative ideas can be presented to huge groups of people. If the idea is sound, lots of people are often willing to participate, by investing relatively small sums of money. An added positive effect is that this type of funding offers individuals to get involved with the initiatives and be part of the process. Furthermore, there are now crowd funding platforms, specifically targeted at clean energy initiatives.

What do you think, can crowd funding help innovate and bring clean and renewable energy initiatives to life?

Here are 5 great initiatives:

Duurzaam investerenDuurzaam investeren: ‘Duurzaam investeren’ is a platform, active in Belgium and the Netherlands, that serves as a meeting ground and virtual market place for bringing together private investors and creators of renewable energy projects. The platform has helped find investors for lots of initiatives, mostly in wind and solar energy projects.

Renewable Energy Crowd funding Conference Renewable Energy Crowd funding Conference (November 5 2015, London, UK): The RE Crowd funding conference hopes to bring together experts to discuss and promote the use of crowd funding as a way to fund renewable energy projects and initiatives. From the website: “The Renewable Energy Crowd funding Conference will connect the leaders in crowd funding to project developers, investors and banks with an interest in exploring and using crowd funding for their business.”

The ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass CookstoveThe ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove: The ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove is a stove that uses almost any biomass (like pellets and woodchips); and with the aid of solar energy, can burn with incredible efficiency. Compared to traditional cooking methods, the ACE 1 is faster, it uses significantly less fuel, reduces CO2 emissions, and it also provides a convenient source of electricity in remote areas. It is also convenient to charge a phone or light a small lamp. Income is used (in part) to subsidize Cookstoves for families in third world countries.

Ocean Energy TurbineOcean Energy Turbine: It’s an initiative to develop an ‘ocean energy turbine’ … something like a wind turbine, which operates in the water. If this project succeeds, it will the promise is huge. This could potentially deliver enough energy to replace non-renewable energy sources. “The Ocean Energy Turbine is the first commercially viable clean renewable energy source that has the potential to compete with and eventually replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy dependence.”

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Windcentrale: Launched in 2010, this Dutch initiative has raised over 14 million euros. The idea is for private investors to raise funds to acquire wind power. Each investor becomes an owner, and (on average) receives about 500 kWh per year. By making this a community-owned initiative, investors have an even bigger involvement with the project.

To conclude, there are a growing number of initiatives and platforms, centered around using crowd funding as a way to get funding and investors for clean and renewable energy. This appears to really help push innovation, and help individual investors to get involved in these innovations.

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: Top 5 inspiring clean energy innovation initiatives sponsored by crowd funding

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Gerard Duijts AUTHOR:
Gerard Duijts has been working as a business consultant at Sogeti since 2007, consistently working on innovating and improving the way Sogeti helps clients. Gerard is SharePoint lead for Sogeti NL, and is the driving force behind SSI - Sogeti Social Intranet, an internationally recognized business solution that makes it possible to offer a social intranet solution to our clients in days rather than months, incorporating many years of experiences and best practices.

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Now more than ever before, we are finally getting all the great new gadgets and tools that we were promised by visionaries in past years. Always ready to share my profound insights with my peers, I decided to define some areas I’m personally interested in, find the future vision that was popular decades ago, and see where we stand.

In no particular order, here are some examples of innovations that were predicted long ago that are now finally getting to a stage where we can actually start using them.


Robots

Let’s start with an old party favorite, the robot. Wouldn’t it be great if we could create machines that look like us and can do all the chores and tasks we cannot or do not want to do? This basic idea has been around for a long time and it has been one of those things everyone assumes will happen in the future, but ‘not in my lifetime’… until now!

Today you can meet with Kodomoroid® and Otonaroid®, two very lifelike androids displayed in the Miraikan museum in Japan. You can buy household robots anywhere, for doing individual chores like mowing the lawn or vacuuming the floor. Humanoid robots like ASIMO have reached a status of development where it’s easy to see them becoming commercially available.

Things get smaller!

OK, so we cannot shrink people or submarines to the size of a micrometer yet.

But there have been great achievements in nanotechnology (medicine delivery, DNA-Origami). This advancement means that by using nanotechnology, medicine can be delivered exactly where needed without interfering with the surroundings. Nanotechnology is also being used to help create stronger building materials and energy-efficient engines.

Transportation

Any credible future vision used to include flying, often autonomous, vehicles taking us anywhere we want. Plus, people in shiny, skintight clothes but that’s maybe more of a questionable fashion sense and overall repression of the time.

Not flying, but definitely autonomous is the Google Self-Driving Car, and basically ready for commercial release and we can now finally sit back and relax while the car does all the heavy lifting.

Communication and knowledge sharing

Internet. Just, internet.

In 1895, Paul Otlet started the “Universal Bibliographic Repertory” an index-card based collection of knowledge items people could reference. His goal was to share information across the globe, sending information on request and setting up proxies in cities everywhere. He was still thinking in terms of horse powered delivery systems and manual filing, but the basic idea was there to create a comprehensive overview of all human knowledge and freely share the knowledge worldwide. Now the internet has made Otlet’s vision come true as we can communicate freely (well, most of us can, anyway) and share information such as our cat videos with anyone. We have more information at our fingertips than we can ever hope to read.

© Wikipedia Plus: Communicators

From Google Glass and Apple Watch, to mind-machine interfaces and finding god-particles, we are now living in an age of innovation, using technology that only yesterday was science fiction. And business technology is at the forefront of this development. Great time to be working in IT!

To read the original post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog:

FINALLY, YESTERDAY’S FUTURE IS HERE!

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Gerard Duijts AUTHOR:
Gerard Duijts has been working as a business consultant at Sogeti since 2007, consistently working on innovating and improving the way Sogeti helps clients. Gerard is SharePoint lead for Sogeti NL, and is the driving force behind SSI - Sogeti Social Intranet, an internationally recognized business solution that makes it possible to offer a social intranet solution to our clients in days rather than months, incorporating many years of experiences and best practices.

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