Friday, 21 April 2017

"So, whatcha been up to?....."

I've been a little quiet on the "work orientated" technical / geek front for most of this year.  The main reason being, I re-focused my geeki-ness - mainly due to the work I was doing here last year:

http://tonyisageek.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ibm-bmw-and-iot.html

Now, I've officially migrated to the IBM Watson group, where my role is to help transform businesses using Cloud based Cognitive technologies that can think like a human, using the IBM Watson API services.

Here's an official Vodafone press release on something I've been contributing to:

Vodafone to use artificial intelligence to speed up online queries

  • TOBi, Vodafone’s new artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, is now helping some customers online
  • It will be available soon in the My Vodafone app new messaging service as well, so customers can speak to advisors whenever they want
Vodafone UK has launched TOBi – the artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot – as an innovative way of offering our customers a quicker web chat service.  TOBi, a virtual customer services’ agent, can handle a range of customer queries including device troubleshooting, usage and order tracking amongst many others.

Press release link: https://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/pressrelease/vodafone-use-artificial-intelligence-speed-online-queries/


...and this is only the start.  I'm sure I'll be posting more Cognitive Services geeki-ness over the coming year, if I actually manage to get some time to do so.  I wonder if I could write an AI bot to do it for me? or even write code for me?.... I need to spend more time in Airport departure lounges again!


Gratuitous sales pitch:

Get started yourself, visit: https://www.ibm.com/watson/developercloud/starter-kits.html

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

World's smallest computers (with Deep Learning)

Millimeter-Scale Computing. Real-life smart dust.


The CubisensTM platform by CubeWorks enables the first truly autonomous wireless sensing platform measuring less than a millimeter. Cubisens systems are able to sense and process their environment, wirelessly transmit the results or store them for later usage. The versaltility of the Cubisens platform allows multiple units to be combined together to tackle larger monitoring and sensing applications




There is a great article (that led me to the above site), that you can read HERE.   Here's the snippet that caught my attention:

'The idea is to bring neural networks to the Internet of Things. “A lot of motion detection cameras take pictures of branches moving in the wind—that’s not very helpful,” says Blaauw. Security cameras and other connected devices are not smart enough to tell the difference between a burglar and a tree, so they waste energy sending uninteresting footage to the cloud for analysis. Onboard deep-learning processors could make better decisions, but only if they don’t use too much power. The Michigan group imagines that deep-learning processors could be integrated into many other Internet-connected things besides security systems. For example, an HVAC system could decide to turn the air-conditioning down if it sees several people putting on their coats.'



........nanobots, anyone  :-)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Personal Linux Server - Joker

I was just pointed at this little gem by a good friend.  I am very impressed.


"Joker Eco-system is an open hardware and open software project, available at fair price! First of all it’s a personal mobile Linux server with Intel x86 64-bit CPU and battery. Additional modules available – IoT, SDR, Storage, Network, E-Ink Display and many more."


"Joker personal server now can move where you need it most. Thanks to Joker Walker module with two motors and treads. Neural networks (NN) used for processing images from camera and for speech recognition. You can say “Hey Joker, follow me” or “Hey Joker, best WiFi signal” or implement your own features!"

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE




I'll take one, including the main module, the empathy and walker modules please.  Then using the existing software I can achieve what I was attempting to do with ArcTuRus.  Yeah, I know, it's cheating a little bit...but hey, time is flying by and ArcTuRus has just been gathering dust whilst I was distracted working on "cars" and "Cognitive" things:

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Narita Boy : Travel across dimensional planes in this retro-futuristic pixel game

During 2016, I was pondering a game idea, potentially using VR or AR about travelling about in a multi-dimensional universe.  As is always true, my concept & vision was set very very high - I had the vision, but lacked the skills & tooling to make it happen.  I got hold of Unity and UnrealEngine, took some courses on how to make basic things using C# and C++ for either engine, then....well, then work/work took a higher priority... isn't that always the way?  I see it more of a "delay it" than a "drop it", I will come back to my vision some time soon.....

...and then I noticed this little gem on KickStarter.  The vision sounds familiar, very familiar - there must have been something floating around the ether during 2016 that a few of us tuned into.  Well, I bow down to "Ed" for finding the time, having the patience and having access to a group of skilled people to help him with his vision.  I also love the 80s pixel approach.

Have I backed it?  Sure have!  "If" it actually happens, they are looking at a Dec 2018 release time, hey, by then, I may have actually had time to make some progress of my own - unless "other non-work things" manage to distract me along the way....

Narita Boy : Travel across dimensional planes in this retro-futuristic pixel game:


Thursday, 16 February 2017

IBM Watson opens $200 million IoT headquarters in Munich

Well, seeing as I spent quite a bit of time there last year, seems right to post the official news:



"Some clients will be a permanent fixture at IBM offices in Munich. BMW employees will work at the new center to place Watson voice control into cars and explore ways to create personalized experiences."





Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Experience macOS in Virtual Reality


VR Desktop is an app for Mac that enables you to use a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift to interact with macOS in a Virtual Desktop Environment.

With VR Desktop, users can work, game, or otherwise interact with their Mac while using a VR headset. You can load up custom virtual environments such as a Desk or Space scene, and create virtual screens for maximising productivity.
There’s been many naysayers ruling out Mac as a VR platform. We’re here to prove that Macs are capable of useful VR applications. VR Desktop works on modern Macs with discrete graphics cards.
VR Desktop is compatible with Oculus Rift DK2 and macOS 10.11 and later.  We are targeting Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive support as soon as those devices support the Mac platform. Our sources tells us that HTC will be adding Mac support for Vive in Q1/Q2.





Might be about time to dig out the Oculus Rift that is still boxed up under my desk and give it some use?