The new year is just around the corner. Which means, it’s a great time for you to think about things you want to improve upon in your life. If you’re a business owner, you should consider what technologies exist that you’re not using. And then take full advantage of those. Because your business isn’t like the business next door, the approach you take might be very different. But at the base of it all, there are a few technologies that continue to grow each day. Which means, you should be taking full advantage of these, if you aren’t already.
VoIP isn’t even a new technology, but it’s one that constantly gets better. Using an old-school phone service is very ancient, but it’s also probably costing you a ton of money. As I write this, I am doing an online course which takes advantage of VoIP. It’s a much more practical way to communicate with people. If you’re unsure which is the best option for you, check out Tom’s Guide for more information. Some of his picks are geared towards personal use but might work for your business as well.
No, I’m not talking about MSN Messenger, but that type of technology is something that you should be using now. Using a modern instant messaging tool will allow you to have access to real-time communication. But it will also give you features such as voice chat, video chat, file sharing and so much more.… Read the rest
Last month, we wrote an article about Alphabet’s Project Loon. In that post, we talked about how Alphabet was partnering with AT&T and T-Mobile in order to bring LTE to Puerto Rico. And now, its helium air balloons have delivered internet to 100,000 residents on the island. Which is still something I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around. Hot air balloons are delivering internet? It’s so complicated and yet so simple at the same time. A significant portion of Puerto Rico, however, is still without cell tower reception. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that nearly 44% of Puerto Rico cell sites are still out of service. Loon deployed balloons in late October in what was the fastest ever deployment. This was in an effort to help residents get back online as soon as possible.
If you think about it – this is the only way they are able to communicate with friends and family outside of the island. They may have been able to get in touch with people to tell them that they were ok, but they haven’t been able to communicate otherwise.
Alastair Westgarth, a project lead on Loon made the following statement:
“In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services and critical information is key. We hope that the connectivity Project Loon has provided over the last few weeks has been helpful, and would like to thank AT&T, T-Mobile, and our government partners who made these efforts possible.”
Getting communication to 100,000 people is pretty impressive on its own, but you have to remember that Puerto Rico is an island of nearly 3.5 million people. … Read the rest
Alan Turing was a British scientist and a pioneer in computer science. During World War II, it was Turing who developed a machine that would break the German Enigma code. He also laid the groundwork for modern computing and theorized about artificial intelligence. That was some 70 years ago, folks. Turing developed a “test” which stated that if a judge can’t tell which of two hidden entities is a human and which is artificial, the machine has “passed” the test. Both of those happened so many years ago. So you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about it now? Well doesn’t it amaze you how far we’ve come in those last 70 years? Even just from the perspective that Turing speculated about machine learning.
The question I have for you today is – is it time to retire the Turing Test? In August, Mitsuku, an animated chatbot that calls itself “an artificial life form living on the net” won the Loebner Prize’s Turing Test competition for the third time since 2013. The Turing Test has long been the benchmark for artificial intelligence developers over the years. It has helped us see advances to things like self-driving cars, speech processing, and image recognition. As AI and machine learning advance, the challenge of a machine imitating a human has become easier. Which makes you wonder if we should still be using Turing as the test?
Think about AlphaGo. We wrote about it a few weeks ago. … Read the rest