Data Vs. Physics


The surge of data from nearly ubiquitous arrays of sensors is changing the dynamics of where and how that data is processed. There is simply too much data to send everything to a centralized processing facility in the cloud, and even 5G won't provide enough bandwidth to handle all of this data. This has big implications on a much broader scale. Data is valuable. And while clean data is more ... » read more

Dawn Of The Data-Driven Age


Autonomous vehicles, 5G, a security breach at Marriott hotels, and AI. These may seem unrelated, but they're all linked by one common thread—data. Data creation, management and processing always have been a winning business formula. In 2004, IBM sold off its PC business on the assumption that it could still achieve significant growth by managing its customers' data. The rapid buildup by co... » read more

The Multiple Faces And Phases Of AI


AI is being used in more ways and more devices—and in more ways in those same devices—raising the level of confusion about exactly what people are talking about when they refer to AI and AI-enabled systems. AI is both a tool and a process. It also is a thing, although not even remotely close to the singularity portrayed by Arthur C. Clarke in 2001. And as it proliferates, it's becoming h... » read more

Adding AI To The IoT


The Internet of Things is about to undergo a radical change, fueled by vast number of things coupled with an almost pervasive presence of AI. The IoT today encompasses a long list of vertical markets, all of them connected to the Internet but not necessarily to each other. The concept of the IoT really began taking off in 2015, when a combination of data analytics, high-speed, affordable and... » read more

3 Big Challenges For 5G


The general assumption is that we will all be walking around with 5G phones in our pockets someday, but 5G devices may look more like a home router, a car, or maybe even a tablet than a smart phone. There are three main problems that need to be solved here. The big one is coverage, and that gets confusing because it depends on which version of 5G people are talking about. There are at least ... » read more

IoT Meets ML


AI and machine learning are the next big things, and they're going make a huge difference in the adoption and capabilities of the IoT. Unlike previous technology approaches, AI, machine learning and deep learning are based on patterns. In effect, they raise up the level of abstraction for data. An image of a cat can be megabytes of data, and a cat taken from all angles may be gigabytes of da... » read more

Security Gap Grows


There is far more talk about security in designs these days, and far more security features being added into chips and systems. So why isn't it making a dent in the number of cyberattacks? According to the Online Trust Alliance, there were 159,700 cyber incidents in 2017 around the globe. But the group notes that because most incidents are not reported, the real number could be twice as lar... » read more

The Long Pause


Carmakers are leaping over each other to roll out cars that meet SAE Level 3 requirements, whereby under some conditions drivers can let go of the steering wheel. Getting to Level 5 will take a lot longer, and there is some debate about where and even whether Level 4 will ever happen (see Fig. 1). Fig. 1: Levels of autonomy. Source: Auto Alliance There are two big gaps that need to be a... » read more

Rules Of The Driverless Road


The growing disparity among states, countries and carmakers over autonomous driving is turning what should be a logical progression into chaos. Consider what's happening in California, which is determined to remain the leader in this tech revolution. The state last month relaxed its testing rules so that cars can be monitored remotely, with no driver actually present inside the car. I... » read more

Artificial, With Questionable Intelligence


A common theme is emerging in the race to develop big machines that can navigate through a world filled with people, animals, and other assorted objects—if an accident is inevitable, what options are available to machines and how should they decide?   This question was raised at a number of semiconductor industry conferences over the past few weeks, which is interesting because this idea h... » read more

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