The New Micro Swarming

It is wise to have a robot/automation strategy for your business that is open to new advancements in this field. This is a technological threshold where swarms of robots will perform a wide variety of different tasks.

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Two questions on autonomous cars

The AI that drives autonomous cars can sometimes be deceived by minimal perturbations, such as graffiti on STOP signals or unusual objects coming into view. This is one of the problems facing the undergoing training of autonomous vehicles, which occurs largely via simulation.

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WEEDS

Stay out of the AI technology weeds

Reading time: 5:30 Core recommendation Focus primarily on enterprise business applications that address a strategic business need, built and supported by a leading supplier of that class of application. Three details: If there isn’t a commercial offering available, rethink your investment timing. Act when you find — in production and thoroughly vetted — real-life commercial examples of what your business needs in uses cases very similar to your own. Unless you’re in the enterprise business applications business, don’t develop your own or do-it-yourself. Today’s biggest, most successful application providers may have succeeded by disrupting the previous generation of winners but that justifies looking beyond today’s leaders. Focus A…

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Artificial Intelligence: Reimagine Worship and Worshippers

Rev. Billy Graham once stated, “when used correctly tech could do wonderful things” Observer Technology is reimagining habits for worship and for the worshipper. Vendors now offer mobile apps, social media and websites for the faithful. For example, traveling Catholics can access apps or the Internet to locate nearby services. www.masstimes.org Vendor’s offerings, such as, Subsplash (community engagement) and Tithe.ly (online giving) and Pushpay, enable secure automation for many administrative and management tasks. In doing so, Big Data is now part of doing business as a place of worship. Data is collected on attendees and members’ activities, especially, if a multi-site or mega place of worship. How will…

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Succeed with Do-It-Yourself AI technology (DIY-AIT)

Reading time: 6 minutes DIY-AIT can be one of several valuable tactics for delivering superior operating performance in your mainline business. Apply it carefully, not universally. Be judicious. Use DIY for tactical, opportunistic projects, not major strategic initiatives. It’s also very useful for experimentation and learning. Do not try to emulate Amazon or Google Most big AI-technology leaders such as Amazon and Google “did it themselves” with AIT to achieve superior operating performance in their mainline businesses. They chose to make AIT available to others, both in open source and similar kits and as fee-for-services cloud-based DIY-AIT services. These DIY services are evidence of a “platform strategy.” A…

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Overview: Seven of my recent AI-related blog posts

Reading time: 4 minutes Here’s the story-line of seven of my AI-related blog posts published over the last three months, along with what I intend to focus on next.  Only 5% of US enterprises are investing in serious, AI-based business projects.  Data from PwC’s 22nd annual global CEO survey provides worth repeating. Five percent of US CEOs (and 10% of European CEOs) say their AI investments are either fundamental to their organization’s operations or broadly in use across the organization. Forty percent of US CEOs (and 39% of European CEOs) say their firms have introduced AI for limited purposes, typically pilots, prototypes, experiments or tactical applications. This feels…

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Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis? (Part 2)

Reading time: 6 minutes  Kohl’s, Walmart and Trader Joe’s stories add more perspective and depth to my earlier analysis of how BestBuy survived the Amazon threat. None of these four success stories could be described as AI strategies even though many aspects of some of these firms’ business strategies benefitted from the use of AI technology.

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