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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Post Notre Dame de Paris Disaster Will Accelerate Smarter Fire Fighting

A recent Facebook post found on the (www.facebook.com/kimkomando) page peaked my interest. This post got me to thinking about how organizations should consider making digital 3D models of buildings to help disaster mitigation and restoration. Many municipal codes already require building schematics to be approved and shared with local fire departments. Expect more collaboration between engineers and fire fighting agencies post Notre Dame de Paris disaster. The tragic fire that recently burned Notre Dame de Paris captured the attention of the world. As this Cathedral burned. Social media responded indignantly. For example, why are so many firefighters “standing back?” The answer is Colossus. Colossus is a remote-controlled drone.…

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An Update on IBM Watson for Health Care — Ignore The AI Carnival Barkers

Reading time: 2 minutes 30 seconds Check the news on IBM Watson for Health Care: STAT reports that IBM is halting sales of Watson AI for drug discovery FierceBiotch reports that IBM employees were recently told of this decision and are reassessing Watson’s prospects in the broader biopharma industry. Troubles in IBM’s Watson for Oncology – a clinical advisor project – became visible in 2017. The root of these negative news events is not a failure of technology. It’s a failure to meet the inflated expectations that people had for future versions of the technology. Watson – including Watson AI for drug discovery and other Watson Health initiatives –…

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Digital Assistants/Chatbots: What Should Patients Expect?

Digital assistants like Siri , Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant are becoming commonplace  in our houses, devices and apps. Soon these same assistants will begin offering healthcare related services. Here’s a look at what to expect for the next 2 years. Soon these digital assistants may also order our medications or schedule dental cleanings. For example, Microsoft and others now offer AI-platforms for developers to create bot services. Possibly, creating digital medical assistant services.  Imagine asking: “Siri:  Find me a Heart Surgeon!” But are patients ready to accept medical advice from an algorithm? Currently, healthcare digital assistants are chatbots. Their user interface is primarily textual. Equipped with natural…

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Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis?

Reading time: 6:30 In Apex internet predators will devour you I explored Amazonization —  being taken out by Amazon’s mojo — and its predecessor, Walmartization. Many senior business executives secretly shake with fear and anger over what Amazon and Walmart could separately do to their businesses. Consider the stresses on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies.

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Training wheels to protect you at the office: a vision for the future

Could a future application one day help people get along with one another at work? A story about a meeting from the future                      The time is 8:25 AM on a workday, years from now. We join the weekly global team video-conference underway at a successful consumer-products company. I’ll spare you the busy agenda, but point out some novel highlights from your meeting:

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Service Robots

Any way you look at it, whether Boston Dynamics, Sony, or another company leaps into the robotic service dog market, there is a clear need for a Service Robot able to perform the tasks of current service animals.

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