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DeepStereo: Learning to Predict New Views from the World’s Imagery

Take a bunch of Google Street View photo’s and apply deep learning. The outcome is “a video” and something that’s called Deep Stereo. It’s and end-to-end trained system that fills in the gaps between the pictures and make you feel as if you can walk in the scene like 3D. Deep networks have recently enjoyed enormous success when applied to recognition and classification problems in computer vision, but their use in graphics problems has been limited.

RoBIoTICS – The new promised land of convergence – Part II

Hi! In the first part of this series of blog posts, I spoke about two aspects of the new land of convergence – RoBIoTICS and the convergence between robotics and biology domains. Today, I look at the convergence of robotics and the Internet of Things.

RoB-IoT-ICS  – Convergence of Robotics and “Internet of Things” (IoT) domains

Internet of Things and Robotics are both highly synergistic domains. So what does the intersection of both mean?

Robotics and IoT are much more than connected devices. Robotics is actually a continuum: It moves from pure automation, which basically has devices sensing and acting, to robotics which connects and senses its environment and then acts in the physical world. Over the last ten years, a lot of communication technologies have been developed that directly supports the robotics industry sector. Some robotics sectors are actually using some direct research  from communication domains such as facial recognition or natural language processing.

The impact of IoT on Robotics starts with [Read more…]

I Will Kill You

“Have you ever wanted to kill someone? Do you want to get rid of your partner, your boss or your arch nemesis? Perhaps you want to enjoy your life insurance payout whilst you’re still alive. Do you have rich elderly parents that just won’t die quick enough? Or do you want a “Do Over” new identity.

Then, this presentation is for you! I’ll provide you with the insight and techniques on how to “kill” someone and obtain a real death certificate and shutdown their lives. It focuses on the lack of security controls that allow any of us to virtually kill off anyone or any number of people. Forget the Dexter way of killing someone, I’ll show you how to avoid the messy clean up and focusing in on the digital aspects. You could be dead right now and not even know it.”

Data Hunch – How Supercharged Machine Intelligence Grows Your Big Data Analytics Culture…

Hi! I am back again with the transcript of a new episode of Capgemini’s “Data and The Hunch” podcast series. I am a Principal Analyst for VINT, the Sogeti Trend Lab, and work on anything Analytics related to the Connected Service Experience. My Twitter handle is @BLO2M – B-L-O-Numeric2-M – so if you like, feel free to follow me. Here’s the transcript:

Today, Fenny has joined me in the studio. Hi Fen, how can I help you?

Well Jaap, I’m here to fire some questions. Now first, you talk about Machine Intelligence – but where does that leave AI, Artificial Intelligence?          

Right! Well, mainly in business and IT environments, there is a growing tendency of abandoning the 60-year old notion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – all the more since it has become feasible to deploy practical machine learning in the cloud, on offer from respectable vendors like Microsoft and Amazon on a pay-as-you-go basis. [Read more…]

Blockchain: Firing up the Crypto-economy

Welcome to the wondrous world of the complex, yet highly imaginative crypto-economy. The world of blockchain and bitcoin, of miners, sandboxes and hashes. If you are not familiar with this subject yet, you may easily fall under the spell of the fascinating and fast-growing crypto-environments. And even if you have already made a study of the subject, some elements of the crypto- economy may remain mysterious, and to some extent intangible. But just look of it this way:

Imagine that with every transaction you execute on the internet, a notary looks over your shoulder to make sure that nothing is wrong. That would be a very costly affair indeed. But it is an entirely different matter if it could be computerized. What you have then, basically, is a possibility to do frictionless business, as the control is already embedded in the transaction. This may well be the key to lots of new possibilities. Such a system exists. It is called blockchain, a strong chain without weak links offering a solution to numerous actual problems within the digital economy.

Download our new report Blockchain, Cryptoplatform for a frictionless economy

Inside you’ll find:

Crypto-economy 1.0

We outline the potential impact of this new application in three steps. The first step is the crypto- economy 1.0. It concerns the currency, the bitcoin, and financial transactions. It also provides a vital explanation of how the protocol operates. We list seven pros and cons of the bitcoin, dwell upon questions regarding the supervision of the system and wrap up with the official viewpoints of the financial authorities.

 Crypto-economy 2.0

When outlining the crypto-economy 2.0, we go more deeply into the other possibilities of the blockchain, also called “bitcoin without bitcoin.” This concerns two kinds of applications in particular: smart contracts and smart products, and how the economy can be made to run more smoothly; or, in other words, how wasting can be stamped out.

Crypto-economy 3.0

If we let our imagination run wild, the final result is the crypto-economy 3.0. Here we describe the DACs (Decentralized Autonomous Corporations), also called Robocorps. It is an Internet-of-Things scenario, where objects are increasingly getting a freehand to make decisions and stimulate the economy: a potential forerunner of a zero-marginal cost society. In such a case, blockchain will be part of a collaborative commons, an advanced form of blockchain technology in society.

RoBIoTICS – The New Promised Land of Convergence – Part I

RoBIoTICS = Robotics – A new land of convergence

Since the first industrial robot appeared in factories in the mid-twentieth century, robots have spread across to many domains – factories, the space, and more recently hospitals, homes or even your gardens!

Robots are a powerful factor of competitiveness, and their capabilities are evolving constantly, with new sensors, more processing power, or adaptation capabilities to their environment. A new generation of robots is emerging almost every year: playful or educational robots, robots for mobility assistance, body exploration, robotic prosthesis, robots embedded in cars, and so forth. Robots are in fact, becoming more anthropomorphic and potentially easier to accept for everyone.

However, there are still a lot of challenges ahead in many robotic domains such as [Read more…]

Design, Disrupt, and Do the Blockchain

Image 1How can you, as an organization, design your own disruptive market possibilities? “Doing the blockchain” might get you there. Read our new report Blockchain: cryptoplatform for a frictionless economy.

“Disruption is the New Normal.” This is the key message from the series of our reports on the “Design to Disrupt” project. We have outlined the [Read more…]

The Unconnected – Life as an Analogitarian

No internet todayWhat is life like for people who are not connected to the Internet, who do not use mobile? How do they pay their bills? Find a phone number? Get information about anything? How do they find a job?

An ever-shrinking part of the population is not ‘on the Internet’ and I’m very intrigued by this fact. Yes, there will be the homeless, and people in special care, but what about ‘normal’ people? People who purposely choose to not connect? People who choose to be an  Analogitarian? (Yes, like vegetarian). I don’t think mankind has ever [Read more…]

Future Life with Pepper

Security in Emerging IoT: The Top 4 Problems and their Solutions

Enterprise-Security-300x200Security is critical to any successful software implementation. Especially recently, security breaches have received more and more press, and major data breaches have become PR nightmares for the companies involved. If there’s anything that these high profile security breaches have taught us, it’s that security cannot be an afterthought for your organization. So what do you need to know before launching an IoT initiative? Below is a list of the top four security problems in IoT and their potential solutions. [Read more…]

Replaceable Me

“From lab-grown lungs to mechanical eyes, the latest, and most realistic, artificial body parts.”

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Infographic by Jeong Suh/Bryan Christie Design, New York Magazine

Holiday Shopping – How do e-Commerce Players Get Ready for the Mad Rush?

Why do e-commerce players need to prepare ahead?

One of the fundamental aspects of e-commerce, and retail in general, is that every project and initiative, revolves around the holiday shopping season. According to online site Statista.com, the holiday revenue from e-commerce sales has been increasing steadily over the last few years, and is expected to top $80B in the US. (Statista, 2015). Further, according to a recent survey by the US Census Bureau, the percentage of e-commerce sales as compared to overall sales has been steadily increasing in the retail sector and this ratio is expected to favor e-commerce even more, given the trends from the last 10 years (DeNale, Liu, & Weidenhamer, 2015).

In this series of my blog posts, I will outline various aspects of an e-commerce site [Read more…]

Robot Tries to Escape from Children’s Abuse

Internet of Things with IBM Bluemix

To continue with my series on Getting Started with the Internet of Things and Getting Hands-On with Internet of Things, I would like to show you how you can make use of IBM Bluemix in your IoT solutions. In my previous videos, I have shown you how to set up a server on in the Amazon cloud (AWS), [Read more…]

The suprising joy of virtual reality

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ROFLOL. The worst cover of Time magazine. And it’s asking for a response from the online community.

Modern Databases of the 21st Century

databasesOne size fits all or one size fits none?  The relational database model was invented by Ted Codd in the early 1970’s. There were a few early prototypes built, but the model became mainstream when IBM built and marketed DB2 in 1984. By the early 1990’s, relational database systems began to be considered the standard and the only way to solve all database related problems. It didn’t matter what kind of workload one needed to support – relational databases were considered the panacea. In other words, a “one size fits all” concept evolved and stayed until mid to late 2000’s.

It was at this time that researchers and technology leaders started [Read more…]

Lexus Hoverboard

The hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future has become reality! Read more here.

It’s the Windows 10 Platform, Stupid!

Last year I wrote about how Cloud redefines the platform we develop in It’s the platform, stupid. With the recent release of Windows 10, the platform vision becomes even more pronounced. Windows 10 is not just a new version of the Windows operating system; it’s the last version. There will be regular updates with new features and feature changes, to evolve Windows 10. It is not likely however that it will get a new version label like Windows 11. This idea is not new. Do you know the version number of Firefox or Chrome that you are running? And do you really care? These and many other applications are [Read more…]

No Mobiles on the Dance Floor Please

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Future Wholeness – The Advances in Prosthetics

buttercups_new_foot_3d_printed_prosthetic_footIn the age of the Internet of Things I am eagerly anticipating new amazing research. Something that I have been specifically following in the news, is the advances in prosthetics. 
When I was a kid I met a number of amputees who were struggling through life with the loss of their limb(s). My father worked as an HR manager at a government company that provided a workplace for people who had trouble finding jobs due to mental or physical disabilities. At that time, I met many of his colleagues and they instilled in me a desire to find ways to restore and/or improve the lives of people who lost mobility through the loss of limb or movement in limbs.

A very important image in my mind was the [Read more…]