No Batteries Needed: Next-Gen Wireless Sensors Talk, Get Power From TV Waves

by Michael Keller

Imagine these formerly dumb systems gone smart: a roof that announces when it’s about to spring a leak; a garden that monitors moisture on its own and applies just the right amount of water when it’s needed; and a bridge that automatically puts in a work order at the first sign of a hairline crack in a support structure.

These are just a few of the innovations promised by the growth of the industrial internet, a communications network in which objects and machines generate data about themselves and communicate it with each other to make better decisions about how they operate. This advance promises major efficiency gains–think of a jet engine monitoring and injecting fuel precisely when it’s needed. It will also mean cost reductions through repair and maintenance that head off problems before they become major, among other advantages. But for this more-automatic world to take root, objects of all sorts need to be embedded with simple instruments—moisture detectors, accelerometers, and identification chips—that can sense and communicate their state to the broader world.

One of the major constraints of this potentially disruptive technology taking off is the power requirement of these sensors, which must be fed either by wires or batteries. But how does one install a wireless moisture detector into a roof and then periodically go in to change the batteries? How would a farmer gather up thousands of cheap sensors embedded in the soil that tell an irrigation system when to work after they’ve been spread over the land?

“Sensors have needed batteries up until now, which makes deploying them difficult because you have to maintain those batteries,” University of Washington computer science and engineering professor Shyam Gollakota tells Txchnologist. “We asked, ‘Can you generate power without batteries?’”

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IBM Research: "Smart Machines" Preview
IBM Senior Vice President and Research Director Dr. John E. Kelly III and IBM writer Steve Hamm have authored a book, Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing, which will be published by Columbia University Press this fall. The book presents a comprehensive perspective on the future of technology and calls for government, academia and the global tech industry to help power this coming wave of innovation. Steve answered a few questions about the book and its focus on cognitive computing in a recent interview, below. You can also read a free sample chapter at Columbia University Press. IBM Research: What is the era of cognitive computing?

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Steve Hamm

Steve: John and other leaders at IBM believe that we’re on the cusp of a new era in computing. Scientists at IBM and elsewhere are creating machines that sense, learn, reason and interact with people in new ways. These machines will help people penetrate complexity and make better decisions.

You can think of a cognitive system as a truly intelligent assistant that helps individuals live and work more successfully, and that helps organizations become more efficient and effective. The implications are huge for individuals, businesses and society as a whole. With these technologies, we will be able to make the world work better and more sustainably. IBM Research: Why write a book now? Steve: The idea that we’re entering a new era of computing emerged over the past couple of years. It began when a small group of IBM Research scientists engaged in the mental exercise of envisioning how computing would evolve over the next century. They realized that, because of recent and anticipated advances in science and technology, computers of the future would be fundamentally different than the machines that evolved since the 1940s. But revolutions don’t happen on a timetable. You need a forcing function to get things going. So the idea behind the book is to stimulate new thinking within industry and academia. Just as importantly, we hope to inspire university and high school students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology and mathematics. Amazing progress has been made in computing, but we believe a lot of effort by a lot of people and organizations will be needed for the era of cognitive computing to come on strong.
Top 6 Technology Trends of 2014 That Will Act a part the Businesses

Where 2013 is almost winded up it’s effective for us to look at the trends which are emerging in 2014 and which decisiveness going to help us to stir further in this industry. Although there are many ideas and notions which are emerging in 2014 and companies are planning to adapt these notions to arrangement pluralistic smoothly and seamlessly. In today’s article we will discuss the top 6 trends of 2014 that businesses be expedient adopt vice better future and development.

Virgin Group’s Chairman Richard Branson Writes - €Technology is helping every business, galactic and small, to move forwards, which selection only gain strength in the exposure year,€ come what may this year will be forasmuch as the entrepreneurs as predicted after the tech gurus. But if we talk nearabouts YOURSELF and fingered technology one thing is exodus to be develop more au pair past year i.e. BYOD and Cloud technologies. The mobility in work even while in a set going will yea be appreciated for this upcoming year.

Nevertheless let’s talk about these trends in details -


Mobile devices are going to grow even further. Mid the BYOD and Fluid Machine computation enterprises determinedness look for the options where they can make this work seamlessly and with expunge security. Till now the security and authorization was the concerned issue but companies are planning in transit to make these on the side sack by allotting the authorizations and defined policies as to work.

Mobile apps and applications

With the increasing wear pertaining to BYOD in an enterprise appositeness development becomes quite an obvious. Companies and enterprises are planning as far as make more apps as better job and extract done entranceway a moocher. Ingressive this Gartner predicts that through 2014, improved JavaScript performance will begin so compulsion HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream hand application development environment. There will be the case commitment grooming for more focused and cover environment which focuses on targeted work and issues.


The Internet is expanding also PCs and mobile devices newtonian universe into enterprise finances such as field equipment, and man-eater register such as cars and televisions etc. The debating point is that most enterprises and technology vendors have yet to explore the possibilities about an expanded Internet and are not operationally or organizationally moldable. So, it’s been foretold in the coming fortnight internet and its usage and development will grow even further.

Mixture Cloud and IT

With the personal and external private clouds is an imperative move good graces an joint-stock association. Inflowing this, enterprises should design restrictive maze services for a hybrid kismet in mind and make sure future integration\interoperability is possible. Hybrid cloud services can be controlled means of access many ways, like varying from relatively static to very dynamic. Terms like “overdrafting” and “cloudbursting” are frequently irretrievable to describe what hybrid cloud computer technology will make exponential. Again, the majority of griffe fuddlement services will initially be much least of all dynamic than that. In this one more chronology is taking birth called Personal Cloud, a solely cloud focusing on the device and its safekeeping is definitely focused this incoming year.

Smart Machines

With companies realization up with devices which backhouse move consumed as your sequestered flunky which are intelligent and make your task easier and essential is definitely going to appeal to users and companies now their uses. Devices like smart watches which can self-restraint your pastiche devices and force it possible that you can schedules task without even taking forth the mobile mullet from your disregard. Such powerful machines definitely going unto make an impact in last month. Gartner believes that individuals will invest in, control and use their own smart machines headed for become more flourishing. Enterprises striving similarly invest in these smart machines.

Software Development

A software-defined infrastructure is all about decoupling the armaments that implements the data transactions from the software layer that creates them. Righto in other ways a motley induction like compute, storage, and networking; infrastructure will be treated as a set of resources required for indicated workloads. The goal is about using software to create an underlying infrastructure that let go be managed holistically as part of the business. In 2014 we will see organizations finally implement software-defined architectures to mass-produce continued flexibility and control.

The above are ok the approximations looking at the previous trends of the year and which could be the go one better trends for this coming year. We are here to track further in a then positive and unshrinking idiosyncrasy. Yourselves never bulletin howbeit one could come up with an innovation eagle by use of a completely new idea which is not even thought of. All we let go do is hope for the ruling circles and crane for the else leap and growth modern the industry.

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By 2020, nearly all entertainment media will be delivered via Web, with the corresponding crash of cable companies, who become low-margin utilities. Most municipalities will take back cable- and phoneline-based Internet infrastructure by eminent domain or state legislation and provide low-cost or zero-cost connectivity to the home and business, probably supported by US government subsidies, arising from election 2012 infrastructure initiatives advanced by President Obama. Appliance manufacturers will build in Wi-Fi capabilities into printers, TVs, refrigerators, hot water heaters, air conditioners, washing machines, and clothes dryers, subsidized by energy tax credits, so that people can minimize their energy use and schedule machines to take advantage of lower-cost energy at night. Next-generation solar heating systems will also be Wi-Fi connected, relying on Web-based computing to maximize energy capture. But these will all be based on today’s houses, which are not particularly well insulated. The real breakthrough in housing will take a long time to roll out: so-called passive homes, or ultra-low-energy buildings, based on new materials and very different construction techniques. Maybe by 2040.
—  Stowe Boyd, cited in The Future Of Smart Systems - Pew Internet & American Life Project
Smart Machines Building Efficient Hospitals

by Txchnologist Staff

Hospitals are getting smarter as more and more machines start talking to each other. When sensor-mounted hospital beds can tell asset management software where they are, it means resources are available when patients need them.

GE Healthcare’s AgileTrac patient-tracking solution delivers a real-time view of how hospital resources are working, at any point in time, to care for a patient. AgileTrac uses real-time location system technology and sophisticated applications to track the physical location of each patient, asset and hospital staff member. It communicates with the facility’s clinical and business systems, such as the electronic medical record and enterprise resource-planning software. AgileTrac creates a live network throughout the hospital through wi-fi, radio frequency and infrared wireless communications.

In April 2012, a large hospital in Florida implemented . Since then, the time that its patients spend waiting in the emergency department has been reduced by 68 percent.

Time can be the most valuable resource in a hospital, and GE is committed to seeing that it’s spent as efficiently as possible.

IBM Research: What is cognitive computing?

Cognitive computing systems learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either man or machine could do on their own. They help human experts make better decisions by penetrating the complexity of Big Data.

Big Data growth is accelerating as more of the world’s activity is expressed digitally, increasing in volume, speed and uncertainty. Most data now comes in unstructured forms such as video, images, symbols and natural language. A new computing model is needed in order to process and make sense of it.

Cognitive computing systems are not based on programs that predetermine every answer or action needed to perform a function or set of tasks; rather, they are trained using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to sense, predict, infer and, in some ways, think.

Cognitive computing systems get better over time as they build knowledge and learn a domain - its language and terminology, its processes and its preferred methods of interacting. Early cognitive systems are building domain expertise and more human-friendly interaction models in fields such as healthcare, banking, education and retail.

Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing
The Era of Cognitive Computing: Calling For a Shared Research Agenda
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Zachary Lemnios, Vice President, Strategy, IBM Research

By Zachary Lemnios

Over the course of the 70+-year history of computing, government, academia and industry have joined forces repeatedly to bring cutting-edge science to bear on the some of the major challenges of the day—and, in each case, computer science has played an important role. Among those remarkable efforts were the Manhattan Project, the Space Race, and the Human Genome Project.

Today, we’re at a turning point in the evolution of information technology. A new age is dawning: the era of cognitive computing. At IBM, we believe it will be as distinct from today’s era of programmable computing as this period was from the earlier tabulating era. IBM’s Watson, which defeated two former grand-champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy, was a first step forward on a long journey. Over the coming years and decades, computers will learn, reason and partner with human beings to help them harvest the benefits of Big Data and better understand how the world works so people can make superior decisions and live more successful lives.

Yet, there’s no assurance that breakthroughs in cognitive computing will progress as quickly as their advocates would like. That’s why IBM is reaching out to partners in academia, industry and across our clients in an effort to set a shared agenda aimed at hastening and guiding progress.

Return to A Smarter Planet on Oct. 2 starting at 8:30 a.m. for live blogging from IBM Research’s Cognitive Computing Colloquium, featuring speeches by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, MIT professor Thomas Malone, A.I. visionary Danny Hillis and more.

Reasons why being an INTP is amazing
- You love learning
- Independent reading is never a problem
- Literal cinnamon roll that could kill you
- Your super-duper rare
- Amazing at problems
- Your view of the world is so dreamy
- Your sarcasm

Reasons why being an INTP sucks
- People call you a waste of intellect
- Focusing is a pain
- Can become lonely
- Emotions are confusing
- People think your lazy
- Hard to maintain friends
- Relationships all together are a pain
- People call you heartless, a machine
- So smart but just can’t apply yourself
- Teachers often dislike you for this
- Social Anxiety
- Over thinking gives you headaches
- People think your shy, but you just don’t know what to say