Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Business of Self-Driving Cars leading to the Driverless World

Google self-driving cars returning to their base in Mountain View, California are my loyal companions each night as I drive back after teaching my Stanford CSP IoT course. They inspired my research to talk to the disruptors of autonomous vehicle space - leaders from the autonomous vehicle industry, automotive OEMs, transportation companies, regulators, global city leaders, venture capitalists. I reached a steady realization that the disruption is beyond Automotive and Transportation industries. 
“Autonomous Vehicles are about the  future of mobility.”

We are witnessing a historic moment in mobility and the birth of new business models, new mobility designs, and the transformation of related industries—automotive, transportation, freight, insurance, infrastructure, retail, and others.
The autonomous vehicle is going to create a mega-version of the always-on mobile customer with car data expanding the world of mobility services.

I will not stop till I find the business drivers and explore business model evolutions and help entrepreneurs and corporate innovators shape the global autonomous vehicle ecosystem. 

Introducing "2030 The Driverless World: Business Disruptions from Autonomous Vehicles"

This book is for you as you set out to create innovations in new entrepreneurial businesses or existing businesses disrupted by mobility.  Enjoy and be sure to share your experience with me. Come find answers to these questions:
  • What can new startups build to provide mobility services for parking, retail, infotainment, insurance or health services? 
  • How will ownership models change with ride-sharing companies using self-driving cars?
  • How will Auto OEMs manage this strategic inflection point to their industry?
  • What about the future of autonomous car design? 
  • What business models will sustain and propel this innovation? 
  • What is the role of Car Cognition technologies in shifting this space?
  • How will the city infrastructure scale to get ready for the autonomous world?
  • In this transition to a driverless world, how will human driven cars share the roads with driverless cars?
  • Where are the gaps to innovate for entrepreneurs in all this? 
  • What industries are disrupted and how can corporate innovators manage this digital transformation? 
This course begins by teaching entrepreneurs and business leaders about the autonomous-vehicle landscape, covering everything from the technology of the self-driving car and Car AI to regulatory and policy issues and how to create value from autonomous-vehicle data. Each week we analyze industry players big and small.  I have developed an Autonomous business framework for building new businesses in this dynamic space, and for creating new opportunities for companies. This framework will encompass mobility solutions, product management, design, market development, partnership, and business models. I guide my students, the innovators of tomorrow, to apply the business framework each week to build out their business plans. Students can optionally present their plans in teams to a panel of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) venture capitalists judges to understand the AV investment landscape.

See below on how to contact me. I would love to hear from you if you share any of my passions or have experience to share in the evolving business landscape of autonomous vehicles.

Sudha Jamthe is the CEO of IoT Disruptions and a globally recognized author, technology futurist and entrepreneurial business leader, passionate about the Business of Cognitive IoT, Machine Learning, and Autonomous Vehicles..She teaches entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs at Stanford CSP courses about IoT Business and Business of Self-Driving Cars. She loves to write/talk/teach about the business of IoT and Self-driving cars and enjoys mentoring business leaders on digital transformation and shaping new technology ecosystems.

Her IoT books and Driverless World books are available on Amazon.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cognitive IoT: Business Junction of IoT and AI

Talks: Business Disruption of IoT and AI

Cognitive IoT is the junction of IoT and AI. Now what does the business of Cognitive AI look like?

I presented just on this topic at EBusiness 2016 in Siam Technology College, Thailand on Nov 17th 2016. 

Here’ my video on demand of my keynote.

What is at the Business Junction of IoT and AI?

There are business opportunities with Robots, Drones, Bots and Algorithms.
I have grouped these as
  1. Social Robots: These engage with consumers and impact Connected Home, Hospitality industry, Hospitals, Airports, and customer service in general
  2. Industry : Robots used in Industry for manufacturing, security, supply chain.
  3. Chatbots: These are everywhere — Travel, mainly customer service via messenger or any app, My favorite is Amy from of course! New to medical is Melody chatbot from Baidu.
  4. Deep Learning Algorithms: I separate these from chatbots becuase they mine lots of data look for patterns to help predict diseases to augment medical experts.
  5. Drones: This is most lucrative of businesses with PwC estimating $127 Billion from Drone as a Service by 2020. They support infrastructure, transportation, Agriculture and Security by flying in rugged terrains and surveillance from came
  6. Autonomous Vehicles: Self-driving cars, platooning trucks of Europe and auxiliary computer vision businesses such as civilmaps are disrupting the future.
  7. Mixed Reality: This is Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality added to a live experience. Amusement Park rides augmented to make the experience more thrilling, Robotic surgery or machine maintenance all lend itself to impact Entertainment, Movies, Healthcare and Industry.

Machine Learning Challenges and Business Risks

Machine Learning is picking up momentum, but there is ways to go to ensure unbiased data, representing tribal knowledge of each industry in data, machines learning social nuances and many more.

The business user should look at their risk about data governance, and algorithmic accuracy that is applicable for their industry when deploying intelligent machines.
Overall I see lots of opportunities and the disruption is real. Companies will need to build out their Cognitive IoT solutions into Intelligent Machines aware of the data problems while mitigating business risks.

Do you use any of the Cognitive IoT in your business? Do you see it as a new innovation or a serious disruption? Are they more challenges or risks than I am outlining here? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts in comments and highlights.

Sudha Jamthe can be seen chasing self-driving cars and taking selfies with Robots in Silicon Valley when she is not teaching IoT Business at Stanford Continuing Studies. You can see her interviews with intelligent machines in Machinebots YouTube channel or get her newsletter at

Monday, November 07, 2016

Introducing Machinebots: Interviews with Intelligent Machines

I am done talking to people about intelligent machines. Starting today I am going to interview intelligent machines directly.

Introducing Machinebots, my new YouTube channel!!!

I chatted with Alexa (Amazon Echo) and the new launched Google Home. Check it out. #Funny.

I wrote two different blog posts about Google Home launch and the home IoT device.

On LinkedIn I wrote " Machinebots: Google Home Meet Alexa" reviewing Google Home as a product comparing with Amazon Echo.

Comparison of Alexa Amazon Echo and Google Home

For those curious tech addicts, here is my comparison of the two -
  1. Play Remote music: Google Home can play anything on a remote speaker within the home network. However, you cannot use Google Home as a standard Bluetooth speaker.
  2. Control home devices: Both offer easy ways to connect to partner devices so we can control our lights and other devices using Voice. Google Home connects to Chromecast so we can ask her to play or stop a video on a remote device, say a TV in a kid’s room.
  3. 3rd Party Developer Add-On skills: Alexa has 200+ skills developed by 3rd party developers. So I can order Domino’s Pizza or play Dr.Who trivia games. That I hope will come for Google Home soon.
  4. Personality from parent brand: Each has unique focus tied to their creator brands. Alexa adds things to Amazon shopping list and plays from Prime Music.. Google Home advises about traffic and schedules using Google Assistant setup for other Google devices and apps. 
  5. Still Learning: Both are learning voice recognition and look like toddlers in my kitchen ready to please me who throw tantrums when they don’t understand what I am saying.
On on Medium, I blogged "Introducing Machinebots: Alexa welcomes Google Home".
Here I shared my vision for the home to become an intelligent machine developing cognition, respecting our privacy and sense of safety at home.

"I dream of a more beautiful world than a simplistic one with a talking device giving my family an ad-like experience personalizing our home using our own data."

Hope you enjoy the reading. Tell me what other intelligent machine should I interview next.
Sudha Jamthe is the CEO of IoT Disruptions and the Stanford CSP instructor of the first IoT Business course. You can get her books on Amazon about the junction of IoT and AI here (IoTBiz) and here (IoTAI).  You can signup for her newsletter here at

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Is IoT Leading to Business Disruptions from Robots, Drones and Bots?

The growth in Internet of Things is leading us to a new technology wave. This one is about Machine Learning applications with Robots, Drones and Algorithms. Do you see it as hype or new innovations in AI showing promise? It all depends on how you look at it!

As a technology futurist, I am ever excited about the next new wave in tech but what grounds me is my focus on where are the business opportunities to innovate, create jobs and business growth.

I presented a paper "The Frontier of Business Applications with Robots, Drones and Algorithms" at the The 6th International Congress on “Interdisciplinary Research and Development for Sustainability” co-hosted by the Royal Society of Thailand and the Interdisciplinary Foundation for Research and Development (INRIT 2016) Bangkok, Thailand on July 6th 2016. Below is my video on demand presentation of my talk. If you are interested, I am happy to get you a copy of the full paper too.

I am intrigued by the promise but also cautious about what is the real state of this technology with evolving machine learning algorithms and new applications of autonomous machines and bots.

Will you join me on my research journey?

I am embarking on new research to explore this topic of new business disruptions from Robots, Drones and Bots.

Next week, I am speaking on "How the Business Disruptions from IoT is leading to the next wave of growth from AI " at the IoT Evolution Conference in Caesar Palace, Las Vegas on July 13th as the 11am keynote.

Come say hello if you are at IoT Evolution. Here's a free pass.

What are Business Applications of Robots, Drones and Bots?

Robots can become self driving cars or truck platoons disrupting transportation. They can come in miniature size as nanobots inside our bodies to cure diseases.They can be used in dangerous places such as landmines and war zones.  Drones can fly and swim to delivery medicines in Rwanda such as the ones from Zipline. They can become hydroswams and look for pipeline leaks and save lives. They can swim with dolphins to help us study them. Or can become one of my favorites, the "Of course I love You" drone to help land satellites from SpaceX.
Bots make our lives efficient by doing mundane jobs such as scheduling done by Amy my AI Admin, or help us with travel or shopping.
Did you hear about the student who developed a legal bot that talked her way out of traffic tickets or the one who created a resume bot.

Three important considerations

Innovators shaping this automation economy need to make sure to look at the social impact of the human machine interface and use right training data without biases to feed the algorithms that drives these bots to be fair and equitable to keep up the global human values of the fabric of the civilized world.
As always I'd love to hear your opinions, experiences and innovations in comments below.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Will IoT Help Robots Take Over Humankind Anytime Soon?

Machine learning is the first step towards the much-hyped AI leading to machine intelligence and the building of intelligent robots. Machine learning gets computers to write programs to reach a certain outcome rather than having a programmer write logic based on a set of rules. Does this mean machines can write their own programs and self-learn and take over humankind? Not so soon!

Three main challenges hinder the evolution of AI in machines. They are (i) getting adequate training data; (ii) human dependency on tribal knowledge; and (iii) the need to develop models for many unique use cases.

I have written about this in the IEEE IoT Newsletter May 2016 issue.

Read full article here 

I would love to hear from you if you have experience with Machine Learning and IoT data. Do you see the problems I mentioned? Are there more? I am always curious to learn what really works as I continue to build out my IoT case studies for my IoT books.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

IoT Day Many Many IoT Shows, 5 hrs 15 countries, My Labor of Love for you!

 You know my love of video and meeting and drawing inspiration from many global people.  Here I share my latest project for IoTDay 2016. I've recorded  ~5 hrs of IoT Shows covering 16 countries with video interviews and bring you IoT landscape from around the world.

Watch all my IoT Shows HERE (Top right link to IoT Show archives

I have an IoT Show for - France, Germany, Serbia, India, East Africa, Boston, Oulu Finland, Columbia, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey. A couple more videos are still being processed.
I am amazed by the diversity of IoT area focus but the common faith in IoT, innovating startups and trust in each local country.
Rob van Kranenburg, EU IoT Council Founder, put IoT Day 2016 in perspective sharing his experience skyping in an intro to the Isfahan ioT Conference. You can see his video at the top of the IoT Show page.
"We all begin to see that #iot is horizontal and generic and its value should be harvested locally even hyperlocally in better cooperation between humans, animalsn machines and the enviroment - Rob van Kranenburg"
Today I skyped into IoT Day Healthackathon in Czech to present Digital Health Disruptions and IoT Day Swedan to present Future of IoT and have more video showing amazing entrepreneurial innovations to process and upload.

Global Observations:
Fascinating to see the same IoT tech implemented in diff parts of the world differently.
Germany has John Deer autonomous tractors doing precision farming, while Columbia has smart farming for coffee farms and Serbia has similar Smart farming for beets.
Each is a labor of love of startups, real customer adoption and solving for reach problems. Each environment is different with varying levels of support to startups.
There's more autonomous vehicles already in use in industries.

Watch Taiwan IoT Show as it compares how China is adopting IoT so different privacy cultural attitudes that won't work in Europe or US.

Related Posts -
April 9 2016 IoT Day Global Coverage 

Sudha Jamthe is the Stanford instructor of the first IoT Business course and the author of three IoT books in the 'IoT Disruptions' series. She researches IoT space with her weekly "The IoT Show" and develops IoT case studies which she shares on her mailing list here. Tweet her at @sujamthe
Sudha loves shaping new technology ecosystems,  helping businesses drive Digital Business Transformations and has a deep passion for mentoring and developing leaders. Her aspiration is a limitless world.
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Friday, April 08, 2016

My new book 'IoT Disruptions 2020' is live #IoTAI

The connected world of 2020 is going to be made, not by things becoming 'smart' but from smart things becoming 'intelligent".

First things first - I have been spending my Mondays with my amazing Stanford students, many aspiring entrepreneurs, bringing diverse experience across local tech companies, couple heads of emerging tech groups and labs with one thing in common - eagerness to build IoT Businesses.
I dedicate this book  to my students for their aspirations, the smart discussions, and pushing me to set the bar high to go beyond teaching to think about the state of several industries on how I can help my students take their b-plans to make real successful businesses.

 My new book 'IoT Disruptions 2020' is now live on Amazon. This book is focused on how Internet of Things will become intelligent by combining IoT and AI. Please join me in using the hashtag #IoTAI to talk about this book.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Voice and Augmented Reality are fast growing areas. There have been 897 AI startups funded mostly in US, Canada and UK (Thanks to Nader Ghaffari Venture Scanner for the startup ecosystem research). Voice and Image recognition, Machine Learning are all  areas of AI slowly being integrated with IoT data creating my vision for the world of 2020.

What-if the smart IoT Devices on us, inside us (yeah, that's happening) and all around us can apply Artificial Intelligence and use the large volume of IoT sensor data to become intelligent to make decisions and give us advice to augment our live and reality? What would such a world look like? Scary? Nah? Will we lose jobs to Robots? I don't think so!
In my new book  'IoT Disruptions 2020' I share many business use cases and innovations you can build as startups or in your area of business, grounded by my many conversations with the IoT entrepreneurs and business makers I keep talking with each week on The IoT Show. 

Key topics covered include:

1. Digital Health is a whole new industry where healthcare is getting transformed with health Informatics from Wearables. Yes, there is the challenge of integration to existing healthcare systems to wearable data that is beginning to happen. But that does not stop innovations such as swarms of nano-devices called 'motes' to look for cancer cells inside our body, use Machine Learning pattern detection to identity and kill cancer cells. Or simply machine learning to look at blood samples for pathogen detection!
Join me to marvel at how this prolongs life and guess what industry is disrupted naturally?  Insurance!

2. Insurance Disruption: So much consumer data on health and driving behavior and what are the new risk models to be built? Can human analysts build it? Oh we sure need machines to become intelligent to build these out.
Same for connected cars and what the data informs about our driving habits.
All this data is calling the insurance industry for leadership to go beyond risk models to create new services. Won't you like your insurance to proactively offer driving education for your teenager instead of increasing their premiums?

3. Factory 2.0
Every industry involving machinery - Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Textile, Shipping, Logistics, Airlines, Bridges & Dams all are using IoT to track health of failing parts with Predictive Analytics.
- ProGlove, an industrial wearable in Berlin uses machine learning to look at worker hand movements to track quality and compliance of car manufacturing.
 - Konica Minolta offers Augmented reality in Oil and Gas industry to expedite fixing of broken critical machinery. What if they can add intelligence to the machines to look at past parts failure?
- Smart office buildings and factories being built up today will monitor and maintain themselves for energy savings, ergonomics and improved safety when the smart chairs, smart meters, machinery and wearables on workers communicate with each other making decisions using AI.

4. Algorithms, Robots and the Human Machine Interface - This brings us to my favorite topic. Algorithms!
I don't believe Robots are going to take away our jobs. But algorithms, the smart AI apps that can reside anywhere. I'd bet on them. To enhance our lives.
As we move forward into the connected world of 2020, we are going to be immersed in 50 billion IoT devices on us, inside us, all around us communicating with us with voice, virtual and augmented reality with intelligence guiding us, advising us and managing our lives efficiently. This is the IoT Disruptions I've been dreaming and talking and writing about.
I won't go so far as to say we'll have to give up free will. Never.  However, we need to get ready to change our relationship with our homes, cars, our own bodies and our work. That's all.
Let me know your thoughts in comments below.

If you like my new book 'IoT Disruptions 2020' share with your network, connect me to people I should be talking to build related case studies and ping me if you share my passion or have something in this space that can inspire me. I am game for it.  Always.

Sudha Jamthe is the Stanford instructor of the first IoT Business course and the author of three IoT books in the 'IoT Disruptions' series. She researches IoT space with her weekly "The IoT Show" and develops IoT case studies which she shares on her mailing list here. Tweet her at @sujamthe
Sudha loves shaping new technology ecosystems,  helping businesses drive Digital Business Transformations and has a deep passion for mentoring and developing leaders. Her aspiration is a limitless world.
Opinions are mine, unless you want to own them.

Countdown to World #IoTDay April 9th 2016 and my foray in Radio Shows and Podcasts

Leading up to April 9th,  the world is buzzing with IoT events educating people about IoT, engaging in conversations sharing progress made and exposing where are the gaps to create the promise from IoT.
The EU IoT Council (where I am a member) a closed  think-tank IoT thought leadership group, started IoT day five years back to encourage people to come together in small groups to exchange ideas, educate, develop standards and build out the IoT ecosystem.
I am used to keynoting at conferences charged by the energy of the audience. I decided to try something different with the onset of IoT Day - online radio, podcasts, webinars where I have to listen and engage the audience without seeing them. Its been a fun!

1.  I joined as a guest at the radio show SoSoShow with Ken and Carol. You can listen to the episode where I talked about IoT here. (This is "What is IoT and whats the future discussion' for social media listeners)

2. VoiceAmerica Business Channel Talk Radio with Bonnie Graham

The show was about "Internet of Things with Game Changers"

Bonnie is amazing and drives the conversation to keep up the charge in the air.

Topic: Higher Education and Digital Transformation: Impacting Business and Lives

Guests were Dr. Vince Kellen the Senior Vice Provost, Analytics and Technologies at the University of Kentucky, Puneet Suppal, IoT Evangelist of SAP and yours truly!

Listen to the radio show podcast here (For educators, IoT and AI enthusiasts)

3. April 6 2016 : Brightalk Webinar with Natascha Thomson

We talk about data from IoT devices and so many possibilities but Marketers haven't joined the IoT party. Yet. Today we had an open honest conversation on whether IoT was hype or real. Guess what was my answer. Yes and No.
Its part hype because everything is bucketized as IoT and there are many areas of IoT with some growing slowing with challenges of privacy, security and lack of standards. Some areas have already taken off with ROI like Industrial IoT and others innovating and getting there such as Connected Cars and Digital Health driven by Wearables.

Listen to the webinar here (This is demystifying IoT for Marketers)

Natascha summarized the tweetchat of the webinar here
JC Giraldo, one of my listeners pleasantly surprised me with the summary of the webinar learning as a post here.


Coming Up Next:

Checkout the full calendar of IoTDay events in your country/city.

Friday April 8th 10am PT - I am doing a Tweetchat about "Everything IoT"  tomorrow with the Omnipresent Ken Herron hosted by Level3. You can join us by following us at @Level3Now, me at @sujamthe or ken @kenherron and tweet questions using the hashtag #IoTDayChat
Friday April 8th 11am PT - I am going to do a Skype presentation into the Healthcathon in Brno, CZ to present Digital Health Disruptions. Event  details (written in Czech) is in here. Thanks to Damir Čaušević for organizing, inviting me and his never-ending, contagious, entrepreneurial optimism.

Last but not the least,I am working on a surprise IoT Show global series to cover IoT scene round the global on April 9th. Shhh! I can't tell you more yet. But will soon!

Till then! Happy #IoTDay

Sudha Jamthe is the Stanford instructor of the first IoT Business course and the author of three IoT books in the 'IoT Disruptions' series. She researches IoT space with her weekly "The IoT Show" and develops IoT case studies which she shares on her mailing list. Tweet her at @sujamthe
Sudha loves shaping new technology ecosystems,  helping businesses drive Digital Business Transformations and has a deep passion for mentoring and developing leaders. Her aspiration is a limitless world.
Opinions are mine, unless you want to own them.