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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.
Opinions are mine, unless you want to own them.

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My new print book "The Internet of Things Business Primer" is live

Yes! Labor of love of the whole year!  This is the first business book about Internet of Things (IoT)

I have included 19 case studies to share best practices about how to build a successful IoT business.

I am blessed by the Foreword by Brian Solis and Epilogue by Rob Van Den Kranenburg of EU IoT Council.

I have organized this book into five parts. See below to get a feel for what is included in this book to make it the definitive source about how to build an IoT business either a new one or to extend an existing business.

This book is organized into five parts.

Part I covers the strategic approach to building an IoT Business from a technology idea.  This section is particularly important for Product Strategists and Product Managers. It covers how to extend an existing business using IoT or create a new business. You will also learn to optimize the Customer Experience across multi-device customer touch points.

Part II offers an in-depth look at Internet of Things applications ranging from consumer applications such as wearables, smart cities and connected cars to industrial and manufacturing applications. This is a methodical discussion of challenges and best practices in building and launching IoT applications with case studies of current IoT Businesses. In this section, you will also learn what is ‘Machine to Machine’ (M2M).

Part III covers disruptive innovations from Internet of Things across industries and the evolving best practices of value creation. In this section you will get an in-depth analysis about top three industries healthcare, retail and education. We will look at proximity sensors (Beacons) and the difference between Beacon deployment standards for iOS and Android and a case study on the application of beacons by several global retailers in stores, malls and airports. Finally you will be introduced to innovative disruptions impacting product brochures and education industries making the transition from paper to electronics using IoT to bridge the gap.

Part IV will cover technologies that make up the IoT ecosystem that have a strategic impact on the business you build. I cover Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Data Science and how value is created from IoT data. This is a fast growing area of IoT adoption and you will learn methods as well as data applications that you could apply to your business.

Part V is about the future of IoT. First we start with a section on IoT jobs. Then, I will share mind-blowing examples that are pushing the human machine boundary with the merger of IoT and Artificial Intelligence and affective computing. I will cover Bio Payments and Augmented reality. I hope you derive inspiration as much as knowledge from this section.

If this book is for you, I'll appreciate if you can share a review on Amazon. If not please share it on Twitter or LinkedIn or Good Reads to others who will benefit from this.

Monday, November 16, 2015

My new Stanford Course - Building a Successful Business with Mobile and Internet of Things

I am excited as I am building out the curriculum for my new in-campus course I am getting ready to teach at Stanford Continuing Studies Program for adults.
The course is called "Building a Successful Business with Mobile and Internet of Things" (registration starts on Nov 30 2015)

This course is for Entrepreneurs and Product Managers to learn -

With a Case study approach:
  • How to take a Technology innovation and make it into a business
  • Breaking down IoT Products as Business Applications.
  • Opportunity to build an IoT Product understanding Customer Experience for an IoT
  • Strategic thinking to tie product roadmap to business strategy
  • Develop a strategic approach to extend a business using Mobile and/or IoT

Look for updates on the guest speakers and the mini-case studies I'll be sharing shortly. If you would like to get my IoT case studies as I prepare for the course and book you are welcome to signup here

I'd love to hear your questions/thoughts if you are a prospective student considering this course or if you have passion in this topic and have ideas of case studies I should include in this program or my upcoming print book "The Internet of Things Business Primer".

-- Sudha

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Data Science and The Interent of Things

Image Credit: TechTalk on YouTube

I love the junction of Product and Data. Internet of Things creates value at that perfect junction making it exciting for me.

IoT is about making ordinary things all around us smart by adding sensors and giving it Internet access. These sensors keep collecting data. It could be the temperature inside your home, oven, our bodies, or in a steel plant or many other sensor data for motion, luminescence, touch, acceleration, humidity etc. The sensors collect this data at a repeat frequency creating a vast pool of data.
In simple cases the sensor can check against a preset level and take some action. Turn on the sprinkler if the temperature is above a certain threshold. Notify the granary owner if the humidity of stored wheat is above a certain safety level. Send me an alert if my garage is left open for longer than five minutes.

As I play with more IoT products and engage with entrepreneurs solving customer problems I am increasingly fascinated by the power from processing IoT Data and the many ways value is created from this data.

Data Science and IoT from Ajit Jaokar
Ajit Jaokar was the first person who introduced me to the power of Data Science and IoT. He has taught at Oxford, is based in London and offers online classes customized to anyone who wants to learn this topic either to solve a complex data problem for their business or to enhance their careers in IoT Analytics.

In simple cases, one can look at IoT data and analyze for patterns to build predictive models. This is used by Boeing and many manufacturing plants to monitor health of equipment to predict failures to do preventive maintenance.

Machine Learning
Instead of rule setting you could apply Machine learning and now the horizons open up.

Machine Learning involves training a model by feeding it data to make predictions against a performance measure.

Nailbot is a robot that offers manicures for teen girls and uses machine learning to adapt to nail sizes of the girls.  ProGlove, an industrial wearable uses machine learning to predict any quality glitches in a manufacturing process.

Take it another notch with Deep Learning
Deep learning is about feeding large volume of data to the computer to learn about a system or game or character identification without a human telling them the rules. It is best suited for problems that have many dimensions and no rules. e.g Facial recognition
Ajit is passionate about the idea of applying deep learning to smart city scenarios. Imagine being in a crowded stadium or 4th of July parade and if a parent gets separated from a child, its a nightmare to locate the child. Deep learning of the video footage can apply the algorithm similar to the one Apple or Google or Facebook use to identify faces in photos to predict where the parent and child are in the crowd in real time to help bring them together.

Ajit is offering the  3rd cohort of his Deep learning and IoT class onsite for Londoners or Online for everyone else (across time zones) and the next batch starts on Nov 10th - Details here.
I would love to hear your comments below if you have taken Ajit's Data Science and IoT course or if you have questions/comments/skepticism about how real is IoT and Data Science or if you are using Data Science for your IoT product to do something fascinating.
Sudha Jamthe is the author of the Amazon Kindle book "IOT Disruptions" anda Mobile & IoT Product and Business Leader who loves playing with IoT and data to figure out whether we can build products to change the boundary of human and machines. She is an innovation advisor for Blockchain University and Barcelona Technology School. Join her weekly video show The IoT Show for analysis with global guests about innovations in Internet of Things.
Opinions are mine unless you want to own them

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

IoT Disruptions and weekly "The IoT Show"

My book "IoT Disruptions" has been live on Amazon Kindle Store now for 5 months. Yay!

Thank You for joining me in this mode to research, learn and educate about the evolving innovations in Internet of Things with my weekly "The IoT Show".

The IoT Show

Watch here @sujamthe

I host the show weekly to cover an indepth analysis of a topic in Internet of Things space. I livestream on YouTube, Periscope on Twitter and on Google Hangout.

Topics covered include:

Data Science & IoT with Ajit Jaokar of Oxford/UK
iBeacon Living Lab, Amsterdam
Power of Sensors with Sense360, LA
Audi TT Brochure Hack with Rajorfish Germany
IoT Accelerators with Damir Čaušević of Starcube, CZ
IoT Innovations & Hackathon with Neal Shyam NY
Home Automation and Connected Homes
Productizing IoT Challenges with Kolibree, London
IoT Are People and IoT and AI with Jim Hunter and Ahmed Banafa

Ping me on Twitter if you are/know someone who can join as a guest on The IoT Show.