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August 19, 2015

Why Algorithms Are In Everyone's Future

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:40 AM



Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNIFNmpB6Oo]

Recently, I was reading a new book about the Internet of Things (IoT) and I was struck by something that the author had written: As markets grow larger and more international, the segmentation of those markets will become all the more precise until each market is segmented to one consumer.

One person! We can thank algorithms for this kind of ultra-focused segmentation. To the average person on the street, an algorithm is nothing more than a mathematical recipe of sorts. But large enterprises are learning to write algorithms that can account for human biases, thereby making the machines that run them more lifelike than ever. We live in an age in which algorithms rule. No longer will senior executives run companies on gut instinct. In the near future, algorithms will be at the core of deep analytics for just about everything: The IoT, financial trading, and, yes, even the driverless car.

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May 22, 2015

When Will Computers Become Truly Smart?

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:51 AM



How smart is today's artificial intelligence? [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poLZqn2_dv4]

There's something quite fascinating to the phenomenon of rare, scientific programs reaching the daily parlance of the general population. A current example is artificial intelligence (A.I.). The average person on the street knows what A.I. is and has probably mentioned it in a non-scientific discussion.

I was reminded of this phenomenon when I saw one of the season's first blockbuster movies. It was pure science fiction but the protagonists wrestled with A.I. and indeed battled a monster that learned from humans and independently improved itself. That's always been a concern about A.I. - that the science behind it is somehow sinister. At its worse, A.I. creates a kind of Frankenstein's monster that is out to destroy human life. But perhaps, that's a far-fetched notion.

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April 16, 2015

Great Strides in A.I. Come From Video Games

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:54 AM



Computer teaches itself to play games - BBC News [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwx96e7qck0]

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has been on our minds and our innovation agendas since at least the 1950s, when a bunch of science fiction TV shows included friendly robots. But what the public really thought about A.I. was probably best captured in the late 1960s classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, when the computer HAL becomes smart enough to take over the spaceship.

I never subscribed to the notion that A.I. would result in a sinister plot by computers to take over the world, or even the recent furore over 'safe A.I.' However, I do believe that it is important to focus on what the core task of A.I. has been - that is, trusted self-learning machines help humans liberate themselves from menial tasks so that they can concentrate on solving larger, complex problems.

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July 16, 2014

What We're Learning From Jimmy The Robot

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:52 AM


Robot Has New 'Applications' for Technology [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i-gRmlvI8I]

One square inch. That's the size of the circuit board that powers a marvelous new device called Electric Imp.

Electric Imp - it's small and cheap (about US$30) and hooks into its own Cloud. The Imp connects to the Cloud via a wireless network router. A hobbyist or someone wanting to start a small business can use this product to connect whatever devices he wants to the Internet and control them accordingly. Is it any wonder that the Imp's creator used to work on the iPhone? He was trying to find a better way to formulate a Cloud-based system that would allow him to turn the lights on and off in his home when he invented this small Wi-Fi card.

What's fascinating about the story of the Electric Imp, is the democratization of technology.

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May 28, 2014

Rooting for Computers That Think Like The Brain

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 12:41 PM


Google's Artificial Intelligence Plans [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As4fXoI8WpI]

Science fiction movies are filled with fascinating references to mankind's distrust of artificial intelligence. Remember HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey? The computer quietly observes human behavior until it reveals to the beleaguered crew that it is indeed in charge of the spaceship. The Matrix was another such tale. It took the protagonist a lot of cajoling to convince him that he lived in a computer-generated reality. That computer, like HAL, didn't want to cede control of the situation.

We're now at the point where we don't have to go to the movies to gauge our distrust of artificial intelligence. A case in point is the "captcha," the often difficult-to-decipher list of letters and numbers that is supposed to discourage spammers and automated entities from getting access to Web sites. A group of engineers invented the captcha more than a decade ago as a way to distinguish between humans and computers on the Web. But what might not come as a surprise is that an artificial intelligence company claims to have figured out a way for its computer to crack most captchas. The computers once again appear to be beating us at our own game!

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August 19, 2013

Disruption by Drone

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:02 AM


Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate [Source:TEDtalksDirector http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ErEBkj_3PY]

Certain financial services firms in the United States are now using aerial cameras to snap photographs of the license plates of debtors' automobiles. Civil rights advocates are arguing that doing so is an infringement of privacy. The debt collectors, on the other hand, claim there's nothing private about driving your car around in public.

However that issue plays out, one thing is certain: Companies are using technology in innovative ways to engage and track consumers. A computing platform that's going to get hotter in the coming years is drone technology, or so-called flyable computing. Like many pieces of technology in the consumer world, drones came out of the military sector. (Another great piece of military tech is the night vision screen installed on some luxury cars. Auto experts reckon night vision has saved the lives of thousands of motorists in areas that are heavily populated by deer.)

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March 20, 2013

Platformization of Software for Us. Business Results for Enterprise

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:04 AM

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(From left) The Hon Greg Combet, Minister for Innovation and Industry; The Hon Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Work Relations; Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys; The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia; Mr. Neville Stevens AO, Chairman of NICTA and Dr. Terence Percival, NICTA Director Broadband and the Digital Economy.  [Photo courtesy: NICTA]

N.R. Narayana Murthy, our founder and chairman emeritus, visited Australia, recently, to announce a partnership with the country's premier information & communications technology organization, NICTA. The Infosys-NICTA program is a multi-faceted partnership which includes joint research, Ph.D. student internships, professional exchange programs, and commercialization of intellectual property over the next five years.

I am going to take the lid off on one of the main focus areas of the collaborative research - Platformization of Software. Although an unglamorous phrase, Platformization of Software is redefining the rules of software engineering. The term broadly refers to the engineering techniques and methods needed to enable traditional standalone software applications to be offered on the Cloud.

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December 12, 2012

Unleashing Disruptive IT-led Services Innovation

Posted by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:28 AM

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Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII) India - International Conference on Services in Emerging Markets (ICSEM) 2012 Conference 

Yes, you read that right. I am talking about disruption powered by IT in the services sector. Common perception associates innovation with products. The classic example is Thomas Edison's bulb, emblematic of innovation itself today. Then, there are the Apple products - owned, coveted, admired, even criticized, but hard to ignore. But, ever thought about the services behind these products? The services that got electricity to your home to light that bulb? The iTunes service which, as we all know, revolutionized the digital music industry?

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