Jim’s WebLetter for 3/11/17

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

This week, I want to reveal to you something that is a bit sci-fi driven and what is actually happening. The subject is Artificial Intelligence coupled with present day technology.

Now before your eyes begin to glaze over and you think this stuff is going to get too deep to understand, much less enjoy, let me ask that you hear me out because there is a reward at the end of all this.

This week I have been running into story after story about the use of AI in our daily lives. Ask Apple’s SIRI or Google’s Google Now a question and it responds instantly with an answer. That’s artificial intelligence. The little Bot is pulling from a vast resource of information and giving you a response. But as we experiment with its abilities, we discover other uses to better serve us.

Take for instance, emergency calls. This week, Google released a clever tool for emergency services that is now saving lives. The new system is called Advanced Mobile Location (AML) and was developed in the UK and is based on making smartphones recognize when emergency calls are being made and turn on GNSS (global navigation satellite system) and Wi-Fi so the location is the emergency can be automatically relayed to the emergency unit. Now there is great optimism building following a study that showed that if implemented everywhere in the EU, AML could save up to 7,500 lives and 95 billion euros in the next 10 years. https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/EENA-112/eena-2016-advanced-mobile-location-update-14

Next, let me ask … how many times have you filled out a form online and at the bottom you had to prove you were a real person and not a robot? You know that little box that makes you check, click a picture or enter a small code. It’s called a CAPTCHA. It’s an added measure of security. What it is, is a nuisance.  

Well this week, Google announced that it’s security AI is now so smart it doesn’t need to ask if you’re “not a robot”. While you’re filling out the fields in a form, you won’t even notice there’s a security check going on. Only the “most suspicious traffic” will be asked to solve a puzzle.  https://thenextweb.com/security/2017/03/09/googles-ai-is-so-smart-it-doesnt-need-to-ask-you-if-youre-not-a-robot-anymore/#.tnw_EPaLom2l

Now for the real sci-fi stuff. This week it was revealed that satellites can deliver their information right to your smartphone. Ok, let me explain. You know you can get radar weather through an app. But what we’re looking at now is the prospect of AI pulling data gathered from space and putting on your phone, the second it happens.  

Spaceknow Inc is a San Francisco based company building an AI system that can process the petabytes of data from the hundreds of commercial satellites circling us. Everything from camera technology to actual satellites to launching those satellites to space is getting cheaper. Couple that with the abundance of computer power and the development of a more intelligent machine learning system, and it makes sense that we can start extracting real time information about the world.  

It’s more than how the weather is doing on one app and peaking in on our sleeping child with another, we’re looking at what is going on at your home while you’re away, what a hotel is doing to prepare for your arrival, or where cars are at a particular moment, all through one source. That is happening now.  https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/03/11/future-satellites-ai-smartphone/#.tnw_4T2WyAC8

So, here we are at the end and I promised a reward … have you ever had a little fun with Google Now or SIRI? Ask them questions to get humorous answers? Click this link to follow Google Now questions … http://www.freemake.com/blog/20-funny-things-to-ask-google/

Click this link to have fun with SIRI … http://www.freemake.com/blog/siri-answers-20-hilarious-questions/

Before you begin, yes you need to have them turned on your device. Go to your settings and do that, then, enjoy!

That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter

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