The letterbox problem with voicebox assistants

There are lots of voice activated tools and services now available from software on your PC and in your car to physical hardware you can place around your home. These devices and associated requests are becoming everyday occurrences, “Alexa, whats the weather” to“Siri, recipe for Chocolate Cake” (too many to list). The two main ways to […]

On the blockchain, nobody knows you’re a fridge

Making Smart Things Smarter with Smart Contracts Quote credit Richard G Brown: On The Blockchain Nobody Knows You’re a Fridge I happen to be the tech guy in my house and anything that breaks is automatically my problem and fault. This includes laptops, tablets and smartphones and extends to appliances and the occasional plumbing problem. A […]

Do voice activated assistants have a place in business?

Does the Voice Activated Assistant have a place in the business?   Yes it does. There are lots of voice activated assistants available to help us with our daily tasks. Some are built into mobile devices and some are purchased as specific items. The key is that they all respond to commands and can interact with […]

Putting machine learning into context

Machine Learning is getting a lot more air time these days but are we actually sure what it is? The most common definition goes along the lines of: It gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed” (Arthur Samuel, 1959). This is an old quote but it has held the test of time. […]

The digital twin

With the rise of digital, manufacturers are finding themselves rich in data. Meanwhile, computing has emerged as the cheapest, most abundant resource that we can deploy against any problem. The problem in manufacturing is not the lack of new ideas and products, but the ability to design and build new products efficiently. A 2015 IDC […]