What are you looking at?

Human eye

By Bryn Farnsworth, iMotions

That’s been the question that has been asked by psychologists and market researchers for decades, and the answer has reliably come from eye tracking technology. Now, as more and more of the devices that we use—from our phone to our car—seek to understand how we interact with the world, eye tracking is being used more than ever.

There are a lot of things happening right now as you look at this screen: Your eyes are tracking the words, and maybe they’re searching for the header, or furtively glancing at the sidebar. This kind of information is critical to market researchers and businesses, who strive to understand how users make decisions (and which of those decisions leads to a purchase). Continue reading

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The threat within: Understanding how to defend against the insider threat

Insider threat

By Gary Southwell, Seceon

The insider threat has become one of today’s most pressing cyber security concerns. In 2016, the Insider Threat Report Spotlight found seventy-four percent of organizations feel vulnerable to insider threats—a dramatic year-over-year increase. However, less than half of all organizations (42 percent) have the appropriate controls in place to prevent an insider attack. The survey also provides greater insight on the source of the threats:  “Privileged users, such as managers with access to sensitive information, pose the biggest insider threat to organizations (60 percent). This is followed by contractors and consultants (57 percent), and regular employees (51 percent).” Continue reading

What is eye tracking technology?

Source: iMotions

Source: iMotions

Imagine scrolling an online news article by merely staring at the bottom of the webpage. How about reorganizing your desktop files by dragging them around with your gaze?

For years we’ve been using mice and keyboard (and later touch screens) as the main tools to control and send commands to our computers and devices.

But 2016 proved that things are headed for a change. With great leaps in artificial intelligence and machine learning, we saw a new array of highly efficient assistants and devices that can be controlled with voice commands.

The start of 2017 gave a hint at what the next breakthrough might be. Continue reading

The biggest artificial intelligence developments of 2016

Artificial intelligence - Machine learning

This year was a big one for artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and all the related technologies. Thanks to innovations and breakthroughs, the industry took great leaps both for the better and the worse this year.

Though we’re still a long way from Singularity or Skynet (or Genisys or whatever else you want to call a robot and artificial intelligence invasion), we can all acknowledge that the lines between man and machine became a little bit more blurred in 2016.

Here are some of the hottest things AI had in stock for us in the past year. Continue reading

Are we ready for fully automated retail?

People walk by the Amazon Go brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond - RTSUU23

People walk by the Amazon Go brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters, in Seattle Washington, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Redmond – RTSUU23

Amazon recently announced Go, the technology that will make checkout lines and cash registers a thing of the past. Go will purportedly enable customers to walk into the store, pick up the items they need and just walk out, something that presently amounts to shoplifting.

The company uses computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion to perform complicated tasks that were previously in the exclusive domain of human brain and senses. Continue reading

How machines and humans will coexist in the future

Human robot interaction

By Kris Hammond, Narrative Science

As of late, discussions have run rampant about the impact of intelligent systems on the nature of work, jobs and the economy. Whether it is self-driving cars, automated warehouses, intelligent advisory systems, or interactive systems supported by deep learning, these technologies are rumored to first take our jobs and eventually run the world.

There are many points of view with regard to this issue, all aimed at defining our role in a world of highly intelligent machines but also aggressively denying the truth of the word to come. Below are a few popular arguments of how we’ll coexist with machines in the future. Continue reading

How blockchain and energy monitors will create the decentralized, renewable energy grid

Solar panels, renewable energy

By Stefan Grosjean, Smappee

There’s a lot of talk about using renewable and green energy sources, but the sheer amount of energy required to overcome the volatility and management hurdles have slowed down its mainstream implementation.

Fortunately, this is something that can be overcome with the use of revolutionary technologies such as Internet of Things, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Continue reading