With Artificial Intelligence, The Travel Industry Can Better Understand its Customers

If you have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and are updated on recent developments, you may have heard of these terms: deep learning, algorithms, machine learning, etc. As we progress in the flowering of AI, Deep Learning is implemented in various industries and platforms, and we begin to see tangible applications in our daily lives.

It is a fact that the travel industry has much to improve: business travel can turn into nightmares easily, travelers are even more demanding when choosing their travel option and expect full-time care and support.

Artificial Intelligence is already common to most travelers in the form of computer helpers like Ok Google, Siri and Cortana, and technologies like this can respond to current problems.

The abundance of data that travel organizations have, including traveler profiles, action history, airline preferences, and hotels, make the business of the tourism easily appropriated to the AI. Companies such as <a href="https://www.poder.io/&quot;

If you have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and are updated on recent developments, you may have heard of these terms: deep learning, algorithms, machine learning, etc. As we progress in the flowering of AI, Deep Learning is implemented in various industries and platforms, and we begin to see tangible applications in our daily lives.

It is a fact that the travel industry has much to improve: business travel can turn into nightmares easily, travelers are even more demanding when choosing their travel option and expect full-time care and support.

Artificial Intelligence is already common to most travelers in the form of computer helpers like Ok Google, Siri and Cortana, and technologies like this can respond to current problems.

The abundance of data that travel organizations have, including traveler profiles, action history, airline preferences, and hotels, make the business of the tourism easily appropriated to the AI. Companies such as Poder.IO, specializing in AI solutions for sectors such as travel, are not only architects but also witnesses of what airlines, hotels, and companies associated with tourism are creating to serve travelers differently before, during and after their travels.

An example is Pana, a specialist on-demand travel company, contacts its customers using messages through applications, SMS or email. It consolidates the regular management of the local dialect, with information on the inclinations of the traveler, and uses the AI to indicate to the operators the decisions that more applications in the middle of the reservation procedure.

The KLM airline allows its travelers to obtain reservations confirmations, registration notices, tickets and flight announcements through a Facebook Messenger bot. They can also contact KLM through Messenger all day, every day.

And the Hilton hotel chain is testing Connie, a robotic assistant, powered by IBM Watson and Wayblazer. It can answer questions from visitors regarding courtesies, management, and nearby attractions. The more visitors you connect with Connie, the more you learn, adjust, and improve your suggestions and responses.

On the other hand, Customer relationship management in the travel industry is always about information and AI also helps in this regard. To build reliable relationships with customers and travelers, tourism managers need to know a lot about their customers; this information covers everything from their age, sexual orientation, gastronomic preferences, and interests.

Most of these data can be used throughout the client’s journey to maintain service at phenomenal levels, and be present to throw carrots at the right time to maintain their loyalty. Artificial intelligence can make this happen with just a few clicks.

The AI brings to the light valuable knowledge that travel managers had never conceived possible. This, in principle, should lead to greater customer benefit, better quality advertising and increased loyalty to brands that use their data in the right way.

That is why obtaining the necessary information and releasing the right messages for the right travelers is the biggest challenge for the tourism industry.

Internet of Things: The Trend That Revolutionizes the World

The solutions supported by Internet of Things (IoT) have evolved, and more and more industries use them to take the next level to their companies.

Technology has improved our lives in many ways, from the personal to the professional. The dynamics of coexistence have changed, and we need things to be increasingly straightforward and fast, and even automatic.

In the last five years, the solutions supported on the Internet have evolved, and the industries use them to take to the next level to their companies. Over time, the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to make a real impact on the daily life of people and organizations as it modifies communication between objects and the functioning of cities. IoT refers to the digital interconnection of all kinds of everyday objects through the network.

At present, there are about 18. 000 million devices within the Internet of

The solutions supported by Internet of Things (IoT) have evolved, and more and more industries use them to take the next level to their companies.

Technology has improved our lives in many ways, from the personal to the professional. The dynamics of coexistence have changed, and we need things to be increasingly straightforward and fast, and even automatic.

In the last five years, the solutions supported on the Internet have evolved, and the industries use them to take to the next level to their companies. Over time, the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to make a real impact on the daily life of people and organizations as it modifies communication between objects and the functioning of cities. IoT refers to the digital interconnection of all kinds of everyday objects through the network.

At present, there are about 18. 000 million devices within the Internet of Things, and by 2020 that figure is expected to reach 50 billion. There is no doubt that the use of this tool worldwide is growing rapidly.

Practical use

To improve the efficiency of these devices, more energy-efficient sensors are being designed, including processors capable of managing large volumes of data and enabling predictive analysis, as well as allowing the assignment of unique addresses for each one of the objects.

It allows enhancing the capabilities of the IoT, giving value to the business world, which is largely based on the data collected and the possibility of making real-time decisions aimed at analyzing the information that these devices.

As an example of this, companies like the Israeli beer company Weissbeerger locates sensors on the connectors where the beer passes, so that the measuring strips record how much beer is drunk in a bar.

As soon as the product reserves are finished, the brewery receives a notification and, consequently, can launch a new delivery. Also, in the automotive industry, in vehicles such as BMW and VW, the sensors measure the overall condition of the car.

If certain parameters leave the frame, the service of the automotive manufacturer receives a notification, and an employee calls the owner of the car to make an appointment. A similar scenario is implemented by the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Piaggio which uses this technology to predict fault analysis that is reported to the manufacturer and the vehicle owner. And these are just a couple of brief examples of what is achieved with IoT.

In the case of the Port of Hamburg, one of the backbones of the region’s economy, it has managed to maintain port traffic and commerce after the implementation of the Smart Port Logistics project, which allows them to connect different actors of the place by mobile business cloud. The project uses SAP logistics to help them get real-time information from both the port and transportation companies, parking providers and other businesses moving through it.

It integrates data from several vehicles that are in the port and then this information is consolidated and analyzed through the SAP HANA Cloud platform.

One of the most emblematic cases of how the IoT impacts the economy of a country is the case of Trenitalia, the Italian train company that through lords installed on the trains has managed to optimize its maintenance process until achieving between 8% And 10% total annual maintenance costs.

People and things

According to a study conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, it is estimated that potential economic impact of the IoT would be 3.900 million dollars to 11,100 million dollars a year in 2025. It indicates that the technology will have a greater influence in the global value of the advanced economies.

However, their adoption in developing economies is huge and can account for almost 40% of the value of IoT. The Internet of Things not only focuses on the business world but also has the ability and the facility to get involved in any activity that people do in their daily lives.

According to a United Nations report, by the year 2020, the world will have increased its population to 7.7 billion people, and the connected artifacts will be 2 times greater to the global population. A fact that shows that this trend connects and brings together two worlds: people and things.

At present, running the washing machine from the office using an application for our mobile phone is a reality, as well as alerting the doctor about an abnormal situation from the cell phone, receiving cooking recipes based on food stored in the refrigerator, turn off the lights of the house while you are not there to save electricity or even have suggestions for changing mattress according to how we sleep – all this is and will be possible without time or place limits.

Considering all this and starting from the fact that the Internet of things is a reality, we must ask ourselves how we can take advantage of these new technologies to generate opportunities that allow us to be more competitive in a world that is constantly changing.

It is time to innovate and reinvent business models to respond to the accelerated and constant transformation of the market.

SoftBank Wants to Become a Giant of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

The Japanese company SoftBank will buy two robotics companies owned by Google. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Japanese company SoftBank is not a bank but a telecommunications company. Softbank loves technology and especially robots.

In 2015, it bought the French Aldebaran (Nao, Pepper). It has just announced the acquisition of two US robotics companies owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Schaft and Boston Dynamics.

Robots for military use

Schaft and Boston Dynamics specialize in bipedal and quadruped mobile robots. They already have several astounding creatures like Atlas, a kind of Robocop standing on two legs; Spot, a big dog robot that always falls on its paws and can carry military equipment or Handle, a robot on wheels that jumps to 1.2 meters high.

All this would be even a bit creepy. This would be partly because it gives a disturbing picture of the Google Galaxy, which Alphabet would

The Japanese company SoftBank will buy two robotics companies owned by Google. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Japanese company SoftBank is not a bank but a telecommunications company. Softbank loves technology and especially robots.

In 2015, it bought the French Aldebaran (Nao, Pepper). It has just announced the acquisition of two US robotics companies owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Schaft and Boston Dynamics.

Robots for military use

Schaft and Boston Dynamics specialize in bipedal and quadruped mobile robots. They already have several astounding creatures like Atlas, a kind of Robocop standing on two legs; Spot, a big dog robot that always falls on its paws and can carry military equipment or Handle, a robot on wheels that jumps to 1.2 meters high.

All this would be even a bit creepy. This would be partly because it gives a disturbing picture of the Google Galaxy, which Alphabet would be willing to get rid of these two companies. Schaft and Boston Dynamics are working with the US military, and the US government has yet to agree to the buy-in.

Behind SoftBank, a visionary

Behind SoftBank, the CEO, Masayoshi Son, is fond of investing in new emerging technologies. He regularly visits Silicon Valley and claims to have been a friend of Steve Jobs.

Masayoshi Son has a vision. For now, SoftBank does not really innovate but puts the package on the acquisition of innovative companies because it wants to become the biggest technology investor in the world. Last year, the group joined forces with Saudi Arabia to create the world’s largest technology investment fund.

SoftBank wants to become a global player in robotics and artificial intelligence. Masayoshi Son believes much in the “technological singularity,” the rather controversial idea that artificial intelligence will one day exceed human intelligence. SoftBank Robotics is in any case undeniably a company to follow closely.

Cozmo – The Small Robot With Emotions That Wants to be Loved

A small robot invented by the American company will soon be marketed in other parts of the world. Its name is “Cozmo.” It has the peculiarity of experiencing emotions.

Apparently, it is a kind of small tractor, the size of a toy, with a sympathetic head endowed with a screen simulating an expressive look, which gives it a little air of Wall-E, the robot of the film of the same name.

Behind the Toy, Artificial Intelligence

Cozmo is a robot player. It manipulates connected cubes that light up in color. Mounted on wheels, it moves with a mischievous air. Cozmo recognizes its owner after scanning his face and pronouncing his first name, etc. It will be released at the end of the year at a price of just over 200 euros.

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The most interesting point

A small robot invented by the American company will soon be marketed in other parts of the world. Its name is “Cozmo.” It has the peculiarity of experiencing emotions.

Apparently, it is a kind of small tractor, the size of a toy, with a sympathetic head endowed with a screen simulating an expressive look, which gives it a little air of Wall-E, the robot of the film of the same name.

Behind the Toy, Artificial Intelligence

Cozmo is a robot player. It manipulates connected cubes that light up in color. Mounted on wheels, it moves with a mischievous air. Cozmo recognizes its owner after scanning his face and pronouncing his first name, etc. It will be released at the end of the year at a price of just over 200 euros.

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The most interesting point what is behind the toy. According to the American start-up Anki who is at the origin of Cozmo, this one uses artificial intelligence. Although the concept is fairly overused, the fact is that the toy uses advanced processes to move around, avoid obstacles, etc.

It evolves even according to parameters such as confidence, joy, seduction, excitement, etc. These very human feelings were put into the equation by its creators. This little machine may be a prefiguring of the more advanced robots that will arrive one day in our homes.

Boeing is Considering the Possibility of Replacing Pilots with Artificial Intelligence

Boeing is exploring the possibility of replacing pilots on commercial flights with artificial intelligence. It would be in charge of all the activities related to the piloting of the aircraft on the ground and during the flight.

As reported in The Seattle Times, flight simulations should be conducted this year initially by replacing pilots with artificial intelligence. As of next year, it is planned to carry out real experimental flights, but without any passengers on board the aircraft, using artificial intelligence instead of pilots.

Before the start of the Paris Air Show conference, Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing’s innovation and technology division, said: “There will be a transition from the experienced pilot required in the cockpit of the aircraft to reach the stage of the vehicle entirely driven by a stand-alone system

Boeing is exploring the possibility of replacing pilots on commercial flights with artificial intelligence. It would be in charge of all the activities related to the piloting of the aircraft on the ground and during the flight.

As reported in The Seattle Times, flight simulations should be conducted this year initially by replacing pilots with artificial intelligence. As of next year, it is planned to carry out real experimental flights, but without any passengers on board the aircraft, using artificial intelligence instead of pilots.

Before the start of the Paris Air Show conference, Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing’s innovation and technology division, said: “There will be a transition from the experienced pilot required in the cockpit of the aircraft to reach the stage of the vehicle entirely driven by a stand-alone system, the basic elements of the technology are clearly available.”

To justify its choice of artificial intelligence in place of the pilots, the Boeing company advances the argument of the increase of the air traffic in the long term. In the next 20 years, Boeing will have to double its current fleet and proceed with the acquisition of about 40,000 new commercial aircraft.

On January 15, 2009, Commander Chesley Sullenberger faced an unprecedented situation aboard his plane carrying 155 people while flying over New York. Two minutes after the launch of its Airbus A320 from LaGuardia International Airport, wild birds hit the cabin and the reactors causing them to stop. Three minutes later, Commander Chesley Sullenberger succeeded in placing the plane without too much damage, trains retracted, on the frozen waters of the Hudson River avoiding the worst possible scenarios.

The actions were taken by the pilot in the seconds that followed the incident until its resolution saved the lives of all the people on board the plane that day. These actions are considered today as a case study. It should not be forgotten that the objective in the civil aviation industry has always been “zero death,” not the reduction of the number of potential victims as with road safety.

For Mike Sinnett, the challenge would be to successfully program an artificial intelligence so that it can behave exactly like this: “If you can not do it, you have to give up.”

It should be remembered that computers benefit from a very advanced integration within the aeronautical industry. There are already machines that assist pilots in flight, perform automatic landings or control the flight of the aircraft in the automatic pilot mode without requiring the pilot to intervene. It would even be able to carry out automatic take-offs, but this procedure is not allowed.

Sinnett said that the first step towards certification of a commercial aircraft today is through the creation of a system operating in a deterministic way: The same causes produce the same effects. But since nobody is able to predict 100% the turn of events during the different phases of flight, an autonomous flying machine has an obligation to be able to adopt a non-deterministic functioning to face a situation that has not preprogrammed.

Dutch Startup Wants to Bring Free Hot Water to Homes With Its Servers

It’s no news to anyone that electronics like computers and cell phones generate a lot of heat. Imagine how large-scale corporate servers that generate the heat is great enough to force companies to spend large amounts of resources simply to try to keep their temperatures from reaching absurd levels.

An initiative by a Dutch startup called Nerdalize, however, wants to put an end to it. The idea behind it is simple: what if instead of simply trying to cool those places, the heat of the servers could be put to good use. For example, to heat some people’s houses? That’s what the company is trying to do.

To make this a reality, the startup intends to use a very interesting service. Those interested can pay for installing one of the company’s servers in their home, earning free heating for their shower water. Apparently, Nerdalize sells the space of these servers to profit from other companies.

It is difficult not to give the

It’s no news to anyone that electronics like computers and cell phones generate a lot of heat. Imagine how large-scale corporate servers that generate the heat is great enough to force companies to spend large amounts of resources simply to try to keep their temperatures from reaching absurd levels.

An initiative by a Dutch startup called Nerdalize, however, wants to put an end to it. The idea behind it is simple: what if instead of simply trying to cool those places, the heat of the servers could be put to good use. For example, to heat some people’s houses? That’s what the company is trying to do.

To make this a reality, the startup intends to use a very interesting service. Those interested can pay for installing one of the company’s servers in their home, earning free heating for their shower water. Apparently, Nerdalize sells the space of these servers to profit from other companies.

It is difficult not to give the arm to hope for the idea. After all, according to them, this represents savings of up to $1,1000 a year for people living in a home with this technology. While companies reduce their costs of keeping servers in half since they do not have to invest in a cold place to house the machines. It is not to mention the massive reduction in CO2 emissions that this all turns out to be.

Coming to all the houses?

It is worth noting that this is not the company’s first venture into the matter. Still, in 2015, the company had brought its first product, which consisted of a simple water heater with a single server inside. Unfortunately, the device was available in only five households and was used for only one year. Despite the slowness to operate and the low heating power, it worked.

This time though, Nerdalize wants to do more. So the startup launched a crowdfunding campaign that has already hit its original target of 250 thousand euros. To prove that this works, the startup will also bring their new handsets to 42 Dutch homes, and it would be no surprise to see that number growing soon.

Of course, after all, there is still a long way to go before it really becomes commonplace. As noted by the Verge, issues such as the receptivity of companies to have their data stored in the homes of ordinary people, as well as customers who have their homes frequently visited due to the need for maintenance of the machines, can be a deterrent for the technology to fire.

Even so, with the idea that solves so many problems at once, this initiative may well become one of the most successful in recent times.

Facial Recognition System Can Detect When Sheep Are in Pain

If you are a veterinarian or have ever had to take (or even find) your pet to a clinic because you suspected that it was in pain or discomfort, you know how difficult this can be in some cases. However, this may change soon, as researchers at the University of Cambridge have a new tool in hand.

Incredibly, the new facial recognition software called the Sheep Pain Facial Expression (SPFES) has achieved a pretty incredible mark: just by looking at a sheep’s face, it can determine how much pain it is suffering. It may seem like a pure kick or something technically inaccurate, but it’s not quite like that.

Briefly, sheep have specific facial expressions for each level of pain they feel, something that can be very subtle and interpretive to the human eye or simply too laborious for those who can understand. Because of this, the program was created to make it easier at such times.

The cool part is that

If you are a veterinarian or have ever had to take (or even find) your pet to a clinic because you suspected that it was in pain or discomfort, you know how difficult this can be in some cases. However, this may change soon, as researchers at the University of Cambridge have a new tool in hand.

Incredibly, the new facial recognition software called the Sheep Pain Facial Expression (SPFES) has achieved a pretty incredible mark: just by looking at a sheep’s face, it can determine how much pain it is suffering. It may seem like a pure kick or something technically inaccurate, but it’s not quite like that.

Briefly, sheep have specific facial expressions for each level of pain they feel, something that can be very subtle and interpretive to the human eye or simply too laborious for those who can understand. Because of this, the program was created to make it easier at such times.

The cool part is that the utility was built based on human facial expressions. In total, the program can distinguish up to nine different expressions and determine a level of pain for each of them. The rate of success and success is relatively high: 67% of the time the SPFES has been successful.

Like any software, the larger the database, the more chances for enhancement the researchers will have and the more easily the application will be able to recognize the levels of pain. The proposal is that the SPFES evolve in the future and can be used in rats, rabbits, and horses, making it a powerful tool in the hands of veterinarians.