Practical Steps to Developing an AI Strategy

first_imgWhat are we in the business of doing? This is the first question organizations should answer when building an AI strategy.  Anyone so charged needs clarity on why their company exists in the first place. The company’s mission statement will provide the answer to ‘Why’ the company exists. Once the ‘Why‘ is understood, assess the ‘How‘: how does the company execute on its purpose?For example, at Dell Technologies, our purpose (Why) is to drive human progress, through (How) access to technology, for people with big ideas around the world.With the organization’s mission statement in mind, instances where the company’s operations and outcomes fall short of the mission should be identified. A senior executive leader should have broader insight on where those instances exist and could recruit business leads to scope out pain points as well. For example, a food processing company with a mission to provide superior products and services to customers, might fall short of this mission if the company has high reported numbers of degraded produce or excess waste from product defects. This may point to underlying problems in the manufacturing process. If defects could be predicted with the foresight to avoid excess waste, this would take the old saying that ‘Hindsight is 20/20’ and make it ‘Foresight is 20/20.’All AI use cases are built on defined tasks that identify where AI can be used to improve company operations. In the case of the food processing company, the task could be to ‘predict, detect, identify or recognize,’ and the use case would be to predict or identify defected product early so that the company lives up to its mission. Some examples of AI tasks and the questions they answer are:Detection – Is something detectable/present?Recognition – Can something be identified?Classification – Does something belong to a certain class?Segmentation – If something exists, can it be carved out? How much of it exists?Anomaly detection – Is something out of line with expectations?Natural language processing – Can language and sentiment be understood?Recommendation – Can a solution be found for a desired outcome?Using this ‘task plus use case’ formula creates a running list of use cases from which a company can downselect. If several use cases can be resolved using the same kind of task, it allows for rinse and repeat opportunities and quick AI adoption wins. To downselect, the following questions should be considered:What is the business value? Will it have strategic impact? Can impact be measured?Waste from product defects will cost any company over time. Records of these costs serve as evidence of business value and strategic impact if money can be saved and reallocated to innovative projects.How feasible is the use case? Feasibility can be measured using the availability of relevant data to understand the problem and train AI models. What data is available, where it’s stored and how it needs to be prepared for use in AI are important factors. Relevant data provides information about factors that contribute to the desired outcome. For product defects that could be indicators of faulty processing equipment.As mentioned, looking for external answers too early could take away the uniqueness of internal ideation from the people who know the business the best. Identifying use cases gives reference point while conducting research on what ‘similar others’ are doing with AI. External research informs on the level of effort needed to execute on selected use cases, as some might be successfully deployed already, and some might not. Web searches such as ‘AI + *insert industry*’ or ‘predict product defect + manufacturing + AI’, will yield pertinent results. Other AI tasks might come up and be applicable to other use cases.Understanding the direction of AI adoption sets the stage for building a team of active participants to garner company-wide consensus for adoption. The following individuals would be candidates for this team:Data Architect/Engineer- Designs data retrieval, processing and preparation for consumption.Data Scientist/Machine or Deep Learning Engineer – Uses traditional statistical methods and ML/DL techniques to make predictions and solve complex data science and business tasks.Both sets of individuals understand what software/hardware tools are needed to be successful. Other key individuals include:Database Administrator – Handles data access and control, mainly works with traditional data, and knows data locations.Data/Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst – Performs analyses on historical data and runs reports that quantify costs and strategic impact.BI Developer – Uses tools like SQL and python to standardize analysesBusiness Leads who care about the business benefits of AI.Dell finds that successful AI projects follow a pattern like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to reaching one’s potential. This hierarchy starts with a use case and works up to an optimized IT environment to support it.Choosing the right solution can be daunting, so we’ve created an ecosystem of resources to help customers on their journey. Find more information here, and if you’re ready to get started, contact our Emerging Tech team. We look forward to voyaging with you.last_img read more

Botulism cases lead to physician suspensions, company shutdown

first_img Dec 20 FDH news release The Jan 11 AP story said authorities alleged that TRI bought a batch of botulinum toxin from List Biological Laboratories, a Campbell, Calif., firm that makes the toxin for research use. McComb first obtained botulinum toxin from TRI, and he later bought a much stronger preparation from List Biological, the story said. It said he allegedly used the List preparation when he injected himself and the three other people in November. Florida Health Secretary John O. Agwunobi, MD, stated in a Jan 18 news release, “This company skirted Florida’s regulations, placing our citizens at risk, simply to make a fast buck; even worse are these abhorrent licensed practitioners who knowingly placed their patients in harm’s way. This is egregious and can not be tolerated.” The Florida Department of Health (FDH) on Dec 17 suspended McComb’s medical license and those of three other people associated with the clinic where he worked, Advanced Integrated Medical Center in Oakland Park, Fla. The others were chiropractor Thomas P. Toia, owner of the clinic; Shelly Wolland, DO, who worked at the clinic; and Alfred Boyce, DO, medical director of the clinic, according to the FDH and reports in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The botulism investigation has led to allegations that Toxin Research International (TRI), a Tucson, Ariz., firm, sold raw botulinum toxin to healthcare practitioners as a Botox substitute. The FDH said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) obtained TRI records that showed sales to Cohen and Daube. Jan 18 FDH news release Florida osteopathic physician Bach McComb and three other people suffered paralysis in November after he allegedly injected himself and them with a botulinum toxin preparation far stronger than Botox, the legal drug used to smooth facial wrinkles. Jan 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Several healthcare professionals have been suspended and an Arizona company has been shut down in the investigation launched last November when four Floridians were paralyzed by injections with a botulinum toxin not approved for use in humans. McComb and the three people he injected in November all remained hospitalized as of Jan 19, according to a report by the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post on that date. The others are Eric and Bonnie Kaplan of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Alma Hall, a staff member at McComb’s clinic. See also:center_img Chad Livdahl, owner of TRI, testified that the company sold botulinum toxin for research only, not as a Botox substitute, the story said. His lawyer said Livdahl was not aware that some buyers were using the product on people. But the judge granted the government’s request to shut the company down. A Jan 18 AP report quoted health officials as saying they were not aware of any injuries to patients of Cohen and Daube. According to the report, US District Judge James Cohn said TRI used misleading and deceptive practices that were likely to result in “tragic consequences.” He ordered TRI to recall any of about 3,000 vials of the toxin remaining in circulation. McComb’s license had already been suspended for other reasons before he gave the injections, the FDH said. The Sun-Sentinel said Wolland had given Botox injections several times while under state orders not to dispense prescription drugs. This week, the FDH suspended the licenses of two other Florida physicians, Norman Cohen and Daniel Campbell Daube Jr., for allegedly buying and using an unapproved botulinum toxin. Cohen is from Jacksonville and Daube from Panama City, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. A federal judge on Jan 10 ordered TRI to stop selling botulinum toxin, according to a Jan 11 AP report. Government investigators allege that the company advertised botulinum toxin to 15,000 dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other physicians in 2003, the story said. Federal investigators said TRI shipped 51 vials of botulinum toxin worth $53,000 to 13 customers in South Florida in 2004, according to a Jan 9 AP story. Earlier reports based on statements from another employee at McComb’s clinic indicated that the doses he injected were hundreds of times stronger than a dose of Botox. Botulinum toxin is among the most potent poisons.last_img read more


first_imgRory Gallagher’s side will play Fermanagh or Antrim in the quarter finalDONEGAL have avoided the preliminary round in next year’s Ulster championship.They will play the winners of that preliminary round – Antrim v Fermanagh – after tonight’s live draw on RTE.If they win their quarter final they will play the winners of Down and Monaghan in a semi-final. Kerry legend and pundit Pat Spillane said he believed Donegal would be happy with the draw.“It’s still the most competitive draw in the championship,” said Spillane.“And it’s still the most entertaining. I think Donegal will be happy with that draw.”He predicted a Tyrone-Donegal Ulster final. DONEGAL TO PLAY ANTRIM OR FERMANAGH IN ULSTER was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalUlster drawlast_img read more

Why Hunter Strickland’s turbulent Giants tenure came to an end

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLAS VEGAS–After the Giants rode the “core four” to three World Series titles in the first half of the decade, the club had just one holdover from their championship era in its 2018 bullpen.Hunter Strickland didn’t exactly have the most memorable postseason as a rookie back in 2014. And he didn’t have the most memorable end to his Giants career, either.Manager Bruce Bochy relied on Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, …last_img read more

Partners for Possibility on the global stage in London

first_imgA South African social entrepreneur has been acknowledged as one of the globe’s most progressive thinkers at the international Thinkers50 Awards in London on Tuesday, 13 November.Dr Louise van Rhyn has been acknowledged as one of the globe’s most progressive thinkers at the international Thinkers50 Awards. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Partners for Possibility acknowledged at global Thinkers50 Awards in LondonOrganisation and founder nominated for Thinkers50 category prizeFounder invited to share unique programme on stage at gala eventOrganisation recognised by Forbes as “inspiring to say the least”Dr Louise van Rhyn, the founder and CEO of Partners for Possibility (PfP), was nominated for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards. She was also asked to speak at the event, introducing the Partners for Possibility programme to an audience that included global thinkers like business guru Tom Peters, author and speaker Simon Sinek, author Liz Wiseman, philosopher and author Charles Handy and journalist Dan Pontefract.“It was truly an honour to be asked to address such an esteemed audience. I shared with them our nation-building process of pairing business leaders with school principals in a leadership development programme of co-learning and co-action and some of the hundreds of beautiful stories that have come from these powerful partnerships,” says Louise.Partners for Possibility started at one school in Cape Town in 2010 and has since grown to nearly 700 schools across South Africa. At each school, the organisation pairs a school principal with a business leader and together they attend leadership development programmes, before setting their sights on the specific challenges facing their school.“As part of the programme, we teach the partners to start with curiosity and a true belief that each of them can learn from the process. We also support each partnership with the support from a Learning Process Facilitator, which helps them on their year-long journey together.“Partners experience the journey as a transformative, nation-building experience, which enables them to bridge social and economic boundaries and experience genuine deep levels of social cohesion,” says Louise.For the 2017 Awards, Louise was nominated for an award in the “Ideas into Practice” category, with the judges commenting on the fact that Partners for Possibility is a home-grown solution for the specific and pressing issues facing under-resourced schools in South Africa. Overall, this category identifies leaders who have “made a meaningful contribution in the real world”.The complete list of categories includes leading thinkers such as Scott Anthony, author and managing partner at Innosight, Howard Yu, Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation at IMD in Switzerland, author and speaker Simon Sinek and Harvard Fellow Heidi Gardner.Despite the fact that the award did not go to Louise, being nominated as one of six nominees in the category is a tremendous honour and one for which Louise is extremely grateful.Her talk was welcomed by guests and attending journalists. Dan Pontefract, who writes on, wrote: “Another was learning about the wonderful work going on in South Africa. Louise van Rhyn gave a talk that filled my heart with joy. Imagine planting executives into under-resourced schools to learn from principals, educators and school children about their difficulties. Imagine the reciprocal learning that the administrators and educators receive from the executive. The program is called Partners for Possibility and it was inspiring to say the least.”“As a partner to the Partners for Possibility programme, Brand South Africa congratulates Partners for Possibility on its nomination at the global Thinkers50 Awards. The quest to bring about systemic and durable change in the quality of education for our young people is of great importance for the country’s future. It is reaffirming when the global stages recognize active citizenship as it urges continuous contribution towards the improvement of the country”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Stakeholder Ms Mpumi Mabuza.About Thinkers50Thinkers50 is a global rating of management gurus in various fields of excellence. It was started in 2001 and it regularly recognises the top leadership and management thinkers in a range of fields, including Innovation, Digital Thinking, Ideas into Practice and Lifetime Achievement.About Partners for PossibilityPartners for Possibility started with one school – Kannemeyer Primary – in 2010 and has since grown to a network of schools in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In each school, a business leader works closely with a school principal to identify the school’s most pressing challenges and to address these.The PfP programme allows for very specific solutions for every participating school. Each partnership is supported by a Learning Process Facilitator and they regularly meet with other partnerships in a wider Leadership Circle to share ideas, discuss challenges and motivate each other.For more information, please visit you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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5 Socially Unacceptable Things You’re Going To Do With Google Glass

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google#Google Glass#privacy john paul titlow The nerds are so excited. Our Internet-augmented, face-computer-wearing future is just over the horizon. Leading us there will be Google Glass, the first iteration of this particular sort of wearable, semi-immersive computing experience. If the product is successful, it will merely be the beginning.  The anticipation is understandable. If having Internet-connected computers in our pockets can transform our world, just imagine what wearing them on our faces will do. The prospect of everything from augmented reality games to futuristic surgery has people pumped for the days head. It’s all very cool, but there’s another side to Google Glass: the creepy factor. See Also: 10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google GlassFor every exciting use case, it seems there’s at least one social or policy-related concern. How will this impact privacy? Will we even have privacy in the future? When will we overcome the social stigma of face-mounted computers? Will we?It will be some time before these questions shake out, a process that will continue as the technology evolves beyond Google’s audacious first stab at it. In the meantime, here are five socially unacceptable things we expect some of Glass’s earliest adopters to get into. 1. Surreptitiously Recording the Opposite Sex Glass will likely be popular among doctors and academics, but there’s another class of people just as eager to get their hands on it: Perverts. Smartphones already allow us to shoot photos and videos of strangers in public, if we want. But there’s a simple social barrier: it’s difficult to discreetly aim a phone’s camera at somebody. Take the phone out of the equation and you remove that problem as well. Now, instead of awkwardly staring at people one find attractive, they can just take a photo or video. The potential examples here range from the relatively innocent to the highly unnerving, with most of them likely falling into the latter category.Note: As one helpful commenter politely pointed out, the above heading presumes that people are only attracted to members of “the opposite sex.” This is clearly not the case.  We fully expect people from all walks of life to do creepy things with Google Glass, regardless of their sexual orientation.2. Ignoring Your Family At Dinner If you thought ignoring your loved ones in favor of scanning banal tweets was easy with your smartphone, just wait until it’s connected to a heads-up display. But unlike our phones, Google Glass will at least create the illusion that you give a damn about the lives and feelings of those you profess to love the most. 3. Watching Porn — And Creating Your Own!It goes without saying that if you give the population a device with a screen that connects to the Internet, they’re going to watch videos of people having sex on it. If those WiFi-connected kitchen appliances and thermostats had screens, people would undoubtedly watch porn there too. With heads-up displays like Glass, it will be easier and more discreet than ever. I couldn’t find any research illustrating the extent to which smartphones have led to a rise in homemade porn, but there’s no way there isn’t one. Just look at Vine. The handful of Glass-wearers who do manage to get lucky will surely use the device to make filthy home movies. Just be careful with those unexpected incoming Hangout requests. 4. Google-Stalking People You Just MetEven though they have the technology, Google isn’t including facial recognition in Glass, because they know precisely what kind of weird shit you would do with it. That, and the massive privacy freakout that would ensue isn’t something they (or anybody) are ready for. Maybe someday. In the meantime, you’ll have to manually Google the person you just met. You’ll have to be inconspicuous with the voice commands, but with a Google-connected heads-up display Google-stalking new acquaintances has never been easier.5. Alienating Your Friends At The Bar The first person in your social circle to show up wearing Glass will certainly get a lot of “ooh’s”, “ahh’s” and questions about how the device works. They’ll wow their friends one-by-one as they allow them to test it out for themselves. Over time, those very same friends, one-by-one, will disappear as they realize that this gadget addict is constantly watching YouTube videos, verbally Googling things to settle debates and generally being douchier than anyone can handle. Original photo of jogger by Lululemon Athletica The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Giroud facing familiar top-four fight at Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Bournemouth beating proves Chelsea new boy Giroud faces familiar top-four fight Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:06 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Olivier Giroud Chelsea Bournemouth Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Eden Hazard Olivier Giroud Morata Bournemouth FC AFC Bournemouth Premier League Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth Opinion The new arrival from Arsenal was powerless as the Blues suffered a shock 3-0 loss that saw them slip to fourth in the Premier League Olivier Giroud’s deadline-day move from Arsenal to Chelsea has not affected his situation that much at all. He has merely moved from one London club that been content with a top-four finish and a good cup run for years to another with similarly declining ambitions. That was made painfully clear to the Frenchman, as he watched Chelsea pummeled 3-0 by Bournemouth on deadline day. Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake were all on target as the Blues were embarrassed 3-0 by Bournemouth in their own backyard, underlining that Antonio Conte’s side are so far away from league leaders Manchester City that they may as well be playing in a different league.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Giroud sta next to Alvaro Morata and fellow new signing Emerson Palmieri as his new side did their best impression of his old side, turning in a performance devoid of quality and heart.After beginning the season hoping to retain their Premier League title, Chelsea will now just be happy to qualify for the Champions League, with this defeat having seen them drop to fourth in the table, behind Liverpool on goal difference, and just two points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham, who recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United on the same evening. The Blues have performed well in the transfer market in January, adding three major signings at a cost of around £58m but Ross Barkley was so poor against Bournemouth that he was subbed in the 52nd minute. On a dreadful night for Conte, defender Andreas Christensen went off injured with what looked like a hamstring injury, while a number of star players underperformed as the Italian’s squad looked too tired to even make a fight of a contest with a bottom-half side.Indeed, the good work done off the field in January has not been matched on it, with nine games in 28 days clearly having taken its toll on the players.The market has also proven a distraction. Conte had prepared for the visit of Bournemouth with Michy Batshuayi in contention to start up front but then saw him join Borussia Dortmund on loan without Giroud having been signed in time to replace the Belgian in attack.As a result, Conte had to give a Premier League debut to 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi as he looked to try to turn the game around in the second half.Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work and Chelsea’s miserable January has significantly hurt their hopes of finishing the season well. It is Arsenal, and not the Blues, who will battle Man City for the Carabao Cup, while Man City are now almost certain to take their Premier League crown, with Pep Guardiola’s side presently 18 points clear of the defending champions. Junior Stanislas Chelsea BournemouthOf course, Chelsea made three signings in January and City just the one. However, it is worth noting that Aymeric Laporte cost the runaway league leaders £57 million, as much as all three of Chelsea’s acquisitions combined. In short, the Blues are miles behind City both on and off the pitch and Conte can’t be the only one to blame for that fact.For the most part, he has done a good job this season and it is worth noting that Bournemouth’s win was the first by an away team at Stamford Bridge since Man City dominated Chelsea back in September. If Conte achieves the top four, then Chelsea have had an adequate season but it is one that will remind Giroud of his playing days at Arsenal and that is a damning indictment of how standards have dropped in west London since last summer.last_img read more

Some places we had 5 minutes to get people out Stories from

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsThe fire around Ashcroft Indian band in British Columbia is under control.The entire community was forced to flee when the wind whipped the flames of a wildfire burning nearby.Parts of the community were completely lost – but no one was seriously injured.There are still more than 150 fires burning across B.C.Here’s a look at one that officials were able to [email protected]last_img

Downtown highrise building evacuated after suspicious packages found

first_imgSuspicious package outside the @sdut building this morning. #journalism— Kate Morrissey (@bgirledukate) October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:00 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The downtown San Diego building that houses the San Diego Union-Tribune and an office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was evacuated Wednesday for about an hour after a cluster of suspicious packages was found on top of a patio table near a corner of the building.Officers responded to 600 B Street about 8:15 a.m. and ordered the evacuations of the 24-floor building as well as several businesses in the area, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. Police also closed Sixth Avenue between A and B streets to traffic during the evacuations.About an hour later, police determined the boxes were filled with everyday items.Officers scanned the boxes and determined they were filled with various items including shoes, children’s books, a football and bags of potato chips, Lt. Kevin Wadhams said.The boxes, which were on top of a patio table next to an orange air pump, were not addressed to anyone in particular, Wadhams said.Surveillance video showed a person dropping off the boxes around 1:45 a.m., but officers were unable to identify the person from video, Wadhams said.The buildings nearby the location were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Wadhams said.Augie Lopez, 27, who works at the front desk of the building as a security guard said it was the first time the building has been evacuated in the three years he has worked there.The evacuations in downtown San Diego came on the same morning several suspicious packages were discovered across the country.The Secret Service intercepted a series of suspicious packages containing potential explosives that were sent to Hilary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. CNN also reported a suspicious package was sent to its building in Manhattan. Packages were also sent to former CIA chief John Brennan and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz.The fact that Harris — an outspoken Democratic critic of President Donald Trump — has an office in the San Diego building raised concerns that the suspicious packages might be linked to the other cases.“Our office was evacuated today after suspicious packages were found near the building,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said on Twitter. “The packages were not addressed to the senator or our office. We are grateful to the San Diego Police Department for their work to swiftly investigate this issue.” SDPD Lieutenant Kevin Wadhams updated us on the evacuation of the WeWork building in downtown San Diego. He said the building was evacuated and the streets shut down out of an abundance of caution. The boxes were filled with children’s books, a football, a shoe, and an empty bag of potato chips.San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kate Morrissey tweeted out the following picture and information after evacuating. Downtown high-rise building evacuated after suspicious packages found Categories: Local San Diego News October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more