Cognitive systems have the potential to reshape computing

Ajit-Singh,With over two decades of technology experience in the semiconductor, devices, and communications domains, Sasken offers the best-in-class solutions across product categories in areas such as: Android, Networks, Satcom and Devices. Ajit Singh, Senior VP and Head, Communications & Devices BU, Sasken spoke with EM about the latest technologies enhancing the communication and devices segment.
Here is the Q&A with Ajit Singh, Senior VP and Head, Communications & Devices BU, Sasken

What is Sasken’s role in transforming digital technology in a ‘smart’ way?

Sasken believes in ‘simplification before leveraging technology’. True transformation is achieved when one removes complexities and aligns all processes towards making customer experience better.Adding technology on top of a simplified and customer- centric process creates a perfect match and maximum business impact. Sasken works closely with its customers and strives to create digital solutions that align with business outcomes.

How are smart technologies like wearables changing the entire manufacturing network? (e.g.: smart helmets)

Smart technologies are modifying the present and future. To think of something technologically diverse and implement it in the most advanced yet user-friendly manner has become the key to success in any business. With the advancement in AI, smart technologies like wearables are changing the entire manufacturing network. The IoT (Internet of Things) has a big role to play as it is a complex yet extremely advanced solution to changing the world. The wearable tech market is full of fitness-obsessed products for workout-loving people with thick wrists and deep pockets. If we want wearables to become truly wearable, companies must start looking at smart clothing. Now, these clothes can be a tee-shirt or a belt which focus on the convenience of the consumers. This is exactly what the manufacturing network needs when it comes to the wearable tech market. One such interesting wearable prototype was created by Samsung known as a “Welt Healthcare Belt”, which has all its technology stored inside the buckle of a belt. The possibilities are endless. However, for wearables to take a lead in the tech market, they must be made more personalised, fashionable and do more than telling us our step count.

As enterprises witness a paradigm shift in connected devices and ICT, how can AI be made more personalized and interactive to humans?

In the current technologically advanced generation, where technology has become a need in itself, the progression of a more personalized technology for consumers is what is driving businesses. AI is one such personalized technology that has managed to bring consumers and machine together in the most distinctive manner. Some tech optimists believe AI could create a world where human abilities are amplified as machines help humankind process, analyse, and evaluate the abundance of data that create today’s world. This would allow humans to spend more time engaged in high-level thinking, creativity, and decision- making. According to a report titled Amplifying Society: With over two decades of technology experience in the semiconductor, devices, and communications domains, Sasken offers the best-in-class solutions across product categories in areas such as: Android, Networks, Satcom and Devices. Ajit Singh, Senior VP and Head, Communications & Devices BU, Sasken spoke with EM about the latest technologies enhancing the communication and devices segment. FACE to FACE Cognitive systems have the potential to reshape computing Ajit Singh, Senior VP and Head, Communications & Devices BU, Sasken Humans 2.0, most consumers see the potential for gooddespite the way the film industry and news media portray AI. 63% respondents agree that AI will help solve complex problems that plague our society and 59% believe it will help people live more fulfilling lives. On the other hand, only 46% believe AI will harm people by taking away jobs and 23% believe it will have serious, negative implications. More than half the consumers believe AI will provide educational help to disadvantaged schoolchildren. Over 40% also believe AI will expand access to financial, medical, legal, and transportation services to those with lower incomes. Consumers also see the value in sharing their personal information for the greater good: 62% would share their data to help relieve traffic in their cities and 57% would do so to further medical breakthroughs.

With the emergence and progression of IoT in the tech industry, an avalanche of data with extreme velocity has come into organizations. It has helped organizations harness their data and use it to identify new opportunities. That, in turn, has led to smarter business moves, more efficient operations, higher profits, and happier customers. Billions of sensors, objects, and devices producing trillions of data points are offering opportunities to see enterprises in a new light. The true business value of IoT lies in analytics rather than hardware novelties. According to Dr. Joachim Schaper, Senior Vice President – Research and Head – Advanced Analytics Lab at AGT International (a leading player in the emerging IoT analytics market), “The ability of sensors to understand physics reveals some of the real-time contexts around a given person, which can then be combined with the expressiveness of social media data to yield a strong understanding of an individual person or a group of people. If this is done right, it can enable a huge set of new services for the consumer.”Today’s distracted consumers who are bombarded with information and options, often struggle to find the products or services that will best meet their needs. Therefore, the technologically advanced concept of IoT, data gathering and analytics are making it possible to deliver something like—or perhaps even better than the proprietor’s advice.

Explain the importance of AI and machine learning in today’s industry of voice and gesture recognition.

With every passing day, millions of people are downloading different applications on their smart devices through various media including voice for personalized experience. More than the experience, it is to do with the bond between users and machines, thus focusing on the effect it has on the user. The proactive use of technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) have together changed the face of Speech Recognition technology. Such has been the impact of AI and ML on Speech Recognition that today they are the new ‘normals’, ensuring accuracy and multiple dimensions in analytics. Similarly, detecting emotions in a user interacting with the Speech Recognition software or tracking keywords for data analytics are hallmark AI capabilities. The rise in the popularity of Speech Recognition can be pinned down to the proactive use of Artificial Intelligence backed by Machine Learning and Data Learning capabilities.

What is the future of cognitive analytics?

Many organizations are recently uncovering the value of cognitive computing capabilities. Be it improving customer experience or enhancing research capabilities in the healthcare sector, its potential is boundless. Dr. Manuela Veloso, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University said, “The current capabilities of cognitive computing are just the beginning of what can be.”With Watson on Bluemix, we have access to the widest range of cognitive technologies available today, to build smart applications quickly and securely. From analyzing images and video to understanding sentiment, keywords and entities from text, Watson services enable cognitive within our applications. Natural Language Understanding, Visual Recognition, and Discovery reveal insights from unstructured data capable of reinventing operations and transforming industries. Cognitive systems have the potential to reshape computing and are an area of computing that you should not ignore. The thing we must keep in mind is “Towards what end?”


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