The realm of process automation – those with a deterministic outcome – is here now. The realm of cognitive automation – those with probabilistic outcomes – is just around the bend.
A New Approach to Automating Services
A long while back, I set up a Google Alert for the term “Big Data.” Initially, I was not overwhelmed with “finds” and occasionally saw a real gem. But of late, there has been an avalanche of junk and I was just about to cancel the alert when something caught my eye this afternoon. I followed the link and found this article about Cathy O’Neil’s new book: Weapons of Math Destruction. I think it will be a worthwhile read.
One of my larger projects back when I ran an engineering firm was to inspect all of the buildings owned and/or occupied by the State of Lousiana for asbestos and lead in water fountains. Part of the contract required us to produce floor plans of all the buildings we inspected because the State, at that time, did not have them. This technology really would have saved the State a lot of money and produced a much better final product too.
A new computer vision system creates 3-D maps of building interiors