Asset management, but not the kind you think

We have been discussing it with a colleague how it would be possible to automatically detect the potholes of large road networks. Last week at the INTERGEO exhibition, I discovered three companies which offer this service. In this market survey, I summarise what I found out about them.

I returned last week from the 25th INTERGEO trade show from Stuttgart. INTERGEO combines a trade fair with a conference over three days. It claims to be the world’s largest event for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. It is held in a different city in Germany every year.

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The day when the singularity came

A philosophical sci-fi essay about what to do with your life using some new data, with a reading list for rainy Sunday afternoons

It was the 27th January 2016 when the penny finally dropped. It was reported that in October 2015, Google’s artificial intelligence program had beaten the European champion of the board game Go.1 She had a nagging feeling that this was not right. It was only a year and a half ago when she read the expert opinion that for computers Go is so much harder than chess that it would take ten years for a computer to beat a top professional human player. Continue reading