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Dreamforce's Einstein: First Shot in New Sales Tech Arms Race?

A technology conference staple is the over-the-horizon announcement: a proclamation that something that isn't quite here yet is the next big thing, often accompanied by simulated screen shots, hypothetical use cases, and demonstrations that veer closer to fantasy than reality.

Even Salesforce has indulged in some of this in the past, and this year's announcement of a machine learning-enabled technology called "Einstein" easily could be dismissed as futureware. After all, "artificial intelligence" is this year's hot buzzword (nice to have known you, Internet of Things), and a lot of companies are making announcements that are more descriptive of their aspirations than of actual products.

Don't become too dismissive just yet, though. The trend toward machine learning is not coming from the imagination of marketing departments, but rather from the confluence of several long-running threads of research.

Combine technology similar to what drives consumer-focused machine learning technologies with large data storage and you have the ingredients for technology that could alter radically how we sell -- and buy.

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Helping Hands

Having recently attended the Finalists Reception for the 2016 InnoVision Technology Awards, I continue to be impressed by the range and quality of inventions being realized in this state. But what captured my attention and impressed me the most was the inventive spirit demonstrated by two 2016 high school graduates from Columbia, S.C.

The girls won the Young Innovator Award, sponsored by Michelin for their research in assistive technology.

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Cybathlon: Welcome to the World’s First Bionic Olympics


Tomorrow, a very different (and futuristic) kind of racing championship will be taking place in Zurich: the Cybathlon. Developed by Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich) and National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics professor Robert Riener, this first-of-its-kind competition features athletes with disabilities piloting their respective cutting-edge assistive devices.

The Cybathlon has six major events or disciplines, each highlighting a particular assistive technology.

  • The Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Race, which uses a video game for pilots with severe loss of motor function.
  • The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race, featuring pilots with spinal cord injuries and their non-motorized FES bikes.
  • The Powered Arm Prosthesis Race, where pilots who’ve lost one or both arms complete challenges designed to mimic everyday...
VR Lets Legally Blind Man Experience Clear Vision For First Time

As technology continues to advance, virtual reality is slowly but surely becoming more of a reality. For many readers, VR is the next step in gaming and achieving an immersive (virtual) experience. However, for Jamie Soar virtual reality is being used to allow him to experience what it is like to have "normal" vision in the real world. Mr. Soar lives with a genetic and progressive eye condition calledRetinitis Pigmentosa as well as diplopia (or double vision) which means that he has severely limited night and peripheral vision. Jamie uses a white cane for mobility and needs to get close to things like computer monitors and signs in order to read them.

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