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Will the Singularity Emerge from the Internet of Things? | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Entrepreneurs will be able to create smarter applications that in combination form an overall ‘Smart Cloud’

By Neil McEvoy

The concept of the ‘technological Singularity’ often refers to a single machine AI, like IBM’s Watson, but another popular theory is one of ‘swarm intelligence’, where instead the AI is the result of lots of small machines forming into a larger virtual self.

The Conscious Web
Back in 2003 I wrote an article that described the forthcoming evolution of the Cloud, and with it the development towards the SIngularity. The growing use of XML Web services would see them evolve to become intelligent agents, forming the basis for this collective.

This would fit well with the vision of the ‘Internet of Things’, where lots and lots of devices of all shapes and sizes will be equipped with an IP address and some small amount of self intelligence. Cars and traffic lights that are able to interoperate to better manage themselves for example.

So as the Internet expands this massive platform of low level intelligence, would a higher order consciousness emerge?

Stephen Balkam hypothesizes through the scenario, describing the emergence of the ‘Conscious Web’.

If you’re in London a fun play to check out that also explores this future is ‘The Nether‘, the new name given to a future Internet that evolves this way, where through virtual reality people spend their time in ‘realms’, with quite disturbing consequences or as per the theme of the play, a lack of them.

The play explores a number of virtual reality concepts that highlight how an AI might not only just be pure programming but instead could literally feature human intelligence too, as people start ‘crossing over‘.

IoT Smart Cloud Computing – Harnessing Cognitive Cloud platforms
As steps are taken such as Microsoft launching a machine learning system as part of their Cloud offering then the ideas I described in 2003 are now starting to become a reality, and this offers tremendous business potential too.

Entrepreneurs will be able to create smarter applications that in combination form an overall ‘Smart Cloud’, enabling much more adaptive and autonomous products by leveraging a ‘Cognitive Cloud platform‘.

The potential for improving the efficiency of enterprise application systems is massive. PwC describes ‘moving from workflows to mindflows‘, a capability that is provided on demand from the Cloud, via ‘Cognition as a Service‘.

There are even specific programming languages that offer to create smart apps for the IoT, such as WIT, so the platform tools are there to unleash a massive boom sector.

With Gartner predicting smart machines will dominate the next decade this is going to be a hugely fertile area for new investments.

So as you can see a rich landscape of potential that we are only now exploring the tiniest tip of a gigantic iceberg. The NY Times offers a thought provoking piece that explores how we might go deeper.

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