Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
October 19th, 2015

NLP or Natural Language Processing has become more than just an emerging technology – it is here to stay!  Each new invention that comes out seems designed to better understand the way(s) that humans communicate – whether that be in formal writing, slang, phrases, inflections…the list goes on and on.  Programming a non-human system to understand the nuances of human communication seems a genuinely daunting task.  But around the world, NLP continues to find new applications -

Read about this company in Sweden where NLP is a way of life…



“Unlike traditional approaches to text analytics, we begin by modelling meaning instead of structure. Instead of relying on the standard processing pipeline, we rely on a live semantic memory model that continuously learns and understands text without any human intervention.”…”It learns the meanings of words by observing their usages and contexts, and it never stops learning: language evolves constantly, as do our semantic memories.”


They’ve taken analysis of Social Media to a new level, and had stunning success in evaluating that data to be predictive of outcomes.  Here’s how they fared with poll data in September 2015:

Gavagai and the most recent Greek election


And if you’ve never heard of “word embeddings” - vectors whose relative similarities correlate with semantic similarity – here’s an explanation that actually makes sense  (I minored in Lit in college, and this never came up.  I do write a great sonnet, though!)

A brief history of word embeddings (and some clarifications)


If you’re interested in Social Media and its effect and interplay with the next advances in computing, you’re in good company.  What is the future ‘saying’ to you?

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Chances are you’re already familiar with the term Internet of Things – and the acronym IOT – that keeps popping up all over in media of all kinds.  In case you’re not…here’s a great definition from Technopedia

“…its initial use has been attributed to Kevin Ashton, an expert on digital innovation

In 1999, Ashton said it best in this quote from an article in the RFID Journal:
“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things – using data they gathered without any help from us – we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best”.”


Many companies have been jumping on the IOT band-wagon.  Here’s a nifty article and video from Hewlitt Packard that sums up their contribution:

Everything’s Connected –

Now All You Need is a Platform: Internet of Things


Credit: © Yong hian Lim |

The Internet of Things has exploded which means tremendous implications for apps, the cloud and the telecommunication service providers who keep it all connected.


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Innovation is all around us.  And, the race is on globally to become the next city or country or continent that boasts the most advanced technology and become home to companies churning out that technology.  The Renaissance brought changes in a myriad of disciplines.  The Industrial Revolution did the same.

Now the changes are less ‘visible’ or ‘tangible’ and more “Cloud-y” – if you’ll pardon the pun!

Chattanooga’s hyper-fast connectivity has become

“a platform for innovation.”


Read the article and watch the video to learn about how


With Gigabit Connectivity,


Chattanooga Could Be


the Next Tech Hub


Chattanooga flag


Maybe a ride on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo will be part of your career path?!

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Electronic displays for integration with clothing and textiles are a rapidly developing field in the realm of wearable electronics. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a fiber-like LED that can be directly knitted or woven to form part of the fabric itself.

“Our research will become a core technology in developing light emitting diodes on fibers, which are fundamental elements of fabrics,” said Professor Choi, head of the research team at the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST. “We hope we can lower the barrier of wearable displays entering the market.”

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Researchers have created an LED fiber that can be directly woven into textiles to form an integrated flexible display (Credit: KAIST)

If you’d like to get into the conversation on wearable displays, there is an annual convention next to be held in San Fransico, CA in May 2016.

Find out all of the detail by clicking on the conference picture here:

    blog display week

How much fun will marketeers and the general public have when you can show off your “brand” as you stroll down the street :-)

What will yours display?

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The following post was provided to us by Emmanuel Balami from the University Putra in Malaysia.  Thank you, Emmanuel, for sharing this news about your work!

High-Tech Public Utility Management

Following global concerns about Sustainable Development, and Environmental issues, it has become imperative to innovate, so, the idea of using embedded systems and ICT to help our world efficiently manage resource. These resources (water, energy, and food) are not only scarce but grossly mismanaged or wasted by the public. This module is a contribution in facilitating Responsible ConsumptionChange of Attitude by the public toward public utility, especially where governments subsidise these resources for the poor and also to schools and large populations. Organisations/countries that are providing aids to poor countries may wish to take advantage of this module in providing services to humanity, and also, there will be no need for subsidy coupons for countries offering that.

Here are some photos that show the system components and a demo:

Emmanuel util mgt demo2   Emmanuel util mgt demo   Emmanuel util mgt demo5Emmanuel util demo 3



Additional information on the project may be obtained by contacting Emmanuel Luke (bel) BALAMI

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Emmanuel wishes to thank IBM-USA, for funding this project to a successful execution, and Wendy Murphy, for selecting this project & her unflinching support and guidance.  And, if you’d like to learn more about Universiti Putra Malaysia, please click the logo:  Putra U (Malaysia) logo

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