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Show and Tell AI Style
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AI helps humans push our boundaries and augments our cognitive abilities…and why Harley-Davidson image?  More later.


Show and tell used to be my favorite time in primary school. It’s the one time a geek really gets to show his fellow students his awesomeness. So, I’ve decided to take the show and tell route to bring out the power of AI and how it is changing the world.


The ‘show’ is the image that headlines this blog which I created it in less than 10 minutes, using an AI powered tool called Autodraw by Google. Normally the drawing would not be much of a challenge to someone even slightly artistically inclined. But I confess I am not that.  It’s kinda strange, because my brother is the opposite, he is an architect and an artist.  Anyway, I was only able to do it because the tool read my rudimentary doodles and gave suggestions of what it thought I drew. To understand the power of AI, try your hand at creating a drawing, say a birthday cake, on MS Paint (I use a Mac, so I often use Pixelmator and the standard icons) and then do the same on Autodraw.


Artificial intelligence is fundamentally altering the very fabric of our existence. There is not a single aspect of our lives whether personal or professional that AI cannot significantly alter  or “augment” for the better. Take for example AI’s predictive analytics. The CIA is using an advanced version, to predict social unrest, extremist activities and threats to national security a week before they happen. If that reminds you of the 2002 Tom Cruise movie Minority Report, it is exactly that…except the prediction comes from an AI engine, not psychics.


Businesses are largely embracing the benefits of AI. Take the financial sector for instance, where AI-powered hedge funds have been in existence a while. Research shows these funds have begun to outperform their human counterparts year after year. Your savings are likely to earn more with an algorithm than a trained market analyst.


Another example I like to use is of Watson Ads and Campbell Soup on With Watson ads, consumers could interact with the brand to get personalized responses. A typical question could be “what can I make for dinner tonight.” Rather than serve up pre-canned responses that you can get on any cookery site Watson’s responses would consider weather, time of day, even ingredients on hand to serve up a unique personalized recipe.


Finally, I come to how AI is making an impact on retail business. A Harley-Davidson dealer in New York found his sales leads increased by a whopping 2,930% when he used an AI-driven marketing tool. The increase came about as a result of an AI-driven marketing platform that works across digital channels like Facebook and Google. It measures and autonomously optimizes the outcome of marketing campaigns.   In the HBR story, an example was given that was cool, AI suggested changing very specific word elements in Ads that made a huge difference. They changed the word from “Buy” to “Call” which resulted in a 447% increase in response.  This means that AI is allocating resources to what is PROVEN and validated to work (through simulation and testing), thereby increasing digital marketing ROI.


At HIVERY too, we have used the power of AI to create unrealized profit in the retail business. Take for example our Vending Analytics tool. Created with the aim of optimizing vending machine profits, we seen an average increase of 15 percent in sales revenue and an average 18 percent reduction in restock costs for vending machines that use the system. We do this by analyzing data for each individual machine and optimizing the space, product mix and pricing formula per machine. That level of personalization is impossible to achieve without AI.


The way I see it, the goal of AI is to enable us to push the boundaries of what is possible by augmenting our cognitive thinking. The drawing would not be possible for me, just as a personalized recipe is out of the reach of most home chefs. So also the profits that we see accrue to our clients. That profit just did not exist before AI!


If you want to learn more about our solution then check out my Slideshare on HIVERY’s secret ingredients



 Some interesting observations on wearable form factor design from the video entitle “Gadi Amit on the future of wearable technology”.



Fitbit jelly bean style

Fitbit jelly bean style

1. Symbiotic design

Wearable devices are no longer an “add on” or just consider the form and function, its a symbiotic relationship.


2. Dont make me think.

How might we leverage basic “human gestures” and apply them to our product and interactive designs? For example in the video with the camera product, they used the Kaleidoscope gestures which is known behaviour so you dont need to think on how to use the product.


3. Mocks up to firm up

Use simple very low tech mocks to get feedback quickly to seek refinement and opportunity in design. In the video, they used block form, tape and piece of cardboard to create their final product.


4. Design to feel.

Design is one thing, you also need to feel the product and quality of materials used. If you hold it, it need to reassure you that its a sold and durable product. Something that will last and that you trust.


Garmin wearable masculine style

Garmin wearable masculine style

5. Colour our sensors

World was full of clunky, ugly and masculine.  looking pedometers that didn’t inspire or make people feel good about the exercise they did. Fitbit’s design now use a lot of “jelly bean” style colours which makes they product more desirable and sense of fun and cool. Again it taps into our existing psyche and builds rapport instantly with product- who does like jelly beans?



Other links 


  • Cota uses wifi signals to supply wireless power. Meaning it can power your device (from phone to fire alarm) remotely and wireless.
  • The plan is to integrate the solution into existing form factors so devices are self powered using wifi
  • It transmits on the SAME signal as wifi
  • You can configure the system to recognize only a specific set of devices, or open if you want to power all Cota-tech enabled devices just like wifi with password.
  • Up to 30 feet and does need to be in “line sight” –  similar to wifi can go though walls.






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