Ars Electronica Festival 2017: Artificial Intelligence

This years Ars Electronica Festival theme is the all present topic of Artificial Intelligence. The Ars Electronica Festival 2017 theme “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I.” focuses on the cultural, psychological, philosophical and spiritual aspects of AI.

As an media and art festival by definition that often uncovers the philosophical background of popular trends and hypes, this years Festival takes up the challenge of looking behind the cultural aspects of the ever-present topic of AI.

The discussion on AI, as the festival title already suggests will bring us a critical discourse on our own identity and existence.

Is AI killing our jobs and taking over many of our traditional working domains, similar to the industrial revolution in the 18th century?
How do we deal with digital personalities or with the social impact of smart machines handling many parts of our daily lives?
The Ars Electronica Festival also questions the acceptance of such super machines and if humans will ever be able to accept them?
Visit the festival in POSTCITY Linz, September 7-11, 2017.

Read more about the principles of AI and machine learning, refer to following Kindle eBook on ‘Applied Artificial Intelligence’.

Astrophysicists use Artificial Intelligence to speed up Analysis of Gravitational Images


SLAC and Stanford university recently announced a breakthrough of using neural networks, one of the base algorithms of Artificial Intelligence, to spped up their data analysis effort. The spacetime data SLAC and Standford analysis is crucial for the understanding of the universe. By using neural networks to analyze those complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses the Stanford researchers were able to analyze the data 10 million times faster than traditional methods.
The researchers fed a neural network with half a million of images of gravitational lenses, which typically takes a day. Once the training process is finished, the trained AI neural network is capable of detecting similar lenses within a fraction of a second. The precision of the newly introduced Artificial Intelligence based methodology is comparable to the traditional approach that took weeks to finish.

This is another application domain where Artificial Intelligence helps to speed up traditional analysis methods from taking month to less than a second. We can expect that the analysis of spacetime anomalies will gain a lot of traction, now that the analysis process does not take years. Refer to the original press release here.
If you are interested into how artificial neural networks are implemented, read my Kindle eBook on ‘Applied Artificial Intelligence’.

TabShop Software for your Bar or Restaurant

Bar pos cashier TabShop

Today, the brand new TabShop version 132 was released! It comes with some improvements such as sub cent item prices, improved image invoices and a lot of smaller bug fixes. Don’t hesitate and update now to the updated TabShop retail and restaurant cashier app for Android. The free version comes with a whole lot of features and free of ads. TabShop helps you to organize your own personal business. No matter if you run a bar or a restaurant, TabShop offers all the features you need to manage your stock, invoices and accounts.

Meet Ozobot my kids best robot friend

On my last trip to San Francisco this year I visited the California Academy of Sciences where i was immediately fascinated by a tiny robot called Ozobot. Ozobot looks amazingly cute and is able to perform a lot of magic that ultimately teaches your kids how to program by using a visual programming language thats similar to MIT Scratch. Ozobot moves along a black line and reacts on color codes that tell the bot to either turn, move faster or slower or to change the color of its led. Even if your kids are not programming so far its fun to paint mazes where the little friend moves around. Ozobot’s primary sensor is the color scanner that allows the bot to follow the black line and to read color codes in order to control its movements. Another amazing feature I found our recently is the possibility to program the little robots movements by using a visual block language called Ozobot Bit Blockly. Simply program your own Ozobot program online and transfer the program visually onto your bot without any cable involved. Its super cool to see how the bot receives its new program by just sending color codes to its scanner. Ozobot is clearly one of the most innovative teaching robots available right now, because its super simple to use and it looks so cute.

Ozobot kids learning to program

Ozobot Bit blockly

TabShop Release 127 adds Customer Account Feature

TabShop free Android Point of Sale

The brand new release 127 of TabShop, the popular free Android Point of Sale system, now adds some new features around the topic of managing customer accounts and customer balances. TabShop now directly supports typical hotel room and checkout scenarios in which customers are consuming services and products during their stay directly onto their room account and checkout the entire invoice when they leave. Another now supported scenario is to buy a value balance for a customer account (e.g. school kids, sports club members) and further on checkout invoices based on that positive value balance without involving any money. With version 127 the popular TabShop cashier and POS system further enhances its already huge list of features by adding customer account management. Don’t hesitate, TabShop is free and without ads, so try it out now.

My new o’Reilly eBook on Mobile App Analytics

Mobile App Analytics o'Reilly by Wolfgang BeerThanks to Dynatrace i got the chance to sum up my experiences of analyzing and optimizing mobile apps within a brand new o’Reilly eBook ‘Mobile App Analytics’. Mobile app user experience plays the most important role for app publishers in global marketplaces, as a negative experience quickly destroys your brands reputation and decreases your business revenue. Successful app publishers measure mobile app performance, monitoring crash reports and observing your users behavior and react quickly on issues before the users react with bad user reviews.

If you are quick you can grab a free copy of my ebook here.

 

 

Accept Stripe Credit Card Payments with TabShop Point of Sale

Whenever you manage a mobile kiosk, a ticketing counter or simply organizing a trade faire booth you have to think about how to conveniently charge credit cards and to print invoices for your customers. TabShop point of sale is the right solution for exactly that purpose. By using Stripe payment processing TabShop pos offers all that functionality directly on your Android phone. TabShop not only lets you check out any credit card payment by using Stripe but moreover represents your entire shop management system right on your own Android mobile phone. By using a Bluetooth thermo printer you can directly print invoices for your customers after you charged your customers credit cards by using global Stripe card processing. By integrating multiple payment and credit processing platforms, TabShop is one of the most flexible mobile point of sale systems right on your Android phone or tablet. And the best thing is, Stripe credit card processing is available also within the free TabShop app version.

TabShop using the Stripe Credit card processing integration

Synchronize TabShop Point of Sale with Google Spreadsheets

Organizing stock lists and collecting invoices within your shops is a cumbersome activity. By using Google spreadsheets TabShop simplifies that task for its users. Just create a spreadsheet online, enter your stock list, taxes and discounts and synchronize this information with your shops. TabShop Point of Sale devices automatically upload invoices into your Google spreadsheet after each checkout process. Organizing and reviewing all your stores information in realtime through a Google spreadsheet. Connect multiple TabShop POS devices and multiple shops by using your Google spreadsheets.

Quickly print your product QR price labels with TabShop Point of Sale

Tagging your products with the right, scannable price labels can be a cumbersome task. So TabShop allows you to easily generate all your product tags along with its scannable QR barcode code. The product price label shows the name of the product, its category and of course its price. Additionally the product price tag does show a QR barcode and its product id in case you have to type it in for the one or other reason. So TabShop offers a real simple method for generating and printing all your products price tags.