Best of 2011, Technology: Samsung
Business Review Australia has covered a number of hot topics this year in the Technology section. This week, we'll spotlight those that garnered the most attention.
5 December 2011: Australian sales ban on Samsung tablet extended
Apple and Samsung Electronics are going back to court on Dec. 9, following an extended sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.
An Australian court ordered an extension of the sales ban until the court date. This extension is to allow Apple more time to figure out reasons the tablet should never be allowed to go on sale.
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"The High Court of Australia has granted a stay until Dec. 9 to allow it to consider whether to accept Apple's application for special leave to appeal," said a Samsung spokesman via e-mail.
News of this decision came after the injunction that banned the sale of the Samsung tablet in Australia earlier this week was overturned. Samsung believes Apple does not have a basis for its appeals application and is planning to vigorously oppose this, Samsung said. Apple has continuously maintained that Samsung obviously copied the iPad, including the shape, user interface and packaging based upon the U.S. version.
Apple is also attempting to stop Samsung from being allowed to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, a modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Germany. Samsung released this version in Germany to try to avoid an earlier injunction.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it is imperative for Samsung to remove the Australian sales ban quickly, and keep the modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N for sale in Germany.
In early August, Samsung postponed the media launch event for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, because of legal proceedings with Apple.
Apple did not return questions for a comment about these latest developments. It is only apparent that Apple is adamant on preventing Samsung from selling tablets across the world.
Beyond Limits: Cognitive AI in APAC
Courtesy of current estimates, it looks like Asia-Pacific AI will be worth US$136bn by 2025. Its governments and corporations invest more money than the rest of the world in AI tech, the data of its citizens is considered fair game, and its pilots are small-scale and, as a result, ruthlessly effective. This is why, according to Jeff Olson, Cognizant’s Associate Vice President for Projects, AI and Analytics, Digital Business and Technology, the APAC region ‘is right on the edge of an AI explosion’.
Now, startup Beyond Limits is pushing the boundaries of what AI can do, mirroring humans in its ability to find solutions with even limited information. As of this July, it’s partnered up with Mitsui, a global trading and investment company, to expand its impact in APAC.
How Does Beyond Limits Work?
Most AI companies claim that they can help businesses make better decisions. But many need astoundingly large stores of data to feed their information-hungry algorithms. Beyond Limits, in contrast, takes a different tack. Perfect data, after all, is largely a pipe dream kept alive by PhD students. In reality, systems must often make decisions from small, incomplete sets of intel.
But Beyond Limits’ AI is no black box. ‘When little to no data is available, Beyond Limits symbolic technologies rely on deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning capabilities’, explained Clare Walker, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. While making these leaps in logic, however, the system also keeps track, ensuring that humans can review the AI’s ‘thought process’.
Why Partner With Mitsui?
Beyond Limits is built for specific applications such as energy, utilities, and healthcare—but lacks the extensive industry network of Mitsui. Partnering allows Beyond Limits to access a portfolio of firms specialising in minerals and metals, energy, infrastructure, and chemicals. ‘We’ve been working on this deal for several years’, said Mitsui’s Deputy General Manager Hiroki Tanabe. ‘Mitsui’s global portfolio and Beyond Limits’ AI technology will...deliver impact’.
In the first test of that dramatic statement, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) will soon deploy Beyond Limits’ new system. If everything goes according to plan, LNG will optimise how it extracts and refines energy, making money for both itself and investors—including Mitsui. This, in fact, is Mitsui’s strategy: go digital and don’t look back.
Why Does This Matter?
Forty-five percent of Asia-Pacific companies surveyed in Cognizant’s thought leadership ebook consider themselves AI leaders. Positivity bias, that oh-so-common tendency of humans to position themselves as above average as compared to others, strikes again. (Most small companies fail to launch successful AI projects on their own.) And partly, this is because firms fail to integrate AI with industry expertise.
‘A large part of the focus on talent for AI today has been getting the people who are strong in mathematics, AI, and technologies’, said Olson. ‘But where you make your money out of AI projects is when you apply them to your business’. In short: APAC nations looking for ways to bridge the gap might follow Beyond Limits and Mitsui’s playbook—coupling startup AI with a corporate network.