Replacing Humans with Thinking Machines

The IoT is set to unleash wide scale automation and improvement of processes, says Benjamin Forgan, CEO of Hologram, making it possible to replace operations performed by humans with AI-enabled connected systems. Earlier this year, Hologram announced that it had raised $4.8M to create a cellular-based IoT platform.

Brian Buntz

August 3, 2016

1 Min Read
Smart machines can replace humans.
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Please describe a recent IoT project you have worked on or have observed that was substantially better, faster, smarter or more efficient than an older technology?

Remote monitoring for pH levels in pools that reduced the need to send physical bodies to test pH levels.

What do you see as the biggest potential of the Internet of Things?

Massive automation and process optimization; replacing humans with thinking machines.

What do you see as the biggest problems involving IoT deployments at large?

Building and managing a huge software and hardware stack. Obtain a connection to the internet in absence of WiFi.

benjamin.jpgWhat kind of policy changes or societal shifts do you think are needed for the Internet of Things?

Agreement on a NB-IoT cellular spectrum.

What is your advice to other industry professionals looking to deploy an IoT solution?

Be sure to carefully plan your costs and timelines. Hardware is hard.

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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