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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.

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.

What 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.

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