Global SMT April 2018 (18.04)

April 2, 2018

Drowning in Data - Without doubt the demonstration on the capabilities of the IPC’s CfX software interface grabbed the attention of visitors and non-visitors alike at APEX 2018. Some of the numbers displayed on the IPC monitoring screen were staggering. The system handled over 500,000 messages over the course of the week! This led one of our commentators to make the astute observation “well, who can make sense of that much data?” Very true, and a strong indication that we are going to need AI (Artificial  Intelligence) much sooner than we think, if we are going to stand a chance of harnessing this new technology paradigm.But, AI, Deep Learning (DL) and  Machine Learning (ML) development are still in their nascent stages. Following the recent Uber crash in Tempe, AZ , it has become clear that AI systems are still having difficulty diagnosing latent, or even hard to detect flaws or defects. By their own admission, top researchers[1] admitted that “Debugging is an open area of research”, meaning in engineering terms, they need to find a way to limit the false calls – sound familiar?In former days, an engineer would learn throughout his career and amass expert knowl-edge about processes, systems, chemistries etc. Traditionally, he would publish articles and maybe even write a reference book to pass his information onto the next generation before he retires. Today, researchers and scientists are trying to capture this expertise and bottle it in the form of AI/DL/ML to continuously grow the knowledge base and depth of understanding.Trust in AI systems will develop and grow over time. It is conceivable that there will be examples when the system gets it wrong, like the unfortunate Uber crash victim, but when you compare the statistics of the number of autonomous vehicles currently being tested, versus a similar number of manually controlled vehicles in similar environments, I would be willing to bet the autonomous vehicle’s current safety record outperforms its human counterpart. And it will only get better. There are huge challenges along the road, too many to detail in this short editorial, but it is an area that will be thoroughly debated at our upcoming eSmartFactory 2018 conference in Sunnyvale, CA on May 24th. In other data-related news, Facebook or “Fakebook”, as I sometimes call it, is making headlines for lax data security, enabling multiple bad actors to hack personal data on a massive scale. In my opinion, this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I do not usually use my Editorial page to write about advertising related matters, but on this occasion I feel compelled. Large and small publishers have faced massive competition in recent years as the industry transitions from print to digital media. Facebook and Google are at the forefront of this, accounting for approximately 60 cents in every dollar spent on digital advertising. They both own and have access to massive pools of rich data on individuals. However, in the case of Facebook they have allowed bad actors to abuse their system, defrauding their advertisers by recording many thousands of hits from individuals not related to the product or service advertised. These fake Likes come from mainly young, Asian-based youths employed on ‘click-farms’, where they are paid one dollar per 1,000 clicks. Although I believe these click-farms are acting illegally and outside the direct control of Facebook, Facebook has so far been unable to police the estimated 15 million fake Facebook accounts or the defective menu criteria that advertisers unwittingly use to define their promotional criteria for their advertisements. 

As publishers, Global SMT & Packaging is happy to work alongside, complement and compete against Facebook for digital advertising revenue, but we hope to do so on a fair and level playing field. This practice exposes a multi-billion dollar fraud in an industry desperate for fair legislation.

TREVOR GALBRAITH
Editor-in-Chief  editor@globalsmt.net

 

EDITORIAL OFFICES

Europe
Trafalgar Publications Ltd.
Global SMT & Packaging
Crown House, 72 Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London, W14 8TH, UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 559 1467 
Fax: +44 (0) 207 559 1468
E-mail: news@globalsmt.net Website: www.globalsmt.net
United States
Trafalgar Publications Ltd.
Global SMT & Packaging
PO Box 1418
Bonita Springs, FL 34133, USA
Tel: +1 (239) 245-9264
Fax: +1 (239)-245-9268

Asia
Trafalgar Publications
M7 Creations, 1st Floor F-46
Okhla Industrial Area
Phase-1 New Delphi –110020
Office: + 918130068308

Editor-in-Chief
Trevor Galbraith
Tel: +1 (239) 245 9264 ext. 101
US Cell: +1 (239) 287 5401
Fax: +1 (239)-245-9268
Skype: Treva-1
editor@globalsmt.net

European Sales & Customer Support Joanne Galbraith 
Tel: +44 (0) 1292 280060UK 
Mobile: +44 (0)7850386227
Fax: +44 (0) 207 559 1468
Skype: jgalbraith1965
jgalbraith@globalsmt.net

International Director of Sales Americas
Sandy Daneau
Tel: +1 (239) 234-1600
Skype: sdaneau.1
sdaneau@globalsmt.net
Sales Manager 

China, Hong Kong, Japan & Taiwan Sales Paul Chen
Office: +86-18049954262 pauljc7777@hotmail.com
Sales Manager  

Southeast Asia–India, Singapore, Korea & Malaysia Sales
M 7 Creations
Anupreet Singh Jaggi
Tel: +918130068308
Skype: anupreetjaggi
ajaggi@globalsmt.net 

Previous Flipbook
Global SMT May 2018 (18.05)
Global SMT May 2018 (18.05)

Next Flipbook
Global SMT March 2018 (18.03)
Global SMT March 2018 (18.03)