Building Stuff

Building Stuff
How to use AI in completely new projects

Having understood what AI is, how the world’s most advanced AI systems work and seen how AI can be used to solve 200 real-world problems we are now at the point where we can tackle some completely new problems, for which solutions do not already exist.

In this Module we are going to define from scratch four completely new projects that could catalyse real product development programmes or even form the basis for startups.

Here are the  projects we will be working on:

  • Project 1: A pair of discrete ear buds that allows you to clearly hear the person you are speaking to in high-noise situations, such as when at a party or in a noisy restaurant.
  • Project 2: Using smart glasses and a novel form of video watermarking to accurately measure the consumption of video programming – in real time and without recourse to a centralised database.
  • Project 3: Allowing architects to identify an optimum building design that maximises the amount of natural light, given the constraints of a plot of land and local building regulations.
  • Project 4: A way to predict that a given carriage in a transcontinental goods train has developed a mechanical fault and will need to be replaced in a few weeks.

These are all examples of what could become real products, or even whole businesses – and they are all based on my personal experience over the last year while talking with friends and colleagues or simply seeing a problem and imagining how a solution might work.

Each of these four projects include problems that can only be solved using some level of domain-specific AI.

You will receive four business proposals that you could present at a senior level in a real company

I will explain each project as if I was speaking with a senior executive during a lunch, or presenting to an executive team. So the way these projects will be described will be like an extended elevator pitch.

Remember that you will also be able to download the relevant Podcast Summaries, which for this Module will be presented in the form of a business proposal.

I did say at the start that this programme the goal was to take you up to the level of a strategic expert, and so now is the time to start thinking at that level.

We will focus  on:

  • Problem definition & framing
  • Solution development – evaluating rival options and technical feasibility
  • Explaining the high-level methodological approach needed to solve the problem
  • Business case and commercial aspects

To be clear, we will not be getting into the low-level coding and design aspects: we will be working at the stage before coding is even relevant: low-level coding is not the valuable skill-set at this stage: what’s more important is the ability to see how to solve real problem, and then the ability frame the solution in a way that makes sense and can be executed.

Serious example projects that contain real, valuable IP

The material you will be exposed to will be of a sufficiently high standard for it to be used as a basis to present in a real C-suite situation in a real company.

Furthermore, some of the methodological details and software ideas you will be exposed to could form the basis for patents – which means that if you originated proposals that were as well thought-through as the ones we will be discussing here then it is entirely possible that your company would want to assemble a small technical team to flesh out and patent the core technology.

I would like to reiterate that the projects we will be talking about in this module are not just theoretical: these are serious project proposals that, in a different situation could catalyse a new product development programme or even for the basis for a new startup.

Enjoy 🙂