AI has increasingly become the “go-to” technology for organizations wanting to solve highly complex challenges. If you’re not working with AI today, you should be.
Future:Now is an editorial event produced by The Atlantic to kick off HPE's Discover conference. The event will explore the intersection of AI technology and humanity. AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond Limits will share his expert knowledge about AI and cognitive intelligence while exploring what's next for technology and innovation. The panel discussion, titled "Being Human in the Age of AI," will be moderated by Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic.
“AI was first coined in 1956. Generically speaking, it means having a machine to perform functions that would be viewed as intelligent by the casual observer. Every industry is trying AI to solve complex problems. If they are not, they should be. In our case, we are working with large industrial enterprises focusing on energy production, financial services, healthcare and logistics.”
Beyond Limits is directly contributing to the AI industry by applying foundational technical innovations created at Caltech/JPL for the NASA space program. The company’s CTO created many AI systems used at JPL, and one system helped the Voyager 2 Spacecraft avoid a key failure as it approached Neptune. Much of the IP innovation that brought to the commercial market was originally funded by taxpayers for NASA. Caltech is a founding shareholder of Beyond Limits and participates in its success. So, as the company rolls out advanced cognitive AI systems to help transform major industries, it’s a win-win for the nation.
As an 8 year old living in Amman, Jordan, and watching that historic moonwalk, AJ Abdallat had high hopes of becoming an engineer, not knowing then how closely intertwined his childhood ambitions would eventually be with NASA and the space program. Fast-forwarding nearly 50 years, "I'm an engineer by training and an entrepreneur," Abdallat proclaimed. "I have a passion for technology and taking technology to the commercial space. I'm going to look for real pain in the market and then try to solve those kinds of problems."
"Looking at the dark side of AI is a pessimistic approach to a promising future. I think frankly, in some places, like any kind of automation you will see that some jobs go away, but the labor that was there before finds a new role, and I think those new roles, especially at the level of knowledge work, will be very interesting,"
“What we’re trying to do with Beyond Limits, we feel that those same conditions and problems that exist in space, we can apply those to some of those complex problems here on earth, in energy healthcare.
We’re capturing that human knowledge in AI in what we call cognitive agents.
We’re actually are taking the knowledge of a highly skilled individual and scaling that across the organization where we’re allowing less skilled individual to be able to utilize that.
…in the space business, you really have very experienced and seasoned scientists.”
I’ve seen robots make decisions and solve simple problems. You probably see them too, but don’t realize it. Every day, technology helps people spellcheck sentences, categorize emails, and predict traffic. However, Beyond Limits is producing AI software solutions with something new: cognitive intelligence. These advanced systems mimic functions of the human brain to think like you or me. This AI foster situational awareness, hypotheses generation, and human-like reasoning to make informed decisions. Unlike some AI companies that focus on playing games or serving ads, Beyond Limits blends deep learning and machine learning techniques together with symbolic AIs that emulate human intuition. The company’s goal is to create automated solutions that can truly think like humans and magnify human capabilities to help companies stay competitive or transform their business for the future.
At Beyond Limits, we believe the role of AI is to complement, not replace, people by delivering actionable intelligence to human experts. Like many technology optimists, we believe AI could create a world where human abilities are amplified as machines help mankind process, analyse, and evaluate the abundance of data that creates today’s world, allowing humans to spend more time engaged in high-level thinking, creativity, and decision-making.
One serious problem is that of expectation of what AI can really do. At the end of the day, an AI system is educated and trained to solve a particular problem and that is pretty much its entire universe. These systems are not humans, who can freely interact with their environment. They are machines, not people. The question is no longer whether AI will fundamentally change the workplace. It’s happening. The true question is how companies can successfully use AI in ways that enables, not replaces, the human workforce, helping to make humans faster, more efficient and more productive.
“Our goal is to hire top talent, regardless of gender, age, background or culture. We are changing the world with our technology, and we need the brightest minds working at Beyond Limits. Those minds come from all types of people, from all over the world,” says AJ Abdallat, CEO. “Here at Beyond Limits, we welcome the conversation that the industry is having about advancing gender equality in every aspect of the business.”
Oil and gas is one of the largest industrial segments and is a natural fit for AI, according to AJ Abdallat CEO of Glendale, Calif.-based Beyond Limits. Removing friction from port scheduling operations requires a rare form of machine intelligence called cognitive intelligence (or human-like reasoning). Cognitive AI is now being applied to track tankers to determine when they leave port, where they’re going, and how much petroleum or LNG they are transporting. Predicting what is being shipped, plus refinery destination and arrival times, will help traders make smarter decisions. This involves the fusion of the key cognitive capabilities of multi-agent scheduling with reactive recovery, asset management, rule compliance, diagnostics, and prognostics to ensure seamless autonomous operation.
Machine learning is taking over the running of many industries. To some, it’s a sound of rather bad news while to other businesses, its a sign of better days ahead. We know some entrepreneurs have embraced or had experience with machine learning thus we asked them what they think will be the impact of it on business.