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PIETER BALLON, IMEC
DIRECTOR STUDIES ON MEDIA, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGIES, IMEC

Prof. Pieter Ballon is the Director of the research group imec-SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technologies). Prof. Ballon holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and an MA in Modern History. Since 2009 he’s taught Communication Sciences at the VUB (Free University of Brussels). He was appointed the first Brussels Smart City Ambassador and is also the International Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs.
He has recently published the book “Smart Cities : hoe technologie onze steden leefbaar houdt en slimmer maakt”. 


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IS THE TIME RIPE FOR A DEDICATED MACHINE LEARNING "TECHNOLOGY"?

Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence is under a new felt revival in the field of software enthusiasts and computer architects designers. At the same time technologists are at a cross roads where memory scaling and logic scaling is getting to be extremely challenging from cost as well as from physics aspects. DRAM scaling roadmaps are looking at non-capacitor based technologies. Logic roadmaps are looking at the world of new compute paradigms and ‘beyond CMOS’ devices. Today the AI world is dominated by big data and big servers and not yet in the hands of common man. Given the market potential of AI, we will touch on various technology enablers that can push this market over the edge from being in the cloud to being in every digital product that surrounds us. Can technologists find a place in this space in this market?

 

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