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Now that I’ve got your ear with that attention-grabbing title, I want to share something new that you’ll see at the Esri Developer Summit (DevSummit) this year. This may throw you for a loop, but stick with me - it will all make sense in the end! By “hammer time,” I am referring to the malleus (Latin for hammer), the second smallest bone in the human body. Partnered with two other small bones, the incus (anvil) and stapes (stirrup), the malleus is the first bone in the middle ear that receives vibrations from the tympanic membrane (the eardrum), and kicks off the transfer of those vibrations through the middle ear to the inner ear where the auditory nerve senses the vibrations and connects them to the brain.
Sirens… getting louder… stop… whew, glad I stopped so that I didn’t get run over by that fire truck!
This makes this group of three small bones, collectively known as the ossicles, a critical component of conveying environmental queues to the human brain for interpretation, decision-making, and learning.
While Esri conferences have always been about creating opportunities for face-to-face time with our customers and partners, the Customer Experience team is striving to elevate customer listening at conferences, making it a highly visible celebration of how we synergize with you - our partners and users - to create amazing products, services and experiences.
Using interactive wall activities and customer interviews as our medium of engagement, the Customer Experience team provides a platform where we can hear from you, learn more about your needs, be a champion of your voice, and continue to strengthen an already strong culture of listening at Esri. We gather this feedback, analyze it, and share it with relevant stakeholders across the company to drive improvement.
Our first foray into this type of activity was just a couple of weeks ago at the FedGIS Conference in Washington, DC. It looked like this…
TL;DR Your voice matters and is music to our ears, the good vibrations to our ossicles. When you’re at DevSummit this year, come talk to us. The Customer Experience area will be set up smack dab in the middle of the Primrose Lobby and open for your participation during the following times:
On Tuesday, over in the Santa Rosa/San Jacinto room, we hosted our SpeedGeeking event. In a little over an hour, our users are invited to listen to 17 different developers present on topics ranging from cartography to 3D. The presenters only present for five minutes and after the buzzer goes off, the users can move to another station and hear a brand-new five-minute presentation on a new topic! We had over one hundred attendees who came by to enjoy each of the talks. Here is what they enjoyed:
Using Donut Polygons to Create a Masked Extent Effect
The For Developers, By Developers design of DevSummit implies that we're all bringing our work and ideas together, in a four-day, two-way conversation, learning from one another at the largest geospatial developer community event in the world. On Wednesday and Thursday, we had 25 presenters of technical talks, sharing with others their work, techniques, and lessons learned, helping make us all better, and inspiring us all to implement these ideas that not all of us may have known before.
Thank you to those who attended and participated, as well as those who followed along virtually. We invite you to share your experiences and what you learned during the week in the comments below.
We hope to see you in Palm Springs in 2020!
You can find presentations and videos on YouTube here.
Esri Developer Summit 2019 is right around the corner! This year we invite you to follow the action in the DevSummit space and connect with the GeoNet Community in Palm Springs. You can find us in the GeoNet area within the Esri Showcase.
March 4 - 8
GeoNet area at the Esri Showcase – Oasis 1 & 2
Stop by the GeoNet area to:
Learn how GeoNet Community members are working better, sharing ideas and finding solutions
Connect with other GeoNet members
See what's coming to GeoNet in 2019
You can also connect with us at these events and times
Thank you all for your interest in participating in the Interactive Research Lab at this year's Developer Summit.
The sign up is now closed.
We received a lot of responses, and tried our best to match people to their availability at the conference and the studies being run. If you filled out the survey, you should be receiving an email soon notifying you about your participation status.
Whether or not you can join us in the lab this year, if you are interestedin learning about user-centered design and usability while at Dev Summit this year, weencourage you to check out theseworkshops and demos at the conference:
Did you know that today is not only an exciting day at DevSummit with User presentations, Esri Showcase activity, demos, and the Esri Thursday night party and dodge ball tournament, but it is also International Women's Day! So much happening at DevSummit 2018.
We stopped by the DevSummit signature wall to answer the question, "What would you love to map?" Chris Catania added "The GeoNet Community." Did you see it?
Presenter Leah Newman gave a great user presentation on "Put the "You" in UI: Creating Intuitive User Interfaces using ArcGIS and Survey123." She shared that she had no knowledge of how to use Survey123 for ArcGIS and found answers on GeoNet. In an interview with Chris Catania, she explains how she learned to use Survey123.
We caught a few users and GeoNet Community Members in the hall and at the booth to say "Hi."
Later in the day, we listened in on the presentation from Bryan Grill - EBA Engineering on WAB & React - Develop a Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Widget with React and Webpack. He gave a shout out to the GitHub group, React Bootstrap. He demonstrated the code used in a webpack.config.js as externals.
And we closed our visits with a user presentation from Adam Drackley on Fully Offline Mobile Apps with AppStudio for ArcGIS. He added some humor by explaining that the image on the ancient MAC+ was the first Esri website ever. Continuing, he discussed the use of the Open Mobile Map and Map Viewer. Drackley wrapped up his presentation with the end goals to create the template application.
Celebrating International Women's Day, we hiked across the Palm Springs Convention Center asking women every where if we could snap there photo or video a few words.
Welcome to Day Two of theGeoNetDevSummit 2018daily updates! First upisthe keynote presentationfeaturingJosephSirosh, Corporate VP, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, Microsoft Azure.
Siroshbegan his Microsoft career nearly five years ago as the VP of Information Management.His passion and understanding for the development of machine learning to improve efficiency has aided in the advancement of AI programs and development of AI products at Microsoft. Priorto his career with Microsoft heledteams at Amazon, FICO and other previous software companiesseeking to improve business efficiency and customer experiences.
Siroshkicks off the morning keynote sessionwith a slide presenting Earth's evolution and the start of life as a single cell. He continues to explain how, like human life, software is evolving and will continue to evolve as we make it smarter to improve efficiencies and intelligence.
After asking how many people in theaudienceare using AI he explains the definition of AI, “Artificial Intelligence is the opposite of natural stupidity.”
Siroshfurther elaborates on the Microsoft AI Platform, bringing AI to Azure and the best pieces of Azure to AI; the services, infrastructure, and tools. Things like chatbot AI is an innovation that allows for better task completion and efficiency.
Siroshwas excited to announce the general availability of Geo AI Data Science Virtual Machine, giving data scientists easier access to AI, machine learning and data science tools. By integrating geography and location, the Science of Where, with data, data scientists can gain a new understanding of the world around them. The newGeoAIData Science VM integrates andsupports EsriArcGIS platforms.
SiroshintroducesLucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Scientist ofMicrosoftwho shareshow he spends most of his time trying to figure out how we can apply AI to improve life on the Earth.
Joppa counters Captain Kirk's famous quote, “Space is the final frontier”with, as he explains, “a one-sided argumentofhow to apply artificial intelligence to spatial datain order tochange the way we, as a society, manage and ultimately think aboutthe space all around us;or as JackDangermondandourfriends at Esri would say, the Science of Where?”
He continueswith an explanation of how we are using machine learning to extract data in astronomy to map outerspace and addresses a concernon our ability to understand and solve critical environmental challenges on Earth to sustainably manage a growing population.Heexplains,“thatis why,from the very beginning,Microsofthasturned toEsri’sGeoSpatialToolKit”to teach AI computers how to collect and understand data extracted from the vast library of raster data and change how we are contributing the human experience on Earth.
Siroshreturns to demonstrate, “How can AI help?” sharing that AI helps us understand data, learn and form conclusions from data, developing models and forming conclusions.
Microsoft cognitive services in the Cloud include:
Speech - Customizes speech to your language and domain
Language translation - used to communicate with others around the world
Search - Bing search is used...
Siroshgives a demonstration of the AI experience usingthe release of the JFK records to connect how AI is used to ingest information, enrich the information with cognitive services, and translatein a way that anyone can efficiently search the information.
“Any unstructured data can be translated into understandable data,” saysSirosh.
He introducesOmar Maher, to demonstratehow Azure AI and ArcGIS can help predict accidents.
Omar states, “The first questionwe have to ask, "What would cause an accident?”
With Machine learning, we can develop a model to prep data sets, feature engineering trainand evaluate models, deploy the modeltoproductionand then share the information.
Siroshreturns to talk about interacting using Bots.Microsoft AI Platforms are capable of building sentiment applications using cognitive services.
AI is the new normal. "You touch AI every time you touch your mobile phone."
He presents a video of howMicrosoft is building an application that helps mothers communicate with their autistic children. "Helpicto"uses bots to combine language and pictures to create speech that is understood.
Seeing AI – a talking camera app for the visually impaired, is anotherMicrosoft applicationdevelopedto see the worldwith AI.
Azure AI Gallery providesalarge number ofexamples of capabilities that can be viewed. Many machine learning models are within the AI Gallery for predictive maintenance.
Microsoft is rolling outanew program called AI for Earth.Developers with innovative solutions to use AI to advance sustainability can apply for a grant.
Q:Are we going to see more docker in the architecture for the AI?
Sirosh:Docker platformsactually madeit amazinglyeasy tocontainerize, not just an AI model, butalsoitsdependencies…so you can have a very nice encapsulated object…one of the directions we are going after is to containerize AI.
Q: I see a lot of examples of learning from images straight down, how about machine learning of obliques at an angle,45 degreeangle, 90 degree angle…?
Sirosh: Weactually haveexamples of that…It won’t be perfect. We can create synthetic data…and it makes it possible.
Q: What sorts of problems wouldanAI not be great for exploring?
Sirosh: AI is advanced statistics,it islearning statistical andproblemisticmodelsfrom data. If you don’t have good data it can become garbage data.Need good data.
Q: What about using AI to take non-spatial data, and converting it to usable data?
Sirosh:It is possible, but again, it goes back to the training data. Youhave tostartwith taking the AI to school.
Q: Can you share your thoughts on the ethical posed by these technologies?
Sirosh:Microsoft has a term used,FATE, Fair > Accountable> Transparent > Ethical. AI is a learning system. If the data has biases, it can be a problem. He compares it to medicine in pharmaceuticals. Prescribed versus over the counter. Must debug the data.
Q:Last year Microsoft shut down the Photo Synth projectin your lab. What does that mean? Are yourolling into something else?
Sirosh: Today we have the vision AI…a capturing AI. We continue to launch new capabilities.
Q: Twenty plus years ago AIand neuro networks wereaveryhot topic,aside fromsome of the wonderful computation infrastructures we have in platforms today what did you see as being some of the significantadvancements in AI thatwe are now starting to exploit thatwe didn't have a while back?
Sirosh: Mentions the he studied in neuro networks before theNeuro Net Winterstarted.
Neuro networksneeded tremendous amounts ofdata andwithnew learning algorithms to work. In the last 10 years, it has advanced…we now have vast amounts of data…asnew things coming together to make it possible.
Q: Between today and the next Developer Summit, what canwesee improve on thiscurrent AzureGeo AIInfrastructure?
Sirosh: I am hoping that a lot of the developers here apply AI... such as what the developer developed for autistic children and their mothers.
What did you enjoy from the keynote? Post your comments and questions below and stay tuned for more coverage from Day Two!