Today’s news items begin with an exciting Disney research which teaches AI how to judge short stories. Going further, Intersil is offering robust, high-speed RS-485/RS-422 transceivers claimed to deliver industry’s highest working voltage and ultra-low EMI for industrial IoT networks. Finally, RS Components expands its intelligent, IO-Link communications range to boost the Industrial IoT.
Disney’s AI Judges Short Stories To Help Story-writers
The concept of using artificial intelligence (AI) to understand and evaluate narratives is an exciting topic for researchers for years. To address this challenge, researchers at Disney and the University of Massachusetts Boston have been working on neural networks that can evaluate short stories or narratives. While these AIs don’t (yet) analyze story like a professional literary critic, the software tries to predict which stories will be most popular and appeal a larger population. “Our neural networks had some success in predicting the popularity of stories,” said Disney Research scientist Boyang “Albert” Li in a statement. “You can’t yet use them to pick out winners for your local writing competition, but they can be used to guide future research.” Read more.
High-Speed RS-485/RS-422 Transceivers Underpin The IIoT
Ideal for today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks, Intersil has launched two new high-speed, isolated RS-485 differential bus transceivers that provide 40Mbps bidirectional data communication. The ISL32741E’s high working voltage of 1,000VRMS and 6kV of reinforced isolation is claimed to be more than 2x higher than competitive solutions, and suits most rigorous medical and high-speed motor control applications. The ISL32740E with 2.5kV of isolation and 600VRMS working voltage is claimed to feature the industry’s smallest package, enabling high channel density for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in factory automation applications. Read more.
Intelligent, IO-Link Connected Sensors’ Range Expanded
The key trend of smart sensors in factory automation environments is leading to a massive surge in the number of IO-link sensors worldwide. In line with this trend, RS Components (RS) has expanded its range of IO-Link compatible hardware and ancillaries, more than quadrupling stock of IO-Link compatible devices over the past six months. IO-link is a first standardised IO technology to communicate with industrial sensors and actuators, and playing an important part in the implementation of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts.