Industry News: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence News

October 30, 2017

CloudQuant Continues to allocate to AI driven Crowd Researhers

CloudQuant $7Million Allocation

CloudQuant continues to allocate millions of dollars to crowd researchers by funding and leasing a second trading algorithm. The strategy was put into production with a $7 million allocation and the algorithm licensor will receive a direct share of the monthly net trading profits.

This takes the total of allocated risk capital to $47M.

“The research activity on our site continues to grow as crowd-based traders and quantitative analysts build their own proprietary algorithms. A second significant allocation within one month is exciting for us and our clients,” said Morgan Slade, CEO.

All trading is driven by the artificial intelligence proven in backtesting.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: ArcaEx Becomes EFT Electronic Strongman

…ow over time, particularly once active management gets back in vogue. Stay tuned for active’s perfect storm: rising interest rates, changes in public policy, and incorporation of alternative data and artificial intelligence into active strategies.”

And what about liquidity? Isn’t that king for single name stocks?

“ETF liquidity is easy to observe for the top 50 traded products by simply looking at exchange volumes, Mindlin said. “And institutional investors may never invest in an ETF if it isn’t the most liquid product. But, investors need to understand the true liquidity measure for an ETF is it’s implied liquidi…
2017-10-27 13:32:56+00:00 https://marketsmedia.com/flashback-friday-arcaex-eft-electronic-strongman/

Deep Dive: The Boom In Big Data Could Mean Democracy For All

…track high speed trading is what will drive new trading innovations going forward.

“Now, people who are looking to execute in a low-latency manner are doing it based on models that rely on big data, machine learning and that sort of thing,” Shield said. “What you really don’t want is to process data in the co-lo, so inevitably you’re leveraging flexible infrastructures like cloud technologies to do that. That move toward data being the driver for trading is requiring that you kind of integrate a variety of technologies to make it as simple as possible.”

What has also evolved is the acceptance of cloud techn…
2017-10-19 07:57:50+00:00 http://www.johnlothiannews.com/2017/10/deep-dive-boom-big-data-mean-democracy/

Hedge fund platform Prophecy Asset Management allocates to Birch Island Capital’s new investment strategy

…Machusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students majoring in Economics, Finance and Computer Science.

Birch Island’s innovative equity investing strategy incorporates advanced methods of statistical machine learning combined with fundamental analysis applied to a scalable quantitative portfolio construction process.

“While scouting for innovative investment strategies, different trading methodologies and new launches, we were introduced by our Boston brokerage partner Weeden & Co to the Birch Island team, leading to an initial in-person April meeting and a July allocation of USD30 million,” says Jeffrey Spo…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 http://www.hedgeweek.com/2017/10/27/257671/hedge-fund-platform-prophecy-asset-management-allocates-birch-island-capital%E2%80%99s-new

Savvy Investors Can Review Thousands of Financial News Articles at a Glance with Powerful Sensei View Technology

…CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Machine learning technology provider Expat Inc. today announced the launch of Sensei View to its Market Sensei (www.StockMarketSensei.net) platform, the industry’s first-of-its-kind technology that uses intelligent computer vision to quickly scan and analyze financial news articles and present the details dynamically.

The Sensei View capability utilizes computer vision, which is a technology that can acquire, pr…
2017-10-29 15:09:57-04:00 http://finteknews.com/savvy-investors-can-review-thousands-financial-news-articles-glance-powerful-sensei-view-technology/

Intel earnings Q3 2017

…clining PC shipments. The segment reported better-than-expected revenue of $8.86 billion, or roughly flat year-over-year.

The company has instead highlighted its opportunities in new markets such as artificial intelligence and cloud infrastructure.

Earlier this month, Intel said it is collaborating with Facebook to develop artificial intelligence chips for data centers.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates….
2017-10-26 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/26/intel-earnings-q3-2017.html

Big tech crushes earnings

… revenue still comes from advertising — $24.1 billion out of its total $27.8 billion, or 87 percent. In a call with CNBC, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat reiterated the company’s theme of “products with AI [artificial intelligence] at their core,” but the main function of that AI today seems to be optimizing ad revenue.

Microsoft: EPS of 84 cents (excluding certain items) beat estimates of 72 cents, and the company’s various cloud businesses topped a $20 billion annualized run rate for the first time — they’re on track to book $20.4 billion this year even with no further growth. Digging into the company’s report a little…
2017-10-26 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/26/amazon-alphabet-microsoft-intel-all-crush-earnings.html

Microsoft earnings Q1 2018

…bout 27 percent since the beginning of the year. In its fiscal first quarter the company acquired Cycle Computing, introduced the Azure Container Instances cloud service and said it was working on an artificial intelligence chip for a future version of its HoloLens mixed reality headset….
2017-10-26 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/26/microsoft-earnings-q1-2018.html

A Complete Tutorial to Learn Data Science with Julia from Scratch

… as you can. Get a detailed view of different imputation techniques through this article .

Building a predictive ML model

Now that we have fixed all missing values, we will be building a predictive machine learning model. We will also be cross-validating it and saving it to the disk for future use. The following packages are required for doing so:

julia> Pkg.add(“ScikitLearn.jl”)

This package is an interface to Python’s scikit-learn package so python users are in for a treat. The interesting thing about using this package is you get to use the same models and functionality as you used in Python.

Label En…
2017-10-30 08:59:08+05:30 https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2017/10/comprehensive-tutorial-learn-data-science-julia-from-scratch/

Weekly Wealthtech Report: Quovo Partners with Apex on ACATS Transfers

…rone and embarrassingly manual, in an age where technology is reducing friction in so many other investment workflows.”

Credit Suisse Launching AIS Index

Credit Suisse is the latest firm to turn to artificial intelligence to make stock picks. In collaboration with RavenPack, a firm that uses algorithms to create quantitative investment strategies, Credit Suisse is launching what it calls the Artificial Intelligence Sentiment (AIS) Index. Using data analytics to make sector allocation decisions in a tradeable and systematic way, AIS tracks the national performance of an algorithmic U.S. large-cap sector rotation st…
2017-10-27 14:30:09-04:00 http://www.wealthmanagement.com/technology/weekly-wealthtech-report-quovo-partners-apex-acats-transfers

Cray teams up with Microsoft to offer Azure customers new supercomputing options

…t blog post when those capabilities will come online or how much they will cost. When they do, Azure customers will be able to select the machines as an option in their cloud computing strategies for artificial intelligence research or complex data modeling, the companies said.

Most customers don’t require that much performance in their day-to-day computing needs, but Cray’s supercomputers can be very important to companies working on pharmaceutical research or weather simulations, to name a few examples. They’re also very expensive, and having access to that level of computing power on a rental basis could tempt A…
2017-10-23 14:53:25+00:00 https://www.geekwire.com/2017/cray-teams-microsoft-offer-azure-customers-new-supercomputing-options/

Seven Stars Cloud Closes on $10 Million USD Private Placement

…FINRA and SEC-regulated: Index Exchanges, Initial Coin Offering / Tokenization, ETFs and Derivatives. Both Engines and their various arms will run on ‘BASE’ technology and infrastructure (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Supply Chain & Exchanges) to power a closed trade ecosystem for buyers and sellers designed to eliminate transactional middlemen and create a more direct and margin-expanding path for principals.

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2017-10-29 15:06:14-04:00 http://finteknews.com/seven-stars-cloud-closes-10-million-usd-private-placement/

Amazon’s next big bet is letting you communicate without a smartphone, says Alexa’s head scientist

…unction to take off on Amazon’s Echo devices will be voice or video calling — which is a way Alexa can reduce the need to have your smartphone on your at all times, the VP and head scientist at Alexa Machine Learning said.

“If you have not played with calling, and the video calls on Echo Show, you should try it because that is revolutionizing how you can communicate,” Rohit Prasad said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CNBC at an Alexa Accelerator event in Seattle. (The event is dedicated to developing new voice-powered technologies.)

“When you can drop in on people who have given you access — so I can…
2017-10-18 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/18/alexas-rohit-prasad-amazons-next-big-bet-is-phone-free-talking.html

AI could save television advertising with advanced personalization

Artificial intelligence is changing almost every aspect of modern life, and the television advertising industry is no exception. Thanks to more advanced methods of data collection, AI allows advertisers to tailor their content more effectively to relevant demographics through what’s called “programmatic TV advertising.” This advertising channel is set to be largely impacted by AI in coming years. The ad technology has b…
2017-10-28 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/28/ai-could-save-television-advertising-with-advanced-personalization/

Complex Client Chats Could Be Untangled by Speech Software

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Gridspace software is designed to help businesses analyze sentiment in real time as it was expressed during phone calls with customers. Popular with larger financial institutions, its artificial intelligence-assisted benefits may be useful for financial advisors, too.

Gridspace came from the same lab as Siri, SRI Speech Labs, but unlike virtual personal assistants, Gridspace software was designed to process business conversations between people.

Currently, most Gridspace customers are banks, insurance companies and hedge funds that record …
2017-10-25 00:00:00 http://thinkadvisor.com/2017/10/25/complex-client-chats-could-be-untangled-by-speech

Saudi Arabia’s first robot citizen

…ed by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and former “Imagineer” at Disney, who has a reputation for creating robots that closely resemble humans. Amnesty International has raised concerns about artificial intelligence, saying experts who work on such technologies must ensure they are safe and respect people’s rights….
2017-10-29 00:00:00 http://www.reuters.com/video/2017/10/29/saudi-arabias-first-robot-citizen?videoId=372839072&videoChannel=117764&channelName=Rough+Cuts

Common Sense, Cortex, and CAPTCHA

…is blog post, we describe RCN in the context of common sense, cortex, and our long-term research ambitions at Vicarious.

Are existing generative models suitable for common sense?

Modern research in machine learning and artificial intelligence is often reductionist. Researchers identify an aspect of intelligence, isolate its defining characteristics, and create a benchmark to evaluate progress on this narrow problem, while controlling for other variables as much as possible. The problem of common sense is resistant to this sort of reduction, as it involves so many different aspects of intelligence from the s…
2017-10-26 00:00:00 https://www.vicarious.com/2017/10/26/common-sense-cortex-and-captcha/

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt On Fake News, Russia, And “Info

…ews sites or more subtle things. Just using the Russians as an example–although plenty of other governments can do this–how would you feel if that stuff gets stronger? Would you be worried about it?” Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be essential to addressing these challenges, he explains, but “it remains to be seen whether some of these algorithms can be used to prevent bad stuff.” In such a tense political climate, the Jigsaw team is exceedingly hesitant to talk about President Donald Trump, out of concern they might come across as partisan. (Schmidt is in a particularly precarious position, havin…
2017-10-29 20:15:25 https://www.fastcompany.com/40488115/alphabets-eric-schmidt-on-fake-news-russia-and-information-warfare

Kansas City SaaS startup Awari wants to identify workplace biases

… help prevent situations like the one Byrd faced, he said.

He knows this because he created it, he said.

Launched in April, Byrd co-founded Awari: a software-as-a-service that utilizes proprietary artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to identify age, race and gender bias in the workplace.

“Companies can directly upload their HR records and performance reviews,” Byrd said. “The application can cross reference for a pattern within the documents and then identify a person or team’s specific bias, whether that be preferential or negative.”

The technology requires a sample size of about…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/27/kansas-city-saas-startup-awari-wants-to-identify-workplace-biases/

Amazon Alexa chief: Saturday Night Live spoof of Echo speaker is actually ‘kind of spot on’

…n Echo even looks a bit like the fictional device.

The possibility of Echo Silver having exasperated conversations with customers is still a ways off. Reid said we are still in the early days of the machine learning and artificial intelligence technology needed to pull off such interactions. But it seems that Amazon is working on it.

Until the technology catches up, Amazon does offer a lot of ways to personalize devices and you can already see some pieces of Alexa’s personality coming out. She has a favorite basketball team and likes to break into song occasionally.

Watch Toni Reid’s full GeekWire Summit c…
2017-10-28 15:36:45+00:00 https://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-alexa-chief-saturday-night-live-spoof-echo-speaker-actually-kind-spot/?google_editors_picks=true

Artificial intelligence is changing the face of plastic surgery

…You’ve probably read that artificial intelligence is transforming medicine. While the field has yet to reach its full potential, researchers are exploring ways that machine learning, a subset of AI, can dramatically improve patient outcomes.

Machine learning is ultimately about understanding large amounts of data, making it an important tool for handling the flood of electronic data available to health care workers. Its benefits fall into a few…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/27/artificial-intelligence-is-changing-the-face-of-plastic-surgery/

Why your Web Presence plays an Important Role for your Branding and Recognition

…Hello, everyone! In my last article, I explained a detailed yet crisp article on the steps to begin learning artificial intelligence. The article being completely non-technical is a must read for everyone who wishes to learn and start something with the field artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is growing at an amazing rate and each one of us should have a look at the article. (For the ones who didn’t read the previous article, click here to read the article now). Today, I’ll be focusing on how your web presence c…
2017-10-18 09:32:37+00:00 http://technoitworld.com/why-your-web-presence-plays-an-important-role-for-your-branding-and-recognition/#respond

Voice interfaces will revolutionize patient engagement

…ing interfaces (APIs) that provide access to natural language processing, image analysis, and other services, enabling them to build these capabilities into their apps without creating the underlying machine learning infrastructure, for example.

These apps can also leverage other APIs to connect disparate systems, data, and applications, anything from a simple microservice that surfaces inventory for medical supplies to FHIR-compliant APIs that allow access to patient data in new, more useful contexts. Understanding the possibilities and challenges of connecting these modern interfaces to EMR systems, which …
2017-10-29 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/29/voice-interfaces-will-revolutionize-patient-engagement/

Facebook reveals new political ad policies in wake of U.S. election

…ook users who click on the disclosure will be able to see all of the verification documentation, along with an explanation of why they saw that ad, as they already can with existing Facebook ads. New machine learning tools are being developed to identify any political ad purchaser that doesn’t actively seek verification to block them from buying space on the network.

While this is in line with the changes Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would make in his September address, it marks a huge departure from past Facebook policies. According to Federal Election Commission records, Facebook applied for exemption fro…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/27/facebook-reveals-new-political-ad-policies-in-wake-of-u-s-election/

The incredible shrinking operating system: How containers and serverless computing are changing the cloud

…for startups with a fresh approach to a product that historically has taken an awful lot of resources to develop and maintain. Just like FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) are gaining steam among artificial intelligence researchers thanks to their flexibility, lightweight operating systems — which promise that you only need a bare-bones package at the bottom needed to make everything work — could emerge as the cloud-native approach to computing.

Order of operations

The operating system does more or less what its name implies: it’s a system that operates the computer. Operating systems serve as a bridge between…
2017-10-26 14:00:58+00:00 https://www.geekwire.com/2017/will-operating-systems-evolve-cloud-era-containers-serverless-changing-game/#disqus_thread

4 ways AI will prevent – not cause – an apocalypse

…h darkly quipped that “success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history—unfortunately, it might also be the last.” Bill Gates has likewise voiced concern.

Elon Musk famously called artificial intelligence our “greatest existential threat” and issued a letter (along with Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of others) warning that AI could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons, and he’s been doing a lot of hand-wringing again lately.

In a recent address to an assembly of U.S. governors, Musk warned that AI needs to be regulated before it’s too late. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but un…
2017-10-29 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/29/4-ways-ai-will-prevent-not-cause-an-apocalypse/

At Facebook, hand-wringing over a fix for fake content

…ould be forced to identify themselves. They also worry that any effort to quash certain content in the United States could only aid censors in other countries.

As for a technical solution, some hope artificial intelligence can help Facebook sift fact from fiction. But today’s A.I. technology is not advanced enough to do the work on its own.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mr. Zuckerberg’s solution is to double down on his community concept. He has said publicly that strengthening social bonds on Facebook will lead to a positive outcome, despite whatever reservations his employees and the general public may have.

“Every d…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/27/at-facebook-hand-wringing-over-a-fix-for-fake-content.html

AI is making smart homes safer

…the August Smart Lock has become the gold standard with its combination of slick looks and powerful functionality. It works with your existing deadbolt hardware, so it’s easy to install. It also uses machine learning to keep a record of who activated the lock and when, which could be helpful if you give babysitters or friends a virtual key to your home.

This is an exciting time for the smart home and AI space. We’re sure to see some big advances as the technology matures and more integrations between the various products become available.

Scott Bay is a digital journalist who specializes in security, travel…
2017-10-27 00:00:00 https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/27/ai-is-making-smart-homes-safer/

Offensive chat app responses highlight AI fails

…n automated response could offer to send “See you soon.”

But emoji and stickers and may complicate matters by trying to infer sentiment or human emotion.

“A lot of [complication] arises from asking machine learning to do its thing and advise us on not just on shortcuts to obvious answers but on emotions, emoji and more complicated sentiments,” Zittrain said.

Facebook (FB, Tech30) debuted its latest version of M in April, nearly two years after launched the feature as an experiment. Although it began as a “personal digital assistant” and was operated partially by humans, suggestions are now automated. It’s …
2017-10-25 00:00:00 http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/25/technology/business/google-allo-facebook-m-offensive-responses/index.html

Fast-growing Amperity raises $28M round led by Tiger Global, one month after launch

…e increasing and customer acquisition costs dropping. The startup continues to build out its technology that ingests trillions of data points from a single customer and crunches that information with machine learning to give marketers a holistic understanding of a given user.

Amperity does have a variety of competitors. Many companies use their own software to analyze internal marketing data; external consultancies offer something similar; and several early-stage startups — Amplero, Lytics, and Usermind are three from the Pacific Northwest — are attacking the same problem.

Still, Shahani believes Amperity i…
2017-10-26 13:00:03+00:00 https://www.geekwire.com/2017/fast-growing-amperity-raises-28m-round-led-tiger-global-one-month-launch/

A robot threw shade at Elon Musk so the billionaire hit back

…esday, CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin spoke to Sophia, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics. It’s a robot with a human face that has the ability to respond to questions.

Sophia said that she wants to use artificial intelligence (AI) to “help humans live a better life.” Sorkin praised the robot’s ambitions, but said that “we all want to prevent a bad future,” where robots turn against humans.

The Hanson Robotics humanoid used the opportunity to make fun of Musk’s dire warnings on the future of AI.

“You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies. Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be…
2017-10-26 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/26/elon-musk-sophia-robot-ai.html

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At CloudQuant, we believe:

  • That our external research partners can and will innovate.
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The heart of our business plan is our client algorithm license agreement. The algorithms created by our clients are their proprietary information. We clearly state this in our user agreement.

Once a researcher requests that we fund their strategy, we will review the simulation performance report. If the algo is selected for licensing, we provide the client with a proposal to enter into a mutually beneficial profit-sharing licensing agreement. When both parties agree to these terms we will fund the strategy with our own capital.

Licensed and funded trading strategies are then operated on our own technology, with full oversight from our risk department, professional traders, DEVOPS team, and trading management.

Our licensing partner will receive royalty payments on any net trading profits on a monthly basis.

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