QuantNews: Interview with Morgan Slade, CEO of CloudQuant
December 1, 2017 By Grace Quiqley, Kurt Molina
Grace: Going back to what you are doing now with CloudQuant, I understand that you have a trading strategy incubator where your team has the experience, the technology, the capital and allows algo traders to essentially get a strategy funded. Can you tell us more about that and the vision behind it?
We started building CloudQuant in 2011 and we recognized that there were inefficiencies in the market and hundreds of traders were looking for these [inefficiencies] but many of them did not have the solid skillset to search for alpha opportunities in a scalable way. We did have a core team of quants that continued to use CloudQuant internally to run a quantitative fund and we had good success with that. As an extension, the reason we built this trading and research ecosystem was ultimately to offer to crowd researchers so that we could level the playing field so that engineers or data scientists or professionals anywhere in the world would have the ability to gain access to institutional quality research tools. Now we think that the trade execution ironically, although it’s made with algorithms, is something that’s very difficult to understand for people who are not native to the financial industry. So we actually draw the line at taking care of the operation of the trade and the compliance and risk management ourselves and we simply leave the strategies to crowd researchers.
We are taking those four things [machine learning, alternative datasets, cloud computing, and crowdsourcing] that we bring together as ingredients to this very special recipe that is powerful and will ultimately allow us to generate alpha at scale for the first time.
CloudQuant Thoughts: Thank you Grace and Kurt for the article about Morgan and the innovation happening at CloudQuant. This article references some books. Here are the links:
The Godfather of AI Was Almost a Carpenter
…Vector Institute, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. His name is Geoffrey Hinton, and this Bloomberg 50 profile of him takes a peek into the life of the world’s preeminent expert in artificial intelligence. (video by Michael Byhoff) (Source: Bloomberg)…
2017-12-01 00:00:00 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-12-01/the-godfather-of-ai-was-almost-a-carpenter-video
CloudQuant Thoughts: Neural networks were decades away when Hinton started. He said, “If you want to understand a really complicated device, you should build one.” Today we all are benefiting from his groundbreaking work. This video is only 5 minutes long.
How Nvidia Is Building a Global Artificial Intelligence Beast
As Nvidia Corp. (NVDA – Get Report) looks to markets beyond gaming computers for its powerful graphic processing units, the company is putting its cash to work in a range of artificial intelligence startups.
The chipmaker’s Nvidia GPU Ventures unit announced investments in data-crunching technology developer BlazingDB, data visualization company Graphistry and artificial intelligence platform developer H2O.ai, on Thursday.
CloudQuant Thoughts: In my prior job at Neurensic the technology stack included H2O.ai. It worked well as a machine learning tool to train trade surveillance models. Seeing these technologies merged sounds very impressive.
Working Geek: Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson believes data science can help with affordable housing challenges
…le,” she said. “I’m confident that Seattle can get there.”
Richardson would like for her team’s work to help inform the discussion.
“We are constantly looking for ways to use data science tools and machine learning at Redfin to help consumers make better, faster decisions, and we’d like to extend that research to mayors’ offices and cities,” she said. “All entities can benefit from advanced data science and machine learning to solve problems at the family level or the city level.”
We caught up with Richardson for this Working Geek, a regular GeekWire feature. Continue reading for her answers to our question…
2017-11-30 23:00:59+00:00 https://www.geekwire.com/2017/working-geek-redfin-chief-economist-nela-richardson-believes-data-science-can-help-affordable-housing-challenges/
CloudQuant Thoughts: We like the practical application of AI for making sound personal decisions too. Emotions in buying a house run high. Realtors, who are compensated on the house you buy, not your financial and life successes may not be your best tool. AI and machine learning can help you make your best decision.
China’s A.I. advances help its tech industry, and state security
First he spoke in English. Then he switched to Mandarin Chinese.
Mr. Trump doesn’t speak Chinese. The video was a publicity stunt, designed to show off the voice capabilities of iFlyTek, a Chinese artificial intelligence company with both innovative technology and troubling ties to Chinese state security. IFlyTek has said its technology can monitor a car full of people or a crowded room, identify a targeted individual’s voice and record everything that person says.
“IFlyTek,” the image of Mr. Trump said in Chinese, “is really fantastic.”
As China tests the frontiers of artificial intelligence, iFlyTek serves as…
2017-12-03 00:00:00 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/03/chinas-a-i-advances-help-its-tech-industry-and-state-security.html
CloudQuant Thoughts: Sounds like the application of AI will help all of us communicate. Maybe we are finally getting closer to having that “Star Trek universal communicator” I saw on TV when I was a kid.
Can artificial intelligence diagnose and cure diseases?
…nters to bear such a mindset is that there has been a massive shift to a value-based reimbursement model recently which is being ushered in with nothing but the Affordable Care Act. So, if I say that Artificial Intelligence is going to take the healthcare industry to another level then it wouldn’t be wrong at all. Isn’t it?
Well, below are some of the significant ways through which artificial intelligence is creating such a remarkable difference in curing diseases. Just have a look!
Management of diseases
For the patients with chronic diseases, AI comes up as nothing less than a boon nowadays! Recently, a tool ca…
2017-11-30 13:57:04+00:00 http://bigdata-madesimple.com/can-artificial-intelligence-diagnose-and-cure-diseases/#Comment
CloudQuant Thoughts: We like the practical application of AI in the field of medicine. It is our hope that innovation will help drive the accessibility and affordability down for all while at the same time improving the quality. We also like that innovation in applied AI for medical makes some great opportunities for investing.
Newsweek Event: Artificial Intelligence and Data Science December 5th-7th
This conference will cover the abundance of cheap and powerful computing capacity is bringing artificial intelligence to bear on an ocean of data, across a range of industrial applications. For CloudQuant this includes tools including Python programming language, Jupyter Notebooks, SciKit-Learn, Technical Analysis Library TA-Lib, and our own CloudQuant are making it easier for anyone to enter the world of algorithmic trading.
Improved access to information is also making it easier for the world to reach into the world of data science applied to trading and data science. StockTwits, Alexandria Technologies, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Quora, and more are all publishing insights into the world. Individuals, both professional and personal, are publishing more insights into the world. Google, Bing, Benzinga, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Reuters, and others are all making it easy to find relevant, high-value data that previously were not easily available. YouTube, LinkedIn, Quora, SMB Training, QuantInsti and others are all teaching anyone interested in trading and algorithm insights that 5 years ago were not available to anyone other than a select privileged few at well-capitalized trading firms.
Newsweek claims “Complex mathematical modeling has always been part of the data-driven financial world, but today professional money managers are exploring a new range of techniques including machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. They have also become familiar with the relatively new discipline of data science – really an intersection of software engineering, statistical modeling, research analytics, data mining and data warehousing.”
CloudQuant is finding that it isn’t just professional money managers that are exploring these new techniques. We have users from over 130 countries that are interested in these techniques.
We hope you will join Newsweek at their event to join the discussion and exploration of Data Science and Algo Trading.
Quant Insight makes macro research available via RSRCHXchange
…investment ideas to hedge funds, asset managers, asset allocators, pension funds and wealth managers. Their investment expertise, combined with high-quality data, proprietary algorithms and AI driven machine learning models helps investors make sense of complex trading environments and make better investment decisions.
The QI platform analyses data sets from the 6,000 securities across the major asset classes revealing the macro factors driving asset prices and predicting regime changes ahead of the market. The QI analytics tool enables portfolio managers and asset allocators to identify actionable trade i…
2017-11-30 00:00:00 https://www.hedgeweek.com/2017/11/30/258851/quant-insight-makes-macro-research-available-rsrchxchange
CloudQuant Thoughts: We will need to look into Quant Insight and RSRCHXchange. Maybe there are some interesting data sets here that can be used to seek out alpha. If you are interested in this then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Optima Fund Management: The risk hypochondriac
…s sense to do so.”
It is important for Optima to be knowledgeable of the changes in strategies and tactics being used by portfolio managers and to be at the leading edge of technology. Especially as artificial intelligence is used more and more in enhancing hedge fund research and trading efficiencies.
There are, according to Gimbel, five pillars to Optima’s operation.
The first is high quality control in everything it does, primarily with respect to the research process and the people it works with. Second is risk management.
“Dixon Boardman has characterised the firm, and himself, as a risk hypochondriac. On b…
2017-11-30 00:00:00 https://www.hedgeweek.com/2017/11/30/258870/optima-fund-management-risk-hypochondriac
CloudQuant Thoughts: Finding ways to trade using AI is a game changer. We are finding success with it. But innovation and AI doesn’t stop there. Morgan, our CEO has set out a group of binders that are on the conference table near me. They have thousands of pages of techniques for evaluating trading strategies. Not only should our industry be using AI for trading, we should also be using it in our daily jobs which include risk management, investment evaluations, and more.
Can a digital lender be more than purely an efficient lender?
…Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation – these are a few of the technologies that are set to disrupt our lives. If you listen to the experts you’ll hear two main views of the future – one that is focused on the benefits the innovation will bring and the other that is focused on potential serious negative implications. However, both agree that today’s jobs will be totally transformed – in f…
2017-12-04 00:00:00 http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2017/Dec/4/can-a-digital-lender-be-more-than-purely-an-efficient-lender/
A huge global job change is coming, how AI can save your life, and more trending stories
Within the next 15 years, nearly 15% of the global workforce may need to switch jobs, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. By 2030, 75 million to 375 million workers will change occupation categories; another 400 to 800 million could be displaced by automation and need new jobs entirely. This will mark the biggest labor shift since the early 1900s. While new jobs will be created in the coming years, workers may not have the necessary skills to transition into these roles. As highly repeatable tasks become increasingly automated, soft skills — critical thinking, communication, and collaboration abilities — will become essential. …
CloudQuant Thoughts: The sensationalism of saying something like “15% of the global workforce may need to switch jobs” always alarms us. In reality, all jobs change. I started programming in college using Fortran and COBOL. Every job that I have had has required me to change and learn new tools, techniques, and ways of doing things. Change is inevitable. If it isn’t AI it will be something else. Therefore I believe that becoming a lifelong learner embracing change is a good thing. Otherwise one should go back to using a rotary phone!