AI & Machine Learning News. 14, January 2019

Where to find free data for markets – Cuemacro

If you do any sort of analysis of markets, you need market data and related datasets. Without data, you are kind of stuck! There are of course many market datasets which are available to purchase from data vendors. However, what type of datasets are available for free (aside from crypto markets, where there is a massive amount of free data)? A surprising number of free data sources are available for free for more traditional markets and economics… 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story.

5 key questions about alternative data

Alternative data has quickly become the hot new area in data science. As the world is becoming more transparent and digital, the number of virtual footprints increases, as does the availability of data. Satellite imagery, social media posts, geolocation tracking – they all make for new, exciting sources of information that contain all sorts of insights. But alternative data is still a new(ish) area in the world of data. That’s why we compiled a five question-explainer to understand the basics. 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. CloudQuant Thoughts… Or you could visit and let us manage the Market and Alternative data for you, you just write the script to find the money (Alpha) and we will back you with millions of dollars, no risk to you!  

Nine innovations creeping us out in 2019

As reality in tech-heavy economies blends further into an unending choose-your-own adventure episode of Black Mirror, the biggest, creepiest innovation may be the big data economy built on the back of the black mirror in your hand. It’s not just Google and Facebook and Amazon and the rest of Silicon Valley sucking up our digital exhaust: A vast array of companies are increasingly capturing information about your every move for profit, and in ways that can adversely and quietly impact you.
  • Face recognition
  • Affect recognition
  • Digital humans
  • Digital fakes
  • Human botification
  • Workplace monitoring
  • Home surveillance
  • Genetic abuse
  • Genetic testing
2019-01-08 09:40:28 Read the full story. CloudQuant Thoughts… So how many of those “creepy” innovations are based on AI? MOST OF THEM!  

Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Could Make Your Doctors Obsolete

Just imagine a very familiar scene: 3 a.m. and you google your symptoms and self-diagnose your illness. Then you have to decide based on whatever search has come up whether or not you need to see a doctor. This is one of those times where AI chatbots come into play. More and more HealthTech companies are focusing on providing a software solution for patients to define symptoms and then get proper treatment. Triage chatbots is an alternative to googling your symptoms. A user can enter the main complaints and will then be asked a number of questions based on the given info. At the end of a session, the bot suggests the way to treatment. Chatbots can initiate video chats with real doctors, direct to patient booking systems or just advice where to ask for help. For the most part AI chatbots are intended to support physician workflow rather than replace them anytime soon. The key concept is to relieve the burden on physicians and medical teams. In fact, chatbots have limited authority. 2019-01-12 22:02:19+00:00 Read the full story. CloudQuant Thoughts… If AI can do this well then we could see Insurers providing AI apps which can give users direct referrals to specialists, which would time and expense (and provide huge data for Insurers – double edged sword!).   Finally, Google had a ride at CES to demo their AI assistants… “The entire ride takes just a few minutes, and at the end users are greeted with a picture, a macaroon, and also a free Google Home Hub redemption code.”!!  
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Intel Working With Facebook on AI Chip Coming Later This Year

Intel Corp said on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is working with Facebook Inc to finish a new artificial intelligence chip in the second half of this year. The chips are Intel’s gambit to retain hold of a fast-growing segment of the artificialintelligence computing market but will face competition from similar chips from Nvidia Corp and Inc’s Amazon Web Services unit. The new chip will help with what researchers call inference, which is the process of taking an artificial intelligence algorithm and … 2019-01-08 12:07:57.013000+00:00 Read the full story. 0.5805515239477503

Dow Edges Higher; Gains Capped on Retail, Shutdown Concerns

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) was down triple digits earlier, as traders panned an onslaught of disappointing holiday sales reports from retailers. Plus, anxiety over a lack of details on U.S.-China trade talks also weighed on stocks early on, as did concerns over the ongoing government shutdown, as President Donald Trump threatens to declare a national emergency. Nevertheless, the Dow and S&P 500 (SPX) have reversed higher at midday, wh… 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.424936386768448

Top Performing Consumer Discretionary ETFs in 2018

Consumer discretionary stocks, of those companies which offer goods and services which are desirable to consumers when they have sufficient means, were able to ride out some of the overall downward pressures on the stock market in late 2018. While many sectors plummeted in the final weeks of the year as a result of increasing trade tensions, geopolitical events and more, consumer discretionary companies were more likely than many of their rivals to see a boost from holiday shopping. Indeed, many retail stocks plateaued or even rebounded in the final days of the year thanks to increased spending and while other names across sectors were falling into one of the worst year-end periods since the financial crisis. 2019-01-10 12:17:16.060000+00:00 Read the full story. 1.4999013222814288

Which Industries Will Make Money with Artificial Intelligence?

The consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates that Artificial Intelligence has the potential to create between $ 3.5 Trillions and $ 5.8 Trillion in value across nine business functions in 19 industries — annually. Artificial Intelligence will generate up to $ 2.6 Trillions in additional value in Marketing and Sales. Additional $ 200 Billion in value will be added to Pricing & Promotion and $ 100 Billion. The study of McKinsey shows that 69 % of time Artificial Intelligence and Deep Neural Networks are able to improve the performance beyond what existing analytic techniques were able to deliver. These takeaways and many other fascinating insides are taken from the McKinsey Global Institute Discussion Paper “Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and Value of Deep Learning” 2019-01-08 15:20:20+00:00 Read the full story. 1.8160853271836264

AI Weekly: Charlatan AI is a public nuisance

In a hilarious turn of events last month, a Russian robot named Boris was unmasked as a man in a robot suit. Likewise, state-run media in China unveiled its AI reporter in November, and to this day it’s not clear if this is an actual AI system boiling down news stories or just a synthesized voice with an avatar. More fabricated robotic theatrics appeared to be on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where LG CTO I.P…. 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.079946002699865

DARPA: Generating Actionable Understanding of Real-World Phenomena with AI

Rapid comprehension of world events is critical to informing national security efforts. These noteworthy changes in the natural world or human society can create significant impact on their own, or may form part of a causal chain that produces broader impact. Many events are not simple occurrences but complex phenomena composed of a web of numerous subsidiary elements – from actors to timelines. The growing volume of unstructured, multimedia information available, however, hampers uncovering and understanding these events and their underlying elements. ‘The process of uncovering relevant connections across mountains of information and the static elements that they underlie requires temporal information and event patterns, which can be difficult to capture at scale with currently available tools and systems,’ said Dr. Boyan Onyshkevych, a program manager in DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O).” 2019-01-11 08:05:23+00:00 Read the full story. 1.0281627179257935  

Do We Need an Artificial Intelligence Czar?

By James Heskett, Harvard Business School The global community faces staggering challenges this century. We spent much of the 21st century learning how to get along with each another. According to data collected and analyzed by Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, we’ve made much progress toward that goal, judging from per capita declines in both natural and unnatural deaths worldwide. While the problem of nuclear weapons proliferation… 2019-01-11 15:00:33+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8967312698871854

Here’s Why 2019 Will Bring Debates About Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The tech industry is racing towards an AI-laden future at a breakneck pace in a manner quite reminiscent of the microprocessor race of the late 70s. In this case we’re stepping beyond the ability to perform calculations quickly and have instead opened the floodgate to legal and ethical questions that seemed a century away before the turn of the millennium. Are we prepared to take the necessary steps to ensure AI developments work for the betterme… 2019-01-12 22:05:50+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8435767654856591

Pensa Systems uses autonomous drones to track store inventory

There’s perhaps no retail task more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Inventory tracking — that is, figuring out which products are in stock, which stock is likely to run low in the next week, and so on — is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion hours picking things off store shelves. It’s also error-prone — according to one study, employees regularly misplace nearly one in 10 items. However, serial entr… 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.8250475988999365

AI predictions for 2019: more personalization

Brian Uzzi is a professor at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He’s a globally recognized scientist, professor and speaker on leadership, social networks, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. It’s about to get personal — even more personal, that is. We’re already accustomed to AI-driven personalization of everything from book and movie recommendations on Amazon and Netflix to music playlists on Spotify. But 2019 should bring what we could consider “hyper-personalization” to consume… 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.8222249906565343

Playing Pong from pixels using Reinforcement Learning

Playing Pong using Reinforcement Learning A gentle introduction to the key principles of Reinforcement Learning Omkar Vedpathak Blocked Unblock Follow Following Jan 8 Home version of the Atari Pong console, released in 1975, by Sears Tele-Games [Source:] This post aims to go through some of the key principles of Reinforcement Learning by using the example of training an Agent to play the game Pong. It echoes a lot of resources out… 2019-01-09 06:02:12.702000+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8221941992433797

Auto industry’s tech talent shortage set to worsen: BCG

As the auto industry embraces electric and self-driving vehicles the war for talent is set to intensify, with manufacturers searching for candidates with deep expertise in AI, robotics and a passion for cars. Over the coming decade the US mobility industry will create 30,000 jobs for engineers with degrees in computer-related subjects, according to new research released by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). However, that demand could be as much as six times the expected number of such graduates, exacerbating the industry’s already significant talent shortage. The study, conducted alongside Detroit Mobility Lab, argued the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles (AV) will require engineers to have more sophisticated systems-level skills. 2019-01-14 16:28:49+11:00 Read the full story. 1.0193321616871704

The Importance of Data for Applications and AI

It is time to rethink the approach to solving problems with software. The new approach must be data first, not application first. Data is the key to every downstream activity. Without considering the data first we will continue to incur this high-interest technical debt. Dependencies on data cost more than software dependencies but are constantly overlooked. Why is this important? Well, business applications generate the data used by downstream a… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.9916912355936747  

Here Are 2018’s Biggest Moments In AI

When it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI), there is no shortage of hot air and hype. Note that many companies are trying to get a piece of the digital gold rush (similar to what we witnessed during the dot-com boom). Yet despite all this, there is true innovation occurring in AI. In fact, some of the new technologies are jaw-dropping. The fact is that AI is experiencing an acceleration of progress. So what are this year’s most imp… 2019-01-08 15:10:42+00:00 Read the full story. 1.0643564356435644

Can You Always Bet Big On Machine Learning?

Machine learning sure is an umbrella word for many methodologies and tools but one must be clear about the fact that it is not an umbrella word for all the solutions. No one can deny that machine learning has revolutionised the way data can be squeezed in for discoveries. What one should care about is that the enhancement of any technology also depends on a relentless introspective approach in attacking the shor… 2019-01-14 09:28:04+00:00 Read the full story. 1.0589481115425343  

Baidu Aims Edge Platform at AI Developers

Platform vendors are increasingly focusing on computing at the network edge as those devices sweep up more unstructured data. The goal is to move computing resources closer to data sources to reduce latency and bandwidth usage. The latest example comes from Chinese AI leader Baidu, which this week rolled out an open-source computing platform aimed at developers seeking to build edge applications. Baudi said those applications could include new f… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.7844646606018195

Deep Learning: The Confluence of Big Data, Big Models, Big Compute

Fueled by enterprises seeking greater insight from their analytics, deep learning is now seeing widespread adoption. While this artificial intelligence (AI) discipline was first conceived in the late 1950s, the recent jump into deep learning and other AI methods is fueled by the recent increase in hardware power, the explosion of big data and desire for greater insight in several key industries. Deep learning – and AI in general – have taken off because organizations of all sizes and industries are capturing a greater variety of data and can mine bigger data, including unstructured data such as text, speech and images. The global deep learning market is expected to grow 41 percent from 2017 to 2023, reaching $18 billion, according to a Market Research Future report. And it’s not just large companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google that have big data. It’s everywhere. Deep learning needs big data, and now we have it. 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.877581674802854  

Building Data Culture a Priority as AI Investments Ramp Up

It’s not yet a do-or-die situation, but organizations are definitely under the gun to demonstrate positive results from their considerable investments in big data and AI. The pressure is on chief data officers and other leaders to show results from their big data and AI investments in 2019. They’d do well to focus some of their efforts on building a data culture. The strategy consulting firm NewVantage has been tracking the ins and outs of big data with its annual survey for five years. While there has been some improvement, the firm has yet to record widespread success. “Companies are investing in Big Data and AI, but they are not seeing commensurate results,” the firm writes in its new report, “Big Data and AI Executive Survey 2019,” which was issued last week. 2019-01-07 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.4176988509177735

How to Blend Self-Service and Solid Governance for the Hybrid Data Lake

Leading organizations pursuing digital transformation are turning to big data and cloud deployments to drive agile development and innovation. Data lakes, Internet of Things initiatives, artificial intelligence, machine learning experiments, and self-service analytics programs — to name a few — are all moving into the cloud. Yet even companies that are “all in” on the cloud often choose to retain certain data and related assets on-premises because of privacy or other regu… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 2.371541501976284

Why Research Budgets are Like Comparing Apples and Oranges • Integrity Research

One question many asset managers have been asking in recent months is how large should their research budgets be in today’s post MiFID II environment? While the answer to this question depends on a number of factors, it is also critical to understand the differences between what managers can include in their budgets. Factors Driving Research Budget Differences A few factors that normally have an impact on the size of an asset manager’s research… 2019-01-14 02:30:51+00:00 Read the full story. 2.1604171840079465

Top Trends For Stream Processing Expected To Affect Enterprises In 2019

Data serves as the life source for many organizations many of whose customers rely on live stream data. Take for example applications that provide live updates such as Uber or Google Map. Stream processing has set a new standard of customer experience in terms of how users relate to data. By definition, stream processing is a technology that let users query continuous data streams and detect conditions quickly within a small time period from the… 2019-01-14 10:17:08+00:00 Read the full story. 2.1353300055463116

RD Legal appoints Portfolio Manager

ional role of Portfolio Manager for the firm’s strategies. Hirsch joined RD Legal in 2016 as Co-Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer. RD Legal also announced that it is expanding its data analytics and engineering functions under Dr Joanne Chen, Chief Analytics Officer since joining the firm in 2016. Dr. Chen has designed a proprietary methodology for analysing litigation data. The moves come as the litigation finance sector sees explosive growth. According to a recent report, litigation finance is now as much as a USD100 billion market from its earliest beginnings in the 1990s. Declinin… 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 2.0  

Xiaomi Places Big Bet Of $1.5 Billion On AI and Smart Devices

Best known for budget phones, Xiaomi is now set to invest the sum of $1.5 billion in artificial intelligence and smart devices over the next five years. The Chinese company has floated an Initial Public Offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Despite the fact that Xiaomi has gained popularity because of its mobile phones, the company at the IPO has described itself as an internet company. With this move by the Chinese giant to invest in other spaces, the company would really position itself as a true internet company. Company co-founder Xiaomi Lei Jun said in a statement that this huge investment on high-value services and the IoT is part of the Xiaomi’s strategy to bring more revenue to the company. The Chinese phone maker has also plans of expanding into Europe while pushing its market to the top. “Now is the time for the action. We are all in on AIoT,” said Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi. 2019-01-14 11:48:50+00:00 Read the full story. 1.8637157833430402  

Chinese tech giant Baidu is making a play for the next big thing after cloud computing (PAYWALL)

Baidu has just announced China’s first open source edge computing platform – reflecting the country’s growing open source community. Baidu, a cloud company and search giant sometimes known as the “Google of China,” unveiled OpenEdge at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday. “Edge computing is becoming more commonplace due to the rise of IoT devices,” Zun Wang, a Baidu spokesperson, told Business Insider. “It brings different kinds of compu… 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.6473988439306357  

Conservative Financial Industry Progressing with Machine Learning

Savvy marketers in the financial services industry are in the vanguard of early adopters using machine learning (ML) to streamline operations and optimize business outcomes. A survey of 1,419 customers, including more than 150 in the financial services sector, conducted by MIT Technology Review Insights in association with Google, found that marketers in the industry are among the most progressive in deploying ML. The research shows that 41 percent of financial services marketers currently use ML. The sur… 2019-01-11 15:30:51+00:00 Read the full story. 1.6011644832605532

7 Data Trends on our Radar

Whether you’re a business leader or a practitioner, here are key data trends to watch and explore in the months ahead.
  • Cloud for data infrastructure
  • Continuing investments in (emerging) data technologies
  • Tools for secure and privacy-preserving analytics
  • Sustaining machine learning in an enterprise
  • Burgeoning IoT technologies
  • Automation in data science and data
2019-01-10 13:49:42+00:00 Read the full story. 1.5912897822445562

Google scientist: AI may not be ‘cure-all for discovering new drugs (PAYWALL)

Promises that Artificial Intelligence will create life-saving drugs faster than humans and healthcare as may be overblown, one of Google’s top computer scientists has suggested. Mark DePristo, who runs the genetics team at Google Brain, which is working on a computer that can think like a human brain, said the technology’s role in drug discovery was “in its winter”. Billions are being bet on the next breakthrough drug using super smart computers, but Mr DePristo suggested Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not the cure-all many are hoping for. 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.5558698727015559

Data Tools Help Buy Side Make Bond Prices

Bond market participants said better data tools and improved reference price availability will help the buy side make, rather than take, prices and that European regulators missed an opportunity to provide more useable data. The International Capital Market Association held regional workshops across Europe in the final quarter of last year for members to discuss their experiences after MiFID II went live at the start of 2018, particularly in cas… 2019-01-10 16:33:32+00:00 Read the full story. 1.4902624894157495  

Why Your Data Strategy Needs to Align with Your Business Strategy

Click to learn more about author Asha Saxena. Most enterprise companies interact with, operate on, and leverage data across a vast array of business departments. Data is generated by everything from web apps to cameras to heart rate monitors to Internet of things (IoT) sensors, which is empowering richer insights into human and “things” behaviors. Companies that want to make the transition into being a ‘data driven organization’ may entail coord… 2019-01-14 08:35:54+00:00 Read the full story. 1.439232409381663

GeoSpock Joins Growing List of Spatial Data Startups

UK-based spatial big data startup GeoSpock hopes to “live long and prosper” after netting an additional £10 million in venture funding. GeoSpock, based on Cambridge, said its latest funding round (which works out to more than $12.7 million) included Japanese data technology vendor KDDI Supership as a strategic investor. The startup has so far raised £19.25 million, or about $24.4 million. Five-year-old GeoSpock, which offers a spatial big data platform billed as combining access to contextual data visualizations and “programmatic” analytics, said Tuesday (Jan. 8) it would use the new funding to expand its Asian operation centered in Japan and Singapore. R&D investments will focus on machine learning and data science, the startup added. 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.4348097317529631

ECS Announces Partnership with Real-Time Search Company Elastic

A recent press release states, “ECS, a leading provider of advanced technology, science, and engineering solutions is proud to announce a partnership with Elastic, a search company and the creators of the Elastic Stack—a group of open source products designed to help users take data from any type of source making it useable in real time and at scale. Elastic’s suite of self-managed and SaaS offerings enables real-time search, logging, security, a… 2019-01-14 08:15:38+00:00 Read the full story. 1.430274135876043

CES 2019: Consumers react in real time to hot product announcements

CES is the big tech trade show that geeks and technology companies eagerly await each year. But how much do consumers really like what they see, as it gets unveiled in the big tech trade show in Las Vegas? Apparently the average consumer isn’t as enthusiastic as we techies are. Toluna, an on-demand consumer insights company, ran a QuickSurvey poll for VentureBeat, asking questions about the stories that we wrote about during the past week. More … 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.426680394175614    

The Forrester Wave™: Machine Learning Data Catalogs, Q2 2018

rovements in productivity, customer service, supply chains, product creation, and service delivery. A data catalog is a vital asset that enables such improvements, and automating this capability with Machine Learning is crucial to both the scale and value of a data catalog. This report from Forrester covers the 12 providers that matter most and how they stack up. Get your complimentary copy of this report to learn more about the critical aspects of this important new capability, and how Collibra can help you find, understand. and trust your data…. 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.36986301369863

This machine learning and AI training course bundle is just $39 today

It’s no secret that machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are two of the most important subcategories of technology at the moment. As the driving force behind everything from self-driving cars to targeted marketing campaigns and surgical robots, these two interconnected fields are playing an unparalleled role in the development of today’s most exciting technologies. That means that the best careers of both today and tom… 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.355487538259729

Fascinating Ways Big Data And DMPs Are Changing Online Publishing

Big data is playing a very important role in content creation. A number of publishers are investing in data-driven strategies to: Better analyze customer behavior Scale content production Ensure content meets their quality guidelines A few years ago, many experts questioned whether big data was even worth the investment for online publishers. However, more recent studies have shown that is invaluable … 2019-01-10 09:30:21+00:00 Read the full story. 1.3412816691505216

CCR KVA Relief Through CVA, Homotopy Analysis for SABR and XVA, R for ML: Self Organising Maps for Risk Analysis

In ‘CCR KVA Relief through CVA: a Regression-based Monte Carlo Approach’, published in the January 2019 issue of Wilmott Magazine, Christoph M. Puetter, Stefano Renzitti, Allan Cowan present and examine, by example of a USD interest rate swap and a EUR/USD cross-currency basis swap, a regression-based Monte Carlo approach to counterparty credit default risk (CCR) capital and CCR capital valuation adjustment (KVA) calculations [assuming the standa… 2019-01-07 04:49:10+00:00 Read the full story. 1.3288571828227724

Time to rethink regulatory reporting? – Join JWG, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Inforalgo on January 15th to discuss findings of new Regulatory Reporting market report

London – January 7th , 2019 – New research by independent financial regulatory think-tank JWG, in partnership with Inforalgo, the Capital Markets data automation specialist, shows that after years of ‘making do’, financial institutions are now proactively ramping up their regulatory compliance capabilities to cope with intensifying global requirements – and the significant additional demands of MiFID II. This webinar will debate and explore th… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.2995049504950495

How global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Customer experience-centric businesses are turning towards automation and AI to handle their customer interaction and operations. In a new report from MIT Technology Review commissioned by Genesys, Humans + Bots: Tension and Opportunity, those businesses that have applied automation early on are now reaping the greatest rewards in terms of efficiency, scale, customer loyalty and brand recognition. Companies across the globe have been making mov… 2019-01-10 10:18:45+11:00 Read the full story. 1.2644459551325629  

Stay Long Neck Braces And Equities

Don’t expect market volatility to subside anytime soon, according to a new report from Bank of America, U.S. Trust. Invest in a neck brace and in high quality, well-managed, world-class companies attractively valued after December’s market meltdown, says Joe Quinlan, Head of CIO Market Strategy. The wholesale re-pricing of assets has afforded investors a propitious opportunity to re-energize/rebalance portfolios. Periods of steep market declines typically reset valuations and wash out investor sentiment, providing the base/bounce for upside moves in equities. Quinlan says, think technological innovation (robotics, artificial intelligence), the global healthcare revolution and the incessant demand of emerging market consumers for travel and leisure, cosmetics, e-sports and luxury brands goods. The world never as affluent as today, and the residual of wealth is waste—making waste management one of his favorite long-term plays. 2019-01-10 20:18:11+00:00 Read the full story. 1.2486992715920915

Shifting from open source to custom software — How it drives value in an enterprise

Shifting from open source to custom software — How it drives value in an enterprise Vinod Saratchandran Blocked Unblock Follow Following Jan 8 The right type of software is indispensable for business success in today’s digital era. Users have the option of deploying ready-to-use off-the-shelf software or developing custom software suited to their specific needs and requirements. Open source software (OSS) by its very nature keeps the code open… 2019-01-08 15:53:24.836000+00:00 Read the full story. 1.2411603405974887

Hackathon Winner Interview: RUDN University | Kaggle University Club

Welcome to the second installment of our University Club winner interviews! Today’s university students are tomorrow’s leading data scientists. That’s the catalyst for Kaggle University Club — a virtual community and Slack channel for existing data science clubs who want to compete in Kaggle competitions together. As our end-of-year event for 2018, we hosted our first-ever University Hackathon. 18 total kernels were submitted and the three … 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.2384509534106545  

How To Build A High-Performing Data Analytics Platform In The Cloud

Moving Big Data to the cloud helps you scale limitlessly and offer analytic capabilities to your users on an anytime, anywhere basis. You can quickly increase capacity to deal with the exploding scope and volume of data. Not only that, cloud computing helps you offload costly infrastructure and data management overheads so that you can focus on your core business. And that’s the reason why many organizations hav… 2019-01-09 20:14:44+00:00 Read the full story. 1.207617278216442

The value to Banks in using intelligence and ‘as a-service offerings’

The 2018 McKinsey Banking Review noted that, on average, between 2012 and 2017, banks valuations lagged those of all other industries, meaning that investors are and will be looking elsewhere for value. How will banks respond to this phenomena? In the UK it appears that revenue is now more important than cost control. In the two years to the start of 2018, the four major UK banks had a collective zero increase in revenue growth. Operating costs … 2019-01-13 10:23:29 Read the full story. 1.1960326721120187

Alibaba Acquires Apache Flink Backer data Artisans

Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group has acquired data Artisans, the German company behind the Apache Flink data processing framework. Alibaba is one of the biggest users of Flink, and plans to continue developing and Flink and contributing enhancements back to the open source project. Apache Flink originated from the Stratosphere research project at the Technical University of Berlin in 2009, and in 2015 became a top level project at the Apache… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1933701657458562

Python Wins 2018, But Kotlin Could Dominate 2019: TIOBE

Java and C still reign supreme, but Python has snaked its way into the top three on the TIOBE programming-language popularity list. The upward mobility of Python makes it TIOBE’s language of the year. Simply put, Python gained more ‘points’ in the rankings than any other language in 2018, and a larger percentage jump (3.62 percent). Python also usurped C++ as the third-most-popular language on TIOBE’s chart, while C# fell out of fifth place, swa… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.17813383600377

Cloudera Unveils CDP, Talks Up ‘Enterprise Data Cloud’

Cloudera today shed more light on its strategy to develop a unified flagship offering called Cloudera Data Platform, which is core to its emerging “enterprise data cloud” strategy. It also announced plans to maintain existing Hortonworks and Cloudera platforms into 2022 and to cross-pollinate existing products in the meantime. Cloudera‘s new CDP platform will run and be supported on-premises, on private clouds, on the five biggest public clouds … 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1608924360602213

CES 2019: The 12 best technologies coming out of Las Vegas

The big theme running through CES is this year is AI-assisted living and smart homes. Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant are appearing in everything from smart mirrors to TVs and cars to give users a way to control their lives through voice control. Ahead of CES, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices had been sold, meaning tens of millions of people now have smart speaker technology in their homes. Meanwhile, the ground b… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1494252873563218

Octonion Launches New Portal to Deploy IoT Projects More Seamlessly

Octonion, an IoT software provider, is introducing a new Brainium online portal in partnership with Avnet and Microsoft. Octonion’s new Brainium portal is designed to help engineers and manufacturers deploy IoT projects with AI and security at the edge leveraging SmartEdge Agile, an IoT ready to use device, developed by Avnet and powered by ST Micro’s STM32 micro-controller. The solution is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud to take full advanta… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1494252873563218

Autonomous Testing is like Self Driving Cars: Needs Human Assistance.

The US Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined a scale to describe the autonomous capabilities that self-driving cars have — i.e., their levels of automation. Level 5 is full automation, which allows self-driving cars to operate with no human assistance. Google and Uber, among others, are aiming to develop level 5 cars, but many consider this to be a moonshot. But from level 0 (no automation) to level 4 (high automation), human assista… 2019-01-09 13:19:52-05:00 Read the full story. 1.1458792419568091

Forecast 2019: IT Budgets Will Grow in Support of Enterprise Culture

In the current age of digital transformation, the walls between tech and other departments continue to crumble. Indeed, we may be swiftly heading to an end game in which there is no longer a designated place for “IT” and another for “business.” There will only the enterprise, and everyone who is a part of it will have a say about what innovative solutions should drive toward the accomplishment of essential goals. A recent “look ahead” at 2019 fo… 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1456267900418595

AI: Data Quality’s New Frontier

The commercials are amusing. A bunch of technicians are standing around a large airplane. One asks, “Who’s the new guy?” Another points to a monitor on a table and answers, “Watson,” IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Watson then informs the group that data suggests replacing capacitor C4. The skeptic nods approvingly, and asks if Watson can help with the coffee maker. The intensive commercial marketing for Watson is one of the most … 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1394101876675604

10 Ways Technology is Changing Marketing Research

My career has placed me at the intersection of financial services and fintech – from working with legislators and regulators to create disruption; to working with organizations to cope with disruption; to investing in and taking board and advisory positions with the start-ups I believe will exploit disruption. During this journey, I have found that disruption is re-defining the characteristics of companies that will be successful in our Open Ban… 2019-01-10 05:09:11+00:00 Read the full story. 1.1348640802322512

The cyborg revolution heralds age of superhuman (PAYWALL)

It’s the internet’s equivalent of a note posted in a newsagent’s window. The website has a single page. No fancy videos or graphics. No colours even. Just black and white text offering jobs to “exceptional engineers and scientists”. The task at hand: “Developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” This is Neuralink – a company that wants to blend man and machine, and so make cyborgs. Its founder, almost inevitably, is Elon Musk. 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.1283497884344147  

Discovering Healthcare As A Career For MBAs

Recruiting is a challenging, full-time job for MBA students. Peer competition is intense, and various uncertainties about different career paths add more complexity to the decision making. For those who are looking to leverage their MBA as a pivot point, this is a crucial time, and the decision before them is likely to be life-changing. Unfortunately, healthcare as a career option is not always at the top of students’ priority list. Check out the… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.0568260568260568

Interpreting the coefficients of linear regression – Towards Data Science

Interpreting the coefficients of linear regression Nowadays there is a plethora of machine learning algorithms we can try out to find the best fit for our particular problem. Some of the algorithms have clear interpretation, other work as a blackbox and we can use approaches such as LIME or SHAP to derive some interpretations. In this article I would like to focus on interpretation of coefficients of the most basic regression model, namely linear regression, including the situations when depen… 2019-01-13 23:08:05.250000+00:00 Read the full story. 1.0484668644906034

Predictions 2019: What Will Happen in Big Data, Cloud Storage

If you believe what some of the big-data experts are predicting, 2019 could well become a year that will bring renewed interest in data lakes, of all things. Private clouds, too, may be making a comeback. Other big-data-related predictions include hybrid becoming the de facto general environment, big data being consolidated into “little data” and transparency becoming a key AI requirement. Another expert in this segment believes “there will be … 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 1.0424028268551238

Non-Farm Payroll Beat Sparks Market, What’s Next?

What a ride the beginning of the year has been so far. As we warned in our year end and 2019 outlook, the equity markets were most likely set up for some bottom pickers to step in and show their support out of the gates. Show up, they certainly did, after an initial two-day drubbing, the DJIA ran up 747 points Friday, on the heels of a spectacular jobs number. The SP500 gained 84 closing up 3.4% at 2531.94. (WSJ) Also aiding the ascent was none o… 2019-01-10 22:47:47+00:00 Read the full story. 1.0363104184795506  

E.T.F.s Try to Lure Investors Into Ever Narrower Niches

The business and investment prospects associated with themes like Big Data, artificial intelligence, privacy and cyberthreats, the report said, will be helped by a “techceleration” resulting from the introduction of so-called 5G technology featuring much faster data transmission rates. The rollout of 5G “will bring about the fastest transformation in human history,” Mr. Israel predicted. The reduced time it will take to transmit data will help the spread of all sorts of… 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.9803921568627451

Steering Your Data Ship with Data Governance

’Tis “The rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Coleridge, 1857) that captures the sentiment of today’s data song. While hopefully we will steer our ship differently and not end with a painful need to tell the story of our crazy adventures, there are striking parallels and valuable lessons to be learned from the ole mariner himself. “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink,” wrote Coleridge. We are swimming in a sea of data, and no matte… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.9385407205570693

Build on the AWS Cloud with Your Eyes Wide Open

Building data applications on public clouds like Amazon Web Services is a no brainer for many organizations these days. The tools for ingesting, storing, and processing data in the cloud are rapidly maturing, and best of all, they’re largely pre-integrated, which saves data scientists and engineers time and money. So what’s the catch? Amazon Web Services has become the 800-pound gorilla for the public cloud business. The $27-billion company curr… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.926423200859291

Securing Enterprise Crown Jewels: How to Protect Data at DB Level

Data breaches once again played a prominent role in this past year’s media coverage. While many organizations make it seem like an unavoidable fact, the reality is that there are a plenty of things that enterprises can do right now to help prevent unauthorized access to their systems and data. In this eWEEK Data Points article, Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager for Oracle Database, shares with readers some best practices on how organizations … 2019-01-07 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.9171270718232044

Investigating octopus camouflage with ICA and hierarchical clustering

Cephalopods (octopus, squids, cuttlefish) are natural masters in the technique of camouflaging : they can change the color of their skin in a few seconds to match their surroundings and completely disappear in the background. This ability has puzzled scientists and machine learning specialists for decades (no need to insist on the outcomes that this mecanism could have for many industries if successfully replicated…). Computer vision scientists currently need to train neuronal networks on thousands on trials before being able to extract the features that are needed to reproduce a backgroung environment. But cephalopods have the ability to do that in a couple of seconds. For this reason, a team of neuroscientists in Germany, led by Dr. Gilles Laurent, videotaped cuttlefish to study their camouflaging behavior. This post describes of one of their findings. 2019-01-11 15:38:14.918000+00:00 Read the full story. 0.9003215434083601

Half of online consumers use voice assistants: Report

Half of online consumers are using digital voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant with emerging markets leading the way in adoption according to a new Accenture report. The report, Reshape to Relevance noted voice assistants are one of the fastest-adopted technologies in US history with a 98 per cent satisfaction rate. Close to 1.35 million Australians have a smart speaker at their home with ownership growing 200 per cent… 2019-01-14 05:55:07+11:00 Read the full story. 0.8906633906633907

Hands on: Is Google’s instant language translator a game changer for tourists?

Cancel your children’s Spanish lessons. Put down your phrasebook. Free up the last of your grey matter that knows how to conjugate etre. Google has rendered it all obsolete. This week, the company unveiled an “interpreter mode” for its smart speakers, which can translate 27 languages in real time. The concept is simple: You speak in your native tongue, and the machine will transcribe your words, and read it back in perfect Italian (or Mandarin,… 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.8688097306689836

WUDI Helps Students Build Careers With Its AI-based Career Program

three core products – Edu Wudi geared at Education Analytics, Biz Wudi for businesses that helps them analyse and visualise data and Smart-Wudi , an AI-powered product that combines deep learning and machine learning to help manage products better. Nikita Hari also co-founded another social tech startup Favalley. The program has been launched in collaboration with Career Guru, one of the leading career guidance service provider from Kerala and other Middle Eastern countries. This program, a career counselling platform developed in conjunction with Career Guru boasts of an AI-powered interface developed by Wu… 2019-01-10 06:29:37+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8597285067873304

How Virtual Assistants Use Data Analytics To Save Clients Money

William Schmarzo and Hitachi Vantara, two experts from KDNuggets recently talked about the role of big data in the corporate world. They mentioned that companies often face a dilemma between choosing to use big data to save money versus making money. The reality is that both are essential at the same time. Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly reliant on big data to demonstrate that analytics can be key to cost reduction. Virtual Assistants Rely on Big Data Analytics to Bolster Customer ROI Fo… 2019-01-12 22:12:23+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8532153578764418

Oracle News & Updates – January 9, 2019

Oracle ODA Hands-On Workshop – New York, NY | Oracle New York OfficeJanuary 9, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PMOracle New York Office – Conference Room 25070, 120 Park Ave, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10165 Come to our Oracle Database Appliance workshop to understand why customer are saying: “When the software, operating system, and hardware are supplied and supported by the same vendor whose technical support teams coordinate their efforts and communicat… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.849405416208654

BlinQ to launch Luxury E-Commerce into SE Asia

SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 14, 2019– Seasoned entrepreneur Bob Chua is back with his latest venture BlinQ, focussed on Asia’s booming luxury fashion e-commerce space. After two successful Big Data exits and an IPO on the London Stock Exchange, Chua aims to capture what he believes is a hugely untapped market. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: (Photo: Business Wire) The personal luxury market is currently estimated to be $300bn and will grow to $500bn by 2020. Close to 44% deriving from Asia accor… 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.8479899497487438  

Can Big Data Solve The Student Loan Crisis? Here’s What To Know

Big data is capable of solving some of the most serious challenges of our lives. Key decision-makers are using big data to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, increase equity value for stockholders and invent technological breakthroughs such as new self-driving cars. However, there are other problems that it is helping society tackle. Could the rising costs of education and exploding… 2019-01-12 22:21:17+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8375893769152196

6 Ways Big Data Can Improve eCommerce For Your Business

In recent years, big data has become more popular as businesses of all sizes have discovered how to tap into it when it comes to making crucial decisions. Big data has assisted in finding and fixing problems, tracking business progress, and justifying causes for action. Although there is still much more that we can do when it comes to fully understanding big data, learning more means that we are able to utilize it to an e… 2019-01-11 22:13:44+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8307747877912226

5 Genius App Data Monetization Strategies That Can Make You Bank

Mobile developers rely more on big data than ever before. If they are planning on creating new apps, then they can use data to: Develop a deeper understanding of customers Improve their ad targeting Scale production Produce apps much more quickly DataVersity addresses most of these posts in Big Data Analytics: The Right Tool for Mobile App Development. They point out that most of the benefits of big data stem from using it to impr… 2019-01-10 21:22:12+00:00 Read the full story. 0.8304364619544224

Expense reports to be a thing of the past: SAP Concur

“If companies move to a budget-based approach to expenses, then if a trip is approved and the expenses are within budget, the expense report will be removed but you’ll still have the substantiated data that’s been supplied digitally.” Widely used by big businesses around the world, SAP Concur has 56.1 million users, with 44,000 customers across 150 countries. It also processed $160.4 billion worth of employee expenses in the last year. Original… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.8224185196466647  

Predictive hiring startup Koru sells business to two separate companies in unusual exit

Seattle startup Koru launched in 2014 as a “bootcamp” platform that helped both employers find top entry level talent and graduates land jobs. It pivoted in 2016, focusing instead on selling predictive hiring enterprise software. Now, in an unusual startup exit, Koru is selling both businesses to two separate acquirers. Capp & Co., a London-based company that assesses talent, bought Koru’s predictive hiring technology. Entangled Group, a Bay Ar… 2019-01-11 15:27:44-08:00 Read the full story. 0.8059246351557395  

Amazon ends Microsoft’s run as world’s most valuable company

Amazon has become the world’s most valuable company as investors swooped to snap up shares before a predicted surge in price later this year. The Seattle-based retail giant capped the market at $793billion on Monday after an analyst predicted that the price could rise as much as 20 percent this year thanks to bumper sales and its digital advertising and cloud services. Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser on Monday estimated share price to ris… 2019-01-07 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7982583454281567

As Cloud Grows, Is Resistance to AWS Futile?

If you’re looking to build a big data application in 2019, it would be foolish not to check out what Amazon Web Services can offer. Whether you’re looking for Hadoop-style processing, graph and time-series databases, or training a neural network, the company has what you need. But is there a potential downside hidden amid this proliferation of easy technological goodness? Amazon Web Services is by no means a startup, but its financi… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7882479398065209

Predictions 2019: How Enterprises Can Improve Software Delivery

DevOps isn’t a thing you buy; it’s a process you adopt, such as agile software development. DevOps is about constant improvement and seeking to move from DevOps 1.0 to 2.0 and further. DevOps is a software development methodology that combines software development with IT operations. The goal of DevOps is to shorten the systems development life cycle while delivering features, fixes and updates frequently in close alignment with business objecti… 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.784668779236457

From a Night of Insomnia to Competition Winner | An Interview with Martin Barron

Last year we took our annual data science survey to the next level by turning over the results to YOU through an open-ended Kernel competition. We were overwhelmed by the response and quality of kernels submitted. Not only are Kagglers amazing data scientists, but they’re incredible storytellers as well! Martin Barron was one of those skillful enough to take our data and shape it into something meaningful— not just for Kaggle, but for the data … 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7703518634186967

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues

Quietly but confidently, Microsoft is back. For the first time in almost a decade, it’s the most valuable company in the world while its archrival Apple stumbles. It’s been lauded for its smart pivot into AI and cloud services in recent years and its acquisition of the popular GitHub software development platform. And it’s almost completely avoided the privacy debacles and questions about monopolistic tendencies tha… 2019-01-10 12:00:41 Read the full story. 0.7627952755905512

The Intersection of Technology and Wildlife Conservation in the Quest to Save Species – GeekWire

The Pacific Northwest is in a technology boom and is home to pioneering start-ups and major corporations. But before becoming an epicenter of engineers and entrepreneurs, the region was home to bears, wolves and other wild animals. “We are equally in a time of crisis and opportunity. Animal populations are rapidly declining and disappearing, but new tools are offering solutions to this problem. The tech community has been the missing piece of th… 2019-01-12 00:16:56-08:00 Read the full story. 0.7615700058582308

Explainability Vs Interpretability In Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning

Over the last few years, there have been several innovations in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. As technology is expanding into various domains right from academics to cooking robots and others, it is significantly impacting our lives. For instance, a business or finance user is using a machine learning technology as a black box — that means they don’t know what lies within. Explainability and interpretability are the two words that are used interchangeably. In this article, we take a dee… 2019-01-14 04:37:24+00:00 Read the full story. 0.7541478129713424

IBM Grows Patent Portfolio With Cyber-Security Innovations

IBM announced on Jan. 8 that it was awarded 9,100 patents in 2018, once again topping the list for the most U.S. patents granted in a given year. A core component of IBM’s patent haul in 2018 was in cyber-security innovation, with more than 1,400 granted patents. Among the security patents granted to IBM in 2018 is one for combating voice phishing, an activity that is also referred to as “vishing.” IBM was also granted a patent for optimizing se… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7329842931937173

The right stuff: Here’s what 5 local technologists look for in a team

The tech industry is known for its focus on collaboration, which means that when it comes to the job search, finding the right team is as important as finding the right company and role. But how do you know when you’ve found the perfect fit? To answer that question, we spoke to five local tech workers about what they look for in a team and how they knew they’d found “the one.” Trunk Club offers a curated and customizable shopping service designe… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7177033492822966

I, for one, would welcome a freaky carer robot into my home

Machines that talk, smile and cuddle can tackle loneliness I knew at Christmas that we had a new family member. She is called Alexa and she sits on the table near the television: she has many of the characteristics missing from more wayward children (a child, yes, for she is surely in her infancy). She stays put, she doesn’t answer back, she does whatever you tell her, she doesn’t throw tantrums and she is compliant with the moods and requiremen… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.7122507122507122

How To Learn Go Programming Language

First appeared in November 2009, Go is a statically typed, compiled programming language designed at Google. You might have just heard about this programming language in the past couple of years but recently, Go has started to gain significant popularity in the coding world. Being light-weight, open source, and suited for today’s microservices architectures, Go is an amazing choice for a language. Also known as Google’s Golang, this language was… 2019-01-14 12:23:41+00:00 Read the full story. 0.7065577390152351  

Serverless computing: one step forward, two steps back

Serverless computing: one step forward, two steps back Serverless computing: one step forward, two steps back Hellerstein et al., CIDR’19 The biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research has come round again. Today’s paper choice is sure to generate some healthy debate, and it’s a good set of questions to spend some time thinking over as we head into 2019: Where do you think serverless is heading? What is it good for today? What’s th… 2019-01-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6926225207262042

Jim Cramer: Today’s Theme – Buy Ahead of the End of Bad News

You can’t wait. You have to buy ahead of the end of bad news. That’s the theme today and I agree with it. The best example? The semiconductor stocks. We are seeing a remarkable reversal in a leadership group, a group that led us down. It has the ability to lead us up but it is going to be hard for lots of people to swallow. Here’s why. The linchpin of the entire move is the stock of Micron (MU) which started to go up this week on two upgrades… 2019-01-09 12:24:50-05:00 Read the full story. 0.6879747742582771

The State of Cloud Technologies: The Past Controls the Future

In George Orwell’s Book 1984, the party slogan was, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” And today, it is clear that the environment we now live in is a culmination of the many decisions that were made in the past. Many innovations we now take for granted—or expect to become broadly accepted—would never have been possible if past investments and research had not laid the foundation for them. Clo… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.672107537205953

Pro Medicus to invest in automation and other ‘ologies’ in 2019

“Photos and videos are becoming a much larger part of the medical record and it’s not just in radiology and cardiology, it’s across every discipline … [hospitals] don’t want six or seven different imaging products, they want one. “Radiology is still the biggest user of images and it’s the hardest nut to crack … but we think there’s a broader market and our software is ideally suited to it.” Dr Hupert co-founded Pro Medicus in 1983 alongside… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6624423963133641

Telstra’s Andy Penn reveals Consumer Electronics Show insights

5G is a pretty important piece of the technology puzzle. But the point about 5G is that it is rising at the same time as a number of other technologies are maturing. “By that I mean cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things are all maturing. So you have got this combination of technologies all maturing and coming together at the same time. “Over the next decade you are going to see a world where an increasing number of things are connected and producing incredible amounts of data and where we have got the computing capacity to handle that data and process it in the cloud… 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6618531889290011

This $1,300 smart crib that rocks your baby to sleep is now available to rent

The Happiest Baby Snoo is a crib that soothes a baby to sleep with a push of the button. The bassinet uses sensors and artificial intelligence to respond to a baby’s cries. It rocks and plays white noise, adjusting the levels based on the volume of the crying. Parents can control it with an app that alerts them if their infant is inconsolable. The crib also straps the baby in with a specially designed swaddle, lowering the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. It’s so effective at helping babies (and parents) get more sleep, that some… 2019-01-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6389776357827476

As Carmakers Change Business Models, This Chip Firm Is Perfectly Positioned

Imagine a car capable of walking. Now picture it with long, articulating robotic legs and tubeless tires. Hyundai unveiled Elevate at the CES technology show in Las Vegas this week. The 1/8 scale concept is designed to go where traditional vehicles have been have been rendered useless. The archetype is fitting. Car companies need to remake tired business models. Elevate was inspired by real world problems. Current rescue vehicles are often una… 2019-01-13 12:29:10-05:00 Read the full story. 0.6372045220966085

How Retail Changes When Algorithms Curate Everything We Buy

Soon, curating engines similar to Expedia and TripAdvisor — but for consumer goods — could trigger the next wave of disruption in retail by tailoring product recommendations and then scouring the internet for the best deal. This new generation of retail choice engines will offer transparency, neutrality, and an unlimited catalog. Just as flight intermediaries such as Google Flights find the lowest possible prices, agnostic digital retail curators… 2019-01-07 14:00:17+00:00 Read the full story. 0.6302093921528766

Markets In A New Key: A Theory Of Meaning And Market Segmentation

I recently read a short but very insightful book “On Dialogue” by David Bohm. David Bohm was an American scientist and one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century. Besides physics, he worked on unorthodox ideas in the fields of neuropsychology and philosophy of the mind. One of the topics Bohm raised is the difference between problem and paradox. According to Bohm, when one puts forth an idea in the form of a problem, t… 2019-01-11 16:34:43+00:00 Read the full story. 0.6146059291395517

The doctor will see you now … on your phone, with an AI assistant: How tech is changing healthcare

What role will artificial intelligence play in healthcare? How can smartphones make healthcare more accessible? And what’s the future of tech giants such as Amazon and Google in the world of health? Those are a few of the issues we discussed with a panel of health tech leaders during a special live recording to launch Season 3 of GeekWire’s Health Podcast, on location at Premera Blue Cross, the sponsor of this new season of the show…. 2019-01-09 20:37:24-08:00 Read the full story. 0.6098790322580645

Weebit Nano Ltd achieves excellent test results for its memory technology

( ) has achieved successful endurance results for its ReRAM cells, demonstrating stable voltage and endurance levels compared to production non-volatile memories. The company’s ReRAM computer memory technology, based on silicon oxide, is being developed as a cheaper, faster and more energy efficient solution than existing flash technology. Weebit and its partner Leti, the French research institute recognised as a global leader in the field of m… 2019-01-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6053935057787562

U.S. tech startups face new government controls in 2019

This year, new protections put in place by the U.S. government to limit the sharing of critical technologies with foreign individuals will affect a large number of startups as well as related investments, mergers, and acquisitions. And since the law applies to all foreign individuals, whether abroad or in the U.S., companies with investors, partners, or customers who are based in the U.S. but are not U.S. citizens could feel significant impact. … 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.6010819475055099

Huawei Gets Into the Arm Server Chip Game

Giant Chinese tech company Huawei, a longtime partner of chip maker Intel, has unveiled a server processor based on the low-power Arm architecture and a new family of systems that will be powered by the CPU. Huawei officials this week introduced the Kunpeng 920, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on Arm’s ARMv8 architecture that they said will target such workloads as big data, distributed storage and Arm-native applications, which need both solid p… 2019-01-07 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.5907906168549087

How automated supermarkets are shaping up for 2019 and beyond

Barely a week into 2019, and we’re already spotting some of the big technology trends of the year. True to form, the consumer electronics extravaganza that is CES shone a light on some of the quirkier “advances,” from connected toilets to custom 3D-printed insoles. But for every bonkers conception, we also glimpsed innovations we can expect to see more of throughout the year ahead. On that list: 5G will continue to snowball, AR/VR will gain steam… 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.5836807623585467

Micron, Qualcomm Developing New-Gen IT Controls for Cars

Memory chip maker Micron Technology revealed Jan. 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 that it is working with Qualcomm Technologies to develop highly advanced chipsets for next-generation in-vehicle computing systems. Automotive cockpit compute systems combine traditional multimedia and navigational features with the digital instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics information—along with a human-machine interface (HMI) that permit… 2019-01-08 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.5816066884769174  

Microsoft and Kroger to challenge Amazon and Whole Foods with futuristic retail technology

Can Microsoft and Kroger upgrade the grocery experience better than Amazon and Whole Foods can? That’s the unstated subplot in the news this morning that Microsoft and Kroger are testing new technologies to streamline the process of finding and purchasing items in traditional grocery stores. The companies today are unveiling new pilot stores near their respective headquarters in Redmond, Wash., and Monroe, Ohio, featuring smart shelves with dig… 2019-01-07 15:02:29-08:00 Read the full story. 0.5647840531561462

Microsoft at NRF: Delivering on the promise of intelligent retail

A few days from now, retailers from around the world will converge in New York for the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference. Every year, this event feels like a fresh beginning for retailers; just off their busiest time of year, they’re ready to not only celebrate but also reflect on what went well and improvements for next year. And every year, it feels like the stakes have never been higher – changing… 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.5549241157986228

Pet wearables: The next billion-dollar market

The revolutionary integration of technology with countless living necessities have made our lives smarter than ever. Of course, it’s all thanks to technology like IOT, artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality. The intensive popularity of wearables has taken control of human lifestyle. And it’s taken the standard of living to the next level. Human wearables are the most profitable business worldwide. And researchers predict to include over 49 product sub-categories of wearables contributing to the profitability to this business in next 10 years that include smart… 2019-01-10 09:39:15+00:00 Read the full story. 0.5280323031526635

Can Soft Skills Be Taught? In Financial Services, They Should Be

By John Pierce Soft skills have become something of a lost art across a number of industries, particularly in financial services. Emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence have led many firms to emphasize technical and analytical skills. Unfortunately, with that pivot often follows a shift away from the rapport between advisors and their clients or prospects. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe this shift is misguided. While new digital capabilities can help advisors serve their clients, technology alone isn’t enough to ensure client loyalty and satisfaction. Adv… 2019-01-07 14:27:28-05:00 Read the full story. 0.5103487383045081

4 days at CES: The best surprises, the worst disappointments

There’s a simple but powerful reason tech enthusiasts flocked to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show this week – it’s the first peek into some of the exciting, groundbreaking technology we’ll see hit the market in 2019. But CES also serves as a bit of a crystal ball into what technology might look like in three or four years. You get a glimpse of the bits and pieces that have yet to coalesce, but you can see all the promise and potential…. 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.5065000844166808

This is the first truly great Amazon Alexa and Google Home hack

Fungi of the rain forest can be nasty parasites. Eager to reproduce, they’ll infect a far larger, more powerful insect , taking control of its brain, and using its strength against it–animating the zombie insect to climb to the far reaches of the rain forest canopy. The insect dies, of course, but the spores are released in the perfect spot, giving the fungus its best chance of living on. Project Alias is the technological equivalent to parasiti… 2019-01-14 07:00:29 Read the full story. 0.47869794159885115

Former startup pals reunite as Pollen Systems taps Phil Van Etten to lead vineyard monitoring company

Tech Moves covers notable hires, promotions and personnel changes in the Pacific NW tech community. Submissions: Keith McCall and Phil Van Etten are teaming up again in a familiar way. McCall, founder of Seattle-area startup Pollen Systems, is bringing on Van Etten to be CEO of his early-stage vineyard monitoring company. This is familiar territory for the long-time business pals. McCall previously founded Azaleos, a Seattle … 2019-01-11 15:51:21-08:00 Read the full story. 0.47725103404390706

Remarks before the 2018 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments

Washington D.C. The Securities and Exchange Commission disclaims responsibility for any private publication or statement by any SEC employee or Commissioner. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission, the Commissioners, or other members of the staff. Introduction Good morning. I would like to share some observations from two consultations OCA has received related to the new re… 2019-12-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.4620192961000136

AiFi markets NanoStore, a tiny white-label cashierless store

Cashierless stores are all the rage. You need look no further for evidence than Amazon’s rapidly expanding Amazon Go chain and the tens of millions of VC dollars startups like Trigo Vision and Zippin have snatched up in the past year. Some, like Grabango, offer plug-and-play systems designed to accommodate warehouse-style installations — i.e., stores up to 100,000 square feet. But checkout-free platforms come in all shapes and sizes, and retailer… 2019-01-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.45212765957446804

Inpixon Chosen for Planned Smart School Safety Network

A new press release states, “Inpixon, a leading indoor positioning and data analytics company, today reported that its Indoor Positioning Analytics (IPA) Sensor 4000SE has been selected to be used in connection with the development of a “Smart School” safety network solution intended to equip schools and campuses with situational awareness and communication technologies that can enhance safety to create a more optimal learning environment. Inpixon’s IPA will detect wireless signal… 2019-01-11 08:10:39+00:00 Read the full story. 0.4287245444801715

How Smart is Your News Source? – Towards Data Science

How Smart is Your News Source? Text Data Analysis of 21 Different News Outlets Michael Tauberg Blocked Unblock Follow Following Jan 12 I think it’s more important than ever to understand the perspectives and biases of our new sources. Unfortunately there is just so much news¹ that it is almost impossible for us to escape our tiny filter bubbles. Luckily, the same technology that got us into this mess, can help us navigate it. Using computers,… 2019-01-13 01:54:45.239000+00:00 Read the full story. 0.4056511400195832

Marc Benioff struggled for most of last summer with his decision to keep Salesforce’s controversial contract with the US Customs and Border Protection agency

Government agencies are attractive customers to Silicon Valley tech companies peddling software and services that promise to modernize the cogs of bureaucracy. But in an age of divisive public policy and rising employee activism, doing business with the government is not the slam dunk business deal it once was. For Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, this reality hit hard last year, leaving the industry’s most outspoken champion of progressive causes … 2019-01-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.34619188921859545

These future-proof parking garages can easily morph into offices or housing

At a 13-story office tower under construction in Hollywood that will soon serve as the headquarters of Netflix, two floors of parking are designed for a different future: As the need for parking dwindles, that parking space can be easily converted into new office space. Even today, parking garages are typically underused. In the not-too-distant future, car shares, self-driving cars, increased investment in transit, or simple behavioral change co… 2019-01-14 06:00:02 Read the full story. 0.3433897473632573  

CES 2019: Belkin, Amazon quietly build a panopticon for the 21st century

Belkin Phyn Plus One technology, which is known as Phyn Plus and which Belkin officials say could be in Australia later this year, uses a pressure meter to monitor water as it passes through a house’s plumbing system, that’s sensitive enough to detect the difference between a tap turning on and a toilet flushing. (It turns out that water produces a unique pressure “signature” depending on what it’s passing through). The technology can warn hous… 2019-01-10 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.3135552339604438

FireEye Updates Server Email Security Platform for Advanced Threats

with new capabilities to detect advanced email threats, including executive impersonation, which is often referred to as Business Email Compromise (BEC). FireEye has also integrated the MalwareGuard machine learning technology from its Endpoint security platform to help protect email systems against evolving risks. Additionally, the core detection sandbox within FireEye Email Security has been improved to help organizations customize the technology for their own specific environment. “A lot of the new features have been led by frontline experience from the FireEye incident response teams and from the intel … 2019-01-09 00:00:00 Read the full story. 0.22172949002217296    
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