AI & Machine Learning News. 19, February 2019

Sberbank creates algorithm to do data scientists’ job

It seems that even data scientists are not immune to the corrosive impact of artificial intelligence on the jobs market. Russia’s Sberbank claims to have created an algorithm – Auto ML (machine learning) – that “acts like a data scientist”, creating its own models that then solve application tasks. The bank carried out its first pilot in January, using Auto ML algos to create several baseline models to help with the targeting of sales campaigns.  In worrying news for Sberbank’s human staff, Auto ML’s models matched those produced by data scientists in terms of quality and managed to solve the task in 55 minutes, compared to the two days it took its mortal competition. 2019-02-18 00:01:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 2.5231, Positive Sentiment: 0.0841, Negative Sentiment 0.1682 and..

Power Couple: IBM Joins PowerAI Hardware with Watson; Launches Multi-Hybrid AI Services

As IBM kicked off its annual Thinkconference, a high-production extravaganza this week in San Francisco, the company this morning made a series of AI-related announcements, including the merging of its PowerAI integrated CPU-GPU server line with its cognitive computing flagship IBM Watson, to create what it calls the Watson Machine Learning Accelerator (WML Accelerator), which Big Blue claims accelerates machine learning training 46X. The objective of the Watson-Power marriage, IBM said, is to create a converged, integrated AI solution “that brings together the best software for AI, Watson, with the best hardware for AI, IBM Power Systems” – the ultimate goal being to ease enterprise AI adoption. As part of that strategy, the company this week will demonstrate new benchmarks for SnapML, IBM’s ML framework for simplified model selection and hyper-parameter tuning, which usually requires the specialized skills of data scientists. 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.9672, Positive Sentiment: 0.1457, Negative Sentiment 0.1821 CloudQuant Thoughts… Are the days of the Data Scientist already numbered (pun intended!) ??  

How to Learn Python for Data Science In 5 Steps

In short, understanding Python is one of the valuable skills needed for a data science career. Though it hasn’t always been, Python is the programming language of choice for data science. Here’s a brief history:
  • In 2016, it overtook R on Kaggle, the premier platform for data science competitions.
  • In 2017, it overtook R on KDNuggets’s annual poll of data scientists’ most used tools.
  • In 2018, 66% of data scientists reported using Python daily, making it the number one tool for analytics professionals.
  • Data science experts expect this trend to continue with increasing development in the Python ecosystem. And while your journey to learn Python programming may be just beginning, it’s nice to know that employment opportunities are abundant (and growing) as well.
According to Indeed, the average salary for a Data Scientist is $127,918. The good news? That number is only expected to increase. The experts at IBM predicted a 28% increase in demand for data scientists by the year 2020. So, the future is bright for data science, and Python is just one piece of the proverbial pie. Fortunately, learning Python and other programming fundamentals is as attainable as ever. We’ll show you how in five simple steps. 2019-02-13 15:57:38+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5609, Positive Sentiment: 0.2912, Negative Sentiment 0.0815 CloudQuant Thoughts.. Our entire ecosystem is in Python. It is a great language that can benefit your career in so many ways. I am currently using it at home to built a piece of software that would be impossible for me to create in any other language. Learn Python, then head over to and write your own future!  

Podchats: Hugo Bowne-Anderson on Why Traders Should Code

Hugo Bowne-Anderson is a data scientist at DataCamp (an educational platform for learning to code) and host of the DataFramed podcast. In this interview with host Aaron Fifield of Chat With Traders, Bowne-Anderson discusses the importance of learning a programming language, and what advantages are enjoyed by traders who can code; from collecting stats on market behaviour, to performing research in a robust data-driven way, and backtesting and analysing trading ideas. 2019-02-15 15:51:35+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1470, Positive Sentiment: 0.1496, Negative Sentiment 0.1579 CloudQuant Thoughts… Traders should code!.. and they should code in Python.  At our parent firm all Traders are encouraged to develop Algo’s. And Traders should code in Python, the most popular programming language in the world. provides you with the perfect environment to learn to code for trading, written for a Trading firm, used daily at a Trading firm.  
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AI for algorithmic trading: rethinking bars, labeling, and stationarity

In a series of articles I was applying a very straightforward approach to forecast financial time series: take the whole dataset, using a sliding window approach generate X and Y, split it into historical and out-of-sample data, train some machine learning models to map X to Y and backtest simple long-short strategy. But as I showed in the last blog post I started to realize that pipeline for “normal” static data like images, text, audio, tabular data or even less chaotic time series can’t be used for financial time series analysis. The problem is not just that data is stochastic and difficult to forecast. It’s all about the total misunderstanding of its inner nature, which influences dataset preparation, cross-validation, feature selection, and backtesting. In this article, we will concentrate on well known “bars”, what’s wrong with them and how to cook them correctly to feed later inside a machine learning model. 2019-02-16 22:08:44.962000+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2893, Positive Sentiment: 0.0530, Negative Sentiment 0.2826  

Tutorial on Outlier Detection in Python using the PyOD Library

My latest data science project involved predicting the sales of each product in a particular store. There were several ways I could approach the problem. But no matter which model I used, my accuracy score would not improve. I figured out the problem after spending some time inspecting the data – outliers! This is a commonly overlooked mistake we tend to make. The temptation is to start building models on the data you’ve been given. But that’s essentially setting yourself up for failure. There are no shortcuts to data exploration. Building models will only get you so far if you’ve skipped this stage of your data science project. After a point of time, you’ll hit the accuracy ceiling – the model’s performance just won’t budge. Data exploration consists of many things, such as variable identification, treating missing values, feature engineering, etc. Detecting and treating outliers is also a major cog in the data exploration stage. The quality of your inputs decide the quality of your output! 2019-02-14 04:59:04+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0964, Positive Sentiment: 0.0587, Negative Sentiment 0.2105  

Painting with quant analysis – Cuemacro

To my untrained non-artistic eye, it’s difficult to say much about a single brush stroke in isolation. I suppose we can see it’s colour, its size, the general style. However, beyond that I’m kind of stuck. It’s only when we see the brush strokes of a painting on aggregate that a picture finally emerges. Suddenly what appear like random brush strokes coalesce to tell a story, to speak to the viewer. In a sense, there is a parallel in the way we re… 2019-02-16 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9663, Positive Sentiment: 0.2350, Negative Sentiment 0.2612  

Jump Out of the Jupyter Notebook with nbconvert – Towards Data Science

Easily Convert Notebooks to Python Scripts and Sharable Files. If you’re a data scientist, nbconvert is a great tool to add to your tool belt. With nbconvert you can easily turn your Jupyter Notebook into a Python script from the command line. It also allows you to turn your Jupyter notebook into share-friendly formats like .html and.pdf files. How cool is that? (nbconvert is an open source software project that comes bundled with Anaconda.) 2019-02-18 18:38:55.534000+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7069, Positive Sentiment: 0.1720, Negative Sentiment 0.1911  

Attunity Launches Streaming Data Pipeline Solutions for Azure

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has announced two new solutions: Attunity for Data Lakes on Microsoft Azure, designed to automate streaming data pipelines, and Attunity Compose for Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, designed to enable data warehouse automation for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Both offerings utilize change data capture (CDC) capabilities to stream changes efficiently and continuo… 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 2.0771, Positive Sentiment: 0.3015, Negative Sentiment 0.1340

Federal Support for Artificial Intelligence Should Benefit Wealthtech

While President Donald Trump’s executive order on artificial intelligence makes no mention of financial services, technologies within the boundaries of AI, including natural language processing and pattern recognition, are all fintech growth zones. The mandates of the executive order include evaluating federal agencies’ contributions to the ethical, technical and regulatory framework around the new technology. The order does not seek new funding sources, instead directing agencies to prioritize AI as they see fit. Although light on details, the “American AI Initiative” breaks out focus areas that include research and development of AI, the setting up of governance standards and training workers in how to use AI. Many financial services companies, however, haven’t waited for a green light from the government to begin working on AI technology. 2019-02-12 16:02:48-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 2.0393, Positive Sentiment: 0.1919, Negative Sentiment 0.0720

Data Management Experts Share Best Practices for Machine Learning

Machine learning is on the rise at businesses hungry for greater automation and intelligence with use cases spreading across industries. At the same time, most projects are still in their early phases as companies learn how to deal with selecting data sets and data platforms to architecting and optimizing data pipelines. DBTA recently held a webinar with Gaurav Deshpande, VP of marketing, TigerGraph, and Prakas… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.9641, Positive Sentiment: 0.1684, Negative Sentiment 0.2245

Let’s Accept That AI Leadership Is Everywhere

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new space race, or at least that’s how it’s being perceived in the general population, and being presented by the movers and shakers of this world. That’s why it was no surprise recently when the American CEO of a US-based company raised an alarm by declaring, according to the Washington Post, that “China has taken the lead on the AI revolution.” This is consistent with my observation in a Datanami column last summer that many business leaders are applying an outmoded Cold War mentality to the thoroughly transnational reality of AI as a force in 21st century global economic development. To bolster this assertion, the CEO, in front of his counterparts in Davos, offered personal anecdotes about China’s growing AI capabilities. He declared that he’s seen an explosion of new AI businesses there, as evidenced by an “endless stream of people who are showing up developing new companies. He also noted that the “venture business there in AI-oriented companies is really exploding with growth.” However, these assertions are not corroborated by primary market research, which shows a fairly level playing field among the world’s largest economies in AI-related investment, research, innovation, and adoption. 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.8262, Positive Sentiment: 0.2070, Negative Sentiment 0.0609

How AI Can Change the Future of Health Care

There is tremendous excitement about how artificial intelligence (AI) could change health care. New AI technologies are being developed to streamline administrative and clinical processes, and venture capital is pouring in to fund dozens of new AI health care startups. And, it appears the excitement is justified. Accenture investigated the value of several promising AI applications and found that they could create up to $150 billion in annual savings for U.S…. 2019-03-07 17:00:00+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.8167, Positive Sentiment: 0.5780, Negative Sentiment 0.4955

Six Advantages of Human-aided, ‘Artificial’ Artificial Intelligence

The hype around artificial intelligence has reached a fevered pitch right about now, but the reality is that computers that can think like people are still a long way off. There is great value being offered by AI today, but it’s the form of human augmentation, in which humans train the AI systems, that can then do complex tasks on their behalf. Don’t misunderstand: There is an enormous amount of value unlocked by these new AI applicat… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.7999, Positive Sentiment: 0.3405, Negative Sentiment 0.2594

Deere & Company’s fiscal 1Q earnings miss on ‘unsettled trade conditions’ in key markets

( ) stock was flat in premarket trade Friday after the world’s biggest tractor maker, reported fiscal first-quarter profit that trailed estimates by analysts despite a solid revenue beat. Deere posted fiscal first quarter January 2019 earnings of $1.54 per share on revenue of $8 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.80 per share on revenue of $6.9 billion. Revenue grew 15.5% on a year-over-year basis. Shares in the Moline, Illinois-ba… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.7877, Positive Sentiment: 0.1676, Negative Sentiment 0.1676

AI adoption is slow, but companies are putting AI programs on fast track

A new global study finds that while the use of artificial intelligence (AI) is low today, it is expected to create increased revenue, productivity, profitability and shareholder value for businesses within two years. Overall, only 16 percent of business leaders surveyed perceive they are currently garnering significant value from advanced AI. However, AI programs are being fast-tracked and that number is expected to more than triple to 52 percent within the next tw… 2019-02-13 11:33:35+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.7869, Positive Sentiment: 0.3269, Negative Sentiment 0.1307

Here’s How Uber’s Ludwig Helps Deploy Code-Free DL Models

Uber AI is at the heart of AI-powered innovation and technologies at Uber. The research and advancements in artificial intelligence made by the team solve several challenges across the company. For example:
  • Uber AI develops packages and open sources them which are built on top of the strong foundations of other open source libraries
  • Pyro, a deep probabilistic programming language built on PyTorch, released by Uber in 2017
  • Another major open source AI tool Horovod, a framework hosted by the LF Deep Learning Foundation that allows distributed training of deep learning models over multiple GPUs and several machines
  • At Uber, deep learning models are used for a variety of tasks like customer support, object detection, improving maps, streamlining chat communications, forecasting, and preventing fraud.
Named after one of the greatest physicists, Ludwig Boltzmann, Uber’s new tool Ludwig is poised to make deep learning more accessible with code-free model training. 2019-02-18 11:53:57+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.7532, Positive Sentiment: 0.2732, Negative Sentiment 0.0911

ROBO Global component FLIR Systems Inc’s 4Q earnings beat Street on revenue growth

Inc ( ) stock climbed in premarket trade Wednesday after it posted fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street analyst expectations. Shares in the Wilsonville, Oregon company climbed 3.27% to $52.50 pre-market trade. For the quarter ended December 2018, the company reported earnings of $0.62 per share on revenue of $448.5 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.60 per share. The company said it expects 2019 earnings of $2.30 to $2.36… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.7277, Positive Sentiment: 0.1571, Negative Sentiment 0.0524

Merkle Announces Launch of Rapid Audience Layer Solution for Data Integration

According to a recent press release, “Merkle (, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, today announced the launch of Rapid Audience Layer (RAL), a public cloud-based marketing data management solution. As an entry-level data management offering, RAL enables the fast integration of multiple data sources to deliver rich audience insights. RAL offers a centralized way to store multiple data feeds, i… 2019-02-18 08:15:47+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.6857, Positive Sentiment: 0.2975, Negative Sentiment 0.0496

Nvidia Corp stock bounces back after 4Q earnings beat on strong server sales

Nvidia Corp (NVDA) continued to rally Friday in premarket trade after posting fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ forecast, thanks to strong server sales. The chipmaker posted earnings per share of $0.80 on revenue of $2.21 billion. The average forecast was for $0.75 on revenue of $2.20 billion. Shares in rose nearly 5.7% to 163.38. The chipmaker predicted that revenue would stay flat this year — better than what analysts were forecasting. 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.6352, Positive Sentiment: 0.2180, Negative Sentiment 0.1817

Fenergo Deploys on Demand Regulatory Rules

Rules as a Service future-proofs financial institutions against evolving regulatory requirements in a digital era 13 February 2019 – Fenergo, the leading provider of digital Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) software solutions for financial institutions, today announces Rules as a Service (RaaS), a cloud-based regulatory rules offering. The unique plug and play solution will enable financial institutions to easily integrate Fenergo’s award w… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5916, Positive Sentiment: 0.4134, Negative Sentiment 0.1033  

Google open-sources PlaNet, an AI agent that learns about the world from images

Reinforcement learning — a machine learning training technique that uses rewards to drive AI agents toward certain goals — is a reliable means of improving said agents’ decision-making, given plenty of compute, data, and time. But it’s not always practical; model-free approaches, which aim to get agents to directly predict actions from observations about their world, can take weeks of training. Model-based reinforcement learning is a viab… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5506, Positive Sentiment: 0.3264, Negative Sentiment 0.0544

AI in Financial Services is growing, but there’s a way to go

It’s funny how the world works. We recently wrote a blog on how AI in Financial Services can improve customer experience. Then, my bank showed me that there’s still some work to be done. Let me explain. Last week, I received a letter from my bank. It came as a bit of a surprise as I’d agreed that my preferred communication channels with the bank would be email or mobile. Nevertheless, I was interested to know why they were contacting me. What I … 2019-02-13 13:23:21 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5366, Positive Sentiment: 0.3033, Negative Sentiment 0.0809

H2O Users Share Data Science Stories

When it comes to analytics tools, data scientists have a plethora of options available to them. Features that may appeal to one data scientist don’t necessarily work for another. When it comes to offerings from, users expressed different reasons for their choices. Last week, Datanami was a guest at‘s annual user conference, called H2O World, and had a chance to talk with several customers, including Ruben Diaz, a data scientist wit… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5289, Positive Sentiment: 0.2016, Negative Sentiment 0.0336

How To Use XGBoost To Predict Housing Prices In Bengaluru: A Practical Guide

XGBoost, an abbreviation for eXtreme Gradient Boosting is one of the most commonly used machine learning algorithms. Be it for classification or regression problems, XGBoost has been successfully relied upon by many since its release in 2014. It is a library for implementing optimised and distributed gradient boosting and provides a great framework for C++, Java, Python, R and Julia. The Reason Behind Its Popularity XGBoost provides a number of… 2019-02-18 12:46:40+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5245, Positive Sentiment: 0.2048, Negative Sentiment 0.1365

Ten Recommendations for Building Great Data Catalogs

Click to learn more about author Oksana Sokolovsky and Rohit Mahajan. Data catalogs can be powerful platforms for Data Management, and enterprise interest in them is continually growing. But all the power and features data catalogs may bring can be squandered without a good data cataloging methodology, paired with common-sense practices. With that in mind, we present below ten recommendations for data catalog success. 1. Catalog all your data … 2019-02-18 08:35:53+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.5091, Positive Sentiment: 0.2101, Negative Sentiment 0.1910

Quandl Hosts Alternative Data Conference in NYC • Integrity Research

Toronto-based data marketplace provider, Quandl, is slated to host its alternative data conference called For Institutional Investors Defining the Future of Data-Driven Investing on Thursday, February 28th in New York City. About the Upcoming Conference Alternative data has experienced wide spread adoption in the past few years. Institutional investors who have chosen to adopt these new inputs as a key part of their investment process are now focused on the tools, technology, and … 2019-02-14 02:30:46+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4970, Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Organizations Seeing Less Resistance–and Greater Trust–for AI Initiatives

C-suite is giving less pushback. Customers are more willing to disclose their personal data to improve the customer experience (CX). And modern professionals aren’t quite as jittery these days about artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled machines taking their jobs. At least those are the impressions conveyed in a new report from Genpact, titled “AI 360: Insights from the Next Frontier of Business.” The research findings indicate that most companies now recognize that they need to leverage AI to transform processes, with many even anticipating that these solutions will help them “reimagine their business.” However, … 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4821, Positive Sentiment: 0.2964, Negative Sentiment 0.4235

How To Spot A Company That Fakes AI Expertise

There is no denying that from the past few years, artificial intelligence has become a talk of the town. And witnessing the skyrocketing popularity, many companies across the world are positioning themselves as an AI-driven company. However, not every company becomes a “real AI firm” — just yet. To develop AI competencies, startups need to identify a clear problem statement and develop a solution around that. In fact, most startups even lack AI-… 2019-02-18 10:24:17+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4757, Positive Sentiment: 0.2398, Negative Sentiment 0.1660

Current Generation of Self-Driving Cars AI Needs a Safety Certification Process

The current generation of AI self-driving cars does not have a certification process akin to standards in the aviation industry, Francis Govers of Bell Helicopter told an audience at AI World 2018 in Boston, in a talk entitled “Safety and AI: Certification and Testing.” He described the AI within a self-driving car as a “critical safety system” that requires a regime of certification and testing to ensure the same confidence in safety that the p… 2019-02-15 15:20:32+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4615, Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.4872

Facebook’s chief AI scientist: Deep learning may need a new programming language

Deep learning may need a new programming language that’s more flexible and easier to work with than Python, Facebook AI Research director Yann LeCun said today. It’s not yet clear if such a language is necessary, but the possibility runs against very entrenched desires from researchers and engineers, he said. LeCun has worked with neural networks since the 1980s. “There are several projects at Google, Facebook, and other places to kind of desig… 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4490, Positive Sentiment: 0.2854, Negative Sentiment 0.0878

The 20 hottest job skills in 2019 that will get you hired

Investments in big data solutions are increasing. Hadoop, an open-source software used to store, process and analyze big data applications, was the fastest-growing skill out of more than 5,000 skills freelancers provided in the fourth quarter on Businesses are continuing to invest in solutions that allow them to capitalize on the value of their data, specifically leveraging freelance Hadoop experts. Accordin… 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4478, Positive Sentiment: 0.1724, Negative Sentiment 0.1034

10 free Machine Learning ebooks all scientists & AI engineers should read

Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence that gives a system the ability to learn in real time and improve itself from experiences without being explicitly programmed. As the machine learning industry continues to advance, it’s important to continue learning about it yourself. In this article, we have listed some of the best machine learning books available for free, that you should consider. Think Stats – Probability and St… 2019-02-13 07:39:39+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4152, Positive Sentiment: 0.2205, Negative Sentiment 0.0735

How to leverage artificial intelligence in software testing

The field of software testing has progressed from predominantly manual testing to incorporation of automation testing. The competitive market scenario and increasing technical complexity have encouraged that software development, testing, and deployment take place at breakneck speeds. The need to develop at a faster pace and test in a smarter way is increasing every day. While the current practices of Agile, Continuous Testing and DevOps are kee… 2019-02-17 16:05:52+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4126, Positive Sentiment: 0.1101, Negative Sentiment 0.1651

IXUP’s Secure Data Analytics Platform Gets a Boost

A recent press release reports, “​IXUP Limited – a secure data analytics company,​ ​today announced new fuzzy matching and data visualisation capabilities which significantly enhance its market leading technology platform. IXUP provides a secure data analytics platform for enterprises to find correlations across big data sets and uncover transformative insights in a compliant, governed and trusted environment. Committed to innovation and usability improvement, IXUP CE… 2019-02-18 08:10:11+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.4037, Positive Sentiment: 0.6292, Negative Sentiment 0.0968

IBM’s Ginni Rometty says she sees no change in CEO confidence since Powell’s last fed speech

CEO confidence has been flat since Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced last month that the agency would be “patient” in determining future interest rate hikes, IBM’s Ginni Rometty told CNBC Tuesday. “I think it’s been fairly steady and I hear from all of my colleagues that everyone is still planning … both ways” whether for “growth or efficiency,” Rometty said on “Squawk on the Street” during a sit down with CNBC’s Jon Fortt from … 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3739, Positive Sentiment: 0.0981, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Gartner: Augmented Analytics Ready for Prime Time

Augmented analytics, an approach that uses machine learning, natural language processing and other automation tools, is poised to dominate the data analysis and business intelligence markets by 2020, according to a closely watched forecast that ranks relative newcomer Microsoft far and away the leader in this maturing category. Gartner Inc.’s “Magic Quadrant” review of the analytics and BI sector released this week ranks Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) head and… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3699, Positive Sentiment: 0.1096, Negative Sentiment 0.1370

Tableau Execs Talk About New Software, Battling Microsoft, M&A and More

Ten months after launching a cheaper version of its analytics software that’s aimed at non-technical users, Tableau Software (DATA) has rolled out an update that makes it easier for such workers to interact with its platform. This week, Tableau, a top provider of business intelligence and data visualization software, officially launched Ask Data, a feature that lets users of its software make natural-language data requests (for example, “What we… 2019-02-18 11:05:13-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3532, Positive Sentiment: 0.1492, Negative Sentiment 0.1385

Cogitai Unwraps ‘Self-Learning’ AI Platform for Business

Cogitai has released Continua, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) artificial intelligence platform that may herald a new opportunity for businesses to create self-learning AI systems that require far less training and human involvement than systems do today. “We’re focused on an entirely different kind of AI that up to this point hasn’t been available commercially,” Mark Ring, CEO of Cogitai, told eWEEK. He says that most commercial AI applications today involve supervised learning w… 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3410, Positive Sentiment: 0.3418, Negative Sentiment 0.1052

Social Scientists Use Transfer Learning to Kick-Start Deep Learning Projects

Social scientists are increasingly adopting machine learning methods to analyze large amounts of text, images and other kinds of data. These methods, which include different types of deep learning models, allow researchers to measure important concepts and model human behavior and information flows in innovative ways. However, a lack of established best practices in this fast-changing field can make these methods difficult to implement. This post dives int… 2019-02-12 15:00:12+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3380, Positive Sentiment: 0.1288, Negative Sentiment 0.1487

UK government backs A.I. and data analytics projects with $16.8 million in funding

The U.K. has announced £13 million ($16.8 million) in funding for 40 artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics projects. In an announcement at the end of last week, the government said that the investment would “support collaborative industry and research projects to develop the next-generation of professional services.” Projects to receive funding include a “bot” that will use AI to offer answers to legal questions online and AI software that will analyse accounting data before suggesting ways that… 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3347, Positive Sentiment: 0.1977, Negative Sentiment 0.1483

Precision Medicine Leveraging AI, Machine Learning in Early Stage

Medicine has become more and more individualized since the days of leeches and humors, but in the last 15 years, an explosion of patient data in the form of genetic information and electronic health records (EHRs) has sharpened the doctor’s picture of the individual patient—and of treatments tailored to their precise needs. Such targeted care is referred to as precision medicine—drugs or treatments designed for small groups, rather than large po… 2019-02-15 15:45:17+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.3333, Positive Sentiment: 0.0741, Negative Sentiment 0.1975

What To Optimize for? Loss Function Cheat Sheet – Towards Data Science

In one of his books, Isaac Asimov envisions a future where computers have become so intelligent and powerful, that they are able to answer any question. In that future, Asimov postulates, scientists don’t become unnecessary. Instead, they’re left with a difficult task: figuring out how to ask the computers the right questions: those that yield an insightful, useful answer. We’re not quite there yet, but in some sense we are. In times of old, it used to be the case that a lot of the effort in machine learning went into the implementation of its mechanics. With the advent of popular machine learning frameworks such as Tensorflow, Pytorch and the like, we can happily shrug away that burden. The mechanics of tweaking a model’s weights to achieve a certain goal is abstracted away. Defining a custom optimization goal is as easy as writing it down, and your favorite deep learning framework chugs away and minimizes the error (or loss) accordingly. But this freedom brings about an all-important question: What goal should you optimize for? 2019-02-15 02:30:17.381000+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2996, Positive Sentiment: 0.3544, Negative Sentiment 0.7426

3 things we learned from Facebook’s AI chief about the future of artificial intelligence

In recent years, many of the worlds biggest tech companies — from Google to Facebook and Microsoft — have been fixated on artificial intelligence and how it can be incorporated into nearly all of their products. For example, Google even rebranded its Google Research Division as Google AI ahead of its developers conference this year, during which AI was featured front and center. Mark Zuckerberg also explained how Facebook is using AI in an attempt to crack down on hate speech on its platform during its F8 conference in May. The AI market … 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2912, Positive Sentiment: 0.3490, Negative Sentiment 0.1221

Why the Commonwealth-MassMutual Tie-Up Is a ‘Big Deal’

Broker-dealer and RIA Commonwealth Financial Network has a new client — but it’s not a financial advisor or team. The firm’s tech entity, Advisor360°, just inked a licensing deal with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., giving the insurance firm’s advisors and field partners access to Commonwealth’s platform of portfolio, workflow, customer relationship management and other tools. Commonwealth executives say its tech venture and tie-up are… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2911, Positive Sentiment: 0.2641, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Pentagon Outlines New AI Strategy Following Trump’s Announcement

This week saw the US military taking steps to expand the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. Outlining their first AI strategy in a report released Tuesday, the Pentagon said that they will take care to deploy the technology in accordance with the “nation’s values”. In a report titled Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity, the Department of Defense stated that AI was poised to transform every industry and is expected to impact every corner of their Department,… 2019-02-13 12:23:03+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2906, Positive Sentiment: 0.3824, Negative Sentiment 0.2390  

Neural Machine Translation with Sequence to Sequence RNN

Click to learn more about author Rosaria Silipo. Automatic machine translation has been a popular subject for machine learning algorithms. After all, if machines can detect topics and understand texts, translation should be just the next step. Machine translation can be seen as a variation of natural language generation. In a previous project, we worked on the automatic generation of fairy tales (see “Once upon a Time … by LSTM Network”). Here … 2019-02-15 08:35:35+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2842, Positive Sentiment: 0.0852, Negative Sentiment 0.0365

The Data Incubator Is Now Part Of Pragmatic Institute!

Big Changes for The Data Incubator At The Data Incubator, we aim to be at the forefront of data science training. We stay on top of the news (and make it when we can). We ensure our students have access to all the latest tips, tricks and toys. And when we see an opportunity to improve our training opportunities, we jump at it. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that The Data Incubator is now a part of Pragmatic Institute!. So what does that mean? The Data Incubator (TDI), the leading provider … 2019-02-14 12:03:16+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2785, Positive Sentiment: 0.6088, Negative Sentiment 0.0304

Behavox Announces Full SaaS Offering on AWS and GCP

According to a recent press release, “Behavox, a pioneering artificial intelligence data analytics firm, announced today that it will begin offering a full Software as a Service (‘SaaS’) deployment model to its customers, in addition to on-premise implementations. Behavox SaaS is a single tenant environment, not shared with any other Behavox clients and deployed on Amazon Web Services (‘AWS’) or Google Cloud Platform (‘GCP’) infrastructure based on customer preference. Behavox has been working… 2019-02-18 08:05:22+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2558, Positive Sentiment: 0.0930, Negative Sentiment 0.0465

The AI That Writes Fake News

Following the 2016 presidential election, real journalists worked to expose the fake news that human charlatans wrote and spread across the Internet for the LOLS and for profit. But the bigger threat on the fake news front could be the made-up words generated by AI, including one recently created by OpenAI. OpenAI yesterday published a blog post that describes GPT-2, a natural language processing (NLP) model capable of generating text “of unprec… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2321, Positive Sentiment: 0.2020, Negative Sentiment 0.4444

Why digitalization is the way forward for private banking and wealth management

High net worth individuals (HNWI) that utilize the services of a private bank have traditionally been given high-end experiences associated with luxury brands, namely their own dedicated investment advisor, personalized products and services and a reliance on appointment-based face-to-face meetings during conventional office hours. This high calibre of service starts with the onboarding process. The relationship manager has done his or her job a… 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2171, Positive Sentiment: 0.3114, Negative Sentiment 0.2264

Data Lineage and Metadata Management: An Innovative Approach

“Every day, companies need to track and trace data movement processes through metadata discovery and data lineage,” emphasizes Amnon Drori, CEO and co-founder of Octopai. This task has not been easy and has often frustrated Drori throughout his twenty-year career. In the past, Drori’s teams have had to spend time checking and rechecking data, a cumbersome process of retrieving, understanding, and trusting data. Case in point: about four years ag… 2019-02-14 08:35:31+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2074, Positive Sentiment: 0.1087, Negative Sentiment 0.2415

How does NASA use big data?

Do you know that the term “big data” was first used in a 1997 paper by scientists at NASA, describing an interesting challenge, they had with visualizing the large datasets? The volume of data NASA has to manage is mind-boggling. According to Kevin Murphy, NASA Program Executive for Earth Science Data Systems, NASA – one of the biggest generators of data – is generating 12.1TB of data every single day from nearly 100 currently acti… 2019-02-15 11:02:18+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2072, Positive Sentiment: 0.1186, Negative Sentiment 0.1509

Putting Continual Learning on AI’s Map

The capability of a machine to “learn” on its own is the subject of some debate. With traditional supervised machine learning, decisions can be optimized, but the machine isn’t really learning by itself. Now a startup called Cogitai is hoping to push the limits of a machine’s capability to learn continuously using reinforcement learning techniques. Cogitai was founded in 2015 by some of the earliest innovators in the reinforcement learning (RL) field, including Mark Ring, Peter Stone, and Pete Wurman. The Orange County… 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.2052, Positive Sentiment: 0.3099, Negative Sentiment 0.1377

Tools Emerge to Comply with California Data Law

As California prepares to roll out a consumer privacy law regulating how businesses handle customer information, vendors are introducing new compliance tools designed to locate and catalog sensitive data covered under global privacy regulations. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) approved last year is scheduled to enter force across the Golden State on January 1, 2020. The privacy law follows the EU’s rollout of its General Date Privacy … 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1945, Positive Sentiment: 0.0306, Negative Sentiment 0.3063

Apple buys AI voice startup that helps companies build Alexa and Google Assistant apps

Apple has acquired a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup called PullString that specializes in helping companies build conversational voice apps, according to a report from Axios. Pullstring was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees — its CEO, Oren Jacob, is Pixar’s former chief technology officer. Up until now, PullString was most well known within the tech industry as the software backbone behind voice systems for popular toys, like … 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1938, Positive Sentiment: 0.0918, Negative Sentiment 0.0918

Elon Musk-Backed AI Software Could Be Used To Spread Fake News

The Elon Musk-backed Artificial Intelligence group, OpenAI, recently revealed that its AI software has the capacity to create predictive texts and even produce highly-convincing fake content by incorporating words and ideas from 8 million web pages fed into its system. The language model, called GPT-2 (a successor to GPT), was trained to predict the next words in 40GB of Internet text. Compared to the GPT model, the GPT-2 has more than 10X… 2019-02-18 06:50:03-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1726, Positive Sentiment: 0.0733, Negative Sentiment 0.2931

IBM Watson will now run on third-party clouds like Amazon Web Services

Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence service, is taking its act on the road. IBM plans to announce later Tuesday at its IBM Think conference in San Francisco that Watson will soon be available as a service on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud among others. Customers interested in doing so will be able to connect data stored in any of those clouds or in private data centers to Watson through IBM Cloud Private fo… 2019-02-12 16:30:07-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1670, Positive Sentiment: 0.2244, Negative Sentiment 0.1346

ASX diversifying into data services

“The further we work with DLT, the more we believe in its transformational qualities, its relevance to other parts of the financial services world, and its broader application to basically any logistical or operational organisational problem that would benefit from a permissioned, real-time source of true data across that industry,” he said. ASX announced its new data analytics platform, which has been built over the past 18 months, is ready to … 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1623, Positive Sentiment: 0.1937, Negative Sentiment 0.1162  

Nvidia Is Building the Future. How Did It Get There?

The semiconductor stock, Nvidia (NVDA) posts its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, Feb. 14, and its CEO Jensen Huang needs to deliver BIG. And, that’s why Nvidia is Real Money’s Stock of the Day. Among other things keep an eye on Turing cards updates, datacenter slowdown and some encouraging growth in non-gaming lines of business. Related. Institutional Selling, Europe’s Economy, Nvidia Earnings Preview: Market Recon Related. NVIDIA Corpora… 2019-02-14 09:56:08-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1470, Positive Sentiment: 0.3128, Negative Sentiment 0.1043

Future unicorns: Algorithm predicts the next $1B companies, including one Seattle startup

Can algorithms predict the next billion-dollar companies better than human venture capitalists? It seems possible, at least based on a formula created by CB Insights and The New York Times. Back in 2015, the companies published a list of 50 startups that would eventually becomes “unicorns,” or those valued at $1 billion or more. It identified candidates using CB Insights’ Mosaic algorithm, which analyzes the health of a startup based on various … 2019-02-15 15:00:18-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1450, Positive Sentiment: 0.2808, Negative Sentiment 0.0648

Investing in Real Estate within the Digital Economy and the Technology & Intelligence Revolution

Real estate is considered a key asset class and an important piece of a diversified portfolio. As the digital world continues to rapidly develop along with ever changing consumer shopping habits, certain sectors in the real estate industry may be poised to benefit, including data and infrastructure, industrials and retail. The most o… 2019-02-12 16:18:03-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1442, Positive Sentiment: 0.3814, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

How to Navigate the Privacy Minefield in 2019

Most organisations want to be responsible and ethical and respect the privacy of their customers but they are unsure how to go about it. At the same time, they are hungry for the insights and business value to be gleaned from their customer data but wary of falling foul of GDPR. It’s a minefield that many businesses will have to navigate in 2019 and beyond. Avoid the consent trap One of the most important things a data-driven company can do to … 2019-02-15 11:00:00+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1422, Positive Sentiment: 0.2499, Negative Sentiment 0.2142

Who is out of reach of the AI revolution?

Artificial intelligence is spearheading a revolution in business communications, with increased intelligence of these automated services meaning more and more job roles could become surplus to requirements. It’s predicted that 50% of the entire US workforce will be replaced by some form of automation in the future. Despite being such a useful tool for businesses, it’s potentially a threat to employees whose jobs may be … 2019-02-15 11:32:47+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1419, Positive Sentiment: 0.4894, Negative Sentiment 0.0932

5 common mistakes to avoid when de-duping your data

Data is power and with that power comes great responsibility. One of the biggest obstacles in data is identifying duplicates and de-duping. The aim of data-deduplication is to eliminate any redundant data in your business. Duplicates are created in all areas of your business such as the sales rep inputting a new record without checking the database first, a marketer uploading a list of potential buyers without checking if the record exists and a… 2019-02-14 06:14:03+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1384, Positive Sentiment: 0.1650, Negative Sentiment 0.1815

AI, machine learning, data and Nordic banks

Many of the topics followed the themes that Chris Skinner is now approaching in his new book “Doing Digital” – lessons from leaders from 5 international banks who have embarked on this journey. Becoming a fintech bank, where Tech is on an equal level of importance as Finance. The topics that were covered during these two days include: Platforms and big tech as catalysts Being obsessed with the customer mobility on demandBurning sense for chan… 2019-02-12 05:38:58+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1384, Positive Sentiment: 0.2865, Negative Sentiment 0.1781

Kubeflow Emerges for ML Workflow Automation

Many data scientists today find it burdensome to manually execute all of the steps in a machine learning workflow. Moving and transforming data, training models, then promoting them into production – all of it requires the data scientist’s close attention. But now an open source project called Kubeflow promises to eliminate much of that busywork by automating machine learning workflows atop Kubernetes clusters. Google initially created Kubeflow … 2019-02-11 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1140, Positive Sentiment: 0.1285, Negative Sentiment 0.1285

For Governments Turning to AI, Five Dimensions to Consider

As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning gain momentum, an increasing number of government agencies are considering or starting to use them to improve decision making. Some examples of compelling applications include those that identify tax-evasion patterns, sort through infrastructure data to target bridge inspections, or sift through health and social-service data to prioritize cases for child welfare and sup… 2019-02-12 15:45:04+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.1027, Positive Sentiment: 0.3676, Negative Sentiment 0.2515  

AI Useful in Diagnosing Melanoma, But Train Data Well for Best Results

The healthcare system’s continuous overhaul has prompted organizations to recruit artificial intelligence (AI) to aid in earlier, more accurate diagnoses while improving overall population management. AI’s ability to diagnose melanoma with higher fidelity illustrates the potential impact on patient outcomes, but its usefulness has met some challenges along the way. AI Diagnoses More Accurately Than Dermatologists, Aids General Physicians Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accou… 2019-02-12 15:10:56+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0841, Positive Sentiment: 0.2208, Negative Sentiment 0.4015

Quantitative Easing….Forever!

What is becoming obvious now is the fact that the global central banks can no longer hide the fact that without their QE and balance sheet expansion, asset prices would fall and economies would reverse. The last month or so has seen a huge reversal in the markets expectations for future rate hikes and one by which certainly shouldn’t have surprised any of our readers. We have used and will continue to use the #QE4EVR theme as basically we are and… 2019-02-15 19:46:09+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0840, Positive Sentiment: 0.1131, Negative Sentiment 0.2639

How NVIDIA Became One of the Hottest Stocks in Tech — The Motley Fool

years. The S&P 500’s best-performing stock of 2017 has been featured in an endless articles and won numerous accolades for developing graphics processing units (GPUs) that helped welcome a new era of artificial intelligence. If you’ve owned the stock for several years, you’re likely reading this article from a yacht docked at your own private island. Let’s take a look at how NVIDIA got to where it is today. The ascent of the GPU Originally a hardware company that sold to gaming enthusiasts, NVIDIA took the global stage by making the benefits of its GPUs actually usable for other businesses. In business-consultan… 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0796, Positive Sentiment: 0.4482, Negative Sentiment 0.0815

The Advent of Architectural AI – Towards Data Science

Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence is fundamentally a statistical approach to architecture. The premise of AI, that blends statistical principles with computation is a new approach that can improve over the drawbacks of parametric architecture. “Learning”, as understood by machines, corresponds to the ability of a computer, when faced with a complicated issue, first to grasp the complexity of the options showed to him and second to… 2019-02-17 09:21:31.471000+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0741, Positive Sentiment: 0.1513, Negative Sentiment 0.2572

Here’s How Big Data Analytics Has Changed the eCommerce Industry

actions are generating data right now. Things that we used to see in sci-fi movies have now become real. With us being surrounded by so much data, managing them has become very challenging, but then big data is here! IoT, AI, Blockchain, Big Data: you might be seeing or hearing about these phrases a lot lately. With our world turning digital in every way, knowing these concepts and their functioning is becoming imperative. So what is Big Data exactly, and how it is impacting the ecommerce industry? Big Data Analytics is the way of examining a voluminous amount of data in order to unearth hidden patte… 2019-02-13 09:30:15+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0664, Positive Sentiment: 0.4570, Negative Sentiment 0.0508

Companies are mining us for these intimate traits and more

Sixty-seven percent of smartphone users rely on Google Maps to help them get to where they are going quickly and efficiently. A major of feature of Google Maps is its ability to predict how long different navigation routes will take. That’s possible because the mobile phone of each person using Google Maps sends data about its location and speed back to Google’s servers, where it is analyzed to generate new data about traffic conditions. Information like this is useful for navigation. But the exact same data that is used to predict traffic patterns can also be used to predict other kinds of information—information people might not be comfortable with revealing. For example, data about a mobile phone’s past location and movement patterns can be used to predict where a person lives, who their employer is, where they attend religious services and the age range of their children based on where they drop them off for school. 2019-02-14 07:45:24 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0598, Positive Sentiment: 0.0652, Negative Sentiment 0.0978

Roots manoeuvre: IoT helps insurers join the dots

The value of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the insurance industry is becoming understood but there is plenty of room for even more innovation. The roots of IoT applications in insurance lie in how telematics were used to support early blackbox insurance for younger drivers. Early applications of this technology were being talked about over a decade ago on the BBC, for example. Today, we are seeing IoT evolve as cars become more connected, sma… 2019-02-18 14:35:08 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0597, Positive Sentiment: 0.2853, Negative Sentiment 0.2649

NTU, MIT Scientists Develop AI That Can Predict Material Properties After Straining

niversity, Singapore, in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, have developed a machine learning approach that can predict changes to the properties of materials from straining the material. This work could lead to the possibility of engineering new materials with tailored properties for potential use in communications, information processing, and energy fields, said a statement released by NTU. Advertisement In a paper published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academ… 2019-02-14 11:50:40+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0494, Positive Sentiment: 0.1852, Negative Sentiment 0.3704

McAfee CTO Steve Grobman is Wary of AI Models for Cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence continues to permeate the information security industry, but Steve Grobman has reservations about the technology’s limitations and effectiveness. Grobman, senior vice president and CTO of McAfee, spoke about the evolution of artificial intelligence at the 2018 AI World Conference in Boston. McAfee has extolled the benefits ofusing AI models to enhance threat intelligence, which the company said is enormously valuable for … 2019-02-15 15:10:06+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0406, Positive Sentiment: 0.3318, Negative Sentiment 0.5127

Gifts from the 50 biggest donors dropped by half in 2018

Within a year, the value of gifts from the country’s 50 largest donors has dropped by half. In 2017, the top 50 contributors in the U.S. gave $14.7 billion to various causes. In 2018, they combined to share just $7.8 billion, according to the Philanthropy 50, an annual report from by The Chronicle of Philanthropy . That might sound bleak, but it’s actually more of a recalibration. In 2017, the numbers were boosted by the fact that many tech tita… 2019-02-15 15:00:19 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0360, Positive Sentiment: 0.1351, Negative Sentiment 0.2252

HIMSS 19: Microsoft for Healthcare Innovation Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 Microsoft for Healthcare Innovation Awards were announced at HIMSS19 yesterday during the Microsoft Health Forum. Each year, the awards acknowledge health and life sciences organizations and their technology solution partners that are achieving innovation excellence with a Microsoft-based solution. We’re always excited to highlight the achievements of our forward-thinking customers and partners as they advance digital tra… 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0299, Positive Sentiment: 0.6140, Negative Sentiment 0.0396

Facebook’s early Portal prototypes swiveled to see video subjects

Facebook has revealed additional details about the development of Portal, its first in-house video calling device, including the tidbit that early prototypes included a motor that let Portal swivel to face video subjects. If the plan was to sell lots of video calling devices, it’s probably best that a swiveling Portal was never released. Following Facebook’s persistent parade of controversy, privacy concerns raised by Portal were bad enough with… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0268, Positive Sentiment: 0.1997, Negative Sentiment 0.1711

Apple reportedly bought an AI marketing start-up as it looks for opportunities beyond the iPhone

Apple has acquired AI-assisted marketing startup DataTiger, according to Bloomberg. Founded in 2017 and based in London, DataTiger says it sells software services that provide artificial intelligence-assisted marketing. Apple has continued to focus more on selling services, not just hardware products like iPhones, and it may be looking for new ways to tell consumers about what it offers. Apple is planning to launch a new video streaming product in April, for example, which might launch in tandem with an Apple News subscription service. The success of those products will rely heavily on thei… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0251, Positive Sentiment: 0.2278, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Business change assurance by partnering automation and regression testing

echnologies and the ever increasing threats associated with cyber crime. Of particular focus today are themes such as partnering with specialist fintech providers, harnessing the benefits provided by artificial intelligence / machine learning and the development of new propositions based on APIs (Application Program Interfaces). However, all this work on new products, propositions and general systems changes and upgrades will only be as successful as the testing supporting it allows it to be. Testing has never been more important. To improve the speed and cost efficiency of their approach to testing, banks are no… 2019-02-15 08:47:54 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0219, Positive Sentiment: 0.4015, Negative Sentiment 0.2555

Why It’s So Hard to Fight Instinct vs. Data in BI Decision-Making

In the days before robust business intelligence (BI) platforms existed, professionals usually had to rely on experience and gut instinct when making decisions. Now, data analysis tools can give solid conclusions gleaned from months or years of compiled information. Even so, the people who dig through data still have difficulty trusting what the data says and quieting their gut instincts. Gut Instinct Viewed as Part of the Self Findings from th… 2019-02-15 09:30:15+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 1.0111, Positive Sentiment: 0.3230, Negative Sentiment 0.2668

Oracle’s SailGP brings digital to Sydney Sailing

Oracle is debuting its global yacht race in Sydney tomorrow, adding digital sensors and data analysis to a fleet of what it says are the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced catamarans. The inaugural SailGP race is different from traditional races because it combines standardisation with dynamic innovation, according to Oracle, which is providing the digital infrastructure, data management and analytics. The tech giant also said it… 2019-02-14 13:48:28+11:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9901, Positive Sentiment: 0.3833, Negative Sentiment 0.0639

Women in Fashion and Tech, Machine Learning and Style – GeekWire Events Calendar

GeekWire Calendar Meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Browse for local tech events, or search by date or keyword. Submit your event below for consideration for the GeekWire Calendar. Look for highlights from the GeekWire Calendar each week on GeekWire, and check out GeekWire’s own unique series of signature tech events in the Seattle region. 2019-02-12 18:20:13-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9901, Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Big Data Changing the Face of Healthcare

When it comes to maintaining our health, we have never been more invested in it than we are right now. We are surrounded by healthcare products and systems, and we are taking advantage of them when we need them. This is an overwhelmingly positive thing. We do everything we can to improve our health. We invest in essential oils when we have headaches and trouble sleeping. We exercise more than we ever have. We have more of a keen interest and preo… 2019-02-15 20:28:53+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9758, Positive Sentiment: 0.4657, Negative Sentiment 0.3548  

AI-Powered Concierge App Dunzo Gets Backing From Cognizant Co-Founder

Artificial intelligence-powered app Dunzo bagged a premium investor this month in the form of Cognizant’s co-founder and former CEO Lakshmi Narayan. In fact, the concierge app raised $3.1 million in total from their Series C funding. The Bengaluru-based app got big names such as Narayanan, Blume Ventures, Raintree Family Office (family office of the stationary giant Camlin), and Monika Garware Modi, vice chairperson an… 2019-02-13 12:02:47+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9346, Positive Sentiment: 0.0850, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Register today for Which-50’s The Business of Chatbots Webinar!

By the end of 2020 fully one-quarter of customer service operations will use virtual customer assistants. That view, publicly expressed by research company Gartner last year, explains the enormous thirst for information around chatbots. Which-50’s new “The Business Of…” webinar program will kick off on February 26th with a deep dive into chatbots – a must for those who are looking to automate processes and build the best experiences for their cu… 2019-02-15 08:40:17+11:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9267, Positive Sentiment: 0.2648, Negative Sentiment 0.0883

This is Microsoft’s AI pipeline, from research to reality

To seek the origins of Microsoft’s interest in artificial intelligence, you need to go way back–well before Amazon, Facebook, and Google were in business, let alone titans of AI. Bill Gates founded Microsoft’s research arm in 1991, and AI was an area of investigation from the start. Three years later, in a speech at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, then-sales chief Steve Ballmer stressed Microsoft’s belief in AI’s po… 2019-02-13 10:00:58 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9164, Positive Sentiment: 0.2467, Negative Sentiment 0.1460

7 things we’ve learned about computer algorithms

Algorithms are all around us, using massive stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions with often significant impacts on humans – from choosing the content people see on social media to judging whether a person is a good credit risk or job candidate. Pew Research Center released several reports in 2018 that explored the role and meaning of algorithms in people’s lives today. Here are some of the key themes that emerged from that resea… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.9028, Positive Sentiment: 0.1505, Negative Sentiment 0.2365

President Trump Will Sign an Executive Order Promoting AI

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Monday meant to spur the development and regulation of artificial intelligence, technology that many experts believe will define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare. A.I. experts across industry, academia and government have long called on the Trump administration to make the development of artificial intelligence a major priority. Last spring, worried that the United States was not keeping pace with China and other countries, Jim Matt… 2019-02-11 17:34:09+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8963, Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

New Study Highlights IoT Security and Privacy Flaws in Popular Off the Shelf Devices

According to a new report (“State of IoT Security”), so-called “smart” devices might not be so smart after all. The report from Pepper IoT and Dark Cubed detailed a wide variety of security issues and privacy flaws in common Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including some cases where devices such as smart light bulbs were communicating personal data and information to third-party companies in China. The major conclusion of the report is that bot… 2019-02-17 11:00:00+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8960, Positive Sentiment: 0.1028, Negative Sentiment 0.2497

Russia and China Can Cripple Critical Infrastructure in United States

According to the new U.S. Worldwide Threat Assessment, a 42-page report prepared by top security and intelligence agencies in the United States, both Russia and China are capable of launching cyber attacks against critical infrastructure targets in the U.S. Moreover, say top U.S. intelligence officials, both Russia and China appear to be aligning their operations in cyberspace, primarily as a way to challenge U.S. geostrategic dominance in region… 2019-02-12 11:00:00+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8807, Positive Sentiment: 0.1063, Negative Sentiment 0.6985

Sex robots are raising hard questions

The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind? From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and relationships. Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure–with a few already on the market. Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half of Americans think that having sex with robots will become a common practice within 50 years. 2019-02-18 08:30:24 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8689, Positive Sentiment: 0.0621, Negative Sentiment 0.4096

Silicon wars: How AI has sparked a chips arms race between Amazon and Google

Artificial intelligence has sparked a chips arms race between Amazon and Google that is set to transform everything from smart homes to cloud computing. The two companies are ramping up their investments in the technology – an area that has largely been the preserve of incumbents like Intel and Qualcomm. And they’re not the only ones. Apple, Facebook and China’s Alibaba have all increased their investments in chips in… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8658, Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.1443

Why AI was the guest of honor at Rag and Bone’s Fashion Week dinner

It’s been two years since Rag and Bone cofounder Marcus Wainwright announced the death of the runway fashion show– for his brand, anyway– and he has no plans on reviving it. Wainwright has challenged himself to think of new frameworks to display his collections in ways that pushes past what’s conventional but isn’t a gimmick that overshadows the clothes. Rag and Bone has explored such experiences as self-portrait sessions, narrative and unscript… 2019-02-12 11:07:13 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8647, Positive Sentiment: 0.0865, Negative Sentiment 0.1297

Applied Materials CEO: Chip Industry Being ‘Transformed,’ But Timing Uncertain

Shares of Applied Materials (AMAT) closed down nearly 4% Friday to close at $39.10, after the company offered a lower-than-expected outlook on Thursday as it navigates a 2019 shaping up to be weaker than what the company indicated just three months prior. In an interview with TheStreet following the report, Gary Dickerson, Applied Materials’ CEO, looked past the uncertainty of timing of purchases of chip equipment. Instead, he emphasized a futur… 2019-02-18 11:34:55-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8568, Positive Sentiment: 0.1142, Negative Sentiment 0.0952

Palo Alto Networks Accelerates Security in PAN-OS 9.0 Update

Palo Alto Networks is boosting its network security platforms with the new PAN-OS 9.0 update that was announced on Feb. 12. PAN-OS is a hardened operating system based on Linux that provides a secure, enterprise grade environment for executing Palo Alto’s network security capabilities. PAN-OS 9.0 includes over 60 new features and tools that can be deployed on Palo Alto Networks security platforms. Among the features is a new DNS security service… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8559, Positive Sentiment: 0.1933, Negative Sentiment 0.2209

Build your First Crowd Counting Model using Deep Learning & CSRTech

Introduction Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is going to be our biggest helper in coming decade! Today morning, I was reading an article which reported that an AI system won against 20 lawyers and the lawyers were actually happy that AI can take care of repetitive part of their roles and help them work on complex topics. These lawyers were happy that AI will enable them to have more fulfilling roles. Today, I will be sharing a similar exa… 2019-02-18 01:36:11+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8522, Positive Sentiment: 0.0617, Negative Sentiment 0.0505

The sex robot manufacturers vying to hit the mainstream

Marrying the lucrative sex-doll market with a consumer appetite for artificial intelligence is the logic behind a burgeoning but divisive world of erotic robots. Currently in the hands of just a few global players vying for a stake in a predicted $30bn (£23bn) market, the race to turn a fetish into a mainstream proposition is not without challenges. From high costs and hardware limitations to the accusations of sexism that these fantasy female personas routinely attract in a sensitive… 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8439, Positive Sentiment: 0.1406, Negative Sentiment 0.5626

Enhance digital security and empower leaders in education |

Explore how to use Microsoft Threat Protection to transform digital security for education organizations while enabling IT teams to combat modern phishing attacks. It’s every educational institution’s goal to successfully get students to graduation and prepare them for the future—and it’s a lot of work. The last thing busy school administrators and faculty want to worry about is the digital security of their classroom technology. Adopting techn… 2019-02-15 17:03:45+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8400, Positive Sentiment: 0.5274, Negative Sentiment 0.4493

Science Minister backs calls for Kitemark for social media sites to protect children in first interview

Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, is clutching a plasma ball, in which tendrils of light radiate out from a central electrode to meet his fingertips. If he stood on a wooden stool, insulated from the ground and held up a lightbulb, it would glow brightly. We’re in London’s Faraday Museum, standing in front of the room where Michael Faraday, the British electrical pioneer conducted experiments that argu… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8380, Positive Sentiment: 0.1397, Negative Sentiment 0.2793

4 Ways To Take Big Data And SEO To The Next Level

With planning and the right moves, business leaders can improve their operations and take big data and search engine optimization (SEO) initiatives to the next level. The two technologies have changed a lot in the last two years. Relatively recent innovations have created new ways for enterprises to find, understand and engage with their audiences with the help of big data and SEO. As new marketing channels like social media gain traction, a wealth of data is available to help marketers unders… 2019-02-12 09:30:45+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8333, Positive Sentiment: 0.4444, Negative Sentiment 0.1296

Jim Cramer: Nvidia and the Driving Need For More Computing

“The world needs more computing.” That simple statement by Jen-Hsun Huang last night on the much more upbeat Nvidia (NVDA) call than just a few weeks ago, is the main reason why I think you can believe the company when it calls the bottom here. But the timeframe? Now that’s a different story. Nvidia has called one bottom already that didn’t pan out. Has the pig of the inventory in the python finally gotten near the end? The biggest theme on las… 2019-02-15 07:57:17-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8309, Positive Sentiment: 0.0959, Negative Sentiment 0.2876

Azure Cloud Customers Can Now Access Lsv2 Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure users looking to find just the right virtual machine configurations for their workloads now have another option to choose from as the company’s latest Lsv2-series virtual machines are now generally available. The new Lsv2-series virtual machines join an expanding range of virtual machines offered by Microsoft Azure, from general-purpose VMs to high-performance configurations built for a variety of business computing requirements…. 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8276, Positive Sentiment: 0.1427, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. I… 2019-02-17 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8264, Positive Sentiment: 0.1135, Negative Sentiment 0.5722

Breaking Into the “New Collar” Technology Workforce

pursuing a career in technology, but fear that a lack of bachelor’s degree will hold you back, a “new collar” job could provide the pathway to a new profession in software development, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital manufacturing and more. The term “new collar,” coined by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, pertains to jobs that emphasize skills over college degrees… and usually provide salaries in the upper half of the U.S. wage scale. Although more tech companies have been following IBM’s lead and dropping their degree requirements, you should expect to encounter fierce competition for jobs at any high-profi… 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8162, Positive Sentiment: 0.2792, Negative Sentiment 0.1503

Health-care CIOs Told to Look Beyond IT for Better Outcomes

ORLANDO, Fla.–It’s a sign of the upside-down nature of the health-care industry in the U.S.: At a conference of the nation’s top health-care Chief Information Officers, leading experts said technology is not the solution. Technology can and must play a role, they said at the CHIME CIO Forum—part of HIMSS19 pre-conference activities here this week. But according to speakers that included former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, more elemental t… 2019-02-12 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8097, Positive Sentiment: 0.1905, Negative Sentiment 0.2699

Big Data Career Notes: February 2019 Edition

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the big data community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself! Kevin Campbell BackOffice Associates has announced that its board of directors has appointed current president of global and consulting services Kevin Campbell as chief executive officer… 2019-02-15 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8086, Positive Sentiment: 0.4656, Negative Sentiment 0.0490

At his first meetup, White House science adviser tells scientists: ‘I am one of you’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s newly minted science adviser reached out to his peers today at one of the country’s biggest scientific meetings and called for the establishment of a “second bold era” of basic research. “I hope that you never forget that I am one of you, that I came from your ranks,” Kelvin Droegemeier, who was sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Monday, told hundreds of … 2019-02-16 06:19:48-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.8028, Positive Sentiment: 0.2518, Negative Sentiment 0.1889

New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators

The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse. OpenAI, an nonprofit research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Sam Altman, and others, says its new AI model, called GPT2 is so good and the risk of malicious use so high that it is breaking from its normal practice … 2019-02-14 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7992, Positive Sentiment: 0.1670, Negative Sentiment 0.1909

Is artificial intelligence (AI) the next step of smart learning?

Silicon on its way to transforming lives has affected almost every industry in one way or the other. One such industry where computers and the internet have started taking over is education. Since the year 2000, the growth of online education as an industry has been of 900%. Massive, right? Well, with AI it’s only going to rise. The process that keeps a program learning and evolving with each input, artificial intelligence can be a really usefu… 2019-02-12 18:08:50+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7991, Positive Sentiment: 0.5071, Negative Sentiment 0.2459

Noble Cause Corruption and AI: The Case of AI Self-Driving Cars

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider Here’s an age-old question for you, do the ends justify the means? Some trace the origins of this thorny question to the Latin collection Heroides as reportedly written by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), namely it states “Exitus acta probat,” which loosely translated could be interpreted as to whether the ends essentially prove or justify the means. Most of us probably believe it came from the works of Machia… 2019-02-15 15:30:06+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7753, Positive Sentiment: 0.1914, Negative Sentiment 0.3471

Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen

Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame shots and follow the action around a room during video calls. It’s a dramatic improvement over smartphone-based video calling where it’s entirely up to the humans on both ends to position the cameras (this often results in plenty of jitter, wall views, and up-the-nose shots). With P… 2019-02-15 12:00:38 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7734, Positive Sentiment: 0.0879, Negative Sentiment 0.0967

What Green New Deal Advocates Can Learn From 2009 Economic Stimulus Act

Congressional Democrats have introduced a “Green New Deal” proposal that calls for a 10-year national mobilization to curb climate change by shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels. Many progressives support this idea, while skeptics argue that a decade is not long enough to remake our nation’s energy system. The closest analog to this effort occurred in 2009, when President Obama and Congress worked together to combat a severe economic… 2019-02-18 00:44:31-05:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7717, Positive Sentiment: 0.2302, Negative Sentiment 0.2572

Amazon to share its carbon footprint for 1st time as part of new ‘Shipment Zero’ sustainability initiative

Amazon has called its sustainability shot. The tech giant aims to get half of its package deliveries to a standard of net zero carbon by 2030, Amazon said Monday. Because of improvements in areas like electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging and renewable energy, the company says it “can now see a path to net zero carbon delivery of shipments to customers.” Amazon did not give a timeline for achieving net zero carbon on all deli… 2019-02-18 18:14:46-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7582, Positive Sentiment: 0.2793, Negative Sentiment 0.1197

4 ways that AI resolves your customer service department’s biggest woes

The customer experience is often at the forefront of many business decisions. Obviously, the more pleasant the encounter a customer has with a company, the more likely they will be to buy from them again and recommend it to their friends. But what about when a problem arises? The customer service department can make or break the CX, and unfortunately many times it does more harm than good. One-third of your customers will switch to a competitor… 2019-02-14 16:56:39+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7568, Positive Sentiment: 0.3382, Negative Sentiment 0.3704

Artificial intelligence — and a few jokes — will help keep future Mars crews sane

BOT or NOT? This special series explores the evolving relationship between humans and machines, examining the ways that robots, artificial intelligence and automation are impacting our work and lives. WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the first human explorers head for Mars, they’re likely to have a non-human judging their performance and tweaking their interpersonal relationships when necessary. NASA and outside researchers are already working on artificial intelligence agents to monitor how future long-duration space crews interact, sort of like the h… 2019-02-18 18:59:51-08:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7524, Positive Sentiment: 0.1447, Negative Sentiment 0.1302

Datanami Unveils 2019 People to Watch

As we look forward into 2019, a select group of leaders in Big Data have stepped ahead of the rest. In this fourth annual People to Watch feature, we’re offering our readers a look at some of the best and brightest minds in Big Data whose hard work, dedication, and contributions reach far beyond analytics, and are shaping the direction that technology is taking us as a people. This is the cutting edge, and these are the people who are pushing the envelope. Here … 2019-02-13 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7407, Positive Sentiment: 0.1852, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Facebook ‘open to meaningful regulation’ after damning fake news report

Facebook has claimed it is open to “meaningful regulation” from British MPs after a damning report accused it of behaving like a “digital gangster” in the online world. The Parliamentary inquiry into fake news has claimed that Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated data privacy and anti competition laws and called for new regulatory powers to launch legal action against companies breaching code. Karim Palant, UK public policy manager a… 2019-02-18 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7343, Positive Sentiment: 0.0668, Negative Sentiment 0.6008

Here Are the Real Reasons Tech Struggles with Algorithmic Bias

ARE MACHINES RACIST? Are algorithms and artificial intelligence inherently prejudiced? Do Facebook, Google, and Twitter have political biases? Those answers are complicated. But if the question is whether the tech industry doing enough to address these biases, the straightforward response is no. Warnings that AI and machine learning systems are being trained using “bad data” abound. The oft-touted solution is to ensure that humans train the systems with unb… 2019-02-15 15:00:15+00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7229, Positive Sentiment: 0.1314, Negative Sentiment 0.4381  

Jensen Huang interview: Why Nvidia believes 2019 will be a big year for laptop gaming

Nvidia had a tough fourth quarter in 2018, but Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is optimistic that growth will return to his business in 2019. He believes he has a great opportunity to grow PC laptop gaming thanks to the launch of mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards. In the previous quarter ended January 27, Nvidia was hamstrung. It couldn’t launch its new 2060 cards because the market was stuffed with excess inventory, since cryptocurrency … 2019-02-16 00:00:00 Read the full story. Interest Score: 0.7054, Positive Sentiment: 0.5910, Negative Sentiment 0.0763    
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