AI & Machine Learning News. 14, October 2019

The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Newsletter by CloudQuant

The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning News clippings for Quants are provided algorithmically with CloudQuant’s NLP engine which seeks out articles relevant to our community and ranks them by our proprietary interest score. After all, shouldn’t you expect to see the news generated using AI?

Real-Time Voice Cloning Toolbox

GithubOriginal Paper

CloudQuant Thoughts… We covered this real time voice cloner back on September 3rd but I recently found this video demonstration which shows just how impressive this system is.

Intelligize.AI Service Aims to Make AI Adoption Practical

Intelligize.AI is a consulting practice recently launched by deFacto Global, to respond to the needs of businesses for AI awareness and implementation services. deFacto’s flagship product is deFacto Planning, an AI-enhanced corporate planning tool that helps customers with budgeting, forecasting, consolidation, predictive analysis and reporting.

Based in Troy, NY and founded in 2009, the company’s customers include mid-market to Fortune 500 firms including AT&T, Focus Brands, PBS. Deloitte, Virgin Mobile and Goodwill. The Intelligize.AI practice came about in response to the interest of customers in gaining advantages from AI, and lessons learned from deFacto’s own effort to incorporate AI into its planning tool. Research is showing the challenges around implementing AI.

2019-10-09 11:22:33+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 5.2448, Raw Interest Score: 1.5277,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3183, Negative Sentiment 0.1273

CloudQuant Thoughts… Fortune 500 company executives can see the benefits of AI all around them from their automated cars to impressive voice assistants like Siri but there is a dearth of knowledge of how to successsfully execute an AI strategy from start to finish. With such shortages it is even difficult for the C-suite to comprehend where AI would be best applied and most effective in their businesses.

Alphabet Stock Might Be Really Cheap if You Factor in Its AI Leadership

By almost any measure, Google is the master of applied artificial intelligence. Research papers and conferences are replete with the company’s technical achievements in the field of deep learning, today’s dominant form of AI.

And AI is also finding its way into operations and products at Google, by helping to reduce data center costs for the company’s cloud computing operations, on the one hand, and by developing new categories of offerings, such as its Waymo self-driving automobile unit.

There must be a value for all of this, but what exactly is it? It doesn’t appear to show up in the valuation of Google parent company, Alphabet (GOOGL) . The stock valuation, at a recent price of $1,214.65, is an extremely modest multiple of 5.2 times projected revenue of $162 billion this year, based on a market cap of $839 billion. At five times revenue, the stock is not reflecting the value of its tangible assets, which totaled about $121 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of last quarter; if those assets, net of long-term debt, is taken into account, the multiple is actually even cheaper, at 4.5 times.

2019-10-10 13:58:47-04:00 Read the full story (Alphabet stock may be cheap)…
2019-10-14 05:53:43-04:00 Read the full story (Google more undervalued than you think)…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.6579, Raw Interest Score: 2.0144,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2261, Negative Sentiment 0.0822

CloudQuant Thoughts… If it is difficult/impossible for Google to put an asset value on AI then there is little hope for the rest of us. But it does appear that the leader in AI does not have any direct valuation of its AI products on its corporate assets. As the article states, in the computer revolution of the 80s it was the intangible assets that carried all the value. Are the 7th and 8th most expensive US Equities (currently $1215 per share) and 4th and 5th biggest market cap (AAPL $1079b, MSFT $1062b, AMZN $851b, GOOGL $838b and GOOG $827b) still a buy?

Data Navigator Uses NLP for Queries

A new AI-based data “navigation” system is billed as the first analytics platform to use natural language processing to generate SQL queries from spoken requests. The result is a sort of virtual assistant for data analysts.

Promethium, a data management startup based in Menlo Park, Calif., said this week its NLP-generated SQL queries can be used to assemble data across different systems and platforms. The navigation system is based on the company’s AI and machine learning-driven contextual automation tool. The software can be used to locate data, then present it in form that is most useful to business analysts.

Founded in February 2018, Promethium said users can ask a question, prompting its system to locate data and demonstrate how it should be assembled. The system then generates an SQL statement to access the desired data before executing the query.

2019-10-09 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.2701, Raw Interest Score: 2.6331,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0572, Negative Sentiment 0.1145

CloudQuant Thoughts… Context is the hot thing with AI assistants. Humans expect a continuing conversation. “How many pictures did I take this weekend?”, “How many had dogs?”. They expect their AI assistant to know when a statement is a continuation of the previous statement and when it is a new statement. It is one thing to generate an SQL query from a human statement but very few SQL queries are completed after the first query. As such I would assume they have this in hand!

Genius On My Shoulder

At the end of every section in this article, you can read the text that an artificial intelligence predicted would come next.

I glanced down at my left thumb, still resting on the Tab key. What have I done? Had my computer become my co-writer? That’s one small step forward for artificial intelligence, but was it also one step backward for my own?

The skin prickled on the back of my neck, an involuntary reaction to what roboticists call the “uncanny valley”—the space between flesh and blood and a too-human machine.

For several days, I had been trying to ignore the suggestions made by Smart Compose, a feature that Google introduced, in May, 2018, to the one and a half billion people who use Gmail—roughly a fifth of the human population. Smart Compose suggests endings to your sentences as you type them….

2019-10-14 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.4034, Raw Interest Score: 1.4543,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0954, Negative Sentiment 0.1192

CloudQuant Thoughts… A deep New Yorker article where a writer questions how smart AI autocomplete is getting as he experiences it completing his sentences, often predicting his own output… and improving on it! “It was therefore disconcerting how frequently the AI was able to accurately predict my intentions, often when I was in mid-sentence, or even earlier.”

Data Lakes Get Structured

The explosion of unstructured and partially structured data has made traditional data lakes harder to manage. Adding to the challenge are “brittle” data pipelines that are time-consuming to create as well as ephemeral.

Or to put it another way, “Pipelines Suck,” asserts autonomous dataflow startup Ascend, which is rolling out a “structured data lake” designed to connect existing data processing engines, business intelligence tools and notebooks …
2019-10-07 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.1413, Raw Interest Score: 2.3936,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1140, Negative Sentiment 0.1140

Novel Database is Better at Measuring and Predicting Core Earnings and Stock Prices • Integrity Research

A recently published study by three Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan professors based on a novel database provided by New Constructs shows that (a) markets do not efficiently assess core earnings, (b) there is significant growth in disclosure of material unusual items, and (c) incorporating these material, but hard-to-find unusual items enables analysts to measure and predict companies’ core earnings – a key measure of a firm’s current and f…
2019-10-14 02:30:13+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 4.1187, Raw Interest Score: 1.5167,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1618, Negative Sentiment 0.2629

How Startups Can Leverage Augmented Data Management To Drive Business

Ubiquitous data has empowered startups to compete against blue-chip companies even without huge financial backing, as they are now able to blaze their own trail and build superior products. This is evident as of late many big organisations are acquiring startups due to the unique value proposition of their products.

Although, in the current landscape, they also possess similar challenges to what blue-chip companies witness. One such problem is d…
2019-10-14 04:30:15+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.9090, Raw Interest Score: 2.4893,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4505, Negative Sentiment 0.1660

8 Platforms You Can Use To Build Mobile Deep Learning Solutions

Deep Learning has made several breakthroughs in recent years. Compared to traditional computation platforms, it has become more sophisticated and advanced than ever. Smart homes, intelligent personal assistants, etc. are some of the major breakthroughs in the present era.

In this article, we list down 8 platforms that can be used to build mobile deep learning solutions.

(The list is in alphabetical order)

1| Caffe2

Facebook’s open-source deep…
2019-10-12 08:40:59+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.6233, Raw Interest Score: 1.9624,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1899, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Regulation will ‘stifle’ AI and hand the lead to Russia and China, warns Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov has warned that any attempts by the Government to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) could “stifle” its development and give Russia and China an advantage.

The former world chess champion has become an advocate for AI development following his resignation from professional chess in 2005.

He told The Telegraph that “the government should be involved” in helping researchers and private firms to develop AI in order to “pave the road” for the technology.

However, he cautioned…
2019-10-13 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.6161, Raw Interest Score: 1.6713,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2786, Negative Sentiment 0.5571

6 Market Leaders Fueled by Superior Revenue Growth

As a slowing economy and trade wars cloud the outlook for U.S. companies, Goldman Sachs has compiled a list of stocks that are expected to post double-digit sales increases in 2020 despite strong macro headwinds. And as rising costs squeeze profits, companies with robust revenue growth are in a far better position to expand earnings.

Excluding stocks in the financial, utilities, and real estate sectors, a mere 24 members of the S&P 500 Index (SP…
2019-10-10 17:39:36.592000+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.5973, Raw Interest Score: 1.6561,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4083, Negative Sentiment 0.1134

Siraj Raval Admits To Plagiarism, Cites Work Pressure As The Reason

Siraj Raval, the poster child of quick, quirky AI educational videos is in a Twitter maelstrom and it’s not over a gaffe. The YouTube sensation, better known for gamifying AI education has been caught in a plagiarism scandal. San Francisco Bay-based Raval, Founder and Director of School of AI, has received widespread criticism from all quarters over his quantum research paper which has been taken down.

His paper titled The Neural Qubit (he’s tak…
2019-10-14 10:30:45+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.5253, Raw Interest Score: 1.4399,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0497, Negative Sentiment 0.4717

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us Fight Climate Change. But It Has An Energy Problem, Too

AI is changing the way we work, live and solve challenges. It can improve healthcare, protect elephants from poachers, and work out how broadband should be distributed.

But it could be most valuable as a range of applications helping humanity fight our biggest threat – climate change. AI can strengthen climate predictions, enable smarter decision-making for decarbonising industries from building to transport, and work out how to allocate renewab…
2019-10-13 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.4697, Raw Interest Score: 1.3577,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3114, Negative Sentiment 0.2491

Advice For Recruiting And Retaining Data And Analytics Expertise

We’ve seen the promise of what enhanced data, analytics, and AI capabilities can do for businesses, but firms are struggling to truly maximize their impact. Data and analytics leaders want to shift into high gear, but many factors are holding them back. One of the key issues that everyone is facing is finding and developing the human skills needed to transform into an insights-driven business. Data and analytics expertise of all kinds — from data…
2019-10-10 16:42:39-04:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.3775, Raw Interest Score: 1.5894,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1325, Negative Sentiment 0.1987

Georgia Tech Join Forces with PNNL and Sandia for AI Research

A recent press release states that, “scientists from DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, and the Georgia Institute of Technology recently announced they will collaborate on solutions to some of the most challenging problems in AI today, thanks to $5.5 million in funding from DOE. PNNL senior research scientist Roberto Gioiosa will lead a new co-design center known as ARIAA to promote collaboration betw…
2019-10-11 07:05:25+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.2932, Raw Interest Score: 1.2674,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3169, Negative Sentiment 0.1267

RBC backs AI-based climate change research

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is backing a new academic research project using artificial intelligence to address climate change.

Borealis AI, an RBC Institute for Research, and RBC Quebec are donating $50,000 to a project at Mila – Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. The money will be used to help develop a tool that uses AI technology to produce street view images that show the potential effects of climate change.

The tool’s goal is to r…
2019-10-11 00:01:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.2577, Raw Interest Score: 1.5857,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1982, Negative Sentiment 0.0991

How Big Should Bank Marketing Budgets Be for Profitability & Growth?

ay financial marketers’ palette is far bigger with social media marketing, search engine marketing and optimization, and content marketing added to the traditional methods. And beyond that “martech,” big data and analytics are part of Marketing to varying degrees.

The chief marketing officer’s task — and talent — lies in finding the ideal blend of all of these options and tools to reach and sell the bank’s target audiences. The mix differs for every institution, but the question facing every marketing director remains: Is my marketing budget large enough?

Marketing spending is never in a vacuum. Not…
2019-10-07 04:09:10+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.2414, Raw Interest Score: 1.6155,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1190, Negative Sentiment 0.1020

3 Chicago Companies on the Big Data Trends They’re Watching and Why

While big data has long been harnessed by leaders across virtually every industry to make key business decisions, today, the field is a proven and established subset of tech. With an ever-growing list of professions and use-cases surrounding big data, trends have emerged in how that data is collected, organized and used.

Obviously, developments in big data mean different things to different companies. We spoke…
2019-10-09 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.2141, Raw Interest Score: 1.8291,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1503, Negative Sentiment 0.1128

How often does your algorithm learn? And other important questions to ask ML vendors

Vendors are quick to include AI in their sales pitch, but Dr Celeste Fralick, Senior Principal Engineer and Chief Data Scientist at McAfee recommends technology buyers ask three questions to help see through the hype to determine what they are actually getting.

Fralick chairs McAfee’s Analytic Center of Excellence and is responsible for the cybersecurity company’s technical analytic strategy that integrates into McAfee consumer and enterprise pr…
2019-10-10 15:05:17+11:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.1470, Raw Interest Score: 1.5894,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1104, Negative Sentiment 0.4194

HANA in the Cloud by Christmas, SAP Says

SAP formally revealed the planned general availability of hotly anticipated new cloud data storage products during CTO Juergen Mueller’s keynote address at TechEd conference in Barcelona Monday. Two of those new offerings — SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, which are bundled under the SAP HANA Cloud Services umbrella — were announced earlier this year and are expected to ship “before Christmas,” Mueller said.

SAP HANA Cloud is a new c…
2019-10-09 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.1014, Raw Interest Score: 1.8089,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0770, Negative Sentiment 0.1026

What’s Ahead in Big Data and Analytics


From data lakes and the cloud, to machine learning and artificial intelligence, the world of big data and analytics continues to evolve rapidly. The demand for fast access to information through better self-service capabilities is growing. At the same time, the need for improved governance and security practices is also intensifying. In response, leading organizations are turning to innovative new technologies and strategies to reinforce their analytics ecosystems with grea…
2019-12-12 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 3.0952, Raw Interest Score: 1.8283,
Positive Sentiment: 0.7154, Negative Sentiment 0.1590

Calypso implementation and data migration in just three-and-a-half months for Otkritie Bank

Tight deadlines and a need to separate data from the previously shared database demanded an innovative approach to this project, which was successfully executed by the Otkritie Bank team, Calypso Partner EPAM Systems, Inc. and Calypso Technology, Inc.

Otkritie Bank is a Top 10 ranking Russian bank.

In 2018, Otkritie Bank transformed the bulk of its investment division into an independent company, which continued to use the Calypso platform….
2019-10-10 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.8990, Raw Interest Score: 1.5610,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4141, Negative Sentiment 0.0796

AI that predicts flash floods years in advance to protect UK’s towns

Artificial intelligence that can predict the risk of flash flooding years before it happens will be used by the Environment Agency to protect Britain’s towns and cities.

A Cambridge University research student has created a system that estimates the risk of locations being affected by torrential rain, flash-floods and rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Robert Rouse, 30, created software that can gather and le…
2019-10-13 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.8169, Raw Interest Score: 2.1157,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Cloud tops the agenda for corporate treasury automation

Corporate treasurers view the advance of cloud computing as the most important technological development facing the industry over the next five years, followed by Big Data analytics and artificial intelligence.

The Economist Intelligence Unit, supported by Deutsche Bank, compiled the data strategy study based on polling of 300 senior corporate treasury executives from around the world.

Forty four percent of respondents to the EIU survey indicate that cloud computing will be the most important technology for treasurers over the next five years, followed by big data analytics (42%) and artificial int…
2019-10-11 00:01:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7998, Raw Interest Score: 1.9231,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2926, Negative Sentiment 0.0836

Common Applications of Artificial Intelligence That Are All Around Us

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us – and yet, it can sometimes be hard to see the impact it has on our everyday lives. There are many things that would not be the same without AI, but sometimes it’s not even obvious that it’s the main driving force behind them. And this will likely keep getting more and more pronounced in the near future too. It’s clear that AI is the next big thing in technology, and there a…
2019-10-10 22:27:20 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7857, Raw Interest Score: 1.0312,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2413, Negative Sentiment 0.0439

Cognitive Credit Brings Machine Learning To Analysis

Cognitive Credit has been launched to improve the efficiency of credit analysis through using machine learning to analyse data.

Robert Slater, chief executive and founder of Cognitive Credit, told Markets Media that he has worked in credit markets for 15 years including more than a decade at Citi and on the buy side.

Slater said that a huge challenge facing credit markets is that analysts are inundated with information. The corporate credit market is more than $10 trillion in size but there has been min…
2019-10-10 15:55:29+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7851, Raw Interest Score: 1.5561,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4698, Negative Sentiment 0.0881

Price Tag for CCPA Compliance: $55B

Data privacy doesn’t come cheap.

According to a regulatory assessment released by the state attorney general, the California Consumer Privacy Act will hit businesses with upwards of $55 billion in initial compliance costs. That works out to about 1.8 percent of California’s gross state product.

The cost estimate assumes that about 75 percent of California businesses will be required to comply with CCPA.

The report prepared by Berkeley Economic…
2019-10-08 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7686, Raw Interest Score: 1.5056,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1204, Negative Sentiment 0.1807

Google’s Deal for Looker Data Draws Fed Antitrust Review

Shares of Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL – Get Report) edged down in premarket trading Monday as federal antitrust regulators kick off a review of Google’s proposed $2.6 billion deal for Looker Data Sciences.

Alphabet’s stock price fell 0.28% in premarket trading to $1,211.99 as the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division begins an intensive examination of whether the deal will hurt competition in the field, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Looker is a business analytics firm based in Santa Cruz, Calif. It controls 4% of the cloud computing infrastructure sector…
2019-10-14 07:40:17-04:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.7442, Raw Interest Score: 1.6465,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0000, Negative Sentiment 0.4391

DataStax Grants Early Access to CDC Connector for Kafka

DataStax, the company behind a database built on Apache Cassandra, is opening early access to the DataStax Change Data Capture (CDC) Connector for Apache Kafka.

The DataStax CDC Connector for Apache Kafka gives developers bidirectional data movement between DataStax, Cassandra, and Kafka clusters. CDC is designed to capture and forward insert, update, and delete activity applied to tables (column families).

The DataStax CDC Connector for Apache…
2019-10-10 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6815, Raw Interest Score: 2.0956,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2620, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Modern Data Warehousing: Enterprise Must-Haves


To fit into modern analytics ecosystems, legacy data warehouses must evolve—both architecturally and technologically—to deliver the agility, scalability and flexibility that business need to thrive in today’s data-driven economy. Alongside new architectural approaches, a variety of technologies have emerged as key ingredients of modern data warehousing, from data vir…
2019-11-19 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6801, Raw Interest Score: 1.6779,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2517, Negative Sentiment 0.1678

7 Platforms You Can Use To Build & Test Robotics Applications

Researchers are developing advanced robots which will be helpful in various sectors like transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, among others. Open-sourced robotic platforms bring the whole community of robot enthusiasts together in one platform in order to gain successful outcomes in a certain project. It has truly changed the way of traditional research.

In this article, we list down seven platforms where anyone can build and test robotic a…
2019-10-14 09:30:32+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6630, Raw Interest Score: 1.8382,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2298, Negative Sentiment 0.0000

Architecting Your Data Lake for Flexibility

The terms ‘Big Data’ and ‘Hadoop’ have come to be almost synonymous in today’s world of business intelligence and analytics. The promise of easy access to large volumes of heterogeneous data, at low cost compared to traditional data warehousing platforms, has led many organizations to dip their toe in the water of a Hadoop data lake. The Life Sciences industry is no exception.

With the extremely large amounts of cl…
2019-10-08 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6140, Raw Interest Score: 1.4638,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1119, Negative Sentiment 0.1791

Talend Cloud is Now Available on Microsoft Azure

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is releasing Talend Cloud on Microsoft Azure, offering a secure and scalable Integration Platform-as-a-Service for collecting, transforming and cleaning data.

With embedded data quality and native integration performance, Talend Cloud on Microsoft Azure delivers the trusted data companies need to make real-time business decisions, accelerate advanced analytics, and meet regulatory …
2019-10-11 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6119, Raw Interest Score: 1.4925,
Positive Sentiment: 0.4561, Negative Sentiment 0.0829

Collibra Adds Privacy Regulation Compliances in Recent Platform Update

u, senior director of product management, catalog, Collibra. “We are introducing new capabilities that allow data citizens easy access to data and faster time to insight.”

The new release introduces machine learning enhancements to Collibra Catalog and marks the availability of Collibra Privacy & Risk, a sustainable approach to compliance with modules for CCPA and GDPR.

With the new release, Collibra Catalog now includes additional capabilities that automate the process for Data Citizens to organize, discover, and understand data across the enterprise.

One of these capabilities is a new machine learning-po…
2019-10-09 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.6007, Raw Interest Score: 1.9328,
Positive Sentiment: 0.5882, Negative Sentiment 0.0420

Build Your First Computer Vision Project — Dog Breed Classification

Build Your First Computer Vision Project — Dog Breed Classification

Get started building your first computer vision project in less than 30 minutes.

Photo by Joe Caione on Unsplash

For us, humans, it is pretty easy to tell one dog breed from another. That is if you are talking about 10–20 popular dog breeds. When we are talking about more than 100 kinds of dogs, it is an entirely different story. For a human to correctly and consistently class…
2019-10-14 04:17:50.552000+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5670, Raw Interest Score: 1.4642,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2035, Negative Sentiment 0.1445

SAP to Resell BigID Data Discovery and Privacy Products as Solution Extensions

BigID, a provider of data-centric personal data discovery and privacy, has announced a global reseller agreement with SAP. Through the new agreement, SAP can sell two BigID powered products under the names SAP Privacy Management application by BigID and SAP Data Mapping and Protection application by BigID. This will enable businesses that use SAP solutions to more readily meet the challenges of data-centric data discovery and privacy by harnessin…
2019-10-07 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5325, Raw Interest Score: 1.6255,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2601, Negative Sentiment 0.0650

6 Steps to Improve Banking CX Through Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning promise nothing short of a customer experience transformation in retail banking — but the best ideas for their application could fail if projects are not built on firm foundations of clean, accurate and complete data around customers and their behaviors and financial needs.

“AI and machine learning can help marketers in retail banking to predict client needs and deepen relat…
2019-10-09 00:01:54+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5166, Raw Interest Score: 1.3351,
Positive Sentiment: 0.2880, Negative Sentiment 0.1702

Fenergo Launches Fen-Host, a Cloud Managed Service

New Cloud Based CLM Offering

10th October 2019 – Fenergo, a leading provider of digital Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) software solutions for financial institutions, has announced the launch of Fen-Host, a fully managed services cloud offering. The move is a direct response to the growing acceptance of cloud amongst financial institutions and requests from the Fenergo client community. Research by Fenergo found that 56% of global financial …
2019-10-10 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.5078, Raw Interest Score: 1.7370,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1930, Negative Sentiment 0.0241

How Big Should Credit Union Marketing Budgets Be for Profitability & Growth?

Chief marketing officers at every credit union perennially ask: “Is my marketing budget large enough?”

To help credit union leaders gain some context as they evaluate their own budgeting decisions, The Financial Brand pulled the marketing budgets of a random sampling of credit unions ranging from about $250 million in assets up to the largest in NCUA’s database. We gathered year-end totals for 2015 and 2018 from the “educational and promotional …
2019-10-07 04:08:46+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.4103, Raw Interest Score: 1.3104,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0899, Negative Sentiment 0.0771

Nvidia uses federated learning to create medical imaging AI

one Nvidia claims is a first for medical image analysis. The technique can allow data-sharing between hospitals and researchers while preserving patient privacy.

Federated learning is an approach to machine learning that — when using a client-server approach — can eliminate the need to create a single data lake in order to train models. Instead, models are trained locally on devices that then transfer insights from multiple machines to a central model.

“You need to get to these innovations, and I believe there’s kind of two ways. One, which we released last August, is create the best generalizable model tha…
2019-10-13 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.3906, Raw Interest Score: 1.4118,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1675, Negative Sentiment 0.1436

Edge is core to future business models, but cybersecurity must evolve: Brad Surak

As the world sees the distribution of billions of smart devices, and literally trillions of new sensors, the current computing paradigms will struggle to meet the needs of new applications in such an environment.

Edge computing is emerging as part of the solution. In the edge computing model, programming and analysis are pushed out to the device (at the edge) rather than sent back to a cloud to a core data center for processing or analysis.

2019-10-14 02:18:55+11:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.3428, Raw Interest Score: 1.3701,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1803, Negative Sentiment 0.2524

Cloud Software Provider Datadog Enjoys Thriving IPO

Datadog, a cloud software provider focused on data analytics and monitoring tools, enjoyed a thriving IPO last Thursday that saw the company’s share prices spike upwards almost immediately. Datadog is the latest software company to enjoy a mammoth valuation above $10 billion, with the subscription software company having demonstrated excellent user retention despite some concerns that it wouldn’t be able to woo over investors.

In spite of criticisms surro…
2019-10-11 19:20:34+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.2889, Raw Interest Score: 1.3696,
Positive Sentiment: 0.3002, Negative Sentiment 0.1689

Stocks in Asia mixed amid US-China trade uncertainty

Stocks in Asia were mixed on Wednesday amid growing uncertainty over the high-level trade negotiations between the U.S. and China due to commence later this week. Mainland Chinese stocks recovered from an earlier slip to rise on the day, with the Shanghai composite up 0.39% to around 2,924.86 and Shenzhen component adding 0.34% to 9,506.56. The Shenzhen composite gained 0.654% to approximately 1,609.10. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index shed 0.61%, as …
2019-10-09 00:00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.2323, Raw Interest Score: 1.1331,
Positive Sentiment: 0.0647, Negative Sentiment 0.1942

Yellowbrick Data Enters Cloud Data Warehouse Wars

The concept of data storage warehouses is pretty old-school, going back to 1951 for physical document/film storage facilities (Iron Mountain and IBM), then to the 1990s for on-premises-only IT warehouse solutions. A lot has changed since Amazon launched the S3 cloud storage service in late 2006 and its Glacier online cold storage and backup service in 2012.

Now enterprises are dipping their toes into so-called data lakes of unstructured data in …
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Five Tips for Contributing to Open Source Software

Five Tips for Contributing to Open Source Software

A data scientist’s perspective

Photo by Yancy Min on Unsplash

Contributing to Open-Source Software (OSS) can be a rewarding endeavor, especially for new data scientists. It helps improve skills, provides invaluable experience when collaborating on projects, and gives you a chance to showcase your code. However, many data scientists do not consider themselves to be formally trained software dev…
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How ML Helps Solve the Big Data Transform/Mastering Problem

Despite the astounding technological progress in big data analytics, we largely have yet to move past manual techniques for important tasks, such as data transformation and master data management. As data volumes grow, the productivity gap posed by manual methods grows wider, putting the dreams of AI- and machine learning-powered automation further out of reach. Can ML itself help to close that gap? Mike Stonebraker sure thinks so.

Stonebraker — who ha…
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It’s Time to Productionize Data Science

To make Data Science part of business value creation, business users have to be part of the Data Science lifecycle. They need to be able to go back to Data Science teams and provide feedback so that the Data Science process reflects their requirements — and quickly. Models may need to be updated or functionalities automated, for instance.

What businesses need is Data Science productionization. That’s the merger of c…
2019-10-10 07:35:51+00:00 Read the full story…
Weighted Interest Score: 2.0778, Raw Interest Score: 1.2836,
Positive Sentiment: 0.1918, Negative Sentiment 0.1180

Amazon explains how Alexa learns new languages

Amazon’s Alexa assistant recently learned to speak new languages globally: Hindi, U.S. Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Synthetic data aided substantially in this, explained Amazon senior manager for research science Janet Slifka in a post on the Alexa blog this morning, but it wasn’t the end-all-be-all solution. The languages required new bootstrapping tools.

One of the tools in question was developed by Amazon’s Alexa AI Applied Modeling and…
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Positive Sentiment: 0.1427, Negative Sentiment 0.0285

The Big Five: Largest Acquisitions by Tech Company

The Big Five: Largest Acquisitions by Tech Company

The Big Five tech giants, or “FAAMG”—Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google (Alphabet)—have a combined market capitalization of over $4 trillion.

These powerful tech behemoths often devour the talent, technology, or entire businesses of aspiring competitors. Given their financial weight, mergers and acquisitions have become a key tactic in maintaining their strong grip on tech supremacy…
2019-10-11 13:15:02+00:00 Read the full story…
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