Archive for March, 2016

Pragmatic Steps Towards Cognitive Computing – Footprints on the Microsoft Desktop

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By Jeff Fried
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The vision of cognitive computing—a collaboration between people and computers that magnifies human reason and insight—is incredibly exciting. It’s not just hype and vision; there are some remarkable, and real, early applications out there. But this morning, as I was working through my email, I realized I’m already using cognitive ...

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The Guardian and Julius Baer Consider Thinking Machines

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The British-based Guardian newspaper, with support from Swiss bank Julius Baer, gathered a group of 14 business, technology, and academic leaders for a roundtable discussion of “Industry 4.0” — the impact of smart machines on industries, jobs, productivity, and social norms.

The conversation touches on novel developments grounded on AI, from the impacts of self-driving tractors and data-driven agriculture on farming, to the impact of increasingly intelligent robotics on manufacturing employment, to the changes in health care practice being brought about ...

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Microsoft In Recovery Room After Tay

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Microsoft appears to have been emboldened by the success of its Xiaoice chat bot in China to try a US-based chat bot with the personality of a 19-year-old girl in order to attract the 18-24 year-old demographic. What it found was that the US market responded to the introduction by attacking the bot’s learning algorithms with hate speech and “training” Tay to be an eager participant within its first few hours online.

Microsoft acted at once to shut down the experiment ...

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CSC’s Leading Edge Forum Declares “Matrix” Era

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London-based Leading Edge Forum, a research arm of CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) issued a new study, titled Embracing ‘the Matrix’ and the Machine Intelligence Era. The study declares that the current intersection of Cloud computing and “machine intelligence” will bring about an “ever more capable digital ecosystem” that they dub “The Matrix.”

Read more at Leading Edge Forum

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Supreme Court Ideal Point Miner (SCIPM)

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Researchers at the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech have developed a model that learns Supreme Court justices’ judicial preferences and voting behavior. Using the model, they report that they have been successful in assessing justices’ views on issues, anticipating their alignments in different cases, and predicting which justice may become a swing vote on an issue that divides the court.

Read more at The Conversation.com

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Looking at Unpredictability in truly Cognitive Systems

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The recent Google AlphaGo victory over a human Go grandmaster is notable not only for the prodigious capabilities of deep learning on display from the machine but also for the surprise one of AlphaGo’s moves brought to Lee Se-Dol, the human competitor. As Lee stated, this was “not a human move.” He is reported to have felt the need to leave the room for 15 minutes to regain his composure.

Researcher Jonathan Tapson, Director of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour ...

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Stirrings in the Cognitive Services Nest

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The widely splashed news of the founding of Noodle.ai and its first CEO, Stephen Pratt, lately of IBM Global Business Services, represents another indicator of increasing interest in the services opportunity connected with cognitive computing.

Founding investment firm TPG Growth, having passed on Palantir and other opportunities with stratospheric valuations, decided to roll its own offering to compete with IBM in the enterprise cognitive services space.

Read more at The New York Times

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HPE Haven OnDemand Machine Learning & Search

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HP Enterprise has joined the list of enterprise cloud service providers offering component APIs to enable customers to develop what HP calls “augmented human intelligence” applications. The Haven OnDemand service runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud for now and offers “over 60” APIs including text analysis, image recognition, speech recognition, predictive analytics, and search.

Read more at eWeek

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