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A Data Scientist’s Take on Cognitive Computing (and more…)

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Join the upcoming Leaders in Cognitive webinar, Wednesday 10/11/17 at 12:00 pm Eastern to meet Wayne Thompson, Chief Data Scientist at SAS Institute.

Wayne will tackle the confusing deep water we find ourselves in trying to navigate the proliferation of hype related to “AI” terms like weak and strong AI, cognitive computing, machine learning, and particularly deep learning. Would you know AI if you met up with it on the street? You should after you’ve heard Wayne’s perspective.

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AI and the Costs of Late Adoption

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The McKinsey Global Institute has released an 80-page “discussion paper” entitled Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

 Needless to say, the question posited in the title is a straw man, as the research results indicate clearly both the current rush toward AI-powered innovations and the business advantages early adopters are experiencing. The report is appropriately wide-ranging, covering the dynamics of profit gains for early-mover enterprises, estimating “windows of opportunity” in the market and the capabilities required to seize them, and, not ...

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McKinsey on the State of AI and the Costs of Late Adoption

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The McKinsey Global Institute has released an 80-page “discussion paper” entitled Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

Needless to say, the question posited in the title is a straw man, as the research results indicate clearly both the current rush toward AI-powered innovations and the business advantages many early adopters are experiencing. The report is appropriately wide-ranging, covering profit-boosting for enterprises, estimating “windows of opportunity” in the market and the capabilities required to seize them, and, not least, considerations of re-skilling ...

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AI: the new Electricity?

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Andrew Ng, formerly AI lead at Baidu, now adjunct professor at Stanford offers a concise, 3-minute overview of his views of “AI as the New Electricity.” He combines a bit of history with some interesting rules of thumb on what currently-human tasks will be AI-able and with a projection of which fields will be first to broadly adopt AI approaches.

Listen to Prof. Ng’s assessment of the progress of the AI market at WSJ Video: http://www.wsj.com/video/andrew-ng-ai-is-the-new-electricity/56CF4056-4324-4AD2-AD2C-93CD5D32610A.html

 

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SOLR, Bloomberg, Open Source ML Enhancements for Search

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Bloomberg is open sourcing a machine learning-driven ranking plug-in for SOLR, the widely used open source search system.

This is one natural opportunity, among several others, for search facilities to get smarter and more user- or domain-sensitive compared to any standard, off-the-shelf relevance algorithm approach.

While this is still a long way from cognitive computing, it does illustrate how companies with technical know-how, in this case financial publisher Bloomberg, are beginning to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s more fully dynamic discovery environments.

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2016 – Roundups on AI/Cognitive Computing

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As the days finally start to get longer and the year comes to a close, the trade press, and even the broader media, have a hard time resisting the urge to sum up what’s gone on in the past twelve months, and sometimes to look ahead.

For AI and Cognitive Computing, 2016 proved to be a breakout year in a number of ways, and we offer here links to three different and interesting perspectives.

In Software Development Times, Christina Cardoza enumerates the ...

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Consider Google Translate

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The New York Times Magazine features a beautifully prepared and presented article on the recent dramatic improvements in Google Translate brought about by deep learning technologies developed in the Google Brain division of Alphabet. But this is not simply an article about a breakthrough innovation, it is a nuanced discussion of the history, problems, and approaches, both failed and (sometimes) successful, that lie behind some of the most useful AI-supported facilities we use today.

As an example, author Gideon Lewis-Kraus notes:

“…in ...

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SAS CTO on Viya™ and Cognitive

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The Huffington Post recently published an interview with Oliver Schabenberger, SAS Executive VP and CTO discussing the shifts in advanced analytics, the adoption of deep learning techniques, the increasing use of streaming data analytics, and the emergence of cognitive computing approaches in SAS product lines. All of these capabilities are anchored in SAS’s most recent Cloud platform offering, dubbed Viya™.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lolita-taub/cognitive-business-sas-an_b_13531248.html

Schabenberger takes a pragmatic view on how the AI-supported future will unfold:

“It is unlikely that AI will replace the processes ...

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Amazon Introduces AWS Cloud Cognitive Services

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Amazon used its AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas to introduce the first cognitive APIs available through Amazon Web Services. Rekognition, Polly, and Amazon Lex are three new featured services. They enable, respectively: object & facial recognition and categorization; text to speech conversion based on deep learning; and a forthcoming Alexa AI service for natural language question answering.

With Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Baidu, and IBM all publishing advanced AI-oriented APIs and services, Amazon is joining a crowded field—not, however as a ...

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Baidu Adds Speech Technologies to Palette of Cognitive APIs

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Baidu proves once again that it can play cognitive open source at the world class level of a Google or a Facebook or a Microsoft as it announced the availability of four core speech technologies. These are Long Utterance Speech Recognition, Far-Field Speech Recognition, Expressive Speech Synthesis and Wake Word.

The speech APIs join a growing list of public Baidu AI resources, including PaddlePaddle, its deep learning platform, and technologies for cognitive applications including: facial recognition, optical character recognition, and natural ...

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