Uber & Geometric Intelligence

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Uber’s announcement that it has acquired Geometric Intelligence and its 15 ai computer scientists can be viewed on the surface as yet another in a months’ long string of talent raids by the mega-tech firms on academic departments and ai startups.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/technology/uber-bets-on-artificial-intelligence-with-acquisition-and-new-lab.html

At another, more strategic level, it could be viewed as more evidence of capitulation on the part of the mega vendors—an acknowledgement that the more “cognitive” problems in upper level decision-making by ...

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Where Are We With Cognitive Computing Today? Part 1.

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Cognitive computing is emerging as a significant part of the next generation of computing. Because it is early days in this new generation of computing, there is still no widespread understanding of what it is and how it differs from some of its relatives: AI, internet of things, machine learning, conversational systems, bots, or NLP. We see in both the US and in Europe that companies are very interested, but are mostly still at the experimentation and proof of concept ...

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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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Facebook Attempts to Minimize the Importance of Fake News & Filter Bubble Problems

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“The problem with Facebook’s influence on political discourse is not limited to the dissemination of fake news. It’s also about echo chambers. The company’s algorithm chooses which updates appear higher up in users’ newsfeeds and which are buried. Humans already tend to cluster among like-minded people and seek news that confirms their biases. Facebook’s research shows that the company’s algorithm encourages this by somewhat prioritizing updates that users find comforting.”

So writes Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North ...

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Notes from World of Watson 2016

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IBM’s World of Watson served up an impressive smorgasbord this year: topnotch speakers, thought provoking research, roving robots, and Olli, a self-driving bus/tour guide. For those of us who have tracked cognitive computing since its beginning, the most impressive part of the conference was its size: 17,000 people trekking among multiple venues, hundreds of exhibitors. It’s apparent that AI and cognitive computing and IoT are all converging, and that it’s difficult to tease them apart.

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Takeaways: O’Reilly AI Part 3

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Among the featured speakers at the O’Reilly AI Conference were Lili Cheng of Microsoft Research, and Oren Etzioni, director of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Their views offer contrasting perspectives: AI product design and development lessons from Microsoft and some hard data about expectations for market development from the AI think tank.

Lili Cheng, Microsoft Research. Microsoft’s bot, Xaoice, now with 40 million users, was rolled out first in China, and then Japan. Like Amazon’s Echo, it has a suite ...

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Takeaways: O’Reilly AI Part 2

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Among the speakers at the O’Reilly AI Conference were the eponymous conference producer and long-time tech industry guru Tim O’Reilly, and Genevieve Bell, representing Intel, one of the premium sponsors of the event. This is what I thought were the primary messages they delivered.

Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media. Tim was upbeat about AI and its potential to “change the game” of business. He cited complex problems that will always arise when we change the nature of the relationship between people and ...

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Takeaways: O’Reilly AI

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The first O’Reilly AI Conference served up an AI smorgasbord of ideas at the end of September in New York. We continue to struggle with the resurgence of use of the term “AI” throughout the mainstream press. As we have pointed out, simplistic definitions are erecting big hurdles to useful understanding of the field. Artificial intelligence is a large umbrella term that includes: machine learning of all types, digital assistants, conversational systems, Internet of Things, image and speech recognition, emotion ...

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Under Micro Focus, formerly HPE Autonomy Assets Face Uncertain Future In Cognitive Computing

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The announcement that HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) has spun out most of its software assets to UK-based Micro Focus International plc indicates that the company is adopting a strategy of retreat from the fast-moving but nascent field of cognitive computing.

Micro Focus has had a successful run up on the London Stock Exchange since the beginning of the year. On the news of the deal, the stock value spiked: it is now up 45% year-to-date. While this should be good news ...

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