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Consortium Presents – Leadership for AI: a Discussion at AIWorld Boston, Wednesday 12/5/18

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Have you ever wondered if the same old IT project management and executive leadership styles that have been in place for years will work for the oncoming generation of AI deployments?

You’ll find answers to this and other leadership questions at 2:00 pm at the Cognitive Computing track at AIWorld, Wednesday 12/5/18.

Moderated by Hadley Reynolds, Consortium Co-founder, the panel includes executives from a range of backgrounds. Leslie Owens is Executive Director of MIT ...

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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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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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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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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.

Aside from the mandatory linguistic aspects ...

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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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