Machine learning

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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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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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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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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HP Announces API Combinations for Cognitive App Development

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HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) has announced a new offering and marketplace infrastructure with the enviable title of HPE Haven OnDemand Combinations, designed to accelerate the development of “next generation cognitive applications.” The combinations are preconfigured sets or chains of APIs which have been available from HPE in the IDOL on-premise software and more recently offered in a variety of freemium and commercial packages through HPE’s Haven OnDemand cloud services.

HPE’s description of the new functionality can be found here:

https://community.havenondemand.com/t5/Blog/Introducing-the-fastest-way-to-add-intelligence-to-all-your-apps/ba-p/3227

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Google DeepMind To Scan Eyeballs

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Google has reached an agreement to partner with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London on a project to use Google’s machine learning to try to discover paths to early detection of eye problems from diabetes sufferers and from the onset of macular degeneration in aging populations.

Google’s health unit will use deep learning to assess over one million anonymized hi-res 3-D eye scans with the goal of becoming able to automatically diagnose vision problems in hi-risk groups. The hope is that ...

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Futures in Machine Intelligence

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Investor and analytics software entrepreneur David Beyer of Amplify Partners has authored a report that collects ten interviews with practitioners working with a wide range of machine learning tools, approaches, and applications. There has been significant progress in the field over the past months, leading up to (among other things) the recent triumph of Google’s winning Go machine. The intention is to look at the field from the point of view of practitioners who are grappling with the “ideas and ...

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