Tag: Big Data

AI generates interesting story endings

Sophisticated natural language processing systems like OpenAI’s GPT-2 can craft speech that’s impressively humanlike, but those same AI often struggle with cogencY and coherency. In particular, they don’t pen compelling conclusions — AI-generated story endings tend to be generic and lacking in context. This shortcoming motivated scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science […]

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Uber’s EvoGrad is a dev library for evolutionary algorithms

Does evolutionary computation ring a bell? In computer science, it’s the family of algorithms for global optimization inspired by biological evolution. Instead of following explicit mathematical gradients, these special models generate variants, test them, and retain the top performers. They’ve shown promise in early work by OpenAI, Google, and others, but they’re somewhat tough to […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists boost information retrieval with novel AI training technique

The information retrieval models underpinning search engines require reams of manually annotated data, if they’re trained using machine learning. That’s because they must handle not only a range of queries, but any and all data tangential to these queries. Fortunately, an approach (“Content-Based Weak Supervision for Ad-Hoc Re-Ranking”) detailed by scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division […]

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Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI to develop AI technologies on Azure

Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Elon Musk, and others, with backing from luminaries like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and former Y Combinator president Sam Altman. In a blog post, Brockman said the investment will […]

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Equifax to pay at least $575 million settlement for 2017 data breach

Equifax will pay at least $575 million in a settlement for a mammoth 2017 data breach that impacted more than 140 million people. According to an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this penalty could rise to as much as $700 million. The Atlanta-headquartered consumer credit reporting company hit the spotlight back in September […]

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AI Weekly: A growing chorus of experts agrees facial recognition systems must be regulated

On Tuesday, Oakland became the third U.S. city after San Francisco and the Boston suburb of Somerville to ban facial recognition use by local government departments, including its police force. The ordinance adopted by the city council, which was written by Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission and sponsored by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, prohibits the city and […]

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DeepMind’s AI learns to generate realistic videos by watching YouTube clips

Perhaps you’ve heard of FaceApp, the mobile app that taps AI to transform selfies, or This Person Does Not Exist, which surfaces computer-generated photos of fictional people. But what about an algorithm whose videos are wholly novel? One of the newest papers from Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind (Efficient Video Generation on Complex Datasets) details […]

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Why do 87% of data science projects never make it into production?

“If your competitors are applying AI, and they’re finding insight that allow them to accelerate, they’re going to peel away really, really quickly,” says Deborah Leff, Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI at IBM, on stage at Transform 2019. On their panel, “What the heck does it even mean to ‘Do […]

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Who was at Transform 2019? Check the photo gallery

Transform 2019: Accelerating Your Business with AI was VentureBeat’s largest and most expansive event to date. Over the course of two days on July 10 and 11, leaders from both the tech giants and disruptive startups came together to share the opportunities and challenges in an AI-first world. The program included keynotes from the main […]

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How Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track crowds at dining destinations

Royal Carribean’s Spectrum of The Seas — the third-largest class of cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage — can accommodate over 6,000 people and 2,500 crewmembers during its nine-night Asia voyages. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, particularly mornings prior to port, when throngs of passengers nab breakfast before deboarding. So how […]

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Stop thinking you can hire enough people to fix your cybersecurity problems

Presented by Kenna Security For the past four decades, technologists have watched silently as Moore’s Law — which says that computing power basically doubles every 18 months — has been proven true again and again. But there’s no Moore’s Law for workforce development. And there’s no Moore’s Law for the human brain. The absence of […]

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InCountry raises $15 million to help multinational companies comply with data residency regulations

InCountry, a so-called “data residency-as-a-service” platform that helps multinational companies store customer data locally, has raised $15 million in a series A round of funding led by Arbor Ventures and Global Founders Capital, with participation from Caffeinated Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Charles River Ventures. The San Francisco-based startup, which exited stealth with $7 million in […]

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AquaSight taps computer vision to tell you if water is safe to drink

Sussing out water potability is sometimes nigh impossible in the field, depending on the remoteness of the region from where it was sourced. The United Nations estimates that every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water supply, and while a range of chemical kits test […]

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Pivot raises $17 million for AI-powered home workouts

There’s no shortage of fitness apps that promise to tone your muscles and boost your baseline heart rate in no time, but a new challenger on the block claims its approach is more holistic than most. San Francisco-based Pivot, which today emerged from stealth with $17 million in series A funding led by DCM with […]

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Zappos lead data scientist on the challenges of using semantic search

Online retailer Zappos has never been shy about adopting new technologies to improve its business. And its search bar is no exception: Over the past two years, the company has been overhauling its search algorithms using machine learning. At VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 conference last week in San Francisco, Zappos lead data scientist Ameen Kazerouni talked […]

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Google’s Parrotron is an AI tool for people with speech impediments

For millions of folks around the world, speech impairment is a fact of life. Roughly 7.5 million people in the U.S. have trouble vocalizing words and phrases, and disorders involving pitch, loudness, and quality affect about 5% of children by the first grade. This poses a challenge for accessibility engineers developing AI-driven speech recognition and […]

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AWS and Udacity launch DeepRacer machine learning course and scholarship

Amazon Web Services (AWS) often describes DeepRacer League, which launched in November 2018 at the tech giant’s AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, as the world’s first autonomous racing league open to everyone. But entering the tournament entails devising an algorithm that can successfully drive a 1/18th scale car around a track, which requires a firm grasp […]

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AT&T teams with Microsoft on 5G, AI, cloud, and edge innovations

AT&T’s mobile 5G network isn’t actually attracting consumers yet, but businesses are interested in the transformational improvements 5G can bring — and Microsoft is getting out in front of the impending wave of change. The carrier and enterprise-focused software maker announced today that they’re “joining forces to innovate around 5G, AI, cloud, and edge computing,” a […]

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How AI companies can avoid ethics washing

One of the essential phrases necessary to understand AI in 2019 has to be “ethics washing.” Put simply, ethics washing — also called “ethics theater” — is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. A textbook example for tech giants is when a company promotes […]

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Icertis raises $75 million to automate contract management

There’s more to managing contracts than most folks realize. Deals between companies of a certain size must be executed to the letter after they’re drawn up and finalized, and then continuously analyzed to reduce financial risk and improve performance. That’s why manual contract management is estimated to cost businesses in segments like health care tens […]

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