Tag: Big Data

AI system prioritizes x-rays by urgency

Radiologists are drowning in x-rays. The electromagnetic scans account for a whopping 40 percent of all diagnostic imaging worldwide, and in the U.K. alone, there are an estimated 330,000 x-rays at any given time that have waited more than a month for a report. Fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to shrink the backlog substantially. In […]

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Amazon team taps millions of Alexa interactions to reduce NLP error rate

Developing an AI system capable of understanding natural language isn’t just time-consuming — it’s really expensive. Developers have to collect thousands of voice samples and annotate them by hand, a process that often takes weeks. That’s why researchers at Amazon’s Alexa division pursued transfer learning, which leverages a neural network — i.e., layers of mathematical functions […]

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AI chip startup Hailo Technologies expands Series A to more than $20 million

Artificial intelligence (AI) chips — that is, microprocessors optimized for machine learning workloads — are poised to attract tens of billions of dollars in investment capital within the next decade. Allied Market Research forecasts that they’ll be a $37.8 billion industry by 2025, fueled by growing demand for faster, cheaper, and higher-efficiency AI model training […]

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Airbus wants to reinvent aircraft design with quantum computing challenge

Aeronautics giant Airbus today announced that it is creating a global competition to encourage developers to find ways quantum computing can be applied to aircraft design. Quantum computing is one of many next-generation computing architectures being explored as engineers worry that traditional computing is reaching its physical limits. Computers today process information using bits, either […]

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Gartner: Enterprise use of AI grew 270% over the past 4 years

Companies are adopting artificial intelligence (AI) like it’s going out of style, according to a new report by Gartner. The Stamford firm’s 2019 CIO Survey of more than 3,000 executives in 89 countries found that AI implementation grew a whopping 270 percent in the past four years, and 37 percent in the last year alone. […]

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Researchers use Samsung data and AI to predict mobile game churn

Churn — that all-important measure of attrition — is often challenging to predict when it comes to mobile games. There are two types of churn — one at the micro level, between an app and a specific user, and the other at the macro level, between an app and all of its users. And the […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Kaia Health raises $10 million to treat chronic pain with AI

Chronic diseases affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Over 16 million adults in the U.S., for instance, have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammation of the lungs that obstructs airflow. And researchers estimate that 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain several times in their lives. […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($23.3 billion) was invested across 3,384 deals […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology like […]

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AI project matches brands with relevant Instagram influencers

In some circles, the mere mention of the word “influencer” is enough to elicit groans of protest. True, folks like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Felix Kjellberg (i.e., YouTube’s PewDiePie), and others with outsized social media presences might not have spotless reputations, but they’re pretty effective at peddling merchandise to their legions of follows. In a recent survey […]

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This AI learns from past matches to predict tennis shot placement

You might have heard about AI that teaches four-legged robots to walk and autonomous systems that generate photorealistic images of butterflies, but what about models that forecast the shot location of tennis balls? In a newly published preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Memory Augmented Deep Generative models for Forecasting the Next Shot Location in Tennis“), researchers […]

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Want your sales teams to always be closing? Adopt AI (VB Live)

Artificial intelligence can increase your leads and appointments by 50 percent, reduce costs up to 60 percent, cut call time up to 70 percent, and slash admin work by 40 percent. So why aren’t your sales teams totally AI-enabled? Learn more about how AI can help your salespeople take back their time and close the […]

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Facebook and Stanford researchers design a chatbot that learns from its mistakes

Chatbots rarely make great conversationalists. With the exception of perhaps Microsoft’s Xiaoice in China, which has about 40 million users and averages 23 back-and-forth exchanges, and Alibaba’s Dian Xiaomi, an automated sales agent that serves nearly 3.5 million customers a day, most can’t hold humans’ attention for much longer than 15 minutes. But that’s not tempering bot […]

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What3words entices investment from Sony’s Innovation Fund

A universal system to index the world’s locations might sound ambitious, but that’s exactly what Chris Sheldrick and Cambridge mathematician Mohan Ganesalingam set out to build six years ago with What3words. Their mnemonic alternative to longitude and latitude coordinates consists of 57 trillion three-meter-by-three-meter squares spanning the entire globe, each associated with a unique address made of […]

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Alation raises $50 million to index enterprise data

Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from […]

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Index Ventures leads $40 million investment in German HR startup Personio

Munich-based human resources startup Personio has raised $40 million in venture capital in a round led by Index Ventures. Personio’s HR and recruiting software targets small and medium-sized companies that are often still running on outdated legacy systems. The company says it has signed up more than 1,000 customers. “This investment further enables us to […]

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Amazon’s AWS launches full-managed data backup service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new backup service for companies using its cloud computing platform. With AWS Backup, the Amazon subsidiary is making it easier for its customers to back up all their data into a fully-managed, centralized silo — this includes data stored on AWS and on-premises servers. It’s worth noting here […]

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Alexa can now read your news like a newscaster

Alexa can now deliver the news with the tenor and tone of a professional newscaster, thanks to a new artificial intelligence (AI) technique. Starting today for customers in the U.S., as first spotted by TechCrunch, Alexa will brief you on the day’s events and narrate snippets from Wikipedia with a “more natural,” contextually-sensitive voice that emphasizes […]

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Project Alias feeds smart speakers white noise to preserve privacy

Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user 1,700 audio recordings of a stranger. […]

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