Tag: Big Data

All the privacy issues Apple didn’t talk about at its annual event, and why they matter

A watch that actually tells time, all the time. Portrait mode for pets. Slofies. Apple’s annual shiny-new-toys event last week was packed with glitzy news from Apple as usual. These features are fun, but something’s been troubling me for the last few days since those announcements: something that was almost completely ignored for the entire […]

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What’s next for big data after a turbulent 2019?

When thousands of data scientists and business analysts converge on New York next week for the year’s main data industry event, Strata, they will be looking for answers to the current chaos in our business and technological ecosystem. We’ve seen tectonic shifts in the data and analytics space in 2019, fueled by a seemingly endless […]

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Uber begins mapping public roads in Dallas for its self-driving systems

Uber’s self-driving cars are heading south for the winter, in a manner of speaking. The ride-hailing giant today revealed that its Advanced Technologies Group will kick off manual driving in Dallas, Texas this November, with the goal of developing high-definition maps and capturing scenerios that can be recreated in simulation and on test tracks. It’s […]

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Amazon open-sources its Topical Chat data set of over 4.7 million words

Way back in April, Amazon announced its intention to publish a data set — the Topical Chat data set — of crowdsourced human conversations to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge competition. It finally made good on that promise today with the release on Github of more than 235,000 utterances containing […]

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AI helped Facebook identify and ban 200 white supremacist groups

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it’s made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups, and hate organizations on both its platform and Instagram. The bulk of recent successes were enabled by automated techniques, according to the Menlo Park tech giant, but also by a 350-person counterterrorism team whose scope has expanded […]

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The competitive advantage of intelligent digital workspaces (VB Live)

Presented by Nutanix Xi Frame The cloud is making IT more agile, but at the same time, more and more complex. Learn how intelligent digital workspaces and tools like desktop-as-a-service can simplify user work syles without adding complexity, lower costs and make your users more productive when you join this VB Live event! Register here […]

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Kaia raises $8 million to treat chronic pain with AI-guided exercise

Chronic pain — pain that lasts at least 12 weeks — affects hundreds of millions of people globally. In 2016, an estimated 20% of U.S. adults (approximately 50 million) reported having long-term pain, while 8% (20 million) had high-impact pain stemming from headaches, arthritis pain, and neurogenic pain. Back pain is among the most common, […]

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Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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TuSimple raises $120 million to expand its fleet of driverless delivery trucks

Riding high on a newly formed partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS), self-driving truck startup TuSimple today announced that it’s secured an extension to its $95 million series D round led by Weibo creator Sina, which reached a total of $215 million and valued the company at $1 billion. CDH Investments, Lavender Hill […]

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Trulioo raises $52.8 million to verify customers’ identities

Vancouver-based Trulioo, a startup that provides electronic identity and address verification for 5 billion people and 250 million business entities in 195 countries, today announced that it’s raised $70 million CAD (about $52.8 million) in funding. It included $60 million CAD in a series C round led by Goldman Sachs with participation from Citi Ventures, […]

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Digital assistants are repairing consumer trust in financial services (VB Live)

Presented by Envestnet | Yodlee Financial services companies are starting to invest in voice assistants, but how effective are these technologies really? Join this discussion to learn how digital assistants can drive engagement, more meaningful customer experience, build revenue, and more. Register for free right here. Customers are embracing the conversational technologies that financial services […]

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Apple study suggests chattier users prefer chattier AI assistants

How might you characterize the conversational style of a digital assistant like Siri? No matter your impression, it stands to reason that striking the wrong tone could dissuade users from engaging with it in the future. Perhaps that’s why in a paper (“Mirroring to Build Trust in Digital Assistants“) accepted to the Interspeech 2019 conference […]

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New AI technique targets Alexa’s contextual understanding

Dialogue state tracking, or estimating and keeping tabs on a person’s goals throughout a multiturn conversation, is one of the ways Alexa figures out what’s being requested of it. By combining conversation history with the most recent command, Amazon’s intelligent assistant can better map slot names — the price of a hotel or its star […]

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VMRay raises $10 million for real-time malware monitoring and mitigation tools

VMRay, a Bochum, Germany-based provider of automated malware analysis and detection tools, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in series B funding led by Digital+ Partners with participation from eCapital. The capital infusion brings the company’s total raised to $13.36 million (€12 million), following early investments from eCapital and High-Tech Gruenderfonds. Cofounder and CEO […]

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Crisp launches with $14.2 million to cut food waste using big data

“Optimizing output,” or cutting waste, has emerged as something of a micro-trend in the investment realm. Manufacturing platforms that help clothing designers create items on-demand rather than in bulk, and a whole host of product manufacturing tools that adopt similar principles, are seemingly attractive propositions to venture capitalists. Cutting waste across the food chain, in […]

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Scaling the edge’s wall: A new take on an old problem

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. Anyone who has ever scaled a network understands the problem, either current or coming, of the […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful

Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that […]

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Apple details Overton AI development tool, whose models have processed ‘billions’ of queries

Building, monitoring, and improving machine learning systems is no walk in the park, no matter the circumstances. Data scientists and engineers have to monitor fine-grained quality and diagnose errors in sophisticated apps, not to mention field contradictory or incomplete corpora. To ease the development burden somewhat, Apple developed Overton, a framework intended to automate AI […]

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Google says its AI detects 26 skin conditions as accurately as dermatologists

Skin conditions are among the most common kind of ailment globally, just behind colds, fatigue, and headaches. In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of all treatments provided to patients around the world are for skin conditions, and that up to 37% of patients seen in the clinic have at least one skin complaint. The enormous […]

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