Tag: Big Data

Optane 101: Memory or storage? Yes.

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. By now, you’ve seen the word “Optane” bandied about on VentureBeat (such as here and here) and probably countless other places — and for good reason. Intel, the maker of all Optane products, is heavily promoting the results of its […]

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Alphabet’s trash-sorting robots have reduced office waste contamination to ‘less than 5%’

Alphabet’s X team for moonshot projects has been using robots to sort compost, recycling, and landfill waste in initial use at X company offices in recent months. The robots on wheels can drive to trash sites in the Mountain View, California office and sort recycling and trash using a combination of computer vision and a […]

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OpenAI releases Safety Gym for reinforcement learning

While much work in data science to date has focused on algorithmic scale and sophistication, safety — that is, safeguards against harm — is a domain no less worth pursuing. This is particularly true in applications like self-driving vehicles, where a machine learning system’s poor judgement might contribute to an accident. That’s why firms like […]

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PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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My Storytime lets parents record bedtime stories through Google Nest devices

Since 2001, more than 2 million children in the U.S. have had a parent deployed by the military at least once, and more than 900,000 have experienced the deployment of one or both parents multiple times. United Through Reading, an organization dedicated to connecting military families through read-aloud experiences, estimates that those children collectively miss […]

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Automation Anywhere raises $290 million at a $6.8 billion valuation

Robotic process automation (RPA), or bots that can be programmed to perform tedious and mundane tasks, is undergoing a period of explosive growth. Deloitte reports that 53% of companies have begun deploying it and that 78% of adopters will invest more in RPA the next three years. In fact, assuming the current trend continues, it’s […]

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Route raises $12 million to track packages with AI

It’s a busy time of year for ecommerce retailers — perhaps the busiest by the numbers. An estimated 165.8 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in 2018, and each purchased an average of 16 gifts during that time frame. Collectively, their haul came in billions of packages delivered through the mail system, over […]

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Celonis raises $290 million for AI-powered process mining at $2.5 billion valuation

Celonis today closed a $290 funding Series C round for its solution that uses artificial intelligence for data and process mining to find out how companies can be more efficient, raising the company’s valuation to $2.5 billion. Today’s news follows a $50 million funding round in June 2018 led by Accel and 83North that raised […]

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Kubernetes: The key ingredient IT needs to accelerate today’s data science

Presented by Domino Data Lab At organizations everywhere, there has never been a greater need to draw meaningful insights from data. This phenomenon has catapulted data scientists into mission-critical roles, and it is even empowering “citizen data scientists” — people at the departmental level who may not have formal data science training — to work […]

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Google kicks off Assistant on the Web with movie ticket purchases

Earlier this year at its I/O 2019 developer conference, Google revealed that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, would expand to the mobile web to handle things like car rentals and movie ticket bookings. Mum’s been the word since September, when select users reported seeing a Duplex-powered service […]

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Apple’s AI can predict cognitive impairment from iOS app usage

Mild cognitive impairment — which affects an estimated 15% to 20% of people over the age of 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association — often progresses quickly and quietly. Those with it are at an increased risk of developing a dementia, making early detection critical. Researchers at Apple and the University of Tübingen believe the […]

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Ctrl-labs CEO: We’ll have neural interfaces in less than 5 years

It can be a bit difficult to wrap your brain around what exactly neural interface startup Ctrl-labs is doing with technology. That’s ironic, given that Ctrl-labs wants to let your brain directly use technology by translating mental intent into action. We caught up with Ctrl-labs CEO Thomas Reardon at Web Summit 2019 earlier this month […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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DeepMind’s MuZero teaches itself how to win at Atari, chess, shogi, and Go

In a paper published in the journal Science late last year, Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind detailed AlphaZero, an AI system that could teach itself how to master the game of chess, a Japanese variant of chess called shogi, and the Chinese board game Go. In each case, it beat a world champion, demonstrating a […]

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CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

AI and machine learning algorithms require data. Lots of data. But the bulk of that data is of no use if it isn’t first labeled by human annotators. This predicament has given rise to a cottage industry of startups, including Scale AI, which recently raised $100 million for its extensive suite of data labeling services. […]

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Brookings: AI will heavily affect tech and white-collar jobs

AI is set to have a big impact on high-wage, white-collar, and tech jobs, according to a new Brookings Institution study released today. The report analyzes overlap between job descriptions and patent database text, using NLP to assign each job an exposure score. “High-tech digital services such as software publishing and computer system design — […]

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End user computing trends, predictions, and best practices for 2020 (VB Live)

Presented by Nutanix Desktop as a service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is disrupting end user computing, with companies like Google and Microsoft getting into the mix. For a look at the latest developments in VDI and DaaS, emerging use cases and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. A […]

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Superpedestrian raises $20 million for durable electric scooters

Electric scooters accounted for 45.8% of the 84 million micromobility trips taken in 2018, according to a survey published by the National Association of City Transportation. But while they’re ubiquitous, they’re not created equal. A piece published by Quartz found that Bird escooters in Louisville, Kentucky completed an average of 70 trips over 85 miles […]

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Pensa Systems raises $10 million to deploy inventory-tracking drones in retail stores

There are perhaps few retail tasks more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Figuring out which products are in stock and which stock is likely to run low is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion hours picking things off shelves. It’s also error-prone — employees regularly misplace an estimated one in […]

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ZecOps raises $10.2 million to automatically detect and remediate cyberattacks

Juniper Research pegs the number of digital records that will be stolen in 2023 at 33 billion, compared with the 12 billion stolen in 2018. As recently as 2017, the U.S. outranked all other countries in the volume of ransomware attacks, according to Symantec. And analysts elsewhere estimate that the cybercrime economy has grown to $1.5 trillion in annual profits and […]

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Xiaomi’s Xiao AI assistant passes 49.9 million users

Today marked the kickoff of Xiaomi’s annual Mi Developer conference in Beijing, and the tech giant wasted no time announcing updates across its AI portfolio. It took the wraps off of the latest release of Mobile AI Compute Engine (MACE), its open source machine learning framework, and it demoed an improved version of its Xiao […]

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HackNotice Premium taps machine learning to tell you exactly what was exposed for $50 per year

HackNotice today launched HackNotice Premium, a threat monitoring service with real-time insights into potential breaches and data leaks. The premium version can tag the specific personal identifier (email, credit card information, social media account, and so on) that was compromised. HackNotice Premium also taps machine learning to gives consumers personalized response recommendations. The subscription service […]

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Clumio raises $135 million for cloud data backup and recovery tools

There are few catastrophes more disruptive to a business than data loss, and unfortunately, the causes can be myriad. In a recent survey of IT professionals, about a third (31%) pegged the blame on hardware or system failure, while 29% said their companies lost data because of human error or ransomware. It’s estimated that upwards […]

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