Tag: Big Data

Microsoft wants to apply AI ‘to the entire application developer lifecycle’

At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. At that point, IntelliCode was still an optional extension that Microsoft was openly offering as a preview. […]

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AI predicts new food and drink pairings

Robot gourmands are imminent, it seems, and they might someday craft recipes just as delicious as those from their human counterparts. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“KitcheNette: Predicting and Recommending Food Ingredient Pairings using Siamese Neural Networks“), scientists at Korea University describe an AI system that predicts ingredient pairings and […]

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Facebook is mapping demographics, human movement, and network coverage to combat diseases

Facebook is partnering with a handful of organizations to combat diseases using real-time maps powered by satellite imagery, computer vision, census data, and Facebook’s own proprietary data. The social networking giant has been working on population mapping for a while already — back in 2016, it revealed that it was applying its computer vision smarts […]

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Identity platform provider Auth0 raises $103 million at a valuation of $1 billion

Online data breaches are on the rise, and it’s no great mystery why. In a recent survey conducted by LastPass, 59% of respondents said they reused passwords across multiple accounts and more than half said they hadn’t changed their password in the past year. About 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributable to human errors like […]

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Robin raises $20 million to manage conference rooms and workstations

Robin Powered, a Boston, Massachusetts-based provider of cloud-based workplace scheduling and management software, today announced that it’s secured $20 million in series B funding led by Tola Capital, with participation from existing investors Accomplish and FirstMark and new strategic investor Allegion Ventures. The fresh capital follows on the heels of an $18 million round in […]

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Siemplify raises $30 million to streamline security tool management

Siemplify, a New York and Tel Aviv security orchestration platform provider, today announced that it’s secured $30 million in series C funding led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors 83North, G20 Ventures, and Jump Capital. It comes after three blockbuster years for the company, which notched 1,000% year-over-year growth in 2017, 280% growth […]

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Clinc raises $50 million to bring conversational AI to cars, banks, and kiosks

Clinc, a four-year-old AI startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it’s secured $52 million in series B financing led by Insight Partners, with participation from DFJ Growth and existing investors Drive Capital and Hyde Park Venture Partners. The mammoth round is over eight times the size of the company’s $6.3 million series […]

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Facebook wants to teach robots how to walk

Facebook AI researchers today revealed details about efforts to train robots, including an initiative to teach a six-legged hexapod robot to walk. “Our goal is to reduce the number of interactions the robot needs to learn to walk, so it takes only hours instead of days or weeks,” researchers said in a blog post. “The […]

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AI Weekly: Facial recognition policy makers debate temporary moratorium vs. permanent ban

On Tuesday in a 8-1 tally, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to put a ban on the use of facial recognition software by city departments, including police. Supporters of the ban cited racial inequality in audits of facial recognition software from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, as well as  dystopian surveillance happening now […]

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AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings

There’s a reason battle royal games like PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (commonly abbreviated “PUBG”) and Epic Games’ Fortnite have hundreds of millions of players collectively: they’re exciting. Tens of player characters spawn simultaneously in unpredictable places, where they battle it out to the death as the game map’s size gradually decreases. The roster’s eventually whittled down to […]

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HPE to acquire supercomputer maker Cray for $1.3 billion

(Reuters) – Supercomputer manufacturer Cray said on Friday it would be bought by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion (1 billion pounds), net of cash. The $35 per share value represents a premium of 17.4% to Cray’s last close. HPE said it expects the deal to increase its footprint in […]

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Microsoft makes Google’s BERT NLP model better

Microsoft AI researchers today said they’ve created a Multi-Task Deep Neural Network (MT-DNN) that incorporates Google’s BERT AI to achieve state-of-the-art results. The MT-DNN was able to set new high performance standards in 7 of 9 NLP tasks from the General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) benchmarks. The MT-DNN model, which also uses BERT, was first introduced […]

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IBM researchers analyze the makeup of breast cancer cells with AI

Female breast cancer is one of the most common and deadly cancer types worldwide, along with lung and colorectal cancer. It’s estimated that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, and according to the World Health Organization, there were 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 […]

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NTSB: Tesla’s Autopilot was enabled during fatal Model 3 crash

(Reuters) — Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The NTSB’s preliminary report said the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds […]

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Alexa speech normalization AI reduces errors by up to 81%

Text normalization is a fundamental processing step in most natural language systems. In the case of Amazon’s Alexa, “book me a table at 5:00 p.m.” might be transcribed by the assistant’s automatic speech recognizer as “five p m” and further reformatted to “5:00PM.” Inversely, Alexa might convert “5:00PM” to “five thirty p m” for Alexa’s […]

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Revenue Analytics raises $11 million to predict product pricing with AI

Imagine you’re a retailer with a diverse clientele. To whom should you extend a promotion when a product isn’t flying off the shelves, and how steep should the discount be? Atlanta, Georgia-based Revenue Analytics would argue that machine learning algorithms hold the answer to those questions. That shouldn’t be surprising — AI has been the […]

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OpenFin raises $17 million to modernize financial terminals

OpenFin, a London and New York company developing what it calls the “operating system (OS) of finance,” today announced that it’s raised $17 million in series C financing led by Wells Fargo, with participation from Barclays and existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan, and Pivot Investment Partners. The influx of funds follow a $15 […]

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Microsoft announces latest AI for Accessibility grant recipients

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility, which was unveiled in May 2018, is the Seattle company’s second so-called AI for Good program. It follows on the heels of — and was largely modeled after — the company’s AI for Earth, which provides training and resources to organizations looking to tackle problems relating to climate, water, agriculture, and […]

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Adobe’s path from $200 million to $5 billion in recurring revenue

In 2013 when Adobe launched Creative Cloud, the company broke with selling boxes and refocused on selling subscriptions (software as a service). At the time, the company had about $200 million in annual recurring revenue. Today, Adobe has over $5 billion in recurring revenue. That’s important, because from an investor standpoint, recurring revenue is twice […]

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Microsoft open-sources key Bing Search search algorithm

Keyword queries make up a diminishing portion of web searches, believe it or not. Thanks to tools like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, computer vision algorithms drive more than their fair share, as do the natural language processing models underpinning intelligent assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. The increasing mix of media is one […]

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