Tag: Transform 2019

How video game engines help create smarter AI

Video game developers have longed used artificial intelligence to help create believable worlds. So it’s not too surprising that researchers can now use some of those same game-making tools to train AI. During a talk at VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 conference last week, Unity Technologies VP of AI and machine learning Danny Lange argued that game […]

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AI Weekly: Highlights from VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform

This week, VentureBeat held its largest AI conference in company history. Front and center were startups tackling compelling challenges as well as executives from the largest AI companies in the ecosystem, like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With seven stages and over 1,000 people over two days, it’s tough to follow everything that happened, but […]

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Cloudera’s Hilary Mason on how businesses can avoid ruining their own AI projects

An IDC survey of businesses out earlier this week found that for about 1 in 4 enterprises deploying AI today, half of all AI projects will fail. Why they fail can be related to external factors like a lack of talent necessary to properly deploy systems, but sometimes companies implode without the influence of outside […]

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To be successful with AI, you have to start small

Years ago, Landing.ai founder and former Google Brain researcher Andrew Ng famously declared that artificial intelligence is the “new electricity.” In short, AI will revolutionize the way all businesses will work in the future. But as more companies race to integrate AI into their operations, many are finding that it’s not as easy as they […]

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Winners of VentureBeat’s first Women in AI Awards announced at Transform 2019

Tonight, Anu Bhardwaj, founder of Women Investing in Women Digital, and Nicole Alexander, SVP and chief innovation expert at Ipsos, announced the winners of VentureBeat’s first-ever Women in AI Awards at the Transform 2019 Diversity in AI reception. Over 140 nominations came from around the world, representing startups, academia, and emerging organizations that have responded […]

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Announcing the AI Innovation Awards winners at Transform 2019

To cap off two days of AI panels, discussions, fireside chats, and networking at Transform 2019, VentureBeat presented the AI Innovation Awards. These awards honor emergent, compelling, and influential work in AI drawn from our daily editorial coverage. We take pride in shining a light on innovation through that coverage, but the VentureBeat AI Innovation […]

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From context to solution, using AI to keep your customer happy

Companies have delved into building bots and other virtual agents that can help support their customers. But at Transform 2019 today, Ryan Lester, senior director of customer experience technologies at LogMeIn, declared that companies must not think about AI from a bot perspective, but from multiple perspectives. The current environment is ripe for better customer […]

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Anthem thinks its ‘virtuous cycle’ with Doc.ai can improve patient care

Last August, major insurer Anthem announced a 12-month trial with startup Doc.ai to see if artificial intelligence could find patterns in people’s experience of allergies. With the trial coming to its scheduled completion, Anthem describes the partnership as a “virtuous cycle” that lets the insurer benefit from data and insights it couldn’t acquire on its […]

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Catalytic: ‘RPA is the gateway drug for AI’

The immediate benefit of RPA is that it can eliminate a lot of repetitive manual labor and free up humans for what they are better at. But there’s also a side effect. RPA helps enterprises create a standardize framework for capturing data about how they execute processes as well as data about how processes can […]

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AWS AI VP: Developers drive all innovation in technology

In a wide-ranging discussion today at VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform in San Francisco, AWS AI VP Swami Sivasubramanian declared “Every innovation in technology is going to be driven by developers.” Sivasubramanian made the statement while talking about growing demand for machine learning engineers and internal efforts at Amazon to train more employees to use machine […]

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Making the customer’s journey convenient, not creepy

Personalization is the key ingredient to helping build trust with a customer. With trust comes increased growth and engagement. But personalization can also go too far. Companies can risk personalizing so much that users might then have a narrow understanding of what these personalized AI tools can actually offer. And beyond that, really great personalization […]

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Intel: New chip materials will enable massive AI research gains

In a recent survey conducted by Lopez Research, 86% of companies said that they thought AI would be strategic to their business, while only 36% believed they’d actually made meaningful progress with AI. Why the disparity? Intel VP and CTO of AI products Amir Khosrowshahi and general manager of IoT Jonathan Ballon shared their thoughts […]

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How Walmart is getting more out of its data thanks to Nvidia’s Rapids

Forecasting demand for products used to be a process that would take Walmart weeks. Now, with the help of Nvidia, this key component of supply chain management can happen in hours. Walmart is among the first companies to work with Nvidia’s open source Rapids software, which allows the retail company to more easily churn data […]

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Facebook VP: AI has a compute dependency problem

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jérôme Pesenti expressed his concern about the growing use of compute power necessary to create powerful AI systems. “I can tell you this is keeping me up at night,” Pesenti said. “The peak compute for companies like Facebook […]

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Third Transform 2019 AI Showcase: Practical data and machine learning applications

At the third and final showcase at VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 AI event, five companies — Skymind, Techsee, EngineML, Brainworks, and Unravel — took the stage to tell their stories and share their latest news. Skymind Machine learning is capable of solving problems and expediting tasks for the enterprise, and Skymind’s goal is to help companies […]

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Mars automation director shares his RPA wish list

RPA has played an important role in helping Mars, the candy giant, automate many of its processes and save time and money along the way. But the technology is in its early days, said John Cottongim, automation director at Mars, who is leading the company’s digital transformation efforts. At Transform 2019, he presented his wish […]

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Creating bots is easy — scaling them is another matter

The use of AI is helping streamline the development of software robots that automate many boring tasks. The field of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has seen a major boom thanks to the use of AI tools that make it easier to streamline the development of software robots. At Transform 2019 this week, experts weighed in […]

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Hypergiant: Companies that don’t have top-down support for AI initiatives will ‘fail miserably’

Sending satellites into space, gathering data from Earth, and applying machine learning to turn the resulting data into actionable intelligence isn’t as outlandish as it sounds. In fact, it’s a business that’s booming, driven by increased demand for agricultural, consumer, and industrial analytics; Northern Sky Research pegs the satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) market at $6.9 […]

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Kayak: AI isn’t a ‘wonder weapon’ that will solve all your problems

Kayak processes more than 2 billion search queries a year. As the travel booking site Kayak grew, the company incorporated more sophisticated machine learning algorithms to help people refine their flight, hotel, and rental car searches. Kayak saw AI as a way of making its products smarter and more efficient so that customers can carefully […]

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Roo, is this normal? How teens are talking to a Planned Parenthood chatbot about safe sex

Today’s teens have grown up with the internet. But where a delicate question around sex may be too cagey for parents, Planned Parenthood found that teens aren’t that enthused to turn to social media either. “They don’t want to ask Google. They don’t want to ask YouTube. They don’t want to ask Facebook,” explained Ambreen […]

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