Tag: Transform 2019

Oracle is using ‘intelligent automation’ to do far more than automate repetitive tasks

While Forrester predicts that the market for RPA (robotic process automation) will reach $2.9 billion in 2021, and many companies are well down the road with it, not a lot of companies are using it correctly right now, according to Ben Arnulf. Arnulf is a product management strategy director at Oracle. The problem he outlined […]

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Lyft exec riffs on ground-breaking research in AI

While the exponential growth in data and the increase in compute power have been key drivers of AI innovation, without research — and the tremendous effort by academics and companies that invest in it — these advances wouldn’t go very far. At his Transform 2019 talk last month, Lyft’s head of product and machine learning, […]

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Qualcomm exec doubles down on the power of 5G and AI at the edge

Kishore Chakravadhanula, Qualcomm’s product manager for robotics, believes that 5G is the connective fabric that’s going to radically change the landscape for AI at the edge in the coming years. Addressing the audience at Transform 2019 this month, he said it will be as ubiquitous as electricity and Wi-Fi and will bring about massive change. […]

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How Uber is turning everyone in the company into a data scientist

Uber’s Director of Data Science, Franziska Bell, would like everyone who works at Uber to have the ability to execute their role with the same insight as a data scientist. “Our vision is to provide data science expertise at the touch of a button,” said Bell during her talk at Transform 2019. By unifying the teams […]

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Intel exec talks about simplifying AI implementation at the edge

At Transform 2019 this month, Intel’s GM of Vision Markets Farshid Sabet took to the stage to address the opportunities and innovations in IoT. As Sabet describes, he’s in an enviable position to assess so many companies developing AI at the edge for various applications in a number of geographic locations. Of course, there are different […]

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Day 2 of the Conversational AI Summit: Getting customer-obsessed

Presented by Bold360 by LogMeIn The second day of the Conversational AI Summit, cohosted by Bold360 by LogMeIn at this year’s Transform event, shifted its focus, ever so slightly, from the tech behind what makes it such a powerful strategic tool to how to wield that tool for maximum results: Customer retention, engagement, and loyalty. […]

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As RPA evolves, humans will increasingly take a back seat

The robotic process automation (RPA) industry has heated up over the last year with some of the leading players — like UiPath, Automation Anywhere, and Blue Prism — growing much faster than expected. At Transform 2019 this month, Guru Chahal, founder of Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Lan Xuezhao, CEO of Basis Set Ventures, attributed some […]

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Trustpilot: Building AI for your company means not falling in love

Trustpilot, an online review platform, faced a problem that most companies are dealing with these days: how to build AI to meet business goals or solve problems — from scratch. It’s not a one-size-fits-all answer, of course; it depends entirely on what you need to solve, if you build or bolt on a solution, and […]

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AI giants in conversation discuss the tech behind NLP and more

Presented by Bold360 by LogMeIn Without question, conversational AI is the predominant form of AI in businesses right now, and an exploration of the technology was front and center at Transform 2019. The Conversational AI Summit – part of Transform this year and co-hosted with Bold360 by LogMeIn – featured two days of speakers embedded […]

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Walmart marries AI and human intelligence for in-home grocery delivery

At Transform 2019, Walmart’s VP of customer experience engineering Aanan Contractor and Walmart ecommerce’s VP, Lucinda Newcomb sat down with FEM CEO Rachel Payne to discuss Walmart’s latest forays into blending the online and offline worlds using AI and automation. The fastest-growing illustration of this is grocery pick-up of orders made online; by the end […]

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Why do 87% of data science projects never make it into production?

“If your competitors are applying AI, and they’re finding insight that allow them to accelerate, they’re going to peel away really, really quickly,” says Deborah Leff, Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI at IBM, on stage at Transform 2019. On their panel, “What the heck does it even mean to ‘Do […]

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Who was at Transform 2019? Check the photo gallery

Transform 2019: Accelerating Your Business with AI was VentureBeat’s largest and most expansive event to date. Over the course of two days on July 10 and 11, leaders from both the tech giants and disruptive startups came together to share the opportunities and challenges in an AI-first world. The program included keynotes from the main […]

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How Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track crowds at dining destinations

Royal Carribean’s Spectrum of The Seas — the third-largest class of cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage — can accommodate over 6,000 people and 2,500 crewmembers during its nine-night Asia voyages. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, particularly mornings prior to port, when throngs of passengers nab breakfast before deboarding. So how […]

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Zappos lead data scientist on the challenges of using semantic search

Online retailer Zappos has never been shy about adopting new technologies to improve its business. And its search bar is no exception: Over the past two years, the company has been overhauling its search algorithms using machine learning. At VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 conference last week in San Francisco, Zappos lead data scientist Ameen Kazerouni talked […]

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Watch Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott explain the meaning of democratizing AI

At Transform 2019 last week, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott sat down with Deepak Agarwal, LinkedIn’s VP of artificial intelligence, to discuss a range of topics. He touched on how machine learning is much easier to do now, where machine learning is heading, AI ethics, and of course Microsoft’s role in it all. But the most […]

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How AI companies can avoid ethics washing

One of the essential phrases necessary to understand AI in 2019 has to be “ethics washing.” Put simply, ethics washing — also called “ethics theater” — is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. A textbook example for tech giants is when a company promotes […]

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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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