Tag: Social

Smartling lands $160M to help companies translate their content automatically

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  As the pandemic drives businesses online, translation is becoming a key part of the digital transformation equation. One large-scale behavioral study in […]

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LinkedIn and Intel tech leaders on the state of AI

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more Disclosure: The author is the managing director of Connected Data World. AI is on a roll. Adoption is increasing across the board, and organizations are already seeing tangible […]

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Report: 76% of U.S. startups feel confident about entering 2022

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more According to a new report from Angel Investment Network, confidence has strongly returned to the startup ecosystem in the U.S. and in the U.K. 18 months since the […]

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Arkadium Advantage offers subscription gaming for seniors

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  Arkadium is launching Arkadium Advantage, a cross-platform subscription gaming service with casual games targeted at senior citizens. The New York-based company is […]

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Report: 63% of millennials approve of automation in the workplace

This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: Automation and jobs in the new normal. According to a new study by the human-centered automation company Hyperscience, 81% of people believe automation can lead to more meaningful work, despite common misperceptions around what automation is, how it’s being used today, and […]

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Report: Only 16% of orgs rank employee retention as top priority

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more New research from NTT DATA reveals only 16% of organizations rank employee retention and engagement as a top priority, and the majority feel unprepared for continued business disruption. […]

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The metaverse will make your meetings worse

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more As part of its recently announced rebranding, Facebook is doubling down on its vision of the metaverse, an immersive virtual-reality environment for gaming, work meetings, and socializing. In […]

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Report: 54% of today’s ‘ethical hackers’ are Gen Z

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more According to a new report by Bugcrowd, 54% of today’s ethical hackers belong to Gen Z (individuals born between 1997 and 2012) and an additional 35% are millennials […]

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Report: 56% of workers admit they’ve accidentally deleted cloud data

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more New research from Veritas Technologies highlights the damage that workplace blame cultures are having on the success of enterprise cloud adoption. Not only did 56% of those surveyed […]

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Grammarly raises $200M to expand its AI-powered writing suggestions platform

Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.  San Francisco, California-based Grammarly, which develops an AI-powered writing assistant, today announced that it raised $200 million, valuing the company at $13 […]

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IT skills gap is forcing leaders to prioritize cloud and security hires

Seventy-six percent of IT decision-makers worldwide face critical skills gaps in their departments, increasing 145% since 2016, according to Skillsoft’s Global Knowledge 2021 IT Skills and Salary Report. At the same time, 50% of IT departments say cybersecurity is their most important area of investment, followed by cloud computing, governance, and compliance. Thus, in a nutshell, […]

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Cohere partners with Google Cloud to train large language models using dedicated hardware

Google Cloud, Google’s cloud computing services platform, today announced a multi-year collaboration with startup Cohere to “accelerate natural language processing (NLP) to businesses by making it more cost effective.” Under the partnership, Google Cloud says it’ll help Cohere establish computing infrastructure to power Cohere’s API, enabling Cohere to train large language models on dedicated hardware. […]

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Report: 91% of attacks on tech platforms now come from bots

According to a report from Arkose Labs, recent data predicts a 60% increase in online fraud across all industries. Arkose Labs released new data on the latest fraud trends, revealing increasingly frequent threats during the holidays, rising attacks by bots, and a resurgence in attacks on travel companies. As shoppers fill their online carts, account […]

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OpenAI rival Cohere launches language model API

Cohere, a startup creating large language models to rival those from OpenAI and AI2Labs, today announced the general availability of its commercial platform for app and service development. Through an API, customers can access models fine-tuned for a range of natural language applications, in some cases at a fraction of the cost of rival offerings. […]

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Report: 39% of orgs report an increase in tech employee turnover

A new study of global tech leaders conducted by PagerDuty found that 78% of senior technical leaders face extra pressure around a growing number of incidents, with 40% reporting that their organizations have lost revenue as a result. The survey found that 72% are accelerating their digital transformation strategies. However, an overwhelming 91% say that […]

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Report: 95% of execs say hiring professionals trained in AI is difficult

In line with “The Great Resignation” that’s swept the U.S., a new report from information-based analytics provider RELX found that 95% of respondents view hiring and retaining AI talent as a challenge. What may be the most surprising takeaway, however, regards a perceived disconnect between AI ethics and productivity. The majority of respondents (90%) believe […]

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With the Metaverse on the way, an AI Bill of Rights is urgent

There is a lot more than the usual amount of handwringing over AI these days. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger put out a new book last week warning of AI’s dangers. Fresh AI warnings have also been issued by professors Stuart Russell (UC […]

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Report: Technical debt makes 51% of engineers think about quitting

According to a new study by Stepsize, 51% of engineers left or considered leaving their job because of technical debt. This explains why compensation and growth opportunities might not be enough to keep engineers happy; technical debt causes frustration and hinders innovation. At a high level, technical debt is a delayed maintenance cost caused by […]

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AI Weekly: Workplace surveillance algorithms need to be regulated before it’s too late

This week, the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on the future of work, a special interest group of members of parliament in the U.K., said that the monitoring of workers through algorithms is damaging to employees’ mental health and needs to be regulated through legislation. This legislation, they said, could ensure that companies evaluate the effect […]

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Why Microsoft may beat Zuckerberg to the metaverse

When comparing Meta — formerly Facebook — and Microsoft’s approaches to the metaverse, it’s clear Microsoft has a much more grounded and realistic vision. Although Meta currently leads in the provision of virtual reality (VR) devices (through its ownership of what was previously called Oculus), Microsoft is adapting technologies that are currently more widely used. […]

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Report: 90% of IT execs are embracing SASE migrations

According to an extensive analysis conducted by Avant Analytics, a research arm of the IT distribution firm Avant, 90% of IT leaders stated they were at the very least likely to incrementally introduce secure access service edge (SASE) migrations into their current framework in 2021. As IT leaders look to outfit their infrastructure with solutions […]

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Report: 58M Americans were victims of fraud in the past year

According to a new report by identity verification solution provider IDology, 58 million Americans had a new account fraudulently opened in their names in the past 12 months — a 21% increase since the onset of the pandemic. Given the heavy reliance on smartphones to conduct digital transactions, mobile device compromise surged, increasing 71% in […]

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Density, which provides occupancy-tracking sensors to companies, raises $125M

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  New York-based Density, a startup developing people-counting, AI-powered sensors, today announced that it raised $125 million in financing, bringing the company’s valuation to $1.05 billion. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from 01 Advisors, […]

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As Nvidia pushes for leadership in metaverse, here’s everything it announced at GTC 2021

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  At its 2021 GTC conference, today Nvidia, became the third tech giant to formally announce and detail plans to innovate for the metaverse. The following is a recap of all major announcements the company made today, with […]

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Inworld AI joins metaverse innovation with AI-driven virtual characters

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Inworld AI, a company that aims to develop a platform that enables users to create AI-driven virtual characters which can be used to populate virtual worlds, announced today that it has raised $7 million in seed funding. […]

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How enterprises can keep fear, uncertainty, and doubt from impeding AI

Enterprise adoption of AI technology is increasing, but there is still a substantial amount of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) among the knowledge workforce that could hamper its deployment and perhaps the ultimate success of key initiatives. Resistance to new software and new processes is nothing new in the enterprise, of course, but it could […]

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Constructor brings project management for software developers back to basics

Constructor is a new, user-friendly task tracking and collaboration tool designed specifically for software development teams. The solution offers features for developers such as assignable comment treats, dashboard card highlighting, hideable backlogs, and project checklists, which they can use to collaborate on software projects remotely, the company told VentureBeat in an exclusive interview. Additionally, the […]

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Symbl.ai, provider of conversational intelligence APIs and tools, gets $17M

Symbl.ai, the Seattle-based company that provides APIs to developers to build apps capable of understanding natural human conversations, has raised a $17 million series A funding. Symbl.ai says its APIs unlock machine learning algorithms from a variety of industry partners and sources. The company helps developers ingest conversation data from voice, email, chat, and social, […]

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Report: 51% of IT leaders don’t think they could mitigate a data breach

A recent study from Syntax reveals that 51% of IT leaders reported they would be unable to successfully mitigate a data breach or ransomware attack. Overall, the report shows that leaders tend to overinflate their actual innovation capabilities. While many executives ranked themselves on the “leading edge,” also known as the top 5% of businesses […]

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MIT study finds humans struggle when partnered with RL agents

Artificial intelligence has proven that complicated board and video games are no longer the exclusive domain of the human mind. From chess to Go to StarCraft, AI systems that use reinforcement learning algorithms have outperformed human world champions in recent years. But despite the high individual performance of RL agents, they can become frustrating teammates […]

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Report: Career change is a prominent option for 72% of tech workers

According to a new survey by workplace learning platform TalentLMS and recruitment software Workable, 72% of tech workers have a job change on their minds, which means that businesses may soon face a major tech talent shortage. But what’s behind this great discontent? Besides pay and benefits, the top three reasons appear to be limited […]

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