machine learning

  • ‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI Crunch Network

    ‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

    The force has been strong for AI (artificial intelligence) over the last few weeks, what with Slack announcing a fund for bots, Elon Musk announcing OpenAI and, of course, the release of Star Wars. This has given all of us new hope — and even more reason to talk about AI and bots controlling every aspect of our lives. Read More

  • When Will The Machines Wake Up? Crunch Network

    When Will The Machines Wake Up?

    Machines matter to people. But, they “matter” only because they affect people. It’s widely supposed that today’s machines themselves cannot be “affected” — because they have no feelings, no conscious thought, no sentience. Interestingly enough, it might not always be that way. While biology has held a relatively firm monopoly on… Read More

  • Microsoft Moves Its CNTK Machine Learning Toolkit To GitHub And MIT License

    Microsoft Moves Its CNTK Machine Learning Toolkit To GitHub And MIT License

    Microsoft today announced that it is making it easier for developers to use its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) to build their own deep learning applications. The company first open sourced this toolkit in April 2015, but at the time, it was hosted on Microsoft’s own CodePlex site and was only available under a restrictive academic license. Now, the team is moving the project… Read More

  • Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World Crunch Network

    Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World

    Many eyes may be gazing toward the sky in anxious anticipation of new drone delivery systems, but an increasing number of intelligent robot systems is already on the ground, in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, helping to manufacture and move products across the globe. These automated systems, which employ the world’s most innovative advancements in software, artificial… Read More

  • Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo announced this morning that it’s making the largest-ever machine learning dataset available to the academic research community through its ongoing program, Yahoo Labs Webscope. The new dataset measures a whopping 13.5 TB (uncompressed) in size, and consists of anonymized user interaction data. Specifically, it contains interactions from about 20 million users from February… Read More

  • Investing In Artificial Intelligence Crunch Network

    Investing In Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time. From my vantage point as a venture investor at Playfair Capital, where I focus on investing and building community around AI, I see this as a great time for investors to help build companies in this space. Read More

  • Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience Crunch Network

    Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience

    Here’s a funny reality. Despite the steady rise of e-commerce since the 1990s, we still stroll through malls and shops. Even with one-click ordering and overnight delivery, we purchase many of our day-to-day products and services locally and offline. A big reason we do so is that shopping engages us with the wider world. Read More

  • Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare Crunch Network

    Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare

    Collecting genome data is reliable, fast and cheap. Yet, interpreting that data is unreliable, slow, and expensive — when it’s even possible. Today, genome interpretation is a burgeoning science, but it’s not yet a technology. A stricken patient has their genes sequenced and their mutations identified. But then, it can take a highly trained, and highly paid, expert many hours… Read More

  • MIT Researchers Train An Algorithm To Predict How Boring Your Selfie Is

    MIT Researchers Train An Algorithm To Predict How Boring Your Selfie Is

    Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created an algorithm they claim can predict how memorable or forgettable an image is almost as accurately as a human — which is to say that their tech can predict how likely a person would be to remember or forget a particular photo. Read More

  • Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI Crunch Network

    Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI

    As humanity debates the threats and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence, we are simultaneously enabling that technology through the increasing use of personalization that is understanding and anticipating our needs through sophisticated machine learning solutions. In effect, while using personalization technologies in our everyday lives, we are contributing in a real way to… Read More

  • Humility, Accountability And Creative Thinking Can Fix IT Security Crunch Network

    Humility, Accountability And Creative Thinking Can Fix IT Security

    The state of cybersecurity has reached full-blown systemic failure. The narrative goes something like this: Companies are spending massive amounts of money on technologies that don’t seem to be living up to their marketing messages. According to Gartner, $80 billion will be invested in IT security products in 2015 alone. Yet breaches persist. While it’s always easier to point out… Read More

  • Machine Intelligence In The Real World Crunch Network

    Machine Intelligence In The Real World

    In the past few years, I’ve been laser-focused on machine intelligence. I’ve talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors about helping machines make us smarter. And in the months since I shared my landscape of machine intelligence companies, folks keep asking me what I think of them — as if they’re all doing more or less the same thing. (I’m… Read More

  • Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd Crunch Network

    Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd

    Early websites were simple HTML. They followed a pattern of a long-form equation, with perfectly balanced sides. There was no CSS to make the HTML code appear a three-dimensional hyperbole, which it is today. I hated CSS then, and I still do today. I feel that designers, whom I both love and hate, took over my web. They took over my simple long-form HTML code and poured it in to the boiling… Read More

  • Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery Crunch Network

    Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

    Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider where learning or discovery best applies — and why this matters for business. Read More

  • NVIDIA Launches New GPUs For Deep Learning Applications, Partners With Mesosphere

    NVIDIA Launches New GPUs For Deep Learning Applications, Partners With Mesosphere

    The days when GPUs were only about letting you play Crysis with a higher framerate are long over. Many of the most transformative new computational techniques now rely on GPUs’ ability to quickly run certain algorithms in parallel. One area where GPUs are especially helpful (besides video encoding), is machine learning and NVIDIA is making a big bet on this. Read More

  • H2O.ai Raises $20M For Its Open Source Machine Learning Platform

    H2O.ai Raises $20M For Its Open Source Machine Learning Platform

    H2O is an open source platform for data scientists and developers who need a fast machine learning engine for their applications. H2O.ai, the company behind the service, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series B funding round led by Paxion Capital Partners (the new firm of GoPro board member Michael Marks) and existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Transamerica. Read More

  • With Smart Reply, Google’s Inbox Can Now Respond To Emails For You Automatically

    With Smart Reply, Google’s Inbox Can Now Respond To Emails For You Automatically

    Some believe that email is bloated and dying, but by implementing advances from its machine learning and AI teams, Google has been using Inbox — its Gmail-based mobile email client — as a way to raise the bar on how to improve the experience and make it once again into a productive place to communicate with people. Today, the company is taking the wraps off its latest… Read More

  • Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary Crunch Network

    Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

    In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the other night over taco lasagna. When I asked her if anything interesting had happened in school… Read More

  • Breaking The Barrier Of Humans And Machines Crunch Network

    Breaking The Barrier Of Humans And Machines

    My kitchen opens up to my family room, where right smack in the middle sits “Alexa,” an Amazon Echo device. It feels strange to call Alexa a device, because she has been chatting with my family and is building out her personality. As Amazon applies machine learning, Alexa will learn and develop her personality to fit in my home different from yours. Read More

  • The Challenges Of Building AI Apps Crunch Network

    The Challenges Of Building AI Apps

    Artificial intelligence has an intellectual lineage stretching back to the greats of computer theory: Turing and, ultimately, Babbage, inventor of the calculating machine. What we now see in London, where leading teams such as DeepMind are working on machine learning, is the movement from the realm of computer science to practical uses and business cases. Read More

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