Month: December 2018

Microsoft’s $7.5B GitHub acquisition and the AI Game of Thrones

Microsoft is taking the AI race very seriously: “AI is going to be one of the trends that is going to be the next big shift in technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at a recent investor’s conference…. It’s going to be AI at the edge, AI in the cloud, AI as part of SaaS applications, …

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Stanford Music + Computer Science = 500 million valuation in 5 years

Yes, Patreon is currently in the news because they kicked a number of creators off the platform for anti-feminism and racist speech – but whichever way the news cycle plays out, the underlying business model and idea in the context of technology and AI is still worth a few thoughts. Patreon was created in 2013 …

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AI/Digital Startups within the US Government And the Hunt for AI Talent

In 2014, the president founded a startup in the US White House called the United States Digital Service, with the aim to gather the best technology, design and government talent to help tackle immigration, healthcare, and veteran’s benefits. For USDS, the MO is to recruit top designers, engineers, product managers, and digital policy experts and …

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Warren Enskat – Weekly AI Summary Dec 23-2018 (WE-WAIS)

Warren Enskat / Weekly AI Summary (WE-WAIS) / 12-23-2018 Some of the AI developments and thoughts from this past week: – The AI Index 2018 … artificial intelligence outpaces computer science in research; Europe is the largest publisher of AI papers, followed by China and the US; ML and probabilistic reasoning top the list of …

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Amazon, Google, and IBM and How AI Monitors Your Emotional State

Alexa now uses transfer learning and self-learning to improve on its own…  TL: deep-learning to model many domains and transfer the knowledge from one to the next SL: autocorrecting based on context clues And in October 2018, Amazon patented a new technology for Alexa to monitor emotions through the pitch and volume of speech. The …

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Apple Names Head of AI and ML to Executive Team

How important is AI? Apple Senior Vice President, Machine Learning and AI Strategy, John Giannandrea (brought in from Google earlier this year), was just promoted to the executive team, reporting directly to Tim Cook. “Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already …

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WeWork hires AI scientist from Amazon/FB/Google and creates an AI desk

This summer, WeWork, the Israeli/NY $20B+ startup created in 2010, this summer brought in a Senior Research Scientist from Amazon, Facebook and Google as their VP of Engineering and Distinguised Scientist as they are pushing towards an IoT future for office space. Working with Amazon Alexa AI, the company started with AI desks in some …

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It’s A Bright Future, If You’re An Algorithm / The Art of Computer Programming

A great in-depth read in the NYT on Donald Ervin Knuth, “the Yoda of Silicon Valley”, as he celebrates his 80th birthday. His bible of tech, “the Art of Computer Programming”, also known as TAOCP, as in Tao, for now consists of four volumes, each ranging from 750 to 1000 pages. Bill Gates famously wrote …

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Facebook is open-sourcing PyText for faster NLP development

Facebook AI Research is open-sourcing PyText, a modeling framework that blurs the boundaries between experimentation and large-scale deployment (built on PyTorch, its open source deep learning framework). FB wants to make to make it easier to build and deploy NLP systems for developers, according to a blog post by Ahmed Aly Hegazy and Christopher Dewan …

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NeurIPS 2018: The ComiCon of AI… Themes, Sponsors, New AI Breakthroughs

The Neural Processing Information Systems conference is the Woodstock of artificial intelligence. Currently in its 32nd year, the conference sold out in less than 10 minutes… better than most rock stars for Madison Square Garden. In short, NIPS is a big deal. Well, it‘s not NIPS anymore, now that the organizers changed it to NeurIPS …

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