Month: January 2019

Silicon Valley AI Startups, and how they sell to firms like Amazon, Google and Walmart

Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman first met at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and, while getting advanced computer science degrees at Stanford (and sharing an office with Sergey Brin), founded Junglee, a shopping search engine enabling customers to search for products from online and offline retailers in India, in 1996 (later bringing on two …

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Facebook hires Chief Data Scientist, Google hires Technical AI Director – both let them continue with consulting and research efforts: Flexicurity for AI Stars.

When Mark Zuckerberg last year hired Xin Fu as Head of Data Science from LinkedIn, the most interesting aspect for us was that he is letting him continue to be an advisor to Didi Chuxing’s CTO and Lynk Global’s CEO. Similarly, Google recently hired Amazon’s Senior Director for Alexa AI, Ashwin Ram, as Technical Director …

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Facebook To Put FB, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram into One Platform

Facebook is taking greater control over the back-end connections between Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, including encryption. The initiative is supposed to be implemented by 2020 and comes directly from CEO Zuckerberg. As mashable reports, Facebook is looking to stop the fading interest in the social network and hopes to benefit from the popularity of …

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JP Morgan Hires Senior Director for Data Science from SalesForce in AI Hiring Push

As said earlier this week, JP Morgan is continuously ramping up AI hiring efforts. Two months ago they snapped up the Chief Data Officer from Salesforce for their west coast AI efforts. Asset Management and AI, just the beginning… Naren Chittar sold his four staff company MinHash to Salesforce and joined the company as Senior …

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Microsoft buys Unit 8200 AI Boutique for Cloud App Security and to Build Up Israel

A few things we discussed this month are mixing together. Israel’s Innovation Authority released its from start-up to smart-up nation report on technology and AI, including challenges. And Microsoft, since engineer Satya Nadella became CEO, has shifted towards the cloud, AI and new industries/technologies – Azure is a big driver of the business and initiatives …

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Apple Files AI Patent To Open The Camera App Based on Intent to Capture a Picture or Video

The LOAR is in full effect, when it comes to AI, and tech leaders are racing to the finish line of interesting and cool ways to bring everyday AI to consumers. Apple recently filed a „method for automatically activating a camera application based on detecting an intent to capture a photograph or video“ with the …

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BlackRock Inadvertently Exposes 20,000 wealth management FAs‘ on its Website

20,000 Financial advisors, including 12,000 from LPL, had their email addresses, names, and other information exposed in a data leak at BlackRock last week, as first reported by Bloomberg. The company in a statement said that a limited number of wealth management platforms were impacted by the breach. The exposed advisors for BlackRock and LPL …

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Warren Enskat Weekly AI Summary Jan 21, 2019 (WE-WAIS)

Warren Enskat / Weekly AI Summary (WE-WAIS) / 1-21-2019 Some of the AI developments and thoughts from this past week: – Israel’s Innovation Authority … from startup nation to smart-up nation via AI: The State of Israel is facing significant challenges in the field of innovation during a period in which artificial intelligence is establishing itself …

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NVIDIA’s new Director of Robotics Research Heads Up Seattle AI Lab

Dieter Fox got his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Bonn, the former sleepy German capital, in the late 1980s. He then made his way way West as Director for Intel’s Seattle Lab and roughly for the last 20 years he has been a Professor of Robotics at the University of Washington (UW). …

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