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Stanford launches Human-Centered AI Institute: Human – Augment – Intellect

Today Stanford is launching the Institute for Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), for interdisciplinary research including academia, regulators and industry on future and emerging tech. It will be called Stanford HAI – high indeed. The two directors are academia superstars: Fei-Fei Li, the former Google Cloud Chief Scientist that publicly led the Google discussions on …

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Foot Locker’s Pivot to Data Science and AI

When a traditional shoe-retailer like Foot Locker creates data-science teams and completely revamps its corporate culture and process around their (young-ish) client base, with initiatives executed across product, user X, design and engineering by the Chief Information and Customer Connectivity Officer, it becomes clear how much AI is changing even the most “sleepy” industries. A …

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Israel’s AI Startups Have Clout with the Cloud: Google, Microsoft & the War for AI Talent

Google just announced its intent to buy Alooma for cloud data migration and to grow its cloud footprint in Israel. Google’s VP of Engineering and Director of Product Management for the Cloud Platform commented that “one of the things we’re most excited about with Alooma is the deep expertise for both enterprise and open source …

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Apple Looks To AI For Post iPhone Era

In many ways, Apple is on top of the business world because of the iPhone. Technology and foresight allowed Apple to become one of the top three global companies by market cap thanks to the iPhone. Fourth quarter 2018 numbers showed $62.9 billion in revenues and the shipment of Apple’s 2 billionth iOS device, “with …

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Credit Suisse Data Science Team Leaves to Set up AI Shop, sees Google and Alibaba as the New Competition

About a year and a half ago, Jonathan Wilmot, Credit Suisse’s Chief Global Strategist and Head of Macro Research after over 30 years with the firm, took the data science department and started his own AI investment boutique, WilmotML – as in Machine Learning. Aric Whitewood, CS’s Head of Data Science for seven years, left …

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JP Morgan and AI: „This is not Pie-in-the-Sky Stuff“

JP Morgan has been extremely busy in the last few years following the tech giants’ blueprint for AI: hire the best people, make headlines, re-invent the business, and… make money in the process. The firm’s public AI website, a part is shown below, highlights tech efforts around AI, FinTech, Blockchain, Development and Digital Payments. 40% …

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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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New Brookings report on “Automation and AI: How Machines Are Affecting People” – Men are more Vulnerable than Women

The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings published a 100+ page study on Automation and Artificial Intelligence this week, focusing on “how machines are affecting people and places”. The authors, Muro, Maxim and Whiton, look at data for the impact of automation. First, backward, from 1980-2016, then forward, from 2016-2030, and across some 800 occupations. Not …

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China Names Former ICBC Leader As CSRC Chairman, Focus on Tech and Innovation

Yi Huiman, former head of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), named as new chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), with the expectation to focus on innovation and technology in partnership with the tech board. To read the full China/AI case study, please register below.