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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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AI Index 2018: Europe – China – United States; AI Outpaces CS

The 94-page AI Index 2018 tries to be a comprehensive resource of data & analysis for professionals and the general public to learn about artificial intelligence. Its steering committee includes top names from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, McKinsey, SRI International, Open AI, and Partnership on AI. Some of the highlights for 2018 are below: – Artificial …

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China vs US Artificial Intelligence: Business Model Comparisons

We keep writing about Tencent, Didi, SenseTime and other AI tech firms in China… Kai-Fu Lee in his new AI book makes some fascinating business model comparisons… US vs China AI:  A) Yelp stayed with its app, while Dianping in China 5 years ago spent heavily to hire and manage an army of scooter-riders to …

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The Rise of AI and why Companies that Wait to Adopt AI May Never Catch Up (Harvard)

CNBC International this week published an in-depth and provocative video report on “China’s Rise in AI”, presenting and projecting a set of data points that highlight the framework for the AI competition between the US and China, and who is and will be ahead. Take a look: China’s Rise in AI/CNBC International Kai-Fu Lee, who …

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How does the US Army deal with AI

How does the US Army deal with AI? RCO, AFC, AI Signals and PE firms

How does the US army deal with Artificial Intelligence? Two years ago it set up the “Rapid Capabilities Office”, RCO, to deal with emerging technologies and to focus on top modernization priorities, especially AI. As of November 2018, the RCO is led by COL John Eggert as the acting Executive Director. Eggert enlisted in the …

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Hiring heavyweight AI talent away from tech

Hiring heavyweight AI talent away from tech: Anthem & Google

That’s one way companies are going about investing in AI: showing their seriousness, and try to get to results faster. Case in point: last month, Healthcare provider Anthem hired Google’s search head, Israeli scientist Udi Manber, as head of artificial intelligence. He is the first person with an AI role in the company and will …

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