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Deep Neural Networks Take on the Cocktail Party Problem

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by Angela Guess A recent article in the MIT Technology Review reports, “The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise. The ease with which humans perform this trick belies the challenge that scientists and engineers have faced in reproducing it synthetically.…

Weak AI and Strong AI: A Look At Both Forms

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by Angela Guess Alison Diana recently wrote for Enterprise Tech, “Typically, AI splits into two forms: Weak and strong. Strong AI, exemplified by IBM Watson, transitioned from the champion’s chair on ‘Jeopardy’ to helping veterinarians treat animals and allowing researchers to understand human emotions based on their writings. Weak AI, on the other hand, focuses…

Debunking the Myths around Cognitive Computing

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by James Kobielus I think we’ve already grown weary of yet another discussion of the myths around big data. Though I doubt that cognitive computing—which obviously builds on big data—has its own special myth pantheon, so far, that day is probably fast approaching. Myths sprout when a paradigm catches hold faster in the popular imagination—for…

Can Big Data Analytics Make Government Data More Secure?

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by Angela Guess Frank Konkel recently wrote for NextGov, “According to a new study, the U.S. government’s IT leadership believes hackers permeate infected networks for an average of 16 days before detection. For a sophisticated intruder, 16 days is an eternity to sniff around and ferret out data, manipulate log files and generally wreak silent…

Integrating NoSQL Databases with Hadoop

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by Angela Guess Adam Shepherd recently wrote for Database Trends and Applications, “While Hadoop, a platform for big data analytics, and NoSQL, a database technology for enterprise, web, mobile, and IoT applications, may seem different, they do complement each other. In a recent DBTA webcast, Shane Johnson, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase discussed the relationship…

Big Data As a Service is Right Around the Corner

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by Angela Guess Forbes contributor Bernard Marr recently wrote, “We’ve had software as a service, platform as a service and data as a service. Now, by mixing them all together and massively upscaling the amount of data involved, we’ve arrived at Big Data as a Service (or BDaaS, and it’s pronounced how you will). It…

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Our Phones Will Be As Smart As Us By 2020

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by Angela Guess Writing for the Huffington Post, Vivek Wadhwa notes, “Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability…

The Natural Union of Big Data and the Internet of Things

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by Angela Guess Carl Weinschenk recently wrote for IT Business Edge, “The close relationship between the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data is an intuitive one. The IoT will create a ton of information, which is precisely what Big Data is designed to handle. They really are different sides of the same coin. Even…

Revolutionizing Big Data and Hadoop: Operations and Analytics

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by Jelani Harper The implementation of a Big Data initiative through utilizing Hadoop enables organizations to achieve a number of key objectives in their overall data-centric processes including: Incorporating more sources: According to MapR CMO Jack Norris, “There’s going to be ever increasing sources of data. The rate of increase is growing. 60 to 70…