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The Internet of Things Needs Better Timing

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by Angela Guess Weiss, J. Eidson, and others recently wrote in Phys.org, “Our fast-approaching future of driverless cars and “smart” electrical grids will depend on billions of linked devices making decisions and communicating with split-second precision to prevent highway collisions and power outages. But a new report released by the National Institute of Standards and…

How is Big, Open Data Transforming the University?

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by Angela Guess Not-for-profit organization Zocalo Public Square recently wrote in TIME, “Free online courses, crowdsourcing, and big data are transforming the university from a gatekeeper to a public resource. In 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it was going to put the university’s entire body of course materials online, for free. That meant…

Disney, Cognitive Computing, and the Science of Magic

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by Angela Guess David Brond recently wrote for RPI News, “An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., part of the theme park design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Together, they are exploring how the cognitive computing technology being developed at…

Is Artificial Intelligence Ready for Business Applications?

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by Angela Guess Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Brad Power recently commented, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an idea that has oscillated through many hype cycles over many years, as scientists and sci-fi visionaries have declared the imminent arrival of thinking machines. But it seems we’re now at an actual tipping point. AI, expert systems,…

Machine Learning, Virtual Assistants, and the Value of Chit Chat

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by Angela Guess Writing for TechRadar, Mary Branscombe recently noted, “Machine learning is improving everything from image and speech recognition to predicting when machinery will fail. It’s what makes Cortana smart enough to crack jokes and predict sports matches, as well as tell you when to leave early for your meeting because the traffic is…

The Internet of Things and the Virtual You

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by Angela Guess Jenny Lee and Hans Tung recently wrote for Fortune, “For years people have been claiming that search is dead, but we still find ourselves on Google looking for a restaurant, searching for the best ski equipment or researching a new company. However, the promise of IoT means never having to search again.…

Data Lakes 2: Redressing Big Data Governance

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by Jelani Harper The perceived boons of utilizing a single repository (typically either Hadoop or another NoSQL platform) to store and access all data—structured or unstructured, regardless of schema—as a Data Lake are touted as: Universal enterprise access: Data Lakes enable all users to quickly access data (without time consuming and rigorous modeling constraints) from…

Deep Learning Neural Networks Are Hot — Here’s Why

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by Angela Guess Dean Takahashi recently wrote for VentureBeat, “Neural networks had a lot of promise in the field of artificial intelligence in the 1980s and 1990s. But decades later, the revitalized category of “deep-learning neural networks” is making huge progress. That’s the analysis from Jeff Dean, senior fellow at Google, speaking at the Nvidia…

Cutting Business Energy Costs with the Internet of Things

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by Angela Guess Writing in The Guardian, Duncan Jefferies recently reported, “Smart appliances that communicate with each other and share information using the internet are already available. Indeed, the Internet of things has featured on lists of game-changing technologies for years, and is arguably one of the most hyped tech innovations around. With sensors getting…

Infographic: Real-Time Analytics and the Internet of Things

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by Angela Guess Mark van Rijmenam, Founder of Datafloq, recently wrote, “The Internet of Things is here and is here to stay. With billions of devices already connected and another trillion coming our way in the next decade, organizations should prepare themselves for a data flood. A data flood that can generate real-time insights in…