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Alibaba Launches China’s First Artificial Intelligence Service

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by Angela Guess Catherine Shu reports for TechCrunch, “Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba Group, is launching an artificial intelligence service that it claims is the first in China. Called DT PAI, the platform combines algorithms used by Alibaba with machine and deep learning techniques and presents them in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Aliyun…

Why Hackers Have the Edge on Artificial Intelligence

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by Angela Guess Neel V. Patel recently wrote for Inverse, “Hackers, whose m.o. is to outthink machines, remain largely unconcerned about progress in artificial intelligence or artificial counterintelligence. They know that just because computers can be smarter and more facile than humans doesn’t mean humans can’t turn the tables. ‘No A.I. that presently exists can…

Identifying Bias in Machine Learning Algorithms

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by Angela Guess The University of Utah reports for Scientific Computing, “Software may appear to operate without bias because it strictly uses computer code to reach conclusions. That’s why many companies use algorithms to help weed out job applicants when hiring for a new position. But a team of computer scientists from the University of…

Artificial Intelligence: Liability and Regulation

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by Angela Guess Gary Lea of The Conversation recently wrote in Phys.org, “There has been much discussion of late of the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), especially regarding robot weapons development and a related but more general discussion about AI as an existential threat to humanity.If Skynet of the Terminator movies is going to exterminate…

Integrating Big Data the Right Way

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by Jelani Harper The true value in incorporating a Big Data initiative into an overall Enterprise Data Management scheme comes from integrating, and in some cases aggregating, external Big Data with more conventional sources of data. Doing so correctly involves accounting for issues of Data Governance, Metadata Management, traceability, and Semantic consistency that frequently require…

The Algorithm Economy

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by Angela Guess Peter Sondergaard of Gartner recently wrote in Forbes, “Big data is the oil of the 21st century. But for all of its value, data is inherently dumb. It doesn’t actually do anything unless you know how to use it. Oil is useless thick goop until it’s refined into fuel. Big data’s version…

National Cancer Institute to Fund Informatics Research Grants

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by Angela Guess GenomeWeb reports, “The National Cancer Institute this week announced that it intends to fund multiple research projects related to the development and management of informatics technologies for cancer research. Among the specific technologies of interest to the agency are ones related to data acquisition and analysis, modeling and simulation, and those that…

MarkLogic, RDF, and the Triple Store

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by Angela Guess Writing for Datanami, Alex Woodie recently noted, “There’s a lot of ways companies are trying to store and analyze data today, but one of the most compelling involves graph analytics. MarkLogic, which supports a variant of the graph database known as a semantic triple store, hopes that a recent update puts this…

Intel is Betting Big on the Internet of Things

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by Angela Guess Stacey Higginbotham recently wrote for Fortune, “On Wednesday Intel doubled down on the Internet of things with a presentation by Diane Bryant, who heads up Intel’s data center group (which brings in $14 billion in annual sales for the chip maker) and Doug Davis, who handles Intel’s Internet of things group. The…