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Moving Databases to the Cloud

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by Gerardo Dada It seems like every organization is looking at what can be moved—or should be moved—to the cloud. However, the cloud is clearly not for everything; as with any technology there are benefits and tradeoffs. As such, it is important for all IT professionals to understand when and how the cloud is advantageous…

Artificial Intelligence Pushes Ahead in China

A recent press release revealed that, “There are signs indicating that Chinese Internet users might be the very first group of people to truly reap the benefits of artificial intelligence. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, written by Ray Kurzweil, painted us a picture of artificial intelligence. Kurzweil describes his law of accelerating…

July 2014 DATAVERSITY Letter from the Editor

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Unbelievably we are half way through 2014. For Americans, this means the celebration of the country’s birthday with barbeque, music, and fireworks. I was no exception in this and partook in all three traditions. And as we were sitting at the very long table with family and friends, the subject of data came up. It’s…

Apple’s Siri to Incorporate Neural Network?

Wired’s Robert McMillan recently wrote, “…neural network algorithms are hitting the mainstream, making computers smarter in new and exciting ways. Google has used them to beef up Android’s voice recognition. IBM uses them. And, most remarkably, Microsoft uses neural networks as part of the Star-Trek-like Skype Translate, which translates what you say into another language…

Hadoop or Relational – Wrong Question

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by Gil Allouche Big data is on the rise. It’s being implemented by more businesses than ever, and it’s becoming even more available because of big data in the cloud which gives affordable, quality access to businesses of all sizes. The increasing popularity and accessibility make big data extremely attractive to many different businesses, which…

Adventure Game Uses Natural Language Understanding

An article written by Eugene Joseph of Gamasutra reveals that, “Bot Colony is an episodic single player adventure game that we launched on Steam’s Early Access on June 17. It has the distinction of being the first game that integrates unrestricted English dialogue into the game experience. While the Bot Colony Natural Language Understanding (NLU)…

Video Game Characters Are About To Have Lives Of Their Own

by Jennifer Zaino Video games are on their way to becoming an increasingly immersive experience. Rival Theory’s first offering was RAIN, an artificial intelligence engine for the Unity game development ecosystem that counts a little over 7,000 active users. RAIN took a bit of a non-traditional approach to what AI means in the gaming world,…

Why Isn’t Data Governance Viewed More Strategically?

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by Ian Rowlands Yes, I know I’ve been quiet recently. Three separate things have slowed my blogging down. One is that work has been really busy. That’s a good thing, of course, but it limits time for thinking and writing!  The second thing is that I’ve actually taken some vacation and I just didn’t have…

Ray Kurzweil, Google Discuss Artificial Intelligence (video)

Signe Brewster of Gigaom recently wrote, “In 2012, Google hired Ray Kurzweil to build a computer capable of thinking as powerfully as a human. It would require at least one hundred trillion calculations per second — a feat already accomplished by the fastest supercomputers in existence. The more difficult challenge is creating a computer that…

NoSQL != NoDataModeling

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by Karen Lopez This week I again came across a few articles on the Internet (they must be true!) that insist NoSQL means people get data faster, with none of that nasty business of data modeling or analysis. While it’s wonderful to hear about advances in data science, I’m still not convinced that these sentiments…