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Goodbye Age of Hadoop – Hello Cambrian Explosion of Deep Learning

Summary:  Some observations about new major trends and directions in data science drawn from the Strata+Hadoop conference in San Jose last week.

 

I’m fresh off my annual field trip to the Strata+Hadoop conference in San Jose last week.  This is always exciting, enervating, and…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 20, 2017 at 4:48pm — No Comments

How to Put AI to Work

Summary:  Whether you are a startup person or data science-minded executive in a larger organization what logic can you apply to spot the most compelling opportunities for AI in your organization.

 

In 2014 Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine and prolific…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 12, 2017 at 9:07am — No Comments

IBM Watson Does Your Taxes: Question Answering Machine versus Expert System

Summary:  IBM’s Watson now to do your taxes at H&R Block?  This is a good opportunity to explore the differences between Question Answering Machines (Watson) and Expert Systems.

 

If you were paying attention during the Super Bowl you saw something unprecedented, an…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 7, 2017 at 9:19am — No Comments

Deep Learning lets Regulated Industries Refocus on Accuracy

Summary:  Count yourself lucky if you’re not in one of the regulated industries where regulation requires you to value interpretability over accuracy.  This has been a serious financial weight on the economy but innovations in Deep Learning point a way out.

As Data…

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Added by William Vorhies on February 28, 2017 at 9:21am — No Comments

In Search of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

Summary:  Looking beyond today’s commercial applications of AI, where and how far will we progress toward an Artificial Intelligence with truly human-like reasoning and capability?  This is about the pursuit of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

 

There is no question that we’re making a lot of progress in artificial intelligence (AI).  So much so that we are rapidly approaching or have already arrived at a plateau in development where more effort is…

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Added by William Vorhies on February 21, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Indicator Based Recommenders – The One We Missed

Summary:  In our recent article on “5 Types of Recommenders” we failed to mention Indicator-Based Recommenders.  These have some unique features and ease of implementation that may be important in your selection of a recommender strategy.

 

A few weeks ago in the midst of our series on recommenders we published an article “5 Types of Recommenders” in which…

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Added by William Vorhies on February 14, 2017 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

The Data Science Behind AI

Summary:  For those of you traditional data scientist who are interested in AI but still haven’t given it a deep dive, here’s a high level overview of the data science technologies that combine into what the popular press calls artificial intelligence (AI).

 

We and others have…

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Added by William Vorhies on February 7, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

Deep Learning and Recommenders

Summary:  In this last article in our series on recommenders we look to the future to see how the rapidly emerging capabilities of Deep Learning can be used to enhance recommender performance. 

 

In our first article, “…

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Added by William Vorhies on January 31, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

Recommenders: Packaged Solutions or Home Grown

Summary:  There are many sources of packaged recommenders including the more comprehensive Digital Personalization platforms.  It’s also possible to code your own.  Here are a few things to consider.

 

In our first article, “…

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Added by William Vorhies on January 24, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

5 Types of Recommenders

Summary:  There are five basic styles of recommenders differentiated mostly by their core algorithms.  You need to understand what’s going on inside the box in order to know if you’re truly optimizing this critical tool.

 

In our first article, “…

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Added by William Vorhies on January 17, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Understanding and Selecting Recommenders

Summary:  In this multi-part series we walk through the full landscape of Recommenders.  In this article we cover business considerations as well as issues for Recommenders as a group.  In the next articles we’ll discuss the details of the five major types of recommenders, improving their performance, and finally the coming impact of deep learning on Recommenders.

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Added by William Vorhies on January 10, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

AI Saves the Elephants, Sharks, Frogs, Sea Birds and Everything Else

Summary:  As deep learning expands those capabilities are finding their way into the not-for-profit community in the service of conserving the earth’s wildlife and forests.

 

The for-profit world may be driving AI but it’s a solution to many problems in the not-for-profit…

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Added by William Vorhies on January 3, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

Advanced AI Takes Over the K-12 Classroom for STEM Instruction

Summary:  A great story about an AI-powered massive on-line open learning platform focused on STEM education.  The platform and its content is to be available across many languages to serve students anywhere in preparing for a better life in STEM careers. 

 

If you’re from the…

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Added by William Vorhies on December 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

What are the Big Guys Using?

Summary:  The largest companies utilizing the most data science resources are moving rapidly toward more integrated advanced analytic platforms.  The features they are demanding are evolving to promote speed, simplicity, quality, and manageability.  This has some interesting implications for open source R and Python widely taught in schools but significantly less necessary with these more sophisticated platforms.

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Added by William Vorhies on December 20, 2016 at 8:38am — 4 Comments

Has Deep Learning Made Traditional Machine Learning Irrelevant?

Summary:  The data science press is so dominated by articles on AI and Deep Learning that it has led some folks to wonder whether Deep Learning has made traditional machine learning irrelevant.  Here we explore both sides of that argument.

 

On Quora the other day I saw a question…

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Added by William Vorhies on December 13, 2016 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

Warning! Get Ready for Regulations that Restrict Your Analytics

Summary:  AI and predictive analytics are now so prevalent in our day-to-day lives that it has raised the attention of the government, particularly about how certain groups might be adversely impacted.  As data scientists we naturally want to have free reign to let the data speak as best it can, but as this report from the White House shows, we need to be prepared for some push back.

 

The last 10 years have been glorious days for data science and…

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Added by William Vorhies on December 5, 2016 at 4:08pm — 6 Comments

Has AI Gone Too Far? - Automated Inference of Criminality Using Face Images

Summary:  This new study claims to be able to identify criminals based on their facial characteristics.  Even if the data science is good has AI pushed too far into areas of societal taboos?  This isn’t the first time data science has been restricted in favor of social goals, but this study may be a trip wire that starts a long and difficult discussion about the role of AI.

 

Has AI gone too far? This might seem like a nonsensical question to data…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 29, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

30 Fun Ideas for Starting New AI Businesses and Services with Watson

Summary:  Watson is a remarkably flexible and complete AI development platform.  To understand how you might build new services for your current employer or imagine your own Watson-based startup, look at these 30 companies that are leading the way.

 

 

In our…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 21, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

What Can Modern Watson Do?

Summary:  IBM’s Watson as it exists today is as close as we’ve come to a single integrated platform for AI.  It contains all the capabilities for image and video, natural language speech and text input and output, and the most comprehensive knowledge recovery module yet combined together.  If you want to exploit the advances we’ve made in AI you need to understand where Watson is today and where it’s heading.

 

Recently we wrote about how the…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 15, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

What Exactly is Watson?

Summary:  Next time you bring up Artificial Intelligence and your non-data scientist friends all say “Watson” here’s some perspective you can offer.  Their understanding of AI and Watson is very likely to be inaccurate.  Here’s what you need to know to set them straight.

 

When conversation with my non-data scientist friends turns to AI it’s almost inevitable that at least one will remark on the wonders of Watson.  To many of the uninformed, Watson is…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 8, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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