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The Three Way Race to the Future of AI. Quantum vs. Neuromorphic vs. High Performance Computing

Summary:  There’s a three way technology race to bring faster, easier, cheaper, and smarter AI.  High Performance Computing is available today but so are new commercial versions of actual Quantum computers and Neuromorphic Spiking Neural Nets.  These two new entrants are going to revolutionize AI and deep learning starting now.

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Added by William Vorhies on June 20, 2017 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Quantum Computing, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Summary:  Quantum computing is already being used in deep learning and promises dramatic reductions in processing time and resource utilization to train even the most complex models.  Here are a few things you need to know.

 

So far in this series of…

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Added by William Vorhies on June 13, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Understanding the Quantum Computing Landscape Today – Buy, Rent, or Wait

Summary:  This is the second in our multi-part series on Quantum computing.  In this article we’ll dive a little deeper into what’s available, what’s coming soon, and some considerations for getting in early.

 

In the first article in this series, “…

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Added by William Vorhies on June 6, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Quantum Computing and Deep Learning. How Soon? How Fast?

Summary:  Quantum computing is now a commercial reality.  Here’s the story of the companies that are currently using it in operations and how this will soon disrupt artificial intelligence and deep learning.

 

Like a magician distracting us with one hand while pulling a fast one…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 30, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Even a Poor Model Can Have a Lot of Value

Summary:  This is a lesson in how it may be possible to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  1.) A good ROC score does not necessarily mean a good model. 2.) Even a weak model may be good at the top and bottom – consider how you can use that.

 

This is a lesson in how it may be possible to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  In our world, defeat is ending up with a poor model that doesn’t do what you’d hoped.  This story about a particular project…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 23, 2017 at 5:55am — No Comments

Why R is Bad for You

Summary:  Someone had to say it.  In my opinion R is not the best way to learn data science and not the best way to practice it either.  More and more large employers agree.

 

Someone had to say it.  I know this will be controversial and I welcome your comments but in my opinion…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 15, 2017 at 4:30pm — 63 Comments

The Three Ages of AI – Figuring Out Where We Are

Summary:  Just where are we in the Age of AI, where are we going, and what happens when we get there?

 

When things are changing fast, sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and see where you are.  It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement over the details.  The individual data science technologies that underlie AI are all moving forward on different paths at different speeds, but all of those speeds are fast.  So before you change careers or…

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Added by William Vorhies on May 9, 2017 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Using Algorithms to Detect Fake News – The State of the Art

Summary:  Just how accurate are algorithms at spotting fake news and are we ready to turn them loose to suppress material they don’t find credible.  Here are some considerations and stories about some of the companies trying to build these fact-checkers.

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Added by William Vorhies on May 1, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Keeping Your Job in the Age of Automation

Summary:  What are the real threats of job loss from real and AI enhanced virtual robots?  How do we position ourselves and our children to succeed in this new environment?

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Added by William Vorhies on April 25, 2017 at 8:09am — No Comments

There’s Nothing Like a Huge Public Failure to Boost Interest in AI

Summary:  We are swept up by the rapid advances in AI and deep learning, and tend to laugh off AI’s failures as good fodder for YouTube videos.  But those failures are starting to add up.  It’s time to take a hard look at the weaknesses in AI and where that’s leading us.

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Added by William Vorhies on April 18, 2017 at 8:04am — No Comments

A Robot Took My Job – Was It a Robot or AI?

Summary:  The argument in the popular press about robots taking our jobs fails in the most fundamental way to differentiate between robots and AI.  Here we try to identify how each contributes to job loss and what the future of AI Enhanced Robots means for employment. …

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Added by William Vorhies on April 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

DataOps – It’s a Secret

Summary:  DataOps is a series of principles and practices that promises to bring together the conflicting goals of the different data tribes in the organization, data science, BI, line of business, operations, and IT.  What has been a growing body of best practices is now becoming the basis for a new category of data access, blending, and deployment platforms that may solve data conflicts in your organization.

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Added by William Vorhies on April 4, 2017 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

SLAM! The Sound of Autonomous Vehicles Colliding

Summary:  Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are supposed to be just around the corner but the anecdotal evidence is that their claims to safety are way out ahead of reality.  The solution may be in a shared segment of on-board telematics, part of the SLAM group (simultaneous localization and mapping) and sharing some of that data car-to-car.

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Added by William Vorhies on March 28, 2017 at 8:54am — No Comments

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 9:00am — 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.

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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

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