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William Vorhies's Blog Posts Tagged 'AI' (72)

Advanced Analytics – The Fourth Great Lever of Corporate Change

Summary:  Advanced analytics and AI are the fourth great lever available to create organic improvement in corporations.  We’ll describe why this one is different from the first three and why the CEO needs the direct help of data scientists to make this happen.

 

If you’re a CEO or any other flavor of top executive leading a…

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Added by William Vorhies on October 15, 2018 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

Practicing ‘No Code’ Data Science

Summary:  We are entering a new phase in the practice of data science, the ‘Code-Free’ era.  Like all major changes this one has not sprung fully grown but the movement is now large enough that its momentum is clear.  Here’s what you need to know.

 

We are entering a new phase in the practice of data science, the ‘Code-Free’…

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Added by William Vorhies on October 9, 2018 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

The Fourth Way to Practice Data Science – Purpose Built Analytic Modules

Summary:  Purpose Built Analytic Modules (PBAMs) such as those for Fraud Detection represent a fourth way to practice data science, a new model for the good use of Citizen Data Scientists, and a new market for AI-first companies.

 

It appears that data science has exited its age of exploration and entered into its…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 18, 2018 at 9:07am — No Comments

Democratizing Deep Learning – The Stanford Dawn Project

Summary:  How about we develop a ML platform that any domain expert can use to build a deep learning model without help from specialist data scientists, in a fraction of the time and cost.  The good news is the folks at the Stanford DAWN project are hard at work on just such a platform and the initial results are extraordinary.

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Added by William Vorhies on September 4, 2018 at 8:02am — No Comments

Comparing the Four Major AI Strategies

Summary: Now that we’ve detailed the four main AI-first strategies:  Data Dominance, Vertical, Horizontal, and Systems of Intelligence, it’s time to pick.  Here we provide side-by-side comparison and our opinion on the winner(s) for your own AI-first startup.

 

In our last several articles we’ve taken a tour of the four major…

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Added by William Vorhies on July 31, 2018 at 8:20am — No Comments

Comparing AI Strategies – Systems of Intelligence

Summary:  The fourth and final AI strategy we’ll review is Systems of Intelligence (SOI).  This is getting nearly as much attention as the Vertical strategy we previously reviewed.  It’s appealing because it seems to offer the financial advantages of a Horizontal strategy but its ability to create a defensible moat requires some fine tuning.

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Added by William Vorhies on July 24, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

What Makes a Successful AI Company - Data Dominance

Summary:  A defensible data strategy increasingly defines those AI businesses that will be successful.  VCs know this and are steering the funding to this strategy.  Read here about what a defensible data strategy is and how to identify your next AI opportunity using this technique.

 

The most recent issue of MIT Technology…

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Added by William Vorhies on July 10, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Strata – What a Difference a Year Makes

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

 

I’m just back from my annual field trip to the Strata Data conference in San Jose last week.  Strata is on tour with four more stops before repeating next year.  The New York show is…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 12, 2018 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Cliff Notes for Managing the Data Science Function

Summary:  There are an increasing number of larger companies that have truly embraced advanced analytics and deploy fairly large numbers of data scientists.  Many of these same companies are the one’s beginning to ask about using AI.  Here are some observations and tips on the problems and opportunities associated with managing a larger data science function.

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Added by William Vorhies on February 6, 2018 at 8:09am — 3 Comments

Digital Twins, Machine Learning & AI

Summary:  Digital Twins is a concept based in IoT but requiring the skills of machine learning and potentially AI.  It’s not completely new but it is integral to Gartner’s vision of the digital enterprise and makes the Hype Cycle for 2017.  It’s a major enabler of event processing as opposed to traditional request processing.

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Added by William Vorhies on January 2, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Machine Learning – Can We Please Just Agree What This Means

Summary:  As a profession we do a pretty poor job of agreeing on good naming conventions for really important parts of our professional lives.  “Machine Learning” is just the most recent case in point.  It’s had a perfectly good definition for a very long time, but now the deep learning folks are trying to hijack the term.  Come on folks.  Let’s make up our minds.

 

As a profession we do a pretty poor job of agreeing on good naming conventions…

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Added by William Vorhies on December 4, 2017 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Chatbot Best Practices - Making Sure Your Bot Plays Well With Users

Summary:  This is the third in our series on chatbots.  In this installment we’ll look at the best practice dos and don’ts as described by a number of successful chatbot developers.

 

In our first article we covered the chatbot basics…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 20, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Under the Hood With Chatbots

Summary:  This is the second in our chatbot series.  Here we explore Natural Language Understanding (NLU), the front end of all chatbots.  We’ll discuss the programming necessary to build rules based chatbots and then look at the use of deep learning algorithms that are the basis for AI enabled chatbots.

 

In our last article which was…

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Added by William Vorhies on November 14, 2017 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Beginners Guide to Chatbots

Summary:  This is the first in a series about Chatbots.  In this first installment we cover the basics including their brief technological history, uses, basic design choices, and where deep learning comes into play.  In subsequent articles we’ll describe in more detail about how they are actually programmed and best practice dos and don’ts.

 

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Added by William Vorhies on November 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Will Our Robots Harm Us?

Summary:  We are approaching a time when we need to be concerned that our AI robots may indeed harm us.  The rapid increase in the conversation about what ethics should apply to AI is appropriate but needs to be focused on the real threats, not just the wild imaginings of the popular press.  Here are some data points to help you in thinking about this, what our concerns should be today, and what our concerns should be in the future.

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Added by William Vorhies on October 24, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments

AI’s Ethical Dilemma – An Unexpectedly Urgent Problem

Summary:  In just the last 10 months based only on facial characteristics deep learning has been used to predict who is a criminal and who is gay.  These are rigorous, peer reviewed studies published in academic journals.  How should this knowledge be used and how will the public react?

 

Were you as freaked out as I was when earlier this…

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Added by William Vorhies on September 19, 2017 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

AI Is the Future of the Internet – and Finally Somebody Notices

Summary: You’d think that the internet was the core of the digital economy but it’s not.  Data science is the core without which the digital economy wouldn’t exist and increasingly it’s AI that’s moving the needle in consumer engagement.

 

I look forward to this time of year since this is when Mary Meeker, the great interpreter of the…

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Added by William Vorhies on July 11, 2017 at 6:46am — No 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?

 

Data Scientists Automated and Unemployed by…

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Added by William Vorhies on April 25, 2017 at 8:09am — 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 exhausting but it remains the single best place to pick up on…

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Added by William Vorhies on March 20, 2017 at 4:48pm — 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

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