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Saturday, May 27, 2017

IBM Advances PowerAI Enterprise Solution

IBM's New PowerAI Features Again Demonstrate Enterprise AI Leadership  by Patrick Moorhead  in Forbes.

What appears to be a semi automation of various areas of machine learning, to make them easier to create and maintain and work with relevant data. The claim is with minimal ML expertise.  Notable to me is one emphasis on the analysis of image and video data.

" ... Recently, IBM announced a significant revamp of PowerAI, seeking to address some of the bigger challenges facing developers and data scientists—cutting down the time required for AI system training significantly, and simplifying the development experience. .... " 

IBM writes about this, and describes the system, which requires POWER HPC hardware, you can test it free at the link:

" .. PowerAI makes deep learning, machine learning, and AI more accessible and more performant. By combining this software platform for deep learning with IBM® Power Systems™, enterprises can rapidly deploy a fully optimized and supported platform for machine learning with blazing performance. The PowerAI platform includes the most popular machine learning frameworks and their dependencies, and it is built for easy and rapid deployment. PowerAI requires installation on IBM Power Systems S822LC for HPC server infrastructure ... " 

See also their blog on OpenPower, and a description of advances.

Common Big Data Quality Issues

In KDNuggets, a good overview of quality issues, some related to the 'Big' part, but generally applicable to any kind of non-trivial data.  I have found that data quality errors are mostly dealt with afterwards in practice.   If discovered at all.  Worth a closer look.

Google Marketing Attribution

More machines learning, by a company that has much of the data.

Google Brings Machine Learning to Online Marketing Assessment  By David Jones    In EcommerceTimes.

 Google earlier this week unveiled Google Attribution, a tool that uses machine learning to measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns across a variety of devices and channels.
Part of a series of new measurement tools introduced at Google Marketing Next, Google Attribution aims to help marketers determine what is driving consumers to make their online purchasing decisions.

Google is at an "inflection point," noted Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice president of ads and commerce, when it comes to the use of technology to measure online marketing effectiveness.
"What's exciting is that things that were really hard we're going to be able to make easy, because technology is doing the heavy lifting," he told conference attendees. .... "

Pushing Intelligence out to the Edge

Will see more of this.  Intelligence placed in the device, on the edge.   A reminder of the announced TPU's of Google.  Is this enough,  or does it depend too much upon chip architecture?  Neural or otherwise?  Or will we need breakthroughs like Quantum?

Apple 'Neural Engine' chip could power AI on iPhones
Bloomberg reports Apple is developing AI hardware to match Google, Qualcomm.
 David Lumb, @OutOnALumb ... 

Meaning? In CWorld:

" .... Tiny brains everywhere
Steve Jurvetson, of VC firm Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson, won the most votes Wednesday for his predicition: the embedding of inference engines connected by neural nets that, as he put it, will put "tiny brains in everything."

Four years ago at the event, Jurvetson pegged deep learning as a big trend. "Now we're entering a new phase, pushing intelligence out to the edge, to Fitbits and smartphones, putting a 'brain' in each sensor."

In other words, it's not just the Internet of Things, but the Internet of Smart Things. "Imagine your fitness device becoming a fitness coach or your refrigerator as a health monitor," he said, adding that these smart sensors will be essential to the success of self-driving cars.  .... " 

Friday, May 26, 2017

AI Cognitive Computing and Innovation


Dianne Fraher Fodell   Manager
Program Director, IBM Global University Programs

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing, and Innovating in Practice - Cristina Mele

Cristina Mele (PhD), Full Professor of Management and coordinator of the PhD in Management at the University of Naples "Frederico II," made an excellent presentation on "Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing and Innovating in Practice" as part of the Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series. Please continue the conversation here in this discussion group with Cristina, who's research can be found here https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cristina_Mele. To see and hear a replay of today's presentation, go to: http://cognitive-science.info/community/weekly-update/ and select the recording next to May 25, 2017 presentation. .....

Allari on PowerPivot

Don't forget, if you have data, insight into your business problem, and software, you are a data scientist.   Here is a simple example:

The Business Intelligence Software You Didn't Know You Had   Posted by Ravi Madhavan

Users of MS Excel 2013 or above have BI capabilities built in with PowerPivot; a powerful, low-cost solution for collecting and analyzing your data.  This case study shows its implementation and productivity increasing abilities can be gained without investing too much time or money. .... " 

Brian Christian Talk on Algorithms and Decisions

Brian Christian spoke at our Innovation Summit last week.   Very nicely done and informative. Makes me want to read his book on the use of Algorithms.  Not so much about about to do the analytics to get to some solution,  but how that solution can be inserted into real decisions.  So its not the algorithm, but the algorithm in its solution context.  Sound familiar?  My long time hammering about also understanding and modeling the process.  How often do we avoid knowing the process before diving in with a solution?  Too often.  And we can be wrong.  I would like these risks to be better explored.

Does a nice job of using the Explore/Exploit dilemma to think about the problem.    Quoted a number of useful research efforts in this area.  We need to understand this very well before we seek to automate everything.   He suggests in his prolog:  " ... will discuss both how we can leverage insights from these fields to develop better intuitions in our own thinking, as well as how our human values and principles might translate into an era of increasingly automated decision-making.  ...  "

Bot Personality Types

Something we looked at closely with our own Bot experiment.   Even thought of experimenting with adjusting the type online. But ended up with a friendly and humorous type.  Findings at the link are fairly obvious.   Depends too upon your goal.  Are you selling, convincing, informing, entertaining ... ? Location mentioned as key, below, but I doubt it.  Caution about how humor is taken should be careful.

Do You Prefer Your Customer Service Bots Friendly or Formal?
As robots increasingly replace human jobs, thanks to record spending on automation, how should they behave? That preference depends on where you live.

LivePerson, a company that works in automated customer service, recently surveyed 5,000 people on what personality types they prefer in customer service bots.   .... "

Personalization Efforts

What is holding back marketers’ personalization efforts?

" ... A survey of digital marketers by Evergage found that e-mail (72 percent) and websites (57 percent) are the only channels in which a majority of respondents are using personalization.

Far fewer respondents from the 206 organizations interviewed across businesses have cracked the code for mobile websites (28 percent), web apps (20 percent) or mobile apps (18 percent).

Meanwhile, personalization experiences remain fairly limited. E-mail campaigns are the most common type of personalized experience, used by almost two-thirds of marketers. Home pages (58 percent) and recommendations (58 percent) are also fairly popular areas of personalization, while half are personalizing interior pages. Given that website content personalization is considered quite difficult, these could be seen as encouraging results.

Again, however, there’s less uptick in other areas: fewer than one-third are personalizing navigation (29 percent), search (27 percent), pricing (22 percent), videos (18 percent) or sorting (16 percent). ... "

Hershey and Digital

Don't normally think of Hershey in this space, so this was revealing.   Note the dependence on the physical space and impulse purchases.

Can Hershey help grocers transition to a digitally-dominated future? by Dale Buss in Retailwire.  With discussion.

In an unusual initiative for a CPG brand, Hershey just released a report, “New Retail in a Shopper’s World,” that details how retailers can transition to a digitally-dominated future.

Hershey, other candy brands and some other snack brands remain heavily dependent on physical retail space. Brian Kavanagh, senior director of retail evolution for Hershey, told CPGmatters, “That’s because we’re often not on consumers’ shopping lists. So we need those grocers’ doors to stay open.”   ... " 

The Standard Browser

In my own interactions with the enterprise saw this to be very much the case.   In one example it appeared that IE was the standard, but after having problems with it's interaction with local software, was pulled aside and told, Chrome has been better tested and the assumed default standard.  The standard issue has been done for broader volume cost issues.
 
King Chrome: Microsoft's browsers sidelined on its own OS
What's the chance Edge can contest Chrome's lock on the enterprise?  By Gregg Keizer

Enterprises may say they are committed to Microsoft's browsers, that they continue to define the venerable Internet Explorer (IE) as their employees' standard. But reality is different, an analyst argued Thursday.

"Microsoft retains a very strong relationship with [enterprise] IT," said David Michael Smith, of Gartner, in an interview. "Most enterprises still have a 'standard' browser, and most of the time, that's something from Microsoft. These days it's IE11. But we've found that people actually use Chrome more than IE." .... " 

Inventing New Sounds, Musical Instruments

More in the space of creativity process.

Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

JESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond. Before, it was, say, 15 percent clavichord. Now it’s closer to 75 percent. Then he drags the marker back and forth as quickly as he can, careening though all the sounds between these two very different instruments.

“This is not like playing the two at the same time,” says one of Engel’s colleagues, Cinjon Resnick, from across the room. And that’s worth saying. The machine and its software aren’t layering the sounds of a clavichord atop those of a Hammond. They’re producing entirely new sounds using the mathematical characteristics of the notes that emerge from the two. And they can do this with about a thousand different instruments—from violins to balafons—creating countless new sounds from those we already have, thanks to artificial intelligence. .... " 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

On European Privacy Laws

Opinion: Europe's Strict New Privacy Rules Are Scary but Right  By Jason Kint in Adage.

" .... The most significant change to data privacy regulation in more than two decades will go into effect on May 25, 2018. Under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR (a mouthful, I know), any company will need to ask for explicit consumer consent to collect and use data across the web and app ecosystem. The GDPR has been described as a new gold standard globally and "extraterritorial" in that it applies to any company that touches personal data of EU citizens -- so everyone needs to pay attention.

And the GDPR has teeth: It will prescribe fines equal up to a whopping 4% of global revenue. To put this in perspective, Facebook's fine last week of $130 million (for providing misleading information about its WhatsApp acquisition) could have amounted to more than $1 billion if it happened under these new rules. Amid our industry's uproar over the digital advertising "duopoly" of Google and Facebook, Europe should be applauded for writing the first law that, as a byproduct, may actually change how those companies do business. ... " 

Baidu Mimicing Speech

Quite a need for Chinese regional accents.

Baidu’s text-to-speech system mimics a variety of accents ‘perfectly'
What used to take hours of neural net training now takes under 30 minutes. Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala

Chinese tech giant Baidu's text-to-speech system, Deep Voice, is making a lot of progress toward sounding more human. The latest news about the tech are audio samples showcasing its ability to accurately portray differences in regional accents. ... " 

IMotions

Was brought back to my attention.  Biometrics typically need multiple dimensions and laboratory style data handling environments.

Scalable Biometric Research Solutions
Since 2005 iMotions has developed our software platform that lets researchers integrate best-in-class biosensors, eye tracking, facial expression analysis, EEG, GSR, EMG, ECG and Surveys in one unified software platform. .... " 

Incentivizing Self-Checkout

We supported a number of experiments with self-checkout.  Including ones that included this idea.
Discussion.

How should self-checkout be incentivized?  by Tom Ryan

In the U.K., Asda’s customers, at least in some situations, have to use the self-service checkout lane if their purchases amount to less than £100 ($130).

The revelation came in a Daily Mail article about a customer vowing to boycott the grocer after she was forced to scan 60 items worth over £120 at one of the Walmart-owned chain’s stores.

In the U.S., it has been suggested that retailers could offer a discount for using self-service, similar to incentives often provided by banks and airlines. But having ample terminals and trained personal nearby to handle any problems to support a hassle-free self-checkout experience appears to be the current way to provide some motivation. ..... "

Embedding Analytics into Applications

Nice piece.  Good idea.   At one level a very obvious idea.  All analytics should be embedded into business applications.  And those applications are always a kind of business process, else they are not worth doing.    Sometimes they exist within existing computing processes.   In all of these cases the overall system may be more or less real-time.   So know your business and its context, consider it early and often.

The business advantages of embedding analytics into applications
Access to critical data in real time enables workers to generate insights from large amounts of information.  ....    By Matthew Sarrel  

Uber Freight

New steps in supply chain.  In Technology Review:

Uber Freight Is the First Step to Automating Away Truckers
First: matching haulers to jobs. Next: leveraging that network to build out fleets of autonomous 18-wheelers. ...." 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tensorflow Cook book

Nick McClure has released the companion materials for his book TensorFlow Machine Learning Cookbook on GitHub. Some very good information here for a number of stat and machine learning methods. Via O'Reilly.  

A Big Book of Dashboards

Media previewBrought to my attention.  I have heard this praised. One of the authors, Jeffrey Shaffer, spoke at our analytics summit last week.

The Big Book of Dashboards presents a comprehensive reference for those tasked with building or overseeing the development of business dashboards. ...

Comprising dozens of examples that address different industries and departments (healthcare, transportation, finance, human resources, marketing, customer service, sports, etc.) and different platforms (print, desktop, tablet, smartphone, and conference room display) The Big Book of Dashboards is the only book that matches great dashboards with real-world business scenarios.  ... " 

  #BBOD  @UCAnalytics17

Introduction to Azure and Bots

At the UC Analytics summit last week  @UCanalytics17 , our track included Jason Errett and Pete Roden of Microsoft speaking about Cortana and Bots.  They send along links to some introductory information for the Bot services:

 ...  overview/walkthrough on getting started with the Bot Service here 
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/bot-framework/azure/azure-bot-service-overview

 ... the various channels as well as Cortana and Skype for Business… 
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/bot-framework/channels/channel-cortana

Thanks again for their input, there was lots of enthusiasm for leveraging AI in this way.

Why Fashion and Technology

Good piece in Engadget on movement in wearables, fashion and Technology.   Continues to evolve, and you can never predict fashion well, but the business side will require some value proposition.  Is it enough just to keep your tech closer to you, like in a carry-able phone, a watch or clothing?  Or will technologies get very close to us because of the sensors they bear?    In Engadget:

Fashion and technology will inevitably become one
Smart fabrics and power laces are just the beginning.
by Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Marketing Data on Demand

Google announces  Marketing Data on Demand   via Twitter.  In Think with Google.

" ... Get excited, marketing gurus! Today we’re rolling out a brand new (and super cool) data on demand service that will do exactly that—give you the data you need, on demand—using Twitter. 

You’re in the trenches every day, and it’s hard to stay up to speed. We get it. And that’s why we did the heavy lifting for you. From measurement to mobile, autos to AdWords, we’re putting hundreds of data points at your fingertips.  .... " 

It’s super easy, too. Just ask us for data on Twitter and we’ll respond with the data you want ... " 

Gillette Replaces Dad with Assistant

In Fastcompany, by Jeff Beer.   Includes video of Ad:

Most Men Ask Their Phone For Advice Before Dad, So Gillette Made An App For That
The brand’s new Father’s Day ad, “Go Ask Dad” is most definitely trying to make grown men cry.

According to Gillette’s research, 84% of guys said their go-to source for information is their phone, while just 13% said they turn to Dad first. And  72% of guys said their phone was the one source of information they can’t live without, and only 10% said Dad. .... 

So for Father’s Day, agency Grey New York created a follow-up to last year’s ad, aiming to get more young men real-talking to their fathers with another edition of “Go Ask Dad.” Last year it was a tablet, while this year the brand disguised the dads as a Siri-like personal assistant app....   " 

Grafana for Time Series

Brought to my attention. Grafana.

" ... The leading open source software for time series analytics ... Grafana is an open source metric analytics & visualization suite. It is most commonly used for visualizing time series data for infrastructure and application analytics but many use it in other domains including industrial sensors, home automation, weather, and process control.    .... " 

Digital Twin Technology

Mostly about hardware,   saw it well described by GE Digital at our recent meeting.   Gets closer to understanding the process.  But how do you include the actions of human actors?

Via Bernard Marr in Forbes:

" ... While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002, it’s only thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) that it has become cost-effective to implement. And, it is so imperative to business today, it was named one of Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017.

Quite simply, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service. This pairing of the virtual and physical worlds allows analysis of data and monitoring of systems to head off problems before they even occur, prevent downtime, develop new opportunities and even plan for the future by using simulations.

Thomas Kaiser, SAP Senior Vice President of IoT, put it this way: “Digital twins are becoming a business imperative, covering the entire lifecycle of an asset or process and forming the foundation for connected products and services. Companies that fail to respond will be left behind.”  ... "  

Deep Algo Visualizes Code Process

Always thought there should be a easy way to better visualize the process of code.  There have been attempts.  Is this finally it?   Much like the idea,  transparency for decision makers.  Consider the potential savings.  Extracting business from the code.

Deep Algo offers simple code visualization for people who don’t know how to code
Posted May 19, 2017 by Brian Heater (@bheater)

Deep Algo was one of the more fascinating companies on display in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt this week. The French team aims to make coding languages more accessible for the masses with SaaS (software as a service) offering that promises to do for languages like C++, C Sharp and Javascript what WYSIWYG does for HTML.

It’s a pretty bold claim, but the company is confident that its system is robust enough to handle the complexity of coding languages, even in the hands of coding newbies.

“We make non-IT people understand code,” CEO Xavier Lagarrigue told TechCrunch at the event. “The technology uses the code as an input and then everything is automatic. We extract the business concepts first from the code and then build questions. And as a user, you select the question and find the answer in the code. If you are a non-coder, you will understand the format.”  ..... "

Algorithmic Gastronomy and Beyond

Fascinating look about how to morph recipes.  Might this be used to rewrite other process + ingredient kinds of decisions?  We were influenced in coffee blending and roasting decisions by recipe style approaches.  There is something here.

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients
by Michael Byrne

 Algorithmic gastronomy is here.

Imagine your favorite go-to recipe mutated to conform to the traditional methods and ingredients of any number of diverse regional food cultures. Consider, say, lasagne, but a sort of lasagne that's instead a naturally occurring part of Japanese or Ethiopian cuisine. Not "fusion," but something deeper—a whole rewriting of what a lasagne even is according to the culinary traditions of some other place.

It's not necessarily an easy or natural thing to do, but a new machine learning algorithm developed by a team of French, American, and Japanese researchers offers an automated solution based on neural networks and large amounts of food data. The result, which is described in a paper published this month to the arXiv preprint server (via I Programmer), is a system that can take a given recipe and shift it into an alternative dietary style—sushi lasagne, say—as well as parse a recipe for its underlying style components.  .... " 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Andreessen Horowitz's AI Playbook

New, examining.

AI Playbook   by the Andreessen Horowitz VC firm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a set of computer science techniques that, as Stanford professor Andrew Ng is fond of saying, gives your software super powers.

Building on our Primer on Artificial Intelligence, this microsite is intended to help newcomers (both non-technical and technical) begin exploring what's possible with AI. We've met with hundreds of Fortune 500 / Global 2000 companies, startups, and government policy makers asking: "How do I get started with artificial intelligence?" and "What can I do with AI in my own product or company?"

This site is designed as a resource for anyone asking those questions, complete with examples and sample code to help you get started. ....  " 

Considering the Data Science Behind AI

Nicely done piece from DSC by William Vorhies,  an overview.  Good exec and introductory piece.  Like in general the way this is presented.  Would add that I have started to call it Augmented Intelligence (AI),  which tempers the expectations involved.

The Data Science Behind AI    Posted by William Vorhies  

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 written quite a bit about the various types of data science that make up AI.  Still I hear many folks asking about AI as if it were a single entity.  It is not.  AI is a collection of data science technologies that at this point in development are not even particularly well integrated or even easy to use.  In each of these areas however, we’ve made a lot of progress and that’s caught the attention of the popular press.

This article is not intended to be a deep dive but rather the proverbial 50,000 foot view of what’s going on.  If you’re a traditional data scientist who’s read some articles but still hasn’t put the big picture together you might find this a way of integrating your current knowledge and even discovering where you’d be interested in focusing.  .... " 

Nestle and Startup Innovation

Via former P&Ger and colleague, Pete Blackshaw.

Nestle takes cues from Silicon Valley to boost innovation

Despite having thousands of product lines in its portfolio, Nestle uses a startup mindset adapted from Silicon Valley firms like Google to keep its innovations fresh and on-trend, said Pete Blackshaw, vice president of digital and social media. The company has created a digital acceleration team to develop new ideas internally, and uses alliances with other firms to forge external innovations, such as its recent Amazon partnership, which marries Alexa voice automation technology with Nestle recipes. ... " 

Assistants Understanding Accents

Quite a long article with many links in Language Log, on research that has been done on understanding accents.  And how this may influence our work with assistants.   It has intrigued me as to how we adapt to foreign accents in our own language.

" .... Wired.com has some perfect linguaphile clickbait: “Watch People With Accents Confuse the Hell Out of AI Assistants.”  By “accents” they mean, non-American ones (e.g., Irish English). The AI Assistants were Siri, Amazon Echo, and Google Home. I’m curious about how well the voice recognition systems in these devices work with varieties of spoken English, so I clicked. Sucker! Can’t tell anything from the video except that it’s fun to say “Add Worcestershire sauce to my shopping list” to a machine.  This definitely beats asking Siri “What is the meaning of life?”

Mainly I was impressed by how poorly I understood the speakers.  I have a bad time understanding other people’s accents  but that’s only one data point.  How well do people understand speech that is in the same language as their own but spoken with a different accent?  .... " 

Jobs and Technologies

Seems an odd premise, is it the underlying responsibility of companies to create jobs?   Or allow the market to do that?  Starting in the 60s, many jobs have been replaced by technologies.    In the HBR:

As Machines Take Jobs, Companies Need to Get Creative About Making New Ones
by Darlene Damm

Jobs in retail, transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture are highly vulnerable to technological change. Retailers such as Macy’s and The Limited are closing hundreds of stores and cutting tens of thousands of jobs as people buy more and more products online, and others are testing robotic assistants or planning for autonomous stores. Over 33 companies are now working on autonomous vehicles, which will soon replace transport jobs. Robots have probably taken about 85% of the 5 million manufacturing jobs that have disappeared from the United States since 2000. Automated farming is also quickly advancing.

While our first instinct might be to help employees find new jobs, what we really need to do is help companies shift into new markets focused on human services and adopt new business models that will allow employees, customers, and communities to benefit from technological change. ... " 

Wal-Mart E-Commerce Surge

In Adage:
Walmart's E-Commerce Surge and Other Takeaways for Brands
By Jack Neff.

Walmart reported fiscal first-quarter earnings today that showed a huge spike in e-commerce sales as it slightly beat analyst expectations on the bottom line and slightly missed on revenue. Should Amazon be worried? Maybe. Should brand marketers be worried? Definitely.  .... "

Home Automation Virtual Agent

Interesting approach that I had not seen .... highlighting the Watson conversation service.

Build a Home Automation Virtual Agent on Bluemix

With the home automation trend growing, have you wondered how you could build your own home automation virtual agent on Bluemix? Check out this blog post to see how a PubNub developer used PubNub BLOCKS and Watson Conversation to do it.
 by: Shyam Purkayastha

Man’s desire to be a part of the social ecosystem has led to the invention of many communication and information sharing tools. This trend is now morphing to include use cases where we interact with non-living things, as well. Let’s look at one such application where we can communicate with our things through chat, just like way we would Whatsapp our family and friends.

Home automation is an ubiquitous application. We talk to our appliances, and they obey our orders. That is so cool! But let’s take it a step further. We’ll want to make it a bit more seamless, so that we talk to our home in a natural conversation. But how do we do it? Machines talk in binary code which is cumbersome for humans. In this blog article, we will show you how to build a home automation app. So follow along and check out the demonstration provided later in this article to help you understand how to build a virtual assistant for your home. .... 

Watson Conversation service provides a drag and drop dialog builder. This dialog builder is the key to designing dialogs that are intuitive for human users and, at the same time, can be deciphered by machines.

A typical human-to-machine conversation is very different from human-to-human conversation. Machines do not usually engage in a conversation flow like we humans do. They take commands and respond with an action. The Watson Conversation service allows us to build specific dialogs that convey commands and actions between humans and machines. The image below illustrates how this is achieved via intents and entities:  .... " 

Most Powerful Quantum Computer

IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet
And the company is seeking your algorithms and experiments to run on it.  .. Andrew Dalton, @dolftown

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Whats Next in AI and Automation

Excellent overview, with useful detail:

What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities for business and the economy, even as they reshape employment and the future of work. ... " 

Examining the Drone Economy

Drones go to Work   by Chris Anderson in the HBR.  Excellent piece.
The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here’s how to think about the drone economy and your place in it.  .... " 

Plus:  Drone challenges  deals with the underlying regulation and related complexities.

Cortana as a Bot Channel

I like thinking of it in this way.  Saw it demonstrated by MSFT using Cortana this week.   Still means the architecture, operations, context and memory of the bot have to be developed and work well and seamlessly.   Still a challenge for dialog in a Bot.

Cortana, as a new Microsoft Bot Framework Channel   by Aram Koukia 

In Build 2017, Microsoft announced several updates to the Bot Framework which are great, and as I was expecting, this great bot framework is here to stay!

One of the features that made me really excited, and something that will push me to think about bot use-cases even more, is the Cortana channel.  .... "