↳ Microsoft's Blog

Invoking Azure ML Web Services from Excel, Using Power Query

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio lets data scientists build machine learning models for a variety of problems that require predictive analytics capabilities. The Studio publishes these models as web services which can then be invoked via REST APIs, i.e. to send it data and get back predictions.

For business analysts who spend a lot of time manipulating and visualizing data in spreadsheets, it would very useful to be able to invoke an Azure ML web service from right within that environment, by passing in appropriate parameters and have the results populated back into the spreadsheet.

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↳ VentureBeat

Siri on iOS 11 still has a long way to go

What has Apple really done to improve Siri? To be honest, I’m not sure. After testing it for an entire day since Tuesday’s iOS 11 release, mostly on an iPad 9.7-inch and an iPhone 7 Plus, it’s obvious Siri is not a major priority for the company, even if some of the features are improved.

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↳ NVIDIA's Blog

How GPU-Powered Cellular Analysis Could Help Avoid Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Biopsies

Some 1.3 million men in North America each year undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer. While these are ordered only after multiple tests indicate the possible presence of cancer, many are ultimately proven to have been unnecessary.

Researchers at the University of Alberta hope to change that with a new testing method that relies on GPU computing — and which could prevent up to half of those biopsies from happening.

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↳ TechCrunch

Tesla said to be working on its own self-driving AI chip with AMD

Tesla is reportedly developing its own processor for artificial intelligence, intended for use with its self-driving systems, in partnership with AMD. Tesla has an existing relationship with Nvidia, whose GPUs power its Autopilot system, but this new in-house chip reported by CNBC could potentially reduce its reliance on third-party AI processing hardware.

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↳ VentureBeat

AI will simplify talent acquisition

Recruiters vet thousands of applications and conduct hundreds of interviews each year. This process generates an absurd amount of data that can be difficult for the average human to handle. Modern recruiters are very talented, but they inevitably miss employee placements due to human error in data collection and processing.

Almost half of recruiters — 46 percent — say the most challenging part of their job is identifying the right candidates from a large applicant pool.

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↳ MIT News

New leadership for MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

Antonio Torralba has been named MIT director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab effective immediately, announced Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, today.

An expert in computer vision, machine learning, and human visual perception, Torralba is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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↳ Singularity Weblog

Unexpected Futurist: Mark Twain, Tesla, and a Worldwide Visual Telephone System

This episode features an individual who, while certainly a leading figure of his day, was no scientist: Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Twain experienced his glimpses into the future largely as a scientific layman. While Franklin envisioned a world that would be rapidly evolving, by Twain’s time that rapid evolution had arrived. Twain was fascinated with scientific discoveries, with the new and controversial theory of evolution, and with the consumer products that resulted from new technology.

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↳ VentureBeat

Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

In the world of business and design, we have started using terms like “algorithm” and “machine learning” as magic calculations for problems we would like to gloss over. These terms often become blockers for deeper problem solving and can stall even the most worthwhile projects.

“We’ll figure it out with an algorithm” used generally is similar to the fantastic conversations my daughter and I had when she was six.

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↳ TechCrunch

Uber says Waymo wants $2.6 billion for one allegedly stolen trade secret

 During a tense exchange, Judge William Alsup allowed an Uber lawyer to disclose that Alphabet’s Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for a single allegedly stolen trade secret. There are currently nine trade secrets in question that were allegedly compromised by Anthony Levandowski. Waymo’s lawyers, who took time to consider whether to attempt to keep the number private, asserted that… Read More

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Pymetrics raises $8 million for job-matching with AI and neuroscience games

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Pymetrics, which uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience games to match people with the best job, announced today the close of an $8 million round. Jazz Venture Partners led the investment, with participation from new investor Workday Ventures and returning investors Khosla Ventures, Randstad Innovation Fund, and BBG Ventures.

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↳ TechCrunch

Pymetrics attacks discrimination in hiring with AI and recruiting games

 Identify the traits of your top performing employees and hire people like them, but without the discrimanatory bias of traditional recruiting. That’s the promise of Pymetrics, an artificial intelligence startup that today announced $8 million in new funding on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Pymetrics’ goal is “making the world a fairer place” by dismantling hiring… Read More

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↳ Healthcare IT News

Cedars-Sinai kicks off new health tech accelerator class

Cedars-Sinai named 10 new upstarts to a third round of its health technology accelerator.

The participating innovators are working on a range of products that Cedars-Sinai CIO Darren Dworkin said “have the potential to improve and streamline the delivery of healthcare.”

Chosen from hundreds of entries after a three-month program, the companies get a $120,000 investment to create the technologies as well as the opportunity to test them with Cedars-Sinai physicians and mentors from Techstars, which works with entrepreneurs to cultivate new ideas.

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↳ SiliconRepublic.com

How digital is disrupting the distribution of food

A recent event in Dublin showcased new technologies in the field of augmented reality and artificial intelligence, with Fernando Fanton, chief product and technology officer at Just Eat; Iseult Ward, CEO and co-founder of FoodCloud; and Mikey Cannon, Bizimply co-founder and head of product.

Just Eat is active in 13 markets around the globe, and the app has been downloaded 850,000 times in Ireland since it was launched. 

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