Introduction to Machine Learning for Quantitative Finance


Everyone is talking about Machine learning these days. This exciting webinar on Machine Learning will take you through the basics of machine learning, it will cover the cool features of the Quantiacs toolkit, and illustrate how to create and test machine learning strategies using Quantiacs. Eric's experience includes Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, and Python programming. Before joining Quantiacs, Eric was the founding CTO at NetInformer, a mobile media company whose customers included Major League Baseball, the NCAA, and Verizon Wireless.

Alexa at the ballpark: Testing Amazon Echo inside a Seattle Mariners suite at Safeco Field


Earlier this month, the Seattle Mariners became the first professional sports franchise to place Amazon Echo devices inside stadium suites. At Safeco Field, fans at each of the 59 suites can now use their voice to order food, change TV channels, play music, and even have Alexa -- the AI powered voice assistant built into the Echo -- sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." Zach Parker, head of business development for Amazon's Alexa Smart Home unit, noted how the technology removes the need for fans to use a separate smartphone app to accomplish certain tasks. Alexa Voice Service lets manufacturers integrate Alexa into their products.

Majority of consumers fear engaging with AI


In a survey of 6,000 customers in six countries, Pegasystems found that consumers appear hesitant to fully embrace AI devices and services. "But when asked about the technologies in their lives, the survey found 84 percent actually use at least one AI-powered service or device – such as virtual home assistants, intelligent chatbots, or predictive product suggestions. When asked separately to identify AI-powered devices, only 41 percent knew Amazon's Alexa and Google Home run on AI." Only one quarter (25 percent) of the people who report no AI experience feel at ease with businesses using AI to engage with them.

The art of algorithms: How automation is affecting creativity


"Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult -- so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw," wrote Google Creative Lab's "creative technologist," Dan Motzenbecker, earlier this week. For years, automated web design services such as Wix and Weebly have offered novices an easy-to-use web development platform that makes it simple to build HTML5 sites using drag-and-drop tools rather than code. Last June, Wix launched an automated web design service built on artificial intelligence, called Wix ADI. The star of the show is Discover Weekly, a personalized playlist of music built around songs you've previously listened to on the platform.

Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Manual Content Creation?


It's pretty tough to envision a machine generating great content ideas, not to mention creating that content -- content worth consuming. If a machine can fool people into thinking they're conversing with another person, surely it would be capable of creating content that can fool people, too, right? If this is what's deemed equal to average human intelligence, I think content creators can rest easy. Of course, Kurzweil isn't talking about content creation specifically, but surely a computer that can comprehend language and learn from experience could create content that stands up to that written by human hands, right?

Scherzer's Knuckle Causing Pain; Nats Make Contingency Plans

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NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is dealing with pain from a broken knuckle on his pitching hand that arose late last year, and Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker says the team is making plans in case his ace isn't ready for opening day.

$8.9m poker prize up for grabs - humans only please

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But has poker bot development reached a level where a bot could be in with a shout for this prize? Poker Research Group's bots can beat anyone at two-player The world's leading poker bot developers are quite clear about where they are right now. Dr Michael Bowling, who heads up the University of Alberta's Poker Research Group (the undisputed top dogs in this field) says: "For two-player limit poker, computers can beat pretty much the best in the world right now." But there's no reason why, if it was entered, Polaris couldn't get lucky and make the final table.

Digital Commerce Success in 2017 - IBM Commerce


Hopefully there were more triumphs than missed opportunities in your professional life, but reflecting on both can help prepare and potentially create your own opportunities in the new year – particularly if you work in digital commerce. If you're a digital commerce professional, either an online retailer or a B2B seller, last year saw a few milestones that are sure to impact your business in 2017 and beyond. It's impossible to know how these political and socioeconomic events will play out to impact your digital commerce business. Want to learn how you can bring clarity to your digital commerce business and enable your practitioners with a cognitive assistant to help them make rapid, more impactful business decisions in the face of uncertainty and change?

Sharp unit to license IP from U.S. labs EE Times

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The technology provides automatic indexing, random-access play-by-play navigation and annotated summaries for live or recorded video streams. For ESPN, Sharp Labs created a prototype that segments game videos into plays, then merges in the SportsTicker commentary for each play. "We think that HiMpact Sports will change the way people watch sports," said Ibrahim Sezan, director of information systems technologies at Sharp Labs. Understanding the semantics of major events in a game lets HiMpact Sports segment a game into plays, create summary views with random access to plays and provide annotation that lets a user view, for example, all of the home runs scored or all of a favorite player's hits during a given game.

Thomas Cover, acclaimed information theorist and electrical engineer, dies at 73

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Cover was a man of remarkable breadth in his research interests, making landmark contributions in fields ranging from information theory and mathematical statistics to data compression, pattern recognition and stock market investment strategies. Thomas Cover, one of the world's top information theorists and a professor of electrical engineering and of statistics at Stanford University, died March 26 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 73. Cover was a man of remarkable breadth in his research interests, making notable contributions in fields ranging from information theory and mathematical statistics to data compression, pattern recognition and stock market investment strategies. In 1990, the Information Theory Society of the IEEE awarded him the Claude E. Shannon Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement in information theory.