Adobe CTO leads company's broad AI bet


There isn't a software company out there worth its salt that doesn't have some kind of artificial intelligence initiative in progress right now. These organizations understand that AI is going to be a game-changer, even if they might not have a full understanding of how that's going to work just yet. In March at the Adobe Summit, I sat down with Adobe executive vice president and CTO Abhay Parasnis, and talked about a range of subjects with him including the company's goal to build a cloud platform for the next decade -- and how AI is a big part of that. Parasnis told me that he has a broad set of responsibilities starting with the typical CTO role of setting the tone for the company's technology strategy, but it doesn't stop there by any means. He also is in charge of operational execution for the core cloud platform and all the engineering building out the platform -- including AI and Sensei.

We will lead consumer-centred Artificial Intelligence world: Samsung


Based on almost half-a-billion connected devices it sells every year, Samsung Electronics will lead the consumer-centred Artificial Intelligence (AI) world, a top company official has said. "Samsung will begin an exciting journey open to boundless possibilities in new user experiences by integrating AI into the open IoT ecosystem it is currently developing," Larry Heck, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Samsung Research America said on Friday. Citing examples of various Samsung products showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in January, the expert said the South Korean tech giant is highlighting its latest innovations in its vision to drive IoT supported by AI, Yonhap News Agency reported. "Moving forward, Samsung will continue to remain focused on holistically integrating AI into a connected setting, such as the home or the office, in contrast to other players primarily pursuing implementation of AI on a few devices and services," he said.

How AI-driven Search Empowers the Digital Workplace


If finding information in the workplace is a manual hunt-and-peck exercise, and you keep adding more digital information to the mix, your employees are getting frustrated, and even worse, disengaged. After all, they are used to easy, intuitive search experiences in their personal lives with tools like Google, Alexa, and Siri. Yet when it comes to the workplace, the systems don't deliver that ease of use. Get the eBook How AI-driven Search Empowers the Digital Workplace to learn how AI technologies and cognitive search deliver a personalized, highly relevant experience for information access in the enterprise, and help you engage a modern workforce.

Montreal AI startup Element AI hires ex-IBM chief to lead product and strategy efforts


In the face of growing concerns over the loss of talent to these foreign heavyweights, Ottawa and the provinces have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to new AI institutes in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton. Element, co-founded by University of Montreal professor and deep-learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio, has quickly emerged as one of the most heavily financed Canadian AI startups. It raised $102-million (U.S.) in venture funding last June, just eight months after launching with the audacious goal of building a firm that can rival Silicon Valley giants by "democratizing" AI. The financing came from some of the largest names in the global tech sector, including Silicon Valley venture capital firm Data Collective, tech giants Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., Fidelity Investments, and Canadian investors Real Ventures, National Bank of Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada. Montreal has emerged as one of the world's AI hotspots, with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Thales SA and Samsung Electronics' Advanced Institute of Technology all recently announcing plans to open AI labs there.

The AI Mindset:


AI will impact every facet of business–changing how we work, and the pace of innovation. It has the power to deliver immense business value, and help brands create the personalized experiences that customers demand. However, to realize its full potential requires a shift in how organizations invest their resources, develop their talent, and foster an AI mindset focused on unlocking creativity and collaboration. Join Bluewolf CEO Eric Berridge to learn key strategies for designing your workforce around a mindset and culture needed to compete and win with AI.

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI


What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more -- all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone. Maurice Conti explores new partnerships between technology, nature and humanity. Maurice Conti explores new partnerships between technology, nature and humanity.

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David Ferrucci's official title is "IBM Fellow and Leader of the Semantic Analysis and Integration Department at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center." But to the world, he's the genius behind Watson, the question-answering supercomputer system that bested two humans in a nationally televised broadcast of the popular game show Jeopardy! On Monday, Ferrucci delivered a fantastic keynote at the ACM's 2011 Federated Computing Research Conference in San Jose, CA. Ferrucci walked the audience -- nearly 2,000 computer scientists from around the country -- through the creation of Watson, from its initial conception in 2004 to its nationally televised victory this past February. "The story goes," he began, "that an IBM vice president was dining at a restaurant" when, suddenly, everyone around him got up and rushed toward a TV.