Smartphones the next big machine learning platform, Deloitte says


In fact, in its annual technology, media, and telecommunications predictions for 2017, released this month, Deloitte's global arm has predicted that some 300 million smartphones – more than one fifth of all units sold – will incorporate machine learning, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media, and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, tells The present numbers are being driven by smartphone chip manufacturer Qualcomm Inc.'s latest Snapdragon processors, Stewart notes, but Apple is rumoured to be developing a similar technology for their next iPhone too. More importantly, he says, the increased use of machine learning technology in smartphones will result in enhanced security. "If your voice data, pictures, and location never leave your phone, it can't be intercepted," Stewart says, noting that for the time being users shouldn't expect their phones to complete overly complex tasks such as translating a series of sentences written in a foreign language into English.

Softbank ups investment in security AI firm Cybereason » Banking Technology


Softbank has upped its investment in security firm Cybereason, as the focus on artificial intelligence (AI) continues, writes Banking Technology's sister publication The additional $100 million investment from Softbank now makes the firm the largest investor, with CRV, Spark Capital, and Lockheed Martin also involved. An AI-driven security solution can work continuously and more efficiently than a human, but also use machine learning to access content on the internet to learn about potential attacks it could face. This isn't about replacing humans because an AI is cheaper, it is a job which simply cannot be done by the security team; with the number of access points, the task is too much to ask for.

Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones


Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google, announced a new version of Tensorflow optimised for mobile phones. This new library, called Tensorflow Lite, would enable developers to run their artificial intelligence applications in real time on the phones of users. At the moment, most artificial intelligence processing happens on servers of software as a service providers. This framework has been used for real time style-transfer: adding art-like filters to your mobile phone.

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Bixby Voice Assistant Release Date: Galaxy S8 Owners Can Now Sign Up, Here's How

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Owners of a Samsung Galaxy 8 or Galaxy S8 can now try the smartphones' much-awaited virtual assistant, Bixby -- if you sign up. Bixby has not been officially launched in the United States, but Samsung announced Galaxy 8 owners can now sign up on its site to try a preview version of the feature. If you want to try the Bixby Early Access Program you should hurry, since participation is limited. If you don't have an email account with Samsung, you can go on your device to: Settings Accounts Accounts Add Account Create Account.

How Huawei Is Leading 5G Development


A screen shows information on 5G during a keynote address by CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu at CES 2017 at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. "If 4G tech built us a road, then 5G tech will build a city," says Wang Xiaoyun, general manager of technology of China Mobile, the largest mobile telecommunications company by market capitalization (mainly because of China's vast population). Huawei consumer business group's chief executive Richard Yu presents the new phone Huawei P10 Plus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System


Now the company is preparing to ship its second-generation Eero WiFi System, which features Thread radios for controlling smart home devices, and a new type of access point that plugs directly into an AC outlet. The new Eero Beacon is roughly half the size of the original Eero and plugs directly into an AC outlet, eliminating the need for a power brick and cord. The Eero Beacon access point plugs into any AC outlet (and wisely does not block the second outlet). Eero is taking pre-orders on three SKUs: A $299 Home WiFi System that comes with one Eero router and one Eero Beacon, a $399 Home WiFi System that includes one router and two Beacons, and a Pro WiFi System consisting of three Eero routers (two of which will be configured as access points).

If Your Company Isn't Good at Analytics, It's Not Ready for AI


But companies that rush into sophisticated artificial intelligence before reaching a critical mass of automated processes and structured analytics can end up paralyzed. By contrast, companies with strong basic analytics -- such as sales data and market trends -- make breakthroughs in complex and critical areas after layering in artificial intelligence. A set of structured analytics provides retail category managers, for instance, with a complete picture of historic customer data; shows them which products were popular with which customers; what sold where; which products customers switched between; and to which they remained loyal. Fund managers with a strong base of automated and structured data analytics are predicting with greater accuracy how stocks will perform by applying AI to data sets involving everything from weather data to counting cars in different locations to analyzing supply chains.

Artificial intelligence could help telcos catch up on customer experience - VanillaPlus - The global voice of Telecoms IT


Operators simply have a reputation for offering poor customer experiences. Operators reach customers on multiple sales transactions, product interactions and service engagements. Artificial intelligence (AI) could provide the real-time intelligence operators need to maximise each touchpoint, reaching customers with the personal service that fosters long-term loyalty. For example, if a customer is making frequent international calls over a two-day period, an AI engine could automatically deliver a short-term international call bundle offer to that customer.

Data with Relationships Yields Insights Before Analytics


Creating relationships between data enables "intelligent inferencing": –in other words-data learning from data. Semantic graphs effectively link all data in a uniform fashion with an emphasis on the edges–the links between nodes, a critical determinant for ascertaining relationships that transcends the capabilities of non-semantic property graphs focused solely on the nodes themselves. The purple boxes show the similarity between products, the grey boxes show the prices for these products. But the reality is that an organization's ability to effectively determine the relationships between its data is essential to monetize data, whether big data or otherwise, structured or unstructured, within or across data sets.