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How Verizon is Building a Big Data and AI Culture

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The downtown home of the NBA's Wizards and NHL's Capitals is now called Capital One Arena. Owner Ted Leonsis announced the change from Verizon Center along with an investment of $40 million in the arena. Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment is not disclosing the financial terms or length of the new naming-rights agreement. It goes into effect immediately, with new signage expected by the fall. Telecommunications has long been one of the most data-intensive industries, and some of the earliest analytical marketing initiatives originated at established firms like AT&T.


Australian 4G coverage in global top 10: OpenSignal

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Telstra has the highest average 4G speeds while Optus has the best 4G latency and Vodafone Australia the highest 4G availability, according to telecommunications coverage mapping company OpenSignal's latest report. The overall average download speed for each telco was 30.88Mbps for Telstra, 29.44Mbps for Vodafone, and 24.85Mbps for Optus. On speeds, OpenSignal pointed towards Telstra aggregating five 4G channels, Optus aggregating between two and four, and Vodafone doing the same though over less spectrum. Telstra and Optus also use 4x4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4x4 MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Moderation (256 QAM), the report said, meaning speeds will climb even higher across Australia once more consumers begin using compatible devices. On the percentage of time that each telco's customers had 4G available to them, Vodafone ranked highest, at 85.88 percent, followed by Optus at 85.43 percent and Telstra at 85.07 percent -- although it should be noted that Telstra has a higher number of regional and rural customers where 4G may not be available.


Autonomous Drones and Its Potential of Commercialization

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If I were to tell you this in the year of 2000, that there is a mug that can control the temperature of your Coffee and you can set the temperature using your mobile phone. Or, there is a ring that can store all your personalized details like credit card info, bus pass and it only responds if it recognizes your finger print while you put it on, you would probably assume that I am a Sci-Fi movie director and I am pitching you my ideas to woo the public with these unrealistic technology gadgets. But in the last decade, there is a technology that has disrupted the world with its ability to connect physical devices with Internet and has given them the power to become a smart device to better serve the cosmopolitans. Yes, I am talking about IoT and the products stated above, are few of the amazing IoT products that are developed and commercialized. In fact, the smart mug is already in mass production and will be shortly available for all the caffeine addicts in one of the biggest brand of the world, Starbucks!


Qualcomm invests in Chinese AI facial recognition startup SenseTime

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Whilst these technologies have exciting potential, are we overlooking the human and ethical dimensions of data and its uses? Join us on campus to hear leading UTS academics - along with industry and government speakers - discuss the evolving challenges and opportunities at play in our increasingly data-rich world. This UTS Conversation on Humans, Data, AI & Ethics will feature thought-provoking panel discussions, TED-style talks and poster presentations showcasing research and expertise at the intersections between people, processes, technologies, data and ethics. For catering purposes, please register for our Conversation event on this page by Monday, December 4th. A detailed schedule for the day will be published on our event webpage soon.


Smartphone surveillance: Are you drunk?

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In a recent paper, Using Phone Sensors and an Artificial Neural Network to Detect Gait Changes During Drinking Episodes in the Natural Environment, a cross-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, found that smartphones and AI can give surprisingly accurate estimations of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) - with very little data. The researchers needed young adults who drink too much to train the AI. Being on a college campus, they didn't have to look very far. The local emergency department (I'm guessing college infirmary) proved to be a happy hunting ground. Surprisingly - to me - only 10 of severity screeners met the study enrollment requirements.


Broadcom's $130bn Qualcomm bid is a bold play to own AI

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The biggest acquisition in the history of technology has been tabled. Broadcom, which itself was purchased by Singapore's Avago Technologies in 2016, has made a $130 billion bid for rival chipmaker Qualcomm. If it goes through (and that's a big if), Broadcom would be paying 20 times the amount Candy Crush-maker King was purchased for, or more than 130 times the amount it cost Facebook to buy Instagram. It could even get the equivalent of five LinkedIns for the price. The proposed deal is so big it's nearly double the biggest tech buyout of all time, Dell's $67bn buyout of EMC in 2015.


How to launch a successful AI startup 7wData

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In September 2010, a three-person AI startup called DeepMind Technologies launched in London, with the goal of "solving intelligence." Four years later, Google acquired the company for $500 million. And by 2016, it had achieved a major victory in AI: Mastering the complex game of Go. This story represents the fantasy of many AI researchers, eager to launch their own ventures in the AI startup space. But the field has become saturated, and the terms "AI," "deep learning," and "machine learning" are often overhyped and misunderstood.


Acumos: the AI Open Source Platform

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AT&T wants to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. To that end, they're collaborating with Tech Mahindra to build an open source artificial intelligence platform, Acumos, hosted by The Linux Foundation that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI applications. The platform will provide a marketplace for accessing, using and enhancing those applications. Content curation, autonomous cars, drones, and augmented reality/virtual reality are many areas where AI models could be used with the Acumos platform. The Acumos platform is an extensible framework for machine learning solutions.


I built a Chatbot in 2 hours and this is what I learned

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We spend about 5 hours on our smartphones every day as per this study from Flurry. Not only is this statistic surprising in its own right, about 65% of this time is spent on communication related activities like social media, texting, emailing and phone calls. That's 3 hours and 15 minutes.


Project Loon delivers internet to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

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The FCC granted Alphabet's Project Loon, which delivers internet via balloons, an experimental license last month to help get Puerto Ricans online after Hurricane Maria decimated the island's infrastructure. While the team cautiously tweeted that it would'explore of it was possible to help,' Project Loon announced today that it has worked with AT&T and T-Mobile to successfully deliver basic internet to over 100,000 Puerto Ricans to the internet. Since turning on service, #ProjectLoon has delivered basic internet connectivity to more than 100K people in Puerto Rico. It's not a total success, which isn't to be expected after Puerto Ricans' communications infrastructure suffered so much damage. But the team was able to work with AT&T and T-Mobile to get "communication and internet activities like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE enabled phones," head of Project Loon Alastair Westgarth wrote in a blog post.