IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs


IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources. The axe, we're told, is largely falling on IBMers within companies the IT goliath has taken over in the past few years to augment Watson's credentials in the health industry. These include medical data biz Truven, which was acquired in 2016 for $2.6bn, medical imaging firm Merge, bought in 2015 for $1bn, and healthcare management business Phytel, also snapped up in 2015. Yesterday and today, staff were let go at IBM's offices in Dallas, Texas, as well as in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado, in the US, and elsewhere, it is claimed. A spokesperson for Big Blue was not available for comment.

Sr. Acoustic Modeling and Machine Learning Engineer - NeoSensory Jobs on AngelList


Tensor Flow, Theano, Torch, Kaldi, etc.) - 3 years experience in commercial R&D experience relating to acoustic/speech modeling and/or audio DSP - 2 years graduate-level academic research experience in acoustic/speech modeling and/or audio DSP Suggested experience: - Statistical and Audio Digital Signal Processing (Linear Systems) - Mathematical optimization (designing cost functions, adversarial/perceptual methods to improve audio quality, etc.) - Familiarity with hardware/embedded systems- - Linguistics and speech modeling Neosensory provides a competitive compensation package, stock options, benefits, and a fun work environment. We're located within a 5 min walk from the California Ave Caltrain station in a nice area of Palo Alto. We are also about to launch a second office in Houston, Texas. Team Neosensory is made of an awesome group of intellectual individuals who value hard work and enjoy sharing a diverse set of hobbies.

See Where Drones Are Most Popular in America

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From movie shoots to search-and-rescue operations to your neighborhood park, drones are everywhere. This week, the Federal Aviation Administration released data revealing the exact whereabouts of the country's registered drones. Among the findings: Los Angeles County is the drone capital of America, with 12,250 registered drones. In second place is Arizona's Maricopa County, home to a number of Phoenix-based aerial photography companies. Looking at the data from a per capita perspective, Hinsdale County, Colorado wins out, with 5.2 drones for every 1,000 people.


AAAI Conferences

Functional Knowledge Representation in AI Applications for Scientific Computing Michael Lucks Space Telescope Science Institute* 3700 San Martin Drive Baltimore, MD 21218 Ian Gladwell Department of Mathematics Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 75275 Abstract We describe a knowledge representation scheme in which expertise is encoded via expert-supplied mappings, or knowledge functions. This functional representation technique was originally developed for the Selection Advisor for Initial Value Software (SAIVS), a prototype system for recommending ordinary differential equation software from numerical subroutine libraries. We discuss the deficiencies in previous knowledge representation schemes that motivated the development of functional scheme, and then present the method. We propose other classes of mathematical software to which the existing SAIVS shell may be applied. Recently, the representation has been adapted for use in the Parallel Object Matching System (POMS), operational system for scheduling parallel scientific observations on the Hubble Space Telescope.

Future Today Institute: China will become the world's 'unchallenged AI hegemon' in 2018


Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb has released her annual tech trends report, and much of it focuses on the continuing impact of artificial intelligence. Other trends highlighted by the report include space travel, human gene editing, and a global shortage of data scientists. Webb, a quantitative futurist and professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business, released the report today in a presentation at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Now in its 11th year, the report identifies 225 trends across 20 industries, with roughly 70 of those trends related directly to AI. In 2018, Webb expects the AI cloud and marketplaces for algorithms will continue to grow and the first personal robots will come to market.