Amazon Echo devices are primarily thought of as consumer devices for the home, but the cloud enterprise resource planning company Financial force has developed a new way to make the voice-activated assistant Alexa useful for work. FinancialForce, which runs entirely on Saleforce's platform, demo'd its new ERP intelligent assistant at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco this week. FinancialForce customers can use Alexa to do things like to check the status of deliverables, run reports and respond to business information through simple voice commands. They can also build their own use cases without having to code anything, FinancialForce CTO Andy Fawcett explained. "I got away with writing a very small amount of code," he explained at Dreamforce -- specifically, just over 130 lines of NodeJS code.
You might not know it, but deep learning already plays a part in our everyday life. When you speak to your phone via Cortana, Siri or Google Now and it fetches information, or you type in the Google search box and it predicts what you are looking for before you finish, you are doing something that has only been made possible by deep learning. Deep learning is part of a broader family of machine learning methods based on learning data representations, as opposed to task-specific algorithms. It also is known as deep structured learning or hierarchical learning. The term Deep Learning was introduced to the machine learning community by Rina Dechter in 1986, and to Artificial Neural Networks by Igor Aizenberg and colleagues in 2000, in the context of Boolean threshold neurons.
PayPal is adding an integration with Siri to let its users conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions with a simple voice command, the financial services company announced Thursday. The integration with Apple's voice-activated assistant comes just ahead of PayPal's busy holiday season. The company predicts that it will see more than 17 million P2P transactions this December. Last year, $41 billion traded hands through P2P transactions on PayPal and its other payment platforms, Venmo and Xoom. The integration is available in 30 countries and in several languages including English, French, Dutch, Finnish, Cantonese, Hebrew, Malay, Arabic, German and Italian.
There is no doubt that Big Data has been one of the most popular topics among marketers and tech enthusiasts for several years. Within the big data domain one of the most promising fields is deep learning which has evolved into one of tech's most exciting and promising disciplines in the field of AI (Artificial Intelligence). The popularity of deep learning peaked in March 2016, when Google's DeepMind AI program called AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol, the celebrated player of the board game "Go", by winning four out of five games. After the match it was revealed that a relatively new AI technique called "deep learning" was responsible for the victory. According to scientists, deep learning technology has the potential to transform the entire AI area.