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Cartoon: Unsupervised Machine Learning?

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New KDnuggets Cartoon looks at unsupervised Machine Learning, which is considered by many leading AI researchers to be the next frontier in AI. This cartoon looks at the situation when Machine Learning becomes too unsupervised. This cartoon was ably drawn by Jon Carter. See also other recent KDnuggets Cartoons: Cartoon: AI and March Madness Cartoon: Is this how you do the blockchain thing? Cartoon: Where AI achieves excellence Cartoon: Machine Learning takes a vacation Cartoon: Data Scientist was the sexiest job of the 21st century until ... Cartoon: How is Data Science Different From Religion?



Intel to use Tokyo Olympics to show off 3D tracking, other new tech - Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Tech giant Intel Corp said on Wednesday it will use the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to show off a portfolio of new technology including artificial intelligence driven 3D tracking of athletes to augment broadcasts of events during the Games. The tracking technology will use mobile cameras to capture video of Olympic events that will be used to create visual overlays and analysis, the company announced in Tokyo. The Olympic showcase comes as the once-dominant chipmaker looks for new opportunities amid a forecast of modest profit growth over the next three years as its market share for personal computer chips shrinks. "This is a really good opportunity for us to showcase the microprocessor technologies that we have been developing for many years but also a lot of our work in software, in algorithms and broadcast enhancing experience," Rick Echevarria, general manager of Intel's Olympic Program, said at an event attended by members of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Intel also said it would use virtual reality to recreate images of venues to help train staff.


Emerging technologies take pole

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Motorsport has long been at the bleeding edge of innovation and Brent Pittman, director of engineering, automotive and concept design at Autodesk suggests that remains the case. Motorsport is more than just blazing heat, screeching brakes, a roar of engines, and the test of a driver's skill and bravery. It is positioned as the pinnacle of technological innovation coming out of the automotive industry. But for a sport that uniquely has'Constructor Championships' to reward the work of the team behind the athlete, it is interesting that the value of new technologies hasn't been realised fully yet. Indeed, when it all boils down, an athlete may be the most talented individual, but it is technology that is the real driver behind the sport's success.


Intel to use 3D athlete tracking, VR to enhance Tokyo 2020 broadcast

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American tech major Intel Corp has recently disclosed its plans to unveil a range new technology products at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including AI-driven 3D tracking of athletes to enhance the broadcasts of events. The brand stated that the 3D tracking system apparently use mobile cameras to capture video of Olympic games that will used to design visual overlays and analysis. The announcement supposedly comes as the once-dominant chipmaker now looks for new opportunities amidst a forecast of substantial business growth in the coming years as its market share for PC chips fall. Intel's artificial intelligence products have been earning quite a reputation worldwide. Rick Echevarria, GM of Intel's Olympic Program, said that it is a golden opportunity for Intel to showcase the microprocessor technologies the team has been developing, along with innovations in software and algorithms to enhance broadcast experience.


Why AI Is The Next Frontier In Sports Fan Engagement And Revenue

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Summer always comes with a lull in U.S. pro sports between the NBA and NHL championships in mid-June and when the highly anticipated NFL season kicks off in September. Baseball, America's favorite pastime, reliably fills this void, bolstered every four years by the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. This year, the Women's World Cup drew massive attention as the U.S. National Team won its fourth title -- a world record for women's pro soccer. In fact, the American audience for the Women's World Cup final was 20% higher than the 2018 men's final and generated massive social media engagement from players, fans and celebrities -- a hard act to follow for the MLB All-Star Game a few days later. The same goes for games like the Super Bowl.


Cloud, AI and IP driving broadcast and media technology

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IABM report: "Change is everywhere" The increasingly crowded and competitive media and broadcasting industry is consolidating and searching for scale to compete with firms adopting new technology to support its transformation, an IABM report finds. Leading the industry transformation is the demand for new technology to support efficient workflows, manage content distribution, enhance the user experiences and support revenue growth. "Change is everywhere," according to the latest strategic industry analysis, the IABM Special Report which examined the major trends in the broadcast and media industry ahead of its presentation during IBC2019. With the escalation of OTT streaming services and the continued influx of money invested into video content, traditional media companies are consolidating and forming alliances to remain competitive. The report outlines: "This increasingly competitive and complex environment is forcing media companies to search for digital speed to attract eyeballs to their services. "This is leading to a rapid transformation of demand for media technology, which is sending shockwaves throughout the supply-side of the industry." Based on hard data obtained and analysed by the IABM's Business Intelligence Unit, the report was backed by quantitative and qualitative information and commentary from key players across broadcast and media industry. The report found the technology adoption of cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and IP have continued to increase. "By deploying cloud-based services, media companies can dramatically reduce time-to-market for their services – thus increasing revenues - and flexibly adjust resources by moving to consumption-based pricing." Global media firms including Discovery have moved portions of their operations to the cloud, however smaller media organisations remain less likely to do so. According to the data: "AI applications in the broadcast and media industry are growing and adoption has significantly increased in recent years.


Artificial Intelligence Software Will Track Athletes' Speed at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Ever feel like the broadcasts for running meets lack a few bells and whistles that you may notice during other sporting events? If so, Tokyo 2020 is hoping to change that--and revamp the viewer experience with artificial technology innovations. On Wednesday, Intel announced a new partnership with International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, and as part of it, also revealed some of the tech they will have at the event to offer broadcasters in Tokyo next July. As a result, track and field fans should be in for a very different viewing experience than they are used to. For starters, the tech giant is debuting what they call 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT).


Top Startups To Work For In 2019 According To LinkedIn

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Snowflake Computing, which helps companies move their data onto the cloud, leaped to first place from #20 last year and is currently hiring for positions in engineering and sales. Dosist is the first cannabis-centric company to ever make the Top Startups U.S. list. The company is rapidly growing due to the legalization of recreational marijuana (in 11 U.S. states so far) combined with its high-gloss marketing appeal. Samsara combines the power of hardware (think sensors and cameras) with analytical software to boost efficiency in industries like trucking and food production, and it has 180 open roles across everything from engineering to sales to marketing. DoorDash has doubled its employee base every year in its six-year history, and with its recent acquisition of competitor Caviar, the startup is revving up its growth. Brex, another newcomer to the list, is attempting to reinvent B2B financial services, starting with a first-of-its-kind corporate card for startups based on funding rather than credit history. Good American, a fitness fashion line founded by Khloe Kardashian, marks a shift in the retail landscape with its success as a body-positive company offering an inclusive range of sizes. Robinhood, the only company from 2018 to remain in the top ten, continues to grow by recruiting people who share its vision of democratizing the financial system. Peloton Interactive, another newcomer to the list, is shaking up the fitness industry with its live and recorded classes connected to at-home equipment. Compass has become the country's largest independent real estate brokerage, and it's planning to hire hundreds across its product and engineering teams over the next year to help build its end-to-end platform. Nuro, a robotics company in the race to get self-driving right with its small delivery pods, is expanding across all areas of its business with open roles in marketing, communications, engineering, and human resources. Glossier, the online beauty retailer is known for its millennial pink packaging, generated $100 million in sales last year and is now valued at $1.2 billion. When hiring for one of its 43 open positions, Glossier stresses the importance of transferable skills over beauty industry expertise.


The G2 on Martech: Continued Growth of CDPs and How They Leverage AI

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Emily is a Research Principal at G2 focusing on marketing and advertising software. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and Master of Business Administration degree (concentrating in Marketing and Business Analytics) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She's worked in varying industries, including fashion technology, media consulting, information technology, employee well-being, and finance and accounting. Over the past 7 years, her main focus areas include brand marketing, demand generation, customer marketing, content marketing, and digital marketing. She enjoys coaching and volunteering for Girls on the Run, attending concerts and music festivals, running half marathons, traveling, and hiking.