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How AI and Smart Home Automation Will Change Our Daily Lives -

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Have you ever been worried on a tour, if you've switched off a light bulb back home? We've all had this confusion at least once, for there was no way you could ensure that everything was perfect. Now, with AI, we don't need to leave anything to chance nor assumptions. AI provides perfect ways to ensure that use of appliances is optimized perfectly when in use and when not in use. Let's imagine some of the ways through which AI and Smart Home Automation will impact and change the way we live: Amazon's Alexa, Google Home, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana have all optimized and automated living inside a home to a great extent.


Smart Talk

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Conversational assistants are here to stay, making everything from boiling an egg to making a payment that much easier. And consumers expect more of them day by day. If they meet these growing expectations, conversational assistants are in a position to transform the customer experience landscape. But do organizations have the customer centricity and organizational capabilities necessary to deploy these technologies successfully? In the new report from the Capgemini Research Institute, Smart Talk: How organizations and consumers are embracing voice and chat assistants,we talked to over 12,000 consumers who've used and continue to use voice and/or chat assistants and to 1,000 executives from consumer products and retail, financial services, and automotive, including pure-play digital players.


Onboarding Virtual Assistant for Banking: Adding Product Recommendations

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Today we want to go a step further and implement product recommendation as well. Product recommendation are widely used and are implemented using so called Recommender Systems. There are different ways of implementing recommendations like those we can see on Amazon or Netflix for example. In our case, we will use a multi-class classifier that depending on the answer provided by the user, it will select the product with the highest probability. Using a classifier allows us to avoid having to store past customer behaviour to train the model.


How CIOs Choose Virtual Wireless Assistants

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Virtual Assistants have a huge potential in transforming business processes, like cutting down costs, training employees etc. However, it brings some challenges, along with its benefits. Will the CIOs able to overcome it? FREMONT, CA: A virtual wireless assistant is basically an engineered entity embedded in software that communicates with humans in the natural human language. This technology embodies components of communicative voice response, and other advanced artificial intelligence (AI) projects to offer skillful "virtual identities" that interact with users.


A gentle grip on gelatinous creatures

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Jellyfish are about 95% water, making them some of the most diaphanous, delicate animals on the planet. But the remaining 5% of them have yielded important scientific discoveries, like green fluorescent protein (GFP) that is now used extensively by scientists to study gene expression, and life-cycle reversal that could hold the keys to combating aging. Jellyfish may very well harbor other, potentially life-changing secrets, but the difficulty of collecting them has severely limited the study of such "forgotten fauna." The sampling tools available to marine biologists on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) were largely developed for the marine oil and gas industries, and are much better-suited to grasping and manipulating rocks and heavy equipment than jellies, often shredding them to pieces in attempts to capture them. Now, a new technology developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Baruch College at CUNY offers a novel solution to that problem in the form of an ultra-soft, underwater gripper that uses hydraulic pressure to gently but firmly wrap its fettuccini-like fingers around a single jellyfish, then release it without causing harm.


Introduction to Linear Algebra, Fifth Edition: Gilbert Strang: 9780980232776: Amazon.com: Books

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Reviewed by Douglas Farenick, University of Regina Undergraduate mathematics textbooks are not what they used to be, and Gilbert Strang's superb new edition of Introduction to Linear Algebra is an example of everything that a modern textbook could possibly be, and more. First, let us consider the book itself. As with his classic Linear Algebra and its Applications (Academic Press) from forty years ago, Strang's new edition of Introduction to Linear Algebra keeps one eye on the theory, the other on applications, and has thestated goal of "opening linear algebra to the world" (Preface, page x).Aimed at the serious undergraduate student - though not just thoseundergraduates who fill the lecture halls of MIT, Strang's homeinstitution - the writing is engaging and personal, and the presentation is exceptionally clear and informative (even seasoned instructors maybenefit from Strang's insights). The first six chapters offer atraditional first course that covers vector algebra and geometry,systems of linear equations, vector spaces and subspaces, orthogonality, determinants, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The next three chapters are devoted to the singular value decomposition, lineartransformations, and complex numbers and complex matrices, followed bychapters that address a wide range of contemporary applications andcomputational issues. The book concludes with a brief but cogenttreatment of linear statistical analysis. I would like to stress that there is arichness to the material that goes beyond most texts at this level.Included are guides to websites and to OpenCourseWare, which I shallcomment upon later in this review.


Linear Algebra: Step by Step: Kuldeep Singh: 8601300149776: Amazon.com: Books

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Linear algebra is an important subject not only to mathematicians but also to an ever widening range of disciplines.


Think Java - Programmer Books

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Currently used at many colleges, universities, and high schools, this hands-on introduction to computer science is ideal for people with little or no programming experience. The goal of this concise book is not just to teach you Java, but to help you think like a computer scientist. You'll learn how to program--a useful skill by itself--but you'll also discover how to use programming as a means to an end. Authors Allen Downey and Chris Mayfield start with the most basic concepts and gradually move into topics that are more complex, such as recursion and object-oriented programming. Each brief chapter covers the material for one week of a college course and includes exercises to help you practice what you've learned.


Artificial intelligence will be big, so prepare

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It seems like artificial intelligence is taking over the world, leaving many of us non-techies feeling terrified. Yet when you stop to think about it, we all use artificial intelligence (AI) every day. When we Google something, use Siri on our smartphones or ask Alexa a question, we are using AI. Hollywood has certainly featured AI in many movies from "The Terminator" series to "Robocop" and "I, Robot." In "Minority Report," algorithms predict who is going to commit a crime, and the person is arrested before the crime can be committed.


Central Learning Releases 4th Annual Nationwide ICD-10 Coder Performance Data

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Central Learning, a web-based coding assessment and education application, released the results of the 4th annual nationwide ICD-10 coding contest. Central Learning is part of the Pena4, Inc. suite of health information and revenue cycle technology solutions for healthcare organizations. Manny Peña, RHIA, Founder and CEO of Pena4, Inc., announced today that Kristin Iovino from Lexington, Massachusetts, received $1,000 for achieving the highest average accuracy and productivity scores for outpatient cases. This year's contest focused on outpatient coding performance to address some of the challenges associated with the surge in outpatient reimbursement, coding errors and claim denials, with the goal of helping HIM, coding and revenue cycle teams pinpoint opportunities for improvement. Four years of coding contests have resulted in over 10,000 real medical record cases using Central Learning, a real-time, online coder assessment tool for HIM.