Veritas must reassure APAC customers about private equity ownership


According to Forrester's senior analysts Naveen Chhabra, Veritas customers in Asia-Pacific remained unconcerned about the separation from Symantec since both vendors always had operated separately. Chris Lin, Veritas' senior vice president and Asia-Pacific Japan president, concurred, adding that localisation needs for the region included multi-language support and considerations for local cloud environments, such as data sovereignty regulations. The vendor's Asia-Pacific Japan vice president and head of technology, Andy Ng, added that the software vendor released more products in the past 10 months than it did during its 10-year history under Symantec. Asked if this assessment was on point, Veritas' senior marketing director of software-defined storage Dan O'Farrell said the vendor already had invested significant efforts in machine learning to better predict and manage business storage environments.

Artificial Intelligence to Amplify FinTech


Endowing the modern workforce with AI, machine learning, payment intelligence and advanced analytics fintech will thrive, amplify and fly. The most striking AI solutions to FinTech, banks, insurance companies (now called InsureTech) and any other financial services company will probably be those that have the robust & smart financial systems with data security, machine learning (machine conciseness is very far for now) and strong analytics features in place. AI technology such as specialized hardware, AI based operating systems, strong and large data analytics tools for big data, machine learning algorithms for machine intelligence, payment intelligence, data intelligence and info-security intelligence are being used in fintech to augment tasks that people already perform. With AI power to enable security features of mobile payments mean the technology could gain traction in other areas of B2B payments and escalate blockchain to generalize, any previous application of AI, but now the AI "owns itself".

Introducing: Unity Machine Learning Agents – Unity Blog


It is critical to our mission to enable machine learning researchers with the most powerful training scenarios, and for us to give back to the gaming community by enabling them to utilize the latest machine learning technologies. At Unity, we wanted to design a system that provide greater flexibility and ease-of-use to the growing groups interested in applying machine learning to developing intelligent agents. The ML-Agents SDK allows researchers and developers to transform games and simulations created using the Unity Editor into environments where intelligent agents can be trained using Deep Reinforcement Learning, Evolutionary Strategies, or other machine learning methods through a simple to use Python API. As mentioned above, we are excited to be releasing this open beta version of Unity Machine Learning Agents today, which can be downloaded from our GitHub page.

This Crystal Mimics Learning and Forgetting - Facts So Romantic


There's also forgetting--when you have limited space for memory, it's vital to be able to make room for new memories, and SNO can do that, too: After a period of time without exposure to hydrogen, SNO's electric resistance decreases. SNO may be the first synthetic material to both habituate and gradually forget--organism-like properties strange to witness in a lifeless, synthetic crystal. Unable to forget 0 when shown another digit, the STDP algorithm muddled 0 and 1, and then, shown the next digit, muddled all three. But the second algorithm, called adaptive synaptic plasticity (ASP), used SNO's ability to remember and gradually forget information and was able to represent each successive digit with little trouble.

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Today the company announced Unity Machine Learning Agents--open-source software linking its game engine to machine learning programs such as Google's TensorFlow. It will allow non-playable characters, through trial and error, to develop better, more creative strategies than a human could program, says Lange, using a branch of machine learning called deep reinforcement learning. Google's DeepMind, for instance, has used deep reinforcement learning to teach AI agents to play 1980s video games like Breakout, and, in part, to master the notoriously challenging ancient Chinese game Go. And Nvidia's new Isaac Lab uses rival Epic Games' Unreal Engine to generate lifelike virtual environments for training the algorithms that control actual robots.

Digital Transformation Asset Management @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #Analytics


Today's businesses run in the virtual world. From virtual machines to chatbots to Bitcoin, physical has become last century's modus operandi. Dealing with this type of change in business even has its own buzzword – Digital Transformation. From an information technology operations point of view, this has been manifested by organizations increasingly placing applications, virtual servers, storage platforms, networks, managed services and other assets in multiple cloud environments. Managing these virtual assets can be much more challenging than it was with traditional physical assets in your data center. Cost management and control are also vastly different than the physical asset equivalent. Challenges abound around tracking and evaluating cloud investments, managing their costs and increasing their efficiency. Managers need to track cloud spending and usage, compare costs with budgets and obtain actionable insights that help set appropriate governance policies.

The Current State of Machine Intelligence 3.0 – Shivon Zilis – Medium


As has been the case for the last couple of years, our fund still obsesses over "problem first" machine intelligence -- we've invested in 35 machine intelligence companies solving 35 meaningful problems in areas from security to recruiting to software development. Unlike traditional software, we still lack frameworks for management to decide where to deploy machine intelligence. The real danger of machine intelligence is that executives will make bad decisions about what machine intelligence capabilities to build. Established companies struggle to understand machine intelligence technology, so it's painful to sell to them, and the market for buyers who can use this technology in a self-service way is small.

Google Cloud is winning over customers, starting with big data and AI


In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Elastic founder and CEO Shay Banon talks about the evolution of Elasticsearch -- from an open source side project (the first iteration was a recipe-search app for his wife) to popular big data tool to the core of a company worth nearly a billion dollars. In this episode of the ARCHITECHT AI Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Jeremy Howard and Rachel Thomas of Fast.ai, Among other things, Howard and Thomas discuss the promise of deep learning and early student successes (including Hot Dog, Not Hot Dog app from Silicon Valley), as well as the threat of job losses from AI and how seriously we should take Elon Musk's AI warnings. Here's an O'Reilly podcast featuring two folks working on the Ray project at UC-Berkeley's RISELab. If you're interested in sponsoring the newsletter and/or the ARCHITECHT Show podcast, please drop me a line.

Building the Machine Learning Infrastructure - Data Points


To achieve that objective, the machine learning or artificial intelligence application needs clean and well-organized information in a robust ecosystem architecture. Kylo is an open source solution for data ingestion and data lake management employing NiFi templates to build an ingestion pipeline with cleansing, wrangling, and governance to transform data into meaningful structures needed for machine learning and analytics. Pat Alvarado is a Teradata Certified Master providing technical consultation on analytic ecosystem architecture, workload distribution, and multi-genre analytics across multiple platform and analytics technologies. After developing firmware for his micro controller hardware designs, Pat moved into software engineering developing data management applications with open source GNU software on distributed UNIX servers and disk-less workstations based on the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) as a departure from the proprietary AT&T UNIX and became known as FreeBSD.

Max Tegmark: 'Machines taking control doesn't have to be a bad thing'

The Guardian

We're in a situation where something truly dramatic might happen within decades – that's a good time to start preparing With his friend the Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and funding from the tech billionaire Elon Musk, he set up the Future of Life Institute, which researches the existential risks facing humanity. Life 2.0, or the cultural stage, is where humans are: able to learn, adapt to changing environments, and intentionally change those environments. But if trends continue apace, then it's not unreasonable to assume that at some point – 30 years' time, 50 years, 200 years? Yet if we're looking at creating an intelligence that we can't possibly understand, how much will preparation affect what takes place on the other side of the singularity?