Inside Microsoft's AI Comeback


But while his peer scientists Yann LeCun and Geoffrey Hinton have signed on to Facebook and Google, respectively, Bengio, 53, has chosen to continue working from his small third-floor office on the hilltop campus of the University of Montreal. Shum, who is in charge of all of AI and research at Microsoft, has just finished a dress rehearsal for next week's Build developers conference, and he wants to show me demos. Shum has spent the past several years helping his boss, CEO Satya Nadella, make good on his promise to remake Microsoft around artificial intelligence. Bill Gates showed off a mapping technology in 1998, for example, but it never came to market; Google launched Maps in 2005.

CES 2017: Why your home and car will soon talk to each other


Your car may already feel like an extension of your home based on the hodgepodge of stuff collecting in the backseat, but it's apparent that technology will soon make the two more connected than ever. No one has proposed blurring the line more than Hyundai -- which unveiled a futuristic concept car last week that literally connects to the home via a hole in the wall. Hyundai envisions the car becoming a lounge-like extension of the living space that provides air conditioning and entertainment, and acts as a back-up generator. "By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move," Hak Su Ha, Hyundai's design center director, said in a news release. But even if cars never plug into the home physically, they will digitally.

10 tech trends that will rule CES 2017


The first tech event of 2017 is also the year's biggest: CES arrives the first week of January, and like a tardy Santa Claus, it bestows the world with the gift of new consumer tech of every kind -- phones, cars, TVs, drones, VR -- you name it. Looked at another way, CES tends to catapult new devices and technologies at the world like enormous gobs of spaghetti. The thing about spaghetti, though, is not much of it will stick. A large portion of the gadgets, gear and concepts shown at CES will never make it to store shelves, as cool as some of them may be. Still, while many of the devices and gear on display may be suspect on an individual basis, taken in aggregate, they point the way for the industry (and its many sub-industries).

Business Tech Predictions: 10 Ways AI, Big Data, and Cloud Will Evolve in 2017


We've written a lot about the convergence of cloud infrastructure, Big Data, and artificial intelligence (AI) this year. Throughout the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) space, we've seen an inextricable link between these three factors in business intelligence (BI) tools, social listening platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, or really any industry that's leveraging cloud-based data ingestion and analysis--which is pretty much all of them. Across use cases, we've observed a four-step process. Enterprise businesses gather massive amounts of data by using a portfolio of SaaS apps. They then store that data in the cloud by using a data warehouse or data lake, using data governance to keep data compliant and secure.

Storage in 2017: Big improvements are on the way


The pace of storage change continues to accelerate, and its impact on us continues to grow. Digital storage is central to a digital civilization, and as we grow more digital, we grow more dependent on improvements in storage. Here's what to expect in 2017. AI will make stored data - and therefore storage- more valuable. When you can take - as we can today - a grainy surveillance video or a blurred face and read a license plate number of determine someone's identity using AI, the value of stored data rises, for good or ill.

This Was the Year Tech Stocks Became Sure Bets


FANGs was a term coined by CNBC business guru Jim Cramer in 2015 to describe the high-performing stocks of the massively successful tech companies Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (now called Alphabet). Today, it's not these particular companies that are technically at the top of the Wall Street leaderboard--that distinction falls to Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. But "FANGs" has become convenient shorthand for a phenomenon that emerged in 2016: the value of tech couldn't be shaken, no matter what volatility existed out in the wider world. This was the year the new giants of tech became a truly dominant market force. The big moral lesson of the dot-com bubble in the late 90s was that tech could be incredibly risky.

Industry Predictions: Key Trends in 2017


At KDnuggets, we try to keep our finger on the pulse of main events and developments in industry, academia, and technology. We also do our best to look forward to key trends on the horizon. In this post we present predictions from those in industry, which do not follow a prescribed question but which do address what to keep a look out for in different sectors in the upcoming year. Quotes are organized alphabetically by name of the company which they have been submitted on behalf of, and we have reserved the right to edit (extract excerpts from) for both content and length. As the predictions come from across industry and reach into its many different niche sectors, there is no general consensus or over-arching themes herein, which makes intuitive sense.

The self-driving, Thiel-tastic, botnet crazy tech year of 2016


SAN FRANCISCO -- The image was startling, but a look into what could be tech's immediate future. After being ostracized by the tech industry for most of the election year, there sat venture capitalist Peter Thiel, beaming, to the left of President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower Tech summit in mid-December. Silicon Valley's billionaire leaders had disavowed Trump during the campaign, throwing their weight behind rival Hillary Clinton. Only Thiel stumped for the real-estate mogul, and after the tech industry had turned on him for that and his role in Gawker's failure, he was luxuriating in the I-told-you-so moment. Tech tries to get Trump's ear after shunning him during campaign Trump tells tech leaders'There's nobody like you in the world' The display of power portends a roiling year or two in tech.

How robots moved from science fiction into the real world in 2016


Millions of jobs could be lost to robots and automation by the year 2020 as part of the so-called "fourth industrial revolution," according to a World Economic Forum report from January. Jobs such as manufacturing and production are expected to be affected by the rise of the machines, while a whole new line of jobs will also be created, including I.T. and data analysis. However, the net loss is expected to be around five million jobs within the next three years. There may be a smidgen of hyperbole in that statement, but you only have to look at some of the developments of the past twelve months to realize that robots are here to stay and they will start adversely affecting employment. Here, we take a look back at some of the landmark moments and trends from across the robot realm in 2016.

3 Things Mark Zuckerberg Has Learned About Artificial Intelligence


What if your security camera could not only see who's at your door, but also identify whether it's a guest you're expecting, alert you when they arrive, and let them in? Or how about a speaker system that automatically plays music as your child wakes up? That's the type of functionality Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying to build into his virtual butler, Jarvis, which he's been developing throughout the year as part of his New Year's resolution. With 2016 coming to a close, Zuckerberg published a lengthy blog post detailing the types of tasks Jarvis can accomplish. He also wrote about the biggest challenges that he faced when developing his artificial intelligence (AI) software, and where he believes AI is heading.