Microsoft Launches AI Platform And AI School Silently


High-level services to accelerate the development of AI solutions. This includes conversational AI with Azure Bot Service, trained models such as Cognitive Services (pre-built APIs and custom AI services), allowing developers to use their own data with algorithms trained for their specific needs, and full custom AI services such as Azure Machine Learning.

Why machine learning will help publishers - AdNews


To quote Eoin Treacy in'How to Profit from the Peaceful Rise of the Robots': "Don't think of robots as replacements for humans - think of them as things that will help make us better at tackling many of the problems we face." Never has this been more appropriate than now in the digital media industry. The three key problems that machines can fix are costs, monetisation and ad quality. As programmatic advertising evolves at a rapid rate, the need to deploy smart technology to continue to add value has increased. In August, the New York chapter of the IAB launched a working group to help the industry navigate the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will have on digital advertising.

AI, AR/VR creating entertainment industry of tomorrow - Business -


LOS ANGELES - "With good data, everyone can know their audience," said Steven Wolfe Pereira, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Quantcast. "AR/VR helps build tools for the future," Google's Spotlight Stories Executive Producer, Karen Dufilho, told Xinhua, in the same meeting room. While Suzy Deering, CMO of eBay, retorted, "and the future is tomorrow." At the industry summit hosted by Variety in Los Angeles Thursday, industry leaders shared a comprehensive and exciting vision of how AI marketing analytics and AR/VR technologies are impacting on the entertainment industry. "The industry has changed more in the last 18 months than it had in the previous 18 years," keynote speaker, Les Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, told attendees.

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Virtual advisors are helping meet the demands of investors who want data-driven insight and a rich, personalized experience akin to Netflix. Cognitive software platforms, which provide the tools to analyze, organize, access, and provide advisory services based on a range of structured and unstructured data, are set to attract investment of nearly US$2.5 billion in this year alone. Additionally, spending on intelligent and cognitive applications is forecast by IDC to grow at an impressive 69 percent compound annual growth rate from 2017 to 2020. Driving this explosion is the fact that more data will be created in 2017 than in the last 5,000 years. And it's expected to increase three-fold from this year until 2021.

NFL bets on AWS for machine learning


The National Football League will use Amazon Web Services as its standard machine learning and analytics provider to boost the performance of the league's player statistics platform. The announcement is just the latest customer win AWS has touted at its re:Invent conference this week, following similar cloud deals with Time Warner and Intuit. AWS also announced new cloud deals with the the Walt Disney Company and Expedia on Wednesday. Amazon said the NFL will use AWS' machine learning and data analytics services to improve the statistical capabilities and performance of the league's Next Gen Stats platform, which basically tags up players and tracks new stats like speed, rushes and passes. AWS will also become an "Official Technology Provider" of the NFL.

How Music Streaming Sites Can Compete For Users With Personalized Content

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The global recorded music market grew by 5.9 percent last year. It was the fastest rate of growth since 1997 and was as a result of the shift from traditional CDs and portable devices to the ability to stream content anywhere, at any time. Yet despite an estimated 498 online music streaming services available in over 40 countries in 2007, many of these companies cease to exist today. This emphasizes the importance of building a clear growth strategy that can continuously appeal to a demographic that is yearning for instant and tailored music on demand. Today, brands across the globe are continually searching for fresh ways to connect and resonate with their audiences while striving to stand out from the competition in order to grow their business.

Accenture Launches Interactive Learning Platform to Help Clients Transform Their Technology Talent


NEW YORK; Nov. 14, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has launched the Accenture Future Talent Platform, an interactive learning platform that includes talent transformation services to help clients develop their IT workforces in critical areas such as digital, cloud, security and artificial intelligence. Accenture has already used the platform internally to train more than 180,000 of its people globally in the latest digital technologies – or New IT – in just over 20 months. Now, through its technology consulting and talent and organization practices, Accenture is bringing these learning capabilities to clients to help them run agile, intelligent businesses. "With technology accelerating at a breathtaking pace, companies need to upskill their people at greater speed and scale to avoid being disrupted by competitors," said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive of Accenture Technology Services. "Accomplishing this requires creating a culture of continuous learning that empowers people to build new skills.

LG, Naver team up for ThinQ Hub AI speaker


LG Electronics' AI speaker, ThinQ Hub, will be powered by Naver's Clova AI platform, the companies have said. ThinQ Hub comes with LG's own AI platform but owners can get Clova through a firmware update. The speaker, makes up part of LG's SmartThinQ smart home line-up, was designed to control and monitor LG-made home appliances. LG opened up the platform's API to developers last month. Despite having its own AI installed, LG likely teamed up with Naver to get the latter's streaming music service, which is the most popular service for AI speaker owners.

HPE Introduces New Set of Artificial Intelligence Platforms and Services


HPE Rapid Software Installation for AI: HPE introduced an integrated hardware and software solution, purpose-built for high performance computing and deep learning applications. Based on the HPE Apollo 6500 system in collaboration with Bright Computing to enable rapid deep learning application development, this solution includes pre-configured deep learning software frameworks, libraries, automated software updates and cluster management optimized for deep learning and supports NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. HPE Deep Learning Cookbook: Built by the AI Research team at Hewlett Packard Labs, the deep learning cookbook is a set of tools to guide customers in selecting the best hardware and software environment for different deep learning tasks. These tools help enterprises estimate performance of various hardware platforms, characterize the most popular deep learning frameworks, and select the ideal hardware and software stacks to fit their individual needs. The Deep Learning Cookbook can also be used to validate the performance and tune the configuration of already purchased hardware and software stacks.

Kakao AI speaker begins official sales


Kakao has begun official sales of its Kakao Mini AI speaker, the company said. The speaker goes up for sale on Kakao's gift market, available on its chat app KakaoTalk. The speaker costs 119,000 won ($107), but subscribers to Kakao's music streaming service Melon can get it for 49,000 won ($44). Kakao said Kakao Mini will understand the context to answer queries and will sync with Melon's database to suggest music. The compnay will add other services to the speaker at a later date, including translations, ordering food, and calling cabs -- all of which are all services Kakao provides on mobile.