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Deep Learning For Developers

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Deep Learning has taken the world of Computer Science by storm yet for many of us it remains an elusive sci-fi-like buzzword. After years of feature engineering in Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing, we have finally come to the point where, we can feed raw data to a Neural Network, similar to how our brains work, and expect results that can surprise us in their high accuracy. This talk is about de-mystifying Deep Learning for developers many of whom could benefit from understanding and using Deep Learning in their day-to-day job. It covers the background and brief theoretical grounds in the first half but shows actual working code and examples in the rest. We will overview convolutional Neural Networks and then cover network design techniques such as pooling, dropout and local connections.


The Growing Role of Artificial Intelligence in Commerce - A Million Lives

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Although artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for a few decades now, many people still don't fully understand it. The most basic definition of AI is that it's a branch of computer science. The primary goal of AI developers is to create technology with the intellectual capacity of humans. When operating at peak, AI-based machines can mimic and learn human-level intelligence. Currently, AI developers look to human reasoning as a guide and create systems based on human intelligence.


How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

WIRED

When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions "skills" rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a "few lines of code," Amazon promised, "you can build entirely new experiences designed around voice." Amazon says most Echo users in the US have tried these third-party skills at least once, but getting them to work can be tricky. Alexa's voice skills often require super specific queries, and until Amazon started paying attention to the discovery process, taking the time to find new skills felt like a non-essential burden. Now, Amazon has decided to make Alexa's skills all about you: your dad jokes, your homework, your birthday.


AWS Puts More Muscle Behind Machine Learning And Database

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Amazon Web Services essentially sparked the public cloud race a dozen years ago when it first launched the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service and then in short order the Simple Storage Service (S3), giving enterprises access to the large amount compute and storage resources that its giant retail business leaned on. Since that time, AWS has grown rapidly in the number of services it offers, the number of customers it serves, the amount of money it brings in and the number of competitors – including Microsoft, IBM, Google, Alibaba, and Oracle – looking to chip away at Amazon's dominant 44 percent market share. Given the growth and the number of top-tier vendors taking aim, many in the industry have wondered when AWS would start to tail off, would start to see revenue or customer growth start to slow or see that those competitors are getting larger in the rear-view mirrors. That day will most likely come, but it hasn't happened yet. As we reported in The Next Platform, AWS now over a million organizations that are running part or all of their businesses on the AWS cloud.


Chat with us about AI at these events

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For those who ask if artificial intelligence (AI) will change the world – it already has. Advances in AI have accelerated our ability to consume and act on data. We've created machines that can learn on their own using complex calculations involving the largest of data sets. At SAS, we believe that when AI augments human efforts, we can improve not only the businesses that rely on data, but nearly every facet of our lives. Join us about O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference April 30-May 2 or on Twitter April 20 to discuss these and other issues surrounding AI.


Awakening the potential of IoT with programming languages

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In IoT, a tiny circuit used for one purpose accumulates data from sensors and transmits it to the server in a uniform time interval. Once upon a time, specialized embedded processors required electronics knowledge and restrictive languages. Nowadays, you can just pick up an Arduino and write a few lines of script in almost any programming language and empower the IoT device. Thermostats, security devices, locks and lights, vacuum cleaners and air conditioners -- all of them contain small computers, and all are interconnected via the internet. Given the ubiquity of IoT technologies, it can achieve an unbelievable level of coverage in both space and time for observing any events with a complex or simple programming language.


Is AI capable of tackling biased opinion? – Revain – Medium

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Along with recent notorious data security breaches AI today is probably the most controversial, yet most cherished subject in tech: it is looked upon as either blessing by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, or being cursed and questioned by Elon Musk and Steven Hawking. Interestingly, those who are raising those concerns, are not really feared about robots taking over and massacring the humanity in'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' best tradition. What the AI-opponents are really worried about lies a bit deeper down: raising awareness of responsible deployment of AI in the era of machine learning algorithms and software becoming mass available. Securing unbiased AI that is not affected by human prejudice about race or gender has long been discussed by researchers. But is there any solid grounding for this fuss in the first place?


Is AI capable of tackling biased opinion? – Revain – Medium

#artificialintelligence

Along with recent notorious data security breaches AI today is probably the most controversial, yet most cherished subject in tech: it is looked upon as either blessing by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, or being cursed and questioned by Elon Musk and Steven Hawking. Interestingly, those who are raising those concerns, are not really feared about robots taking over and massacring the humanity in'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' best tradition. What the AI-opponents are really worried about lies a bit deeper down: raising awareness of responsible deployment of AI in the era of machine learning algorithms and software becoming mass available. Securing unbiased AI that is not affected by human prejudice about race or gender has long been discussed by researchers. But is there any solid grounding for this fuss in the first place?


Announcing Ursa Labs: an innovation lab for open source data science

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Funding open source software development is a complicated subject. I'm excited to announce that I've founded Ursa Labs (https://ursalabs.org), an independent development lab with the mission of innovation in data science tooling. I am initially partnering with RStudio and Two Sigma to assist me in growing and maintaining the lab's operations, and to align engineering efforts on creating interoperable, cross-language computational systems for data science, all powered by Apache Arrow. In this post, I explain the rationale for forming Ursa Labs and what to expect in the future. In recent years, the world's businesses have become more dependent than ever on open source software ("OSS", henceforth).


Why Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints are a master stroke

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Amazon has opened up Alexa to the masses, likely set the stage for Alexa Skill sprawl and enabled parents to annoy kids with corny jokes. The company launched Alexa Skill Blueprints, a series of fill-in-the-blanks templates, that allow anyone to create a custom Alexa Skill in a few minutes. The code-free approach has 20 Skill Blueprints that revolve around things like family history, house instructions to bad Dad jokes. Smarter IoT is all about context Getting started with Alexa and smart home tech for under $100 TechRepublic: Amazon Alexa: The smart person's guide I gave Alexa Blueprints a spin and it operated as advertised. It really only took a few minutes, but then again I wasn't looking to change the world.