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New leadership for MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

MIT News

An expert in computer vision, machine learning, and human visual perception, Torralba is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. "As the inaugural MIT director of our collaboration with IBM, Antonio will closely collaborate with IBM leadership and lab researchers to design and implement the lab's ambitious research agenda," said Chandrakasan, who is also the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. "I am delighted by the appointment of Antonio Torralba as MIT director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab," said Dario Gil, vice president of AI and IBM Q at IBM Research, who, along with Chandrakasan, oversees the MIT-IBM collaboration. Torralba and the IBM director will lead the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a $240 million investment by IBM in AI efforts over the next 10 years, with $90 million dedicated to supporting MIT research.


Chris Cillizza's Twitter Ratio is so bad, we're not sure his account can survive

Mashable

They call it the Ratio, and it's coming for CNN political pundit Chris Cillizza. For a long time, Cillizza, a pundit who has mastered the art of the bad take, was accused of having one of the highest Ratios on the political internet and some of the least popular tweets. Previously, Fast Forward discovered that Paul Ryan had the highest Twitter Ratio of the seven major politicians they studied--a fact that brought tears of joy to some tired #Resistance eyes. We had the lab analyze Chris Cillizza's tweets and compare them to pundits with similarly sized followings across the political spectrum: Joy Reid, David Frum, Meghan McCain, Matthew Yglesias, Ana Navarro, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Jonathan Chait.


The Impact of AI on Modern Marketing: 50 Categories Ranked, 70 Experts Sound Off MarTechExec

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Machine learning, a set of algorithms used by intelligent systems that learn from experience, is an approach to AI that gives marketers the means to take huge amounts of data to build target audiences, personalize messaging and leapfrog potential buyers in their customer journey. The capacity to process a lot of unstructured data will reap massive marketing rewards previously difficult to obtain by marketing professionals themselves. Natural language processing, or NLP, based on machine learning algorithms, is how computers derive meaning from human language. The capacity to process a lot of unstructured data will reap massive marketing rewards previously difficult to obtain by marketing professionals themselves.


Ask An Expert: How To Get Business Value From Chatbots

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We offer consulting, implementation of AI and cognitive agents, chatbot solutions, among others, and we help our clients to run these solutions. We have 270,000 people globally, of which already thousands are working on advanced technologies like Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The second is advanced analytics: not just looking back based on data, but also predicting the future based on data and based on artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. The third one is what we call conversational AI: advanced chatbots that enable the clients of our clients to have a natural conversation with a machine backed by all kinds of intelligence.


Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

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In the world of business and design, we have started using terms like "algorithm" and "machine learning" as magic calculations for problems we would like to gloss over. It sounds like an impressive algorithm, but the starting point was the manual and time-consuming process of reading news articles and creating a list of words and word pairs that seemed to define the issues we were looking for. Over the five-year life of the company, we manually identified more than 2,000 words and word pair terms for the ranking. This process lines up very well with Google's Human-Centered Machine Learning philosophy, which focuses on how people might solve the problem manually before resorting to algorithms to solve a problem.


How Small Businesses Can Leverage Artificial Intelligence

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Hiring: Hiring is another area where automating processes and utilizing existing AI solutions can help leaders streamline their processes and make better decisions. Case in point, applications leverage natural language processing techniques in order to improve the quality of new hires. Hiring: Hiring is another area where automating processes and utilizing existing AI solutions can help leaders streamline their processes and make better decisions. Case in point, applications leverage natural language processing techniques in order to improve the quality of new hires.


Sentiment Analysis Just Got Smarter

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They've developed a social sentiment technology based on deep learning that lets brands capture customer sentiment with 90% accuracy. This AI technology for the first time truly understands the meaning of full sentences and is able to accurately determine customer attitudes and contextual reactions in tweets, posts and articles. There are two main approaches most vendors use today: sentiment analysis based on keyword scoring, or a calculation based on predefined categories. For the first time, the algorithm understands the meaning of full sentences and is able to accurately determine customer attitudes and contextual reactions in tweets, posts and articles.


Apple Watch Series 3 Reviews: Connectivity, Battery Issues Are Problematic

International Business Times

Here's a roundup of the Apple Watch Series 3 reviews. On the AT&T -connected models, the cellular connection dropped, calls were often choppy and Siri sometimes failed to connect. Lauren Goode from the Verge also had issues with the Apple Watch Series 3's connection, and saw the device's battery drain fast. "In one of my initial tests, I went for a walk with the phone on airplane mode, and tried to send text messages and use Siri to initiate phone calls through the Watch.


Inside the Second Coming of Nest

WIRED

But because I am visiting Nest, and Mittleman is its Head of Product Design, working on a new gadget that this startup-turned-controversial Alphabet division is launching, I can't say I am surprised. The new products include the aforementioned Nest Secure, a home security system; Nest Hello, an internet-connected doorbell; an outdoor version of its Nest Cam IQ security camera (which uses Google face recognition to identify people who wander into range); and, perhaps most significant, the integration of the voice-based Google Assistant into Nest products, beginning with the indoor IQ camera. When Fadell left in June 2016, Larry Page replaced him with Marwan Fawaz, a nuts-and-bolts guy who is much in the mold of other recent Alphabet division leaders: experienced, middle-aged guys (always guys) known less for vision than for delivering quarterly results. Though no case like that had ever been reported, Nest halted sales for a few weeks and issued a recall to disable the feature in 440,000 Protect units.


Apple Music Update Adds 'OK Google' Support To Android App

International Business Times

Apple rolled out a new version of its Apple Music app for Android. With version 2.2.0, users who are accessing the Apple service via an Android device can now use the "OK Google" voice command to control Apple Music. This feature is actually part of the iOS 11 update that Apple started rolling out to iOS users yesterday. Apple has updated its Apple Music app for Android.