Do You Have AI Trust Issues?


The truth is that increasing numbers of consumers each year are putting their trust into machines that gather data about them and then use it to understand their behavior and preferences in far quicker, easier and often more accurate ways than human beings ever could. Indeed, a recent study conducted by my employer among 6,000 global consumers, found that 88 percent of respondents wanted to be told whether they were interacting with a real person or a machine when they received customer service help. Instead, the process will involve humans working alongside AI to generate insights, predict behavior and make recommendations that will have a significant impact on the way that we as consumers interact with organizations. Only when that question has been answered and that obstacle overcome will organizations be able to harness the power of humans and machines working together to provide truly seamless customer experiences.

A.I. innovation finds a home on mobile devices


Mezi added to its consumer travel assistant app by launching a corporate "Travel-as-a-service" application at MobileBeat. Mezi for Business is designed for travel management companies, corporate and travel agents and now has customers including American Express and several travel agencies. Amazon, and later Netflix, popularized recommendation engines that offer consumer suggestions as to things people might like to purchase based on recent purchases; for example, "People who bought a Schwinn bicycle also bought a Kryptonite lock." Later, as the database of customer profiles grows, Square can offer users things like automated loyalty programs.

Putting Machine Learning to Work on Customer Data


Businesses large and small are being lured in by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning and cognitive computing, while others are still trying to figure out how to tell them apart. Utilizing machine learning within a data management platform can help generate match rules automatically from data, and provide active learning training for data stewards. ML can provide recommendations that improve data quality by suggesting better matching rules, finding potential matches as new data sources are onboarded and determining profiles with poor data quality and wrong addresses. Combining reliable data, relevant insights and intelligent recommendations into one, single platform helps deliver deeper understanding into customer behavior and needs.

Artificial Intelligence tunes Azure SQL Databases


Over the last few years, SnelStart has worked closely with the SQL Server product team to leverage the Azure SQL Database platform to improve performance and reduce DevOps costs. Automatic tuning focuses on each database individually, monitors its workload pattern, and applies tuning recommendations to each individual database based on its unique workload. Since enabling automatic tuning, the SQL Database service has executed 3345 tuning actions on 1410 unique databases and improving 1730 unique queries across these databases. Microsoft is enabling automatic tuning on all internal workloads, including Microsoft IT, to reduce the DevOps cost and improve the performance across applications that are relying on Azure SQL Database.

How AI Fits into Your Data Science Team


And that led to the rise of data science, which is about counting things cleverly, predicting things, and building models on data. The term itself is a little bit loose -- it has both a technical meaning and a marketing meaning -- but it's essentially about using machine learning, and specifically deep learning, to enable applications that are built on top of this stack. The second capability is product data science: building algorithms and systems -- which may use machine learning and AI -- that actually improve the product. And so deep learning also enhances the product function of data science because it can generate new product opportunities.

Google says AI will help run datacenters in the near future - TechRepublic


The Google DeepMind system significantly improved the power efficiency of the Google datacenter, via tweaks to how servers were run and the operation of power and cooling equipment. While the traditional approach to minimizing power consumption was to run as few cooling systems as possible, the AI instead recommended running all the systems at lower power levels. The difference in datacenter power usage when Google turned the machine learning recommendations on and off. To streamline that training process Google built it own specialized chips, known as Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), which accelerate the rate at which useful machine-learning models can be built using Google's TensorFlow software library.

Big Data & Machine Learning's Impact on the Future of Marketing


In mobile and display advertising, RTB means buying individual ad impressions (ad views) in real-time or while it is being generated from a user's visit with the goal to: To optimize and automate the ad buying process, there may be more demand for machine learning algorithms to improve bidding and gain more impression opportunities for advertisers. These brands use the predictive power of machine learning algorithms to make these recommendations based on previous exhibited user behavior (like buyer history on Amazon). Predictive analytics data generated by machine learning tools might help marketers make advertising smarter. If machine learning takes-off applying associated algorithms to analyse patterns in traveler data (such as tickets purchased on specific times of the day in certain states) may allow marketers to make more informed decisions on the the content and timing of advertising campaigns.

Turbocharge productivity and efficiency with AI - Watson


Making search more intelligent Some companies have struggled to provide search platforms that can access information across multiple databases, documentation formats, fragmented customer histories, and extensive product catalogs. AI-enabled search platforms have the ability to interpret data in a variety of formats across a company's varied data repositories--including unstructured documents like PDF files, emails, and industry-specific formats such as engineering specs and drawings. Instead of bothering specialists over and over again, an organization can deploy AI technologies that allow employees to ask questions in natural language and get suggested answers back from comprehensive repositories of institutional knowledge. You can learn more about how AI systems are being used to augment organizational expertise, improve workflow and response times, and provide predictive insights.

EBay joins partnership addressing concerns around AI in business


The Partnership focuses on areas of AI use, like privacy, fairness, equitable distribution of jobs and making sure AI is applied to social problems in a positive way. In an interview, Sanjeev Katariya, eBay's chief architect, said the company's decision to take part is all about ensuring that, as AI in business becomes more common, it lives up to a high standard for both ethics and efficacy. When you land on eBay, we bring together the power of AI and the power of people to support the development of new kinds of jobs. When you combine recommendation algorithms with evolutionary algorithms, like AI, you go to the next level.

Find your next must-play game by flying through a virtual galaxy

New Scientist

"There are thousands and thousands of games," says James Ryan at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Instead of relying on the opinions of those who might also be trapped in their own filter bubbles, GameSpace drops you into a galaxy where every star represents a game, and similar titles are grouped into constellations. But then he read the cereal game's description and saw it was indeed an adaptation of Doom. Extending it to books and films should be possible for any title with a Wikipedia description available online, says Ryan.