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Investorideas.com - #AI News: OurCrowd Launches $100M Cognitiv Fund; Fund to Focus on Tomorrow's Cognitive Tech Category Makers

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Newswire) OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform, today announced the launch of Cognitiv, a specialized $100 million global fund focused on early-stage companies that leverage AI, deep-learning, IoT, robotics and digital manufacturing to become tomorrow's category leaders. Cognitiv is the 12th fund to launch for funding on OurCrowd's platform and will give investors access to approximately 20 companies, with initial investments in EquityX, KolGene and FreshKeep. Cognitiv is a direct result of the success of OurCrowd First, the first fund entry by OurCrowd, raising approximately $12 million, closing in May 2016. Cognitiv is led by three storied entrepreneurs, collectively responsible for creating value in the billions of dollars. Cognitiv's newest General Partner, Avi Reichental is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems, (NYSE:DDD) and brings decades of executive leadership in late stage global corporations.


World's First AI & Blockchain-Based Dating & Relationship Project

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Viola.AI is The World's First A.I-driven Marketplace for Dating and Relationships. Harnessing on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and trustless Smart Contracts, Viola.AI is set to revolutionize the dating and relationship space in the world. She will be the first dating and relationship A.I. that evolves with the users - creating a global and borderless full loop solution from dating, courtship, relationship to marriage. With the capability to perform deep learning about each user's personality, background and behaviour, Viola.AI can give them the most relevant and valuable advice, as well as proactively prompt couples before any important relationship milestones and help them solve their challenges early. The dating industry has grown tremendously in the last decade with the rise of technology and emergence of mobile dating services.


Amazon muscles in on Google's and Facebook's advertising turf

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Google and Facebook dominate the lucrative business of selling digital ads, but experts say Amazon is positioning itself to snatch market share. "They have made the determination to take the advertising business seriously," said Rob Norman, chief digital officer for GroupM, an arm of advertising powerhouse WPP. Driving Amazon's digital advertising advances are the company's efforts to make it easier for customers to buy ads on Amazon websites, combined with a growing awareness in the business world that Amazon can offer advertisers a huge audience of consumers who are eager to buy, experts said. "Many (advertisers) had resisted it for a long time but are starting to realize that you need to be on Amazon, as you are on the other platforms," said Forrester Research analyst Samantha Merlivat. By the end of 2017, Google and Facebook had 63 percent of the U.S. digital ad market and 54 percent of digital ad revenue worldwide, according to eMarketer.


Facebook uses AI technology to help prevent users' suicide attempt - Xinhua

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File Photo: People attend an anti-suicide event in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sept. 22, 2015. SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. hi-tech giant Facebook said Monday it is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, including pattern recognition, to detect whether someone is expressing thoughts of suicide in a post or live video. "Facebook is a place where friends and family are already connected and we are able to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them," the company said in a press release. It said it is "using pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, and to help respond to reports faster." The world's largest social network also said it now has more workers to review reports of suicide and self-harm.


The Professional Conversations That Defined 2017

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Over the last 12 months, we've seen some incredibly stirring and thoughtful conversations from our members on LinkedIn about hot topics like the opioid crisis, immigration reform, the U.S. tax bill, healthcare coverage and harassment cases. These events sparked hundreds of thousands of insightful comments from professionals on LinkedIn around the world -- and will certainly have lasting consequences for years to come. Amazon has become a kind of corporate obsession in 2017. Companies big and small are watching the retailer: A review of last quarter's earnings calls shows that Amazon's name came up almost four times as often as President Trump's, and six times as often as wages. Amazon's moves this year proved that it's corporate tentacles are expanding, from purchasing Whole Foods to searching for its HQ2, a $5 billion project that promises to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to the winning locale.


Microsoft Adds Artificial Intelligence to Office 365 and Bing NewsFactor Network

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The company unveiled some of those latest capabilities yesterday during an event in San Francisco. They include a preview version of Insights, a new service that automatically identifies trends and patterns in Excel spreadsheets, along with new intelligent search features for Bing. Yesterday, Microsoft also announced a partnership with the news aggregation and social media site Reddit that will provide Bing searches with relevant results from Reddit conversations and communities. Those results will include content from Reddit's AMA, for "Ask Me Anything," conversations with well-known figures from a wide variety of industries and walks of life. All the AI-powered enhancements Microsoft has been rolling out recently are aimed at providing users with "richer, more useful information," the company said.


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Although the average consumer may not be familiar with the concept of machine learning, it's already a big part of our daily lives. Tom Schlebusch, the co-founder and chief executive of NMRQL Research, a local fintech player offering South Africa's first machine-learning-powered unit trust fund, says machine learning has a big role to play in how we invest our money. Amid the explosion of data and the exponential advancement of technology, investors are beginning to realise the benefits of machine learning in investment management. Schlebusch says that, when Amazon or Netflix makes recommendations that appeal to us, it's because machine learning was used to analyse our behaviour. "All social media platforms use machine learning to provide personalised feedback based on behaviour patterns and relationships with other users.


Jim Beam Unveils First-Ever Artificially Intelligent Decanter - Cerebral-Overload

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Jim Beam, the maker behind the world's best-selling bourbon and last year's groundbreaking Jim Beam Apple Watch, is making history yet again, taking its knack for innovation to create the first-ever "smart decanter." A "HomeBar" engineered with more than 200 years of bourbon know-how, "JIM" is advancing the technology of shot pouring and drinking, providing bourbon lovers a high-tech way to enjoy America's Native Spirit. A preview of the whiskey world's most innovative piece of technology can be viewed on YouTube, and is available in limited quantities to those 21 years of age or older for pre-order on www.JimBeam.com Unlike other smart home devices, "JIM" not only answers life's most important questions, but also offers groundbreaking shot pouring functionality that allows legal drinking age consumers to serve up a drink from the comfort of their couch. Voiced by 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, the decanter-turned virtual voice assistant includes a sleek compartment for bourbon storage and voice command capabilities.


Analyze Twitter data with Apache Hive - Azure HDInsight

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Learn how to use Apache Hive to process Twitter data. The result is a list of Twitter users who sent the most tweets that contain a certain word. The steps in this document were tested on HDInsight 3.6. Linux is the only operating system used on HDInsight version 3.4 or greater. For more information, see HDInsight retirement on Windows.


Twitter launches premium API effort starting with historical Tweet search

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Twitter launched a set of premium application programming interfaces that will give developers access to more data such as Tweets per request as well as more complex queries. These premium APIs will serve as a bridge between Twitter's free APIs and enterprise versions. Twitter on its most recent earnings report noted that its data platform is among its fastest growing businesses. Prior to the premium APIs, Twitter offered basic query functionality and access to basic data for free and real-time and historical data for enterprises. The premium APIs are expected to bridge a gap and create an upgrade path from free to pay to enterprise with better reliability.