Machine Learning Making Big Moves in Marketing


This means that ML will be applied to customer interaction data in order to find and exploit patterns in different types of user interactions that occur at different times and locations: purchase histories, emails, call center interactions, social media, website searches, previous marketing campaigns, and even location data and/or "emotion data" from wearable sensors while the customer is shopping. The number one hottest trend (where ML-based marketing is moving) is behavioral analytics, including both predictive and prescriptive analytics modeling. ML is first and foremost a set of algorithms that learn to detect and recognize patterns in data, and to learn from experience when making decisions or taking actions based on those patterns – i.e., the ML process learns (from both successes and failures, including failed models and failed classifications) how to improve over time. ML (including social network analysis and social graph mining) is now helping marketers identify the key influencers within their market domain.

IDC MarketScape names IBM Watson IoT a Leader in IoT Platforms


I'm pleased to say that the IDC MarketScape has positioned the IBM Watson IoT Platform as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Software Vendors) 2017 Vendor Assessment (doc #.US42033517, July 2017). IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms, 2017 Software Vendor Assessment stated, "IBM has created a strong analytics brand with Watson and can demonstrate the power of cognitive analytics in the IoT." Additionally, through Watson IoT solutions for Connected Products, Connected Operations and Industry-specific IoT environments, IBM has a clear advantage in delivering an IoT platform designed to directly support the number one driver of IoT platform decisions by clients -- clear contribution to defined business outcomes. If you'd like to read an excerpt of the IDC MarketScape's report to find out why Watson IoT Platform was named a leader, you can read more about the IDC MarketScape Report here.

The Whys and Hows of Becoming a Robotics Engineer


The Kuka Official Robotics Education (KORE) certificate program offers professionals and students the opportunity not only to become certified in operating Kuka robots, but also to learn robotic engineering principles. FANUC CERT program brings robot certification to all levels of education, including high schools, colleges, and vocational schools. In April of this year, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) published a white paper concluding that 80% of manufacturers report a labor shortage of skilled applications for production positions. FANUC Certified Education for Advanced Automation offers high schools, colleges, and universities training in automation techniques.

Machine Learning For Virtual Machine Migration Plan Generation


The present disclosure relates to management of virtual machines and, more specifically, using machine learning for virtual machine migration plan generation. The computer readable instructions includes determining an initial mapping of a plurality of virtual machines to a plurality of hosts as an origin state and determining a final mapping of the virtual machines to the hosts as a goal state. The virtual machine migration plan is generated based on the heuristic state transition cost of the candidate paths in combination with the heuristic goal cost of a sequence of transitions from the origin state to the goal state having a lowest total cost. One or more candidate parallel migration plans are generated based on the parallelism gates in combination with serial migrations from the virtual machine migration plan.

TensorFlow, MXNet, Caffe, H2O - Which Machine Learning Tool Is Best?


Successful organizations tend to keep several options at hand in part because no single machine learning tool fits every situation, data set or scale. TensorFlowTM is a very popular technology specialized for deep learning that was released under an Apache 2.0 open source license in November 2015 after being developed by Google researchers in the Google Brain Team. This older open source machine learning technology offers a broader foundation for machine learning, not just focused on deep learning, although that is included. A January 2017 TechCrunch article by John Mannes reported that around 20% of Fortune 500 companies use H20.

A bot just defeated one of the world's best video gamers


To test out some harmless uses for AI, one Open AI team taught a bot to play Dota 2. Musk thanked the company via Twitter for allowing Open AI to use the Microsoft Azure crowd computing platform to develop the bot. Would like to express our appreciation to Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform. "Would like to express our appreciation to Microsoft for use of their Azure cloud computing platform," he wrote.

What Is Ray Kurzweil Up to at Google? Writing Your Emails


The company already employed some of the most influential thinkers in machine learning and AI, and was rapidly expanding its roster of engineers building machine learning systems to power new products. Although their code powers it today, Kurzweil's group didn't invent Smart Reply. It was first built by engineers and researchers from the Gmail product team and the Google Brain AI research lab. But you could describe any machine learning system built with artificial neural networks that way, and none made yet is really very brain-like.

Going deeper with recurrent networks: Sequence to Bag of Words Model


Now, with deep learning, we can convert unstructured text to computable formats, effectively incorporating semantic knowledge for training machine learning models. Recurrent neural network (RNN) is a network containing neural layers that have a temporal feedback loop. Running on an NVIDIA GPU gave us the computation power to blaze through 10 million job descriptions in 15 minutes (32 wide RNN and 24 wide pre-trained interest word vectors). We use Deep Learning to compute semantic embeddings for keywords and titles.

AI beats top 'Dota 2' players in one-on-one matches


The Elon Musk-backed OpenAI team has developed a machine learning system that has beaten "many" of the best pro Dota 2 players in one-on-one matches, including star player Dendi during a live demonstration at The International. The result is an AI that not only has the fundamentals nailed down, but understands the nuances that take human players a long time to master. And it doesn't take too long to learn, either; OpenAI's creation can beat regular Dota 2 bots after an hour of learning, and beat the best humans after just two weeks. One-on-one matches are far less complex than standard five-on-five matches, and it's notable that the machine learning system doesn't use the full range of tactics you see from human rivals.

Google and MIT's new machine learning algorithms retouch your photos before you take them


That's why companies like Google are turning to computational photography: using algorithms and machine learning to improve your snaps. The researchers used machine learning to create their software, training neural networks on a dataset of 5,000 images created by Adobe and MIT. Each image in this collection has been retouched by five different photographers, and Google and MIT's algorithms used this data to learn what sort of improvements to make to different photos. Of course, it's worth pointing out that smartphones and cameras already process imaging data in real time, but these new techniques are more subtle and reactive, responding to the needs of individual images, rather than applying general rules.