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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.

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.

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.

Loving AIs: Bringing Unconditional Love to Artificial General Intelligence – Integral Life


Isaac Asimov predicted this dilemma way back in 1942 with his famous "Three Laws of Robotics", which attempted to get ahead of the problem by formulating a set of logical parameters for rational ethical behavior that could be programmed into any artificial intelligence: But it's one thing to program a machine with human values -- what happens if the machines begin programming themselves and formulating their own values? Would those values grow through similar stages that human values grow through? So when it comes to the future of artificial intelligence, we seem to have more questions than answers. Will artificial intelligence be capable of determining its own morals, ethics, and values?

AI pioneer Andrew Ng says his new online course will help build 'an AI-powered society'


Lots of people will tell you they're nervous about the changes artificial intelligence will bring to the world, but Andrew Ng is confident it's all for the best. "There's a lot of PR and buzz focused on AI transforming large tech companies, but there's a lot of work that still needs to be done for AI to transform the non-tech companies," Ng tells The Verge. He says he favors a "conditional basic income" -- one where the state offers support to the unemployed, but only if they'll retrain where needed. Everything from healthcare workers to teachers to wind turbine technicians and deep learning researchers."

15 apps to power up your productivity

The Guardian

Boomerang is a plugin for Gmail, Outlook and Android that lets you temporarily dismiss messages from your inbox, to reappear in a few hours or days when you're better able to deal with them. The $8 Premium edition adds the ability to upload your scans directly to cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The free service supports meetings with up to three participants; paid-for plans, starting at £12 per month, raise this cap to 50 users and add scheduling and recording tools. For £28 a year, a premium subscription adds reminders and lets you collaborate with 25 users, up from five in the free version.