Nov-13-2017


If you hate cleaning the toilet, you should probably back this Kickstarter project

Mashable

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. "Man, I can't wait to scrub the toilet when I get home," said no one ever. Let's face it: cleaning the toilet is a necessary chore, but the list of things we'd rather do is infinitely long. We know it's gross to not clean it, but is it really worth it to put your hands in there? If you've ever wished that a robot would just do this chore for you, you're in luck -- an automatic toilet cleaning robot is now available on Kickstarter.


AI Can Help Apple Watch Predict High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea

WIRED

The world's most valuable company crammed a lot into the tablespoon-sized volume of an Apple Watch. There's GPS, a heart-rate sensor, cellular connectivity, and computing resources that not long ago would have filled a desk-dwelling beige box. The wonder gadget doesn't have a sphygmomanometer for measuring blood pressure or polysomnographic equipment found in a sleep lab--but thanks to machine learning, it might be able to help with their work. Research presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Anaheim Monday claims that when paired with the right machine-learning algorithms, the Apple Watch's heart-rate sensor and step counter can make a fair prediction of whether a person has high blood pressure, or sleep apnea, in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly through the night. Both are common--and commonly undiagnosed--conditions associated with life-threatening problems, including stroke and heart attack.


Amazon developing free version of video streaming service

Daily Mail

Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported video streaming service, it has been claimed. The retail giant is believed to be planning to share ad revenue with TV networks in return for shows, according to Ad Age. The company is talking with TV networks, movie studios and other media companies about providing programming to the service, it says. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has shared some of the secrets of his success, hot on the heels of becoming the world's richest man. Ad Age says it wants to dive into back catalogs of TV and movie studios for the service, and is also going after lifestyle, travel, cooking and other shows that are a good fit for an e-commerce platform.


What Tech Can Learn from the Fruit Fly's Search Algorithm - Facts So Romantic

Nautilus

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Verse 7:7 from the Gospel of Matthew is generally considered to be a comment on prayer, but it could just as well be about the power of search. Search has become one of the key technologies of the information age, powering industry behemoths and helping us with our daily chores. But that's not where it ends. Scientists are starting to understand that search powers much of the natural world, too.


REINFORCEjs: Gridworld with Dynamic Programming

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Temporal Difference Learning Gridworld Demo // agent parameter spec to play with (this gets eval()'d on Agent reset) var spec {} spec.update This is a toy environment called **Gridworld** that is often used as a toy model in the Reinforcement Learning literature. In this particular case: - **State space**: GridWorld has 10x10 100 distinct states. The start state is the top left cell. The gray cells are walls and cannot be moved to.


Data Scientist

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Bubble Student uses emerging technologies to create a unique solution to problems faced in the student accommodation market. Our app uses machine learning and social media integration to match students with their ideal university house. For our landlords/agents we provide in-depth insights using the behavioural data harvested from our platform. As part of one of Google's start-up tracks we work closely with them to ensure we are continuously innovating in a prehistoric market. As a Data Scientist at Bubble, you will help us take the large amounts of analytical data we acquire from our app and process it into useful insights that both we and our agents can use to make their lives and student's lives easier.


Machine-learning algorithms need transparency to comply with GDPR

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The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on May 25, 2018, redefines how organizations are required to handle the collection and use of EU citizens' personal data. Debates around the GDPR focus mostly on the global reach of this legislation, the draconian fines it introduces, or its stricter rules for "informed consent" as a condition for processing personal data. However, one challenge the GDPR brings to companies is often overlooked: the citizens' right to explanation. Legal details aside, the GDPR mandates that citizens are entitled to be given sufficient information about the automated systems used for processing their personal data in order to be able to make an informed decision as to whether to opt out from such data processing. The right to explanation has long been overlooked.


New Dell EMC Solutions Bring Machine and Deep Learning to Mainstream Enterprises

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Dell EMC announces new machine learning and deep learning solutions, continuing the company's work to bring high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics capabilities to mainstream enterprises worldwide. This enables organizations to take advantage of the convergence of HPC and data analytics and realize advancements in areas including fraud detection, image processing, financial investment analysis and personalized medicine. These new innovations represent the next step in the company's focus on democratizing HPC, optimizing data analytics with artificial intelligence (AI) technology innovations, and advancing both the HPC and AI communities. While AI techniques, such as machine learning and deep learning, are rapidly being deployed by many organizations across several industries, only a small number possess the expertise to design, deploy and manage such systems to use them effectively for rapidly gaining new insights. By leveraging Dell EMC's ecosystem of strong, curated partnerships and internal expertise in HPC and data analytics services, the company's new solutions offer customers the ability to harness the power of the massive amounts of their collected data, delivering faster, better and deeper business insights in real-time.


Jetstar looks to AI for smarter customer service

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Jetstar is looking to artificial intelligence to boost its ability to provide "smart service" to customers and differentiate in Asia's increasingly congested low-cost carrier market. A demonstration at Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco revealed a smart service platform powered by Salesforce and IBM, using both vendors' respective AI technologies Einstein and Watson. There is some ambiguity over how much of what was shown in the presentation is in production use. Salesforce's managing director for global go-to-market strategy and execution in the vendor's travel, transportation and hospitality segments, Farhan Mohammad, called it "a demonstration of how Jetstar is using Salesforce". Jetstar's head of digital Cathryn Arnold indicated to iTnews following the presentation that the IBM Watson tie-ins were "aspirational" and not yet in production.


Forget killer robots - it's humans you should be worrying about instead

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When it comes to understanding artificial intelligence, is science fiction just a pesky distraction from the real dangers out there? Microsoft's authority on all things AI seems to think so, reports Jihee Junn. "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon," declared Elon Musk back in 2014. "In all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it's like – yeah, he's sure he can control the demon. Over the years, the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive has regularly come out to express his concerns over the future of AI.