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Department of Industry bins virtual assistant at pilot stage

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The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has revealed it binned a virtual assistant it had developed for its business.gov.au website, with Emma Walker, manager of Digital Engagement Capability at the department's Business Services Branch saying the bot would have given the consumer a "wors...


Moneyball for movies: Data science and AI in Hollywood

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Data science and related disciplines, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, have become table stakes in almost all areas of software. From marketing to customer service and beyond, data and analytics are changing existing enterprise processes and enabling new ones. Data science vs t...


Employees worldwide show 'cautious optimism' about artificial intelligence

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AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI in clear business terms. Employees worldwide for the most part are cautiously optimistic when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace, yet m...


Google AI can predict your heart disease risk from eye scans

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Video: iOS 11.3 beta adds battery health settings A new study by Google and its health-focused Alphabet-sibling, Verily Life Sciences, has shown that deep-learning algorithms can accurately predict heart disease by analyzing photographs of an individual's retina. Scientists from the firms detail t...


Sony wants to bring AI taxi services to Japanese streets

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Sony plans to lead a new joint venture (JV) designed to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-based taxi service for Japan. Here's what developers really think about AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform providers lack adequate support resources for developers. According to a statemen...


Samsung launches 30.72 terabyte SAS SSD

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The PM1643 SSD boasts 32TB of memory capacity, the largest ever for a single storage. Samsung Electronics has launched a 30.72 terabyte (TB) Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface solid date drive (SSD) aimed for the enterprise, the company has announced. It is the largest memory capacity ever for a...


3D-printed 'clip-on' turns smartphone into fully functional microscope

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Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D-printable "clip-on" that turns a smartphone into a fully functional microscope. Reported in Scientific Reports, the clip-on microscope requires no external power or light source and is pow...



Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, book review: Inventions with unexpected connections

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In a November 2017 article in The Atlantic about the fortunes of Google X, the 'moonshot factory', Derek Thompson distinguishes between innovations and inventions. Innovations, the incremental improvements in existing technologies, are Silicon Valley's bread and butter. Inventions, or real breakthro...