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How to use machine learning to identify "good" customers vs "bad" customers - BDO Canada - IT Solutions

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Good profitable customers rarely become unprofitable. It is more likely that they were unprofitable from the onset. Determining an approach to define customer value can be a complex decision. Traditionally, we use gross margin in identifying good and bad customers. For example, if your overhead costs are 25% of gross revenue, a good customer is anyone with a gross margin over 25%.


Carbon Black warns that artificial intelligence is not a silver bullet

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The research, which Carbon Black says looked "Beyond the Hype" found that the roles of AI and ML in preventing cyber-attacks have been met with both hope and skepticism. The vast majority (93 percent) of the 400 security researchers interviewed while conducting this research said non-malware attacks pose more of a business risk than commodity malware attacks, and more importantly that these are often not stopped by traditional anti-virus offerings. Mike Viscuso, co-founder and CTO of Carbon Black told SC Media UK: "Researchers have reported seeing an increase in the number, and sophistication, of non-malware attacks. These attacks are specifically designed to evade file-based prevention mechanisms and leverage native operating system tools to keep attackers under the radar." One respondent explained: "Most users seem to be familiar with the idea that their computer or network may have accidentally become infected with a virus, but rarely consider a person who is actually attacking them in a more proactive and targeted manner."


Artificial Intelligence: BASF partner with Nuritas on 'next gen' functional peptides

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The first step of the partnership will see Nuritas, a biotech and R&D start-up that uses artificial intelligence and new technologies for the discovery of novel food and health ingredients, grant an exclusive royalty-based license to BASF to commercialise one of its existing peptides. A second part of the deal will focus on the discovery of new functional peptides, based on health areas that are strategically important to BASF, using Nuritas' technological expertise and AI platform. According to BASF, peptide networks of focus in the collaboration will be natural, food-derived, patented and of significant benefit to health – including peptides that bring about anti-inflammatory responses. "Cooperating with an innovative and agile start-up like Nuritas enables us to further expand our already broad portfolio of health solutions," commented Saori Dubourg, head of BASF's Nutrition & Health Business. Nuritas' unique platform combines DNA analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict, unlock, and validate peptides from natural sources.


Headlines for the Next 50 Years : Plastics Technology

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As micro-molding gives way to "nano-molding," processors will need creative answers to the problems of handling flyspeck-sized parts. Farms may replace oil wells as the source of new plastics. Biopolymers made from cornstarch or other renewable feedstocks will supple-ment petrochemical-derived polymers in a wide range of applications. What if you could change the color of every part right at the machine? Instant color changes may be part of the coming era of "mass customization." New methods of polymer production will allow custom materials to be "programmed" for individual applications. Say Hello to Nano Molding The new frontier of injection molding is "shrinking," says Carl Schiffer, managing partner at Dr. Boy GmbH in Germany. Miniaturization in electronic and medical parts will help push today's micro-molding toward "nano"-size parts. Machinery will need to evolve to meet the "nano" challenge. Shot sizes must become smaller, and screw diameters are already shrinking from the standard lower limit of 14 mm.


The Care and Feeding of Machine Learning - Carbon Black

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The output of this task is a series of predictions about binaries' potential maliciousness and relationships to known malware families. These predictions are validated against outside intelligence.


Use of 3D Vision and Artificial Intelligence Predicted to Drive the Global Industrial Robotics Market in the Rubber and Plastic Industries Until 2020, Says Technavio

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global industrial robotics market in the rubber and plastic industry is expected to record a CAGR of over 18% until 2020. This research report titled'Global Industrial Robotics Market in the Rubber and Plastic Industry 2016-2020', provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated primarily through the sales and services of various industrial robotics such as cartesian, articulated, and others for different applications in the rubber and plastic industry. "China accounted for about 25% of the overall production of plastics, followed by European countries that accounted for 20%. Key findings of this report show that the demand for plastics is anticipated to grow during the forecast period, and positively impact the market.


These futuristic driverless pods will run on Singapore's roads by end of the year

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Before the year is up, Singaporeans could be hopping on these driverless pod vehicles to get to school and work. The pods run on electricity, and are able to travel autonomously on smaller roads, such as those within a gated community or school campus. They've established a new joint venture called 2getthere Asia that will operate and maintain the vehicles in the city state. The cars are expected to be able to handle a load of up to 8,000 passengers per hour going in a single direction, 2getthere said. The pods look like they're going to be larger versions of the ones that already run in Abu Dhabi's cleantech business park, Masdar City -- also produced by 2getthere and SMRT back in 2010.