NFL bets on AWS for machine learning


The National Football League will use Amazon Web Services as its standard machine learning and analytics provider to boost the performance of the league's player statistics platform. The announcement is just the latest customer win AWS has touted at its re:Invent conference this week, following similar cloud deals with Time Warner and Intuit. AWS also announced new cloud deals with the the Walt Disney Company and Expedia on Wednesday. Amazon said the NFL will use AWS' machine learning and data analytics services to improve the statistical capabilities and performance of the league's Next Gen Stats platform, which basically tags up players and tracks new stats like speed, rushes and passes. AWS will also become an "Official Technology Provider" of the NFL.



Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gained worldwide exposure over the years through Hollywood, including the recent blockbuster movies such as Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049. While androids like those depicted in the movies are nothing but science fiction at this point in time, we are seeing the increasingly advanced application of AI incorporate mainstream computing. In this post, we examine how website development is benefiting from artificial intelligence (AI), as well as some unique integration challenges. Modern mainstream website development has focused on the building of a customer-facing front-end presence on the Internet and the integration of the front-end with enterprise back-office operations. Drupal is an industry-leading open-sourced platform for building such enterprise websites.

Anna Connell: Overcoming our Artificial fears


If you asked people about Artificial Intelligence, most, if they had an idea of what it was, would likely respond with concerns about the rise of the robots, job losses, sentient machine armies, privacy and transparency. You only need to look at the comments about Boston Dynamics back-flipping robot this week to see how quickly we get dystopian about the prospect of advances in this area. Dave Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Regulatory Affairs team at Microsoft, sees things a bit differently. His main concern is we're not deploying it fast enough. It's a surprising statement from a man whose job contains the words'regulatory affairs' but he's a self-proclaimed AI convert and has spent the last few years contemplating all manner of issues in relation to AI including data privacy, ethics, transparency and trust, and has been advising Microsoft, as well as governments and organisations on behalf of Microsoft, on AI policy frameworks and regulation.

EY is extending alliance with Microsoft to bring innovative digital solutions to the agribusiness industry


The initiative will combine EY's technology consulting experience and its agribusiness knowledge with Microsoft's digital suite of tools and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to help companies innovate and transform their businesses. For example, EY and Microsoft will collaborate to develop solutions with a focus on data, analytics and artificial intelligence to support farmers and growers in increasing productivity, and help the industry digitize how crop data is aggregated, monitored and analyzed through e-commerce capabilities. This will help farmers increase efficiencies and competitive advantage using the data they collect on crop production, supply chain, machinery operation, and other business-critical data points. EY and Microsoft announced the initiative at Chicago Ideas Week, an annual festival in October that features more than 200 events spread across the city, during a session about data-driven farming and the role that technology will continue to play in increasing yields and field sustainability. EY and Microsoft are among the sponsors of the event.

Microsoft Joins the Home-Speaker Party With Invoke

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Similar to Amazon's original Echo, the Invoke is a Pringles can-size speaker that can play music, check traffic and answer questions about sports scores or historical facts. Microsoft and Harman Kardon announced plans in May to launch the Invoke, priced at $199. In August, Harman Kardon said it also would launch the Allure, a voice-enabled speaker using Amazon's Alexa. Though Microsoft's arrival to the market comes years after Amazon's, the company is betting the Invoke can draw customers in with its connections to Microsoft products that have millions of users, such as the Office productivity franchise and Skype internet-calling. Cortana, like Amazon's Alexa, will take commands from users.

Harman Kardon Invoke review: The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing


Smart speakers are everywhere this year. So far, we've seen new entries from Apple, Amazon, Google and Sonos. Now, Microsoft is finally ready to join the party. The Harman Kardon Invoke is the first speaker to feature Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant. Since it's coming from a brand known for audio gear, it promises better sound than the competition.

Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Faster, more helpful AI


The most important phones of the year have already been announced, but one company might still be able to pique our interest. Huawei unveiled its AI-focused Kirin 970 processor at IFA, saying the chip's real world benefits would be shared at the launch of its next flagship. Now, the company is ready to reveal how the Kirin 970 performs in a phone. The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were designed around AI -- so much so that Huawei wants to call them "intelligent machines." We don't know how much these intelligent machines will cost yet, but Huawei told Engadget to expect the prices to be competitive.

Understand Azure Machine Learning Workbench


Microsoft has announced Azure Machine Learning Workbench application. Take a look at updates to machine learning and artificial intelligence with the Azure machine learning workbench. In this video, Microsoft Senior PM Manager for Microsoft Cloud, Sandhya Vankamamidi, will show you a new solution that assists in the construction and delivery of intelligent AI enabled data models. Increase the rate of experimentation, and monitor and manage your models wherever they're being used in production, all as part of a unified workflow.

Microsoft to shutter its Groove Music service and migrate users to Spotify


Microsoft officials have decided to discontinue the Microsoft Groove Music Pass subscription service and migrate existing customers of it to Spotify. Groove Music Pass -- the Microsoft streaming music service formerly known as Zune Music, and later, Xbox Music before being rebranded to "Groove Music" in 2015 -- is one of Microsoft's few purely consumer-focused cloud services. Next week, Microsoft will begin enabling non-Insiders who are Groove Music subscribers to start moving their music collections and playlists to Spotify, as well. Last year, when Microsoft discontinued its Microsoft Band fitness hardware, officials said the accompanying Microsoft Health service was not going away.

Anaconda Teams With Microsoft In Machine Learning Push


That's a lot of data scientists that will now have a clearer avenue into Azure as Microsoft competes against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google …