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Microsoft makes another open-source move with machine learning tech ZDNet

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By making these moves, Microsoft is hoping to build up a broader community of developers around CNTK. We've seen firsthand the kind of performance CNTK can deliver, and we think it could make an even greater impact within the broader machine learning and AI community. Indeed, in November it released another project, Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit, to Github. "With its ability to run on a single, high-end Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) server or distributed clusters of GPU-based machines--a differentiator, according to Microsoft--CNTK appears to give developers speed and throughput advantages," he adds.



New A.I. tech helps you write right

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Back to my own example, Watson Tone Analyzer detected "anger" in my prose, but only because I was describing the ability of Watson Tone Analyzer to detect anger. For example, if a company's goal is to not push away qualified female candidates, it's useful to learn from Textio that phrases like "under pressure" (as in, "we're looking for a candidate that works well under pressure") tend to drive women job hunters away, while phrases like "passion for learning" tend to attract women to jobs. It knows that the word exceptional in a job listing will attract fewer women candidates than the word extraordinary, even though it has no idea what exceptional means or why the correlation exists. As the technology gets better, it's becoming clear that, ultimately, the literary and creative skills of human writers combined with artificial intelligence writing tools can help us communicate better.


Apple Shows Us It's Hard to Be Innovative When You're on Top. But Does it Really Matter? Fox News

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This week, Apple posted the earnings results for the second quarter of 2016, and reported a year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue for the first time in 13 years. The company took in 50.6 billion in quarterly revenue and 10.5 billion in quarterly net income. App Store revenue was up 35 percent to beat last quarter's all-time record, and Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today," he said. As for Microsoft, while it's PC sales were down (even if Windows 10 updates apparently cannot be stopped), the company's emphasis on the cloud, and especially adapting perennial favorites such as Office 365 into cloud solutions, has proven to work for the tech giant, with 22.2 million subscribers to Office, building on 12.4 billion last year, the New York Times reports.


Microsoft Ventures - Inside Microsoft's Machine Learning Accelerator: Introducing our Startup Voices Video Series

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Last month, we announced the 10 startups invited to join our Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Every two weeks, with the help of Digital Work Accelerator alum Slope, we'll publish a new episode of Startup Voices: Inside Microsoft's Machine Learning Accelerator. The startups in Seattle's third cohort have the potential to make a global impact with their machine learning (ML) solutions. Over the next several weeks, we'll continue working closely with all 10 startups to help them get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets--and we want to share their stories with you via the Startup Voices video series.


On Second Thought: Microsoft's artificial intelligence bot, Tay

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Microsoft came up with the great idea of creating an artificial intelligence bot on Twitter, in the image of a teenage girl named Tay, and making her capable of learning through interactions with real people online. Microsoft tried to make some adjustments to Tay and put her back online, but she quickly started boasting about smoking drugs in front of the police. A voter initiative in California would require all state lawmakers to wear the names of their top 10 political donors whenever conducting official business. The good news is the ship includes a recording of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B.


The AI political algorithm - digital's quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Unless robots are programmed to obey Isaac Asimov-style universal laws, they can only learn, or be programmed with, behaviour from flawed human beings within whatever legal frameworks, political beliefs, and cultural norms exist locally. But is Google's search algorithm inherently racist? The lesson is that computer algorithms are deeply connected with human societies and frailties in a way that few people – including coders – understand or take seriously enough. Now fast-forward to a future of robotic law enforcement worldwide, and what problems might emerge, given that algorithms can only automate an organization or country's values and work towards predetermined outcomes, perhaps reinforcing confirmation bias or deeply ingrained beliefs?


Enterprise hits and misses - Domo baffles and Microsoft Tay implodes

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You can call Den Howlett a lot of things, but naive tech journalist ain't one of'em. Jon's grab bag – Martin reports live from the UK Cloud for Digital Governance conference in Government cloud – in the end it's about people, informed by the field lessons of public sector cloud veteran Rebecca Kemp. Requiem for Tay: Microsoft's AI Bot Gone Bad – Relax, I'll get to this in just a sec (see: Whiffs). But seriously – what kind of demolition company blows out out whatever house Google Maps brings them to?


How to Make Sure Your Robot Doesn't Become a Nazi

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On Wednesday, when Microsoft had a much rosier view of humanity than it does now, the software giant released a "Millennial chatbot" to Twitter named Tay. I'd call in bot protective services and put it in a foster family," David Lublin told The Daily Beast. Here's one firewall he's instituted: When there's recently been a terror event, TV Comment Bot turns off all captions of news coverage and just prints screenshots--which, when following TV Comment Bot all day, somehow lends even more gravity to the situation. Lublin wants to stress, however: There's a reason TV Comment Bot isn't an AI--and doesn't interact with the Twitter world around him.


Why Microsoft Accidentally Unleashed a Neo-Nazi Sexbot

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When Microsoft unleashed Tay, an artificially intelligent chatbot with the personality of a flippant 19-year-old, the company hoped that people would interact with her on social platforms like Twitter, Kik, and GroupMe. The idea was that by chatting with her you'd help her learn, while having some fun and aiding her creators in their AI research. Microsoft blamed the offensive comments on a "coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay's commenting skills to have Tay respond in inappropriate ways." If by chatting online Tay can help Microsoft figure out how to use AI to recognize trolling, racism, and generally awful people, perhaps she can eventually come up with better ways to respond.