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Chongqing to Host Smart China Expo, Boosting Development of Big Data Technology

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In addition to providing a venue for the world's top big data firms to highlight their latest products and breakthroughs, SCE 2018 will also be a platform for interactions and discussions among industry professionals, playing host to over 400 business, government, and academic dignitaries such as Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Tencent CEO Pony Ma, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, and former Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok To. "Big data and smart technology are profoundly changing economic patterns, lifestyles and social governance," said Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Chongqing, traditionally a manufacturing hub in western China." Chongqing has adopted an innovation-driven growth strategy and holding SCE will help promote the development of big data and smart technology in the city." With more than 180,000 square meters of floor space, SCE 2018 will focus on sectors such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputers with the newest and most advanced "smart" products and technologies on display. For example, Chongqing Jinshan Science & Technology (Group) will showcase its newly-developed surgical robot, which makes remote surgery possible. In addition, there will be a "smart experience area" at SCE 2018 where visitors can experience what life will be like as we incorporate new technologies such as facial recognition, smart parking, and AI consulting services into daily life.


Chongqing to Host Smart China Expo, Boosting Development of Big Data Technology

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In addition to providing a venue for the world's top big data firms to highlight their latest products and breakthroughs, SCE 2018 will also be a platform for interactions and discussions among industry professionals, playing host to over 400 business, government, and academic dignitaries such as Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Tencent CEO Pony Ma, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon, and former Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok To. "Big data and smart technology are profoundly changing economic patterns, lifestyles and social governance," said Tang Liangzhi, Mayor of Chongqing, traditionally a manufacturing hub in western China." Chongqing has adopted an innovation-driven growth strategy and holding SCE will help promote the development of big data and smart technology in the city." With more than 180,000 square meters of floor space, SCE 2018 will focus on sectors such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputers with the newest and most advanced "smart" products and technologies on display. For example, Chongqing Jinshan Science & Technology (Group) will showcase its newly-developed surgical robot, which makes remote surgery possible. In addition, there will be a "smart experience area" at SCE 2018 where visitors can experience what life will be like as we incorporate new technologies such as facial recognition, smart parking, and AI consulting services into daily life.


How Bloomberg journalists use data science to move financial markets

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Bloomberg journalists have been breaking business news since 1990, but these days their reporting relies increasingly on data science. This change has thrust the head of data science, Gideon Mann, into a key role in the newsroom. The computer science graduate spent seven years as a staff research scientist at Google before he joined Bloomberg in 2014, but had little prior experience of finance and was initially surprised to see the influence that journalists have on markets. "Before I started at Bloomberg, I didn't understand the nature of how news moves markets," Mann told Computerworld UK from Bloomberg's new £1 billion European headquarters in the heart of the City of London. "Things happen in the real world and usually there's a journalist that's writing and talking about them and spreading the word, and that's how that information gets disseminated."


Big data is critical in the IP age -Ted Korte of Qligent – BroadcastPro ME

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With a bottom-up approach, beginning with the end user and working up to the headend, the media industry can reduce abandonment, increase engagement, improve repeat viewership and protect brands, writes Ted Korte of Qligent. The phrase'content is king' can no longer stand on its own. With the expansion of digital media and IP-based channels, the world is becoming a smaller place as consumers now have access to content across the globe. The growing availability of these services and faster broadband access have combined with advances in smart devices to empower consumers and have shifted control of the media landscape from content providers to end users. If great content is all it takes to be successful, why are so many end users still cutting the cord?


This is not FOMO. You are really missing out.

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Sure you've heard a lot about AI, big data, machine learning, IOT, blockchain, bitcoin. You may think this is a lot of hype. You are really missing out if you have not already taken the time to invest in learning about these things. You will be left behind. You see the premise is simple.


Takeaways from Netflix's Personalization Workshop 2018

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For the third time Netflix organized its Personalization, Recommendation and Search Workshop. It was awesome to get invited for this event during my tech holiday in the San Francisco Bay Area. The experienced data scientists from all over Silicon Valley and beyond made it a knowledge-rich day. Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, and University of Minnesota shared how to understand and serve your users better. There was one subject that all speakers agreed on: classic matrix factorization (collaborative filtering) reached its expiration date. This includes challenges of multi-armed bandits, an implicit feedback approach, top-N ranking techniques, tyranny of the majority and algorithmic bias. At Netflix almost your whole homepage is personalized: the banner, carousels, order, artwork, text and search.


The Rap of China Uses AI to Select First Female Judge

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A new series of last year's TV hit The Rap of China has kicked off and with it comes the show's first female judge joining the likes of Kris Wu and MC Hotdog. The selection of Hong Kong singer G.E.M., real name Gloria Tang Tsz-Kei, has raised some eyebrows among critics due to the use of artificial intelligence in her selection, as well as her hip-hop credentials. "G.E.M joining The Rap of China is a bit of an embarrassment as her previous image falls short in terms of rap elements," one music critic after learning of the singer's inclusion on the talent show's judging panel. Although the news has drawn widespread criticism from a host of music critics, the move was not unexpected. With G.E.M's involvement, this show hit a new peak in terms of viewing figures in its first week.


The Big Data dilemma

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Most of you will have interacted with several algorithms already today. Algorithms are of course simply sets of rules for solving problems, and existed long before computers. But algorithms are now everywhere in digital services. An algorithm decided the results of your internet searches today. If you used Google Maps to get here, an algorithm proposed your route. Algorithms decided the news you read on your news feed and the ads you saw.


GeoSpock is big in Japan – data-wise and streetwise Business Weekly Technology News Business news

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It's not recorded whether GeoSpock founder Dr Steve Marsh speaks Japanese but when it comes to handling big data, he certainly talks the same language. On a recent visit to Japan, Dr Marsh discovered an automotive manufacturer that had 60 million connected cars reporting location on a second by second basis and was unable to cope with the data. He says: "Large scale cloud manufacturers are not able to take that data in and have no clue how to do it because they are reliant on old school technology. "Luckily we saw this coming five years ago and we told them we had a solution – the GeoSpock system was already running at the petabyte scale. "Our platform is proven to scale up and has unique properties in that regard.


The big UK AI challenge: how to become an international leader

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The government's recent investment into AI is a welcome step towards securing the UK's position as a leader in this field, but the road to success is littered with challenges. The best way around them is for the government, private sector and academia to work hand-in-glove to fulfil AI's promise, says Ed Stacey, a partner at IQ Capital, Harnessing artificial intelligence and big data is one of the great opportunities for the UK, as the government rightly recognised in its recently published AI Sector Deal policy paper. In it, the government outlined plans to raise total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. The cash injection into research is most welcome, but we should not consider leadership in an academic field as a triumph. An academic paper that gathers dust, no matter how brilliant and well-argued its case – is pretty obsolete.