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Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed

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If it's started to feel like all summer blockbuster movies are being written by robots [INSERT FORMER PRO WRESTLER, INSERT GIANT CGI ANIMAL], you'll be disquieted to learn that that future may not be too far off. The meditation app Calm teamed up with the tech team at Botnik to write a new Brothers Grimm-style fairy tale entirely through artificial intelligence. By inputting the data from existing Brothers Grimm stories and using predictive text technology (and with a few human writers stitching things together), the group at Botnik crafted "The Princess and the Fox," a story about "a talking fox [who] helps the lowly miller's son to rescue the beautiful princess from the fate of having to marry a dreadful prince who she does not love." "We're doing for the Brothers Grimm what Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs," says Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, in a press press release. "We're bringing them back from the dead, with modern science."


Informatica Announces Intelligent Metadata APIs and Enhanced AI Algorithms for Enterprise Data Catalog

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Redwood City, Calif., April 16, 2018 – Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, today announced the launch of its reimagined Enterprise Data Catalog with intelligent APIs and deeply enhanced AI algorithms, powered by the CLAIRE engine, for self-service data discovery by any line-of-business user. With new, intelligent APIs, users can have one-click access to the rich content of Enterprise Data Catalog from within their own applications. Developers can empower their applications with metadata intelligence and data recommendations. The AI-powered Enterprise Data Catalog intelligently scans and catalogs data assets across the enterprise and adds business context for understanding. It can identify domains and entities, such as customer, product, order, and more, providing seamless integration of all data with easy access and search capabilities.


Applexus Launches Artificial Intelligence Practice to Expand Products and Services Offerings

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SEATTLE, April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applexus Technologies, a full-service business and technology solutions company based in the Seattle area, announced the launch of a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) practice to provide AI software and services to clients. The newly launched team is part of Applexus Product and Innovation. The new practice supports a wide variety of AI services and solutions, through custom and packaged solutions, using emerging technologies such as deep learning, machine learning and big data analysis. The Applexus Chief Technologist and AI practice leader is Dr. Thomas Koickal, one of the longest-serving global practitioners of machine learning based technologies. His career of more than 20 years has included work at the University of Edinburgh, UK and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, a research center of the Indian Space Research Organization.


Canada's Most Innovative Hotel Opens Its Doors In The Heart Of Downtown Montréal

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Setting new trends in the industry, this 20-storey, four-star hotel offers 269 guest rooms including 54 suites. Designed by the team that successfully relaunched the Hôtel Gault, Monville is redefining customer service by offering the latest integrated technological innovations. This robot, developed by the California firm Savioke, helps make a stay at Monville a truly unique experience, in harmony with the growing digital age. Guests can check in easily and quickly at electronic kiosks, where they will also automatically receive their room keys. Human receptionists can thus dedicate more time to helping guests discover Montréal's many attractions.


Artificial Intelligence-Driven Hardware Sales Will Reach $115 Billion Worldwide by 2025

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The race for making perfect hardware to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) applications is heating up and many companies are jumping in with their products and solutions. Of the three key parts of hardware infrastructure compute, storage, and networking compute has made significant progress in the last couple of years. The other two areas, storage and networking, are lagging behind and have yet to see major innovations pertaining to AI applications. Currently, the industry is going with the fastest available option and promoting that as a solution for deep learning. Over time, more research and development (RandD) will go into these areas and new products will emerge that are designed specifically for AI.The distributed computing infrastructure that allows AI applications to run on multiple machines is in its infancy.


Robot ANYmal Dancing to Live Music

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ANYmal carries an onboard microphone with which music can be perceived. The beat of the music is analyzed and a suitable sequence of dance motions is choreographed. The desired and real motion trajectories are compared such that the delay between music and motion can be minimized. This work has been conducted as part of ANYmal Research, a community to advance legged robotics.


Pandora Announces Own Version Of Spotify's Personalized Playlists

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Pandora has announced that it's launching its own personalized playlists feature to take on Spotify. Pandora will be able to build playlists that will fit with the user's moods, activities and listening habits. "Today we're announcing Pandora's personalized soundtracks -- unique playlists built just for you. We're testing them now with a small group of Pandora Premium users and look forward to bringing them to all our Premium subscribers soon," the company said on its blog. "The personalized playlists fit your moods, activities and favorite genres and are updated each week based on your individual musical tastes.


Datameer Partners with IBM in New Data Science and Machine Learning Platform

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About Datameer Datameer is changing the way companies do business by enabling them to get value and insights from their data at the speed of thought to make better, more trustworthy decisions and drive better business outcomes. Datameer offers a unified way to simplify the time-consuming, cumbersome process of turning complex, multi-source data into valuable, business-ready information in a matter of minutes and hours, rather than weeks or months. Leading global organizations, including Citibank, Royal Bank of Canada, Aetna, Optum, HSBC, National Instruments, Vivint and more use our secure and scalable enterprise-grade platform to streamline and simplify data integration, preparation and exploration so subject matter experts can leverage trusted data to cultivate innovation, creativity and efficiency for competitive advantage.


Nokia's new AI-powered analytics software dramatically improves customer experience and satisfaction Nokia

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Espoo, Finland - Nokia has unveiled the latest version of its Cognitive Analytics for Customer Insight software, providing powerful new capabilities so service provider business, IT and engineering organizations can consistently deliver a superior real-time and personalized customer experience. Nokia Cognitive Analytics for Customer Insight provides a holistic, real-time view of the customer experience to help service providers quickly identify issues and prioritize improvements based on their customer and business impact. It features Nokia's Customer Experience Index (CEI), which correlates information from the network, devices, customer care, billing and other sources with satisfaction surveys like the Net Promoter Score to produce a customer-specific score that tracks service performance and subscriber satisfaction. In this latest release, Nokia CEI now taps advanced machine learning and deep learning algorithms co-developed with Nokia Bell Labs to provide new levels of prediction and automation capabilities to improve the subscriber experience. The algorithms optimize themselves over time, decreasing the time required for the initial tuning of the index from months to days, and delivering a far more accurate view of subscriber satisfaction.


Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Software, Hardware, and Services Market to Reach $19.3 Billion Worldwide by 2025

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Healthcare has undergone a transformation over the past several years, shifting from paper-based records systems to electronic records, as well as incorporating digital health monitoring devices and other advanced patient screening systems. These advances have led to an explosion of data, which can best be manipulated and analyzed by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In healthcare, according to a new report from Tractica, AI is largely being implemented as a tool to more efficiently and accurately review data, and uncover patterns in the data that can be used to improve analyses, uncover inefficiencies, and streamline care, from both a clinical and an operational perspective. The market intelligence firm finds that the overarching driver in these AI implementations is to provide better care for patients, while reducing costs and administrative headaches and bottlenecks. Tractica forecasts that global software revenue from 21 key healthcare AI use cases will grow from $165 million in 2017 to $5.6 billion annually by 2025.