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Accelerating the Practical Use of AI - InformationWeek

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The hype for how artificial intelligence can miraculously change the world continues to fill media outlets. Still, the reality of how rapidly the science behind AI is evolving and becoming mainstream in every industry and facet of business will not be impeded. By the year 2025, the intersection of "advanced" AI and intelligent machines will become a part of every user's "things I just know how to use." As more industries adopt AI solutions and become savvy about how AI impacts their engagement with suppliers and employees, it is important for organizations to follow four key steps to implement it. While roles like data scientist, chief data officer, and senior data engineer are vital to implementing AI/ML systems, the two following roles are imperative for practical implementation.


Global Big Data Conference

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 80% of the ocean "remains unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored" – despite constituting more than 70% of the planet's surface. Now, a pair of Navy veterans are looking to change that with a line of autonomous robot vehicles that will plunge the ocean's depths in search of big data for the company's clients. "The company really started when Joe [Wolfel] and I first got together, which was back in 2004," said Judson Kauffman, who shares the CEO role with Wolfel, in an interview with Datanami. "We met in [Navy] SEAL training together, and ended up being assigned the same unit, and then went into combat together and became very close friends. There, they developed the idea for Terradepth, which "stemmed from some knowledge that we gained in the Navy" – really, Kauffman said, "just of how ignorant humanity is of what's underwater, what's in the sea." "It was shocking to learn how little we know, how little the U.S. Navy knew," he continued – and the more they dug into the issue after their time in the Navy, the more surprised they were.


Google: Learn cloud skills for free with our new training tracks

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Google is offering a free course for people who are on the hunt for skills to use containers, big data and machine-learning models in Google Cloud. The initial batch of courses consists of four tracks aimed at data analysts, cloud architects, data scientists and machine-learning engineers. The January 2021 course offers a fast track to understand key tools for engineers and architects to use in Google Cloud. It includes a series on getting started in Google Cloud, another focussing on its BigQuery data warehouse, one that delves into the Kubernetes engine for managing containers, another for the Anthos application management platform, and a final chapter on Google's standard interfaces for natural language processing and computer vision AI. Participants need to sign up to Google's "skills challenge" and will be given 30 days' free access to Google Cloud labs.


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According to the AI Council, the biggest barrier to AI deployment is skills - and it starts as early as school. With artificial intelligence estimated to have the potential to deliver as much as a 10% increase to the UK's GDP before 2030, the challenge remains to unlock the technology's potential – and to do so, a panel of AI experts recommends placing a bet on young brains. A new report from the AI Council, an independent committee that provides advice to the UK government on all algorithmic matters, finds that steps need to be taken from the very start of children's education for artificial intelligence to flourish across the country. The goal, for the next ten years, should be no less ambitious than to ensure that every child leaves school with a basic sense of how AI works. This is not only about understanding the basics of coding and ethics, but about knowing enough to be a confident user of AI products, to look out for potential risks and to engage with the opportunities that the technology presents.


The Robots are Coming: Is AI the Future of Biotech?

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AI, or artificial intelligence, has taken root in biotech. In this article, we explore its newfound niches in the industry. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become ubiquitous in tech startups, fueled largely by the increasing availability and amount of data and cheaper, more powerful computers. Now, if you are a new tech startup, ML or AI capabilities represent your minimum ticket to enter the industry. Over the past few years, AI and ML have started to peek their heads into the realm of biotech, due to an analogous transformation of biotech data.


Top Data Science Education Initiatives By Institutions In 2020

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While normal education suffered a standstill in 2020, there were a lot of online courses and programs that were initiated by some of the most prestigious institutions as well as big tech giants so that the process of learning and skill development doesn't suffer. As the trend has been for a few years now, some of the most interesting initiatives were seen in the field of data science. In this article, we have listed some of the prominent data science education programs and initiatives in 2020. Microsoft, in collaboration with Netflix, has launched three new learning modules on beginners concepts in data science, along with machine learning and artificial intelligence. The design of these courses is inspired by the Netflix original film -- 'Over The Moon,' where a young girl Fei Fei, who builds a rocket to the moon, embarks on a mission to prove the existence of Moon Goddess.


15 Free Data Science, Machine Learning & Statistics eBooks for 2021 - KDnuggets

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An Introduction to Statistical Learning, with Applications in R (ISLR) can be considered a less advanced treatment of the topics found in another classic of the genre written by some of the same authors, The Elements of Statistical Learning. Another major difference between these 2 titles, beyond the level of depth of the material covered, is that ISLR introduces these topics alongside practical implementations in a programming language, in this case R.


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Innovative automakers, software developers and tech companies are transforming the automotive industry. Today, drivers enjoy enhanced entertainment, information options and connection with the outer world. As cars move toward more autonomous capabilities, the stakes are increasing in terms of security. As per a report by the UN, Europol and cybersecurity company Trend Micro, cyber-criminals could exploit disruptive technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to conduct attacks against autonomous cars, drones and IoT-connected vehicles. The rapid increase in these technologies inevitably creates a rich target for hackers looking to get access to personal information and control the essential automotive functions and features.


Industry 2021 Predictions for AI, Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning - KDnuggets

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We bring you industry predictions from 12 innovative companies - what key trends they expect in 2021 in AI, Analytics, Data Science, and Machine Learning?


Relational Boosted Bandits

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Contextual bandits algorithms have become essential in real-world user interaction problems in recent years. However, these algorithms rely on context as attribute value representation, which makes them unfeasible for real-world domains like social networks are inherently relational. We propose Relational Boosted Bandits(RB2), acontextual bandits algorithm for relational domains based on (relational) boosted trees. RB2 enables us to learn interpretable and explainable models due to the more descriptive nature of the relational representation. We empirically demonstrate the effectiveness and interpretability of RB2 on tasks such as link prediction, relational classification, and recommendations.