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IBM takes the next step with Cloud Pak for Data


Ever since IBM unveiled Cloud Pak for Data as a cloud-native integrated set of analytics and AI platform, we've been wondering when IBM would take the next step and announce a full-blown managed cloud service. It's now starting to happen as IBM is rolling out IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service. Roll back the tape to last spring when we reviewed IBM Cloud Satellite; we noted that IBM's primary cloud message has been about multi-cloud, or at least cloud-agnostic. Propelled by Red Hat OpenShift, IBM carved out such a strategy for this managed Kubernetes environment where you could deploy open source software yourself on the hardware or public cloud of your choice or choose IBM to run a managed OpenShift service for you in the IBM Cloud. That is now getting repeated with Cloud Pak for Data.

How to create a chatbot in Python


Today we will talk about how to create a chatbot with Python. Natural language processing (NLP) is one of the most promising fields of artificial intelligence that uses natural languages to enable human interactions with machines. There are two main approaches to NLP: – rule-based methods, – statistical methods, i.e., methods related to machine learning. There are several exciting Python libraries for NLP, such as Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), spaCy, TextBlob, etc. A chatbot is a computer software able to interact with humans using a natural language. They usually rely on machine learning, especially on NLP.

Google Assistant can finally schedule your smart lights


Google Assistant already works with Hue and other smart lights, but functionality has been limited to turning them on and off, using them with alarms and a few other features. Now, you can schedule lights and other electric devices to turn on and off at specific and even general times, as Android Police and Reddit users have noted. The feature works via Google's "Scheduled Actions" feature. That allows you to say "Hey Google, turn on the lights at 7 AM," for example. You can set times for the current day or any other day over the next week by saying "Hey Google, turn on my coffee maker at 8 AM tomorrow," or "run my sprinkler in a week at 5 PM," for example.

How to Become a Full Stack Industry-Ready Data Science Professional?


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its sub-field Machine Learning (ML) have taken the world by storm. We are moving towards a world enhanced by these recent upcoming technologies. It's the most exciting time to be in this career field! The global Artificial Intelligence market is expected to grow to $400 billion by the year 2025. From Startups to big organizations, all want to join the AI and ML bandwagon to acquire cutting edge technology.

Deep Learning: Advanced NLP and RNNs


It's hard to believe it's been been over a year since I released my first course on Deep Learning with NLP (natural language processing). A lot of cool stuff has happened since then, and I've been deep in the trenches learning, researching, and accumulating the best and most useful ideas to bring them back to you. So what is this course all about, and how have things changed since then? In previous courses, you learned about some of the fundamental building blocks of Deep NLP. We looked at RNNs (recurrent neural networks), CNNs (convolutional neural networks), and word embedding algorithms such as word2vec and GloVe.

Lenovo's Google-powered Smart Clocks hit all-time low prices for Black Friday


You might have an easier time deciding on a Google Assistant smart display this Black Friday. Lenovo's Smart Clock is on sale now at Best Buy for $35, an all-time low and less than half its original $80 asking price. You can get it for the same price at Walmart. And if you don't need a touchscreen, the Smart Clock Essential is on sale for $25 (half its usual price) at Best Buy and Walmart. Both smart screens are very focused, and that's mostly a good thing.

New test reveals AI still lacks common sense


Natural language processing (NLP) has taken great strides recently--but how much does AI understand of what it reads? Less than we thought, according to researchers at USC's Department of Computer Science. In a recent paper Assistant Professor Xiang Ren and Ph.D. student Yuchen Lin found that despite advances, AI still doesn't have the common sense needed to generate plausible sentences. "Current machine text-generation models can write an article that may be convincing to many humans, but they're basically mimicking what they have seen in the training phase," said Lin. "Our goal in this paper is to study the problem of whether current state-of-the-art text-generation models can write sentences to describe natural scenarios in our everyday lives." Specifically, Ren and Lin tested the models' ability to reason and showed there is a large gap between current text generation models and human performance.

AI Weekly: AI-driven optimism about the pandemic's end is a health hazard


As the pandemic reaches new heights, with nearly 12 million cases and 260,000 deaths recorded in the U.S. to date, a glimmer of hope is on the horizon. Moderna and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which are developing vaccines to fight the virus, have released preliminary data suggesting their vaccines are around 95% effective. Manufacturing and distribution is expected to ramp up as soon as the companies seek and receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Representatives from Moderna and Pfizer say the first doses could be available as early as December. But even if the majority of Americans agree to vaccination, the pandemic won't come to a sudden end.

Machine Learning Studies the Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health


COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly influenced the health, financial, and social texture of countries. Recognizable proof of individual-level susceptibility factors may help individuals in distinguishing and dealing with their emotional, psychological, and social well-being. In March 2020, the episode of the Covid illness 2019 (COVID-19) arrived in all nations of the Western world. To decrease the speed of its spread, numerous nations hindered their economies and upheld articulated limitations on public life. After calamities, the vast majority are resilient and don't surrender to psychopathology.

The Google Home Max is half off for Black Friday this year


Google's smart speakers and displays have steadily improved over the years, and luckily for us, a few of them are on sale for Black Friday. The biggest discount by far is the Google Home Max, which is now selling for $149.99, a whopping 50 percent off its regular price of $299.99) Sure, it's a few years old now -- we gave it a review score of 88 in 2017 -- but it's still a very good device, with stellar audio that outclasses most other Google-powered smart speakers, especially in terms of volume and bass. Our main complaint about the Home Max at the time was its high price tag, but since it's half off now, the Home Max is looking like quite a bargain. The Google-powered Nest Hub Max is on sale for $179.99 this week as well, which is $50 less than its usual price of $229.99.