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Alternative Data and Machine Learning - extracting value from "the New Goldmine" - AYLIEN

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The landscape of data is ever-changing, meaning analysts need to evolve both their thinking and data collection methods to stay ahead of the curve. In many cases, data that might have been considered unique, uncommon or unattainably expensive just a few years ago is now widely used and often very affordable. It is the analysts who take advantage of these untapped data sources, while they remain untapped, who can reap the rewards by gaining a competitive advantage before the rest of their industry or peers catch on. This type of data is often referred to as alternative data, and with the ever-increasing levels of data available in the modern world comes the opportunity to gain unique insights, competitive industry advantage, and boosted profits. It is perhaps no surprise then to hear that the scramble to get hold of such data has been dubbed the new gold rush.


New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker's footprint in the smart home

PCWorld

Vivint Sky and Wink Hub owners who want to use voice commands to control their lighting, thermostats, and other subsystems will soon no longer be limited to deploying Amazon Echos--both companies announced today that their systems will soon be compatible with Google Assistant, too. Both companies already work with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, but neither wants to be limited to a single platform. "Obviously there's more than one option for homeowners who want to have voice services in the house," said Vivint Smart Home Chief Technology Office Jeremy Warren. "We want to make sure we're providing a great user experience for our customers regardless of which platform they adopt." Google announced 11 other new partnerships as well, ranging from Logitech Harmony, to August smart locks, to the Anova sous-vide cooker.


The coolest concept cars from CES

USATODAY

With the rise in self-driving technology, the latest automobiles are grabbing more attention at The Consumer Electronics Show. Las Vegas – January 3, 2017 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled the Chrysler Portal Concept at CES 2017 today. While CES is an acronym for Consumer Electronics Show, the running joke at this annual Las Vegas event is that CES is turning into the Car Electronics Show. Many of the world's biggest auto makers have become a major part of this highly-publicized conference – which serves as a glimpse into the future of technology -- by dominating much of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as surrounding facilities. And it doesn't seem to matter this Sin City event falls on the heels of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


Does CES now stand for 'Car Electronics Show'?

USATODAY

With the rise in self-driving technology, the latest automobiles are grabbing more attention at The Consumer Electronics Show. CES showed off some technology (available now or soon) that can make your life easier and/or better. While CES is an acronym for Consumer Electronics Show, the running joke at this annual Las Vegas event is that CES is turning into the Car Electronics Show. Many of the world's biggest auto makers have become a major part of this highly-publicized conference – which serves as a glimpse into the future of technology -- by dominating much of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as surrounding facilities. And it doesn't seem to matter this Sin City event falls on the heels of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


CES 2017: Why your home and car will soon talk to each other

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Your car may already feel like an extension of your home based on the hodgepodge of stuff collecting in the backseat, but it's apparent that technology will soon make the two more connected than ever. No one has proposed blurring the line more than Hyundai -- which unveiled a futuristic concept car last week that literally connects to the home via a hole in the wall. Hyundai envisions the car becoming a lounge-like extension of the living space that provides air conditioning and entertainment, and acts as a back-up generator. "By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move," Hak Su Ha, Hyundai's design center director, said in a news release. But even if cars never plug into the home physically, they will digitally.


5 Ways Amazon Could Be an Even Bigger Market Force in 2017

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Meanwhile, this year marked Amazon's growing strength in hardware with its hit Echo home automation hub Amazon Echo, and its companion voice assistant Alexa. The company has also become force in entertainment, debuting a line of hit original shows through its Amazon Video Prime service. But Google is trying to catch up with its own rival virtual assistant, Google Assistant, and its accompanying Google Home automation device. Most of Amazon's original content is streamed for Amazon Prime members as well as for members of the subscription service's newly launched video-only plan, which costs $8.99 per month.


Uber Acquires Startup Geometric Intelligence To Launch Its AI Division

International Business Times

The ride-sharing company announced Monday it launched Uber AI Labs, a new department based in San Francisco which will focus on research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Uber also revealed it has acquired the AI research startup Geometric Intelligence. With the company's new moves, Uber is betting that artificial intelligence could improve its services. "The formation of Uber AI Labs, to be directed by Geometric's Founding CEO Gary Marcus, represents Uber's commitment to advancing the state of the art, driven by our vision that moving people and things in the physical world can be radically faster, safer and accessible to all."


Amazon Announces No-Line Retail Shopping Experience With Amazon Go

Forbes

There is a point where we will blankly stare at our Amazon Alexa devices and wish that it wasn't so easy to order groceries and other retail goods. There has got to be some sort of alternative right? That alternative is Amazon Go, a new retail experience that proves that even Amazon knows that brick and mortar isn't dead yet. If you prefer not to stand in the middle of Walmart, softly crying to yourself at the muddled masses of humanity, but still like to physically go shopping then Amazon Go is the future you are waiting for. Amazon Go is a literal brick and mortar store, announced today.


The Exec Behind Amazon's Alexa: Full Transcript of Fortune's Interview

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Dave Limp: The device business is less about building hardware for customers and more about building services behind that hardware. The second one--and again we're a little more public about it now--but four or five years ago when we were envisioning Echo, AWS [Amazon Web Services] was a little bit more obfuscated. I would tell you that the first couple of Fire TV press releases that we wrote, that were previous versions before we launched it, didn't make it through the sort of green-lighting process of a new product. And it wasn't until the same speech team that does Echo figured out how to get voice search on Fire TV working really well--highly accurate--that we had the epiphany that that was enough differentiation to kind of green light that product.


Artificial intelligence (AI) And The Future Of Marketing: 6 Observations From Inbound 2016

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Shah notes that businesses started building websites in the 1990s so they can answer customer questions 24/7. Machine learning will improve sales and marketing software by giving it "the ability to do things without us explicitly telling it what to do." Google has gained fame and fortune because it has built the best link graph, indexing and mapping the connections between all Web pages, determining content quality by popularity, i.e., inbound links. Facebook has built the Social Graph linking 1.79 billion people, and they use its search box 2 billion times a day.