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Appvance Launches AI-Driven Test Automation

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By modeling human testers, including manual and test automation tasks such as scripting, Appvance has developed algorithms and expert systems to take on those tasks, similar to how driverless vehicle software models what a human driver does. The Appvance AI technology learns from various existing data sources, including learning to map an application fully on its own, various server logs, Splunk or Sumo Logic production data, form input data, valid headers and requests, expected responses, changes in each build and others. The resulting test execution represented real user flows, data driven, with near 100% code coverage. Built from the ground up with DevOps, agile and cloud services in mind, Appvance offers true beginning-to-end data-driven functional, performance, compatibility, security and synthetic APM test automation and execution, enabling dev and QA teams to quickly identify issues in a fraction of the time of other test automation products.


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning: A Primer for Investors @themotleyfool #stocks $GOOGL, $NVDA, $GOOG

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Instead of preprogramming software to complete a specific task, as narrow AI does, machine learning uses algorithms that allow a computer to learn from the vast amounts of data it receives so it can complete a task on its own. International Business Machines uses deep learning powered by NVIDIA's graphics processing units (GPUs) to comb through medical images to find cancer cells. The company makes the graphics processors that are integral in AI, machine learning, and deep learning, and lots of companies already look to NVIDIA's hardware to make their AI software a reality. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Amazon, Facebook, and Nvidia.


A new algorithm will allow smartwatches to learn and monitor your every move

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Smartwatches range from simple fitness tracking wristbands to devices like the Apple Watch, which has a surprising range of functionality comparable even to smartphones. Hristijan Gjoreski of the University of Sussex said in a press release, "Current activity-recognition systems usually fail because they are limited to recognizing a predefined set of activities, whereas of course human activities are not limited and change with time." He continued in stating that, "Here we present a new machine-learning approach that detects new human activities as they happen in real time, and which outperforms competing approaches." By eliminating the limits of defined activity as older models do, smartwatches would be able to better track and record human activity.


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IBM (NYSE: IBM) and MIT today announced that IBM plans to make a 10-year, $240 million investment to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with MIT. The new lab will be one of the largest long-term university-industry AI collaborations to date, mobilizing the talent of more than 100 AI scientists, professors, and students to pursue joint research at IBM's Research Lab in Cambridge--co-located with the IBM Watson Health and IBM Security headquarters in Kendall Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts--and on the neighboring MIT campus. In 2016, IBM Research announced a multi-year collaboration with MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences to advance the scientific field of machine vision, a core aspect of artificial intelligence. Currently, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Media Lab, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society serve as connected hubs for AI and related research at MIT.


Amplero gets $17.5 million to expand machine learning marketing software

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Amplero's software, relying on algorithms designed to detect patterns in data, aims to thread through companies' existing sales and marketing tools, running small experiments to find optimal ways for businesses to communicate with their customers. Amplero's software, relying on algorithms designed to detect patterns in data, aims to thread through companies' existing sales and marketing tools, running small experiments to find optimal ways for businesses to communicate with their customers. The investment round disclosed Tuesday, which brings Amplero's total outside investment to $25 million, was led by Greycroft and Bellevue-based Ignition Partners. Bob Kelly, the Ignition managing partner who led the venture capital firm's investment, said marketers at big firms can be left trying to sort through data from 30 different tools.


Why WeWork Thinks It's Worth $20 Billion

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We're standing in the epicenter of WeWork's cavernous New York City headquarters, where Fano, the company's Chief Growth Officer, has set up a demo area to show off new technologies for prospective clients. These offerings include building out custom office interiors, licensing software that companies can use to book conference rooms, analyzing data on how people are using those conference rooms, and providing on-site human community managers indoctrinated in WeWork's community-minded philosophies. It's a natural extension of WeWork's current business, according to Chief Operating Officer Jen Berrent, who explains that the idea of adding a services business is "something that there's demand for in the market." WeWork's closest model is Regus, a boring-but-practical shared office space business headquartered in Luxembourg.


Researchers from Human Longevity, Inc. Use Whole Genome Sequence Data and Machine Learning to Identify Individuals Through Face and Other Physical Trait Prediction

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For the IRB approved study, 1,061 ethnically diverse people ranging in age from 18 to 82 participated by having their genomes sequenced to an average depth of at least 30x. The team predicted eye color, skin color and sex with high accuracy, but other more complex genetic traits proved more difficult. HLI combines the largest database of genomic and phenotypic data with machine learning to drive discoveries and revolutionize the practice of medicine. HLI's business areas include the HLI Health Nucleus, a genomic powered clinical research center which uses whole genome sequence analysis, advanced clinical imaging and innovative machine learning, along with curated personal health information, to deliver the most complete picture of individual health; HLIQ Whole Genome and HLIQ Oncology.


Google and Microsoft Can Use AI to Extract Many More Ad Dollar from Our Clicks

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They talk less often about one of the most profitable, and more mundane, uses for recent improvements in machine learning: boosting ad revenue. A recent research paper from Microsoft's Bing search unit notes that "even a 0.1 percent accuracy improvement in our production would yield hundreds of millions of dollars in additional earnings." Google reported $22.7 billion in ad revenue for its most recent quarter, comprising 87 percent of parent company Alphabet's revenue. Google has reported steady growth in ad revenue for many years; Microsoft has called out strong growth in Bing search ad revenue and in average revenue per search in its past five quarterly earnings releases.


AI Startups Take The Money And Run As Big Tech Comes Acquiring - Crunchbase News

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To elucidate the increased pace of AI acquisition further, from 2007 to 2012, acquisitions of AI startups experienced a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent. Meanwhile, from 2013 to 2016, the compounded annual growth rate of AI startup acquisition nearly doubled to 49 percent. Assuming the pace of acquisition remains steady, a total of 99 AI startups will be acquired by the end of the year, bringing our estimated compound annual growth down to 43 percent. The company has made over one-third of the total number of acquisitions made by the top five AI acquirers in our chart.


Adobe Transforms Personalization With Artificial Intelligence

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To help with this, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it will open up its data science and algorithmic optimization capabilities in Adobe Target, the personalization engine of Adobe Marketing Cloud. Additionally, the company announced new capabilities in Adobe Target powered by Adobe Sensei, its AI and machine learning framework, to further enhance customer recommendations and targeting precision, optimize experiences and automate the delivery of personalized offers. Brands benefit from the ability to blend their industry expertise with Adobe Sensei's powerful machine learning and AI capabilities in Adobe Target to deliver individualized customer experiences at massive scale. Adobe Target, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud, has leveraged AI and machine learning algorithms for over a decade and is used by major brands worldwide like AT&T, Lenovo, Marriott and Sprint.