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Why Amazon, Nvidia And Microsoft Are Among America's Best Corporate Citizens

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Nvidia, which will chip in $30,000 toward your student loans, tops the Just 100 list on worker treatment. Since there's not an endless supply of workers versed in artificial intelligence, Nvidia pulls out all the stops to attract and keep the cream of the crop. When a worker was displaced by the California wildfires, the chipmaker's emergency response team snapped into action, offering a $5,000 stipend to cover a hotel stay and to replace belongings. Nearly two thirds of employees have visited Nvidia's nearby health clinic, where appointments for new glasses or physical therapy can be scheduled with as little as 15 minutes notice and a free Lyft ride waits to shuttle you. Free genetic testing (sticker price: $7,000) has led 85 employees to discover a hereditary risk for cancer; four have begun treatment.


Platform Wars (Part I): Google AI IoT For All

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Several weeks ago, Jefferies' analyst James Kisner published a scathing report, shedding light onto the shortcomings of IBM Watson. Kisner focused on the $60 million disastrous Watson project for MD Anderson, and highlighted how much IBM is lagging behind Amazon and Apple. As John Mannes pointed out on TechCrunch, "things would look much worse if Google, Microsoft and Facebook were added to this table." He also eloquently summarized the common pitfall in our approach to AI: "Reality is that AI isn't an amorphous black hole that sucks in unstructured data to produce insights. A solid data pipeline and a domain-specific understanding of the AI business problem at hand is table minimum."


Deep learning and artificial intelligence: Making a big deal of big data

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AWS DeepLens Looking for a new way to learn machine learning? Let a machine teach you with AWS DeepLens, the world's first deep learning enabled video camera for developers. Designed to connect securely to a variety of AWS offerings, including AWS IoT, Amazon SQS, Amazon SNS, and Amazon DynamoDB, AWS DeepLens uses Amazon Kinesis Video Streams to stream video back to AWS and Amazon Rekognition Video to apply advanced video analytics. Easy to customize and fully programmable with AWS Lambda, AWS DeepLens runs on any deep learning framework, including TensorFlow and Caffe. Amazon SageMaker Amazon SageMaker offers developers and data scientists a quick and simple way to build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale.


Extra charges for Facebook and YouTube? Never, I say

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Would you pay extra for Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube? That's how they do it in England, reports Jefferson Graham. Could that happen here too, in the wake of the relaxed FCC Net Neutrality rules? LOS ANGELES -- Like turning on lights and making phone calls, we consider it a right that we can watch free entertainment on YouTube, post travel photos on Facebook and listen to online music. After all, we treat Internet providers another utility, just like the electric or phone company, with our monthly service fees.


Microsoft's Cortana now has 230 skills (and Amazon's Alexa, 25,000)

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There are currently 230 skills, or supplemental apps, available for Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, while there are at least 25,000 for Amazon's Alexa. No, that's not a typo. I'm not missing a comma or some zeros. There are only 230 Cortana skills, as of December 2017. And this includes as part of the total more than a few school fight songs.


Hands-On Data Science and Python Machine Learning 1, Frank Kane, eBook - Amazon.com

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Very well written and easy to follow. The jupyter notebook code files available on the publisher's site make it very easy to work alongside the author as he presents the material. Arguably, one of the best introductory books on the subject if you want to dive right in with only minimal programming experience.


These are the 10 best tech deals on Amazon for Free Shipping Day

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If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. The holidays are underway, and Christmas is inching closer and closer. If you've still got shopping to do, Free Shipping Day is the perfect time to get a lot done. But there's not a lot that's actually on sale, at least not a lot of gift-worthy stuff.


What Amazon's Machine Learning Tools Could Hold for Businesses - Market Realist

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Amazon (AMZN) subsidiary Amazon Web Services (or AWS) has rolled out a new set of machine learning services and the world's first deep learning camera to allow companies to take advantage of AI (artificial intelligence) in their businesses. Amazon's five machine learning services include Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Translate, Amazon Comprehend, and Amazon Rekognition Video. These services allow developers to build applications that easily understand human instructions. Another critical product launched was AI-powered camera DeepLens, which is similar to Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Clips. However, the clips are targeted at consumers and not developers like DeepLens.


Data lifting and why it has to be made easy

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At the end of 2017, there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide up 31 percent from 2016, and this figure is expected to reach 20.4 billion by 2020. When Internet of Things (IoT) as an industry took off in India, it spawned a host of startups selling edge devices that could gather and crunch data from corporate customers. These startups ran into one fundamental problem, which was data lifting. The data was so voluminous that these startups took so much time to organise them that they ran out of money to keep the companies afloat. In the end, their services were just organising data for customers with very little insights.


Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

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Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230. This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H. The big feature with the Echo Show is that it offers a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1024x600 resolution. The display can show weather updates, calendar appointments, shopping lists, and so on instead of just reading them back to you.