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AI and real estate: Fear or awe

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THIS is part of my ongoing series on technology and real estate. The focus is on artificial intelligence (AI), which has been casting a dark shadow on the Philippine business-process outsourcing (BPO) industry. According to the Oxford dictionary, AI is "the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages." Artificial intelligence has great potential to disrupt existing industries and traditional work practices across the world. And the Philippines is no exception.


Play is the secret to keeping up with emerging technologies

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Jeff Cole's fascination with media and communication technology began with television, which he maintains is still "the most powerful medium ever invented". For more than three decades, Cole's research in the field of emerging media and technology has seen him serve as Director of the UCLA Centre for Communication Policy, testify before Congress, and advise presidents. In June 1999, Cole helped set up the World Internet Project longitudinal study, which draws on more than a decade of user data to examine how online and digital technologies are transforming our social, economic and media lives. On his last visit to Australia, I chatted with Cole about the past impacts of internet and digital technologies and how small businesses in particular might navigate whatever comes next. Smarter Business: What can small businesses learn from the impact of emergent technologies on the media industry?


Technology is Redefining your Business Future

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In just over three years, clocks and calendars will mark the beginning of the third decade of the third millennium. As the pace of change in business technology shows no signs of slowing down, we can be certain that the future of workbeyond 2020 will be very different how we lived and worked in 2010. This decade saw the rise of tablet devices (the first iPad went on sale in 2010). DVD/Blu-ray sales declined as download and streaming services such as iTunes and Netflix changed how audiences access television and movies. The taxi industry was outflanked by innovative technology in the form of a new app with a better business model.


Is Talent Crunch a Spoiler for India's AI Industry?

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You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. There is less than just a handful 10,000 number of specialized talent in AI in the entire world. The war for AI talent, henceforth, would be ruthless enough to easily dwarf the challenge for spotting good software engineers. As it happens, you know that machine thinking has begun to usurp human thinking. Despite India's global dominance in offering cheap engineering talent at scale, young AI companies in India are looking for alternate ways to suck in what's available.


ANA declares AI the marketing word of the year

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Given how rife 2017 was for controversy in the marketing industry, AI winning out as the marketing word of the year against topics like transparency is surprising. This year has seen a handful of big-name advertisers, including Procter & Gamble and Unilever, trim back their spending on digital media as the channel's proved rife with non-transparency and murky business practices. P&G's Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard also sparked industry-wide discussions that have extended throughout the year about these subjects and also the need for ad vendors to receive third-party media accreditation from watchdog groups like the Media Rating Council. The ANA news signals that, even as marketers and members of the media get caught up in the industry's churn, many professionals are placing their focus on emerging technology to drive business results and innovate their strategies. AI offers promise in managing the massive amount of data marketers now accrue on their customers and in helping them create and deploy highly personalized campaigns.


10 Principles for Winning the Game of Digital Disruption

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If you haven't already noticed, a high-stakes global game of digital disruption is currently under way. It is enabled by the latest wave of technology: advances in artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and new software-enabled industrial platforms that incorporate all these technologies and more. Every enterprise leader recognizes that, as a result, the prevailing business models in his or her industry could drastically and fundamentally change. A wide range of industries, such as entertainment and media, military contracting, and grocery retail have been profoundly affected. No enterprise, including yours, can afford to ignore the threat.


Production Machine Learning

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Jan Machacek is a passionate technologist who shares his expertise and passion for software as the editor of the Open Source Journal, regularly contributes to open source projects and speaks at conferences in the UK and abroad. Jan is the author of many open source projects (various Typesafe Activators, Reactive Monitor, Akka Patterns, Akka Extras, Scalad, Specs2 Spring, etc.), books and articles. It's all about Containers, Serverless and Reactive Programming right now! ProgSCon London will explore these trends through engaging talks delivered by leading industry experts. Several talks will also feature various aspect of Blockchain, Microservices and Big Data. If you are a software developer looking to sharpen your skills and learn from the best in the industry, then ProgSCon London 2017 is the place you need to be at!


IBM Develops Preprocessing Block, Makes Machine Learning Faster Tenfold

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International Business Machines' (IBM) research laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland has developed a new generic preprocessing building block that could make the speed by which machine learning algorithms can absorb new information faster. Such development is expected to largely benefit the booming AI industry. According to IBM Zurich mathematician Thomas Parnell, they have developed a generic solution to the AI learning process with a 10 times speedup. "To the best of our knowledge, we are first to have generic solution with a 10x speedup. Specifically, for traditional, linear machine learning models -- which are widely used for data sets that are too big for neural networks to train on -- we have implemented the techniques on the best reference schemes and demonstrated a minimum of a 10x speedup."


Global Bigdata Conference

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International Business Machines' (IBM) research laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland has developed a new generic preprocessing building block that could make the speed by which machine learning algorithms can absorb new information faster. Such development is expected to largely benefit the booming AI industry. According to IBM Zurich mathematician Thomas Parnell, they have developed a generic solution to the AI learning process with a 10 times speedup. "To the best of our knowledge, we are first to have generic solution with a 10x speedup. Specifically, for traditional, linear machine learning models -- which are widely used for data sets that are too big for neural networks to train on -- we have implemented the techniques on the best reference schemes and demonstrated a minimum of a 10x speedup."


AI, AR/VR creating entertainment industry of tomorrow - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn

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LOS ANGELES - "With good data, everyone can know their audience," said Steven Wolfe Pereira, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Quantcast. "AR/VR helps build tools for the future," Google's Spotlight Stories Executive Producer, Karen Dufilho, told Xinhua, in the same meeting room. While Suzy Deering, CMO of eBay, retorted, "and the future is tomorrow." At the industry summit hosted by Variety in Los Angeles Thursday, industry leaders shared a comprehensive and exciting vision of how AI marketing analytics and AR/VR technologies are impacting on the entertainment industry. "The industry has changed more in the last 18 months than it had in the previous 18 years," keynote speaker, Les Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, told attendees.