Google announces new AI, smart analytics tools


At the Google Cloud Next conference on Wednesday, Google is rolling out a slew of AI and smart analytics tools. The tools are focused on applying AI to common business challenges such as structuring data from documents or forecasting inventory. First, Google announced AI Platform in beta -- an end-to-end development platform that helps teams collaborate on machine learning projects. It's built for developers, data scientists and data engineers, enabling them to share models, train and scale workloads from the same dashboard within Cloud Console. Next, Google is rolling out new versions of Cloud AutoML, the software that automates the creation of machine learning models that Google announced last year.

JAL Works with Accenture to Pilot Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Airport Service


JAL Works with Accenture to Pilot Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Airport Service Introduces voice recognition service to speed up and improve check-in experiences at counters in the Narita and Haneda airports TOKYO; March 12, 2019 – Japan Airlines (JAL) is working with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) on a new service that applies artificial intelligence (AI) to answer passenger requests at the airline's check-in counters. The service assesses what check-in counter agents are saying to passengers and then pushes relevant information to the agents' tablets in near real-time, which includes additional relevant information tailored to the individual's journey. JAL and Accenture are piloting the AI-enhanced service at its international check-in counters at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport starting today. The service uses AI applications including voice recognition to identify and interpret statements made by the agents, so it can retrieve data from JAL's knowledge database or website and proactively answer passenger queries. For passengers, the service is designed to speed up the check-in process and also make the time they spend at the airport less stressful.

Save the Date: NVTC's First Industry-Focused Impact AI Summit, March 21 WashingtonExec


The Northern Virginia Technology Council's inaugural Impact AI 2019 summit on March 21 will gather technologists in government and tech executives from companies in the region making advancements in artificial intelligence. The all-day event kicks off 7 a.m. at the Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center in Fairfax, Virginia, and will open with keynote speaker Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft. Midmorning keynote speaker Rumman Chowdhury, global lead for responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, will discuss building ethical, responsible AI. Impact AI will also feature Tech Talks -- NVTC's version of TED Talks. The MITRE Corp.'s Jay Crossler, chief engineer of operations, will present a cyber Tech Talk, and Booz Allen Hamilton's Kirk Borne, principal data scientist and executive adviser, will talk about the real power of AI and how it can help us better understand our data.

Accenture to Deliver 2017 RBS 6 Nations Insights to Fans via Machine Learning


Accenture to Deliver 2017 RBS 6 Nations Insights to Fans via Machine Learning Official Technology Partner continues to innovate around fan experience, including new VR-based mixed reality experience demonstration LONDON; Jan. 23, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championship for the sixth year, is bringing machine learning to international rugby. Its latest analytics dashboard will deliver improved player, match and Championship insight, which 20,000 people accessed via Twitter last year. Accenture has also developed an innovative mixed reality application for the Championship, using Virtual Reality (VR), with a twist. The one-person immersive VR experience is sharable, and broadcast as live action for others to watch. Insights from the dashboard will be fed to the Accenture Analysis Team, made up of former players and coaches.

5G's Potential, and Why Businesses Should Start Preparing for It


A new Accenture survey of nearly 2,000 technology and business executives in 10 countries revealed deep uncertainty about next-generation mobile network technology, known as 5G. Few of those surveyed, for example, believe industry predictions about the dramatically improved speeds of 5G networks. And more than half don't expect the technology will enable them to do much that they can't already do. Nearly three-quarters said they need help imagining 5G use cases. These findings suggest that many business leaders neither understand the technology nor its disruptive potential.

Innovation Nation: How to boost adoption of AI -- ethically


Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.

Accenture platform aims to unleash AI without the need for deep data expertise


Professional services firm, Accenture, has launched an Applied Intelligence platform at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, which helps organisations make use of artificial intelligence (AI) without the need for deep data science expertise. The platform aims to allow organisations to apply pre-configured self-learning industry solutions, as well as develop new solutions. Accenture's team of industry specialists and more than 3,000 data scientists have already developed a range of 40 intelligent industry solutions for the platform that helps bridge the gap between information technology and operational technology. These include asset and fleet management solutions expected to unlock efficiencies across manufacturing, transportation and logistics and energy. Examples from the platform's suite of intelligent industry solutions include: The Applied Intelligence Platform builds on the proven Accenture Insight Platform through which Accenture has been offering analytics applications using machine learning and deep learning to clients.

Getting Your Employees Ready for Work in the Age of AI


Most employees are ready to do what they need to do. This article is part of an MIT SMR initiative exploring how technology is reshaping the practice of management. The era of AI is upending work as we know it. And as companies start using intelligent technologies in earnest, many people who have been well-trained for their positions for a long time may suddenly find themselves in uncharted waters. The good news is that employees are ready to embrace the changes they see coming.

Artificial Intelligence and Humans: The Perfect Cocktail


Of all the technology buzzwords, Artificial intelligence has been the one to catch the imagination of both CEOs and policymakers. We believe financial services companies can pursue breakthrough business growth using AI while using the technology in a way that is ethical and human-centric. But we never said the task would be easy. The opportunities for FS businesses from AI are enormous. Accenture's calculations indicate that the North American insurance sector alone could reap a 10 to 20 percent improvement in annual profitability by investing in the broader suite of intelligent solutions including analytics, machine learning and AI.

Accenture Picks up Stake in Operational AI Platform Vendor Splice Machine - Nearshore Americas


Accenture has purchased a minority stake in artificial intelligence-based data analytics platform vendor Splice Machine as part of a broader strategy aimed at bolstering its new data analytics services. Splice Machine is open source and is built upon the popular Apache Hadoop, HBase, and Spark distributed platforms. Moreover, its solutions can be deployed on-premise or as a fully managed cloud service. Accenture already has a relationship with the San Francisco-based company. Last year, Accenture integrated Splice Machine's intelligent application platform into its analytics-as-a-service solution.