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Help Your Multilingual Knowledge Base Thrive With AI

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Data shows that, for global businesses, providing support in multiple languages is well worth the effort. Nearly three quarters of people search online in their native language, which means that if you're only communicating in English, for example, you're probably losing customers and adding layers of inefficiencies for your agents. Easier said than done, perhaps. On average, even in one language, 20% of agent time is spent looking for information to either share directly with customers or to find the right way to resolve a problem. Providing support in multiple languages across multiple channels adds another set of variables to the mix.


Meet Bertie, Heliograf And Cyborg, The New Journalists On The Block

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An article in The New York Times, "The rise of the robot reporter", discusses the new machine learning tools such as Forbes' Content Management System called Bertie, The Washington Post's Heliograf, Bloomberg's Cyborg, and others used by Reuters, the Associated Press and The Guardian for a range of tasks in their newsrooms, providing further insight into how robots are taking over a growing number of jobs. As the article points out, a number of media, notably those with a financial focus, now use algorithms to analyze data such as quarterly earnings reports and that can then be used to chart their progress over time, detect anomalies, as well as writing up stories. Machine learning can now be put to a growing number of uses in a newsroom. I have seen journalists use powerful analytical tools to analyze graphs, write and document their articles, adding information from different sources, as well as identifying information that may come from suspicious sources. It is hardly surprising that Bloomberg and Reuters now compete to provide real time financial information with the same hedge funds that were previously their clients but that now have access to the same means and resources.


Only a game? Sport isn't just for spectators... it's a platform

ZDNet

Stephen Bourke, a thought leader in the world of sports, serves on the board of SEAT (Sports Entertainment Alliance in Technology) and runs an online educational program with the Sports Business Institute in Barcelona called "Managing Digital Transformation in Sport". He' has already written twice on this blog on matters of sports and the world that we all are so desperately trying to enjoy our lives in. His posts are here and here. Why Tom Brady should be replaced by a robot. Everyone (parents especially) knows America's most popular sport has major safety problems.


Football team turns to artificial intelligence for tactics

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A non-league football club have employed artificial intelligence to try to get the edge over their opponents. Seventh-tier side Wingate and Finchley FC will be using an Amazon Echo system to help choose their team formations and make pre-game and in-game tactical decisions. The smart speaker will be linked to a computer and use information spoken to it by coaches to make tactical suggestions and even provide Kevin Keegan-style inspirational quotes. The manager could, for example, ask Alexa what the best formation would be. The AI would then ask a series of questions about the team and the opponents before proposing an answer.


Team employs artificial intelligence to give them the edge over football rivals

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A non-league football club is hoping that artificial intelligence will help them to succeed on the pitch, employing a digital coach to share tactical decisions. Seventh-tier side Wingate and Finchley FC is set to use an Amazon Echo system to choose their team formations as well as to make pre-game and in-game decisions. As well as making tactical suggestions, the smart speaker - which will be linked to a computer - will provide Kevin Keegan-style inspirational quotes. The manager could, for example, ask Alexa what the best formation would be. The AI would then ask a series of questions about the team and the opponents before proposing an answer.


London football club employs AI coach for tactical insights

The Independent

A London football club has appointed an artificial intelligence coach to select its team's formation and tactics. Non-league Wingate and Finchley FC, who play in the seventh tier of English football, partnered with AI firm The Big Bang Fair to install the AI coach in an effort to get an edge over rivals. The smart speaker will be linked to a computer and use information spoken to it by coaches to make tactical suggestions and even provide Kevin Keegan-style inspirational quotes. The manager could, for example, ask Alexa what the best formation would be. The AI would then ask a series of questions about the team and the opponents before proposing an answer.


AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

Engadget

The act of gambling on games of chance has been around as long as the games themselves. For as long as there's been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge on the house. As gaming has moved from bookies and casinos into the digital realm, gamblers are beginning to use modern computing techniques, especially AI and machine learning, to increase their odds of winning. But that betting blade cuts both ways, as researchers work to design artificial intelligences capable of beating professional players at their own game -- and even out-wagering sportsbooks. The rate at which machine learning AI systems have caught up and overtaken the skills of their human opponents has accelerated at a frightening pace in the past few years.


Exponentially Weighted Imitation Learning for Batched Historical Data

Neural Information Processing Systems

We consider deep policy learning with only batched historical trajectories. The main challenge of this problem is that the learner no longer has a simulator or ``environment oracle'' as in most reinforcement learning settings. To solve this problem, we propose a monotonic advantage reweighted imitation learning strategy that is applicable to problems with complex nonlinear function approximation and works well with hybrid (discrete and continuous) action space. The method does not rely on the knowledge of the behavior policy, thus can be used to learn from data generated by an unknown policy. Under mild conditions, our algorithm, though surprisingly simple, has a policy improvement bound and outperforms most competing methods empirically. Thorough numerical results are also provided to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed methodology.


Elon Musk seeks to dismiss 'paedo' lawsuit as 'schoolyard spat'

The Independent

Elon Musk has cited the First Amendment in seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by a British diver, who the entrepreneur called "pedo guy" on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth sparked a war of words with Mr Musk during the attempted rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave earlier this year. The cave diver described Mr Musk's efforts to build a rescue submarine as a "PR stunt" with "absolutely no chance of working." In an interview on CNN in July, Mr Unsworth said: "He can stick his submarine where it hurts." Mr Musk responded by insinuating that the British diver, who was assisting with rescue efforts, had travelled to Thailand looking for a "child bride."


Corinthians FC kicks off transformation with artificial intelligence

ZDNet

Brazilian soccer team Corinthians has announced a deal with IBM for a technology revamp with artificial intelligence (AI) as a key pillar. During the 10-year contract, the supplier will be responsible for an all-encompassing modernization of the technology underpinning the operations at the São Paulo-based stadium. As well as the integration of technology from third parties and updates to legacy infrastructure, IBM will roll out its cloud-based AI platform Watson to enhance stadium and team performance as well as supporter services. "We are convinced of the benefits [the new contract can bring] around making technology convergence and artificial intelligence the key to a new era of possibilities for us, enhancing each fan experience in and out of match days," says Luis Paulo Rosenberg, marketing director at Corinthians. "There will be a way [to support the team] before and after the implementation of this contract, which will enable unprecedented ways of immersion for fans," Rosenberg adds.