[Podcast] Should you build or buy Automation & AI?

Build or Buy? It’s a question both IT & business operations have grappled with ever since John W. Tukey first coined the term “software” in 1957. As automation & artificial intelligence quickly permeate nearly every aspect of enterprise ops over 6 decades later, the question still remains. Should an organizatio

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China says its fighter pilots are battling AI aircraft in simulated dogfights, and humans aren’t the only ones learning

Aircraft dogfights with AI

China has been pitting pilots against AI-driven aircraft in training simulations.
A commander told the PLA Daily that the AI aircraft were “sharpening the sword” for Chinese pilots. The AI was also learning, highlighting the potential for AI systems in its armed forces.

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Enterprise AI budgets are up 55% over 2020, Appen says

Appen - 2021 State of Machine Learning Report

Enterprises are accelerating their AI strategies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ballooning their budgets accordingly. The seventh annual Appen State of AI report, published today, reveals a significant year-over-year increase in AI budgets at companies of all sizes. Overall, survey respondents report budgets ranging from $500,000 to $5 million per year — a 55% increase over 2020.

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Multichannel marketing platform Iterable raises $200M


erable, a cross-channel platform for customer experiences, today announced the close of a $200 million series E that values the company at $2 billion post-money. Iterable says the funds will be spent on hiring, marketing, and R&D initiatives, with an eye toward geographic expansion.

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AI enters debt collection: London startup Ophelos secures £1.6M funding


Personal debt has grown exponentially all over the world. Especially, in the UK, nearly 9 million people are over-indebted, which can create a debt spiral where households borrow more to service existing debt. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken this situation to the next phase. As a result, it is estimated that nearly 250,000 small businesses might close once COVID-related support programmes end.

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Crate.io raises $10M to grow its database platform

Crate IO

Crate.io, a startup developing a database platform called CrateDB, today announced that it raised $10 million in additional funding (including $2 million in debt) from Draper Esprit, Vito Ventures, and individual investors. CEO Eva Schönleitner says that the proceeds, which bring the company’s total raised to $31 million, will be put toward expanding Crate.io’s sales teams, the CrateDB ecosystem’s functionality and partner integrations, and the open source developer community around CrateDB.

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BiTop Exchange: Creating a new era of Artificial Intelligence CFDs


Adria Parcerisas AlbésJust now·4 min readIntroduction to Bitop ExchangeA cryptocurrency exchange is a platform where Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are exchanged for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies. They are equivalent to an online exchange house in which from the transactions/exchanges the market price of the value of cryptocurrencies is established based on supply and demand.Cryptocurrency exchanges are one of the platforms that allow the exchange of virtual cryptocurrencies, they buy and sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and allow those users/investors who seek to profit from price variations to operate.Bitop (https://bitop.com/) is a currency exchange platform dedicated to digital financial services such as cryptocurrencies or futures stocks.What is Bitop and why use it?Going into more detail, Bitop (https://bitop.com/) is an exchange based on Blockchain technology, which creates a secure, smart and fair digital asset investment environment for global users through services, diversified asset allocation tools, innovative investment and leading liquidity across the network.The biggest benefits brought by the platform are undoubtedly its strong expertise in traditional financial trading provided by the quality of its team, the R&D academy within the platform and its significant growth during the last months, developing across different continents such as America, Europe and Asia.Main goals of BitopThe main idea of Bitop is to implement a new blockchain ecosystem of digital assets fully autonomous in order to make it as user-friendly as possible and provide users with a unique experience. In addition, it is also intended to create a communicative and disciplined ecosystem in which never-before-seen learning resources for derivatives and digital currency trading can be provided. Below are many of the features and benefits that users will be able to enjoy through the platform.List of featuresSecurity and Risk Protection Fund: Bitop combines centralization and decentralization in order to create a risk protection fund. In this way, it is intended to compensate users’ losses through position penetration, through liquidity providers and project owners.Spot trading: Unleveraged trading that charges as little as 0.1% for buying or selling a currency.Margin: Margin is used to support the loss of the falling currency price. Thus, if there is still a loss of the remaining margin after closing the position, the remaining portion will be refunded.Take-profit and stop-loss: Take-profit and stop-loss are divided into take-profit / stop-loss amount and take-profit / stop-loss price.Take-profit amount: An automatic position closing system will be triggered when the profit and/or loss of the user’s order reaches the amount that was set as determined.Take profit: Contrary to the previous point, when the price of the currency of your position order reaches the price you set, the system will be activated to close the position fully automatically.Bitop AppThe Bitop Exchange Platform is also supported by a version in app format, available on both Android and iOS (for iPhone). The application consists of several modules, such as tutorials and sharing from the user community. One of the most interesting modules in the community module, where users can actively post new trends, talk about them, give feedback, share their operations, etc. There is another useful tutorial sharing module that provides many popular tutorials and lets users freely choose to study and reference them.Bounty programThe project gives the opportunity to earn BUSD tokens performing some social media tasks and doing simple steps from the bounty program explained into the following Bitcointalk Thread here (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5342419.0), where you can access the link in order to see what are the conditions to become an early Bitop contributor and start acquiring tokens.You can also stay tuned to their official Telegram Channel (https://t.me/Bitop_Exchange). I hope you liked the post and soon I’ll send you new ones.Social Media LinksMedium: https://bitop.medium.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BitopGlobalTwitter: https://twitter.com/bitop_exchangeTelegram: https://t.me/Bitop_Exchange— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —Author DetailsEmail: adria.parcerisas.albes@gmail.comBitcointalk username: adriaparcerisasBitcointalk profile link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1870482Bep2 wallet: bnb1lzysxstg5egqh32xjczcna2jepq6at9hr89e4wBitcointalk Proof of Authentication link: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5342419.msg57236560#msg57236560

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Understanding AIOps – separating fact from fiction

AI Ops

AIOps is quickly gaining prominence, with many IT leaders incorporating it into their digital strategies. In fact, Gartner estimates that 10% of organisations are already using AIOps as part of their business practices. This adoption is only set to continue as analysts predict more than 40% of businesses will adopt AIOps over the next two years. However, as with many technologies, the objective function of AIOps has been buried in a lack of understanding, confusion and hype. Where some IT teams are led by some vendors to expect too much or are aiming for too much too fast, other teams are still casting doubt on what AIOps really means, and underestimate its potential for their business.

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[Paper] CALYPSO: Private Data Management for Decentralized Ledgers

Distributed ledgers provide high availability and integrity, making them a key enabler for practical and secure computation of distributed workloads among mutually distrustful parties. Many practical applications also require strong confidentiality, however. This work enhances permissioned and permissionless blockchains with the ability to manage confidential data without forfeiting availability or decentralization.

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Google Cloud reports how Manufacturing Industry can accelerate use of AI

Google cloud

Artificial intelligence (AI) has changed the course of innovation. And at the forefront of technological advancements is Google. Since the beginning of 2021, Google has left no stone unturned. Be it the unveiling of mind-blowing tech at the recently concluded Google I/O keynote or the announcement of Firmina –the world’s most extended subsea cable that can be powered from one end from a single power source; Google has been at the top of its tech game.  

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RLCard: A Toolkit for Reinforcement Learning in Card Games

RLCard is a toolkit for Reinforcement Learning (RL) in card games. It supports multiple card environments with easy-to-use interfaces for implementing various reinforcement learning and searching algorithms. The goal of RLCard is to bridge reinforcement learning and imperfect information games. RLCard is developed by DATA Lab at Texas A&M University and community contributors.

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Australian ID verification startup OCR Labs raises $15M Series A to expand into UK/ Turkey/ Europe

OCR Labs

OCR Labs, which emerged from Australia, has announced a €12.5M / $15 million Series A funding round led by Turkish investors Oyak Group, to expand its services and team to the UK, Turkey and Europe. Halkin Ventures invested in its seed round. The startup specializes in digital ID verification, customer onboarding, identity fraud, and regulatory compliance.

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Netcore Cloud’s Customer Engagement Platform helps Vietnam e-commerce Major, Sendo, boost web and mobile app transactions by over 51%


Netcore Cloud, the leading global full-stack martech company announced that Sendo, one of the leading e-commerce brands in Vietnam, has increased sales on their website and mobile app by over 51%, with its AI-led multi-channel customer engagement platform.

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ML Pipeline end-to-end solution

After implementing several ML systems and running them in production, I realized there is a significant maintenance overload for monolithic ML apps. ML app code complexity grows exponentially. Data processing and preparation, model training, model serving — these things could look straightforward, but they are not, especially after moving to production.

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Top 10 Natural Language Processing (NLP) Tools for beginners

Glass window

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is one of the most interesting and fast-growing branches of Artificial Intelligence to work with. This realm is developing rapidly. Every year or even month there are new advancements. New tools are appearing, and existing ones are being updated with more progressive features. Having some experience in this field, I decided to share my best tools for NLP. My goal is not to provide you with dry analysis, but to advise you of the instruments that I enjoyed myself. Here, I gathered well-suited stuff for beginners. All links with documentations and guides are added.

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