[Podcast] Yakir Buskilla CEO of CoCoHub talks Chatbots and Virtual Humans

Yakir Buskilla - CEO Cocohub

Buskilla took over as CEO after several years at Nielsen where he oversaw the company’s R&D operation in Israel. Earlier, he co-founded Semanix which was focused on improving patent search technology. He has a background in Machine Learning, Big Data, cloud hosting, and back-end software development and began his career as a software engineer.

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Algorithmia founder on MLOps’ promise and pitfalls

Dot network

MLOps, a compound of machine learning and information technology operations, sits at the intersection of developer operations (DevOps), data engineering, and machine learning. The goal of MLOps is to get machine learning algorithms into production. Kenny Daniel, founder and CTO of Algorithmia, the company behind the enterprise MLOps platform, spoke about the buzz around MLOps, its benefits, and its challenges.

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Argo AI, Ford & Lyft partnership provides robotaxi services to Lyft customers

Robotaxi service

Argo AI, Ford, and Lyft form the first large-scale collaboration in the US as a self-driving developer, a carmaker, and a ride-hailing company comes together. They will provide robotaxi service to Lyft customers in Miami and Austin. Which are expected to start by later this year in Miami and by next year in Austin.

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AI enhanced ID Verification, eKYC service Provider Jumio reports 150% revenue growth in Q2 2021

Jumio

Jumio, an established provider of AI-enhanced end-to-end identity verification and eKYC services, reveals that its sales and revenue increased more than 150% during Q2 2021 when compared to Q2 2020. The growth has reportedly been fueled by “an ongoing need for modern enterprises to know and trust that their online users are who they claim to be.” As noted in a release shared with CI, this is “evidenced by the large growth seen in financial services, mobile delivery services and social platforms verifying everyone from customers to employees to influencers.”

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[Paper Summary] Facebook AI Introduces few-shot NAS (Neural Architecture Search)

Neural Architecture Search (NAS) has recently become an interesting area of deep learning research, offering promising results. One such approach, Vanilla NAS, uses search techniques to explore the search space and evaluate new architectures by training them from scratch. However, this may require thousands of GPU hours, leading to a very high computing cost for many research applications.

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Untether completes $125 million Funding round

Untether AI

Canadian data center AI chip startup Untether has completed a $125-million round of funding led by Tracker Capital Management, and co-led by Intel Capital with participation from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Radical Ventures. As part of the funding round, Tracker Capital senior advisor Shaygan Kheradpir will join Untether’s board of directors.

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Kohl’s CTO on empowering people and optimizing supply chain with AI

Paul Gaffney - CTO Khols

Say you have a product at a store you want customers to be able to grab off the shelf and buy. How do you balance that with selling the same inventory to people ordering online? How do you decide how much of your inventory you sell online? When someone makes an order online, how do you decide whether to fulfill the order with inventory from stores or your company’s warehouses? These are just some of the many questions that retail giant Kohl’s wrestled with.

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The Uploaded Brain

Uploaded brain

Is it possible to upload a human brain, and what could happen if we did?
This is a question I have been pondering a lot lately. I’m not trying to discredit anyone’s beliefs, but rather discuss the possibilities of such a thing. I’m not expecting an answer to this question, but rather hoping to have a discussion about it. I am simply discussing a topic that I find interesting and vaguely terrifying. I would like to begin by talking about what it means to “upload a human brain.”

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How Pinterest built a more representative shopping experience with AI

Pintrest AI shopping experience

Artificial intelligence and augmented reality can work hand in hand to support innovations that can change the shopping and advertising game. Pinterest combined artificial intelligence with augmented reality and incorporated diversity and inclusion in a way that helped the company’s bottom line, Jeremy King, head of engineering at Pinterest, said in a conversation with Matt Marshall, founder and CEO of VentureBeat, at the Transform 2021 virtual conference.

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BlueOcean raises $15M to measure brand sentiment with AI

Blue Ocean

BlueOcean, a software-as-a-service platform that taps AI to deliver brand strategy insights, today announced that it closed a $15 million series A round led by Insight Partners. The company says that the funds will be used to grow its  team, deepen existing investments in AI, and build on BlueOcean’s existing customer base.

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What is so impressive with Google and DeepMind’s AlphaFold Technology

Cell connectors

Google-owned DeepMind has pushed the limits of Artificial intelligence. One of the first introductions most people had to DeepMind was through AlphaZero [1]. “AlphaZero achieved within 24 hours a superhuman level of play in the games of chess and shogi (Japanese chess) as well as Go, and convincingly defeated a world-champion program in each case.” AlphaZero achieved all of this through a process called reinforcement learning, basically playing repeated games against itself until it identified winning strategies.

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Five predictions for the future of the modern Data Stack

The Modern Data Stack is quickly picking up steam in tech circles as the go-to cloud data architecture, and although its popularity has been quickly rising, it can be ambiguously defined at times. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what it is, how it came to be, and where we see it going in the future. Regardless of whether you’re new to the modern data stack or have been an early adopter, there should be something of interest for everyone.

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Google CEO says Artificial Intelligence will be mankind’s greatest discovery

Google CEO - Sundar Pichai

Google has always been the master of AI and today, the CEO of Google himself stated in an interview with BBC that Artificial Intelligence is man’s greatest discovery. For the leader of the technology giant,” in the next 25 years artificial intelligence and quantum computing will completely revolutionize our lives” he stated. Pichai compared AI to other discoveries like fire and electricity, explaining the change it will bring will be just as profound.

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The extreme costs of Faulty AI and the vital role Humans play

Facial recognition

Nowadays, more and more companies routinely tap into AI as a solution or catalyst for next-generation offerings with huge real-world impacts. With such ambitious undertakings, mistakes go beyond mere inconvenience. AI failures can lead to real-life harm–physically, psychologically, and emotionally. The potential financial risk to a company’s bottom line could put a significant dent in the reward.

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Where is the ROI in Artificial Intelligence deployments?

Miniature robots

Anyone with any doubts about the interest in AI and its use across enterprise technologies only needs to look at the example of the Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) market and the kind of verticals that are investing in it to quash those doubts. According to the Everest Group’s recently published report, Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) State of the Market Report 2021 (purchase required) the market for this segment alone is estimated at $700-750 million in 2020 and expected to grow at a rate of 55-65% over the next year. 

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