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Fingerprint sensors under the display are going to be a real thing in 2018

Synaptics announces mass production of optical in-display fingerprint sensors<p>Synaptics, the company responsible for handling the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens, has announced this week that it’s entered mass production with its first optical in-display …

Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam

Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today. The deal was first reported by <i>TechCrunch</i> last week and is worth $400 million, according to <i>Recode</i>. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips.<p>“We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team …

Microsoft's big data solves golf's mysteries in the Arccos Caddie app

If the Arccos Caddie app can solve the mystery of the golf swing with big data, perhaps big data can solve other world problems, too. That's why …

Data scientists compete to create cancer-detection algorithms

Data scientists are using machine learning to tackle lung cancer detection. Beginning in January, nearly 10,000 data scientists around the world …

Machine Learning

How big data is disrupting education

From healthcare to hospitality, and retail to real estate, big data is having an impact in all industries – and education is no exception. Educators …

Robots aren't coming – they're already here

If there is one thing the last year has shown me in my global travels and work, it’s this: now is the time for CDOs to determine their grand vision …

IDG Contributor Network: Data governance in the world of “data everywhere”

In the world of “data everywhere”, Data Governance is becoming even more important. Organizations that develop a data warehouse ‘single source of …

Business Rules

IDG Contributor Network: Got big data? Go public cloud or go home.

The impact the cloud is having on big data and advanced analytics is shocking. We’ve hit a go public or go home situation – and while many …

Big Data

How Netflix built a House of Cards with big data

Let me begin by sharing that I am a big <i>House of Cards</i> fan. Right now I’m deep into the fifth season and already hanging on for season 6.<p>I know that I …

How big data is disrupting the oil and gas industry

The role of CIOs in the success and long term survival of companies in today’s competitive landscape is growing. Technology is the leading …

3 ways CIOs can save money by capturing more data

One of the biggest lessons from Big Data in the last decade has been just how much we didn’t know. For CIOs, the new ways that information is …

Big Data

SAP wants to embrace all your data stores with Data Hub

If data warehouses are for tidiness freaks (information packaged into neat inferences, sorted and stacked, the rest discarded) and data lakes are for …

Big Data

Oracle leverages AI to push enterprise apps as users move to cloud

Ratcheting up the pace of enhancements to its software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, Oracle is riding the wave of …

IDG Contributor Network: 5 companies using big data to disrupt healthcare

Health care is an industry ripe for disruption. While health care overall is a highly polarizing topic, the services provided by the industry are …

Health Care

4 ways big data analytics is disrupting the agriculture industry

In 1838 the John Deere plow, which at the time was pulled by livestock, revolutionized the agriculture industry, in the early 1900s it was the …

Another AI chatbot shown spouting offensive views

Yandex, Russia’s homegrown Google rival — which offers a suite of similar products in its target non-U.S. markets, from search to webmail to maps — outed another equivalent offering earlier this month: An AI assistant.<p>The Russian-speaking “intelligent assistant” — named Alice — utilizes machine …

Album+ organizes photos with AI that runs on your phone, not in the cloud

A new iOS app called Album+ is taking advantage of the increased AI capabilities and GPUs in modern iPhones to help people better manage their photos. The app’s features are similar to those found in something like Google Photos — it also can de-duplicate photos, for example, as well as categorize …

Machine Learning

Putting the “AI” in ThAInksgiving

Your holiday dinner table is set. Your guests are ready to gab. And, then, in between bites, someone mentions Alexa and AI. “What’s this stuff I’m hearing about killer AI? Cars that decide who to run over? This is crazy!”<p>Welcome to Thanksgiving table talk circa 2017.<p>It’s true that AI and machine …

The rise of big data policing

A towering wall of computer screens blinks alive with crisis. A digital map of Los Angeles alerts to 911 calls. Television screens track breaking news stories.<p>Surveillance cameras monitor the streets. Rows of networked computers link analysts and police officers to a wealth of law enforcement …

Microsoft makes Databricks a first-party service on Azure

Databricks has made a name for itself as one of the most popular commercial services around the Apache Spark data analytics platform (which, not coincidentally, was started by the founders of Databricks). Now it’s coming to Microsoft’s Azure platform in the form of a preview of the imaginatively …

Why the promise of big data hasn’t delivered yet

The ubiquity of big data is such that Gartner dropped it from their Hype Cycle of Emergent Technologies back in 2015. Across sectors, businesses are scrambling to make every function “data driven,” and there’s no shortage of firms lining up to help them. The big data analytics industry, dedicated …

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft

Big data is an expansive umbrella with startups of all stripes squatting under it. Even as the most successful and powerful data miners of the modern web are undoubtedly the dominant consumer platforms — Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon in the West, and China’s WeChat in Asia — whose vast digital …

Investors place $25M on AtScale to get the big picture of big data

AtScale, a four-year old startup that helps companies get a big-picture view of their big data inside their BI tools, announced a $25 million Series C investment today.<p>The round was led by Atlantic Bridge with participation from new investors Wells Fargo and Industry Ventures along with returning …

Google’s AI head says super-intelligent AI scare stories are stupid

‘I’m definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse,’ says Google’s John Giannandrea<p>The AI apocalypse: disconcerting to imagine, but fun to talk about.<p>Well, that’s if Silicon Valley’s leaders are anything to go by. Tesla’s Elon Musk has been banging the drum about the dangers of super-intelligent …

Google’s former CEO says US could fail in the AI competition with China

‘Trust me, these Chinese people are good’<p>Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt says the US is at risk of falling behind in the race to develop cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Speaking at a tech summit organized by national security think tank CNAS, Schmidt predicted that America’s lead in the field …

Google’s AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun, which is a problem

New research shows how machine vision systems of all kinds can be tricked into misidentifying 3D objects<p>From self-driving cars to smart surveillance cams, society is slowly learning to trust AI over human eyes. But although our new machine vision systems are tireless and ever-vigilant, they’re far …

Audible is letting romance-novel fans ‘skip to the good part’

Yes, the feature finds sex scenes, but it’s also about using machine learning to help break down a library for a voracious audience<p>My husband likes to tell a story from his college years: he was working in data entry, next to a woman with a copy of Anne Rice’s erotic novel <i>The Claiming of Sleeping</i> …

Adobe’s prototype AI tools let you instantly edit photos and videos

They’re just prototypes, but they show the power of AI to manipulate the visual world<p>Advances in artificial intelligence are making it easier than ever to seamlessly edit and manipulate photos and images. At <i>The Verge</i>, we’ve already talked about this quite a bit, but Adobe keeps on coming up with …

Baidu’s new system can learn to imitate every accent

One AI, 2,500 different characters<p>At the start of this year, Chinese search giant Baidu introduced a new system called DeepVoice. It uses deep learning, a popular artificial intelligence technique, to build a system that can convert text-to-speech. The first version was able to produce short …

AI could be the perfect tool for exploring the Universe

In our efforts to understand the Universe, we’re getting greedy, making more observations than we know what to do with. Satellites beam down hundreds of terabytes of information each year, and one telescope under construction in Chile will produce 15 terabytes of pictures of space <i>every night</i>. It’s …