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You can now buy the brains behind Amazon’s Alexa

The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale.<p>Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit …

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

How machine learning is revolutionizing digital enterprises

According to the prediction of IDC Futurescapes, two-thirds of Global 2000 Enterprises CEOs will center their corporate strategy on digital transformation. A major part of the strategy should include machine-learning (ML) solutions. The implementation of these solutions could change how these …

Yelp acquires Wi-Fi marketing company Turnstyle Analytics for $20 million

Yelp this morning announced it has paid $20 million in cash to acquire the Wi-Fi marketing company, Turnstyle Analytics, which offers a service that allows businesses to connect with their customers over a freely provided Wi-fi network. The move, Yelp explains, is aimed at expanding the types of …

Wi-Fi

Is consciousness just an illusion?

<b>The cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes our brains are machines, made of billions of tiny "robots" - our neurons, or brain cells. Is the human mind really that special?</b><p>In an infamous memo written in 1965, the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus stated that humans would always beat computers at chess …

American Philosophy

Domino’s has already outperformed every tech stock, now robots will deliver its pizzas

Over the last decade, the stock price of Domino’s Pizza has crushed that of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook mainly because it stopped making pizza that tasted like cardboard. Now it’s innovating on the labor front with plans to test robots as substitutes for your friendly pizza delivery guy. …

Robotics

5 secrets machine learning knows about you from your social media posts

Big data firms like Cambridge Analytica made headlines when they claimed to sway Election 2016 results. They deduced personality traits from social media profiles and third-party data firms and served highly manipulative ads to sway public opinion. Leveraging a trove of data points — such as your …

Social Media

Creating a Bot for answering frequently asked questions

Microsoft QnA Maker Overview<p>One of the basic requirements in writing your own Bot service is to seed it with questions and answers. In many cases, …

7 Ways To Leverage Your Small Business Data For Enhanced Revenues

It's still astounding that only half of businesses are leveraging the power of big data.<p>In today's tech-driven and a customer-centric world, using big data is pretty much a requirement. However, only just 48 percent of companies have invested in big data in 2016. While that's up 3 percent from …

The Key to Ultimate Productivity in Data Science Teams - Agile Data Analysis

Agile Development

Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech

If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may already be familiar with Drivemode: Available on Google Play, it’s one of the most popular apps for use in cars, with more than one million downloads and active users spread across 180 countries. The app is designed to reduce distractions …

Porsche Makes an Average of $17,000 on Every Car It Sells

But what Ferrari makes per car is even more impressive.<p>Porsche has long been one of the most lucrative automakers in the world, but we didn't realize just how good they were at maximizing profits.<p>According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the company made an average of $17,000 in profit on each of the 238,000 cars it …

Why VR vs. AR is an obsolete argument

Over the past year, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology have become hot topics, particularly when it comes to how they stack up against each other. Enthusiastic publications are treating these two as fiercely competitive technologies, while in fact, it’s much more likely …

Augmented Reality

Nissan Motors 'cost killer' boss Carlos Ghosn quits

Nissan Motors' CEO Carlos Ghosn is calling it quits. Carlos Ghosn brought the then ailing car maker back from the brink of financial ruin 17 years …

Pirelli warns of "processional races"

Tyre manufacturer fears that promise of new regulations shaking up the order may prove false.<p>While Jacques Villeneuve may blame the fans for the …

McLaren set to keep MP4 in car name following Ron Dennis’ departure

BIRMINGHAM, UK – McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the team is set to continue using ‘MP4′ as part of its Formula 1 car name following …

Startup investors fret over risks of mass data collection

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Nearly every technology startup wants the same thing: more data.<p>An illustration picture shows a network cable next to a pack of smartphones in Berlin, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski<p>But in the rush to collect all manner of information about customers, …

Santa Barbara

Scrap Vettel and Alonso's rules, urges Warwick · RaceFans

FIA steward Derek Warwick has called on Formula One to scrap rules which were introduced after lobbying by the sport’s top drivers.<p>The former F1 …

Tesla's big hire may mean more competition for Apple and Google

Does Tesla want to develop a connected-car platform to challenge Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto?<p>It's an increasingly relevant question now that the automaker has hired Chris Lattner, a veteran Apple executive best known for creating the Swift programming language beloved by iOS app …

Tesla

Victory Motorcycles Gets the Ax

Polaris, which owns the brand, is ditching Victory to focus on Indian Motorcycles and its three-wheeled Slingshot.<p>Polaris Industries announced today that it plans to halt production of Victory Motorcycles. The motorsports firm, which manufacturers vehicles as diverse as ATVs, side-by-sides, …

Dieselgate: A Volkswagen PowerPoint from 2006 outlined how to cheat U.S. emissions tests

Volkswagen logo in Wolfsburg, Germany. REUTERS<p>An internal Volkswagen corporate PowerPoint presentation from 2006 outlined how to trick emissions …

Exclusivity Isn't the Only Marketing Strategy for Luxury Brands

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's a good time to be in luxury car sales. February car sales took flight, to a 15-year high for the month, while SUVs and luxury cars dominated this month's New York Auto Show, according to the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. What's …

Marketing

Formula One's board of directors to be told to prepare for life without enigmatic chief executive Bernie Ecclestone

Formula One’s board of directors will be told to prepare for life after Bernie Ecclestone in a landmark report on the crisis-ridden sport presented on Tuesday.<p>At a meeting of Delta Topco this morning, the board of F1’s parent company will be shown a dossier on the state of the business amid a …

Now Mercedes Is Being Sued Over Alleged Emissions-Cheating Diesels

It's a bit different from the Volkswagen TDI situation, though.<p>When Volkswagen's emissions-cheating diesels were discovered months ago, we suspected that VW couldn't be the only automaker playing games with diesel emissions. Now, a lawsuit filed yesterday alleges that Mercedes-Benz also designed …

Everything You Need to Know about the VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

General Motors and Toyota had their massive scandals. Now it’s Volkswagen’s turn. The company, which owns 70 percent of the U.S. passenger-car diesel market, is in major trouble for cheating on diesel-emissions tests. After years of promoting “Clean Diesel” as an alternative to hybrid and electric …

Wait, WHAT? VW's Emissions-Cheating Software Might Technically Be Legal in Europe

The EU's pollution testing rules contain a gigantic loophole that might be big enough for Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheat to sneak through.<p>After admitting to using software that only controls diesel emissions when a car senses it's being government tested, Volkswagen is pursuing a pretty bold …

Caught Black-Handed: Why Did Volkswagen Cheat? – Feature

From the December 2015 issue<p>It’s amusing to watch the mainstream press sink its fangs into an auto scandal. Business-page reporters hurriedly scan the releases and the statements—quickly now, the home page needs updating every 17 seconds—and distill a basic, highly superficial narrative. Press …

Harley-Davidson stock falls on weak 3Q earnings

Harley-Davidson stock took a hit off weaker-than-expected third quarter earnings, falling as much as 16% in midday market action.<p>HOG shares were trading at just above $47, down from a Monday close of $56. Midday prices were the company's lowest since November, 2012.<p>The Milwaukee-based motorcycle …

Motorcycles

VW developed 4 separate defeat devices over 7 years

Today brings more bad news for Volkswagen as three anonymous insiders, speaking to <i>Reuters</i>, are claiming that the company modified its emissions defeat device to work on at least four engines over the seven years the company has admitted to cheating. If true, the incremental updates to the software …

Prosecutors investigating former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn

German prosecutors have opened investigations into Volkswagen AG’s just-resigned CEO Martin Winterkorn and other VW executives on allegations of …