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Will the Fall of ‘Society’s Genome’ Trigger the Next Dark Age?

Jun 20, 2016 |

Over the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable transformation of our society, and digital information is at the very heart of it. But what if we were to suddenly lose all this data that we’ve amassed, or a big chunk of it? It would be, quite simply, devastating to Western civilization, argues the CEO of Spectra Logic in a new book. In the new book, titled “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation,” Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson Read more…

The Weather Company Absorbs ‘Deep Thunder’ to Bolster Modeling

Jun 15, 2016 |

IBM is combining two of its weather forecasting resources—including The Weather Company’s regional and global models and local and hyperlocal forecasts from “Deep Thunder”—to create a single combined forecasting model that executives say will be more accurate than what came before. Deep Thunder has been an IBM Research project for 20 years, and has been used to produce extremely accurate forecasts for specific events or specific places, such as Brazilian monsoons in 2010, Hurricane Irene’s landfall in New York in Read more…

Speak Easy: Why Voice Data Is Poised for Big Growth

Jun 14, 2016 |

Thanks to continued improvements in the accuracy voice recognition technology, we’re closer than ever to having a natural conversation with computers, without the interaction devolving into a frustrating, phone-throwing experience. As Mary Meeker explains in her recent Internet Report, we could be near an inflection point for voice-based interactions. When Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) first launched Siri on iPhones four years ago, the personal assistant was a bit of a novelty. It was fun to ask Siri off-the-wall questions and see Read more…

The Growing Menace of Data Hoarding

Jun 13, 2016 |

One of the downsides of living and working in a data-rich environment is the desire to squirrel away every last bit and byte for future use. Thanks to cheap storage systems such as Amazon S3 and Hadoop, it’s technically possible to store every piece of data you’ve collected. But going too far down that path can lead to a perilous condition known as data hoarding. While data hoarding may not be as great a threat as physically hoarding real-world items, Read more…

Data Science Operationalization in the Spotlight at Leverage Big Data ’16

Jun 9, 2016 |

How do you create business value from data science? It may be easy to answer from a theoretical standpoint, but actually turning data into business value in the real world is another matter entirely. This week, dozens of the brightest minds from the world of big data attended Datanami‘s third annual Leverage Big Data event to discuss their big data experiences and share tips on how to operationalize data science in the real world. The three-day event was well attended Read more…

News In Brief

Cognitive Platform Sharpens Focus on Unstructured Data

Jun 21, 2016 |

Big data platform vendors are increasingly focusing on churning through unstructured data, especially for text, audio and even security applications like insider threat analysis. Among the companies emerging in this industry segment is Digital Reasoning, a well-connected cognitive computing company that has helped the U.S. military track terrorists online while working with financial markets to spot insider trading. The company, which recently expanded beyond the Capital Beltway to Nashville, rolled out the latest version of its Synthesys cognitive computing platform Read more…

Gartner: Role of Analytics in Security is Growing

Jun 15, 2016 |

As corporate and, more recently, university IT networks are bombarded with malicious code and other forms of cyber attacks, network managers are being forced to rely more heavily on a range of emerging security technologies to monitor suspicious activity on networks and cloud infrastructure. Among the leading approaches to infrastructure security are tools for securing cloud access along with “endpoint” solutions designed detect and respond to breaches along with signature-based approaches to funding off malware. Increasingly, however, user and behavioral Read more…

UMass Gets More Corporate Funding for Data Science

Jun 13, 2016 |

Corporate backing continues to pour into efforts to build up data science and cyber security skills. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which last year launched its Center for Data Science, will receive another $15 million over the next decade from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s foundation. The insurer’s foundation said its goal is to help the university based in western Massachusetts become a global center for data science research and finding new ways to protect digital data. “The implementation Read more…

Another AI-Based Security Startup Gains Funding

Jun 8, 2016 |

Advanced data analytics and AI techniques such as cognitive intelligence and deep machine learning are finding new applications in the drive to understand and respond to a growing range of cyber security threats as they unfold. Among the latest AI startups to attract early investment backing is Los Angeles-based Armorway, which announced a $2.5 million seed funding round this week to be used to extend its AI platform. The patented technology is touted as delivering a range of analytics capabilities Read more…

Tech Startups Wary of Big Data Legal Hassles

May 31, 2016 |

At least part of the technological and political blowback from the recent legal battle between the FBI and Apple over government access to encrypted data is a shift among some Silicon Valley startups away from retaining large amounts of customer and other data. The decision reportedly reflects efforts by nimble tech companies to deploy new tools that would place data such as customer information beyond the reach of government searches. It could also signal the beginning of a transition away Read more…

This Just In

Accenture Launching New Advanced Analytics Applications

Jun 15, 2016 |

June 15 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is launching seven new advanced analytics applications to help organizations more effectively detect and remediate fraud, and ultimately reduce losses to improve their bottom lines. Designed specifically for banks, telecommunications companies, government agencies and manufacturers, the applications provide users with tailored analytics insights via visualizations that can enable more confident, data-driven decisions on strategies to address fraudulent activity. “As fraudulent behavior can come in many different forms and morph quickly to stay under the Read more…

New Kitware Project to Simplify Big Data Management

Jun 2, 2016 |

June 2 — Kitware announced plans to kick off development tomorrow on a Phase II Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research project to simplify Big Data management. For the project, Kitware looks to extend GoBig, its open-source software system that provides Big Data analysts with access to a range of computing resources through a unified interface. “The computational power of the current technological landscape is unprecedented, and Big Data is more complex than ever,” Jeff Baumes, an assistant director of Read more…

Ace Computers Rolls Out Big Data HPC Clusters for the Military and Government

May 24, 2016 |

May 24 — Ace Computers and its affiliate Ace Technology Partners just introduced Big Data HPC clusters designed for the unique demands of public sector applications. For federal, state, and local governments and military organizations such as the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, the ability to organize and analyze disparate data quickly and accurately can be key to staying on top of logistical, tactical, and security challenges and staying within budget. Right now, there are three primary factors driving Read more…

Tamr Offers Free Software License and Data Science Expertise to White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

Mar 22, 2016 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 22 — Tamr, Inc. today announced that it will extend its next-generation data preparation platform and data science expertise to assist researchers affiliated with the White House’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The Task Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, seeks to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer by clearing out many of the bureaucratic hurdles that stand in the way of scientific research. According to Vice President Biden, one of the biggest challenges Read more…

Zoomdata Launches Federal Program for Big Data Visual Analytics

Mar 15, 2016 |

March 15 — Zoomdata, developers of one of the world’s fastest visual analytics solution for big data, today announced the launch of its new federal program, designed with leading technology and professional services partners to help government agencies capitalize on the enormous amounts of data they generate and collect. This data, whether generated from civilian, logistics, research or military programs, is increasingly being stored in modern data sources on premises or in the cloud. Since inception, Zoomdata has been architected to Read more…