Tag: big data

AI to Surpass Human Perception in 5 to 10 Years, Zuckerberg Says

Apr 29, 2016 |

Machine learning-powered artificial intelligence will match and exceed human capabilities in the areas of computer vision and speech recognition within five to 10 years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted this week. Like most of the Web giants, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) uses machine learning technology to leverage its massive data set and deliver better services to its customers. Algorithms work behind the scenes at Facebook to do things like recommend new connections to Facebook users, to present content that matches a Read more…

A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

Training Firm’s Unexpected Growth Exposes Weakness of Relational Tech

Apr 26, 2016 |

When CPL Training Group started providing Web-based training several years ago, the UK company expected strong but steady growth.  But when unexpected demand threatened to freeze the relational database serving the application, the company turned to big data tech for solutions. If you work in certain fields in the UK, you’re required by law to receive a certification, or a “personal license,” that shows you have received a minimum level of training. So bartenders, for instance, must possess personal licenses Read more…

Four Steps to Transforming Your Organization with Data Virtualization

Apr 25, 2016 |

No matter what kind of business you’re in–whether it’s an IT solutions provider hoping to get a better understanding of how your software is (or isn’t) being used by end-users, or an advertising agency trying to measure campaign ROI for a client–the success of the modern organization is increasingly fueled by insight gained from data. Attaining that data has long since ceased to be a problem–and the meteoric rise of computer, mobile and Internet usage mean it’s not going to Read more…

Why Machine Learning Is Our Last Hope for Cybersecurity

Apr 21, 2016 |

Fraud detection. Customer recommendations. Search engine results.  These use cases–and so many more–all owe a debt to machine learning. By automatically discovering patterns that lead to insights and creating predictive models that drive actions, the technology has proven its value many times, and to many industries. More recently, machine learning has begun to make a name for itself in the field of cybersecurity. There are multiple reasons that manual cybersecurity practices on their own are no longer sufficient to protect businesses, Read more…

Alliance Coalesces Around Mesosphere Platform

Apr 21, 2016 |

The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere’s datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier capabilities to include running application containers at scale along with “single-click” installation of more than 20 services. DC/OS is further touted Read more…

Merging Big Data Analytics Into the Business Fastlane

Apr 20, 2016 |

The abundance of big new data types is creating a feeding frenzy among companies as they gorge themselves at a veritable smorgasbord of information. In every industry, entrepreneurs are trying out new ways to harness big data for competitive advantage. But going from data science project to actionable insight is not as easy as it sounds, and the smart approach demands pragmatic solutions. There are good reasons to be excited about the big data phenomenon. We’re smack dab in the Read more…

10 Signs of a Bad Data Scientist

Apr 19, 2016 |

Data scientists are in hot demand and companies that previously didn’t even know what the job entailed are now scouring the world for the very best. The problem is, what is the best? As with anything, there are good and bad data scientists and they are a serious investment. Get a lemon and you could be counting the cost for a good long while. Facebook rely on the very best data scientists to come up with new and innovative features Read more…

How Intuit Personalizes TurboTax Experiences with Big Data

Apr 15, 2016 |

If you’re like millions of Americans who use TurboTax, you know how the program makes preparing your individual tax return easy—at least compared to actually reading and understanding the 70,000-page tax code. What you may not know is that your particular experience with TurboTax is unique, and that experience is driven by how Intuit crunches big data. Income taxes aren’t due until April 18, thanks to the Federal Government’s wise decision not to let taxes ruin a perfectly good Friday. Read more…