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Testing Data Literacy on Main Street

How good are you at discerning fact from fiction in the news and on social media? Can you spot cherry-picked data sets, poorly selected samples, or infographics that misrepresent data? SAS and the News Literacy Project have teamed up to help America find out. Read more…

PyTorch Upgrades to Cloud TPUs, Links to R

A version of the PyTorch machine learning framework that incorporates a deep learning compiler to connect the Python package to cloud Tensor processors (TPUs) is now available on Google Cloud, the public cloud vendor and PyTorch co-developer Facebook announced. Read more…

Palantir Looks to Build on Snowflake’s IPO Success

On the heels of Snowflake’s wildly successful initial public offering, investors are eagerly awaiting Palantir Technologies’ direct listing this week in what is expected to be the latest in a series of lucrative trading debuts. Read more…

Apache Promotes IoT Database Project

An open source Internet of Things database effort has been elevated as a “top-level project” by the Apache Software Foundation.

Launched as a research project at Tsinghua University and accepted as an incubator effort in 2018, Apache IoTDB targets industrial IoT applications and attendant analytics and data storage requirements. Read more…

COVID-19 Symptom Evaluation App, Built with Watson, Becomes Call for Code Regional Finalist

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to spread, doctors and hospitals have been overwhelmed by anxious patients worried about a symptom and unclear on what COVID-19’s symptoms are or which warrant a visit to a medical professional. Read more…

Five Ways to Drive ROI with AI

AI is often touted as the way of the future for enterprises in all industries – but ensuring that the return on investment (ROI) from an AI implementation actually comes to fruition can often be a trickier thing. Read more…

Filling Persistent Gaps in the ‘Big Memory’ Era

Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Read more…

Qeexo Adds Support for Arm’s Edge Processor

Qeexo, the “tinyML” specialist, said its AutoML platform now supports the smallest Cortex processors from Arm Ltd., making it the first vendor to automate machine learning on the Arm processor used for edge computing in sensors and microcontrollers. Read more…

Microsoft Launches Spatial Analytics, Other AI Services at Ignite

Microsoft rolled out an array of new AI services during its Ignite conference today, including Spatial Analysis, a new offering that uses computer vision algorithms to detect and count the number of people in a room. Read more…

Automation: A Pathway to Smarter Cybersecurity

Under regular circumstances, the cybersecurity industry operates against the backdrop of a long-standing labor gap. But, as reported recently by The Wall Street Journal, cybersecurity leaders are currently looking closely at costs, and until widespread economic recovery is established, many organizations will be facing a growing range of security risks without their usual flexibility to recruit. Read more…

Cassandra Adoption Correlates with Experience

The Apache Cassandra NoSQL database is predominantly used by companies that have taken off the training wheels and forged ahead with aggressive digital initiatives, a usage survey finds.

The 2020 adoption report released last week also found the IT sector is by far the largest user of Cassandra, with developer and DevOps teams accounting for 52 percent of practitioners. Read more…

CPRA Poised to Replace CCPA, Bring Stricter Data Enforcement

This fall, California voters will be asked to enact the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), a new law that would implement more stringent data privacy protections than the existing law, CCPA. What’s more, CPRA would also create a new state agency tasked with enforcing privacy protections. Read more…

NLP in the Cloud Is Growing, But Obstacles Remain

More than three-quarters of natural language processing (NLP) users utilize a cloud NLP service, according to the 2020 NLP Industry Survey. While cloud NLP workloads are on the rise, there are barriers to using the technology in the cloud, says Ben Lorica, one of the authors of the study. Read more…

SAS and IIASA Create Crowd-Driven AI App to Track Deforestation

Forest losses have again captured the public eye over the last year through a series of horrific fires in the Amazon, Australia and the West Coast of the United States. Globally, many losses – including the fires in the Amazon – are attributable to deforestation, particularly illegal deforestation. Read more…

For ‘Open Banking,’ Data is a Person

The pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital financial services such as “open banking.” That has resulted in increased fraud, up an estimated 11 percent since the novel coronavirus hit.

What’s more, industry analysts say, defrauded customers are voting with their feet—to another bank or credit card service. Read more…

The CDO’s Role in Leading Data-Driven Transformation

The evolution demanded of companies today is propelled by the blurring of lines between the physical and digital worlds. With faster internet connections, the adoption of mobile and cloud technologies, as well as the advancement and ubiquity of technology, companies have had to rapidly adapt to a digital, data-driven world. Read more…

WANdisco Drops In On the Hadoop Cloud Migration Party

Organizations that want to move their on-prem Hadoop cluster to the cloud may be interested in a new solution unveiled yesterday by WANdisco. Called LiveData Migrator, the software allows customers to move their Hadoop data to any public cloud without taking the cluster offline, and guaranteeing the data is up-to-date and accurate in both locations until the migration is complete. Read more…

AI Opens Door to Expanded Use of LIDAR Data

When it comes to big data, LIDAR is right up there with the biggest generators. But outside of a few niche use cases, LIDAR–which uses lasers to build a three-dimensional model of physical objects–has not been widely adopted. Read more…

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