News in Brief

Veritone, Cognitive Media Startup, Raises $50M

Aug 25, 2016 |

The developers of a “cognitive media platform” designed to render audio and video content and make the results searchable have closed a $50 million funding round.

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Bullish Forecast for Hadoop Services

Aug 25, 2016 |

Despite major market inroads being made by Apache Spark, a new forecast estimates the global market for the Hadoop big data framework will continue to grow at a healthy clip through 2021, fueled in part by growing enterprise demand for Hadoop services. Read more…

U.S. Eyes Tools to Spot Faked Images, Video

Aug 24, 2016 |

University researchers are using machine learning along with signal and image processing tools in a military-funded effort to detect doctored images and video, then figuring out how they were manipulated. Read more…

Another Self-Service Database Tool Emerges

Aug 23, 2016 |

The democratization of big data continues apace with a new self-service analytics tool that allows non-data scientists to query databases and get answers without formal training in, for example, SQL. Read more…

Search Engines Get a Machine Learning Boost

Aug 22, 2016 |

Online retailer eBay is attempting to extend its machine language capabilities beyond automatic language translation to e-commerce uses designed to make product searches more relevant. As automation improves, the company said one goal eliminating the search box. Read more…

‘Smart Machines’ Top the Hype Cycle, Gartner Says

Aug 22, 2016 |

Every summer, technologists turn to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, which has become a barometer of sorts for gauging the state of various hardware and software innovations that are expected to impact business and society over the next decade. Read more…

NSF Funds New Cognitive Science Research

Aug 18, 2016 |

As part of its BRAIN initiative, the National Science Foundation announced a second series of grants this week awarded to multidisciplinary teams to further explore cognitive and neural systems, including “data-intensive neuroscience and cognitive science.” Read more…

Adobe Parses Target Audiences to Promote Brands

Aug 17, 2016 |

Parsing the segments of target audiences has become a time sink for retails and other data analysts looking to compare and contrast those segments to glean insights, spot overlaps and pinpoint meaningful differences among audience segments for particular brands. Read more…

Ford Accelerates Driverless Car Effort With Machine Learning

Aug 16, 2016 |

A key component driving the development of driverless cars is machine learning and other artificial intelligence capabilities along with computer vision approaches used for image and signal processing. Ford Motor Co., which is targeting fully autonomous vehicles for ride sharing by 2021, unveiled a series of machine learning and machine vision deals as it doubles the size of it Silicon Valley research campus. Read more…

Life Sciences Cultivate Streaming Analytics

Aug 15, 2016 |

Transatlantic partners are applying machine-learning algorithms to a financial HPC platform to develop predictive models for studying crop growth patterns and agriculture practices. The partners said the models would include variables such as crop response and adaptation to environmental stresses. Read more…