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Cloud Analytics Firm StarTree Receives $24 Million in Series A Funding

May 6, 2021 |

Even coming off the momentum of 2019, 2020 turned into a stunning turning point for the cloud takeover of AI and analytics (our own editor Alex Woodie described it as “the great cloud migration [starting] to look like a stampede”). Read more…

Lightmatter Raises $80M for Photonic AI Chips

May 6, 2021 |

Lightmatter got a big boost in its effort to develop photonic AI chips instead today when it announced a Series B round of $80 million. The money will help the company bring its first round of products to market, Lightmatter’s CEO said. Read more…

Performance, Complexity Dog K8S Growth

May 5, 2021 |

A new survey from Pepperdata shows that Kubernetes is doing what it was predicted to do: Becoming the de-facto standard for big data runtimes, such as Spark, Kafka, and Presto. Read more…

Oracle Analytics Cloud: Everything But the Kitchen Sink

May 3, 2021 |

Oracle is taking a “more is more” approach with the latest release of Oracle Analytics Cloud, its do-everything analytics and ML platform. Need explainable machine learning? How about graph analytics? Read more…

Spark NLP Crosses Five Million Downloads, John Snow Labs Announces

May 3, 2021 |

Enterprise AI applications are booming, and the pandemic seems to have only accelerated their growth. Today, John Snow Labs – which primarily develops AI and NLP tools for healthcare applications – is announcing that its flagship NLP library, Spark NLP, has crossed five million downloads, having doubled its growth over the last four months. Read more…

U.S. Army Employs Machine Learning for Deepfake Detection

May 3, 2021 |

Chances are, you’ve heard about deepfakes: convincing and easy-to-manufacture facial imposition and manipulation tools that allow even moderately tech-savvy individuals to, for instance, falsify realistic video clips of politicians saying things they’ve never said. Read more…

Spring Conference Season in Full (Virtual) Swing

Apr 29, 2021 |

May is traditionally a big month for tech conferences, and 2021 will be no different. The big change, of course, is that companies will be holding their tech conferences virtually. Read more…

Hyper-Personalization and AI Critical for Growth in Financial Services, Study Says

Apr 27, 2021 |

More than four out of five of senior executives in financial services companies say AI will be the key competitive driver for success over the next few years. In particular, financial institution are looking to AI technology and differentiated data to drive “hyper personalization” of services, the NTT Data survey said. Read more…

Harvard, UCLA Researchers Use AI to Analyze Passion in Public Speaking

Apr 27, 2021 |

Sesh describes itself as a “neuroscience-based people development company.” Its cornerstone product is a tool called Empath, which uses AI to analyze video content, delivering insights on behavior and communication patterns. Read more…

Toloka Expands Data Labeling Service

Apr 27, 2021 |

Data labeler Toloka is heading to India to tap into the subcontinent’s vast pool of English-speaking workers. The firm, which was founded in Russia and is incorporated in Switzerland, says the expansion will grow its network of crowdsourced human labelers, currently at 9 million people. Read more…

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