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Social Cooling: Living in a Big Data Society

Dec 28, 2020 |

“Data is not the new gold, it is the new oil, and it damages the social environment,” stated Tijmen Schep. Strong words, indeed. But if you’ve been inundated with articles espousing all the wonders that Big Data brings over the last few years, then it’s high time for a wake-up call. Read more…

2020: A Big Data Year in Review

Dec 18, 2020 |

There are two weeks left in 2020, which means it’s time to exhale a bit and see where we’ve gone. It’s been a bumpy ride over the previous 50 weeks, for sure. Read more…

Observable Seeks Democratization of Data Visualization

Dec 16, 2020 |

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then how much is a rich, interactive data visualization worth? If you’re Observable, the San Francisco startup founded by the creator of D3.js and a VP of engineering at Google, then the number starts at 10.5 million. Read more…

Tackling Data Governance in a Multi-Cloud DW World

Dec 10, 2020 |

Microsoft Azure Synapse is the top destination for customers adopting cloud data warehouse over the next 12 to 24 months, followed by Databricks and Amazon Redshift, according to a new data engineering study released today by Immuta. Read more…

User Autonomy and the Pending Data War

Dec 8, 2020 |

It was our hope for the future: freedom, offered digitally, to anyone willing to foot the bill for access. Once a decentralized network to bounce information between machines around the globe, the internet has evolved into anything but. Read more…

News In Brief

ACLU Objects to Expansion of Facial Recognition by CBP

Dec 28, 2020 |

On November 9, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed a rule that would vastly expand its use of facial biometrics. Specifically, the notice proposes an expansion of biometric identity verification for non-US travelers both entering and exiting the US, including at airports, seaports, and land border crossings. Read more…

AI-Based Drone Floated to Enforce Social Distancing

Dec 3, 2020 |

If desperate times call for desperate measures, then an AI-powered surveillance drone may find applications as pandemic fatigue erodes compliance with social distancing advisories in congested urban areas.

At least that’s the pitch from AI and analytics vendor Fractal Analytics, which has partnered with Indian drone technology manufacturer ideaForge to develop a flying video analytics platform. Read more…

Cloud-Native Knowledge Graph Forges a Data Fabric

Nov 19, 2020 |

Knowledge graph databases continue to go cloud-native with the release of an enterprise version billed as a fabric connecting data on multiple clouds as well as on-premise data stores.

The enterprise knowledge graph platform released this week by Stardog is promoted as a managed service that organizes enterprise data infrastructure into a data fabric that serves as a framework for answering complex queries across siloed data. Read more… Files to Go Public

Nov 13, 2020 |, the predictive analytics firm founded by CRM giant Tom Siebel, today announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. It intends to trade shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AI.”

While the rest of the big data world was focused on using open source software like Spark and Hadoop to build giant clusters, Siebel was quietly assembling his own cloud-based application for collecting and analyzing huge amounts of data at scale. Read more…

Prop 24 Poised to Pass, Bringing Another Data Privacy Law Into Existence

Nov 4, 2020 |

As expected, California voters came out decisively in favor of Proposition 24. While the final tally has not yet been released, it appears that the Golden State is well on its way to passing the stringent new data privacy law called the California Privacy Rights Act, or CPRA. Read more…

This Just In

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an Industrial Scale Problem, Says Oxford Report

Jan 15, 2021 |

Jan. 15, 2021 — Social media manipulation of public opinion is a growing threat to democracies around the world, according to the 2020 media manipulation survey from the Oxford Internet Institute, which found evidence in every one of the 80+ countries surveyed. Read more…

6 New Projects Selected for European Commission’s AI-on-demand Platform, AI4EU

Jan 15, 2021 |

Jan. 15, 2021 — Six projects have been selected to enrich the EU’s AI-on-demand platform, initiated by the AI4EU project, following a call launched in May 2019 to bring together expertise to establish a central European AI toolbox. Read more…

ElectrifAi Announces Expansion of Machine Learning Model Offerings for Amazon SageMaker 

Jan 14, 2021 |

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Jan. 14,2021 — ElectrifAi, one of the world’s leading companies in practical artificial intelligence (AI) and pre-built machine learning (ML) models, today announced expanded offerings of pre-built and pre-structured ML models for Amazon SageMaker, including models available from the Computer Vision and Image Analytics collections. Read more…

Informatica Helps French Public Health Organization to Advance Research with AI-driven Data Management

Jan 13, 2021 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 13, 2021 — Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management leader, today announced that The Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) has selected Informatica to help secure health data and accelerate access to shared information, in turn, increasing research efficiency. Read more…

IBM Tops US Patent List for 28th Consecutive Year with AI, Hybrid Cloud, Quantum Computing Innovations

Jan 12, 2021 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2021 — IBM scientists and researchers received 9,130 U.S. patents in 2020, the most of any company, marking 28 consecutive years of IBM patent leadership. IBM led the industry in the number of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, quantum computing and security-related patents granted. Read more…

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