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Why AI Has Yet to Deliver on Promises in Healthcare

Jan 14, 2021 |

We’ve reached the point where computer vision and natural language processing (NLP) programs can match, and in some cases exceed, the capabilities of humans. In some medical specialties, such as radiology, AI stands ready to provide the diagnostic expertise that medical schools cannot. Read more…

2021 Prediction from the Edge and IoT

Jan 11, 2021 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been lurking on the edge of our networks and our consciousness for some time. With a substantial increase in bandwidth promised via 5G networks, the potential for businesses to seize a competitive advantage in 2021 is sizable. Read more…

Presto Poised for a Breakout Year as Data Explosion Continues

Jan 5, 2021 |

Presto, the federated SQL query engine developed at Facebook as a follow-on to Apache Hive, appears to be on the cusp of breaking out in a big way. That’s good news for customers who want to analyze a wide variety of data stored across on-prem and cloud locations, as well as vendors selling Presto software and services. Read more…

Johns Hopkins Launches COVID-19 Mortality Calculator, Aims to Inform Vaccine Prioritization

Dec 18, 2020 |

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses are going out in the United States, predominantly to frontline healthcare workers. Unfortunately, the vaccines are currently extremely limited, meaning that state governments are having to make difficult decisions about the order of vaccination priority. 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…

News In Brief

AI-Powered, Wearable-Enabled COVID-19 Screening Solution Begins Validation

Jan 15, 2021 |

Despite millions of tests per day, the United States remains mired in the darkest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands of daily deaths and rising case numbers. One heavy-hitter contributor to this crisis is COVID-19’s propensity for asymptomatic transmission, which medical researchers estimate may account for around 59% of all COVID-19 transmission. Read more…

Starburst Rides Presto to a $1.2B Valuation

Jan 6, 2021 |

Starburst today announced the completion of a $100 million Series C round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. With a $1.2 billion valuation and $164 million in total funding, Starburst, which is a big backer of the open source Presto query engine and sells an enterprise version of it, now has additional resources to meet the surging demand for cloud data analytics. Read more…

MIT Machine Learning Reveals COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Racial Minorities

Dec 7, 2020 |

The last month has been filled with incredible news on COVID-19 vaccines following an astonishing, year-long global effort that has shattered records for vaccine development. Three companies – Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca – have all announced vaccines with shockingly high efficacy rates. Read more…

Nvidia Trains GANs With Fewer Images

Dec 7, 2020 |

Nvidia researchers report a new AI model that significantly reduces the amount of data required to train a machine learning framework called generative adversarial networks.

In a paper released during this week’s Neural Information Processing Systems meeting, the researchers said their GAN framework achieved the same level accuracy with an “order-of-magnitude” reduction in training data. Read more…

Googlers Speak Out on the Scourge of ML Underspecification

Dec 4, 2020 |

A few days ago, 40 authors (all but a handful hailing from Google) published a 59-page paper. The topic at hand: why so many machine learning models, borne out by internal testing, proceed to then fail spectacularly in real-world applications. Read more…

This Just In

Fractal Acquires Enterprise AI Provider Zerogons to Strengthen its Cloud AI Business

Jan 15, 2021 |

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2021 — Fractal, a global provider of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics solutions to Fortune 500 companies, today announced the acquisition of Zerogons, for an undisclosed amount. Read more…

GridGain Announces Version 8.8, the Latest Release of In-Memory Computing Platform

Jan 14, 2021 |

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 14, 2021 — GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions powered by the Apache Ignite distributed database, today announced GridGain 8.8, the latest release of the company’s in-memory computing platform. 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…

Broad Institute and Verily Partner with Microsoft on the Next Generation of the Terra Platform for Health and Life Science Research

Jan 14, 2021 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14, 2021 — On Monday, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Verily, an Alphabet company, and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership to accelerate new innovations in biomedicine through the Terra platform. Read more…

John Snow Labs Announces the Release of Spark NLP 2.7 with Hundreds of New Models, Capabilities

Jan 13, 2021 |

Jan. 13, 2021 — John Snow Labs, a Healthcare AI and NLP company and developer of the Spark NLP library, today announced that it has released Spark NLP 2.7, providing major enhancements to the open-source AI community. Read more…

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