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Real Progress Being Made in Explaining AI

Dec 9, 2019 |

One of the biggest roadblocks that could prevent the widespread adoption of AI is explaining how it works. Deep neural networks, in particular, are extremely complex and resist clear description, which is a problem when it comes to ensuring that decisions made by AI are made fairly and free of human bias. Read more…

Confluent Reveals ksqlDB, a Streaming Database Built on Kafka

Nov 20, 2019 |

Confluent narrowed the distance separating Kafka-esque stream data processing and traditional database technology with today’s unveiling of ksqlDB, a new database built atop Kafka that the company intends to be the future of stream processing. Read more…

Return of the Living Data

Oct 31, 2019 |

When Google published a paper on its proprietary BigQuery engine about nine years ago, the open source community reproduced the technology as best they could, just as they did with MapReduce and the Google File System, which eventually became Hadoop. Read more…

Inside OmniSci’s Plans for Data Analytics Convergence

Oct 23, 2019 |

You may know OmniSci as the provider of a fast SQL-based database that runs on GPUs. But the company formerly known as MapD is moving beyond its GPU roots and is building a data platform that runs on CPUs and does machine learning too–a vision that it shared at its inaugural Converge conference in Silicon Valley this week. Read more…

When Not to Use a Database, As Told by Jun Rao

Oct 1, 2019 |

Databases are powerful abstractions that allow people and programs to manipulate large amounts of data in a predictable, repeatable way. There’s a good reason why SQL is so important to modern data processing. Read more…

News In Brief

Machine Learning Hits a Scaling Bump

Dec 12, 2019 |

Based on our reporting over the last year, you might conclude that machine learning technology has entered the mainstream with countless workloads in production. While developers are indeed moving up the machine-learning learning curve, a vendor survey finds they still have a way to go in scaling ML deployments. Read more…

Druid Developer Ramps Cloud-Native Approach

Dec 10, 2019 |

A real-time analytics startup founded by the authors of the Apache Druid database have raised additional funding as they ramp up product development based on the open-source data store.

Imply said it has raised $30 million in a funding round led by investors Andreessen Horowitz along with Geodesic Capital and Khosla Ventures. Read more…

AIOps Startup with ‘Open’ Emphasis Raises Cash

Nov 21, 2019 |

Tech investors are betting that automated IT operations will be among the first significant enterprise applications for AI.

Artificial intelligence for IT operations, or AIOps, and the application of machine learning to data is beginning to attract venture capital as investors look for nuts-and-bolts automation applications that will deliver quick returns on investment. Read more…

Multi-Cloud Complexity Heightens Security Threats

Nov 21, 2019 |

The need to move data closer to users while gaining access to machine learning and other emerging technologies has prompted a broad shift by enterprises to multiple public clouds. But a new study finds that few early multi-cloud adopters are completely satisfied with the results when it comes to security. Read more…

Aerospike Raises More Cash

Nov 18, 2019 |

Aerospike, the real-time NoSQL database vendor, said this week it raised $32 million in its most recent funding round, underscoring growing investor confidence in big data startups exhibiting the ability to scale and while accelerating delivery of data analytics results. Read more…

This Just In

Yonder Leverages Snowflake and Zepl Tech to Give Brands Actionable Insights

Dec 11, 2019 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 11, 2019 – Snowflake, the cloud data platform, and Zepl, the data science platform built for the cloud, today announced that joint customer Yonder uses their combined technology to shorten time-to-value for their entire machine learning pipeline, which helps customers access timely actionable insights about online activity related to their brands. Read more…

NFL and AWS Partner to Transform Player Health and Safety via Predictive Analytics

Dec 6, 2019 |

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 6, 2019 — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, and the National Football League (NFL) today announced a new partnership with a goal of advancing player health and safety using AWS’s unmatched portfolio of services and expertise. Read more…

SAS Establishes Agricultural Tech Unit and NC State University Plant Sciences Partnership

Dec 4, 2019 |

CARY, N.C., Dec. 4, 2019 — To feed a world population approaching 10 billion by 2050, global food production must become more efficient.

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KDD 2020 Opens Call for Research and Applied Data Science Paper Submissions

Dec 3, 2019 |

SAN DIEGODec. 3, 2019 — The Association for Computing Machinery‘s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) today announced that KDD 2020, the premier interdisciplinary conference in data science, has opened the call for papers in both its research and applied data science tracks. Read more…

NFL’s “1st and Future” Super Bowl Event to Feature Data Analytics and Pitch Competitions

Nov 26, 2019 |

NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2019 — The National Football League (NFL) today announced this season’s launch of 1st and Future, the annual Super Bowl competition designed to spur innovation in athlete safety and performance.  Read more…

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