Microsoft just officially listed AI as one of its top priorities, replacing mobile

Microsoft just officially listed #AI as one of its top priorities, replacing #mobile

  • The annual report for the company’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, now includes six references to AI, up from zero in the previous annual report.
  • And the company has plunked AI into its corporate vision statement, too.
  • “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow by building best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with AI,” the company wrote in the annual report, which was released on Wednesday.
  • For the sake of comparison, here’s last year’s version: “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”
  • For Microsoft watchers, that old tagline should sound very familiar — pretty much ever since he became CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Satya Nadella has repeatedly spoken of the “mobile-first and cloud-first world” that the company was trying to target.

Artificial intelligence has replaced mobile in the company’s overall mission in its 2017 annual report.
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An Interview With David Kenny – The Innovator news

  • — D.K.:We are at the point in AI that we were with the Internet in 1993 and mobile around 2003.
  • So I would say, view AI as something in the fabric of your company like electricity — like data flowing through your company in fundamental ways.Is it a threat or an opportunity?
  • — D.K.: The digital and mobile disruptions largely favor distribution, so most of the real value is held by a handful of companies who have consolidated distribution.
  • To take advantage of AI we really encourage companies to maintain control of their data — their intellectual property — because the value is in using it to train the AI.Don’t feed it to (an outside) platform that will serve as a distribution chokehold.
  • Companies need to establish their data and knowledge strategy first — extending their own knowledge and not just turning it over to someone else.

David Kenny, IBM Watson’s Chief and a scheduled keynote speaker at Viva Technology recently spoke to The Innovator about what executives should do to prepare for AI. — D.K.: When you can predict…
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Google is using machine learning to sort good apps from bad on the Play Store

Google is using machine learning to sort good apps from bad on the Play Store

  • Google is using machine learning to group apps by function and spot the bad apples.
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    With machine learning, Google can use peer grouping to scan apps that are being loaded on to the Play Store en masse.

  • “We focus on signals that can negatively affect user privacy, such as permission requests that are not related to core app functionality, and the actual, observed behaviors,” explains Martin Pelikan of Google’s security and privacy team over email.
  • In its most recent annual Android security review, the percentage of users who had installed harmful apps from the official Play Store fell from 0.15 percent in 2015 to 0.05 percent in 2016.
  • Many users — particularly those in China — install Android apps from alternative app stores, which the company doesn’t have control over.

Security on Android has always been a challenge for Google due to the operating system’s open nature. But in recent years, the company has been gaining ground in its fight against malware and…
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The Startup Rushing to Usher in the Self-Driving Era Even Faster

The #Startup Rushing to Usher in the #SelfDriving Era Even Faster  @driveai_ #Cars #AI

  • Drive.ai never set out to build the best self-driving car.
  • Instead of striking early deals with car manufacturers to see who can roll out the most robust working product—though Drive.ai says it has some secret deals in place already—the company has focused on creating the best possible, fully autonomous self-driving AI “brain” in the world.
  • The company’s test vehicles have shown promising results driving in cloudy and rainy conditions that continue to stump other self-driving cars, bringing the world that much closer to the true prize in self-driving tech: the ability to eliminate the human altogether.
  • For now, drivers are expected to maintain awareness at all times, ready to take control of mostly self-driving cars if conditions make the automated system screw up.
  • And by lowering the price tag on self-driving from the cost of a new futuristic vehicle to that of a retrofit kit that can hook up with your old Toyota Tercel, Drive.ai could create a mass market overnight.

Using a simple kit users can make their cars self-driving if Drive.Ai is able to make these work for all car models on the road.
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Baidu Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 AI Developers in July

.@Baidu_Inc Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 #AI Developers in July

  • Baidu Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 AI Developers in July

    (Yicai Global) June 21 — Chinese internet behemoth Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ: BIDU] will hold an artificial intelligence developer conference, Baidu Create 2017, at Beijing National Convention Center on July 5, Chinanews.com reported.

  • Baidu unveiled its new open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo, at Auto Shanghai show on April 19, and it plans to disclose details of the project for the first time to the Beijing conference.
  • Robbin Li, its founder and chief executive and group president and chief operations officer Lu Qi will talk about the development strategy and technology solutions for the open AI platform at the event, per information shown on the conference website (Create.baidu.com), saying that they will be joined by Baidu’s leading AI technology developers and scientists.
  • The Beijing-based tech firm will debut to the public its entire AI technology system, including basic modules such as voice, image, natural language processing and Big Data user profiling, as well as emerging applied technologies ranging from automated driving and operating system based on man-machine interaction with intelligent cloud computing.
  • Baidu plans to hold an AI developer conference every summer in future.

Chinese internet behemoth Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ: BIDU] will hold an artificial intelligence developer conference, Baidu Create 2017, at Beijing National Convention Center on July 5, Chinanews.com reported.
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Machine learning is driving growth at Airbnb

Machine learning is driving growth at Airbnb

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  • Machine learning (ML) has had a “profound” effect on Airbnb’s business growth, according to the company’s VP of engineering, Mike Curtis.
  • Airbnb uses ML to optimize matching between guests and hosts, connecting millions of guests to hosts using personalized criteria:

    Optimizing matches between hosts and guests will be critical to Airbnb’s success as it continues to grow.

  • The variety in types of accommodations Airbnb has is an advantage, as long as it ensures guests can easily find a host that meets their criteria.
  • And as Airbnb adds to its 3 million current listings, ensuring both guests and hosts are satisfied will become more crucial.

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The app is dead. And the IoT killed it. Internet of Things blog

Jane Jetson didn't use #apps - ! #TheJetsons #IoT #AI #H2M

  • Like millions of people around the world, you may have received a shiny new device as a holiday gift at the end of last year.
  • The world has changed for the better because WE NO LONGER NEED A SEPARATE APP to use our things, the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • — @Libovness (Source)

    Text is still superior to voice, as anyone who has used Google Home or Amazon Echo (yes, I have one, and I love it) and/or tried to use voice while waiting in an airport security line without having other people overhear: 1) your proprietary business information, 2) your squeeze’s silly nickname, or 3) your holiday weight gain, can tell you.

  • , increase product usability (no apps to learn, even grandmothers can message, especially when they get to choose their own channel), and focus on what they do best (i.e., I have yet to meet a product engineer who loves managing dozens of communications platforms’ constantly changing Application Processing Interfaces (APIs)).
  • Learn more about how UIB is enabling products and software to communicate with people and things, and see the latest smart home, Industry 4.0, and smart city use cases now at unifiedinbox.com and unificationengine.com.

Ken Herron of IoT messaging company Unified Inbox, explores how the IoT means we no longer need a separate app to use our things.
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