Contify Relies on NLP, AI, and Machine Learning for new Competitive Intelligence Platform

contifySugandh Dhawan of iamwire.com reports, “New Delhi based SaaS startup, Contify, has launched an enterprise grade competitive intelligence (CI) platform to cater to the large organisations dealing with the job of identifying, sourcing, curating, and disseminating critical business information, across several functions. Founded in 2009 as a content syndication business, Contify is a product company focused in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing.  It offers an intelligence platform to enable businesses to monitor their competitors, customers and industries along with critical market variables that impact ones business.” Read more

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on the Internet of Things

photo of Nest ProtectDavid Hirsch, co-founder of Metamorphic Ventures, recently wrote for Tech Crunch, “There has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control to manage, for instance, a thermostat. The thermostat then begins to recognize user habits and adapt to them, helping consumers save money. A lot of people took notice of this first-generation automation capability when Google bought Nest for a whopping $3.2 billion. But this purchase was never about Nest; rather, it was Google’s foray into the next phase of the Internet of Things.” Read more

Tim Berners-Lee: What Kind of Internet Do We Want

timbernersleeExchange Magazine recently wrote, “Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want? Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), overseeing the Web’s standards and development.” Read more

Making Progress On MOOCs

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As the school year gets into full swing, folks might be starting to think about how MOOCs (massive online open courses) can help them on their own educational journeys – whether towards a degree or simply for growing their own knowledge for personal or career reasons. After a meteoric rise, MOOCs such as those offered by CourseraEdX and Udacity, have taken a few hits. Early results from a study last year by the University of Pennsylvania, for instance, said that MOOC course completion rates average just 4 percent across all courses, and range from 2 to 14 percent depending on the course and measurement of completion. The New York Times reported on some other setbacks here – but also noted that while MOOCs may be reshaped, they’re unlikely to disappear.

Some of that reshaping is underway. Among the efforts is a project announced this summer to take place at Carnegie Mellon University, in a multi-year program funded through a Google Focused Research Award. The announcement says the project will approach the problem from multiple directions, including a data-driven effort that will use machine-learning techniques to personalize the MOOC learning experience.

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Semantic Web Job: Software Engineer

elevada logoElevada is looking for a software engineer. The job description states: “Elevada is a data management company seeking a skilled Software Engineer with 4+ years of professional development experience. This is an opportunity to get in early (employee number < 5) at a real company with a strong product vision + enterprise customers, real revenue, and a strong sales pipeline. Compensation will be a mix of cash and equity at the end of a trial contract. Below are parameters for the position. We will tailor responsibilities to suit the individual who best fits our culture and goals. Candidate responsibilities:

  • Web-based front-end development in Java+GWT, transitioning to a JavaScript framework in the future.
  • Develop/package/wrap JavaScript libraries for GWT integration via JSNI (and eventually into the new framework).
  • Server-side development using Java, Spring Framework, JPA, Hibernate.
  • Help maintain development and deployment infrastructure in Linux environments.”

Skills requirements include:

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Natural Language Processing Market Booms

Reports-n-Reports logoA recent press release indicates that, “The Natural Language Processing (NLP) market is estimated to grow from $ 3,787.3 million in 2013 to $9,858.4 million in 2018. This represents a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 21.1% from 2013 to 2018. In the current scenario, web and e-commerce, healthcare, IT and Telecommunication vertical continues to grow and are the largest contributor for Natural Language Processing (NLP) software market. In terms of regional growth, North America is expected to be the biggest market in terms of revenue contribution. European and APAC region is expected to experience increased market traction, due to increasing adoption across various verticals and investment support in research projects from the regional government ”.

The release also states, “The major forces driving natural language processing market (NLP) are the growing demand for enhanced customer experience, increase in adoption of smartphone, leveraging big data and growth in machine to machine (M2M) technologies. Furthermore, in industries such as healthcare, BFSI, social websites and e-commerce channels have witnessed exponential rise in real time customer data and transaction information. NLP technology can leverage this unstructured data for analyzing customer needs, expectations and enhancing customer experience by optimizing cost effective lingual response system in organizational processes. By using NLP software solutions, organization can have better insights on customer’s perception, optimize business processes and reduce operational cost.”

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Colorado Learns about The Internet of Things

Still image from the video about Internet of Things (source: New York Times)The Denver Post recently reported that, “After a strong earthquake rattled Napa Valley early Sunday, California device maker Jawbone found out how many of its UP wristband users were shaken from their sleep and stayed up. About 93 percent of its customers within 15 miles of Napa, Calif., didn’t go back to sleep after the 6.0 quake struck at 3:20 a.m., said Andrew Rosenthal, senior product engineer for wellness at Jawbone. But what use could come from that information? “Why not tell people to go to work at 11 a.m. on Monday,” he said. The anecdote represents just one example of information being generated by what technologists call “The Internet of Things,” a topic Rosenthal and other panelists discussed Tuesday at the Colorado Innovation Network Summit in Denver. The summit continues Wednesday at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.”.

The article also states, “As recently as 2005, most households had “The Internet of Thing” — a desktop or laptop computer connected to the Internet, said Eric Schaefer, general manager of communications, data and mobility for Comcast Communications.

By 2010, “The Internet of Wireless Things” started to appear with the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets. The next phase is what Schaefer called “The Internet of Disjointed Things.” Schaefer described one co-worker who has 25 applications to run items in his home, many on different platforms. He predicts that those systems, by 2020, will communicate and operate with one another and be everywhere, a trend that ever-increasing broadband capacity will allow.”

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XSB and SemanticWeb.Com Partner In App Developer Challenge To Help Build The Industrial Semantic Web

Semantic Web Developer Challenge - sponsored by XSB and SemanticWeb.comAn invitation was issued to developers at last week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference: XSB and SemanticWeb.com have joined to sponsor the Semantic Web Developer Challenge, which asks participants to build sourcing and product life cycle management applications leveraging XSB’s PartLink Data Model.

XSB is developing PartLink as a project for the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund. It uses semantic web technology to create a coherent Linked Data model for all part information in the Department of Defense’s supply chain – some 40 million parts strong.

“XSB recognized the opportunity to standardize and link together information about the parts, manufacturers, suppliers, materials, [and] technical characteristics using semantic technologies. The parts ontology is deep and detailed with 10,000 parts categories and 1,000 standard attributes defined,” says Alberto Cassola, vp sales and marketing at XSB, a leading provider of master data management solutions to large commercial and government entities. PartLink’s Linked Data model, he says, “will serve as the foundation for building the industrial semantic web.”

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Semantic Technology Job: Natural Language Processing Expert

morfologica logoMorfologica, Inc. is looking for a Natural Language Processing expert. The job description states: “Morfologica Inc. is a small business that provides consulting and engineering services in the fields of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computational Linguistics to academic, business and government organizations. We are a growing company with lots of opportunities and great benefits for qualified candidates with a passion for this field. We are looking to support a customer in the Fort Meade area by adding experienced NLP Experts, Computer Scientists, Computational Linguists, Theoretical or General Linguists, and Knowledge Engineers to our team. Qualified candidates with a strong background in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science or Library Science are also encouraged to apply. Interested candidates will be working at a customer site supporting ongoing research efforts for NSA.  The work being done will include development and testing of parsers, part-of-speech taggers, Wordnet applications, and processing of multi-lingual data. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of one or more natural language processing techniques, knowledge-base or rule-based developent, and programming experience in NLP-related technologies. The candidate will also have on-going experience providing consulting and support in fields related NLP. Individuals with continued experience with multiple NLP tools and techniques are preferred.”
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Britain Capitalizes on Internet of Things?

Photo of the Union Jack courtesy flickr / defenceimagesGerard Grech recently wrote, “When you hear the term “the internet of things”, what immediately comes to mind? If you’ve been following recent stories in the media, you might have it pegged as the Big New Thing to revolutionise all our lives any minute now. Equally, you might be forgiven for thinking it’s a lot of hype generated by overexcited tech types and inflated billion-dollar deals. The truth, as ever, lies somewhere in the middle. The combination of connected products, together with intelligent data analysis, has the potential to transform the way we produce goods, run machinery, manage our cities and improve our lives. The internet of things is a real phenomenon and will take off in much the same way as the worldwide web did back in the 1990s.”

Grech continued, “And, just like the web, the full deployment of IoT across industries will take time, talent and persistence. The question is not whether it is going to happen, but what part the UK will play in it all. Consumers stand to benefit from electricity meters that talk to the grid to get the best deals, and health monitors that provide minute-by-minute data on people’s heart rates. With Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs and Samsung’s recent purchase of SmartThings, we will soon have access to a suite of clever gadgets that will create our future “smart” home. It’s a beguiling vision, albeit one with alarm bells (privacy and security obviously need resolving). But the real power of the internet of things lies beyond eye-catching consumer goods.”

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