Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning Hopes to Give Watson a Run for Its Money

azure-machine-learningJeffrey Schwartz of Redmond Magazine recently wrote, “Nearly a year after launching its Hadoop-based Azure HDInsight cloud analytics service, Microsoft believes it’s a better and broader solution for real-time analytics and predictive analysis than IBM’s widely touted Watson. Big Blue this year has begun commercializing its Watson technology, made famous in 2011 when it came out of the research labs to appear and win on the television game show Jeopardy. Both companies had a large presence at this year’s Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York, attended by 5,000 Big Data geeks. At the Microsoft booth, Eron Kelly, general manager for SQL Server product marketing, highlighted some key improvements to Microsoft’s overall Big Data portfolio since last year’s release of Azure HDInsight including SQL Server 2014 with support for in-memory processing, PowerBI and the launch in June of Azure Machine Learning.” Read more

Semantic Technology Jobs: Apple

AppleApple is looking for a Senior Natural Language R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA. According to the post, “You will be a part of a team that’s responsible for a wide variety of natural language processing related research and development activities. We are particularly interested in supervised and unsupervised techniques to leverage large quantities of data. You should be passionate about creating phenomenal products. Because you’ll be working closely with engineers from a number of other teams at Apple, you’ll need to be a team player who thrives in a fast paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.” Read more

Systap and Metaphacts Collaborate to Deliver Innovative Solutions for Knowledge Graphs

BigData(R) logoTrentino, Italy – October 22, 2014 – SYSTAP, LLC and metaphacts announced at this year’s International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) the start of a new partnership to deliver innovative solutions for building and managing knowledge graphs. Knowledge graphs are large networks of entities and their semantic relationships. They are a powerful tool that can change the way we do search, analytics, recommendations, and data integration. Read more

Data Innovation, Driven By Semantic Models, Machine Learning And More

VRThe Ventana Research summit took place this week, and semantic and related technologies had a place at the table.

Among the keynoters discussing the topic of Inspiring Business Technology Innovation to Change Business and IT Forever, for example, was Nedshad Bardoliwalla, co-founder and vp of products at data prep vendor Paxata. He discussed the need to rethink how to innovate with data, as that will “drive the biggest increases in value for your organization for the foreseeable future.”

As part of that, he explained that in a world where everything physical on the planet will have a digital representation, businesses should pay attention to factors including the “massive and interesting algorithms around recognition systems, around deep learning, around semantic models that let us understand images and text in ways we never could….Take advantage of those if you are to innovate and bring capabilities to market that change way people think of data.”

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How Andrew Ng is Monetizing Deep Learning at Baidu

Baidu logoCade Metz of Wired recently wrote, “Deep learning can do many things. Tapping the power of hundreds or even thousands of computers, this new breed of artificial intelligence can help Facebook recognize people, words, and objects that appear in digital photos. It can help Google understand what you’re saying when you bark commands into an Android phone. And it can help Baidu boost the bottom line. The Chinese web giant now uses deep learning to target ads on its online services, and according to Andrew Ng—who helped launch the deep learning operation at Google and now oversees research and development at Baidu—the company has seen a notable increase in revenue as a result. ‘It’s used very successfully in advertising,’ he says, sitting inside the company’s U.S. R&D center in Sunnyvale, California. ‘We have not released revenue numbers on the specific impact, but it is significant’.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Concurrent Technologies

ctcConcurrent Technologies Corporation is looking for a Software Developer / Data Modeler in Johnstown, PA. The post states, “The qualified candidate will direct and/or participate in all phases of software/hardware development with emphasis on Java, Web Development and experience working on software development teams. Graph Databases (Allegrograph / Sesame / Jena), NoSQL Database, Java/JSP/Clojure, RESTful Web Services, Ontology / Semantic Web, RDF/RDFS/OWL/SPARQL are a plus. In addition, the analysis of user requirements, the design, development, test, documentation of existing tools, software libraries, develop general user documentation, UI testing and integration of software solutions are required.” Read more

How Watson Can Improve Cancer Patient Outcomes

watRob High, CTO of IBM Watson and Jho Low, CEO of Jynwel Capital recently shared their thoughts on Watson’s potential to drastically improve cancer care with Scientific American. The pair wrote, “Cutting-edge cancer therapies garner headlines, and one has to marvel at the advances in oncology research achieved over the past decade. Unfortunately, relatively few patients have access to advanced treatment plans at specialized cancer centers such as MD Anderson. Most receive far less effective cancer care, or no care at all. In addition, even the most devoted specialists cannot keep up with the ever-expanding body of medical literature. To fill these healthcare gaps, doctors and computer scientists at MD Anderson developed the MD Anderson Oncology Expert Advisor™ cognitive clinical decision support system (OEA™) [powered by Watson], which is being brought to life with the support of a $50 million gift from Jynwel Charitable Foundation to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots program.” Read more

LinguaSys Launches “GlobalNLP” Natural Language Processing API Portal for Developers

linguasysBOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LinguaSys has created a new Application Programming Interface (API) portal, GlobalNLP™, https://nlp.linguasys.com/ to reach the flourishing global developer population building Natural Language Processing applications with their own business logic. GlobalNLP™ enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages.

LinguaSys provides deep understanding of the meaning of textual human dialogue better than anyone. We offer broad language support in over 20 languages, including the more challenging Asian and Middle Eastern languages, the most high quality semantic collection in the industry. Read more

What’s Next In Knowledge-Driven Finance?

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Next week in the U. K. members of the financial industry will be coming together at The Universal Strategy: Knowledge-Driven Finance Event, hosted by semantic technology vendor Ontotext. The event, says independent consultant in semantics and event organizer Jarred McGinnis, is aimed at giving participants “a snout to tail view of semantics in finance.”

The use cases, he says, are there, and to that end the panel will include presentations by Financial Times CTO John O’Donovan, who will discuss issues including how the publisher’s semantic approach is driving smarter topic pages. (The event actually takes place at The Financial Times site.) Also scheduled to be present is Mike Bennett, director at Hypercube and Semantics Lead at The EDM Council, which is a cross-industry group developing the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), and John Schlesinger, Chief Enterprise Architect at Temenos, which develops software for retail banking companies, including solutions that will leverage triple stores.

In a preview of his talk, Bennett spoke to The Semantic Web Blog that about the current state of FIBO affairs.

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Semantic Web Jobs: UCSB

ucsbThe university of California, Santa Barbara is looking for a Computer and Network Technologist. According to the post, “The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) seeks a quantitative analyst/scientific programmer/database developer to support the analysis and synthesis of ecological and conservation science information. The incumbent will consult with and facilitate NCEAS’ researchers’ scientific and analytical use of technology resources at the Center, including developing and supporting collaborative solutions, scientific databases, and analytical and modeling codes, while providing other computational assistance as needed for NCEAS’ Working Groups, residents, and their related projects.” Read more

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