MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Applications Technology LLC (“AppTek”) (www.apptek.com), through its foundersMohammad Shihadah and Mudar Yaghi, today announced that it has acquired the Omnifluent Human Language Technology software and related business from Leidos, Inc. The intellectual property includes automated speech recognition and machine translation software tools that allow for bi-directional and uni-directional language pairs encompassing more than thirty languages and numerous dialects. Read more
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Seth Stevenson of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote, “Upon hearing, in March of this year, reports that a 17-year-old schoolboy had sold a piece of software to Yahoo! for $30 million, you might well have entertained a few preconceived notions about what sort of child this must be. A geeky specimen, no doubt. A savant with zero interests outside writing lines of code. A twitchy creature, prone to mumbling, averse to eye contact. Thus it’s rather a shock when you first encounter Nick D’Aloisio striding into London’s Bar Boulud restaurant, firmly shaking hands and proceeding to outline his entrepreneurial vision.” Read more
Rip Empson of Tech Crunch reports, “Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon began building Newsle as undergraduates at Harvard to fill a nagging gap among today’s news aggregators. The idea being that, as popular as Google Alerts may be, people want to read news based on who their friends and colleagues are and who they want to know more about… Today, Newsle’s network (and person)-oriented news alert service tracks more than 100 million people and processes more than one million articles each day from over 100,000 sources, serving users filtered, personalized alerts based on their preferences. Read more
Bianca Bosker of the Huffington Post reports, “Facebook’s new AI team made 1.2 trillion comments and status updates searchable. Our more than 1 trillion social connections can now also be mined with queries like, ‘friends of friends who are single in San Francisco.’ On Wednesday, Zuckerberg made clear these kinds of cute searches are just the appetizer. He wants people to be able to ‘easily ask any question to Facebook and get it answered.’ (Emphasis added.) This first requires getting to know us better. Read more
Recently on Internet Revolution, Todd Watson of IBM shared his thoughts on the future of cognitive computing. He writes, “Late this morning, I attended an IBM People for a Smarter Planet Tweetchat concerning the promise and future of cognitive computing. Simply put, cognitive computing systems represent the next frontier of computing, the first two waves having centered upon, first, tabulation, and more recently, programmable systems. With cognitive computing, we’ve begun to see systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machines could do on their own. In so doing, they can help human experts make better decisions by tapping into the vast complexities of big data.” Read more
PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 30, 2013) - HealthTap, the company leading the mobile revolution in healthcare, today unveiled TalkToDocs. This unique new app makes the knowledge of 50,000+ doctors available immediately anytime, anywhere. Using the simple, voice-activated interface of the new TalkToDocs app, anyone who needs health information can simply speak their health- and wellness-related questions and receive instantaneous, personalized responses from qualified doctors, at no cost. Read more
How can the semantic web help you participate in and celebrate Halloween this year? We trolled around and came up with a few ideas:
* Still haven’t found just the right costume yet for tonight’s festivities (for you, that is – we’re sure the kids have had theirs planned for some time). Perhaps you’re thinking hard about a do-it-yourself skeleton theme, but aren’t sure of the details for creating the most realistic effect? Well, if you head over to semantic search engine DuckDuckGo’s science goodies section, you’ll get a quick response on the number of bones in the human body, courtesy of Wolfram/Alpha computations. You can take it from there.
* OK, costume’s in check. Now how about what to do while wearing it?
Semantic search engine SenseBot might be a help here, pointing you to information it’s extracted from web pages and summarizing them in a, well, sensible way, as well as offering a cloud of the concepts it’s discovered for you to further narrow your agenda. The results can be a little off here and there, but it’s nice to have an option to further narrow a search, like one for adult activities to partake in on Halloween, to something more granular, like those designed for the “scare” factor.
Stephen Ibaraki of IT World Canada reports, “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released their 2014 5 Technology Trends to Watch report this week. With the spotlight on Content Curation, Robotics, Driverless Cars, Digital Health Care, and Internet of Things, what will become the top trends or be trashed as minor players? Will these trends be clearly demonstrated at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10 in Las Vegas? What will be the impact on governments, industry, business, education, society, innovation, consumers and the ICT profession? How does this support your enterprise mobile one strategy, BYOD challenges, cloud adoption and the blurring lines between consumer wants and enterprise work?” Read more
Spectrum, Twelvefold Media’s managed service designed to target ad messages in real-time based on understanding consumers’ intent around the content they’re consuming, now is offering a self-service version of the platform. (See The Semantic Web Blog’s earlier coverage of the platform here.) With Spectrum 3.0, trading desks, clients and marketing cloud companies can use Spectrum’s listening and indexing capabilities — algorithms for determining why someone is reading a piece of content at that moment in time and for scoring millions of URLs daily — with their own bidding rules. It will continue to offer Spectrum as a managed service for always-on and spot campaigns, as well.
The wizard that used to be behind the process of understanding the mindset of the content to target – based on a series of data inputs stemming from Spectrum’s advanced understanding of natural language on the page, from which targeting schema are created – now operates in the background, so users aren’t required to enter in keywords or phrases to go up against. For instance, a smartphone vendor, leveraging an article on Apple slashing iPhone 5c orders, can add that URL to the system to go up against Spectrum’s big index of the visible web to find relevant pages like that one, says Mike Campbell, VP, product at Twelvefold.
Brian Nearing of Times Union reports, “As head of computer science at RPI, James Handler knows more about robotics and artificial intelligence than most people. So when he says the time is now for a ban on so-called ‘killer robots’ — machines with weaponry and decision-making power to kill, without human oversight -— it’s reasonable to listen. Last week, Hendler was among nearly 300 scientists from three dozen countries who signed a statement to the United Nations calling for governments to stop such robotic technology, which has long been the stuff of dystopian science fiction and films as far back as the 1927 silent German classic ‘Metropolis’.” Read more