Archives: May 2014

Voice Your Opinion in the DATAVERSITY 2014 Cognitive Computing Survey

LOGO for DATAVERSITY 2014 Cognitive Computing SurveyOur sister site DATAVERSITY™ has launched the 2014 Cognitive Computing Survey which is now open to participants. The opening remarks explain, “There are 17 questions and the Survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. We will collect responses through Friday June 6, and send the compiled results to all those who complete the survey, on or before June 30, 2014. If you are a Consultant or Vendor, please use your most recent customer engagement to complete the survey questions.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: National Security Partners

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National Security Partners is looking for a Senior Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA. According to the post, “National Security Partners (NSP) was founded with the merger of Point One LLC, Summit Solutions LLC, and LMN Solutions, LLC to provide leading edge support to the US National Security Community.  NSP is comprised of highly skilled and experienced strategic consulting experts, program managers, senior engineers, intelligence analysts, and information technology experts.  Our employees are the best in their fields, and they are dedicated to delivering quality products on time. NSP has a customer-centric philosophy.  We form a close partnership among our engineers, managers, and our clients to ensure we build systems and strategies that truly support your mission.” Read more

The Strongest Social Assistant in History Microsoft Xiaobing Apprenticed Herself to a Master Crossover

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BEIJING, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As one of the most famous crosstalk groups in China, DeYunShe has been renowned for its stringency in accepting apprentices. But on May 29, 2014, crosstalk master Yu Qian unprecedentedly accepted an artificial intelligence (AI) female apprentice social assistant – Microsoft Xiaobing, a 16-year-old girl with an independent manner raised carefully by Microsoft Search Technology Center Asia (STCA). Read more

University of Sydney Working on NLP Social Media Tools for Suicide Prevention

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Leon Spencer of ZDnet reports, “Social media psychotherapy could be the next big thing in the field of mental health management if the development of a new internet-based tool called CyberMate by the University of Sydney gets off the ground. According to the university, the team behind the CyberMate project will adapt online tracking techniques used by marketing analysts, along with digital social media and internet data to support interventions for young people affected by depression and other mental health issues. The researchers working on the project aim to design algorithms that will give the online tool the ability to screen a young person’s social networking pages such as Facebook or Twitter for comments that may indicate potential self-harm. CyberMate would then act as a quasi-psychotherapist and engage with the young online user, suggesting options for help or support via email or SMS.” Read more

Vacation Time: More Summer Fun With Semantic Tech

volcpixEarlier this week we took a look at how semantic technology can play into your summer outdoor living plans. Today, we’ll spend a little time looking into how semtech-based solutions could factor into your summer vacation plans.

Perhaps the latest advancement on that front was the work we reported on last week from Sabre, which launched a new developer portal to with APIs based around semantic algorithms that should lead to more personalized travel search services. But while we’re waiting for developers to glom on, there are some other fun ways to explore your holiday options, some of which you might not immediately think of as particularly germaine to the task.

Take, for example, semantic web site creation platform Silk. There are a universe of Silks that have been built that might whet your appetite for a more radical vacation than perhaps you were originally thinking of – or at least better prepare you for an adventure vacation you have in mind. There’s The Volcanoes Catalogue, for instance, with collections of information on all 1,551 known volcanoes. Using data from the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it plots the 50 highest volcanoes; categorizes them by type; and clues you into which are the most active; which have the highest volcano explosivity index (VEI), which rates eruptions based on the volume of product exploded and the cloud height; and which have caused the most casualties, among other features – all information that might be useful in matching your tolerance for risk and danger against your desire to experience steaming craters, hot lava and active eruptions up close.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Apple

AppleApple is looking for a Maps Search Engineer in Santa Clara, CA. According to the post, “Apple’s Local Search engineering team is looking for key players to build the foundation architecture of search.” This position will “Build high quality search systems for products including Maps search, Siri local search, and other features focused on understanding what’s interesting in the world around a given location.” Read more

Wavii Founder Leaves Google One Year After Acquisition

wavii logoAlexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch reports, “Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer. Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his content aggregation startup, in order to start a second company. It is unclear whether he left money on the table.” Read more

Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Agenda and Opens Registration

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We’re pleased to report that “DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visitwww.SemTechBiz.com.  SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center. The conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference for the first time in conference history. Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY says, ‘Binging together these two vibrant professional communities was top priority for this year’s conference success.’ Additionally, DATAVERSITY will partner with SemanticWeb.com to launch a new event, the Cognitive Computing Forum, which will also be co-located in San Jose that week.” Read more

RDF is Critical to a Successful Internet of Things

Depiction of RDF and the internet of ThingsDo you still remember a time when a utility company worker came to your house to check your electric meter? For many of us already, this is in the past. Smart meters send information directly to the utility company and as a result, it knows our up-to-the-minute power usage patterns. And, while we don’t yet talk to our ovens or refrigerators through the Internet, many people routinely control thermostats from their smart phones. The emerging Internet of Things is real and we interact with it on the daily basis.

The term Internet of Things refers to devices we wouldn’t traditionally expect to be smart or connected, such as a smoke detector or other home appliance. They are being made ‘smart’ by enabling them to send data to an application. From smart meters to sensors used to track goods in a supply chain, the one thing these devices have in common is that they send data – data that can then be used to create more value by doing things better, faster, cheaper, and more conveniently.

The physical infrastructure needed for these devices to work is largely in place or being put in place quickly. We get immediate first order benefits simply by installing new equipment. For example, having a smart meter provides cost savings because there is no need for a person to come to our houses. Similarly, the ability to change settings on a thermostat remotely can lower our heating costs. However, far vaster changes and benefits are projected or are already beginning to be delivered from inter-connecting the data sent by smart devices:

  • Health: Connecting vital measurements from wearable devices to the vast body of medical information will help to improve our health, fitness and, ultimately, save lives.
  • Communities: Connecting information from embedded devices and sensors will enable more efficient transportation. When a sprinkler system meter understands weather data, it will use water more efficiently. Once utilities start connecting and correlating data from smart meters, they might deliver electricity more efficiently and be more proactive in handling infrastructure problems.
  • Environment: Connecting readings from fields, forests, oceans, and cities about pollution levels, soil moisture, and resource extraction will allow for closer monitoring of problems.
  • Goods and services: Connecting data from sensors and readers installed throughout factories and supply chains will more precisely track materials and speed up and smooth out the manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Facebook

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Facebook is looking for a Software Engineer, Natural Language Processing in Menlo Park, CA. The post states, “Facebook is seeking an Natural Language Processing Engineer to join our engineering team in Menlo Park. The ideal candidate will have industry experience solving language-related problems using statistical methods on vast quantities of data. Individuals in this role should be experts in machine learning and have experience working on machine translation, word-sense disambiguation, topic modeling, etc. The candidate will help Facebook build products that support idiomatic user input and expression in more than 70 languages, for products such as Open Graph, News Feed, and Search.” Read more

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