PredictionIO Raises $2.5M for Open Source Machine Learning Platform

predChristopher Tozzi of The VAR Guy reports, “PredictionIO, the open source machine learning platform, has received a big boost with the announcement of $2.5 million in seed funding, which it plans to use to make its automated data interpretation and prediction platform widely available to open source developers. PredictionIO’s goal is to make it easy for developers and companies of all sizes to integrate machine learning —i.e., software that can interpret data intelligently to make automated decisions and predictions—into their products. ‘PredictionIO aims to be the Machine Learning server behind every application,’ according to the company. ‘Building Machine Learning in software will be as common as search soon with PredictionIO’.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: PROTEUS Technologies

proPROTEUS Technologies is looking for a Senior Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD. According to the post, “We are currently conducting a search for a Senior Software Engineer who has experience building semantically enabled web applications.  This work supports PROTEUS’ rapid prototyping prime contract which is located within a highly visible and prestigious department of the government customer’s organization.  The Senior Software Engineer will be responsible for building a semantic web application that collects and collates data from multiple sources and converts it into one common model for the purposes of simplified data visualization and comprehensive reporting.” Read more

Princeton Establishes New Center for Statistics and Machine Learning, Names John Storey Director

princeton-university-logoDaniel Day of News at Princeton reports, “Princeton University has established the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the center’s director. The center will anchor the teaching of and research in statistics and machine learning on campus, Storey said, offering an undergraduate certificate as well as graduate training in the field.” Read more

Ron Kaplan of Nuance Communications on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

ronPeter Rothman of h+ Magazine writes, “I recently got together with Ron Kaplan who is a well known artificial intelligence researcher in the area of natural language processing. Ron is a Distinguished Scientist at Nuance Communications. The conversation is about 1 hour long and the main theme was the recent comments about dangers from artificial intelligence made by Professor Stephen Hawking and also Elon Musk, Eugene Goostman the chatbot that supposedly passed the Turing Test.  Beyond this, the conversation ranges near and far covering and whether it is ridiculous to suggest that Siri is a conscious being, reflective computing, NL interfaces and access to knowledge, communicating with wives, the effects of my diet, and the future of human languages when universal translation becomes widely available.” Read more

Get The Scoop On The Critical ABCs of RDF

semtechbiz-10th-125sqThere’s a chance to learn everything you should know about RDF to get the most value from the W3C standard model for data interchange at the 10th annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose next month. David Booth, senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group, will be hosting a session explaining how the standard’s unique capabilities can have a profound effect on projects that seek to connect data coming in from multiple sources.

“One of the assumptions that people make looking at RDF is that it is  analogous to any other data format, like JSON or XML,” says Booth, who is working at the Hawaii Research Group’s on a contract the firm has with the U.S. Department of Defense to use semantic web technologies to achieve healthcare data interoperability. “It isn’t.” RDF, he explains, isn’t just another data format – rather, it’s about the information content that is encoded in the format.

“The focus is different. It is on the meaning of data vs. the details of syntax,” he says.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Technorati Media

techmediaTechnorati Media is looking for a Data Scientist – Machine Learning in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, “We currently have an opportunity for a talented Data Scientist – Machine Learning to help take our business to the next level. You‘ll play a key role in the definition, design, and development of the Technorati Advertising and Data platform, which currently services hundreds of millions of requests per day. Design, implement and optimize algorithms for performance and revenue in a in highly distributed environment- a variety of advanced massively scalable technologies such as multi-threaded distributed systems, big data pipelines, machine learning, predictive algorithms and more. Work with large (terabytes of data, billions of daily transactions) structured and unstructured data sets.” Read more

Is NLP the End of the Written Word?

Siri LogoJamie Carter of Tech Radar recently wrote, “With iOS devices now allowing the sending of voice messages and predictions for self-driving cars and voice-activated doors, lights and elevators (cue the internet of things), it’s clear that the future will be spoken, not written. The technology behind this shift in how we interact with our surroundings is natural language processing, a technology that enables computers to understand the meaning of our words and recognise the habits of our speech.” Read more

Senzari Unveils MusicGraph.ai at the GraphLab Conference 2014, Showcasing the Music Industry’s First Graph Analytics and Intelligence Engine

senzariSAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Senzari® introduced MusicGraph.aithe first web-based graph analytics and intelligence engine for the music industry at the GraphLab Conference 2014, the annual gathering of leading data scientists and machine learning experts. MusicGraph.ai will serve as the primary dashboard for MusicGraph®, where API clients will be able to view detailed reports on their API usage and manage their account. More importantly, through this dashboard, they will also be able to access a comprehensive library of algorithms to extract even more value from the world’s most extensive repository of music data.

“We believe that in MusicGraph’s first iteration we democratized music data access, and now, with MusicGraph.ai, we are democratizing music knowledge. Most impressively, our team was able to make this leap possible in just months, not years.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Perficient

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Perficient is looking for a Big Data Solution Architect to work anywhere in the United States — this person will travel about 75% of the time. According to the post, “Perficient is looking for Solution Architecture Consultants who are passionate about data and can lead the building of next generation Big Data and predictive analytic applications. You will be working with Perficient business units and technology partners to understand client business objectives and drive solutions that efficiently meet the needs of the business. You will be responsible for guiding the full lifecycle of delivery of information management systems, identifying, quantifying, and winning Perficient consulting opportunities, and providing industry thought-leadership; all while building one of the industry’s leading-edge consulting practices. ” Read more

Social Robot Jibo Has Enough Charm to Raise Nearly $600K

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Kris Holt of Tech News World reports, “A crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a little robot designed to become one of the family, kicked off Wednesday on Indiegogo, and with 29 days remaining, it already has raised more than US$577,000 — nearly six times its $100,000 target. The voice-controlled robot with a friendly face is a do-it-all personal assistant. Communicating with users in a human voice, it can learn individual preferences, relay messages and reminders, and function as a video conferencing device, for starters. It can take pictures, provide information from the Web or apps, order food and display e-books.” Read more

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