Derrick Harris of GigaOM recently wrote, “Jeff Hawkins is best known for bringing us the Palm Pilot, but he’s working on something that could be much, much bigger. For the past several years, Hawkins has been studying how the human brain functions with the hope of replicating it in software. In 2004, he published a book about his findings. In 2012, Numenta, the company he founded to commercialize his work, finally showed itself to the world after roughly seven years operating in stealth mode. I recently spoke with Hawkins to get his take on why his approach to artificial intelligence will ultimately overtake other approaches, including the white-hot field of deep learning. We also discussed how Numenta has survived some early business hiccups and how he plans to keep the lights on and the money flowing in.” Read more
Late this summer, adaptive experience company Compare Metrics (see our earlier coverage here) rebranded itself as Edgecase, carrying forward its original vision of creating inspiring online shopping experiences. Edgecase is working on white-label implementations with retail clients such as Crate & Barrel, Wasserstrom, Urban Decay, Golfsmith, Kate Somerville Cosmetics, and Rebecca Minkoff to build a better discovery experience for their customers, generating user-friendly taxonomies from the data they already have but haven’t been able to leverage to maximum shopper advantage.
“No one had thought about reinvigorating navigation or the search experience for 15 years,” says Garrett Eastham, cofounder and CEO. “The interactions driving these conversation today were driven by database engineers a decade ago, but now we are at the point in the evolution of ecommerce to make the web experience evolve to what it is like in the physical world.”
Socrata is looking for a Data Analyst intern in Seattle, WA. According to the post, “Socrata Data Analysts help customers solve data-related problems, including transforming data from a business-process-optimized storage format to a consumption-optimized format. This is an ideal position for a business-oriented analyst who enjoys diving into the heart of data and discovering the depths of what it holds. You will work with influential customers like the World Bank, Data.gov, New York City, Baltimore, Maryland, New York State, USAID, Health and Human Services, the United Nations, and numerous other public sector organizations, working with an amazing group of talented people in a fast-paced technology startup environment.” Read more
BOSTON, Mass. (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of Smart Data solutions driven by Semantic Web technology, was named in the recent ‘Hype Cycle for Life Sciences 2014 ’ report by Gartner, Inc. The report details key insights pertaining to the benefits in the knowledge graphing category.
According to Gartner analysts Michael Shanler and Stephen Davies, “The use of these systems can help accelerate innovation activities, expose complex relationships with scientific stakeholders, and support collaboration and innovation strategies as they relate to drug discovery, translational medicine, competitive intelligence, and clinical research.” Read more
John Boyd of IEEE Spectrum reports, “With satellite, cable, and terrestrial TV stations broadcasting in the hundreds and Internet-based entertainment content companies also competing for viewers’ attention, finding something to watch is, strangely, a growing challenge. To help simplify the task, researchers at Japan’s public TV and radio broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai, better known as NHK, plan to begin testing technology to automatically assess in real time a viewer’s interest in a TV program or video and then suggest other programs to watch based on the results.” Read more
Have you wanted to get involved in the schema.org project? Your contribution to the collaborative effort driven by Bing, Google, Yahoo and Yandex for a shared markup vocabulary for web pages is more than welcome. As Dan Brickley, who is developer advocate at Google, noted during his presentation about schema.org’s progress to date at this summer’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference, the “pattern of collaboration with the project [is] we’re trying to push work off on people who are better qualified to do it, and then we mush it all together.”
What is meant by that is that the project is so broad, covering such a huge amount of topics, that the input of experts – whether from the library, media, sports or any other of the multitude of communities whose vocabularies are or aim to be represented – is incredibly valuable, and very much encouraged. In an overview of the 2013-2014 releases, which included TV/radio, civic services, and bibliographic additions, as well as accessibility properties, among others, Brickley related that during the year, “We listened a lot. We listened to people who knew better than us about accessibility, about how broadcast TV and radio are described, about describing social services, about libraries, journals, and ecommerce, and then integrated their suggestions into a unified set of schemas.”
The University of Arizona is looking for a Metadata Services Librarian in Tucson, AZ. The post states, “The University of Arizona Libraries’ Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS) seeks a Metadata Services Librarian/Specialist to lead in the establishment, implementation, and assessment of metadata services that support research and researchers at the UA. This newly created position will provide consulting on issues related to metadata, both externally to the campus as well as within the libraries, and will cohesively support researchers and faculty through the breadth of services provided by ODIS. This position reports to the Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship.” Read more
Barb Darrow of GigaOM recently wrote, “IBM’s Watson natural language query/cognitive computing prodigy was a huge PR coup for Big Blue. Three years ago, Watson defeated Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings on national TV and beat other challengers like a drum on a subsequent victory tour. (Ask Gigaom’s own Stacey Higginbotham about that sometime.) IBM rode that wave for years to show that despite its woes, it can still do really hard stuff. IBM wants Watson to be a $10 billion business by 2023. But, unfortunately for IBM, there is ‘not a lot of commercial application to playing Jeopardy,’ Mike Rhodin, IBM SVP for Watson, acknowledged at Emtech 2014 at MIT on Tuesday.IBM invested untold millions in Watson, so it’s now time for Watson to, in the tortured words of another Emtech presenter, become ‘a market-based solution’.” Read more
Josh Ong of The Next Web reports, “Google today revealed details behind a new search feature called Structured Snippets that displays information pulled from data tables on webpages. The feature actually began rolling out last month, but the company’s research team explained the technology in a post today. The search engine has been progressively adding new information through its Knowledge Graph database. This latest feature adds more data below the snippets of text in a search query.” Read more
Oracle is searching for a Software Developer – RDF Engineer in Reston, VA. The post states, “An excellent opportunity to work with talented, innovative and intelligent people like you who are dedicated to delivering extreme performance and developing the technologies of tomorrow at Oracle. Continue to develop your skills and expertise through Oracle’s professional development, training, and tools. Work directly with customers and contribute to identifying, designing and implementing solutions for projects. Incorporate Oracle best practices and reference architectures to expertly deliver cutting edge capabilities to our customer. Design and develop semantic based ontologies using RDF/RDFS and OWL, map Relational Data to RDF using R2RML, integrate with custom and commercial software and architectures using SPARQL and Open Standards Interfaces.” Read more