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Semantic Technology Jobs: Amazon

AmazonAmazon is looking for a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer in Seattle, WA. According to the post, “Excited by Big Data, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics? Interested in creating new state-of-the-art solutions using Big Data Analytics and Data Mining techniques to solve pressing business needs? Amazon is looking for an outstanding BIE for Global Workforce Insights. The candidate be working on leading-edge research and analysis to answer some of the most interesting questions about what is on the minds and in the hearts of Amazon’s global workforce. You will work closely with the business and technical teams to perform compelling analysis that delivers actionable results. You will build predictive models that have a direct impact on day-to-day decision-making.” Read more

Semantic Web Job: Software Development Engineer

Amazon Web Services logo Amazon Web Services is looking for a Software Development Engineer. The job description states, “Every day customers are moving complex workloads and applications to harness the power, availability, and scalability of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Being very customer focused, AWS wants to provide as friction-less a migration path to AWS as possible, to that end we are looking for software engineers to build a world class experience moving complex workloads and applications to AWS seamlessly with as much automation as possible. This is a tall order to discover, analyze, and automate the movement of complex, multi-layer, dependency rich applications to AWS.

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Semantic Technology Job: Amazon

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Amazon is looking for a Research Scientist in Seattle, WA. According to the post, “Be at the center of Amazon innovation with Amazon Local! This daily deals marketplace offers customers discounts of up to 75% off desirable goods and services in their communities — over 100 regions throughout the United States. This rapidly-growing business within Amazon offers a creative, fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment. We are looking for a practitioner in the Analytics field to a join a team of other research scientists who use data science/machine learning to build prediction and recommender systems that power the applications and business decisions for Amazon Local. The qualified candidate will call upon various supervised and unsupervised methods in order to: (1) analyze large datasets to identify attributes that directly influence deal quality, (2) understand customer preferences to generate predictions across various segments, and (3) build algorithms to automate predictive learning and drive real-time optimal recommendations.” Read more

Amazon’s Firefly for New Fire Phone offers ‘Semantic Boosting’

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Megan Geuss of Ars Technica reports, “At a Wednesday press conference in Seattle, Amazon announced a service that would go along with its newly debuted Fire Phone. Called Firefly, this new technology is packaged in an app that can identify up to 100 million objects. For the most part, this feature will integrate with the Amazon marketplace, allowing you to take photos of products and buy them from Amazon, but the technology used to make it run will also be available to developers in an SDK available now… Using Firefly, a button on the side of the Fire Phone will instruct the camera to recognize a phone number, a book, a DVD, a URL, a QR code, and more. Additionally, Firefly will be able to listen for music (like Shazam) and identify a song that’s playing in the ambient noise around you.” Read more

Load-Control: Semantria Takes On The Social Media Surge Infrastructure Challenge

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Semantria is tackling some of the challenges that come with being a cloud-based social media services provider startup. The company offers a text and sentiment analysis service (which you can read about here) to clients and partners. That includes companies like Sprinklr, which manages the social customer experience for other brands with the help of Semantria’s API for analyzing social signals about those clients.

The good news is that with growing social data volumes, there’s a growing need for semantically-oriented services like Semantria’s that help businesses make sense of that information for themselves or their clients. The downside is that a huge surge in volume of social mentions around a company, its product, or anything else can hit such services hard in the pocketbook when it comes to acquiring the cloud infrastructure to handle the tidal wave.

“Everybody suffers from this kind of thing,” says Semantria founder and CEO Oleg Rogynskyy. “We experience it daily.”

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Amazon Fires Up Fire TV Featuring Voice Search And Content Viewing Prediction Capabilities

retAmazon today unveiled its Fire TV streaming video device. During the announcement event in Manhattan, company vice president Peter Larsen called the $99 set top box “tiny, incredibly powerful and unbelievably simple.” For users, that power and simplicity are designed to be evident in features such as the device’s ability to project and preload the content users will want to see and to navigate via voice search.

A statement by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos reads that, “Our exclusive new ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.” Movies or tv shows are buffered for playback before users hit the play button, the company says; those choices are made by analyzing users’ watch lists and recommendations. As users’ viewing habits change, the caching prediction algorithm will adjust accordingly, and personalization capabilities should get better over time as buyers use the Fire TV device.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Amazon

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Amazon.com is looking for a Research Scientist, Social Shopping Technology and Machine Learning in Seattle, WA. The post states, “Amazon needs a seasoned research scientist to join customer reviews development team in Seattle, WA. We own Amazon’s famous Customer Reviews – one of the world’s largest community driven products. User contributed reviews are a tremendously visible aspect of Amazon’s brand and a key competitive advantage. Millions of shoppers use customer reviews every day to make buying decisions through our global websites and mobile apps. This translates to a direct impact to Amazon’s core business and customer experience… You’re a scientist looking for a career where you’ll be able to lead, to deliver, and to influence. Read more

Off Semantic Tech Goes Into The Wild Blue Yonder

rsz_amprimeLook, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no – it’s an Amazon drone!

Admittedly, Amazon Prime Air’s unmanned aerial vehicles in commercial use are still a little ways off. But such technology – along with other recent innovations, such as the use of unmanned aircraft in crop-dusting or even Department of Homeland Security border applications, or future capabilities to extend the notion of auto-piloting in passenger airplanes using autonomous machine logic to control airspace and spacing between planes –needs to be accounted for in terms of its impact on the air space. The Next-Generation Air Transportation System is taking on the change in the management and operation of the national air transportation system.

And semantic technology, natural language processing, and machine learning, too, will have a hand in helping out, by fostering collaboration among the agencies that will be working together to develop the system, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under the coordination of the Joint Planning and Development Office. These agencies will need to leverage each other’s knowledge and research, as well as ensure – as necessary – data privacy.

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Open The Door To Bringing Linked Data To Real-World Projects

ld1Linked Data: Structured Data on the Web is now available in a soft-cover edition. The book, authored by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth, and Michael Hausenblas, and with a forward by Tim Berners-Lee, aims to give mainstream developers without previous experience with Linked Data practical techniques for integrating it into real-world projects, focusing on languages with which they’re likely to be familiar, such as JavaScript and Python.

Berners-Lee’s forward gets the ball rolling in a big way, making the case for Linked Data and its critical importance in the web ecosystem:“The Web of hypertext-linked documents is complemented by the very powerful Linked Web of Data.  Why linked?  Well, think of how the value of a Web page is very much a function of what it links to, as well as the inherent value of the information within the Web page. So it is — in a way even more so — also in the Semantic Web of Linked Data.  The data itself is valuable, but the links to other data make it much more so.”

The topic has clearly struck a nerve, Wood believes, noting that today we are “at a point where structured data on the web is getting tremendous play,” from Google’s Knowledge Graph to the Facebook Open Graph protocol, to the growing use of the schema.org vocabulary, to data still growing exponentially in the Linked Open Data Project, and more. “The industry is ready to talk about data and data processing in a way it never has been before,” he continues. There’s growing realization that Linked Data fits in with and nicely complements technologies in the data science realm, such as machine learning algorithms and Hadoop, such that “you can suddenly build things you never could before with a tiny team, and that’s pretty cool….No technology is sufficient in and of itself but combine them and you can do really powerful things.”

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Semantic Technology Jobs: A9.com

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A9.com is looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Search Relevance in Palo Alto, CA. The post states, “A9.com, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, is the search technology subsidiary of Amazon.com. We value all the positive traits of a successful startup — creativity, a fast pace, high energy, and a fun environment where everybody and their work is important. These traits, combined with the history of success and the resources of Amazon.com, are a winning combination for the team and for our customers. Our Search Relevance team is looking for strong and talented engineers who can make a difference in the quality of Amazon’s product search. As part of A9′s Relevance team, you’ll participate in all parts of the R&D process, from experimenting with new ideas and exploring new techniques to implementing features used by millions of Amazon.com customers every day.” Read more

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