Dave Lloyd of ClickZ.com recently wrote, “People are becoming more sophisticated in their searching, using longer queries, more precise terms, and more contextual info in their queries. Clearly, there’s exponentially more content on the Web than there was even five years ago, and this means the needle-in-a-haystack science of algorithms must become more sophisticated in finding the most effective answers for queries. The expanding use of mobile and voice technologies are also changing how we search. We’ve arrived at a place where literal matching by itself isn’t good enough. In response, we’re moving toward a new normal: semantic search. It’s an idea that’s been in the works for a long time and was described by the Web’s creator Tim Berners-Lee in 2001 but is only recently going live in a way that affects regular users. Read more
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Last week news came from SindiceTech about the availability of its SindiceTech Freebase Distribution for the cloud (see our story here). SindiceTech has finalized its separation from the university setting in which it incubated, the former DERI institute, now a part of the Insight Center for Data Analytics, and now is re-launching its activities, with more new solutions and capabilities on the way.
“The first thing was to launch the Knowledge Graph distribution in the cloud,” says CEO Giovanni Tummarello. “The Freebase distribution showcases how it is possible to quickly have a really large Knowledge Graph in one’s own private cloud space.” The distribution comes instrumented with some of the tools SindiceTech has developed to help users both understand and make use of the data, he says, noting that “the idea of the Knowledge Graph is to have a data integration space that makes it very simple to add new information, but all that power is at risk of being lost without the tools to understand what is in the Knowledge Graph.”
Included in the first round of the distribution’s tools for composing queries and understanding the data as a whole are the Data Types Explorer (in both tabular and graph versions), and the Assisted SPARQL Query Editor. The next releases will increase the number of tools and provide updated data. “Among the tools expected is an advanced Knowledge Graph entity search system based on our newly released SIREn search system,” he says.
Google is looking for a Business Systems Analyst, Data Services in Mountain View, CA. According to the post, “At Google, we work at lightning speed. So when things get in the way of progress, the Business Systems Integration, Master Data Services team steps in to remove those roadblocks. The team identifies time-consuming internal data flows and processes and then builds Master Data Services that are reliable and scalable enough to work within the size and scope of the company. You listen to and translate Googler’s data services needs into high-level technical specifications, design and develop recommended systems and work with Google technical team to ensure smooth implementation. Whether battling large system processes or leveraging our homegrown suite of Google products for Googlers themselves, you help Googlers work faster and more efficiently.” Read more
Scott Raynovich of CMS Wire recently wrote, “Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind. In the past month, Google has gone on yet another acquisition binge, spending at least $4 billion on a trio of startups that seem only loosely connected — robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence, respectively. Is there a central strategy, and what does it mean to the future of Google, the Internet of Things and Customer Experience? Based on a pattern of deals and feedback from leading experts, it appears Google believes the future is heavily connected to data gathering, machine learning and automation, which all of these companies have in common. ‘In a broader pattern, if Google is focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, how is this kind of semantic understanding going to help us make decisions faster and do our jobs,’ said David Schubmehl, a research director with International Data Corp. (IDC).” Read more
Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review recently wrote, “For all its success, Google’s famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years. That’s why in 2010 Google acquired Metaweb, a company building a database intended to give computers the ability to understand the world. Two years later the company’s technology resurfaced as the Knowledge Graph. John Giannandrea, vice president of engineering at Google and a Metaweb cofounder, says that will lead to Google’s future products being able to truly understand the people who use them and the things they care about. He told MIT Technology Review’s Tom Simonite how a data store designed to link together all the knowledge on Earth might do that.” Read more
Google’s letting the cash flow. Fresh off its $3.2 billion acquisition of “conscious home” company Nest, which makes the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, it’s spending some comparative pocket change — $400 million – on artificial intelligence startup DeepMind Technologies.
The news was first reported at re/code here, where one source describes DeepMind as “the last large independent company with a strong focus on artificial intelligence.” The London startup, funded by Founders Fund, was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, with the stated goal of combining machine learning techniques and neuroscience to build powerful general purpose learning algorithms.
Its web page notes that its first commercial applications are in simulations, e-commerce and games, and this posting for a part-time paid computer science internship from this past summer casts it as “a world-class machine learning research company that specializes in developing cutting edge algorithms to power massively disruptive new consumer products.”
Google’s Knowledge Graph took on some new work this week, driving popups of information about some of the website sources that users see in their search results.
According to a posting at Google’s Search blog, clicking on the name of the information source that appears next to the link delivers details about that source, as in the picture at left. “You’ll see this extra information when a site is widely recognized as notable online, when there is enough information to show or when the content may be handy for you,” reports Bart Niechwiej, the software engineer who wrote up the news.
The feature’s been getting a lot of buzz. Much of the information informing Google’s Knowledge Graph comes from Wikipedia, as well as from Freebase and the CIA World FactBook. And, when it comes to a popup source of information you’re likely to see show up somewhere in most searches’ results, Wikipedia likely will be among them. In fact, observers like Matt McGee over at Search Engine Land have noted about the new feature that “the popups rely heavily on Wikipedia.”
Ron Callari of Inventor Spot recently wrote, “OK, so a $3.2 billion acquisition is nothing to sneeze at! However, when your current stock price on the Nasdaq exchange is trading at $1148 per share, and your coffers are overflowing in excess of $57 billion in cash and marketable securities – $3.2 is more or less chump change for an Internet giant. But exactly what’s Google’s end game in acquiring a company that few of us knew about? Nest, according to Tony Fadell, its founder and CEO was started humbly with one device in 2010 – the lowly unglamorous thermostat. While it seemed like ‘a crazy idea at the time – it made all the sense in the world to us,’ Faddell asserted.” Read more
Nathan Ingraham of The Verge reports, “Google has just purchased Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. According to a Google press release, Nest will continue to operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell; co-founder Matt Rogers will also make the move to Google. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. Google Ventures had already invested over $100 million in Nest, so the company has been on Mountain View’s radar for some time now. It’s not yet clear exactly how Google plans to use Nest, but the company obviously sees it as an important part of its future. A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home.” Read more
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