Posts Tagged ‘neural networking’

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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Nara Applies Its Neural Networking Tech To Personalize Hotel Recommendations

Nara, the service that to date has leveraged its neural networking technology to automate, personalize and curate web dining experiences for users, is making good on its previously-stated intentions to help users find and take action across various consumer lifestyle categories. (See our original story on the company here.)

The company today is adding personalized hotel recommendations to its portfolio. Consumers now will be able to find hotels conforming to their’ “Digital DNA” – the sum of what its technology learns of what they do and don’t like – in 50 high-volume cities in the U.S. and Canada. It’s entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Expedia to take care of booking on the back-end and TripAdvisor for its reviews, with both capabilities available to users without their having to leave the Nara site. The company expects to add additional locations in North America in the future, as it did for its restaurant recommendations.

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Telco Giant Takes Another Semantic Step

Starting today, if you’re a customer of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. in Malaysia, you’re going to be able to expand your notions of a more personalized web experience.

The company’s SingTel Digital Life Division has partnered with Nara to integrate its proprietary cloud-based neural network technology into its products. Nara today is best known for providing personalized restaurant recommendations: Its “digital DNA” algorithm adds up the sum of what it learns of what each person likes and doesn’t like regarding dining venues in order to serve up restaurant choices (see our story here).

Personalized experiences for SingTel customers will start at the restaurant level, too, with the Malaysia rollout followed by the debut of these services in Australia and Singapore. Nara always has said that its technology can expand beyond the restaurant domain, however, and a spokesperson for the company says such plans are still in the works, though she can’t provide a more definitive timeline.

The deal is not the first semantic matchup for SingTel, south-east Asia’s largest telecom operator.

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