Michael C. Daconta of GCN recently wrote, “Recent articles about Pandora’s and Netflix’s use of big data illustrate why government IT managers should not just focus on data management, data collection and even big data processing. They need to shift the focus from the data producer to the data consumer… In both these cases, we see big data is the stepping stone for consumer-centric information production. The Netflix micro-genres are not the trove of big data on movie viewing, or the movie data itself. Instead, it is useful information mined from that data. Likewise, the data containing Pandora users’ demographics and preferences create a way for advertisers to target buyers.” Read more
Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Web’
ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwired – Feb 18, 2014) – Phase2, a leading digital content strategy, design, and technology firm, today announced key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Thomas Tague to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). The addition of the COO function is part of an executive realignment designed to focus on the needs of Phase2′s clients and team members as the company continues to expand its operations. Tague joins the company from Thomson Reuters, where he served as Chief Technical Officer for Media Product and Support, and was responsible for bringing together product management, engineering, and customer support for a half billion-dollar product portfolio for the news agency. Read more
Not everyone gets to have quite the affectionate relationship with technology that Joaquin Phoenix has with Samantha in Her. But it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and so as good a time as any to at least review some of the ways that semantic and related technologies are helping us find — and stay — in love:
- Graphing relationships is the game at dating app Hinge, which works to connect Facebook friends with friends’ friends, using their history and likes to build a graph about each other that gets the love conversation started. The free mobile data-driven matchmaking app is available in NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston, and most recently came online in San Francisco, too.
- Folks in search of romance also have the Freebase-powered LoveFlutter to check into. It, too, makes use of your Facebook interests and extends that with the help of the Freebase’s database to fill out other details about those interests – such as what genre of movies it is that you like – to semantically connect your interests with that of other users, and you with them. It will use that data to suggest a great first date spot for you, too. Costs range from free to $29.99 month.
Everyone knows The Clapper for turning electric equipment on and off, right? Sing along: “Clap-on, clap-off….The Clapper.”
Things have come a long way since then, with security, energy management, and more coming along to help turn the average house into a smarter home. Now comes a chance to take things to another level, with semantic-based resource discovery and orchestration in home and building automation. Research led by Michele Ruta, assistant professor at Technical University of Bari, takes on the challenge of bringing together the worlds of semantic web and automation in order to improve what Ruta says are very poor user interaction scenarios.
How? In home automation solutions today, he says, the user is limited to very basic scenarios and very static interaction that requires pre-programming the capabilities the home can assume. “It should be possible to have dynamic interaction, more intelligent interaction with the user, and decisions should be done according to user interest, to a user’s profile,” Ruta says. Semantic technology can be called upon to annotate users’ profiles, interests, and needs against home automation profile options, and make the match between them, he says.
Kerstin Recker recently wrote for Wired, “Search has changed dramatically over the past year and semantic technology has been at the center of it all. Consumers increasingly expect search engines to understand natural language and perceive the intent behind the words they type in, and search engine algorithms are rising to this challenge. This evolution in search has dramatic implications for marketers, consumers, technology developers and content creators — and it’s still the early days for this rapidly changing environment. Here is an overview of how search technology is changing, how these changes may affect you and what you can do to market your business more effectively in the new era of search.” Read more
James Kobielus of Info World recently wrote, “Cognitive computing can’t achieve its potential without a strong semantic-processing substrate that executes across diverse content sources… Nova Spivack references IBM Watson in this regard. The cloud service’s DeepQA technology incorporates semantic approaches into its very core, balancing the use of strict and shallow semantics and leveraging many loosely formed ontologies to deliver precise answers to natural-language queries. In my recent big data predictions for 2014, I state that cognitive computing — much of which will move into the cloud — incorporates and extends the innovations pioneered by the semantic Web community.” Read more
Happy Data Privacy Day!
The semantic web community has done its share of thinking on the data privacy topic, as evidenced by events such as Privacy Online 2013 at the International Semantic Web Conference in Australia. Recognizing the impact of semantic technologies on privacy, the workshop aimed to focus on raising awareness that the technologies the semweb community is working on have global societal consequences as well as to raise the awareness of interconnections between the different communities that are involved in Web privacy and security.
If you haven’t had a chance to have a look before, today’s the perfect day to check out the papers that were accepted for that event, which you can access here.
Look, 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.
Charles Silver of Algebraix recently shared his opinions on artificial intelligence‘s recently revamped popularity and growing plausibility. Silver writes, “Just a few months ago, the phrase ‘artificial intelligence’ suddenly started being tossed around presentations, blogs, headlines, seminars — even a Facebook earnings meeting — as if it were the most benign concept in the world. AI could actually win an Oscar, thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s riveting voice-only performance as Samantha, the AI-enabled OS in the new movie ‘Her’. One reason for AI’s new respectability: Big steps have been made in solving the problems of artificial intelligence, especially in speech recognition and concept communication. Just think about how casually we now accept machines that can understand and talk, from Apple’s Siri to IBM’s ‘Jeopardy’-winning Watson.” Read more
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