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Field Report: Deep Learning Specialization on Coursera

This “Field Report” is a bit difference from all the other reports I’ve done for insideBIGDATA.com because it is more of a “virtual” report that chronicles my experiences going through the content of an exciting new learning resource designed to get budding AI technologists jump started into the field of Deep Learning. Renowned MOOC platform Coursera just launched a new Deep Learning Specialization series consisting of 5 courses.

RMSprop Optimization Algorithm for Gradient Descent with Neural Networks

The video lecture below on the RMSprop optimization method is from the course Neural Networks for Machine Learning, as taught by Geoffrey Hinton (University of Toronto) on Coursera in 2012. For all you AI practitioners out there, this technique should supplement your toolbox in a very useful way.

Big Data Asia 2017 – Singapore, Oct. 30/31

Now more than ever, our world needs Data Heroes to guide us through ever-changing circumstances. With the rise of Deep Learning, AI, IoT, and Digital Transformation, all organizations in every industry are going through a disruptive change. Big Data Asia offers you the knowledge, skills and tools that you need to master the data universe and achieve greater success now and beyond. Whether you’re an end user, tech provider, corporate executive, or a data scientist, Big Data Asia is where you want to be this upcoming October.

2017 Data Connectivity Outlook

Our friends over at Progress revealed some new findings from their 2017 Data Connectivity Outlook global survey. In the 4th annual survey based on responses from 1,200 business and IT professionals around the world, the results validate the explosive growth seen in SaaS data sources and the common challenges faced when trying to connect to data in a hybrid environment.

‘Learning Database’ Speeds Queries from Hours to Seconds

University of Michigan researchers developed software called Verdict that enables existing databases to learn from each query a user submits, finding accurate answers without trawling through the same data again and again. Verdict allows databases to deliver answers more than 200 times faster while maintaining 99 percent accuracy. In a research environment, that could mean getting answers in seconds instead of hours or days.

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World – the business case takes shape

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World: The business case takes shape is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sponsored by Wipro Limited. It draws upon a survey conducted in the second half of 2016 of 203 executives around the globe. The purpose of the study has been to gauge corporate attitudes toward AI in different regions and different industries. Based on a global survey of 203 senior executives, it finds that, especially in North America, companies in health and life sciences, in retail, in manufacturing and in financial services are actively testing the waters.

Intel AI Lounge – Bryce Olson, Global Marketing Director, Health and Life Sciences at Intel

In this Silicon Angle video interview, Bryce Olson, Intel Global Marketing Director, Health and Life Sciences and stage 4 cancer survivor, set out to find better treatment for his illness through technology. By using AI to sift through his DNA data, he is now in remission.

Machine Learning Interpretability with Driverless AI

In this presentation, our friends Andy Steinbach, Head of AI in Financial Services at NVIDIA, and Patrick Hall, Senior Director of Product at H2O.ai discuss Machine Learning Interpretability with Driverless AI. Interpretability is a hugely popular topic in machine learning. Wherever possible, interpretability approaches are deconstructed into more basic components suitable for human storytelling: complexity, scope, understanding, and trust.

UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Develop New Techniques to Measure Social Bias in Software

Today, banks are increasingly using software to decide who will get a loan, courts to judge who should be denied bail, and hospitals to choose treatments for patients. These uses of software make it critical that the software does not discriminate against groups or individuals, say computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. […]

Text Analytics – Unstructured Data Analysis

Presented by noted data scientist Derek Kane, this video provides an introduction to text analytics for advanced business users and IT professionals with limited programming expertise. The topics covered include search engine building, categorization (supervised and unsupervised), clustering, NLP, and social media analysis.