Author: Mariya Yao

Suck At Data & Analytics? Then You’re Not Ready For A.I.

Saying you use “AI” at your company may give you bragging rights at your industry meetups and even fool the media, but actually implementing enterprise-wide transformation is much harder than just claiming you have. Before you beg management for an eye-popping AI budget, be aware: not all companies are ready for artificial intelligence. Unlike flash drives and mobile apps, enterprise-scale AI is not standalone plug-and-play technology. The quality of your data and analytics infrastructure, as well as your organization’s engineering and business culture, are critical foundations for any AI initiative. Even tech-savvy companies like Google have made embarrassing faux-pas,...

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Over 28% of companies use A.I. for CRM. Does yours?

Is your organization moving fast enough to adopt AI technologies? Or are your competitors pulling ahead ahead of you? In December 2017, the White House under President Obama released a detailed report on artificial intelligence, automation, and the American economy. The report credited technology with being the primary driver of growth in GDP per capita, even more so than labor or capital. But the administration also warned that  “the winner-take-most nature of information technology markets means that only a few may come to dominate markets” and feared that “the large economic gains brought about by AI could accrue to...

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What Is Blockchain? A Brief Introduction

Along with “artificial intelligence”, “internet of things (IoT)”, and “big data”, “blockchain” is yet another trendy word of the day. Some experts believe blockchain technology, especially in combination with AI, could revolutionize precision medicine, self-driving cars, and international economies. Others believe the technology is overhyped and doomed to fail. But…what exactly is blockchain? To understand where both perspectives stem from, you need to get a grip on the nature of the beast.   How Does Blockchain Work? Blockgeeks, an online community for discussing all things blockchain, describes the technology as follows: “Picture a spreadsheet that is duplicated thousands of...

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7 Ways To Piss Off The A.I. Talent You’re Trying To Recruit

Pushy, slow, stupid, flaky. If you do a Google search for “Why are recruiters so…”, these are the autocomplete suggestions you’ll see. The industry doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. If you thought tech recruiters sucked, AI recruiters are even worse. To be fair, they’re not always entirely at fault. AI is a broad, complex, technical, and ever-evolving topic which even experts in the field constantly debate. If researchers and engineers argue about what constitutes “AI”, then recruiters don’t stand a chance. But, I repeatedly see the same avoidable mistakes over and over from technical recruiters peddling fancy-sounding positions...

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Why Google Might Lose The Enteprise A.I. Wars

“Google has never understood enterprise,” asserts Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind. By contrast, Nicholson gets how businesses think. His company builds Deeplearning4j, the leading open-source enterprise-ready library for deep learning. “You can do anything you want in consumer, because people aren’t paying. In enterprise, your customers hand you eight figure checks and expect top-notch professional service along with golf games and steak dinners.” The three current leaders in cloud computing services – Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and IBM (IBM Cloud) – understand this dynamic very well. While Google is widely acknowledged as the defacto leader in AI research with...

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