Honeywell lays down $1.3 billion to drive AI and IoT into life sciences

Honeywell announced yesterday it will acquire Sparta Systems for $1.3 billion to gain control of quality management software (QMS) that the company is promising to augment with machine learning algorithms and other AI capabilities. Employed within the life sciences sector, Honeywell is also pledging to integrate the TrackWise Digital QMS software from Sparta with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms as […]

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Researchers release Melinda dataset to train AI systems for analyzing study methods

Curating biological studies is an important yet labor-intensive process performed by researchers in life sciences fields. Among other tasks, curators must recognizing experiment methods, identifying the underlying protocols that net the figures published in research articles. In other words, “biocurators” need to take figures, captions, and more into their consideration and make decisions about how each were derived. This requires […]

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RingCentral acquires conversational AI startup DeepAffects

RingCentral, a company that creates cloud-based communication and collaboration tools for the enterprise, has acquired conversational AI intelligence startup DeepAffects. Founded in 2003, Belmont, California-based RingCentral develops a range of cloud products for businesses, including contact center software, business phone and messaging systems, video conferencing, and more. As with other platforms that enabled businesses to transition to remote work during […]

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OneTrust raises $300 million to automate data governance and compliance

Atlanta, Georgia-based privacy and marketing solutions firm OneTrust today announced it raised $300 million at a $5.1 billion valuation. The company says the round will be put toward product R&D as it looks to expand its sales, marketing, and engineering teams worldwide. About 64% of respondents around the world feel that adhering to compliance requirements is a “very” or “extremely” […]

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T-Mobile: Massive BYOD growth raises huge enterprise security risks

In recent years, enterprises have increasingly adopted bring your own device policies, allowing employees to use self-selected computers and smartphones rather than ones issued by IT departments — a change that enabled many companies to rapidly shift people to  working from home, and is expected to continue growing for the next five years. But as a new workplace mobility report […]

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OctoML optimizes Apache TVM for Apple’s M1, beats Core ML 4 by 29%

Thanks to the 16-core Neural Engine in Apple’s new M1 chip, fast dedicated machine learning hardware is about to become commonplace in affordable Mac servers, desktops, and laptops — everything from business computers to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances. Today, machine learning optimization firm OctoML announced that it has already surpassed the performance of Apple’s latest Core ML 4 by nearly […]

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AI Weekly: NeurIPS 2020 and the hope for change

On Monday morning, organizers of NeurIPS, the largest annual gathering of AI researchers in the world, gave Best Paper awards to the authors of three pieces of research, including one detailing OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model. The week also started with AI researchers refusing to review Google AI papers until grievances were resolved after firing Ethical AI team co-lead Timnit Gebru. Googlers describe […]

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Teachable AI will help Alexa users set up preferences

Amazon today detailed a capability coming to Alexa called Teachable AI that will enable the assistant to ask questions to fill gaps in its understanding. First announced during the company’s September virtual press event, Teachable AI leverages machine learning to determine whether a request can be a trigger for a teachable moment. If Alexa makes this determination, it will ask […]

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