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If We Forget to Look Out of the Window

A window out Every year has its moments, and 2016 was no exception. Various significant shifts occurred, including changes in the political landscape in the United States, United Kingdom, and Turkey. And the horrors of war, civil strife, terrorism and an underlying global tension have been constantly fed into our digital lives from the comfort […]

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Real-Time Streaming Data Analysis with SaaS

In a recent Technology Convergence Conference, Dean Nelson, Vice President, Global Foundation Services (GFS), eBay, said something like the following. People embrace cloud computing, the digital world, and e-commerce, but they seldom pay much attention to the infrastructure that makes them possible. Yes, many people think applications and clouds are available out of nowhere. It […]

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Where Are All These Areas of AI, NLP, ML, DL, and ANN Going? Part 2

This is a continuation of Part 1. Machine Learning (ML) Hype AI includes a wide variety of subfields, but recently the terms ML and/or deep learning (DL) have been used interchangeably with AI. In our interview, Dr. Kunio Matsui mentioned that a boom for ML comes every 15 years. Back around the year 2000, ML […]

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Where Are All These Areas of AI, NLP, ML, DL, and ANN Going? Part 1

When you learn a new subject, the first thing you need to do is pick up a set of terms and acronyms for it. To save space, I won’t define each term here. You can easily look it up by following the link: AI = Artificial Intelligence NLP = Natural Language Processing ML = Machine […]

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Disrupt Me.

Disruption for many people generates discomfort, shakes the status quo and breaks routines. We all have an emotional response to this process: for some hesitation, doubt, confusion, fear, anger, bewilderment, and for others excitement, rejuvenation, inspiration, motivation and energizing or a combination of the above. The Digital Disruption Has Already Happened” image on twitter challenged […]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – NTT Group

The NTT Group consists of many companies, as shown below. The group employs more than 240,000 people, and its total revenue was greater than $110B at the end of March 2015.   (Source NTT Group Home page) Among these companies, NTT DoCoMo is well known in the US, but NTT Communications and NTT Data are […]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – Fujitsu

Fujitsu issued a press release on their AI in November 2015. The release said that they had been conducting research on AI for more than 30 years. They packaged these results as Zinrai. This set of slides gives more information on Fujitsu’s AI work and Zinrai. Zinrai Architecture The Zinrai architecture below covers many aspects […]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises — NEC

It appears that Artificial Intelligence (AI) research is getting a lot of attention in the US and the UK, but Japan may not be too far behind. In this blog, I summarize what is going on with AI research, products, and services in Japan. I need to warn you that some of the links are […]

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What’s Wrong Current Approaches to AI?

In an interesting keynote speech at the SmartData Conference, Dr. Gary Marcus said statistics and Big Data are not helping the AI field, and we should go back to cognitive science to improve our approaches to AI.   Gary Marcus is: a research psychologist whose work focuses on language, biology, and the mind. Dr. Marcus […]

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Which Stream Processing Engine: Storm, Spark, Samza, or Flink?

According to discussions about them during the NoSQL Now conference and the ways they are described, Storm, Spark, and Samza solve similar problems in different ways. This article discusses the differences among Spark, Storm, and Samza. It is nice to see that so many open source packages are readily available in the analytics space, but […]

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