IBM Watson Meetup—Part1 (Overview)

Recently I attended a meetup at the IBM Silicon Valley Labs in South San Jose. The title of the meetup was IBM Watson to enable new generation of apps to solve business/social problems. Because it was a good source of information, I’ve summarized it briefly. Also, take a look at this, which gives more information […]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – Toshiba and Mitsubishi

Toshiba As the other usual suspects in Japan are moving towards the artificial intelligence market, Toshiba is not sitting idle. Like other large companies in Japan, it has many subsidiaries and related companies. Toshiba Solutions (hereinafter, Toshiba-Sol) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Solutions Logo Dialogue System for Inheritance Advice Several companies […]

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AI Research in Japanese Enterprises – Hitachi

Hitachi’s press release of October 26, 2015 indicated that Hitachi AI Technology/Business Improvement Service would be started on November 2, 2015.   According to the press release: Hitachi AI Technology/H is the umbrella name “Hitachi AI Technology” to refer to advanced AI technologies, as well as solutions that incorporate those technologies. Hitachi has been involved […]

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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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A Few Things I Picked Up at Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose

We take Wi-Fi for granted, but it is constantly evolving, and so are areas associated with it. At Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose, I picked up a few things that I considered interesting in the area of Wi-Fi. That does not mean those were the only noteworthy topics; there were many more, including smart […]

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… leave the kids alone?

… leave the kids alone?

There is a belief that children nowadays are natural, “Digital Natives”, and that we adults on the sidelines are “Digital Immigrants”.  The dexterity and comfort many children demonstrate when interacting with digital devices and social media tools generates this image of them being “naturals”. This in turn contributes to the sense of disconnect between the […]

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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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