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AI-Driven ‘Digital Employees’ Will Replace Recently Embraced Chatbots

AI-Driven ‘Digital Employees’ Will Replace Recently Embraced Chatbots

Customer service chatbots have quickly gained widespread adoption in the retail industry. But leading brands already are ...

DARPA, Chipmakers Seek Path Beyond Moore’s Law

DARPA, Chipmakers Seek Path Beyond Moore’s Law

The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that ...

‘Neural’ Network Fabric Boosts Server Links

‘Neural’ Network Fabric Boosts Server Links

As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business ...

Rackspace Partners With Pivotal, Expands With Google

Rackspace Partners With Pivotal, Expands With Google

Cloud manager Rackspace is working with cloud services provider Pivotal Software and Google's public cloud unit to ...

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July 26, 2017(0)
Customer service chatbots have quickly gained widespread adoption in the retail industry. But leading brands already are evaluating alternative, next-gen customer service technologies – namely, AI and cognitive computing – primed to eclipse chatbots, which simply can’t compete with technologies that provide human-like customer service and can learn and improve autonomously over time. According to Gartner, self-learning automation solutions ... Full article
July 24, 2017(0)
The U.S. military long ago ceded dominance in electronics innovation to Silicon Valley, the DoD-backed powerhouse that has driven microelectronic generation for decades. With Moore's Law clearly running out of steam, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to reinvigorate and leverage a vibrant domestic chip sector with a $200 million initiative designed among other things to ... Full article
July 21, 2017(0)
As network bottlenecks mount in datacenters—a hurdle that will only get worse with the deployment of business analytics using machine learning—there is a growing need for networking solutions that can scale to tens of thousands of connections without breaking the bank. As things stand now, only hyper-scale cloud service providers can achieve the economies of scale that make smart ... Full article
July 20, 2017(0)
Cloud manager Rackspace is working with cloud services provider Pivotal Software and Google's public cloud unit to deliver new multi-cloud and other capabilities. The partnerships include management of Pivotal's growing Cloud Foundry platform. Rackspace said this week it would support Pivotal's cloud-native application development platform designed to run on public or private clouds as well as dedicated hardware owned ... Full article
July 19, 2017(0)
Application containers are getting more portable across different implementations thanks to a two-year effort to forge "vendor neutral" specifications released this week by an industry group. The Open Container Initiative (OCI) unveiled version 1.0 specifications addressing a container runtime along with an image format. Together, the specs aim to "lay the foundation for container portability across different implementations to ... Full article
July 18, 2017(0)
Heightened awareness about the security risks associated with open source software has increased use of disciplined DevOps practices that have improved application quality and developer productivity, a software supply chain survey finds. With open source software making major inroads in enterprise application development, a vendor survey by DevOps tool vendor Sonatype found that downloads of building block components such ... Full article
July 13, 2017(0)
Enterprise software is often maligned as a legacy holdover from a previous age, a low-growth market dominated by stodgy software companies out to milk maintenance streams from hapless victims. But two giants of enterprise software, OpenText and Infor, today showed that even giants can move nimbly when it comes to putting artificial intelligence into the hands of its customers. ... Full article
July 10, 2017(0)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been with us for well over half a century, but confusion still exists regarding what it is and where it is best applied. This is especially true for the latest AI incarnation: “deep learning.” Overall, AI is a group of different technologies created to automate tasks that are typically accomplished by humans. The first types ... Full article
July 10, 2017(0)
IBM has been working with an application developer startup called Lightbend Inc. on artificial intelligence, cognitive and other distributed applications, most destined to run in the cloud. The startup announced this week that IBM has extended their collaboration by leading a $15 million funding round that also includes Intel Capital and a group of venture capital backers. Launched in ... Full article
July 5, 2017(0)
As more distributed applications are delivered via containers, managing them at scale has become a key requirement. That has spurred extensions of container orchestration tools such as Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. In the latter's case, those extensions include new ways to customize services while adding features like persistent container storage. With those requirements in mind, the latest version of ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
A huge investment by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group in an up-and-coming cyber security startup leaves little doubt that enterprises are looking for ways to design more security features into embattled global IT networks. Cybereason announced Wednesday (June 21) that SoftBank (TOKYO: 9984) will invest $100 million in the cyber security firm that specializes in end-point threat detection and ... Full article
June 21, 2017(0)
The care, feeding and sustained growth of the HPC industry increasingly is in the hands of the commercial market sector – in particular, it’s the hyperscale companies and their embrace of AI and deep learning – that will drive healthy and stable, if not spectacular, expansion of the market through 2021 and beyond. Those are some of the top-line ... Full article
June 20, 2017(0)
Enterprise software developers are frequently on the lookout for tools that can streamline existing business processes or help create new ones. Increasingly, a survey funds, many are turning to open source tools or spin-off distributions, leading some to start their own companies. Among the most popular open source tools, according to a vendor survey released this week by San ... Full article
June 18, 2017(0)
Deep Learning Day, an all-day series of sessions at ISC this week in Frankfurt, looks to offer some of the conference’s most compelling discussions for the excellent reason that deep learning itself is one of – if not the – most compelling applications of advanced scale computing, pushing the frontiers of technological capabilities for both the industrial/commercial and traditional ... Full article
June 16, 2017(0)
Deep learning is the latest and most compelling technology strategy to take aim at the decades-old “drowning in data/starving for insight” problem. But contrary to the commonly held notion, deep learning is more than a big data problem per se. Delivering on deep learning’s potential – and achieving its anticipated 50 percent annual growth rate market opportunity – involves ... Full article
June 15, 2017(0)
Data lake vs. data warehouse: what’s the difference? Are they different? More to the point, what contrasting analytics workloads do they support? While both store massive amounts of data in multiple formats from multiple sources, and though data lake is the newer term of the two, the difference is this, according to MemSQL CMO Gary Orenstein: a data warehouse ... Full article
June 14, 2017(0)
Cross project integration is not exactly prevalent in today’s open source ecosystem, and it’s a problem. Open source projects that enable large scale collaboration and are built on a layered and modular architecture – such as Linux – have proven their success time and again. But the Linux ideology stands in stark contrast to the general state of much ... Full article
June 14, 2017(0)
For each front-line combat soldier there are 10 soldiers laboring behind the lines on logistics and supplies, so goes the military axiom; similarly, it’s been observed that for every salesperson pushing product for a manufacturing company there’s a field service technician maintaining those products in the field. For “asset intensive” industries, maintaining equipment is a hugely complex operational challenge ... Full article
June 12, 2017(0)
Docker is expanding it presence in China. The application container leader said June 9 it has launched a cloud-based registry providing local access to Docker images as well as other open source content. Docker will manage the image repository that will be hosted in China by the Alibaba cloud service.   Local access is expected to accelerate downloads of ... Full article
June 9, 2017(0)
Billed as one of the largest national genome medical research projects in the world, Sidra Medical and Research Center in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, in partnership with IBM, has embarked on the Qatar Genome Program (QGP), an effort to collect and perform analytics on genomic profiles of hundreds of thousands of Qatari citizens. The ultimate goal of ... Full article

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