• Google launches TensorFlow Quantum, a machine learning framework for training quantum models

    Mar 11, 2020

    Google today announced the launch of TensorFlow Quantum, bringing together machine learning and quantum computing initiatives at the company. The framework can construct quantum datasets, prototype hybrid quantum and classic machine learning models, support quantum circuit simulators, and train discriminative and generative quantum models.

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  • What Does Customer Experience Mean in a Voice-First World?

    Mar 9, 2020

    What do interactions between companies and customers look like without a screen in the way? That’s the question with which brands are grappling as they look to redefine the customer experience in today’s quickly changing marketplace.

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  • AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries

    Mar 3, 2020

    The AI 100 is CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 100 most promising AI startups in the world. This year’s winning companies include startups working on synthetic voice, quantum machine learning, protein modeling, and more.

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  • How To Enhance The Customer Experience Using AI And Voice Biometrics

    Mar 3, 2020

    As a business leader, it’s important to do everything you can to prevent and reduce identity theft, which can otherwise lead to financial loss for you, your organization and your consumers. But sometimes, the go-to approach can create a frustrating customer experience.

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  • The Amazing Ways Goodyear Uses Artificial Intelligence And IoT For Digital Transformation

    Mar 1, 2020

    Would you be surprised to learn a 120-year-old company is transforming its business with artificial intelligence and technology?

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  • Robot surgery could be the future of health care in remote areas

    Feb 28, 2020

    In 2001, surgeons in New York removed the gallbladder of a patient in France utilizing a remote-controlled robotic system. The Lindbergh operation, as it’s widely known, was the world’s first such tele-surgery.

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  • What Makes Data Valuable: The Truth About Data Network Effects

    Feb 25, 2020

    Data is not inherently valuable. Most data doesn’t produce a real data network effect, and most data network effects aren’t that powerful even once established. Consider the idea that your data strategy, in terms of value creation, is overrated. It can be powerful, but it’s typically not.

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  • Nuance Announces the General Availability of Ambient Clinical Intelligence

    Feb 24, 2020

    AI-powered ambient solution already improving physician productivity, patient throughput, and 88% higher physician satisfaction scores

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  • Why More Entrepreneurs Are Moving Away From Major U.S. Startup Hubs

    Feb 23, 2020

    For the past two years, Inc. has partnered with Startup Genome to document this migration in its annual Surge Cities list, which ranks the 50 best places to start a business in the U.S. The rise of Austin, which has been No. 1 on the list two years in a row, is but one example of an emerging hub that’s quickly becoming a beacon for founders.

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  • What Does “Artificial Intelligence” Really Mean?

    Feb 17, 2020

    Years ago, Marvin Minsky coined the phrase “suitcase words” to refer to terms that have a multitude of different meanings packed into them. He gave as examples words like consciousness, morality and creativity.

    “Artificial intelligence” is a suitcase word. Commentators today use the phrase to mean many different things in many different contexts. As AI becomes more important technologically, economically and geopolitically, the phrase’s use—and misuse—will only grow.

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  • Issue 20 - As the COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for touchless environments, from frontline workers to everyday commerce, robotics takes center stage.

    COVID-19 and the Golden Age of Robotics

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  • Issue 20 - Azafran Portfolio Case Study: Emoshape

    Emoshape emotion synthesis chip (EPU) technology represents a massive leap for AI

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