Google Brain cofounder and former Baidu AI chief scientist Andrew Ng today announced the launch of the AI Transformation Playbook, a prescriptive guide for business leaders looking to create AI-first companies. The playbook is the latest initiative from Ng, who has been advising startups, developers, and legacy businesses on how to build successful ventures in the AI era. In recent years, Ng, who is also a Stanford University professor, has been a mainstay at AI gatherings where business executives meet to discuss what it takes to become a good AI company. “The AI Transformation Playbook synthesizes a lot of lessons I’ve learned leading and building these teams at Google and Baidu, as well as lessons I’ve learned discussing and interacting with many CEOs, including many outside the software industry,” Ng told VentureBeat in a phone interview. The playbook offers five main rules for how to transform a business into an AI-first company: 1. Execute pilot … [Read more...] about Andrew Ng launches AI playbook for businesses
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Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, which kicked off in June 2017, has provided cloud-based tools and AI services to dozens of organizations “working to protect our planet,” in the words of Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. It’s committed to investing $50 million over the next four years to fund AI development across five key areas — agriculture, biodiversity, conservation, climate change, and water. And today, at an event at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., Microsoft and National Geographic jointly revealed 11 winners of the AI for Earth Innovation Grant. The recipients hail from six countries and eight regions across five continents and were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants. They’ll be awarded between $45,000 and $200,000 from a prize pool of $1.28 million — larger than the initially planned $1 million — to support the creation and deployment of open source models … [Read more...] about Microsoft and National Geographic announce winners of AI for Earth Innovation Grant
From advancements in artificial intelligence technologies to 3D printing, 2018 has been a major year in tech. As cutting-edge technologies reach the market and are integrated, business strategies may evolve as well. To find out what innovations are coming and what’s likely to impact the business sphere, I asked a panel of entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council the following question: With many new applications and innovations at play, what technology do you expect will have the most exciting implication for businesses in the coming year and why? Their best answers are below: 1. 5G networks Vik Patel, Future Hosting 2. Mainstream blockchain apps Brian Condenanza, Fluo Shoes 3. More AI-enabled platforms for automated work Serenity Gibbons, NAACP 4. Machine learning for customer service Eng Tan, Simplr 5. 3D printing Piyush Jain, Simpalm 6. New security measures Zohar Steinberg, Token Payments 7. Augmented reality are going to be incredible. As this technology … [Read more...] about 10 innovative technologies with potential impact for business
Artificial intelligence is not yet ready to tackle "business processes." That's the message from International Business Machines in a research paper offered up this week from Big Blue's scientists at its IBM Watson and Almaden Research Center units. The paper raises lots of hopeful suggestions, but also implies substantial questions as to whether AI is just too unruly and wild at the moment for a Big Blue to tame it. Also: IBM launches pretrained Watson packs for industries The proposal of IBM's researchers' is that a lot of stages of machine learning need to be considered carefully, including how a manager should "set goals" for the neural network model, how the "data pipeline" should be constructed for the examples that serve as input to the neural network, and how to constantly "iterate" an AI model to improve it. Special concerns are things that matter to regulated industries, such as the "lineage" of the data: What is the "legality" of the data being used? … [Read more...] about Can IBM possibly tame AI for enterprises?
Andrew Ng, a computer scientist who led Google’s AI division, Google Brain, and formerly served as vice president and chief scientist at Baidu, is a veritable celebrity in the artificial intelligence (AI) industry. After leaving Baidu, he debuted an online curriculum of classes centered around machine learning — Deeplearning.ai — and soon after launched Landing.ai, a startup with the goal of “revitalizing manufacturing through AI.” (One of its first partners was Taiwanese company Foxconn, which produces the bulk of Apple’s iPhones.) Ng was the keynote speaker at the AI Frontiers Conference in November 2017, and this year unveiled the AI Fund, a $175 million incubator that backs small teams of experts looking to solve key problems using machine learning. Oh, and he’s also chairman of AI cognitive behavioral therapy startup Woebot; sits on the board of driverless car company Drive.ai; and wrote a guide to AI … [Read more...] about Andrew Ng launches ‘AI for Everyone,’ a new Coursera program aimed at business professionals