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  • How to Enable AI Solutions at Speed and Scale

    How to Enable AI Solutions at Speed and Scale

    We often talk about the big challenges AI and machine learning help overcome, but these systems are the result of years of research. Building and maintaining machine learning solutions requires...

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  • Transfer Learning: How It Works, What It’s Used for, and Where It’s Taking Us

    Transfer Learning: How It Works, What It’s Used for, and Where It’s Taking Us

    Human knowledge is cumulative. We learn the alphabet so that we can learn to read and write, and we then use those (theoretical) literacy skills to write blogs on the internet. By retaining the...

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  • Real or Deepfake? Identifying synthetic media in the age of AI

    Real or Deepfake? Identifying synthetic media in the age of AI

    Is what you’re seeing real? In this era of “fake news,” the importance of fighting misinformation is paramount. Currently, one of the biggest threats is deepfakes, synthetic media made using...

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  • M.I.T. to create a college for AI backed by $1 billion

    M.I.T. to create a college for AI backed by $1 billion

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced its plan to create the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing next year, backed by $1 billion in funding. The school...

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  • Why I’m Thankful for AI

    Why I’m Thankful for AI

    As I reflect on what I’m thankful for this month, AI algorithms may seem an unlikely choice. However, AI has found a home in our daily lives, our homes, and our workplace—as it continues to scale...

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  • Time Machine Day Two: Expanding the Possible

    Time Machine Day Two: Expanding the Possible

    After two full days of talks and panels from some of the most innovative minds out there, Time Machine 2018 has officially come to an end. If you missed anything, don’t worry—sign up here to...

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  • Time Machine Day One: “The Last True Frontier”

    Time Machine Day One: “The Last True Frontier”

    The AI and future tech event of the year, Time Machine 2018, has officially begun! Time Machine is an annual summit where leaders across industries gather to showcase how the technology of the...

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  • A Look Back and A Look Ahead with Time Machine

    A Look Back and A Look Ahead with Time Machine

    Our Time Machine 2018 summit is fast approaching. The November 6-7 event gathers executives, academics and industry leaders in Austin, Texas, to

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  • Reflections on AI and Labor

    Reflections on AI and Labor

    This week, the U.S. celebrated Labor Day to honor the contributions of workers to our country’s prosperity. As we enter the era of AI, the discussion around labor tends to focus on a single...

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  • The Math of Cats and Dogs: AI in Image Recognition

    The Math of Cats and Dogs: AI in Image Recognition

    Say you wanted to write a computer program to recognize pictures of cats. A reasonable starting point might be to ask yourself, “What does a cat look like?” A cat is a furry, four-legged animal...

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  • AI in Biometrics: The Flight Path to Safer Aviation

    AI in Biometrics: The Flight Path to Safer Aviation

    When boarding an airplane, you’re probably not wondering how many hours of sleep your pilot got last night. However, new research into the effects of fatigue on pilot safety and effectiveness...

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  • The State of Evolutionary Computation, Part Three

    The State of Evolutionary Computation, Part Three

    In our previous post, we explored computational cost as one major shortcoming of evolutionary algorithms and reviewed some of the exciting research presented at GECCO 2018 devoted to addressing...

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  • The State of Evolutionary Computation, Part Two

    The State of Evolutionary Computation, Part Two

    In our previous post, we introduced the world of evolutionary computation, a family of optimization algorithms inspired by biological evolution. Though evolutionary algorithms have yielded...

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  • The State of Evolutionary Computation

    The State of Evolutionary Computation

    SparkCognition joined fellow researchers this year at the 2018 proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Kyoto, Japan. In recent years, evolutionary...

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  • Five Questions To Ensure An AI Vendor Can Deliver Results

    Five Questions To Ensure An AI Vendor Can Deliver Results

    (This article first appeared in Forbes.) In a crowded, rapidly developing field like artificial intelligence, decision makers in enterprises can struggle when deciding where to invest their...

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  • How AI Stops Fileless Attacks

    How AI Stops Fileless Attacks

    A new kind of cyber attack is on the rise. Fileless attacks were involved with up to 77% of all successful cyber attacks in 2017. But what are fileless attacks, and how can you defend against...

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  • 5 Years of SparkCognition, 5 Problems We’ve Solved

    5 Years of SparkCognition, 5 Problems We’ve Solved

    This week, SparkCognition celebrated its fifth year as a company. In that short time, we have emerged as a leader in the field of artificial intelligence, winning awards for our technology and...

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  • Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance: Why Enterprise Should Know the Difference

    Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance: Why Enterprise Should Know the Difference

    We’re often asked by our clients to explain the difference between “predictive” and “prescriptive” analytics. We thought that this simple example could clear up the distinction: Imagine you’re...

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  • Down to the Basics: An Overview of NLP Applications in Business

    Down to the Basics: An Overview of NLP Applications in Business

    What is NLP? Humans understand language naturally—so much so that we take for granted the complex rules and inflections underlying everyday speech and writing. Teaching machines to understand...

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  • DeepArmor Catches Cyber Attack Culprit CyrptoMix

    DeepArmor Catches Cyber Attack Culprit CyrptoMix

    Once again ransomware has found a way to shed its skin, bypassing vigilant malware solutions and administrators alike. In this case, CryptoMix (a combination of the ransomeware families CyrptXXX...

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