Toyota is linking arms with tech companies and auto industry suppliers like Intel, Ericsson and Denso to create a new big data alliance to support the development of connected cars. Dubbed Automotive Edge Computing Consortium, the just-announced group will work together to marshal the data collected from vehicles and smart infrastructure. According to a statement from Toyota, "The objective of the consortium is to develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing." This announcement comes on the heels of Toyota and Mazda announcing a partnership to develop connected and electric automobiles just last week.Enlarge ImageConnected car data is expected to reach 10 exabytes a month by 2025. Toyota A key goal of the consortium will be to build a … [Read more...] about Toyota, Intel and Ericsson team up to collect Big Data from cars
When you pack your children off to school in the morning, you’re probably worried about a few things. Gym kit? Instrument? Did they actually do that homework? Oh, and have you safeguarded their online identity and personal data? Online data protection and privacy is an important topic that many adults aren’t completely versed upon. You would hope that schools have a solid grasp upon data protection best practices So, are schools up to scratch? Are they capable of protecting your child’s identity? Let’s take a look. Why Is There So Much Classroom Tech? Technology has made some aspects of schooling much easier Data collection in school isn’t as constant as you would expect (at least in some schools). However, they’re teaching, examining, and monitoring the children all the time. And increasingly, children are using school/government issued laptops and tablets to complete these tasks. Image Credit: wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock A 2014 study found … [Read more...] about Is Your School Taking Your Child’s Privacy Seriously?
Online dating has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Once regarded as a less-than-admirable way to find a date, it has now become firmly embedded in our collective consciousness. There once was a time that you would only hear mention of online dating through shielded whispers. Now, having a friend tell you they are going on a date through OKCupid, eHarmony, or even Tinder is a regular occurrence Some of this change has been down to how we use the internet — embedded into our lives through work, smartphones, and social media The Rise of Big Data Over the past few decades, computing has largely stuck to the principles of Moore’s LawQuantified SelfInternet of Things Big Data was a hot topic in the early 2010s. Although many pundits made it sound complex, it is just our ability to create and store large amounts of data automatically. Big Data engineers are now employed to collect the data — and paid handsomely for itanalyze the data The Data … [Read more...] about The Secret Behind Online Dating is Data
Ingrid Lunden, reporting for TechCrunch: Apple has picked up Lattice Data, a company that applies an AI enabled inference engine to take unstructured, "dark" data and turn it into structured (and more usable) information. We've heard from a single source that Apple has paid a price of around $200 million. The deal was closed a couple of weeks ago, the source said, and about 20 engineers have joined the larger company. A lot of data analysis in general, and "big data" in specific, has to do with the analysis of structured data: nice, orderly tables all stacked up in neat rows and columns. Unstructured data is everything else. So, almost like sifting for gold once all the easy-to-pluck nuggets have been harvested, extracting value from "dark data" has traditionally been much harder. But now we have artificial intelligence and machine learning. AI and ML have become huge buzzwords in the tech industry since last year, when several prominent companies took to their keynote stages to act … [Read more...] about Apple acquires dark data intelligence company Lattice Data
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Add another high-profile departure to the list of people leaving Verily, the Google-spawned health science company: Thomas Insel, a neuroscientist and former head of the National Institutes of Mental Health who was leading Verily's mental health initiatives. After barely a year and a half, Insel is joining a startup called Mindstrong, aiming to come up with technologies to diagnose and treat mental disorders. (The semantic web of Google companies: Verily, which used to be called Google Life Sciences, is partially owned by Alphabet, which used to be called Google and now owns Google.) At first look, Insel's new gig sounds a lot like his old gig. So what could be going on at Verily-or with Insel-that would lead him to bail on Google-sized money, freedom, ambition, and datasets? "I've been asking myself that question a lot in the last few weeks. It was a tough decision," Insel says. "Google has phenomenal resources, and Verily is a really exciting place to work. I just developed this kind … [Read more...] about Star Neuroscientist Tom Insel Leaves the Google-Spawned Verily for … a Startup?
Stamford, Conn.-based Arccos Golf Wednesday launched a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence (AI) caddie for golf, saying the platform will help golfers of all skill levels achieve lower scores with the power of data-driven decisions. Dubbed Arccos Caddie, the platform is powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and trained on a data set comprised of more than 61 million shots hit by the users of Arccos' golf-tracking system, elevation data and 386 million geotagged data points on more than 40,000 golf courses. Arccos notes the AI platform also accounts for weather conditions, including forecasted wind speed, wind direction, precipitation and temperature. "Every shot in golf involves a decision-making process, and the caddie's role has historically been to help you make more intelligent choices," said Sal Syed, CEO and co-founder of Arccos. "Today, however, less than three percent of players have access to a caddie. Everyone else is missing out on a crucial source of … [Read more...] about How an AI caddie could improve your golf game
Advertising is strangling the web, and that may have to do with the declining value and lack of transparency associated with the players that dominate it. (Image: Anders Emil Møller / Trouble)The greatest minds of this generation are wasted on advertisement. Or at least, that's what someone who has been there and done that thinks. Like most successful aphorisms, this raises eyebrows, drives heated discussions, and strikes a point or two. Marketing and advertising have enormous influence on society at large -- business, technology, media, culture, and data. So, discussing with people working on the intersection of those can offer some insights on the state of the union of Big Data and Ad Tech. Advertising is big, and so is its data Advertising is a multi-billion dollar business that has been going through the process of digital transformation for a couple of decades already. Some of today's most advanced, powerful, and influential companies have advertising embedded in their … [Read more...] about Advertising data going forward: Transparency and scale | ZDNet
As big data continues to expand, companies are faced with both new opportunities and challenges. Businesses can uncover new insights or strategies with big data, but they have to take care not to be overwhelmed by the mountains of information. As any data expert can tell you, a smaller amount of organized, smart data is much more useful compared to an ocean of unstructured data, especially given the increasing costs of data storage. Big data thus requires proper management which ensures that the company can easily access and protect their information resources at the same time. Here are some important things to note both about the science of data management as well what managers can do. Storing and the 'data lake' challenge Business owners have to remember that what we call "big data" could be more accurately defined as "decentralized data." The distinguishing factor of big data is that there is so much of it that traditional centralized databases simply cannot effectively store nor … [Read more...] about Why management is key to leveraging the power of big data
The internet is buzzing with claims about the role of data and use of algorithms by politicians to swing votes. Whether data played so important a part in campaigns from 2015 General Election to the EU referendum and how far data will shape the outcome of the upcoming snap General Election is interesting, but - ultimately - less interesting than whether such practices are lawful. Even more interesting is the possibility, in the UK at least, that the lawfulness of such practices will affect practices by parties going out electioneering in the coming days. That's because at least some of the advantage that could be gained by any of the parties through data analysis will be eliminated when the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into UK law next May. That could impact the election after this, which will likely be fought in 2022. Historically, use of data has been limited, but intelligent. Canvassing of voters identifies whether members of a household have a … [Read more...] about UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians Facebook fight