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We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

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IBMs new business unit for Watson with a $1 billion investment.

"(Reuters) - IBM (IBM.N) said it will invest more than $1 billion to establish a new business unit for Watson, as the tech giant hopes to get more revenue from the supercomputer system that beat humans on the television quiz show "Jeopardy". "(via Reuters)

Her (this is the trailer) is a movie examining digital connectivity, AI and our interaction with them.

IBM's Watson will have an application API. (Apply here). From their press release:

The move aims to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers – ranging from start-ups and emerging, venture capital backed businesses to established players. Together with IBM, these business partners share a vision for creating a new class of cognitive applications that transform how businesses and consumers make decisions.

To bring this shared vision to life, IBM will be launching the IBM Watson Developers Cloud, a cloud-hosted marketplace where application providers of all sizes and industries will be able to tap into resources for developing Watson-powered apps. This will include a developer toolkit, educational materials and access to Watson’s application programming interface (API). - PRNewswire

It appears that it will be an open API:

IBM’s more powerful Watson supercomputer is opening up for public use | The Verge

IBM’s Watson supercomputer is taking a big step towards public use. Today, the company announced plans to open Watson up to developers in 2014, establishing an open platform and API that would let coders to build apps on top of the supercomputer’s database and natural language skills. It’s not the first time the project’s been used by outside groups, but the new platform will give developers complete control of the front-end, and require only minimal input from the Watson team at IBM. Companies will still have to contract an instance of Watson from IBM, but once that’s done, their programs will be able to pull questions and answers from the supercomputer in real time.


IBM Watson API Coming: 3 Potential Business Applications For IBM’s Watson Cloud Ecosystem

Watson, the name for the IBM supercomputer best known for crushing “Jeopardy!” contestants, is prepping its “cognitive computing” technology to be utilized by third-party developers for the first time via a Watson cloud service called the “Watson Ecosystem.”

The Watson cloud service will release with a development tool kit, access to the application programming interface (API) of Watson, an application marketplace, and educational material about IBM’s supercomputer. IBM says the Watson API should look familiar to any programmers familiar with the RESTful APIs, but details like pricing for the cloud service aren’t set yet. IBM also said it will tap startups to build software for Watson through a number of prominent venture capitalists, though the company refused to name names.

An AI beating the Turing test.



by Charles Q. Choi

One of the greatest challenges the field of artificial intelligence faces is to simulate the workings of a human brain. Now an AI company reveals its software can solve the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human, Google’s reCAPTCHA, by copying how human vision works. 

The founder of modern computing, Alan Turing, developed the Turing test, which asks if it is possible to devise machines capable of acting human, and in doing so helped spawn the field of artificial intelligence. The most famous version of his test asks whether a machine can mimic a person well enough in a conversation over text to be indistinguishable from human — if so, a computer could be argued to be at least as intelligent as us. 

The most commonly used Turing test is the CAPTCHA, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” CAPTCHAs are designed to see whether users are human, often to prevent Internet-crawling bots from accessing computing services or collecting sensitive data. 

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IBM is looking for apps for its digital brain (SyNAPSE).


Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It’s a lofty, almost sci-fi task that’s likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: it’s been developing just such a digital brain, and it’s releasing the very first toolkit to let developers start using it. 

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Machine learning magnificence!


Andrew Ng - Machine Learning via Large-scale Brain Simulations - Technion lecture


Andrew Ng of Stanford University, Technion lecture: Machine Learning via Large-scale Brain Simulations

Machine learning is a very successful technology, but applying it to a new problem usually means spending a long time hand-designing the input features to feed to the learning algorithm. This is true for applications in vision, audio, and text/NLP. To address this, researchers in machine learning have recently developed “deep learning” algorithms, which can automatically learn feature representations from unlabeled data, thus bypassing most of this time-consuming engineering. These algorithms are based on building massive artificial neural networks, that were loosely inspired by cortical (brain) computations. In this talk, I describe the key ideas behind deep learning, and also discuss the computational challenges of getting these algorithms to work. I’ll also present a few case studies, and report on the results from a project that I led at Google to build massive deep learning algorithms, resulting in a highly distributed neural network trained on 16,000 CPU cores, and that learned by itself to discover high level concepts such as common objects in video.

(by Technion)

Singularity: SO what are your thoughts on the technological singularity?


Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race?

A gathering of experts on artificial intelligence becomes a search for deeper meaning

Full Story: The Verge

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