August 01, 2015

The future of data science looks spectacular

Data science is bringing together fields such as statistics, machine learning, analytics and visualisation to provide a rigorous foundation for this field. ... In the past, we have successfully developed complex mathematical models to explain and predict physical phenomena. For example, we can accurately predict the strength of a bridge, or the interaction of chemical molecules. Then there’s the weather, which is notoriously difficult to forecast. Yet, based on numerical weather prediction models and large volumes of observational data along with powerful computers, we have improved forecast accuracy to the point where a five-day forecast today is as reliable as a two-day forecast was 20 years ago.


Chinese Carmaker Is Testing Car-to-Car Communications

Following a successful trial of the technology involving several thousand cars around Ann Arbor, Michigan, the U.S. Department of Transportation is widely expected to issue specifications for the technology later this year. The technology will debut in a high-end Cadillac in 2017, and it may eventually be mandated for new cars in the U.S. (see “The Internet of Cars is Approaching a Crossroads”). The picture is less clear in China, where the government is researching vehicle-to-vehicle technology but has not yet given any indication of when it might be implemented.


Microsoft to make enterprise security tools generally available

Extending Azure Rights Management support to Office for iPad and iPhone means that administrators will be able to lock down individual files and apply policies about how they can be used. With the update announced Wednesday, iPhone and iPad users will be able to view documents that have been protected to prevent unauthorized access and limit what users can do with them. Right now, it only works with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the apps only support viewing files. Future updates will bring the rights management capabilities to the Outlook app, and allow users to create and edit managed content.


Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In The Internet of Things

Kickstarter has brought millions of dollars of funding and countless consumer eyeballs to Internet-enabled household devices—including toothbrushes, cooking pots, lightbulbs, and even lawn sprinklers. “Kickstarter is where people come to see where the future is going,” says John Dimatos, the company’s lead for design and tech partnerships. ... IFTTT initially won the hearts of the geek community by letting users write simple “recipes” to connect purely digital Internet services. For example: “If I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook then save it to Dropbox.” Or “If my company’s mentioned in The New York Times then send me an email.”


How Does Data De-Identification Affect Clinical Research?

There are different ways to anonymize the data, but the true protection comes from mechanisms that are used in addition to that, he said. For example, a data sharing agreement signed by the researchers accessing the data that says that they are not going to try and identify the patients in any way is beneficial. Moreover, having a controlled access system is helpful so the data is not lost by a researcher and no one tries to re-identify the information. It is necessary to have controls in place from an original data holder perspective, Rotz said."The other thing that I see as a misconception is that anybody can go access the data and find something," he explained.


Microsoft Edge - Deployment Guide for IT Pros

Microsoft Edge is the new, default web browser for Windows 10, helping you to experience modern web standards, better performance, improved security, and increased reliability. Microsoft Edge also introduces new features like Web Note, Reading View, and Cortana that you can use along with your normal web browsing abilities. Microsoft Edge lets you stay up-to-date through the Windows Store and to manage your enterprise through Group Policy or your mobile device management (MDM) tools.


Can Algorithms And Big Data Appraise Character?

Upstart, Hardy explains, uses factors such as SAT scores and what college you attended as part of its algorithm, and the Upstart website indicates that it also asks for information such as employment and salary. ZestFinance looks for signals such as dropping a prepaid cell phone number or inconsistencies in information provided by different data sources. It all seems quite mathematical and consistent. The question is: can algorithms like these eliminate bias? Hardy’s piece discussed more than just lending, with examples in criminal justice and human resources as well. In all these realms, it would be great to objectively evaluate individuals as individuals.


Google reveals how it crams a neural network in your pocket with Translate

Doing the type of live visual translation found in Translate would be easy in a datacenter but to bring the same capability to a low-end smartphone with a poor network connection required some engineering smarts from Google. What it came up with was a mini version of the neural net that it uses to do translation at its datacenters, but one that could also handle real-world smartphone conditions, such as a shaky hand and no connection to the cloud. According to Good, the live translation has a few steps, starting with distinguishing words from background objects. To pick out text, it looks at "blobs of pixels" with a similar color to other similar blobs nearby. The next step is to translate each letter, which Good notes, is where the deep learning comes in.


How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions

Gerdes pointed out that it might even be ethically preferable to put the passengers of the self-driving car at risk. “If that would avoid the child, if it would save the child’s life, could we injure the occupant of the vehicle? These are very tough decisions that those that design control algorithms for automated vehicles face every day,” he said. Gerdes called on researchers, automotive engineers, and automotive executives at the event to prepare to consider the ethical implications of the technology they are developing. “You’re not going to just go and get the ethics module, and plug it into your self-driving car,” he said. Other experts agree that there will be an important ethical dimension to the development of automated driving technology.


The Rise of Managed Third Party Cloud

Shih sees it as a positive trend for managed services providers. “Service providers can get out of trying to compete with massive-scale clouds head-on and start pivoting into areas that play to their strengths: managed services is one of those areas,” he said. “There is also a capital efficiency component. Managing a third party cloud allows hosters to spend less on infrastructure and re-deploy capital into strategic initiatives.” Media Temple said it did extensive market and customer research before adding managed AWS services. “Companies of all sizes often lack the technical expertise to fully unleash the power of AWS,” said Brendan Fortune, product director, Cloud Solutions at Media Temple.



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