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Report: Amazon acquires Harvest.ai, new release cadence from React Native, and 451 Research expects application container market to grow—SD Times news digest: Jan. 10, 2017

Amazon has acquired Harvest.ai, a San Diego startup, for US$20 million, according to Business Insider. Harvest.ai has developed technologies that can help find and stop targeted attacks on data, according to Business Insider. With the help of machine learning, the company can learn and detect when an unauthorized person is attempting to gain access to … continue reading

2016: The year artificial intelligence exploded

Artificial intelligence isn’t a new concept. It is something that companies and businesses have been trying to implement (and something that society has feared) for decades. However, with all the recent advancements to democratize artificial intelligence and use it for good, almost every company started to turn to this technology and technique in 2016. The … continue reading

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Watch Zuckerberg’s Jarvis AI in action

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went into 2016 with a mission to build a personal artificial assistant for his home. With 2017 on the horizon, Zuckerberg has released a new video showing how far he has come and how him and his family interact with the AI Jarvis. Zuckerberg communicates with Jarvis through a mobile app. … continue reading

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Zuckerberg’s journey with his AI assistant Jarvis

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started 2016 off with one goal: to build an artificial intelligence personal assistant. The AI is known as Jarvis, or Just a Rather Very Intelligent System. Now that 2016 is coming to an end, Zuckerberg is sharing what he has accomplished so far. Today, he has built a simple AI designed … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Kickstarter Android and iOS

The popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter has announced it is bringing its Android and iOS apps to open source. According to the Kickstarter engineering team, while building and maintaining features for their apps they have adopted functional programming techniques and written well-tested code. They decided to open-source the apps to share their experience and benefits with … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Jest

Jest, a JavaScript testing framework, was created to run thousands of tests at Facebook, but since this painless JavaScript test runner is open source, any developer can get started by installing it themselves. Jest allows Facebook to virtualize JavaScript environments, utilizing Jasmine assertions by default. Jest is also modular, extendible and configurable, providing browser mocks … continue reading

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Guest View: Developing for a bot-driven world: The role of APIs

Personal digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are just the beginning. Soon we’ll be interacting with all manner of applications and online services—everything from managing our calendars to ordering pizzas and reserving hotel rooms—not with the buttons, forms and controls that we’re used to, but by chatting with them using natural language. Or, … continue reading

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Facebook releases AI educational videos, PHP hits 7.1.0, and Software AG acquires Zementis—SD Times news digest: Dec. 2, 2016

Society often has a misconception on what AI really is and what it can do thanks to movies like “The Terminator” and “Wall-E.” Facebook wants to change that perception with a series of educational videos designed to make artificial intelligence easier to understand. “AI is going to bring major shifts in society through developments in … continue reading

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How Facebook aims to advance AI

When it comes to artificial intelligence, Facebook is looking to tackle all areas of the technology. The company is already conducting research in computer vision, language understanding, machine learning, connectivity, and virtual reality, as well as on other frontiers. To showcase its dedication, the company is giving more insight into its research and breakthroughs, and … continue reading

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Emojicon highlights tech behind symbols

On the outside, a conference on emojis—the little faces that have grown to replace simple online symbols such as =) and :P—might sound like a cute way to spend a weekend. But at the first annual Emojicon in San Francisco this past weekend, fun was just a small part of the larger technical picture. To … continue reading

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DeepMind AI model can learn from own memory, Zuckerberg seeks voice actor for home AI, and AWS/VMware deliver new vSphere cloud offering—SD Times news digest: Oct. 14, 2016

DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that is now under the Alphabet umbrella, has developed differentiable neural computers (DNCs), which can learn from examples like neural networks, but can store complex data like actual computers. When DeepMind designed DNCs, it wanted to have machines that can form and navigate complex data structures on its own. Inside … continue reading

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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Yarn

After using the successful npm client for years, a group of Facebook engineers realized that the size of the codebase and the number of engineers grew too much to handle. They needed to create a new package manager to reliably manage all the dependencies, while still giving engineers access to the npm registry. The result … continue reading

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