DARPA wants to teach machine learning systems common sense

Machine learning systems are more advanced than they ever have been, but a critical component is still missing: machine common sense. Machine common sense is “the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by nearly all people and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without need for debate.” DARPA … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Mozilla’s Responsible Computer Science Challenge, Qordoba’s $11.5 million round of funding, and New Relic acquires CoScale

Mozilla is calling on professors to integrate ethics into computer science courses and has announced a competition called the Responsible Computer Science Challenge. As part of the challenges, professors will work to conceptualize, develop, and pilot curricula that integrates ethics with computer science, and hopefully scale that to universities across the country. The challenge is … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Snowflake raises $450 million, Google’s ActiveQA TensorFlow, and Looker 6

Snowflake has raised $450 million in equity financing from its existing investors as well as Meritech Capital. “Demand for the data warehouse built for the cloud has exceeded our most optimistic expectations. Our customers love Snowflake and we continue to see unprecedented interest and growth from both new and current customers. To meet that demand, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Visual Studio’s “Suggest a Feature,” WhiteHat Security’s single-page application scanning, and Quick Base’s new security controls

Microsoft is introducing the “Suggest a Feature” capability in Visual Studio. The new feature will enable developers to submit ideas or feature requests to the Visual Studio Developer Community. Developers will be able to browse suggestions made by others and vote for their favorites, which will help Microsoft understand the impact to the community. “Suggest … continue reading

SD Times news digest: WSO2 Fall 2018 release, IEEE 802.11 study and topic interest groups, and Mozilla’s JavaScript and WebAssembly improvements

WSO2 has announced the Fall 2018 release of its WSO2 Integration Agile Platform. The new release will introduce unified monitoring and analysis of integration flows, adaptive authentication, and WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services and resources. “In today’s digitally driven economy, no organization is an island. Instead, a rapidly expanding stream of processes and information is … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Microsoft open sources Minecraft code, Accusoft’s PrizmDoc Editor, and Anaconda Distribution 5.3.0

Microsoft has announced that it will be open sourcing some of the code for the video game Minecraft. The code will be available as libraries, so users will be able to utilize them for things such as improving game modes, creating their own projects, or improving parts of the Minecraft Java engine. Brigadier, the command … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitHub and Jira integration, .NET Core 3.0 and .NET Framework 4.8 updates, and Google’s Kotlin portal

GitHub has announced a new integration with Jira that will enable software teams to connect code on GitHub to projects in Jira Software Cloud. The linked applications show branches, commit messages, and pull requests in the context of Jira tickets that the teams are working on. It also enables users to view references to Jira … continue reading

Cloudera and Hortonworks merge to create a next-generation data platform

Cloudera and Hortonworks have announced that they have entered into an agreement in which the two companies will join in an all-stock merger of equals. The decision has been unanimously approved by both companies’ Board of Directors. The companies believe that this merger will set them up to become a next-generation data platform that spans … continue reading

JFrog raises $165 million for enterprise DevOps

JFrog has announced a $165 million round of funding to expand its markets and accelerate universal DevOps within the enterprise. The Series D funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from new investors Spark Capital and Geodesic Capital, along with existing investors Battery Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Dell Technologies Capital, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: CircleCI authorized by FedRamp, KotlinConf announcements, and Google extends PyTorch support

CircleCI has been authorized by FedRAMP, the federal government’s program for assessing technology vendors. According to the company, it is the first CI/CD tool that has met the program’s standards. This authorization will provide government developers with the same competitive advantage available to the private sector, while still ensuring the security and privacy controls needed … continue reading

K2 partners with UiPath on robotic process automation

Digital process automation solution provider K2 is joining the robotic process automation (RPA) movement with a new partnership. K2 will join RPA company UiPath to extend their software capabilities. This partnership will allow the two companies to integrate their platforms and enable automation across all parts of the business life cycle. According to Forrester, although … continue reading

SD Times news digest: MLflow v0.7.0, CA Technologies’ SAP integration, and Targetprocess’ PI support

Databricks released a new version of MLflow, which is an open-source machine learning framework for multi-cloud environments. In collaboration with RStudio, it has developed an R API for MLflow v0.7.0. “In many organizations machine learning workflows are far too ad-hoc, with no systematic tracking of experiments, inadequate protocols around reproducibility, and no consistent way to … continue reading

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