Articles about Big Data

Cognitive Services, Clippy? AI's silent infiltration of Microsoft's Office stack

In just over a year, Microsoft has launched and expanded a set of APIs called Cognitive Services, which handle everything from face and emotion recognition, to a Language Understanding Intelligence Service (yes, LUIS for short) and a Custom Decision Service. At the Cognitive Services homepage you can get your hands on …
Sonia Cuff, 22 Aug 2017
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Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports. The document database company started life as 10gen in 2007 and has secured a total of $303.4m in equity funding to date. According to Crunchbase, its last round, for an undisclosed amount, was in August 2015, having gained $80m in the January of …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Aug 2017

Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

Not enough companies understand how to properly delete the data they hold – and need to address this if they are to comply with new data protection rules, privacy and security experts have said. Under incoming UK and European regulations, firms will be required to completely remove all the data they hold on an individual if …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Aug 2017
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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

The British government is planning to impose criminal sanctions on people who intentionally re-identify individuals from data that should have protected their identities. The plans will be set out in the Blighty's Data Protection Bill – due to be introduced to Parliament next month – and could see an unlimited fine levied on …
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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

The German auto cartel has flexed its muscles as Silicon Valley tries to encroach on its turf. HERE – the map consortium owned by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – is adding live sensor data to its Real-Time Traffic service, a first. Sensor-data such as brake information is fed into the HERE service. Ralf Herrtwich, senior VP …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2017

Got some pom-poms handy? UK.gov seeks a geography cheerleader

Whitehall is looking for a geography aficionado to emphasise the role the discipline plays in the UK government's work. The newly created position of head of geography will be one of a network of experts across the civil service and sit in the government science and engineering (GSE) section. The person will be an "ambassador …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jul 2017
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House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. The Parliamentary committee yesterday announced the UK's first public inquiry "to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2017
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Time to rethink machine learning: The big data gobble is OFF the menu

Machine learning (ML) may well be The Next Big Thing™, but it has yet to register in mainstream enterprise adoption. While breathless prognosticators proclaim 50 per cent of organisations lining up to magically transform themselves in 2017 with ML, more canny observers put the number closer to 15 per cent. And that's being …
Matt Asay, 5 Jul 2017
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Hortonworks feathers nest with IBM deal

IBM has slipped a ring on Hortonworks' finger – offering the Hadoop distributor access to a potentially lucrative market. The corporate love-in between the founders of the Open Data Platform Initiative will see Big Blue adopt HDP for its Hadoop distribution, with existing users of its data analytics software platform …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jun 2017

Rustle up a privacy research project and ICO queen Liz will see you handsomely rewarded

The UK's data watchdog is offering up to £100,000 for projects looking at how emergent tech affects information rights, saying that practical research "needs a stronger voice". As survey after survey shows declining public trust in the use of their data and the government plans to slurp even more, the Information Commissioner' …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Jun 2017
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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

Mountains of cash keep pouring into the titans of big data despite the world's inability to do much of value with their software. To wit, in its last fiscal year, Cloudera pulled in over $260m, with analysts projecting over $330m for 2017. Hortonworks, for its part, yanked down $184m, up from $121m in 2015. Outside the open- …
Matt Asay, 7 Jun 2017
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ICO probes use of data analytics by politicos following Brexit vote

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has opened a formal investigation into the use of big data analysis during the Brexit referendum. Denham has also written to all political parties warning them to follow data protection and processing rules as they apply to campaigning in the run-up to the General Election …
John Oates, 18 May 2017
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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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 – …
Jane Fae , 10 May 2017

Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

Special Report Which? magazine's claim that the UK has "worse 4G than Peru", widely reported by the national media this week, has reopened an highly charged industry debate about the reliability of network data collection. The debate can be crudely summed as “crowd vs non crowd”, but actually goes deeper: does enough "Big Data" from a large …
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Ex-NSA techies launch data governance tool for future algorithm-slavery

Immuta, a data governance startup in Maryland run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has developed a method to govern how data is used by machine learning algorithms. Dubbed "Projects," the new addition to Immuta's data governance platform embeds what the company considers "key GDPR [EU's General Data …
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Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

The company has repeatedly claimed it helped Donald Trump win the US presidency and got the Brexiters' "Leave" cause over the line has arrived in Australia. According to Reuters, Cambridge Analytica has registered an office in Maroubra, Sydney, and Liberal Party director Tony Nutt says the party plans to meet company …

Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

Interview Sure, algorithms are insanely useful, but we need to watch we don't become complacent and unable to question them, University College London's Dr Hannah Fry warned in an interview with The Register. Dr Fry is a lecturer in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, where her research " …
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Cloudera blows sawdust off new data science workbench

Cloudera is adding a data science workbench to its enterprise product, based on the offerings of acquired startup Sense.io, which the company bought last year. The product addition comes as the Palo Alto-based company reportedly prepares for a $4.1bn initial public offering later this year, though official channels are keeping …

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