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benjamin vierck, CEO A Deep Learning pioneer on a mission to accelerate humanity through the transition into the Second Machine Age, liberating souls from a dependence on work to create capital. Founder of two successful technology companies. Experienced technical leader of large agile engineering teams at several Fortune 100 companies. Team member on several well-known commercial software applications and platforms deployed on hundreds of millions of desktops. Attributed contributor to dozens of technical patents, books, & conferences. Read more...

PCGS Gold Shield

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PCGS Launches AI-Powered Coin Grading Technology Earlier this year, Professional Coin Grading Service rolled out PCGS Gold Shield™ Service utilizing new coin grading technology developed in partnership with Positronic. Coin grading is the process of determining the grade or condition of a coin in order to determine its value. PCGS is one of the top coin grading services in the United States, providing the standard for coin authenticity. PCGS graders have long been considered the best in the business - setting the bar for finding counterfeits and consistently grading coins with accuracy. Read more...

Safe Office

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In November 2017 Microsoft retired Microsoft Word Viewer, the free application from Microsoft that allowed users to open Microsoft Word Documents in a view-only mode. Microsoft retired the rest of the office suite in April 2018, including Microsoft Excel Viewer, Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. Microsoft recommends that customers switch to their free mobile app, their free online web viewers, or upgrade to Office 365. The mobile and apps are non-starters; available only on limited platforms and carrying significant retraining and support costs. Read more...

NVIDIA Support

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Recently we were given the privilege to provide technical support to the NVIDIA deep learning research teams. NVIDIA provided supercomputers (DGX-2) for two months, during which time our technical team helped propel forward technology development used to parallelize very large LSTM neural networks.

Combating Food Insecurity with Robotic Technology & AI

In his 1798 book “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” Thomas Malthus predicted that population growth would outpace our food supply leading to food insecurity and even starvation for many. While he couldn’t have known the impact that technology would ultimately have on agriculture and our global food supply, he was correct in assuming that there would be daunting challenges to sustainably feeding a growing planet. Farmers and food producers battle a number of challenges daily - from managing the costs of food production to tackling climate change and trade concerns. Read more...

5 Revolutionary Ways Artificial Intelligence is Being Used in 2018

This week, we’re sharing a roundup of the 5 of the most compelling applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. From the cosmos to reshaping the oil and gas industry, these technologies are being applied in revolutionary ways to solve previously impossible problems. A new frontier for artificial intelligence: energy development in rural America This spring, regulators in Wyoming were scrambling to figure out how to process 10,000 applications for oil and gas permits filed since oil prices began to rise in early 2016. Read more...

Healthcare's Machine Learning Revolution

Changes to the US healthcare system in recent years have been met with broad acceptance by some groups and vitriol by others. The changes have resulted in skyrocketing medical costs for some portions of the population, while providing others with new, much-needed access to healthcare services. Achieving ideal health outcomes for a large population is a complex and difficult challenge - one that may seem to be out of reach on the surface - but with emerging technologies, we see cause for hope. Read more...

Data Lakes

The titans of technology believe that they have seen the future, and they have changed the course of their companies to follow it. Google and Facebook, for example, have made sweeping changes to each of their platforms in the name of better employing and gathering data. Algorithms backed by gargantuan stockpiles of data can act with an intelligence that matches or surpasses humans. Seemingly inconsequential information today can enable amazing advances tomorrow. Read more...

Gas Station Maintenance Company uses AI to Reduce Costs

The Oscar W. Larson Company is a third-generation family-owned business that provides maintenance and repair for point-of-sales systems and fuel dispensers at gas stations. Truck re-rolls are big problem for Larson. A truck re-roll is the term for when a truck must make multiple trips to a gas station because the technician didn’t have the right tools for the job. It’s same for me every time I tackle a simple home plumbing repair. Read more...

Institutionalize AI in Your Business

Thinking about existing value chains in new ways requires a new way of thinking for the organization. It’s important to drive that change into the company culture so that it continues to drive your company forward and keep your you competitive long into the future. Lasting changes only are anchored by demonstrating results; both short and long term, and having company leadership communicate those results loudly and often. Having company leaders that communicate the importance of AI, both internally and externally, is critical to institutionalizing the new capabilities. Read more...