Posts Tagged ‘deep learning’

The State of A.I. and Switzerland

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

the-state-of-artificial-intelligence-in-15-visuals-1050x580As you know, Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been a part of our world at ai-one since our founding in 2003.  Don’t be confused by the latest buzzwords, deep learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence and biologically inspired intelligence (our Nathan) are all part of the field of A.I.    It’s a hot subject now but the languages, techniques and algorithms have been around for decades, often as part of an application (Google search and map directions for example).

In order to become it’s own industry A.I. needs a large number of companies, money and its own problems to solve.  This is the real news of the last few years and Max Wegner and our friends at appcessories.co.uk have created “State of Artificial Intelligence Infographic” to tell the story.

Today A.I. is a significant and growing sector of the technology industry; billions of dollars are invested in new AI developments, and companies around the world are working on new AI applications as you read this. And while most AI companies have been in existence for less than a decade (the average age is around four or five years), the tech behind AI is evolving, and the role of AI in our lives in the coming years is all but certain to grow.

One of the surprises in the report is the ranking of Switzerland as the second largest location in the world by amount of VC funding received and third by number of companies.  With almost all of the companies less than 10 years old, ai-one was clearly early, before the cloud and big data brought in the new era. Our biologically inspired intelligence is another differentiation from all but a few of these companies.

It is a new era and with all the competition comes the demand from the business community to make significant investments in A.I. powered applications.  We see the change in the character of the inbound leads from our website.  In the past those inquiries were from PhDs, engineers and startups where today they are almost exclusively from product managers at larger enterprises.  This is the type of demand that will drive growth and we’re excited to be in this space.

If you want to put see what our AI can do for your enterprise, please connect.

Tom

ai-one Powers Competitive Intelligence Analytics as a Service

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

ai-one inc and KDD Analytics put their artificial intelligence and business intelligence expertise to work for competitive analysts.  After collaboration on projects from aerospace research to marketing surveys, the companies are pleased to announce a new service for C-Suite executives and analysts.

This blog was posted earlier on our Analyst Toolbox website.

Day in the Life of a Financial Competitive Analyst

“It’s 10:00 PM, the night before the quarterly board meeting, and we are still pulling together financial data on our company and competitors into presentation worthy graphics.

Procrastination?  No, the tools and processes just make it a recurring battle. One key section of our report is hampered by a lack of standardization in SEC filings.  Our auditors routinely deliver the internal financials at the last minute.  Reformatting the financials in a way consistent with comparatives, let alone making them visual, interactive and providing scenario analysis capability is a time consuming hassle.

We always run out of time to actually “analyze” the results…there has to be a better way”.

– Earl Harvey, Senior Financial Competitive Analyst

Sound familiar?  Earl’s problem led him to KDD Analytics and ai-one, and ultimately to a collaboration developing CIaaS (Competitive Intelligence as a Service).

The State of Financial Competitive Intelligence

Financial data on your competitors comes from SEC filings (10q/10k) via companies such as Dow Jones FactSet, Edgar Online, ThomsonOne and Bloomberg who provide aggregated financial data (typically) in Excel worksheets or through an API “firehose” that requires programming resources to navigate.

But then what?

The data still needs to be standardized across companies and reporting periods and presented in a visually digestible manner; often for people using different devices (desktop, tablet, mobile).  Moreover, this process needs to be repeatable every quarter with a consistent visual format and ideally delivered several days before the board meeting…a tall order for resource constrained competitive intelligence analysts.  As a result, “burning the midnight oil” sessions are the rule not the exception.

How Do You Avoid This Last Minute Stress?

Avoiding this fire drill (without hiring on more resources) is possible by using a service that has:

  • Standardized the data
  • Developed the visuals, charts and scenarios
  • Loaded and analyzed the latest data, and ideally,
  • Used A.I. to “read” and organize the relevant text from the docs.

That is, a source that will deliver a finished, interactive solution in a timely manner allowing you to focus on insight and analysis of the financial data, so you’re ready to be brilliant on demand (and getting more sleep).

Introducing the Financial Analyst Toolbox (FaTbx™), financial competitive intelligence as a service.

Currently in beta as a custom service, FaTbx™ is a set of more than 30 presentation ready Tableau dashboards, displaying interactive, comparative financial data for your company and other public companies critical to your business ecosystem.

Get the big picture fast: rankings and financial health, trends and topic heat maps (from our tech stocks demo).

FaTbx BIg Pic 3 slides

Then drill down:  Income statement waterfalls, balance sheet, cash flow details and topics (see how Apple, Google and Microsoft 2015 Q3 results compare below).

FaTbx Waterfall Pic 3 slides

Developed by experienced competition, artificial intelligence, analytics and visualization experts, FaTbx™ shows your company and competitors’ financials in a consistent, standardized and easily digestible manner.  Using the financials to spot issues and trends, the AI engine powers drill down to the disclosure text in the filings: no need to pull up a 10k and look for the narrative.

Filters adjust for financial category (e.g. income, cash flow, balance sheet, ratios), company, growth measure (e.g. quarter over quarter, year over year, CQGR), TTM and displayed time span.  Custom filters can be added based on your company’s need.

FaTbx™ is available as a cost effective annual subscription with quarterly or monthly updates.  The standard service includes comparatives for three publicly traded competitors, suppliers or customers.  It is delivered online via Tableau Server Edition or through a private web portal.  Subscription tiers depend on the level of support, customization, information sources and macroeconomic data desired.  Custom integration with internal KPIs can be provided.

FaTbx™ – Financial CI as a Service.   We streamline the grunt work of financial competitive analysis so you can focus on your company’s strategy and response. To learn more, contact me about the beta program or request a live demo.

Tom

AI, AGI, ASI, Deep Learning, Intelligent Machines.. Should you worry?

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

If the real life Tony Stark and technology golden boy, Elon Musk, is worried that AI is an existential threat to humanity, are we doomed? Can mere mortals do anything about this when the issue is cloaked in dozens of buzzwords and the primary voices on the subject are evangelists with 180 IQs from Singularity University? Fortunately, you can get smart and challenge them without a degree in AI from MIT.

There are good books on the subject. I like James Barrat’s Our Final Invention and while alarmist, it is thorough and provides a guide to a number of resources from both sides of the argument. One of those was the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) founded by Eliezer Yudkowsky. This book was recommended on the MIRI website and is a good primer on the subject.

Smarter Than Us by Stuart ArmstrongSmarter Than Us – The Rise of Machine Intelligence by Stuart Armstrong can also be downloaded at iTunes.

“It will sharpen your focus to see AI from a different view. The book does not provide a manual for Friendly AI, but its shows the problems and it points to the 3 critical things needed. We are evaluating the best way for ai-one to participate in the years ahead.” Walt Diggelmann, CEO ai-one.

In Chapter 11 Armstrong recommends we take an active role in the future development and deployment of AI, AGI and ASI. The developments are coming; the challenge is to make sure AI plays a positive role for everyone. A short summary:

“That’s Where You Come In . . .

There are three things needed—three little things that will make an AI future bright and full of meaning and joy, rather than dark, dismal, and empty. They are research, funds, and awareness.

Research is the most obvious.
A tremendous amount of good research has been accomplished by a very small number of people over the course of the last few years—but so much more remains to be done. And every step we take toward safe AI highlights just how long the road will be and how much more we need to know, to analyze, to test, and to implement.

Moreover, it’s a race. Plans for safe AI must be developed before the first dangerous AI is created.
The software industry is worth many billions of dollars, and much effort (and government/defense money) is being devoted to new AI technologies. Plans to slow down this rate of development seem unrealistic. So we have to race toward the distant destination of safe AI and get there fast, outrunning the progress of the computer industry.

Funds are the magical ingredient that will make all of this needed research.
In applied philosophy, ethics, AI itself, and implementing all these results—a reality. Consider donating to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), or the Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). These organizations are focused on the right research problems. Additional researchers are ready for hire. Projects are sitting on the drawing board. All they lack is the necessary funding. How long can we afford to postpone these research efforts before time runs out? “

About Stuart: “After a misspent youth doing mathematical and medical research, Stuart Armstrong was blown away by the idea that people would actually pay him to work on the most important problems facing humanity. He hasn’t looked back since, and has been focusing mainly on existential risk, anthropic probability, AI, decision theory, moral uncertainty, and long-term space exploration. He also walks the dog a lot, and was recently involved in the coproduction of the strange intelligent agent that is a human baby.”

Since ai-one is a part of this industry and one of the many companies moving the field forward, there will be many more posts on the different issues confronting AI. We will try to keep you updated and hope you’ll join the conversation on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. AI is already pervasive and developments toward AGI can be a force for tremendous good. Do we think you should worry? Yes, we think it’s better to lose some sleep now so we don’t lose more than that later.

Tom

(originally posted on www.analyst-toolbox.com)