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Diffbot — Machine learning is the new Big Data and Giving it away might be a Money Maker.

Machine learning is the new Big Data and Giving it away might be a Money Maker.

“Everything’s becom­ing intel­li­gent, but the lim­it­ing fac­tor of intel­li­gence is access to struc­tured data,” Tung says. Diff­bot, an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence com­pa­ny that helps clients extract and com­bine data from mul­ti­ple Web sources wants to scrape all the data on the web (all of it) to put it into a struc­tured for­mat. Mak­ing it use­ful for all sorts of busi­ness pur­pos­es and make mon­ey doing so.  The com­pa­ny says its tech­nol­o­gy “uses com­put­er vision and NLP algo­rithms to extract and struc­ture any web page into the world’s largest struc­tured data­base… with no human cura­tion or over­sight.” Found­ed in 2009 The Palo Alto, CA-based start­up announced today it raised $10 mil­lion from investors to expand its “knowl­­edge-as-a-ser­vice” offer­ings to busi­ness­es and con­sumer apps.  They have raised close to $13 mil­lion since its seed round in 2012.  Diffbot’s plan is to cat­a­log tril­lions of facts across the Web—many of them drawn from page ele­ments such as com­ment forums, which can’t be mined by tra­di­tion­al search engines. Web-min­ing can be a com­pet­i­tive advan­tage for apps as well as the pro­lif­er­at­ing devices of the Inter­net of Things, Tung says. The start­up says it has made a sig­nif­i­cant start on that goal, hav­ing indexed 1.2 bil­lion…

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Apple VR is Going Full speed with Flyby Media and 3 other Company Acquisitions.

Apple VR is Going Full speed with Flyby Media and 3 other Company Acquisitions.

Right off the back, Apple VR? Is Apple ready to push into the VR game by buy­ing Fly­by Media? Just so you know back in the Steve Jobs days, Apple had attempt­ed Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty head­sets and the like but pushed it aside because it was still not up to par. The tide has changed with increased com­pe­ti­tion in the space from the likes of Sam­sung with Gear VR, Facebook’s Ocu­lus Rift, Mag­ic Leap (jobs at Mag­ic Leap), as well as sig­nif­i­cant efforts from Google and Microsoft. If you don’t know Fly­by, they’re a com­pa­ny that was key in the devel­op­ment of two things we’ve spo­ken briefly about in the recent past, the first being machine vision, and the oth­er is Google’s Project Tan­go. The com­pa­ny has devel­oped tech that allows mobile phones to “see” the world around them. So Fly­by is tak­ing the IP, branch­ing its capa­bil­i­ties and spread­ing it across the con­sumer spec­trum. I’m not going to get into what Flyby’s app is capa­ble of doing because it’s a gim­mick, but I assure you the tech behind the app, which is a very “inter­net of things” is the sole rea­son for Apple’s inter­est. The hard thing is for machines…

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What does Google’s D‑WAVE, Blippar, and Machine Vision have to say about where media is heading?

What does Google’s DWAVE, Blippar, and Machine Vision have to say about where media is heading?

So why is a com­put­er being able to see be so darn impor­tant, I’ll tell you why, so adver­tis­ers can know exact­ly who you are, wher­ev­er you are, and send a high­ly tar­get­ed prod­uct adver­tise­ment at you through some pret­ty clever chan­nels. Let’s imag­ine a far future sce­nario, like in 16 months from now, where you are walk­ing down the street and the HD dig­i­tal dis­play screen which is in actu­al­i­ty the glass of a store­front you hap­pen to be pass­ing near calls out to you specif­i­cal­ly. “Hey Jere­my! I love the Ralph Lau­ren Jack­et you’re wear­ing. We just got in the 2017 bold cut of that jack­et in Dark Green, take a look” The dis­play screen pro­ceeds to show you what you would look like by over­lay­ing the new jack­et on top of the old while main­tain­ing the street view behind you by using Aug­ment­ed Real­i­ty. The dis­play then pro­ceeds to say “if you come in and buy one right now, we’ll offer you a %10 per­cent dis­count”. You say to your­self, damn, I look great in this jack­et and walk right on in. SUCKER!!!! Hon­est­ly sce­nar­ios like this are in devel­op­ment right now. Not as cohe­sive as the…

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