How Google.org accelerates social good with artificial intelligence

March 11, 2020 | 208 views

After realizing the potential to affect change while studying systems engineering at the University of Virginia, Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink began her journey to discover how technology might have a scalable impact on the world. Gosselink worked within international development and later did strategy consulting for nonprofits before joining Google.org, where she is focused on increasing social impact and environmental sustainability work at innovative nonprofits. We talked to her about her efforts as head of product impact to bring emerging technology to organizations that serve humanity and the environment.

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Poly

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT) is a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration. Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity, and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with our partner’s services. Our headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace.

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Empowering Industry 4.0 with Artificial Intelligence

Article | July 20, 2022

The next step in industrial technology is about robotics, computers and equipment becoming connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and enhanced by machine learning algorithms. Industry 4.0 has the potential to be a powerful driver of economic growth, predicted to add between $500 billion- $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy between 2018 and 2022, according to a report by Capgemini.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Businesses

Article | November 14, 2022

Whilst there are many people that associate AI with sci-fi novels and films, its reputation as an antagonist to fictional dystopic worlds is now becoming a thing of the past, as the technology becomes more and more integrated into our everyday lives. AI technologies have become increasingly more present in our daily lives, not just with Alexa’s in the home, but also throughout businesses everywhere, disrupting a variety of different industries with often tremendous results. The technology has helped to streamline even the most mundane of tasks whilst having a breath-taking impact on a company’s efficiency and productivity

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The advances of AI in healthcare

Article | July 13, 2022

With the Government investing £250 million into the project, the Lab will consider how to use AI for the benefit of patients – whether this be the deployment of existing AI methods, the development of new technologies or the testing of their safety. Amongst other things, the initiative will aim to deliver earlier diagnoses of cancer. It is estimated that in excess of 50,000 extra patients could see their cancer being detected at an early stage, thus boosting survival rates. More specifically, a study has shown that AI is quicker in identifying brain tumour tissue than a pathologist.This would have a positive knock-on effect in other areas, such as enabling money to be saved (that otherwise would have been spent on further treatment) and reducing the workload of staff (at a time when there is a crisis in NHS workforce numbers).

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Three Keys to Successful AI Adoption

Article | February 10, 2020

Over the past several years, we have begun to see the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in businesses. According to a study for the AI Index 2019 Annual Report, more than half of respondents report their companies are using AI in at least one function or business unit. Thirty percent report they have AI embedded across multiple areas of their business. As businesses continue to develop their understanding of what is possible with AI, we can expect to see a continued increase in AI adoption.

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Poly

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT) is a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration. Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity, and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with our partner’s services. Our headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace.

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Postman Makes Building Software Accessible to All, Announces Postman Flows

Businesswire | March 23, 2023

Postman, the world’s leading API Platform, today announced the general availability of Postman Flows, a visual tool for creating API applications. Postman Flows simplifies building software by using APIs as the building blocks, allowing anyone to produce workflows, integrations, and automations in a collaborative environment without needing to write a single line of code. With Postman Flows, the company is leaning into demand for a low-code solution that lets people build software without extensive programming experience. Using tens of thousands of readily available APIs, business users can manipulate data with API calls and create workflows. This allows everyone, from financial analysts and customer service agents to senior business leaders, to devise solutions to problems they encounter every day. “APIs are the building blocks of modern software. However, those blocks have not always been accessible to everyone,” said Abhinav Asthana, co-founder and CEO of Postman. “We are on a mission to change this. With more than 25 million users across every continent, we believe Postman can accomplish this at a massive scale so that any user, anywhere, can build and participate in today’s API-first world.” Postman Flows makes it simple to construct API applications without needing to write code or fiddle with a command line. Inspired by the concept of “blocks” to form and visualize an application, users simply drag the blocks, build the application, and deploy the workflow. And Postman Flows leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to enable users to manipulate data returned by APIs by simply typing out what they want to do in natural language, making it easy for all. Hundreds of thousands of users have already built API applications using Postman Flows during its beta program. “Postman Flows is the sweet spot for us, as it gives our non-technical team members a low-code tool to build, document, test, and implement an API workflow,” said Thomas Schlegel, distinguished engineer at Built Technologies. “We can accomplish tasks faster with fewer errors, and we look forward to maximizing these benefits across the organization.” “Postman Flows makes prototyping and testing easy,” said Sid Verma, partner engineer at Notion. “Building connections visually is more intuitive and clear, which results in spending more time building and less time digging through code. I’m excited to see the future of Flows and Notion!” About Postman Postman is the world’s leading API platform, used by more than 25 million developers and 500,000 organizations, including 98% of the Fortune 500. Postman is helping developers and professionals across the globe build the API-first world by simplifying each step of the API lifecycle and streamlining collaboration—enabling users to create better APIs, faster. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has an office in Bangalore, where it was founded. Postman is privately held, with funding from Battery Ventures, BOND, Coatue, CRV, Insight Partners, and Nexus Venture Partners.

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Fivetran Launches Fivetran Lite to Accelerate SaaS Connector Development and Seamless Data Integration

Fivetran | February 09, 2023

Fivetran, a world leader in automated data movement, has launched Fivetran Lite, a new offering that brings more SaaS connectors to market faster. The Lite connectors are backed by Fivetran's commitment to high quality, data integrity, and security, and they can be developed in a fraction of the time it takes to develop Fivetran's standard connectors. The Lite connectors meet the increasing demand for managed connectors for a growing number of SaaS services. The By Request Program enables Fivetran to build new Lite connectors in as little as 30 days, and the company expects to introduce hundreds of new connectors over the next year, bringing the total number of fully-managed connectors to over 500. Head of Product at Fivetran, Alexander Lovell, said, “Our customers, like all enterprises, are under enormous budgetary pressure and are looking for every available way to streamline their operations and cut infrastructure costs. Developing homegrown connectors and maintaining data pipelines is a heavy economic burden they do not need to take on.” (Source - Businesswire) Fivetran Lite connectors provide consumption-based pricing and follow the February 1, 2023, launch of Fivetran's new free plan, which is aimed at growing businesses with low data volumes. This commitment to creating Lite connectors that provide both data integrity and security in a fraction of the time it takes to develop Fivetran standard connectors is part of Fivetran’s effort to meet the increasing demand for managed connectors for SaaS applications. About Fivetran Fivetran automates data movement in and out of cloud data platforms. It automates the most time-consuming parts of the ELT process, such as extracts, schema drift handling, and transformations, allowing data engineers to focus on higher-impact projects while maintaining total pipeline peace of mind. With 99.9% uptime and self-healing pipelines, Fivetran facilitates hundreds of leading brands around the world to accelerate data-driven decisions and drive business growth, including Autodesk, JetBlue, Conagra Brands, Lionsgate, Morgan Stanley, and Ziff Davis. Its headquarters are in Oakland, California, and it has offices all over the world.

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Expert.ai Releases New Features for its Hybrid Natural Language Platform to Enhance NLP Workflow

expert.ai | February 08, 2023

On February 7, 2023, Expert.ai, a company specializing in AI for language understanding, released new features for its Natural Language (NL) platform, aimed at enhancing its purpose-built NLP workflow support. With the new features, Expert.ai's NL platform can find complex entities and their relationships, which helps it understand text better. The new features include more options for on-premise deployment and taxonomy management, the ability to store core data with Kubernetes (K8s), APIs that can be used with visual documentation, and knowledge graphs (KGs) that can be used to quickly find related ideas and connections. Chief Product Officer at expert.ai, Luca Scagliarini, said, "Organizations increasingly recognize the value of hybrid natural language as they can get to market faster, supporting a broader range of use cases with improved efficiencies and enhanced accuracy." She further added, "Practical and useful AI is no longer about the future; it provides enterprises with value now." Furthermore, she added, "We continue to expand the platform capabilities to enable our customers and partners to create new processes, solutions, capabilities, and offers that grow their businesses and impact their bottom lines." (Source - PRNewswire) The hybrid NL platform, which combines machine learning and symbolic AI, is made to help organizations find the most value out of their unstructured data, create new business models, improve time to market, and optimize processes. About expert.ai Expert.ai is a leading company in AI-based natural language software that offers a purpose-built platform to analyze and understand complex documents. It combines symbolic and machine learning to turn language into data and enhance business operations across various industries, including insurance, banking and finance, publishing, media, and defense. The company serves global businesses with offices in Europe and North America, and offers a range of on-premise, private, and public cloud offerings to simplify AI adoption.

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Postman Makes Building Software Accessible to All, Announces Postman Flows

Businesswire | March 23, 2023

Postman, the world’s leading API Platform, today announced the general availability of Postman Flows, a visual tool for creating API applications. Postman Flows simplifies building software by using APIs as the building blocks, allowing anyone to produce workflows, integrations, and automations in a collaborative environment without needing to write a single line of code. With Postman Flows, the company is leaning into demand for a low-code solution that lets people build software without extensive programming experience. Using tens of thousands of readily available APIs, business users can manipulate data with API calls and create workflows. This allows everyone, from financial analysts and customer service agents to senior business leaders, to devise solutions to problems they encounter every day. “APIs are the building blocks of modern software. However, those blocks have not always been accessible to everyone,” said Abhinav Asthana, co-founder and CEO of Postman. “We are on a mission to change this. With more than 25 million users across every continent, we believe Postman can accomplish this at a massive scale so that any user, anywhere, can build and participate in today’s API-first world.” Postman Flows makes it simple to construct API applications without needing to write code or fiddle with a command line. Inspired by the concept of “blocks” to form and visualize an application, users simply drag the blocks, build the application, and deploy the workflow. And Postman Flows leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to enable users to manipulate data returned by APIs by simply typing out what they want to do in natural language, making it easy for all. Hundreds of thousands of users have already built API applications using Postman Flows during its beta program. “Postman Flows is the sweet spot for us, as it gives our non-technical team members a low-code tool to build, document, test, and implement an API workflow,” said Thomas Schlegel, distinguished engineer at Built Technologies. “We can accomplish tasks faster with fewer errors, and we look forward to maximizing these benefits across the organization.” “Postman Flows makes prototyping and testing easy,” said Sid Verma, partner engineer at Notion. “Building connections visually is more intuitive and clear, which results in spending more time building and less time digging through code. I’m excited to see the future of Flows and Notion!” About Postman Postman is the world’s leading API platform, used by more than 25 million developers and 500,000 organizations, including 98% of the Fortune 500. Postman is helping developers and professionals across the globe build the API-first world by simplifying each step of the API lifecycle and streamlining collaboration—enabling users to create better APIs, faster. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has an office in Bangalore, where it was founded. Postman is privately held, with funding from Battery Ventures, BOND, Coatue, CRV, Insight Partners, and Nexus Venture Partners.

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Fivetran Launches Fivetran Lite to Accelerate SaaS Connector Development and Seamless Data Integration

Fivetran | February 09, 2023

Fivetran, a world leader in automated data movement, has launched Fivetran Lite, a new offering that brings more SaaS connectors to market faster. The Lite connectors are backed by Fivetran's commitment to high quality, data integrity, and security, and they can be developed in a fraction of the time it takes to develop Fivetran's standard connectors. The Lite connectors meet the increasing demand for managed connectors for a growing number of SaaS services. The By Request Program enables Fivetran to build new Lite connectors in as little as 30 days, and the company expects to introduce hundreds of new connectors over the next year, bringing the total number of fully-managed connectors to over 500. Head of Product at Fivetran, Alexander Lovell, said, “Our customers, like all enterprises, are under enormous budgetary pressure and are looking for every available way to streamline their operations and cut infrastructure costs. Developing homegrown connectors and maintaining data pipelines is a heavy economic burden they do not need to take on.” (Source - Businesswire) Fivetran Lite connectors provide consumption-based pricing and follow the February 1, 2023, launch of Fivetran's new free plan, which is aimed at growing businesses with low data volumes. This commitment to creating Lite connectors that provide both data integrity and security in a fraction of the time it takes to develop Fivetran standard connectors is part of Fivetran’s effort to meet the increasing demand for managed connectors for SaaS applications. About Fivetran Fivetran automates data movement in and out of cloud data platforms. It automates the most time-consuming parts of the ELT process, such as extracts, schema drift handling, and transformations, allowing data engineers to focus on higher-impact projects while maintaining total pipeline peace of mind. With 99.9% uptime and self-healing pipelines, Fivetran facilitates hundreds of leading brands around the world to accelerate data-driven decisions and drive business growth, including Autodesk, JetBlue, Conagra Brands, Lionsgate, Morgan Stanley, and Ziff Davis. Its headquarters are in Oakland, California, and it has offices all over the world.

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Expert.ai Releases New Features for its Hybrid Natural Language Platform to Enhance NLP Workflow

expert.ai | February 08, 2023

On February 7, 2023, Expert.ai, a company specializing in AI for language understanding, released new features for its Natural Language (NL) platform, aimed at enhancing its purpose-built NLP workflow support. With the new features, Expert.ai's NL platform can find complex entities and their relationships, which helps it understand text better. The new features include more options for on-premise deployment and taxonomy management, the ability to store core data with Kubernetes (K8s), APIs that can be used with visual documentation, and knowledge graphs (KGs) that can be used to quickly find related ideas and connections. Chief Product Officer at expert.ai, Luca Scagliarini, said, "Organizations increasingly recognize the value of hybrid natural language as they can get to market faster, supporting a broader range of use cases with improved efficiencies and enhanced accuracy." She further added, "Practical and useful AI is no longer about the future; it provides enterprises with value now." Furthermore, she added, "We continue to expand the platform capabilities to enable our customers and partners to create new processes, solutions, capabilities, and offers that grow their businesses and impact their bottom lines." (Source - PRNewswire) The hybrid NL platform, which combines machine learning and symbolic AI, is made to help organizations find the most value out of their unstructured data, create new business models, improve time to market, and optimize processes. About expert.ai Expert.ai is a leading company in AI-based natural language software that offers a purpose-built platform to analyze and understand complex documents. It combines symbolic and machine learning to turn language into data and enhance business operations across various industries, including insurance, banking and finance, publishing, media, and defense. The company serves global businesses with offices in Europe and North America, and offers a range of on-premise, private, and public cloud offerings to simplify AI adoption.

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