Google’s AI predicts local precipitation patterns ‘instantaneously’

VentureBeat | January 13, 2020

Google hopes to tap AI and machine learning to make speedy local weather predictions. In a paper and accompanying blog post, the tech giant detailed an AI system that uses satellite images to produce “nearly instantaneous” and high-resolution forecasts — on average, with a roughly one kilometer resolution and a latency of only 5-10 minutes. The researchers behind it say it outperforms traditional models “even at these early stages of development.” The system takes a data-driven and physics-free approach to weather modeling, meaning it learns to approximate atmospheric physics from examples alone and not by incorporating prior knowledge. Underpinning it is a convolutional neural network that takes as input images of weather patterns and transforms them into new output images. As the Google researchers explain, a convolutional network comprises a sequence of layers where each layer is a set of mathematical operations. In this case, it’s a U-Net, where the layers are arranged in an encoding phase that decreases the resolution of images passing through them. A separate decoding phase expands the low-dimensional image representations created during the encoding phase.

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Safe-T Group Launches its Consumer Privacy Solution for Microsoft Windows

Safe-T Group Ltd. | July 11, 2022

Safe-T Group Ltd., a global provider of cyber-security and privacy solutions for consumers and enterprises, today announced its entrance into the home computer market with the release of its first consumer privacy solution designed for Windows personal computers (“PCs”). Building upon the success and best-of-breed technology of its iOS privacy solution currently helping protect thousands of mobile devices, Safe-T is expanding its offerings into the global Windows PC market. Today, with approximately 50% of worldwide data traffic originating from desktop/laptop devices1 and with over 40% of global consumers having already become victims of online identity theft2, the need for ensuring privacy when browsing from home is more critical than ever. “Today, our privacy and personal data is increasingly at risk which is why it is important for us to provide our users with comprehensive protection for their desktop computers as well as their mobile iOS devices. We are proud to announce the release of our consumer privacy solution for Windows desktops, a strategic development that enables us to address a large global opportunity by expanding our offerings into the consumer home market,” said Shachar Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Safe-T. “We intend to leverage the strong traction we are generating with our iOS mobile products as we further expand our portfolio into untapped market segments including other mobile and desktop platforms over the next few months.” Utilizing advanced encryption technologies, the desktop privacy solution prevents a user’s personal data from being accessed or monitored by Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”), advertisers and third parties. By blocking the ability to track or monitor a user’s online activity and history, their personal information is protected when browsing from home or when using public Wi-Fi or other unsecured internet access points. With the consumer privacy for PCs, users can protect themselves from online attacks including identity and credit card theft. About Safe-T Group Ltd. Safe-T Group Ltd. (Nasdaq, TASE: SFET) is a global provider of cyber-security and privacy solutions to consumers and enterprises. The Company operates in three distinct segments, tailoring solutions according to specific needs. The segments include, enterprise cyber-security solutions, enterprise privacy solutions, and consumer cyber-security and privacy solutions. Our cyber-security and privacy solutions for consumers provide a wide security blanket against ransomware, viruses, phishing, and other online threats, as well as a powerful, secured and encrypted connection, masking their online activity and keeping them safe from hackers. The solutions are designed for both advanced and basic users, ensuring full protection for all personal and digital information. Our cyber-security solutions for enterprises, designed for cloud, on-premises and hybrid networks, mitigates attacks on enterprises’ business-critical services and sensitive data, while ensuring uninterrupted business continuity. Organizational data access, storage and exchange use cases, from outside the organization or within, are secured according to the “validate first, access later” philosophy of Safe-T’s zero trust. Our ZoneZero® solutions are available by our reseller, TerraZone Ltd., a global information security provider, as a solution or cloud service. Our privacy solutions for enterprises are based on our advanced and secured proxy network, the world’s fastest, enabling our customers to collect data anonymously at any scale from any public sources over the web using a unique hybrid network. Our network is the only one of its kind that is comprised of millions of residential exit points based on our proprietary reflection technology and hundreds of servers located at our ISP partners around the world. The infrastructure is optimally designed to guarantee the privacy, quality, stability, and the speed of the service.

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AgreeYa Spins-Off BeatBlip, Launches HuLoop to Accelerate Growth and Innovation in the Intelligent Automation Space

AgreeYa Solutions | June 01, 2022

AgreeYa Solutions, a global leader in software, solutions and services, today announced it is spinning off BeatBlip, its AI-powered, codeless, intelligent automation platform with the launch of HuLoop Automation (HuLoop), a new software company, to accelerate growth and innovation. The new company will build upon AgreeYa’s longstanding investment in BeatBlip, which enables business process automation (BPA), robotic process automation (RPA) and software test automation (STA). Forrester projects the RPA market will reach $22 billion by 2025; Markets and Markets expects the global BPA market size to grow to $19.6 billion by 2026; and a 2021 Research and Markets report put the global automation testing market at $20.7 billion last year and forecasted 19.2 percent compound annual growth. HuLoop aims to become a leader in each of these high-growth markets. The BeatBlip platform is uniquely positioned to be a single source solution across an expanding array of automation requirements. The user-friendly no-code/low-code platform is designed to orchestrate tasks and activities across complex business workflows and disparate systems. It can generate, deploy and manage bots to automate manual and mundane tasks, and it can control and execute repetitive software tests verifying results against expected outcomes. Todd P. Michaud, an accomplished and high-energy technology executive with a proven track record for driving growth and innovation in both mature and high growth start-up software companies, has been appointed CEO of HuLoop. He previously served in executive leadership positions with IBM, Revionics, Retalix, NCR, Amdocs, Hypersonix and DemandTec. “The automation market is poised for significant growth, and we intend to earn our fair share of that growth by delivering industry leading innovation,” said Michaud. “We are committed to helping our clients solve their most complex challenges while delivering meaningful cost savings and productivity gains.” The HuLoop name was chosen to underscore the company’s commitment to supporting humans being in-the-loop during automation while also supporting full unattended automation. “We believe AI-powered automation can do amazing things, especially when it is blended with the strategic thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy unique to humans. We are in the business of unleashing the power of automation to help enterprises realize maximum value from their human capital,” added Michaud. “The BeatBlip platform has been helping customers around the globe successfully adopt and scale automation with ease for years. “Existing customers won’t experience any disruption, and in fact, they benefit from expanded capabilities, focus and resources. With Todd at the helm of HuLoop, together we will build an amazing company that leads emerging trends and delivers on the promise of automation for our customers.” Ajay Kaul, managing partner at AgreeYa Solutions and HuLoop board chairman ABOUT HULOOP AUTOMATION, INC. Based in the Sacramento, Calif. area, HuLoop Automation, Inc., helps enterprises realize maximum value from their people by keeping humans in-the-loop during intelligent automation in addition to ungoverned automation. The innovative AI-powered automation company was built to accelerate the growth of the low-code/no-code BeatBlip platform previously led by AgreeYa Solutions, Inc. HuLoop will expand BeatBlip’s business process automation, robotic process automation and software test automation capabilities. Learn more at www.huloop.ai and follow HuLoop on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. ABOUT AGREEYA SOLUTIONS AgreeYa Solutions is a leading global provider of software, solutions, and services to small, medium, and global Fortune 100 organizations. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Folsom, Calif., AgreeYa has over 2,000 professionals helping clients across the U.S., India, EMEA and Mexico. Leveraging a technology-enabled, consultative approach and diverse talent, AgreeYa offers modern workplace, smart analytics, intelligent automation, AI/ML, cloud transformation, mobility, and talent management solutions to deliver digital transformation to its clients. AgreeYa has received considerable recognition including certifications like Microsoft Gold Partner and Cloud Solutions Provider; AICPA SOC 2 Type 2, SEI CMMI, and ISO 9001:2015; and awards including “Dream Company to Work For” and “Best Employer Brand.”

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Modulos Launches a Data-Centric AI Platform That Simplifies the Development of Trustworthy AI Applications

Modulos | May 23, 2022

Data-centric AI software company Modulos AG today announced the availability of its revolutionary data-centric AI platform. The platform enables companies to identify flaws in their data in a fraction of the time required by conventional data cleaning methods. These practical recommendations then help users build better AI/ML models based on the improved data. Recent studies of how data scientists spend their time regularly highlight that curating data and then manually inspecting and cleaning it can take up to 80% of their time. (Ref: hbr.org) These efforts by highly trained specialists lengthen the time and increase the cost of AI/ML projects. Even with all this human effort spent on improving data quality, only 13% of AI/ML applications make it into production. The Modulos platform recommendations can reduce the time spent on data cleaning and quality checks by pinpointing exactly which data samples most affect the performance of AI models trained with them. "The goal of data-centric AI is to shift the focus of AI development from fine-tuning models to curating better data. AI trained on flawed data can't result in accurate and trustworthy models. That's why most of the human effort in building AI systems should focus on data quality." -Kevin Schawinski, CEO of Modulos The European Union is currently working on an EU AI Act which will set the global standard for how AI products and services must be developed and brought to market. Amongst the key requirements of this Act is that the data used to train AI is high quality, complete and fair.

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CallMiner Named Best Overall AI-based Analytics Company in 2022 AI Breakthrough Awards

CallMiner | June 28, 2022

CallMiner, the leading provider of conversation intelligence to drive business improvement, announced today that it has been named the Best Overall AI-based Analytics Company in the 5th annual AI Breakthrough Awards. CallMiner was recognized for its ability to help organizations analyze customer interactions as scale, such as the voice or text-based conversations that happen in an organization’s customer service center, to uncover insights and take action. These insights help companies improve customer experience, strengthen brand loyalty, increase operational efficiency, influence sales outcomes and more, ultimately driving business transformation and growth. Powered by machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI), the CallMiner platform can organize and bring value out of structured and unstructured data, including contact center conversations, chats, emails, social media, surveys and other customer interactions. Because understanding emotion within these conversations is increasingly important, CallMiner’s AI technology takes sentiment analysis one step further than the competition, identifying emotions within a conversation, such as surfacing moments when customers are stressed, angry or elated by marrying words and acoustic measures to form a complete picture of customer emotions in an interaction. “Organizations hold a massive amount of untapped data, particularly within their customer service and contact centers, which leaves meaningful insights on the table. “Yet, it’s impossible to uncover these insights with human power alone. Technology, like CallMiner’s AI-powered conversation intelligence platform, can deliver the right insights at the right time to both customers and internal stakeholders, enabling organizations to truly be customer-centric. Being recognized as the Best Overall AI-based Analytics Company by the AI Breakthrough Awards is further proof of CallMiner’s industry-leading AI capabilities and our ability to drive value for our customers.” Rick Britt, VP of AI at CallMiner The AI Breakthrough Awards recognize innovation across a range of AI and machine learning-related categories, including AI platforms, deep learning, business intelligence, natural language processing and industry-specific AI applications. Market intelligence analysts from AI Breakthrough evaluated nearly 3,000 nominations from around the world, reviewing, scoring and analyzing each entry to name the top performers. About CallMiner CallMiner is the global leader in conversation intelligence to drive business performance improvement. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, CallMiner delivers the industry’s most comprehensive platform to analyze omnichannel customer interactions at scale, allowing organizations to interpret sentiment and identify patterns to reveal deep understanding from every conversation. By connecting the dots between insights and action, CallMiner enables companies to identify areas of opportunity to drive business improvement, growth and transformational change more effectively than ever before.

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