AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

The act of gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. For as long as there’s been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge on the house. As gaming has moved from bookies … Read moreAI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

How open source software took over the world

Mike Volpi Contributor Mike Volpi is a general partner at Index Ventures. Before co-founding the firm’s San Francisco office with Danny Rimer, Volpi served as the chief strategy officer at Cisco Systems. It was just 5 years ago that there was an ample dose of skepticism from investors about the viability of open source as a business … Read moreHow open source software took over the world

IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

At CES, IBM today announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications. That package, the IBM Q system, is still huge, of course, but … Read moreIBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

LA sues Weather Channel app owner over ‘fraudulent’ data use

After downloading the app, users are prompted to allow it to access their location data, but how that data will be shared isn’t noted in the prompt. “The permission prompt also fails to reference or link to any other source containing more detailed information about what users’ geolocation information will be used for,” the lawsuit … Read moreLA sues Weather Channel app owner over ‘fraudulent’ data use

2018 is the year AI got its eyes

In many ways, AI and machine learning are already becoming apparent in our day-to-day lives, especially in commerce. Specifically, retailers are turning to facial recognition systems to help them better target, market and sell their products to an increasingly harried and distracted shopping public. “I see the recent advances such as deep learning technology for … Read more2018 is the year AI got its eyes

IBM fingernail sensor tracks health through your grip

From there, the sensor sends its data to a smartwatch (in this case an Apple Watch) where the AI kicks in. Machine learning on the watch can detect various signs of Parkinson’s, such as tremors, bradykinesia (slow starts to voluntary movement) and dyskinesia (reduced voluntary movements). IBM added that it can use a neural network … Read moreIBM fingernail sensor tracks health through your grip

IBM Research develops fingerprint sensor to monitor disease progression

IBM today announced that it has developed a small sensor that sits on a person’s fingernail to help monitor the effectiveness of drugs used to combat the symptoms Parkinson’s and other diseases. Together with the custom software that analyses the data, the sensor measures how the nail warps as the user grips something. Since virtually any activity … Read moreIBM Research develops fingerprint sensor to monitor disease progression

IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agtech platform

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa IBM Research and agtech startup Hello Tractor have developed an AI and blockchain-driven platform for Africa’s farmers. The two companies will pilot the product in 2019 through an … Read moreIBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agtech platform

IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B

IBM announced last night that it is selling the final components from its 1995 acquisition of Lotus to Indian firm HCL for $1.8 billion. IBM paid $3.5 billion for Lotus back in the day. The big pieces here are Lotus Notes, Domino and Portal. These were a big part of IBM’s enterprise business for a long … Read moreIBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B

Red Hat acquires hybrid cloud data management service NooBaa

Red Hat is in the process of being acquired by IBM for a massive $34 billion, but that deal hasn’t closed yet and, in the meantime, Red Hat is still running independently and making its own acquisitions, too. As the company today announced, it has acquired Tel Aviv-based NooBaa, an early-stage startup that helps enterprises manage … Read moreRed Hat acquires hybrid cloud data management service NooBaa