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Clock’s Ticking! AAI18 is Around the Corner

Early bird tickets are gone! We expect to be at capacity with over 800 people working in AI for the one day conference.

We really don’t want you to miss it, so we’re extending you a 30% discount. Use the code AAIBSLcom18 to register.

Industry leaders from organizations like Softbank, Rigetti Computing, CapitalOne, Google, Lyft, Samsung, GE, Bayer, World Economic Forum, Accenture and many more will be speaking about the latest and future impact of AI applications.


Are you working at an Energy Startup?

We’ve partnered with innogy SE to give a limited number of complimentary tickets for startups working to solve our current and future energy needs with AI. Learn more about the opportunity here.


Your next computer could improve with age

Generally, computers slow down as they age. Their processors struggle to handle newer software. Apple even deliberately slows its iPhones as their batteries degrade. But Google researchers have published details of a project that could let a laptop or smartphone learn to do things better and faster over time. Read more.

How (and whether) to implement machine learning in your organization

Machine learning is making substantial impacts on businesses around the world, but many organizations struggle to understand where and when to optimally use ML. To enable successful deployments, businesses must first recognize which problems are most amenable to ML… Read more.

Elon Musk: ‘Mark my words — A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes’

Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk has doubled down on his dire warnings about the danger of artificial intelligence. The billionaire tech entrepreneur called AI more dangerous than nuclear warheads and said there needs to be a regulatory body overseeing the development of super intelligence… Read more.

Artificial Intelligence Rules More of Your Life. Who Rules AI?

Technology companies are racing to get ahead of regulators to shape the future of artificial intelligence as it moves deeper into our daily lives. Companies are already working artificial intelligence, or AI, into their business models, but the technology remains controversial… Read more.

Machine learning or laughing? Amazon’s Alexa is freaking people out with unprovoked chuckle

It’s one thing to believe that Amazon’s Alexa is constantly listening to us, but quite another to worry that she’s laughing at what she hears.Users of Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo and the Dot have reported hearing the tech giant’s ubiquitous voice emit a very real-sounding and unprompted laugh of late. Read more.

Why humans learn faster than AI—for now

In 2013, DeepMind Technologies, then a little-known company, published a groundbreaking paper showing how a neural network could learn to play 1980s video games the way humans do—by looking at the screen. These networks then went on to thrash the best human players. Read more.


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Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Sr. Electrical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Applications

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Trusted Insight: Django/Python Full Stack Engineer

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

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AAI17 Session Spotlight: Cybersecurity: AI, Friend or Foe?


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Early Bird Tickets Sold Out!

Our early bird tickets have expired, this is your last chance to buy your regular ticket and join us on April 12th, 2018! Check out the latest speakers added to the roster:

Karen Kerr – Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures
Johan Gerber – EVP Security & Decision Products, MasterCard
Kevin Hua – Sr. Manager – AI/Data Mining, Bayer
John Absmeier – VP – Smart Machines, Samsung
Jane Macfarlane – CEO & Founder, Seurat Labs
Matt Swanson – Chief Executive Officer, Augment

See Full Speaker Line-up here.

We expect to be at capacity for the conference so don’t miss out and get your tickets now!


Getting Value from Machine Learning Isn’t About Fancier Algorithms — It’s About Making It Easier to Use

Machine learning can drive tangible business value for a wide range of industries — but only if it is actually put to use. Despite the many machine learning discoveries being made by academics, new research papers showing what is possible, and an increasing amount of data available… Read more.

The Analogy of AI and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

TechEmergence’s own Daniel Faggella will be speaking at BootstrapLaps Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference on April 12th, 2018. Leading up to the #AAI18 event, we’ve partnered with BootstrapLabs to spark a conversation around AI in industry by putting together an article about Dan’s recent conversation with Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs. Read more.

Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement. Read more.

Why retail’s artificial intelligence bet is all wrong

Everyone seems to be “using” artificial intelligence these days. So is retail. Big players like Amazon and Target are pouring huge amounts of resources into machine learning, and many companies sell “Artificial intelligence” tools for the retail industry. There’s just one problem. Read more.

Enterprise Adoption of Artificial Intelligence – When it Does and Doesn’t Make Sense

Chances are you have already been bombarded on social media or in your inbox about all these “revolutionary AI” this and “game-changer AI” that. Vendors of AI technology are often incentivized to make their technology sound more capable than it is – but to hint at more real-world traction than they actually have. Read more.

2017 AI Digest Review

Check out our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Keynote – Gaming and VR: Where AI goes to School


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More Speakers Joining the AAI18 Line-up

More speakers will be joining our lineup at the Applied AI Conference 2018, on April 12th in San Francisco:

Carolina Garcia Rizo – Chief Business Officer, Just Biotherapeutics
Nadeem Sheikh – VP Self Driving Programs, Lyft
George Mathew – Chief Executive Officer, Kespry
John Absmeier – VP – Smart Machines, Samsung
Robbie Allen – Chief Executive Officer, Infinia ML
Matt Swanson – Chief Executive Officer, Augment

See Full Speaker Line-up here.

Early bird discount expires next week, don’t miss out!


Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Thirumalai, a computer scientist who’d left IBM in 2005 to head Amazon’s recommendations team, had come to propose a sweeping new plan for incorporating the latest advances in artificial intelligence into his division. Read more.

Risky AI business: Navigating regulatory and legal dangers to come

Artificial intelligence poses a wide range of hidden and unknown dangers for enterprises deploying the technology. Here’s how to guard against the legal and compliance risks of AI… Read more.

The Democratization of AI Is Putting Powerful Tools in the Hands of Non-Experts

The shortage of qualified data scientists is often highlighted as one of the major handbrakes on the adoption of big data and AI. But a growing number of tools are putting these capabilities in the hands of non-experts, for better and for worse. Read more.

Here’s where the Pentagon wants to invest in artificial intelligence in 2019

From Amazon’s Alexa to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving and promises to soon transform almost every aspect of life. As data, the lifeblood of AI, increasingly becomes both a tool and a vulnerability on today’s battlefield, the Department of Defense is taking notice… Read more.

BlackRock bulks up research into artificial intelligence

BlackRock is setting up a new centre dedicated to research in artificial intelligence, underscoring the heightened interest among asset managers in how machine learning can revolutionise many facets of the investment industry. The world’s biggest investment group, with $6.3tn of assets under… Read more.

2017 AI Digest Review

Check out our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Keynote – Quantum AI: The Next Frontier


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Announcing the 2018 Applied AI Conference Speaker Line-up

We’re excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us at the Applied AI Conference 2018, on April 12th in San Francisco:

Kay Firth-Butterfield – Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
Madhav Thattai – COO, Rigetti Computing
Richard Socher – Chief Scientist, Salesforce
Sangeeta Chakraborty – Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
Alex Holub – Founder, Vidora
Zachary Hanif – Director – Center for Machine Learning, Capital One

See Full Speaker Line-up here.

The conference is limited to 800 attendees and we usually sell out weeks ahead of our event.


DeepMind’s latest AI transfers its learning to new tasks

Backstory: Most algorithms can be trained in only one domain, and can’t use what’s been learned for one task to perform another, new one. A big hope for AI is to have systems take insights from one setting and apply them elsewhere—what’s called transfer learning. Read more.

As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030. To technologists working on A.I. in the United States, the statement, which was 28 pages long in its English translation, was a direct challenge to America’s lead… Read more.

Artificial Intelligence Just Discovered New Planets

The Kepler space telescope, which launched in 2009, has produced more than 30,000 signals measuring light from stars to search for possible planets in distant parts of the galaxy. Sifting through that and other telescope data, astronomers have found more than 3,500 planets… Read more.

Wise up, deep learning may never create a general purpose AI

AI and deep learning have been subject to a huge amount of hype. In a new paper, Gary Marcus argues there’s been an “irrational exuberance” around deep learning. In August 2015, a number of carefully selected Facebook users in the Bay Area discovered a new feature on Facebook Messenger. Known as M, the service was designed to… Read more.

The Digital Hospital: Mission-Control-Like Command Center At This Hospital Is Taking Healthcare Into The Future

In the 1960s, airports started using air traffic control technology that allowed them to swiftly transition from scheduling a few hundred flights a day to managing thousands. Now, many airports handle millions of passengers every day. Despite the vast complexity of such a logistical challenge… Read more.

2017 AI Digest Review

Every week the BootstrapLab’s team curates the most interesting and current articles on Artificial Intelligence. To inspire you in 2018, we wanted to share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Fireside Chat with Richard Socher, Chief Scientist – Salesforce


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Few Early Bird Tickets Left

Don’t miss the future of Artificial Intelligence and join us and over 800+ AI Leaders and Experts in San Francisco on April 12th.

If your organization is interested in getting in front of the AI community contact us to learn more about the sponsorship/partnership opportunities.

Few early bird tickets still available, sign up now and save $840.


The UX of AI

As was the case with the mobile revolution, and the web before that, machine learning will cause us to rethink, restructure, and reconsider what’s possible in virtually every experience we build. In the Google UX community… Read more.

Oil and Gas Industry Gets GPU, Deep Learning Injection

Artificial Intelligence systems are going to crash some of our cars, and sometimes they’re going to recommend longer sentences for black Americans than for whites. We know this because they’ve already gone wrong in these ways. Read more.

Natural Language Processing – Current Applications and Future Possibilities

A 2017 Tractica report on the natural language processing (NLP) market estimates the total NLP software, hardware, and services market opportunity to be around $22.3 billion by 2025. The report also forecasts that NLP software solutions leveraging AI will see a market growth from $136 million in 2016 to $5.4 billion by 2025. Read more.

China is rapidly closing the US’s lead in AI research

Every year, hundreds of researchers gather at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) to hear presentations on the latest developments in AI. Increasingly, that means learning about the work of Chinese researchers. Read more.

NCI Announces Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, New AI Business Unit

NCI Inc. has named Brad Mascho chief artificial intelligence officer, a new position leading a new corporate division focused on AI initiatives and strategy. The new business unit aims to accelerate, automate and augment… Read more.

‘Machines That Think’ predicts the future of artificial intelligence

Movies and other media are full of mixed messages about the risks and rewards of building machines with minds of their own. For every manipulative automaton like Ex Machina’s Ava (SN: 5/16/15, p. 26), there’s a helpful Star Wars droid… Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Software Engineer (Android)

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

indus.ai: Product Marketing Director

See more job opportunities.


AAI17 Session Spotlight: Mårten Mickos, CEO – HackerOne


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The 2017 Applied AI Digest Review is here

Every week the BootstrapLab’s team is happy to share with you the latest in Artificial Intelligence.

To inspire you in 2018, we wanted to share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.


The State of Machine Learning in DevOps

DevOps methodologies are increasingly generating large and diverse data sets across the entire application lifecycle — from development, to deployment, to application performance management… Read more.

Don’t Make AI Artificially Stupid in the Name of Transparency

Artificial Intelligence systems are going to crash some of our cars, and sometimes they’re going to recommend longer sentences for black Americans than for whites. We know this because they’ve already gone wrong in these ways. Read more.

Why Tesla’s Autopilot Can’t See a Stopped Firetruck

On Monday, a Tesla Model S slammed into the back of a stopped firetruck on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County. The driver apparently told the fire department the car was in Autopilot mode at the time. The crash highlighted the shortcomings of the increasingly… Read more.

4 deep learning breakthroughs business leaders should understand

It’s a given that artificial intelligence will change many things in our world in 2018. But with new developments arising at a rapid pace, how can business leaders keep up with the latest AI to improve their performance? Read more.

Andrew Ng officially launches his $175M AI Fund

As the founder of the Google Brain deep learning project and co-founder of Coursera, Andrew Ng was one of the most recognizable names in the machine learning community when he became Baidu’s chief scientist in 2014. Read more.


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said that Artificial Intelligence is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire”.

You can take advantage of the opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate with AI Experts at the Applied AI Conference 2018 in San Francisco on April 12th.

Sign up now at our limited early bird pricing and save $840. Group discounts also available for teams. Contact us for more information.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


Applied AI Digest 98


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big ambition: to create the Javascript for AI. Read more.

What’s Bigger than Fire and Electricity? Artificial Intelligence Says Google Boss

Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have “more profound” implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments. Read more.

How Deep Learning Empowers Enterprise AI

Deep learning is rapidly becoming an Enterprise AI (artificial intelligence) essential, at least according to Gartner. The market research firm predicted that 80 percent of data scientists will include deep learning as part of their AI toolkits in 2018.​ Read more.

ETFs powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, says fund co-founder

Exchange-traded funds powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, according to a co-founder of EquBot, a company that created one such fund. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence is Going to Supercharge Surveillance

We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes, watching over us or watching out for us, depending on your view. But really, they’re more like portholes: useful only when someone is looking through them. Sometimes that means a human watching live footage, usually from multiple video feeds. Read more.

Tips for jumpstarting your journey to developing AI apps

“AI won’t replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t.” So write Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAffee in the Harvard Business Review. That’s an important point to which all managers must pay attention: AI isn’t a technology for assisting humans; it’s for augmenting them. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

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Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

Applied AI Digest 2017

After decades of investing, building, and scaling software companies, BootstrapLabs realized in late 2015 that the world was about to enter a renaissance era for Artificial Intelligence, powered by an explosion of data, plummeting storage costs, increasing connectivity speed, and affordable processing power growing exponentially.

BootstrapLabs has since become one of the most active and respected early stage venture capital firms in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and its community of executives, founders, researchers and investors has grown to over 40,000. Our weekly Applied AI Digest newsletter is read by over 4,000 members, and approximately 2,000 attendees joined our annual Applied AI conferences, quarterly Applied AI Insiders Series, and workshops in the last two years.

Artificial intelligence could add as much as $15.7 trillion – about the combined output of China and India – to the global economy by 2030 but the road ahead will not be without major hurdles. In 2017, VCs invested $10.8 Billion in AI & Machine Learning companies globally and the sector saw over 200 M&A deals in the last 5 years. This is just the tip of the iceberg as most Fortune 1000 corporations will be playing catch-up for many years to come.

Entire industries will be transformed by the power of Artificial Intelligence and tomorrow’s winner are being created today.

We wish you a fantastic start to 2018. To inspire you, we thought we would share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.

Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

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SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


China enters the battle for AI talent

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Read more.

Artificial Intelligence to Sort Through ISR Data Glut

Inundated with more data than humans can analyze, the U.S. military and intelligence community are banking on machine learning and advanced computing technologies to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read more.

Voice assistants dominate CES as Google plays catchup with Alexa

This week about 180,000 visitors flocked to the world’s biggest technology exhibition, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And while all the usual gadgets made an appearance, from smart fridges to self-driving cars, there was one dominant theme: speech. Read more.

How AI is changing the future of healthcare

In 1942, Isaac Asimov attempted to lay out a moral framework for how robots can serve humans. The science fiction writer came up with “three laws of robotics”, meant to prevent machines from harming their human creators. Read more.

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves

Researchers at Uber and Google are working on modifications to the two most popular deep-learning frameworks that will enable them to handle probability. Read more.

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year

This is an extremely competitive list and it carefully picks the best open source Machine Learning libraries, datasets and apps published between January and December 2017. Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.


Applied AI Digest 96


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data

Tesla has become a household name as a leader and pioneer in the electric vehicle market, but it also manufactures and sells advanced battery and solar panel technology. Read more.

How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos

The woman in the photo seems familiar. She looks like Jennifer Aniston, the “Friends” actress, or Selena Gomez, the child star turned pop singer. But not exactly. Read more.

Inside the Lab Where Amazon’s Alexa Takes Over the World

When it first launched in 2014, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky gadget launched without warning or much expectation. As it took off, though, and millions of people began to put a smart speaker in their home… Read more.

The Case Against Deep-Learning Hype

Is there more to AI than neural networks? Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at NYU and ex-director of Uber’s AI lab, thinks so. He’s published a critique of deep-learning systems that use neural nets, and it skewers some of the current AI hype. Read more.

Identifying the Next Big Thing: Qual vs. Quant

Throughout history, humans have remained obsessed with mechanisms for predicting the future. From oracles and auguries of the ancients, to modern day algorithms of Wall Street, we have trusted in diverse tools to foretell what might come next. Read more.

Here are the most common uses of AI on your smartphone today

Artificial intelligence is starting to permeate the technology that we use everyday. That’s especially true in smartphones, where apps that rely on machine learning and AI are increasingly common. Statista mapped out the survey results of Deloitte’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey which determined just how aware smartphone users are… Read more.


Job Opportunities:

GetAccept: Digital Marketing Manager

Sibly: Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

Aeye: Optical Engineer

Vidora: Senior Software Engineer – Data Engineering

Smart Ear: Chief Scientist

Trusted Insight: Data Scientist

See more job opportunities.