AWS, Google, and Mozilla back national AI research cloud bill in Congress

A group of more than 20 organizations including tech giants like AWS, Google, IBM, and Nvidia joined schools like Stanford University and The Ohio State University today in backing the idea of a national AI research cloud. Nonprofit groups like Mozilla and the Allen Institute for AI also support the idea. The cloud would help […]

Amazon RDS Proxy – Now Generally Available

At AWS re:Invent 2019, we launched the preview of Amazon RDS Proxy, a fully managed, highly available database proxy for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) that makes applications more scalable, more resilient to database failures, and more secure. Following the preview of MySQL engine, we extended to the PostgreSQL compatibility. Today, I am pleased to […]

Facebook: Aviva and Intercontinental Hotels Group pause ads

Image copyright Getty Images Two leading UK firms – the insurer Aviva and the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) – have become the latest to “pause” advertising on Facebook. They join Ford, Adidas, HP, Coca Cola, Unilever and Starbucks, which have all acted in response to how the social network deals with hate speech. The Stop […]

3 Remarkable Big Data Platforms for Web Development

Big data is changing the future of the digital commerce industry. A growing number of companies are using new big data initiatives to transform their business models in impressive ways. One way that marketers are leaning on big data is with web development. Datafloq author Henna Ray has talked about the myriad of applications of […]

How COVID-19 is accelerating IoT and the need for distributed data storage  

Presented by Western Digital In the midst of the pandemic, IoT is no longer a nice-to-have but a need-to-have. Many people and businesses are relying on IoT products such as remote connected health monitoring solutions, packaging and shipping trackers, and streaming devices — the devices that are enabling remote work, telehealth, and telelearning. It also […]

Enable fine-grained permissions for Amazon QuickSight authors in AWS Lake Formation

We’re excited to announce the integration of Amazon QuickSight with the AWS Lake Formation security model, which provides fine-grained access control for QuickSight authors. Data lake administrators can now use the Lake Formation console to grant QuickSight users and groups permissions to AWS Glue Data Catalog databases, tables, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) […]

EvilQuest Mac ransomware impersonates Google, Apple OS processes

Viruses are uncommon enough on Apple’s platforms that users generally don’t worry about them, but security researchers this week discovered a rarity — Mac ransomware that’s both spreading in the wild and potentially dangerous because of the way it hides on an infected machine. Disclosed by Dinest Devadoss, Patrick Wardle, and Malwarebytes’ Thomas Reed, the […]

Montreal AI Ethics Institute suggests ways to counter bias in AI models

The Montreal AI Ethics Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to defining humanity’s place in an algorithm-driven world, today published its inaugural State of AI Ethics report. The 128-page multidisciplinary paper, which covers a set of areas spanning agency and responsibility, security and risk, and jobs and labor, aims to bring attention to key developments […]

Going lean: How vendor consolidation creates big gains

The second quarter of 2020 launched many digital transformation projects that didn’t necessarily happen at the behest of chief innovation officers, but because of the wrecking ball of disruption known as covid-19. Even if companies did succeed at rapidly orienting operations and services to digital, the transformation journey is far from over—and that means procurement […]

Facebook’s MARGE AI summarizes and translates documents without fine-tuning

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, Facebook researchers describe Multilingual Autoencoder that Retrieves and Generates (MARGE). It’s a language model that generates words, sentences, and paragraphs by retrieving related words, sentences, and paragraphs in different languages and identifying patterns within them. The researchers claim MARGE learns to paraphrase, translate, and summarize text without […]