Welcome to the Era of Context

This is a guest post by Nathan Kinch, Co-Founder of Sports Ollo and Entrepreneur in Residence at edgelabs. Connect with Nathan at @NathanKinch or check out the original post on LinkedIn.

Context is defined as the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood.

For me, the true value of this definition resides in the final two words; fully understood.

In a world where we are constantly overloaded with information, how does one make sense of the madness?

It’s quite clear that we are no [...]

The latest Turing Test attempt: Try again

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It seems that not a day goes by without someone announcing a new revolution based on some form of deep learning, or the announcement that some organization has invested lots of money and/or people in the field of artificial intelligence. Therefore, it was inevitable that we’d eventually hear that a program had passed the Turing test.

Reports of the chatbot Eugene Goostman were all over the news, and after reading the first article about it, I could immediately tell that we were not dealing with ‘intelligence’, but clever maneuvering:

• Only 33% of the judges took the computer for [...]

More in Common than You Might Think

Take objects in your daily life. Now, equip them with technology that allows them collect data and to communicate with each other, and to us, to make our lives better.

Your car might provide you with directions but it can also let the manufacturer know how you drive, what speed and in what geography. By learning more about your usage habits and adjusting the temperature accordingly, your new connected refrigerator may help you be more energy efficient.

The auto industry has long collected usage and performance data from their vehicles now in some markets auto insurers are using the same [...]

Harnessing the Power of Semantic APIs for Information Management


In advance of this year’s Enterprise Data World conference in Austin, Texas the organizers invited us to share our thoughts and opinions on some of the trends and influences shaping today’s data management. Two trends stand out to me:

- Data Management has to include unstructured information. Organizations cannot ignore the stream of information coming from outside and from inside the organization. Effective management of these streams provides great value in many activities including Marketing/Business intelligence, Risk Management, Predictive modeling.
- APIs offer an effective way to get access to a multitude of external data (structured or unstructured) that [...]

Deep text analytics for dark data in Oil and Gas

As a recent study by Gartner (Roundup of Energy and Utilities Research, 2013) highlights oil and gas companies are increasingly focusing on analytics to move from reactive reporting to “more advanced business processes” that can solve problems before they occur. Many of these initiatives are leveraging the “dark data” that reside in multiple systems and across technology domains.

Deep semantic technology is being used by some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to leverage this information. This “dark data” is commonly present in any knowledge base. In the oil and gas sector, it could be drilling or [...]

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