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How open access to artificial intelligence changes everything

Over the past few months Google, Microsoft and Facebook have taken major decisions to make their Artificial Intelligence (AI) API's openly available to all. IBM have opened their Watson API on a 'freemium' basis and Elon Musk launched the OpenAI[…]

What data science can learn from office logistics

When I first heard that we needed to upsize from our current base in Stevenage, I imagined that picking out a new office would be somewhat like choosing a new laptop. Most of the work would be upfront, checking through a list of requirements -[…]

Hyenas, lions and city lights – accurately measuring behaviour is rarely straightforward

"The spotted hyena is a vastly unappreciated, misrepresented beast.” I’m sure it is, you say, but what’s it doing in your analytics blog? When I‘m not keeping up with the latest revolutions of the big data hype cycle†, you’ll find me reading popular[…]

Big data confusion floors my C-Suite alter-ego

My imaginary self has an ambition. I like to picture that I’m a multinational C-Suite executive with a fancy watch and fancier smile. My imaginary exec reads avidly the industry press to ensure that he is right across current thinking and opinion[…]

The relentless rise of the Big Data tribute act

You’d think anyone using social media, reading the technology press, or even watching the News at Ten would be fed up of Big Data by now. Nevertheless, new entrants in the buzzword Top 10 are climbing over each other in a desperate race to launch[…]

Why General Relativity is relevant, 100 years on, to today’s data scientists

“A bold claim, Sir!” I hear you cry. How can you relate General Relativity (GR), the mathematically complex realisation of an abstract picture of the universe to modern everyday data science? Is he really saying that forecasting customer churn or[…]

Intelligent Machines: New York's super smart AI couple and the need for nimble analytics

I have been following the BBC's recent theme on the state of the art of AI and Intelligent Machines with great interest. I've had a long-standing interest in robots and our interactions, which I put down to my father buying me a Bigtrak at an early[…]

R&D applications – is it time to think Cloud First?

If you’ve heard the term ‘Cloud First’ being talked about a lot recently, it’ll be because the UK government has been making a big noise about it for the last couple of years now. ‘Cloud First’ is an official UK government policy that was launched[…]

3 things you need to be aware of when deploying ELNs outside the pharma sector

On face value, deploying an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) system within your R&D environment would seem to be something of a no-brainer. You can make sure all processes and ideas are properly documented and signed. You can also share results with[…]

The tension around R&D applications – DIY or ROI?

In the modern R&D world, who’s responsible for the total cost of ownership and specification of the most effective R&D applications? On one side of the argument, you have R&D departments that have developed their own applications rather than trying[…]

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