62% of Organizations Will Be Using AI by 2018. Issue 13: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

News of Teachers and DJs, Farmers and Yelp reviewers all enhanced by machine learning and robotics. What do we feed them? and who’s going to teach them? I suspect it’s you lovely readers of course!

We need your opinion, your thoughts, please do submit articles here: http://www.cognitionx.com/newsletter-contribution

All the best,

Tabitha ‘untilthebotstakeover’ Goldstaub

Tools of the Trade

Do you scikit-learn?

27th July 2016

Last night we had Gregory Goltsov. Full-stack Data Science talk about How to be a One-Man Data Team.

One of the attendees pointed out that the tools and frameworks he uses are like the new Nike threads – the cutting edge of data science. Read all about scikit-learn and others in the slides.

You can also along to hear the full stack man himself present his findings on the 7th of September (for those of your who are regular attendees you’ll notice we are going to use Meet Up for this event. Please do let us know if you like this more than Eventbrite.)

Do you scikit-learn?

Another example of a “robots taking human jobs”

Soundwave founder Brendan O’Driscoll, now leading Spotify’s charge into bots and A.I., shared a glimpse of what he’s looking for in a music discovery tool.

“I call it a music concierge, like your music best friend,” said O’Driscoll at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference, “an ever-present music concierge in some sort of group environment that could be a group chat in Slack or it could be living in the background in the home as part of a voice in a speaker.”

“When the mood strikes you to find some new music, he’s there or she’s there as an interface layer that can search and return music for you,”

No more fighting about who's gonna be DJ at your next house party
Apple for the Bot

27th July 2016
• venturebeat.com

Skoolbot has been chosen winner of the first-ever international botathon, organized by VentureBeat. The bot, which helps students using Google Classroom monitor grades, homework, and communication, was made by Liam McKinley of Great Falls, Virginia…and of course he’s only 15.

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

Netflix and Chill

27th July 2016
• bgr.com

Ever feel like on Netflix there’s too much choice, yet simultaneously nothing you really want to watch. Now with this aptly named Chatbot ‘And Chill’ they promise you can get a definitive recommendation immediately without endlessly scrolling past the same Netflix recommendations for TED or Thomas and Friends.

Stats that impress

62% of Organizations Will Be Using AI Technologies by 2018

27th July 2016
• narrativescience.com

Narrative Science, who claim to be the leader in advanced natural language generation (Advanced NLG) for the enterprise, announced their second annual research report, “Outlook on Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise 2016.”

No doubt it needs to be taken with a pinch of NLG salt but good stat to use when trying to win the skeptics over.

Education, training and advice we rate

How to ensure your A.I. gets good nutrition

27th July 2016
• computerworld.com

Heidi Maher is the executive director of the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Counsel (CGOC.) She reminds us in plain English that, instead of the five food groups, a healthy A.I. diet depends on curating the data that goes into it. She simply explains how important it is to, specify scope, review and manage sources, track responses and update your learning.

How to ensure your A.I. gets good nutrition

Impact on the Economy

Farming big and small

27th July 2016

Israeli agtech startup Prospera has raised $7 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners for its AI solutions. Prospera’s systems, installed in greenhouses or in the field, use a proximal RGB camera and cloud-based software to gather and analyze all the information they say farmers are missing.


If you want to have a go yourself, check out the worlds first open source robot which will grow all the food you need in your backyard (garden, patio for us Brits.)

Farming big and small


“A leading figure in Machine Learning who has helped shape the field into its modern form”. A short summery of Hinton’s career and a tribute tribute from the IEEE and Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Geoffrey Hinton awarded for his services to Machine Learning

Coding Experiments

A Github repository showing interesting uses of LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation). Vlad Sandulescu writes on his blog about how you can quickly ascertain what 1000s of reviewers on Yelp really think on aggregate.

He also gives a few tips about how to generally going about writing and running codes like this so definitely worth a peruse.

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