Robot Wars, Comic Books, Elon Musk Nerd out with Issue 11: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

Please do share the briefing with your friends and encourage them to sign up if you think they would like a dose of data each day.

All the best,

Tabitha ‘untilthebotstakeover’ Goldstaub

What you may have missed from last week

After departing from TV in 2004 having left the BBC in 2003, it didn’t look as if we’d ever see it back again. Earlier this year though the BBC announced they were bringing it back and we got hyped. As the Telegraph explained one of the reasons that Robot Wars may have been a bit of a disappointment last time was due to some of the technology required for epic robot battle was missing. Now though more than a decade on we have some incredibly intelligent and creative designs. Since it’s 2016 there’s also the obligatory story about how one contestant learned everything from Youtube.

We were sad to see Razer go after seeing it brought back so much nostalgia, but it was a sign of the times to come with the robots being bigger and better than before. Our favourite was Nuts though, an eccentric team with a crazy robot, who doesn’t love that? Let us know your favourites, and if you haven’t watched it yourself yet, it’s on iPlayer here.

Robot Wars came back to our screens last night, and it was awesome

Innovation of the day

One of the troubles of comic books in this day and age as is mentioned by this article is that they don’t translate well to an e-reader: “Images mesh with speech bubbles, splash pages highlight big action scenes or story arcs and the eye is forced to take in a lot of information at the same time.”

This can be fixed by with Google’s new Bubble Zoom. It uses Machine Learning to extract the relevant information from a page of a comic book; speech bubbles, where frames spill over into each other etc. This allows you to zoom into particular bubbles in the order you’re supposed to, while still having a view of the entire page, making it readable on a phone screen yet still keeping true to the original work. Take a look.

Something to get involved in

Test your cyber security skills.

25th July 2016

The UK’s highest level of demonstrating your Cyber Security skills, even sponsored by GCHQ. Have a look at their social presence and their upcoming events where you can face to face the leading Cyber Security experts of the country and the companies looking to hire them. The next event is on the 3rd September in London with BAE and HMGCC. Have a crack, and we’d love to hear from you if you get involved.

Deal of the Day

Yahoo was the front door to the web for me and the early generation of internet users, they still service billions of visitors a month but Yahoo’s time as an independent business is up. This New York Times article gives good detail on why they sold for $4.8b a fraction of what they were worth in the 2000s. What ever you think of Marissa Mayer, I believe there is a lot to learn from her impressive time at the helm. The one to watch now is Marni Walden as she leads Verizon’s quest beyond its telecom roots.

Verizon set to buy Yahoo, in what many see as a play for their data and ad tech

Video killed the Radio Star

Our friends at London Real interview Kevin Kelly; the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.

Definitely worth a watch.

Contribute to the Briefing yourself

Got something to share?

25th July 2016

Submit your own article, either one you found or wrote, by visiting the site and adding your a link and we’ll make sure you get credited in a daily briefing.

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

The 3 best tips from VentureBeat for how to best use Chatbots to your advantage. This boils down mainly to Knowing your Customer, finding the sweet spot in the balance between Human and Bot interaction, and personalising the experience for your customer. A bonus related article underneath (classic VentureBeat) about how Chatbots will change the future and your daily routine.

Banks; those monolithic institutions always looking to make a buck are finally looking to embrace Chatbots for their customer service. Only problem is, since most banking is done by computers these days, HFT and the like, a large percentage of people employed by banks are customer service reps. This lead Antony Jenkins, the former Barclays Chief Exec to say “half of all jobs in banking could be chopped in the next decade as automation takes hold”

Published in

Leave a reply

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account