DataSeries |VRT200820

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In August, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable about the future of “Conversational AI”.

Key Challenges:

Maturity of technology and dialogue

The level of improvements in the space was debated intensely where some argue that bots are still almost as broken as 5 years ago. It is clear that bots need to be more contextual and personalised in order to increase the user experience. Rasa proposes 5 maturity levels here:

Level 1: Static with no flexibility — User needs to input all information

Level 2: Basic and FAQ based — User is guided a little with questions to get an…


All you need to know about COVID and its impact

What to Expect from First-Generation COVID-19 Vaccines

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This is an article by Dr. Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine at Hong Kong University Medical Center, and Dr. Malik Peiris, Professor at the University of Hong Kong. They write that: 1) COVID vaccines are needed, even if they have minimal impact on transmission 2) COVID vaccines may not help us achieve herd immunity 3) COVID vaccine trials primarily assess prevention of virologically confirmed disease — not infection or transmission 4) an “effective” vaccine confers protection from disease but might not reduce spread 5) if COVID vaccines are effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in high-risk groups, they would have an important role, irrespective of impact on transmission and population immunity 6) if high-risk populations can be shielded by vaccination, COVID control measures could be recalibrated 7) the idea that COVID vaccine-induced population immunity will allow a return to normalcy may be based on false assumptions 8) no country will be truly safe until the entire world is vaccinated. …


Anything that can be intelligently automated, will be.

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An AI genie portraying the benefit of an effective collaboration between humans and machines (illustrated by Ciaran M).

This article was originally published with Tech.eu (view here), written by Tom Henkrisson (General Partner @ OpenOcean).

In 1999, as Steven Spielberg was preparing to make the movie “Minority Report”, he assembled a team of 15 technology experts to help him depict the world as it would look in 2054, the year that the movie takes place. The result was an impressive and somewhat dystopic future scape where technology permeates our lives.

It is too soon to say whether the vision of the future depicted in the movie will become reality, but 18 years after the film’s release, artificial intelligence (AI) and what is often called intelligent enterprise automation have had a profound impact in some areas. …


DataSeries < > UiPath|VRT060520

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In May, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted their second Virtual Roundtable together with UiPath about the “Rise of Intelligent Automation”. The session was moderated by Guy Kirkwood, Chief Evangelist UiPath.

See the summary of highlights from our first Intelligent Automation roundtable here.

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

  • 10 years ago many organizations would have said that there isn’t enough tech available for solving certain problems. We have arrived at a paradigm shift where there is too much tech available, but with a serious lack of market education. …


DataSeries < > UiPath|VRT220420

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In April, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable together with UiPath about the “Rise of Intelligent Automation”. The session was moderated by Guy Kirkwood, Chief Evangelist UiPath.

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

COVID-19 UPDATE ON THE INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE AUTOMATION SPACE:

Companies that have been looking to implement automation tools prior to COVID-19 are still doing it partially due to the return of investment being quite quick in the space. For a category leader such as UiPath, 2020/Q1 has seen no change. Q2 is expected to be relatively flat due to the high level of uncertainty. Q3 & Q4 have an optimistic outlook (e.g. …


DataSeries < > Jeremy Garcia|VRT220420

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In July, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted their second Virtual Roundtableabout the “Future of OpenSource”. The session was moderated by Jeremy Garcia, Founder of LinuxQuestions.org and Director of Technical Community/ Open Source at Datadog.

Have a look at the summary insights from our first OpenSource roundtable here.

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

INITIAL NOTES:

We need to rethink how we are engineering today’s software. Software is still oftentimes built with the philosophy that it needs to be owned & maintained by the creator. …


DataSeries < > MindsDB | VRT270520

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In May, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable together with MindsDB about the “Future of OpenSource”. The session was moderated by the Co-Founders of MindsDB, Adam Carrigan & Jorge Torres.

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

CURRENT CHALLENGES IN THE OPENSOURCE SPACE:

  • Companies have an inability to manage the number of OS projects that they use. It is crucial to track and keep the components up to date and satisfy the requests of the community. Many companies are still finding “heartbleed” in over half of the scans — bad patching discipline!
  • Transparency adds to security (presentation by the team that found heartbleed) and better process (e.g. …

DataSeries < > The Things Network|VRT060620

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In June, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable together with The Things Industries about the “Convergence of data in IoT”. The session was moderated by Wienke Giezeman, CEO at The Things Industries.

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

CHALLENGES:

Back in 2015, McKinsey estimated that the IoT market has the potential to create value between $4 — $11 trillion. Today’s perspective shows us that we are ~ 20% short of our predictions. This is mainly driven by the slow speed in adoption. Organisations are currently seeing a lot of inertia (stuck in PoCs hell) and moving from this stage to a large scale transformation is proving to be complex. …


DataSeries |VRT300620

In June, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable about the future of “Conversational AI”. The session was moderated by Mike Reiner, Venture Partner OpenOcean.

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INSIGHTS GATHERED:

FUTURE OUTLOOK:

4 notes/requirements on our journey to maximize total value out of virtual assistants/chatbots.

  1. We are on the cusp of creating a global Virtual Assistant paradigm that will be able to rule entire processes instead of having thousands of spread out assistants specialized in their fields. Having 10,000 or even 100,000 specialized domain assistants is not the most effective way to reach a truly groundbreaking level within conversational AI that is capable of navigating through complex ecosystems. …

DataSeries |VRT280720

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In July, DataSeries, an OpenOcean led initiative hosted a Virtual Roundtable about “Small & Synthetic Data”. The session was moderated by Mike Reiner, Venture Partner OpenOcean.

Full recording above^

INSIGHTS GATHERED:

CHALLENGES:

85% of the data collected is “small data” (IDC, Gartner…)

The challenge here is different to big data as combining data sets is a rarity, hence decent data quality is crucial. The data must be in a standardised format. An obvious challenge is that if a pattern isn’t present in the data, then there is no way for the algorithm to learn it. …

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Maxim Matias

Venture Associate @openocean ; building a data community at @dataseries ; MSc @imperialcollege

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