How can NLP technology change the finance industry?

No wonder why so many financial services providers are turning to NLP technology: there are a lot of ways it can benefit the financial sector, starting from improving customer experience and ending with ensuring round-the-clock access to data through the application of natural language interfaces to databases. According to PwC’s Global FinTech Survey 2017 (Figure 1,2), both financial institutions and fintech companies will continue investing in emerging technologies that can make data analytics and existing user experiences better. These include NLP technologies, such as natural language searches and chatbots. So…

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Weekly Machine Learning Opensource Roundup – Feb. 8, 2018

Example Tensorflow Project Template A best practice for tensorflow project template architecture. Toolsets Perspective High Performance Streaming pivot visualization via WebAssembly LiveCV A computer vision coding environment that displays results in real time NdBench Netflix Data Store Benchmark Models Visual Feature Attribution Using Wasserstein GANs PyTorch Python + Pytorch Implementation of the paper “Visual Feature Attribution using Wasserstein GANs” MobileNet V2 A Complete and Simple Implementation of MobileNet-V2 in PyTorch Recurrent Environment Simulators Deepmind Recurrent Environment Simulators paper implementation in tensorflow Obfuscated Gradients Obfuscated Gradients Give a False Sense of…

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The trouble with facial recognition technology (in the real world)

If you’ve watched any sort of spy thriller or action film over the last few years – think Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible – the chances are you’ve seen facial recognition software in action. These movie scenes often involve an artist’s sketch compared to mug shots, or sometimes even a live CCTV stream, and with the clock ticking, a match is usually found for the culprit in the nick of time. It seems natural then to assume that what happens in the film world is similar to what happens (most…

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State Loophole Leaves Minors at Risk While Riding Uber and Lyft

From day care providers to school bus drivers, California regulations require fingerprints and extensive criminal background checks for almost any worker who may be left alone with kids. But those same requirements do not apply to ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which have become popular with teens. To help keep kids safe, the state’s Public Utilities Commission relies on the companies to enforce their own policies that prohibit drivers from picking up underage riders traveling alone. But as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, those rules are ignored…

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Paris flooding harks back to one of the great breakthroughs in hydrology

The city of Paris was recently on high flood alert after a deluge of rain. Parisians looked on with increasing concern as the River Seine continued to rise, the water levels creeping up the legs of the Zouave statue on the Pont d’Alma bridge in central Paris, which has served as an unofficial flood gauge since the devastating 1910 floods in the city. Thankfully, the immediate threat to Paris appears to be receding, although many other towns along the Seine are experiencing widespread flooding. This year’s particularly severe flooding on…

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German Navy experiences “LCS syndrome” in spades as new frigate fails sea trials

Enlarge / The Baden-Wurttemberg, listing slightly to starboard as usual, has been sent back to shipbuilders—refused by the German Navy. Ein Dahmer reader comments 162 Share this story The German Navy has a lot of problems right now. It has no working submarines, in part because of a chronic repair parts shortage. The Deutsche Marine is still flying helicopters older than their pilots—the Sea Lynx entered service in 1981, and the Sea King in 1969—and has long-delayed their replacement. And now the service is facing problems with its newest ships…

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How–and why–is the duopoly shifting toward local news?

Announcements made by Google and Facebook in January reveal that the duopoly is making a clear shift toward local news. What do those changes look like, and why might they be taking place? What is Google Bulletin? Google’s shift comes in the form of Bulletin. This lightweight app offers users a platform to share media-rich, hyperlocal news with their immediate community. Bulletin appears to be infused with Web 2.0 ideals; it has the potential to forge connections between people while emphasizing user-generated content and usability. Google hopes that users will…

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The next step for suffrage: give all immigrants the right to vote

The centenary celebration of women’s suffrage in Britain offers a chance to reflect on the limited scope of democracy today. It’s striking how just a few generations ago more than half the adult population was subject to laws they had no say in making. Women, and men without property, were permanent outsiders within the state, denied basic respect and standing. Only in 1928 did parliament extend the vote to all women over the age of 21, affording them suffrage on equal terms with men. Today, not everybody living in Britain…

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Universities must prepare students for a technology-enabled future

Automation and artificial intelligence technologies are transforming manufacturing, corporate work and the retail business, providing new opportunities for companies to explore and posing major threats to those that don’t adapt to the times. Equally daunting challenges confront colleges and universities, but they’ve been slower to acknowledge them. At present, colleges and universities are most worried about competition from schools or training systems using online learning technology. But that is just one aspect of the technological changes already under way. For example, some companies are moving toward requiring workers have specific…

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Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You

The acoustic one-upfrogship is energetically draining and risks attracting predators like bats. Yet the male frogs have no choice but to keep count of the competition, for the simple reason that female túngaras are doing the same: listening, counting and ultimately mating with the male of maximum chucks. Behind the frog’s surprisingly sophisticated number sense, scientists have found, are specialized cells located in the amphibian midbrain that tally up sound signals and the intervals between them. “The neurons are counting the number of appropriate pulses, and they’re highly selective,” said…

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The Acceleration of Addictiveness (2010)

July 2010 What hard liquor, cigarettes, heroin, and crack have in common is that they’re all more concentrated forms of less addictive predecessors. Most if not all the things we describe as addictive are. And the scary thing is, the process that created them is accelerating. We wouldn’t want to stop it. It’s the same process that cures diseases: technological progress. Technological progress means making things do more of what we want. When the thing we want is something we want to want, we consider technological progress good. If some…

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How to prevent employee’s resignation – predictive analytics HR use case

In this article, we will go step-by-step in this analysis of employee resignation. We suggest you login to your AnswerMiner account and follow the steps to explore the HR dataset. It is a free set that you can find in the data-market within the app. https://app.answerminer.com/auth/login Start! Let’s say you want to understand why your best employees are leaving prematurely and know who is the most likely to leave next. First to have this information, you need to collect some data about your employees. I am sure you have it,…

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Indian Renewable Energy Budget inspired by a small village farmer

On 1st February 2018, Mr. Arun Jaitley – India’s Finance Minister, presented the budget. We think that the budget is fairly average and non-committal as far as renewable energy sector is concerned. While, solar energy retains the focus that it has been getting over the last few years, wind and other forms of renewable energy stand neglected. We will discuss the highlights of the budget and what it holds for the Indian Renewable Energy Industry:- DISCOMS/Licensees to purchase surplus electricity from farmers      The finance minister in his speech mentioned…

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Show HN: Ask Alexa for the prices of over 2000 cryptocoins

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How to launch a startup without a technical background and tech co-founder

LevonMaker@levon377 · Founder, Zeroqode & Bubblewits Happy Wednesday Product Hunters, We are excited to continue with the series of no-code product launches. This time, we are launching Zeroqode Courses – the place where you can learn how to build web and mobile apps without code even if you don’t have any technical background. These learning resources are designed to teach and guide you through the building process, while sharing insight and hacks for building a fully functional and beautifully designed products. Right now, the first batch of curated resources is…

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Autoscaling your container platform with AWS, CoreOs and Kontena

There’s one thing we get asked a lot when talking with people about containers and Kontena. Can Kontena automatically scale up my services? The answer is one of the most classic ones in the IT industry: So the answer is yes and no, depending a bit on the context. I’ll walk through both sides of the answer. As known, Kontena collects lots of statistics on the running services. So theoretically, Kontena actually has the data based on which it could make a decision to spin up new containers for your…

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How extremists use Facebook to target millions of Britons w far-right propaganda

Peter Gamlen Far-right activists across Europe are utilising an organised network of Facebook pages and dubious, plagiarised news sites to target British Facebook users with extremist content. Every day, a cluster of 13 Facebook pages with 2.4 million likes between them churns out close to 400 posts – most pushing distorted news articles, far-right memes and adverts for Knights Templar crusader merchandise. Advertisement Supplying these Facebook pages with this content is a group of five websites, all hosted on the same server and with the same design and way of…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Developing WebRTC Applications

There are things you don’t want to do when you are NIH’ing your way to a stellar WebRTC application. Here’s a true, sad story. This month, the unimaginable happened. Rain (!) dropped from the sky here in Israel. The end of it was that 6 apartments in my building are suffering from moisture due to a leakage from a balcony of the penthouse. Being a new building, we’re at the mercies of the contractor to fix it. Nothing in the construction market moves fast in Israel – or without threats,…

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Deep Learning on Lambda: Architecture and Performance

unsplash-logoAlex Knight We recently trained a series of deep learning models for image classification and decided to host them on AWS Lambda. In this 2-part series, we’ll look at why and how we went Serverless and try to impart some lessons we learned. This article should be useful to anyone considering deploying larger models like CNNs in a Serverless environment. It assumes a basic understanding of Serverless computing and Deep Learning. Our Problem Our customers have told us they want to find influencers by gender and age. In researching the…

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Day 1 of the Uber and Alphabet trial

Uber and Waymo are finally having their day in court. Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, and Uber gave their opening statements in front of a jury on Monday, commencing the courtroom phase of what has already been a messy legal battle. The day was entirely about opening arguments, but both Uber’s and Waymo’s strategy centers largely on one thing: Our opponent stooped to the levels they did because they were afraid we would beat them. Uber claims Waymo’s lawsuit is baseless and is only suing because they were upset they were…

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Create ReactJS App with ReasonML

In this article, I will show, how you can use ReasonML, ReasonML React, Fetch API (bs-fetch package), ReactDOMRe.Style and Material UI CSS library to create the application. There are not so many different materials on how to create Reason React app, what is labeled arguments, how to import component, how to define a custom style for components and so on. In this article, I will try to answer all of these questions. Requirements for our application It will fetch data from https://openweathermap.org to read atmospheric pressures for next 7 days.…

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14-Year-Old Made an App to Help Alzheimer’s Patients Recognize Their Loved Ones

When Emma Yang was 7 or 8 years old, her grandmother became increasingly forgetful. Over the next few years, those memory problems, caused by early Alzheimer’s disease, worsened. Yang, who learned to code at an early age, decided to create an app to help. advertisement “I have personal experience with how the disease can affect not only the patient, but also family and friends. When I was about 11 or 12, I got really interested in using technology for social good to help other people around the world,” says Yang,…

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Bitcoin Miners Fried in Game of Chicken

Bitcoin miners who’ve decided to stay in the game amid plunging prices may soon find that the well has run dry. A 70 percent price drop since the heady days of mid-December has cut profitability to the bone. With the cryptocurrency hitting $6,000 on Tuesday, only the biggest and most efficient can stay above water, but even these are balancing on a knife edge, according to a Gadfly analysis. Big Dip Bitcoin has fallen as much as 70 percent since its December high Source: Bloomberg Unless you’re an outfit running the fastest rigs bought at…

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Indian government’s first blockchain project – Tamper proof degree certificates

The Indian central government is embarking on its first implementation of a blockchain-based solution in governance with digital certification of education degrees, which will be issued using the distributed computing technology starting with batches graduating in 2019. The trials with what will be the first implementation of IndiaChain, as the blockchain solution is being called, is going to be done with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and colleges under the Delhi University. The trials are being done under the aegis of Niti Aayog, the government’s policy…

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Modern CSS Explained for Dinosaurs – Actualize – Medium

Images from Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North CSS is strangely considered both one of the easiest and one of the hardest languages to learn as a web developer. It’s certainly easy enough to get started with it — you define style properties and values to apply to specific elements, and…that’s pretty much all you need to get going! However, it gets tangled and complicated to organize CSS in a meaningful way for larger projects. Changing any line of CSS to style an element on one page often leads to unintended changes for elements…

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