Vector Capital, a private equity firm, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MarkLogic Corporation, a provider of enterprise data integration and data management solutions. MarkLogic’s technology simplifies the integration of enterprise data across silos to provide. MarkLogic Data Hub Service is a managed cloud data platform that is able to assemble raw data, index it in real time for semantic search, and provide the ability to securely run operational and analytical applications. Over 2,500 customers including government agencies, financial services firms, insurance companies, manufacturing businesses, media companies, healthcare providers, and others utilize MarkLogic as a solution to simplify data integration. The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, announced the immediate availability of version 1.3 of Oxygen Feedback, including the new Enterprise edition. The Oxygen Feedback commenting platform provides an efficient way for your community to interact and offer feedback. Its modern, appearance is easy to configure and integrate, and it includes a user-friendly interface and numerous useful features for both Commenters and Administrators. It is specialized for technical documentation and can be easily integrated with Oxygen XML Editor/Author to make it more efficient for content authors to manage comments and react to community feedback. Features found in Oxygen Feedback version 1.3 include:
- The new Enterprise edition Platform Admin account provides access to a special administration area to view and manage all of the site configurations for your organization,
- offers the ability to enable and configure LDAP authentication.
- is compatible with the old Oxygen WebHelp PHP-based commenting system, which means that you can migrate your database without losing any information.
- A Dashboard page aggregates information about all of your existing site configurations and provides easier access to relevant parts of the interface,
- includes a site pane that you can use to visualize information about your site configurations, navigate to them for management purposes, and create new ones.
- has an activity stream pane that shows information about the most recent activities performed by members of your team or community.
- contains some statistics panes (such as statistics for page views and comments).
If you already own an Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author, Oxygen XML Developer, Oxygen WebHelp, or Oxygen Publishing Engine license key, you are eligible to get a 50% discount off the Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition for the first year of subscription. This promotion applies to every Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition subscription plan and requests must be received by 31 December 2020. To see if you are eligible to obtain this discount, visit:
AI democratization in the era of GPT-3
The recent announcement of Microsoft’s exclusive license to OpenAI’s GPT-3 says that in addition to using it for their own products, they will continue to work with OpenAI to help “democratize AI”. The GPT-3 code is not open source, but OpenAI provides free access to GPT-3 via an API, and says it will continue to do so. We’re left to speculate what this means beyond that. Will future models provide free access? Will they be exclusively licensed to Microsoft (an investor) or others? What does democratization in this context mean? Without making a value judgement about this, it’s clear that those building applications using GPT-3 API will have a lot of additional questions.
This article by Professor Mark Riedl from Georgia Institute of Technology is a great place to start.
Are you ready for quantum computing?
Quantum computing isn’t ready for prime time for practical business application yet, but it has lots of promise for industry use beyond encryption. Quantum computing is difficult for most of us to get our head around, nonetheless, senior executives and strategists need to track its progress and consider potential use cases. Fortunately, Professor of Physics and Computer Science, Shohini Ghose has provided a short and accessible general introduction, hype-free status update, and some good advice for business leaders.
The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), a type of artificial intelligence that is at least as capable as human intelligence, is not a near-term reality. Ben Medlock agrees, and argues that humans have an unfair advantage in the scope and richness of our model, and that though we don’t know how, our bodies play a critical role in creating and maintaining our model.
This means that when a human approaches a new problem, most of the hard work has already been done. In ways that we’re only just beginning to understand, our body and brain, from the cellular level upwards, have already built a model of the world that we can apply almost instantly to a wide array of challenges. But for an AI algorithm, the process begins from scratch each time.
The weaponization of web archives: Data craft and COVID-19 publics
An enlightening academic look at provenance-hijacking tactics focused on current pandemic health misinformation.
Using provenance information such as original context, technical specificities, and unique characteristics of online resources from web crawls, and social analytics data from the Crowdtangle API we find that web archives like the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine are being weaponized to propagate and preserve health misinformation circulating on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
- ‘Digital chemistry’ breakthrough turns words into molecules Natch, there’s a Chemical Description Language (XDL) via phys.org
- Advice on coping with middle age… Google has outgrown its corporate culture via The Economist
- Yay! The resurgence and importance of email newsletters a survey via Reuters Institute
- If you’re tracking Web3 / decentralized web… An introduction to IPFS (Interplanetary File System) via Infura
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