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Year: 2023 (Page 1 of 3)

Gilbane Advisor 2-1-23 — Medium and ML, generative AI moola

This week we feature articles by Scott Lamb, and Matt Bornstein, Guido Appenzeller, & Martin Casado.

Additional reading from Mia Sato & Emma Roth, John Timmer, Steve Jones, and Allen Helton.

News comes from Digital Science & metaphacts, Zeta Alpha, WordSphere & DrupalWare, and Section.

All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index/


Opinion / Analysis

How we’re approaching AI-generated writing on Medium

This is a tricky issue for publishers, platforms, and writers, and given the infinite use cases and risk scenarios a general solution is not in the cards. Detection and enforcement efforts may provide some situational utility, but will be a whack-a-mole-like. Readers will, (or should), be concerned as provenance, source quality, and trust become more difficult to establish. Scott Lamb describes Medium’s first steps to address the issue. It’s a thoughtful and reasonable start. (4 min, not including comments).

https://blog.medium.com/how-were-approaching-ai-generated-writing-on-medium-16ee8cb3bc89

Who owns the generative AI platform?

Or rather, how is the tech stack and market for generative AI evolving? Who will be able to build sustainable businesses in this market, and why? Matt Bornstein, Guido Appenzeller, & Martin Casado have a good overview for investors, analysts, enterprise organizations, startups, and computing infrastructure businesses (12 min).

https://a16z.com/2023/01/19/who-owns-the-generative-ai-platform/

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Digital Science acquires metaphacts

metaphacts is a knowledge graph and decision intelligence software company. Its metaphactory platform helps accelerate knowledge graph adoption.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/digital-science-acquires-metaphacts/

Zeta Alpha integrates GPT with its semantic neural engine

To provide reliable and explainable AI generated answers to enterprise search queries and improve productivity in search and knowledge management.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/zeta-alpha-integrates-gpt-with-its-semantic-neural-engine/

WordSphere acquires DrupalWares

The WordPress website development company is also offering front-end and back-end development services for Drupal, BigCommerce, and Shopify.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/wordsphere-acquires-drupalware/

Section enhancements to help setup and scale Mastodon servers

The platform automates the management of workloads with rules-based parameters to easily distribute and scale Mastodon instances globally.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/section-enhancements-to-help-setup-and-scale-mastodon-servers/

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Gilbane Advisor 1-25-23 — Synthetic data, cybernetics & product design

This week we feature articles by Brian Eastwood and Amber Case.

Additional reading from Alan Morrison, Daniel Tunkelang, and Robbie Elmers.

News comes from One AI, Lexalytics, Algolia & Uniform, and Snowflake & Mobilize[.]Net.

You can view all previous issues on our site here.


Opinion / Analysis

What is synthetic data — and how can it help you competitively?

You, or perhaps your boss, may be skeptical of using synthetic data — the unfortunate term does suggest sketchiness. If so, Brian Eastwood’s easy read might convince you to learn more. (7 min).

https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/what-synthetic-data-and-how-can-it-help-you-competitively

Why we need to know cybernetics

Amber Case argues that this 40s era approach to designing complex  systems is as relevant to product design as ever, or more so, given the complexity underlying not just mission-critical, but most enterprise and consumer applications. (8 min).

“There are so many complex systems in our lives that we’ve taken for granted for so long, that when we build new processes, we forget to consider how they integrate — or don’t, even to the point of grating on each other. When we forget to design and build from first principles, we risk making non-maintainable processes that can easily break.”

https://caseorganic.medium.com/why-we-need-to-know-cybernetics-f1dbbc4b5d8d

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Uniform and Algolia partner

The Uniform + Algolia integration uses Algolia search to automate the creation of digital experiences for marketing and commerce sites.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/uniform-and-algolia-partner/

Snowflake to acquire Mobilize[.]net’s SnowConvert

The SnowConvert toolkit has long been a preferred solution for migrating customer workloads to Snowflake, reducing the need for manual coding.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/snowflake-to-acquire-mobilize-nets-snowconvert/

Lexalytics expands NLP capabilities across foreign languages

Lexalytics expands NLP capabilities across foreign languages – The natural language processing (NLP) technology improved accuracy and expanded NLP capabilities for 11 non-English languages.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/lexalytics-expands-nlp-capabilities-across-foreign-languages/

One AI Language solution for developers now in AWS Marketplace

The natural language processing (NLP) platform allows developers to analyze and process large amounts of text, audio and video data through an API.
https://gilbane.com/2023/01/one-ai-language-solution-for-developers-now-in-aws-marketplace/

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Zeta Alpha integrates GPT with its semantic neural engine

Zeta Alpha, a neural search and discovery platform, announced they have integrated with OpenAI’s GPT with its semantic neural search engine, to provide more reliable and explainable AI generated answers to enterprise search queries. This capability gives workers the ability to leverage GPT to access knowledge hidden in troves of internal company data.

Generative AI models like GPT tend to ‘hallucinate,’ or give answers that seem plausible, but are not factually correct. This prevents organizations from adopting AI tools for enterprise search and knowledge management. The combination of Zeta Alpha’s intelligent neural search engine and advances in GPT-3 reduce this problem by applying natural language understanding. Other enhancements include:

  • InPars v2, a GPT-powered neural search model that enables fast tuning on synthetic in-domain data without the cost of creating terminology lists and taxonomies.
  • Zeta Alpha enables users to ask a question and get contextually relevant results, automatically saving text to a spreadsheet or note for further analysis, and mapping back to the location where the document is saved for future access.
  • Visualizing the information landscape in a semantic map and interpreting it with summaries by GPT can guide knowledge workers in the right direction to answer important strategic questions.

https://www.zeta-alpha.com/

Section enhancements to help setup and scale Mastodon servers

Section, a cloud-native hosting platform, announced it is making it easier to deploy and scale a Mastodon server; in just a few clicks, developers can use Section’s global platform to ensure a responsive user experience. With the open-source Mastodon software seeing explosive growth in interest and adoption, communities find themselves looking for solutions that can help run self-hosted social networks for a geographically dispersed base of users. Section’s platform automates the management of workloads like Mastodon using easily adjusted, rules-based parameters, making it suited to easily distribute and scale these Mastodon instances globally. Simultaneously, the company has announced support for Persistent Volume storage, better enabling distributed deployment of Mastodon and other complex workloads.

Section’s global, redundant, federated cloud network and multi-cluster deployment automatically re-routes traffic to keep Mastodon instances running while also delivering the benefits of a multi-cluster environment with the ease and simplicity of deploying a single cluster. Mastodon consists of a Ruby on Rails backend, a JavaScript frontend, Sidekiq jobs management and a PostgreSQL relational database. Section distributes the data out to where users and servers are located, leveraging PolyScale’s intelligent serverless caching between the Mastodon application front-end and the back-end PostgreSQL database.

https://www.section.io/

WordSphere acquires DrupalWare

WordSphere LLC, a tech company based in Palo Alto, announced the completion of its acquisition of DrupalWare, a well-known Drupal development agency. The 6.8 million dollar cash acquisition includes the DrupalWare website/brand, a portfolio of 164 active clients, and 6 Drupal specialists who will join WordSphere LLC’s senior DevOps team. DrupalWare’s clients include Pfizer, Tesla Motors, the City of New York, NY MTA, Columbia University, B&H Photo, and many other Fortune 500 companies.

WordSphere LLC is primarily focused as a WordPress website development company, mainly offering services in WordPress customization, modification, theming, advanced WordPress custom themes, custom plugins, buddy press customization, and e-commerce/WooCommerce. WordSphere LLC also offers services for Drupal, BigCommerce, and Shopify. They provide a variety of front-end and back-end development services utilizing more modern stacks like React, Node, Svelte, Typescript, ExpressJS, AngularJS, Vue.js, Next.js, PHP, OOP, Laravel, Codeigniter, Ruby, Python (Django) and many others.

https://wordsphere.com

Digital Science acquires metaphacts

Digital Science has completed the acquisition of metaphacts, which has become the newest member of the Digital Science family. Based in Germany, metaphacts is a knowledge graph and decision intelligence software company. Its main product metaphactory is a platform that supports customers in accelerating their adoption of knowledge graphs and driving knowledge democratization. metaphacts operates in the pharmaceutical, engineering, manufacturing, finance, insurance, retail and energy markets, and will be working most closely with Digital Science portfolio product Dimensions.

This acquisition will see metaphacts and Digital Science build new, joint knowledge democratization solutions, facilitating the interface between humans and machines, and helping transform raw data into human and machine-interpretable, actionable insights to power business decisions. metaphactory’s semantic knowledge modelling approach will be applied to the Dimensions linked information dataset to expose new, meaningful knowledge through metaphactory’s semantic search and graph exploration capabilities.

Customers can leverage this curated, packaged data solution and enrich and gain additional context for their proprietary knowledge. Additional integrations with complementary products from the Digital Science portfolio, such as OntoChem’s text analysis and data mining products, are also available.

https://metaphacts.comhttps://www.digital-science.com

Snowflake to acquire Mobilize.Net’s SnowConvert

Snowflake announced it has signed a definitive agreement for Snowflake to acquire SnowConvert, a suite of tools for efficiently migrating databases to the Data Cloud, from Mobilize.Net.

A key challenge with platform migrations is the code conversion required to ensure that all legacy database functionality can be moved to the cloud with minimal time and effort. The SnowConvert toolkit has long been a preferred solution for migrating customer workloads to Snowflake, using sophisticated automation techniques that reduce the need for manual coding and help ensure migration projects are successful.

After converting more than 1.5 billion lines of code1 with SnowConvert, the toolkit has proven to significantly reduce migration effort and improve the speed of migrating legacy databases to Snowflake through the built-in analysis capabilities at a data-type and procedure level, as well as matching to Snowflake native types. In addition to legacy database conversions, SnowConvert also converts workloads written in Scala and Python, making it easy to transfer that code to Snowflake’s Snowpark developer environment.

Closing of the acquisition is subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. SnowConvert will expand Snowflake’s professional services footprint in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Bellevue, Washington.

https://www.snowflake.com/https://www.mobilize.net

One AI Language solution for developers now in AWS Marketplace

One AI, a platform that enables developers to add language AI to products and services, announced it has entered into a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The relationship allows One AI to offer its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) language AI solutions in the AWS Marketplace, which makes it easy for customers to find, test, buy and deploy software on AWS.

One AI’s advanced natural language processing (NLP) platform allows developers to analyze and process large amounts of text, audio and video data through an application programming interface (API) for a range of use cases, including analyzing and understanding email threads for customer sentiment or reactions, extracting important points in a conversation, examining and breaking down all data from call centers, and determining positive and negative feedback on various subjects from social media posts and product reviews.

Businesses and developers can create their own Language Skills or choose from a library that includes capabilities such as advanced data extraction, transcription, summarization, sentiment analysis, emotion recognition, and action item detection. The library of Language Skills allows businesses and developers to tailor the solution to their specific needs and use-cases.

https://www.oneai.comhttps://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/prodview-div4d7ckhwkqe

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