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Month: March 2024 (Page 1 of 3)

Bridgeline releases Zeus Update with Concept and Image Search

Bridgeline Digital, Inc. announced that Smart Search by HawkSearch, featuring AI powered concept and image search with Generative AI (GenAI) capabilities, is now available to the general public. Smart Search leverages the latest advancements in AI, including large language models (LLMs) and vector databases, to enhance online shopping search functionality. Smart Search includes:

  • Concept Search understands the intent behind a customer’s search to find products that are more relevant to the customer’s needs. A customer can describe what they need to automatically create a shopping list. For example, if a customer tells an online flower store, “find white flowers to plant in Southern California with fragrant blooms to attract bees,” Smart Search would return Gardenia and Star Jasmine.
  • Image Search allows online shoppers to shop with photos from their cell phone or online images. A shopper could go to the above gardening website and upload a photo of a garden to automatically load their shopping cart with similar flowers and trees.
  • GenAI automatically creates, corrects, or expands descriptions of products in your catalog. GenAI also creates landing pages with keywords for each product.

Smart Search supports 50 languages even if the site is primarily in English.

TransPerfect acquires TheSpeech

TransPerfect, a provider of language and AI solutions for global business, today announced that it has acquired TheSpeech, a remote simultaneous interpretation platform for multilingual events. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TheSpeech’s self-service platform enables customers to have their live events interpreted from multiple source languages to multiple target languages and broadcast live to any size audience, anywhere around the world. Key features of TheSpeech include:

  • Support for live, online, and hybrid events
  • 150+ languages
  • Closed captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers
  • Support for nearly all platforms and configurations
  • Data collection and statistics for meeting organizers to be informed on engagement while being GDPR compliant
  • No hardware rental required and nothing to physically install

TheSpeech will continue to be led by CEO Peter Cselenyi, who will join TransPerfect’s management team. Cselenyi has served as CEO since founding the company in 2015 with partners Peter Vincze and Virag Vinceffy. TransPerfect was advised on the transaction by DLA Piper Hungary. TheSpeech was advised by Andersen Legal Hungary.


Databricks launches DBRX

Databricks announced the launch of DBRX, a general purpose large language model (LLM) they say outperforms established open source models on standard benchmarks. DBRX democratizes the training and tuning of custom LLMs for enterprises without relying on a small handful of closed models. Paired with Databricks Mosaic AI’s unified tooling, DBRX helps customers rapidly build and deploy generative AI applications that are safe, accurate, and governed without giving up control of their data and intellectual property.

DBRX was developed by Mosaic AI and trained on NVIDIA DGX Cloud. Databricks optimized DBRX for efficiency with a mixture-of-experts (MoE) architecture, built on the MegaBlocks open source project. For a look at model evaluations and performance benchmarks compared to existing open source LLMs like Llama 2 70B and Mixtral-8x7B, and to see how DBRX is competitive with GPT-4 quality for internal use cases such as SQL, visit the Mosaic Research blog.

DBRX is available on GitHub and Hugging Face. On the Databricks Platform, enterprises can leverage its long context abilities in retrieval augmented generation (RAG) systems, and build custom DBRX models on their data. DBRX is also available on AWS and Google Cloud, as well as directly on Microsoft Azure through Azure Databricks.

Gilbane Advisor 3-27-24 — GenAI product cycle, TCO focus

This week we feature articles from Kunal Sawarkar, and Steve Jones.

Additional reading comes from Avi Bar-Zeev, Cobus Greyling, Dean Allemang, and Michael Parekh.

News comes from Verndale & Yaksa, Chetu & Brightspot, RWS, and Clarifai & Deepgram.

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Opinion / Analysis

A common theme among analysts during the recent prediction season was that 2024 would be the year GenAI applications transitioned from speculation and sandboxes to deployments in production environments. Kunal Sawarkar agrees, but has some solid advice for executive decision-makers. (8 min)

Why increased productivity can cost more

Steve Jones also has some good, and perhaps surprising, advice for executives planning GenAI implementations…

““GenAI will drive 30% improvements in productivity”, now as a blanket statement that is wrong, but lets for a second assume that its right, and I’ll explain how mathematically I can improve the productivity of everyone in the software development lifecycle and still spend way more money delivering the same outcomes.” (4 min)

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Content technology news

Verndale acquires Yaksa

Yaksa brings ecommerce expertise in digital commerce and digital experience platforms (DXP), including Optimizely, Umbraco, Orckestra Commerce. ■

Chetu partners with Brightspot

Global software developer joins content management system provider’s partner network to offer CMS solutions to businesses worldwide.■

RWS launches Component Content Alliance (CCA)

Educational resources where professionals can collectively shape the future of content componentization and structured content authoring.

Clarifai and Deepgram announce partnership

Clarifai developers can integrate Deepgram’s ASR technology, reducing the time required to build AI applications with speech recognition functionality.

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Adobe and Microsoft partner on GenAI for marketers

Adobe and Microsoft announced plans to bring Adobe Experience Cloud workflows and insights to Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 to help marketers overcome application and data silos and manage workflows. The integration bring marketing insights and workflows from Adobe Experience Cloud applications and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to Microsoft Copilot, assisting marketers as they work in tools such as Outlook, Microsoft Teams and Word to develop creative briefs, create content, and manage content approvals. Initial capabilities will focus on:

  • Strategic insights in the flow of work: Campaign insights from Adobe Experience Cloud applications such as Adobe Customer Journey Analytics and Adobe Workfront, combined with Dynamics 365, the Copilot for Microsoft 365 experience helps marketers get quick insights and updates in Outlook, Teams and Word. Marketers can ask questions to get the status of a marketing project, understand campaign effectiveness, outstanding approvals, and actions to take.
  • Create campaign briefs, presentations, website updates and emails with relevant context: Marketers can also create imagery with Adobe Firefly generative AI and create content in Word that gets published directly to channels such as web and mobile.

Ontotext updates LinkedLifeData Inventory solution

Ontotext, a provider of enterprise knowledge graph (EKG) technology and semantic database engines, announced the latest version of its LinkedLifeData (LLD) Inventory solution, an accelerator for building knowledge graphs. Providing 200+ semantic-ready biomedical datasets, and available immediately, LinkedLifeData Inventory 1.4 serves as a resource for the scientific community, fostering multidisciplinary exploration and analysis across various facets of Life Sciences and Healthcare research.

Covering data in multiple modalities, such as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, molecular interactions, and biological processes, LinkedLifeData Inventory allows healthcare and life sciences professionals to access public datasets and ontologies in Resource Description Framework (RDF) format to ensure semantic richness and interoperability, facilitate advanced data integration, semantic querying, and insight generation in alignment with FAIR data principles.

LinkedLifeData Inventory helps pharma companies discover and repurpose existing drugs to treat rare and newly identified diseases. Biotech companies leverage LLD Inventory to identify new drug targets and build model datasets, while research teams use it to efficiently navigate the huge volume and wide range of data about genes, proteins, compounds, diseases, etc. Enhancements include:

  • Automated data ingestion and updating
  • Entity linking and improved metadata governance
  • AI-generated Gene-disease link prediction datasets
  • Newly added datasets
  • Transformation of complex derivative datasets

Chetu partners with Brightspot

Chetu, a software solutions and support services provider, announced its partnership with Brightspot, a Content Management System (CMS) provider, to deliver additional capabilities as the content program evolves. 

As a Brightspot partner, Chetu’s expertise in CMS software development across various industries complements Brightspot’s mission to provide an API-first platform that can deliver and execute CMS projects quickly.

By leveraging Chetu’s expertise in custom software solutions, Brightspot’s API-first platform will be open to a new audience of developers and end users. This strategic partnership empowers businesses to elevate any existing content management system.

Gilbane Advisor 3-20-24 — Semantic hierarchy, DBOS

This week we feature articles from Daniel Tunkelang, and Mike Stonebraker.

Additional reading comes from Shritama Saha, Jordana Cepelewicz, Michael Nuñez, and Apple, Google, Microsoft & Mozilla.

News comes from Brightcove, Apache Software Foundation, Deepgram, and Foxit.

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Opinion / Analysis

Hierarchy is Hard!

“Semantic hierarchy is a foundational concept in language understanding. Hyponyms and hypernyms are at the heart of relationships among words, categories, and query intents. But developing and maintaining hierarchical taxonomies is challenging in general, and especially so for queries. Still, this is a challenge that is worth pursuing, since it offers the potential of a more principled, intuitive way to manage precision-recall tradeoffs.”

Daniel Tunkelang does a nice job explaining and setting expectations with easy examples in (4 min).

Introducing DBOS Cloud: transactional serverless computing on a cloud-native OS

Many of you will be familiar with Mike Stonebraker from Ingres, Postgres, Informix, VoltDB, or a number of other database products. He has been working with Matei Zaharia (Stark and Databricks) and teams at MIT and Stanford on DBOS (a database operating system), and they have just released a cloud version. Stonebraker explains why we need it. (4 min)

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Content technology news

Brightcove announces web-based video editing tool

The in-platform editing functionality to ease the video content creation process for teams who want to publish high-quality videos quickly.

Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Wicket v10

The open source Java framework enables developers to create feature rich websites and applications quickly while also using less code.

Deepgram launches Aura, a text-to-speech API for real-time, conversational voice AI agents

Developers can build conversational voice AI agents that  interact with customers, employees in a natural and engaging way.

Foxit PDF Editor Suite expands AI capabilities

Smart PDF Commands is a new Foxit PDF Editor feature designed to streamline document processing workflows with 80+ pre-defined actions.

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