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Gilbane Advisor 5-15-24 — Agentic UX, Meta vs OpenAI

This week we feature articles from Alex Klein, and Alberto Romero.

Additional reading comes from Jim Clyde Monge, James O’Donnell, Cobus Greyling, and Scott Brinker.

News comes from Adobe, Apple, SoundHound & Perplexity, and Acquia.

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Opinion / Analysis

The agentic era of UX

“The future of digital experience is here — but it’s being minced into microscopic use cases.”

Alex Klein argues that AI user experience requires a holistic approach that pulls together point use cases into a workflow that addresses more complete user journeys, and that the role of design is critical. He explains, and has some good advice on how to proceed. (8 min)

https://uxdesign.cc/the-agentic-era-of-ux-4b58634e410b

OpenAI rules the changes but Meta changes the rules

Alberto Romero comes up with an enlightening analysis of the AI market focused on Meta’s strategy of making LLMs a commodity with Llama, and OpenAi, representing current LLM leadership. 

OpenAI’s Monday announcement of GPT-4o keeps the pressure on Google, Anthropic, et al. Some the impressive GPT-4o demos were on phones and suggest what we might see if Apple and OpenAI finalize an agreement. (7 min)

https://www.thealgorithmicbridge.com/p/openai-rules-the-changes-but-meta

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Adobe launches Acrobat AI Assistant for the enterprise

Acrobat AI Assistant can be deployed in minutes with enterprise controls, increasing productivity for knowledge workers on desktop, web and mobile.
https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2024/05/08/adobe-acrobat-ai-assistant-enterprise-our-commitment-data-governance-security

SoundHound AI and Perplexity partner

Perplexity’s capabilities added to SoundHound Chat AI will respond to questions conversationally with real-time knowledge from the web.
https://www.soundhound.com/newsroom/press-releases/soundhound-ai-and-perplexity-partner-to-bring-online-llms-to-its-next-gen-voice-assistants-across-cars-and-iot-devices/■ https://www.perplexity.ai

Apple Final Cut Pro 2 on iPad and Mac get new AI features

Final Cut Pro 2 transforms video creation with Live Multicam on the new iPad Pro and new AI features on iPad Pro and Final Cut Pro Mac 10.8.
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2024/05/final-cut-pro-transforms-video-creation-with-live-multicam-on-ipad-and-new-ai-features-on-mac/

Acquia supports latest W3C content accessibility guidelines

With the Accessibility Module in Monsido, customers can scan their websites, obtain an accessibility score, and get recommendations to improve accessibility.
https://www.acquia.com/products/monsido

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Gilbane Advisor 5-1-24 — Next token predictors, AI product fit

This week we feature articles from Rachel Draelos, and Benedict Evans.

Additional reading comes from Walid Saba, Benj Edwards, and Daniel Tunkelang.

News comes from WordPress VIP, Trados, Snowflake, and AtScale.

Note: Taking next week off — next issue on May 15th.

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Opinion / Analysis

Human and artificial general intelligence arises from next token prediction

“This post frames and explores the hypothesis that general intelligence arises when a learning system becomes very good at next token prediction. This hypothesis is often implied, hidden, or dancing at the margins of industrial and academic AI research — but so far, I don’t think it’s received as much open discussion as I think it merits.”

Rachel Draelos, who is an MD with a PhD in Computer Science starts by pointing out that humans are next-word predictors — literally all the time. She then makes the more general case that we are token predicting the world around us through our senses, and how all of this is consistent with current neuroscience research. 

An interesting read and in spite of the topic the post is easily accessible to a general audience — there are links to technical papers. (16 min)

https://towardsdatascience.com/human-and-artificial-general-intelligence-arises-from-next-token-prediction-712500310a93

Looking for AI use-cases

“We’ve had ChatGPT for 18 months, but what’s it for? What are the use-cases? Why isn’t it useful for everyone, right now? Do Large Language Models become universal tools that can do ‘any’ task, or do we wrap them in single-purpose apps, and build thousands of new companies around that?”

Benedict Evans is trying to figure out how the AI application market will evolve beyond niche use cases to deliver on the widely expected growth and step change. His focus on product market fit makes his article more useful than speculative. (9 min)

https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2024/4/19/looking-for-ai-use-cases

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WordPress VIP introduces VIP API Mesh to enable composable digital experiences

API Mesh simplifies data integration with a single API, improves caching, supports data transformation, and is accessible to technical and non-technical users.
https://wpvip.com/2024/04/25/vip-api-mesh-composable-digital-experiences/

Trados announces Trados Studio 2024

The computer-assisted translation tool improves accessibility, democratizes access to generative AI, and increases management capabilities.
https://slator.com/trados-enhances-platform-with-new-accessibility-ai-and-management-features/

Snowflake launches Arctic, an open enterprise-grade LLM

Snowflake Arctic LLM is a part of the Snowflake Arctic model family that also include practical text-embedding models for retrieval use cases.
https://www.snowflake.com/news/snowflake-launches-arctic-the-most-open-enterprise-grade-large-language-model/

AtScale introduces Developer Community Edition for semantic modeling

The Developer Community Edition is a fully featured, free version of AtScale’s semantic layer platform, promoting collaboration and versatility.
https://www.atscale.com/press/atscale-developer-community-edition-for-semantic-modeling/

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Gilbane Advisor 4-24-24 — GenAI Compass, continuous knowledge graphs

This week we feature articles from Vincent Koc, and Mike Dillinger.

Additional reading comes from Stanford HAI, Kunal Sawarkar, Avi Chawla, and The Linux Foundation.

News comes from Adobe, NebulaGraph, ThoughtSpot, and expert ai.

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Opinion / Analysis

The GenAI Compass: a UX framework to design generative AI experiences

Vincent Koc’s comprehensive framework is a must read for teams building GenAI applications. (17 min)

https://uxdesign.cc/the-genai-compass-a-ux-framework-to-design-generative-ai-experiences-49a7d797c114

Continuous Knowledge Graphs for Neurosymbolic AI

“One blocker to more widespread deployment of knowledge graphs in AI is the belief that they are inherently a discrete form of knowledge. This is how they are often contrasted with large language models, which are described as a continuous form of knowledge. And it is a counterproductive way of characterizing these forms of knowledge representation that fundamentally misrepresents both.”

Mike Dillinger’s thoughtful and stimulating piece should be part of any discussion on the relative roles of LLMs and KGs. (8 min)

https://medium.com/@mike.dillinger/continuous-knowledge-graphs-for-neurosymbolic-ai-9000b4aa0eb7

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Content technology news

Adobe adds Firefly to Adobe Express App

Adobe Express brings popular Firefly GenAI features like Text to Image, Generative Fill, Text Effects and Text to Template to mobile devices.
https://news.adobe.com/news/news-details/2024/All-New-Adobe-Express-Mobile-App-with-Firefly-AI-Now-Available-to-Millions-Empowering-them-to-Create-Standout-Content-On-the-Go/default.aspx

NebulaGraph Enterprise v5.0 offers native GQL support

Built on and designed for GQL data compatibility and interoperability to provide the business value of graph databases across various scenarios.
https://www.nebula-graph.io/posts/nebulagraph_enterprise_5.0_gql_support ■ https://www.iso.org/standard/76120.html

ThoughtSpot renames and adds features to ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Initiatives support developers and product builders to help their customers, partners, and employees with GenAI and embedded natural language search. 
https://www.thoughtspot.com/press-releases/thoughtspot-makes-embedding-ai-powered-analytics-easy-and-ubiquitous-for-everyone

Expert.ai launches Insight Engine for Life Sciences

Harnessing advanced AI capabilities to mine and aggregate scientific content, synthesize knowledge, extract relevant information & reveal hidden correlations.
https://www.expert.ai/expert-ai-launches-insight-engine-for-life-sciences/

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Gilbane Advisor 4-17-24 — KG LLM symbiosis, UX-design tools

This week we feature articles from Kurt Cagle, and Caleb Sponheim & Megan Brown.

Additional reading comes from Tom Krazit, Dean Allemang, and Andrew Zuo.

News comes from Progress Software, Adobe, Google Workspace, and MongoDB.

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Opinion / Analysis

RAG, context and knowledge graphs

“These factors combine to make knowledge graphs powerful tools for managing large language models, while at the same time LLMs can be used to simplify the process of querying these databases.”

Kurt Cagle does a nice job describing the relative strengths and weaknesses of LLMs and knowledge graphs, and explaining why the combo is a worthy goal. (8 min)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rag-context-knowledge-graphs-kurt-cagle-smvmc

AI UX-design tools are not ready for primetime: status update

We hear a lot about 2024 being the year of deploying AI applications in production environments, and while this is directionally correct, it is not clear how quickly this will happen, or exactly where it will be successful.  

Caleb Sponheim and Megan Brown’s research finds that currently “designers use AI, just not for design”. We can expect to hear more statements of the form “X use AI, just not for X”. (6 min)

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ai-design-tools-not-ready

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Progress releases Sitefinity 15.1

Introduces AI-powered conversion propensity scoring, content classification for faster content editing, and improved customer data modeling.
https://investors.progress.com/news-releases/news-release-details/progress-announces-advanced-ai-capabilities-accelerate-delivery

Adobe introduces Frame.io V4

Integrations with Photoshop and Workfront streamline collaboration for Enterprise’s Content Supply Chain; as part of Adobe GenStudio can be combined with Express and Firefly.
https://news.adobe.com/news/news-details/2024/Adobe-Introduces-Next-Generation-of-Frame.io-to-Accelerate-Content-Workflow-and-Collaboration-for-Every-Creative-Project/default.aspx

Google enhances Google Workspace

Google Vids, our new AI-powered video creation app for work, will sit alongside our other productivity tools like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
https://workspace.google.com/blog/product-announcements/new-generative-ai-and-security-innovations

MongoDB expands collaboration with Google Cloud

Google Cloud Vertex AI extension for MongoDB Atlas and Spark integration with BigQuery simplifies building GenAI applications with proprietary data.
https://www.mongodb.com/press/mongo-db-expands-collaboration-with-google-cloud-at-google-next

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Gilbane Advisor 4-10-24 — KGs, RDBs & LLMs, AI & search

This week we feature articles from Dean Allemang, and Daniel Tunkelang.

Additional reading comes from Tim O’Reilly, Bob DuCharme, and Hugo Bowne-Anderson.

News comes from DataStax & Langflow, Vesoft NebulaGraph, Searchspring, and Bridgeline.

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Opinion / Analysis

LLMs and knowledge — the study continues

“… if we think that a knowledge graph and an LLM work better together than an LLM alone, we should do a bake-off; set up a problem for the LLM+Knowledge Graph to solve, and let the LLM+Relational Database work on the same problem. Collect the data from a few hundred runs, and see who does better, and by how much.”

Dean Allemang and Juan Sequeda did, and published their benchmark data on GitHub to encourage interested parties to join the effort. Neo4j’s Jesús Barrasa did so. Find out more about both… (10 min)

https://medium.com/@dallemang/llms-and-knowledge-the-study-continues-593b22fa7c7f

AI-powered search: embedding-based retrieval and retrieval-augmented generation (RAG)

Daniel Tunkelang: “When search application developers consider replacing a traditional search architecture with AI-powered search, they usually have two things in mind. The first is replacing bag-of-words representations with embeddings. The second is implementing retrieval-augmented generation (RAG), which typically combines embedding-based retrieval with generative AI. This post explains the main ideas of embedding-based retrieval and RAG, with an emphasis on the pitfalls awaiting the unwary.” (9 min)

https://dtunkelang.medium.com/ai-powered-search-embedding-based-retrieval-and-retrieval-augmented-generation-rag-cabeaba26a8b

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DataStax acquires Langflow

To enable LangChain-based RAG application development for any developer, with visual workflows, reusable components, and one-click deploy.
https://www.datastax.com/blog/datastax-acquires-langflow-to-accelerate-generative-ai-app-development ■ https://www.langflow.org

NebulaGraph Enterprise v3.7.0 simplifies building knowledge graphs

Knowledge Graph Build simplifies knowledge graph construction, reduces costs, and enables the completion of knowledge graphs from data processing through a single platform.
https://www.nebula-graph.io/posts/enterprise_3.7_release

Searchspring acquires Intelligent Reach

Facilitates product discovery with semantic site search, flexible product merchandising, with business rules and AI-driven campaigns.
https://searchspring.com/news/searchspring-acquires-intelligent-reach/

Smart Search’s concept search, image search & GenAI to enhance online shopping search functionality content creation and customer experience.
https://www.hawksearch.com/webinar/meet-zeus-hawksearchs-newest-release

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Gilbane Advisor 4-3-24 — Bluesky best?, decentralized social

This week we feature articles from Mike Masnick, and Andrés Monroy-Hernández.

Additional reading comes from Ahren E. Lehnert, Kola Ayonrinde, Nathan Lambert, and Gary Marcus.

News comes from Databricks, Adobe & Microsoft, TransPerfect & TheSpeech, and Ontotext.

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Opinion / Analysis

Why Bluesky remains the most interesting experiment in social media, by far

“Bluesky… has recently both opened up federation, but even more interestingly it has abstracted out the moderation layer (along with open sourcing tooling for people to use). This means that anyone can provide moderation services, and users can pick who they want to moderate their experience.”

Mike Masnick explains why the combination of federation and abstraction of services opens up many possibilities. He bravely uses moderation as his example. (11 min)

https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/27/why-bluesky-remains-the-most-interesting-experiment-in-social-media-by-far/

Five themes discussed at Princeton’s workshop on decentralized social media

Andrés Monroy-Hernández’s post on the workshop themes combined with Masnick’s article provides context and will get you up-to-date with decentralized social media progress and challenges. (7 min)

https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2024/03/19/five-themes-discussed-at-princetons-workshop-on-decentralized-social-media/

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Databricks launches DBRX, an open source LLM

Customers get built-in data management, governance, lineage and monitoring capabilities on the Databricks Data Intelligence Platform.
https://www.databricks.com/blog/introducing-dbrx-new-state-art-open-llm

Adobe and Microsoft partner on GenAI for marketers

Adobe Experience Cloud workflows and insights to Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 help marketers overcome application and data silos & manage workflows.
https://news.microsoft.com/2024/03/26/adobe-and-microsoft-partner-to-bring-new-generative-ai-capabilities-to-marketers-as-they-work-in-microsoft-365-applications/ ■ https://blog.adobe.com/en/topics/adobe-summit

TransPerfect acquires TheSpeech

The remote simultaneous interpretation platform for multilingual events interprets from multiple source languages to multiple target languages and broadcasts live.
https://www.transperfect.com ■ https://thespeech.app

Ontotext updates LinkedLifeData Inventory solution

LinkedLifeData Inventory allows healthcare and life sciences professionals to access public datasets and ontologies in Resource Description Framework (RDF).
https://www.ontotext.com/solutions/healthcare-and-life-sciences/linked-life-data-inventory/

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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)

https://medium.com/towards-generative-ai/key-technological-trends-shaping-enterprise-genai-in-2024-65937a86f53c

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)

https://blog.metamirror.io/why-increased-productivity-can-cost-more-97460a314b16

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Verndale acquires Yaksa

Yaksa brings ecommerce expertise in digital commerce and digital experience platforms (DXP), including Optimizely, Umbraco, Orckestra Commerce.
https://www.verndale.com ■ https://www.yaksa.ca/en

Chetu partners with Brightspot

Global software developer joins content management system provider’s partner network to offer CMS solutions to businesses worldwide.
https://www.chetu.com/news/chetu-partners-with-brightspot.php■ https://www.brightspot.com

RWS launches Component Content Alliance (CCA)

Educational resources where professionals can collectively shape the future of content componentization and structured content authoring.
https://www.rws.com/about/news/2024/rws-launches-component-content-alliance/

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.
https://www.clarifai.com/press-release/clarifai-and-deepgram-announce-strategic-partnership

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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).

https://dtunkelang.medium.com/hierarchy-is-hard-a683793cc9c3

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)

https://www.dbos.dev/blog/announcing-dbos

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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.
https://www.brightcove.com/en/company/press/brightcove-launches-web-based-video-editor/

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.
https://news.apache.org/foundation/entry/apache-software-foundation-announces-apache-wicket-v10

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.
https://deepgram.com/learn/aura-text-to-speech-tts-api-voice-ai-agents-launch

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.
https://www.foxit.com/company/press/9004.html

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