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The Gilbane Advisor is curated by Frank Gilbane for content technology, computing, and digital experience professionals. The focus is on strategic technologies. We publish weekly via email and on our blog except for August and December.

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Advisor 6-12-24 — AI autonomy, Apple Intelligence

This week we feature articles from Louise de Leyritz, and Ben Thompson.

Additional reading comes from Mike Loukides, Michael Andrews, and Vik Paruchuri, Samuel Lampa & Trey Saddler.

News comes from Ontotext, Contentstack, Databricks, and Snowflake.

Our next issue will arrive June 26.

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


Opinion / Analysis

AI assistants, copilots, and agents in data & analytics: What’s the difference?

Understanding AI autonomy: assistants, copilots, agents, and their impact on business value

Louise de Leyritz provides a well-written piece especially valuable for non-technical management, but also useful for many others across your organization. (7 min)

https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-assistants-copilots-and-agents-in-data-analytics-whats-the-difference-2e63f8fb2384

Apple Intelligence is right on time

Ben Thompson published this article just before Apple’s announcements a couple of days ago after an apparent, and accurate, leak. Thompson’s analysis remains on target and is a good read. (16 min)

https://stratechery.com/2024/apple-intelligence-is-right-on-time

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Content technology news

Ontotext announces Metadata Studio 3.8

Metadata Studio (OMDS) is a tool designed for knowledge graph enrichment through text analytics of unstructured documents.
https://www.ontotext.com/products/ontotext-metadata-studio/

Contentstack updates personalization tools

Extends headless CMS with new capabilities to overcome the personalization challenges of delivering highly targeted, branded content.
https://www.contentstack.com/solutions/personalization

Databricks to acquire Tabular

With support for Apache Iceberg and Linux Foundation Delta Lake lakehouse formats organizations are not limited by formats their data is in.
https://www.databricks.com/company/newsroom/press-releases/databricks-agrees-acquire-tabular-company-founded-original-creators

Snowflake announces enhancements to Snowflake Cortex AI,  Snowflake ML, and more

Additional announcements include Snowflake Copilot, Cortex Guard, Document AI, Hybrid & Iceberg Tables, Guard, Trail, and Pandas API.
https://www.snowflake.com/news/snowflake-brings-industry-leading-enterprise-ai-to-even-more-users-with-new-advancements-to-snowflake-cortex-ai-and-snowflake-ml/

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Gilbane Advisor 6-5-24 — AGI hype, AI hype, opportunity & utility

This week we feature articles from Steve Jones, and Arvind Narayanan & Sayash Kapoor.

Additional reading comes from Victor Morgante, Andrej Karpathy, Daniel Tunkelang, and LlamaIndex.

News comes from Sinequa, Perplexity, Tonic.ai, and Siteimprove.

Our next issue will arrive May 12.

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


Opinion / Analysis

The AGI hype is damaging the AI opportunity

“There are two ways that this hype is damaging the view of AI within businesses today.

  • It sounds like utter snake oil promising that in future it will be great
  • It implies that current AI approaches aren’t good enough”

Steve Jones calls out the hypesters. (6 min)

https://blog.metamirror.io/the-agi-hype-is-damaging-the-ai-opportunity-c45bae1f7f5a

Scientists should use AI as a tool, not an oracle

AI hype damage is not just bad for business, it’s bad for science. Arvind Narayanan & Sayash Kapoor explain “How AI hype leads to flawed research that fuels more hype”. (6 min)

https://www.aisnakeoil.com/p/scientists-should-use-ai-as-a-tool

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Content technology news

Sinequa releases new generative AI assistants

The enterprise domain-specific generative AI assistants integrate with content and applications to augment and transform knowledge work.
https://www.sinequa.com/company/press/sinequa-augments-companies-with-release-of-new-generative-ai-assistants/

Perplexity introduces Perplexity Pages

Pages lets you create, organize, and share information. Search any topic, and instantly receive a well-structured, beautifully formatted article.
https://www.perplexity.ai/page/new

Tonic.ai launches secure unstructured data lakehouse for LLMs

Tonic Textual is specifically architected to meet the complexity, scale, integration and privacy demands of enterprise unstructured data.
https://www.tonic.ai/textual

Siteimprove launches new product features

New capabilities designed to turn data into easy to understand insights, increase cross-organizational collaboration & facilitate decision making.
https://www.siteimprove.com/hello/new-and-siteimproved-2024-q2-product-release/

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Gilbane Advisor 5-22-24 — Text + KG embeddings, floppies!

This week we feature articles from Sunila Gollapudi, and Leontien Talboom & Chris Knowles.

Additional reading comes from Heather Hedden, Cassie Kozyrkov, and Jim Clyde Monge.

News comes from Elastic, DataStax, Flatfile, and Foxit & Straker Translations.

Note: We’ll be off next week, back on June 5th.

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


Opinion / Analysis

Combine text embeddings and knowledge (graph) embeddings in RAG systems

Sunila Gollapudi provides a good introduction and how-to suitable for technical and not so technical readers.

“In this article, I am excited to present my experiments combining Text Embeddings and Knowledge (Graph) Embeddings and observations on RAG performance. I will start by explaining the concept of Text and Knowledge Embeddings independently, using simple open frameworks, then, we will see how to use both in RAG applications.” (15 min)

https://towardsdatascience.com/combine-text-embeddings-and-knowledge-graph-embeddings-in-rag-systems-5e6d7e493925

Raw flux streams and obscure formats: Further work around imaging 5.25-inch floppy disks

I’m sure the subject has some of you shaking your heads for any number of reasons. But for those connected with digital preservation efforts, this case-study/lessons-learned piece from Leontien Talboom & Chris Knowles at Cambridge University could be very helpful. Some of the comments may also be useful. The just-curious may be shocked at the complexity involved. (8 min)

https://digitalpreservation-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/raw-flux-streams-and-obscure-formats-further-work-around-imaging-5-25-inch-floppy-disks-5a2cf2e5f0d1

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Content technology news

DataStax launches new Hyper-Converged Data Platform

Brings OpenSearch and Apache Pulsar to HCD Platform; DataStax Enterprise 6.9 enables self-managed data workloads for GenAI.
https://www.datastax.com/press-release/datastax-launches-new-hyper-converged-data-platform-giving-enterprises-the-complete-modern-data-center-suite-ceeded-for-ai-in-production

Architecture optimized for real-time, low-latency applications including search, retrieval augmented generation (RAG), observability & security.
https://ir.elastic.co/news/news-details/2024/Elastic-Announces-First-of-its-kind-Search-AI-Lake-to-Scale-Low-Latency-Search/default.aspx

Flatfile unveils new AI-powered data transformation features

Data transformation and data migration capabilities for business users, data analysts, systems integration teams, and enterprise developers.
https://flatfile.com/news/flatfile-unveils-ai-powered-data-transformation/

Foxit partners with Straker Translations

The collaboration adds translation capabilities to Foxit’s eSignature services, enabling users to translate and sign documents in multiple languages.
https://www.foxit.com ■ https://www.straker.ai

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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.

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


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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Content technology news

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.

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


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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Content technology news

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.

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


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.

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


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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Content technology news

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.

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


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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Content technology news

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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