Tag: microsoft

14
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Microsoft partners with Team Gleason to build a computer vision dataset for ALS

Microsoft and Team Gleason, the nonprofit organization founded by NFL player Steve Gleason, today launched Project Insight to create an open dataset of facial imagery of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The organizations hope to foster innovation in computer vision and broaden the potential for connectivity and communication for people with accessibility challenges.

Microsoft and Team Gleason assert that existing machine learning datasets don’t represent the diversity of people with ALS, a condition that affects as many as 30,000 people in the U.S. This results in issues accurately identifying people, due to breathing masks, droopy eyelids, watery eyes, and dry eyes from medications that control excessive saliva.

Project Insight will investigate how to use data and AI with the front-facing camera already present in many assistive devices to predict where a person is looking on a screen. Team Gleason will work with Microsoft’s Health Next Enable team to gather images of people with ALS looking at their computer so it can train AI models more inclusively. (Microsoft’s Health Next team, which is within its Health AI division, focuses on AI and cloud-based services to improve health outcomes.)  Participants will be given a brief medical history questionnaire and be prompted through an app to submit images of themselves using their computer.

“ALS progression can be as diverse as the individuals themselves,” Team Gleason chief impact officer Blair Casey said. “So accessing computers and communication devices should not be a one-size-fits-all. We will capture as much information as possible from 100 people living with ALS so we can develop tools for all to effectively use.”

Microsoft and Team Gleason estimate that the project will collect and share 5TB of anonymized data with researchers on data science platforms like Kaggle and GitHub.

“There is a significant lack of disability-specific data that is

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Alteia Accelerates the Deployment of its Enterprise AI Solutions and Announces Global Alliances with GE Digital and Microsoft

  • Alteia, a spin-off company from drone manufacturer Delair, has entered into a worldwide alliance with GE Digital to develop and market AI solutions for Power and Utilities as part of the GE Digital analytics software portfolio.

Alteia, the leader in Visual Intelligence for Enterprise, lands two major partnerships with GE Digital and Microsoft. The Alteia platform combines the best of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It provides developers, data scientists, and business analysts one common and secure database for all of their visual data, enabling them to collaborate and rapidly develop, deploy and improve over time AI based applications. These alliances will allow customers to streamline the adoption of AI designed to address issues like inventory, energy management, predictive maintenance and equipment reliability.

Alteia enables GE Digital to introduce a Visual Intelligence Platform for utilities

With the combined expertise of GE Digital and Alteia’s platform, this alliance is designed to help fast-track the delivery of enterprise-scale industry and domain-specific AI applications, shorten the time to value and accelerate the scaling of mission-critical solutions.

“Predictive analytics and Network Digital Twins are changing the way digital utilities make business decisions as the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are recognized across the industry,” said Sean Moser, Senior Vice President of Product Management for GE Digital’s Grid Software business. “Management of vegetation in transmission and distribution corridors is key to providing a reliable supply of electricity to ensure public and worker safety. Our Visual Intelligence solution will provide data-driven insights to reduce operational costs of survey data management, increase reliability and safety, and reduce liability risk.” added Moser.

“The future of operation and maintenance on industrial sites is based on visual data,” said Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Alteia. “Alteia is thrilled to be the provider

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

TSLA Will Be More Valuable Than Apple, Microsoft, Google “Without Any Doubt”

After releasing a street-high $578 price target on TSLA stock last week, New Street Research analyst Pierre Ferragu joins Rob Maurer to discuss Tesla’s position in the automotive market, TSLA’s stock price, Battery Day, institutional investor sentiment, and more on Tesla. The full hour-long interview is included above, with timestamps below.

Notably, Maurer asked Ferragu if Tesla will ever become the most valuable company in the world. After some consideration, Ferragu responded.

“It’s difficult to say. Alibaba and Amazon have massive leeway in terms of growing their businesses, so when Tesla is at $2T or $3T [in market cap], Amazon and Alibaba could be, actually, larger. But I think the stock will be larger than Apple, larger than Google, larger than Facebook, larger than Microsoft, without any doubt.”

Apple’s valuation currently sits at about $2.2T, more than five times Tesla’s current valuation of $412B. Microsoft is valued at $1.7T, Google at $1.1T, and Facebook at $768B.

Ferragu expects Tesla to be the world’s leading automaker by 2030, with potential to capture better margins than automakers have traditionally achieved.

For more, please see the included video and be sure to follow Tesla Daily on The Street.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:15 Sell-side analyst process and original price target
  • 4:50 Reseting TSLA framework
  • 9:09 Retail investor perception of analyst price target increases
  • 10:50 Valuing a company
  • 15:30 Tesla will outsell VW by 2030
  • 22:25 Solid state batteries
  • 25:15 Will there be contraction in the auto industry?
  • 28:54 Is China a risk for Tesla long-term?
  • 36:47 What are institutional investors currently thinking?
  • 40:39 Tesla’s autonomous driving position
  • 46:45 Is TSLA the most exciting company to cover?
  • 49:39 S&P 500 inclusion?
  • 50:43 Tesla Energy
  • 55:15 Will Tesla ever be the most valuable company in the world?

Disclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft attempts takedown of global criminal botnet

Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt a major cybercrime digital network that uses more than 1 million zombie computers to loot bank accounts and spread ransomware, which experts consider a major threat to the U.S. presidential election.

The operation to knock offline command-and-control servers for a global botnet that uses an infrastructure known as Trickbot to infect computers with malware was initiated with a court order that Microsoft obtained in Virginia federal court on Oct. 6. Microsoft argued that the crime network is abusing its trademark.

“It is very hard to tell how effective it will be but we are confident it will have a very long-lasting effect,” said Jean-Ian Boutin, head of threat research at ESET, one of several cybersecurity firms that partnered with Microsoft to map the command-and-control servers. “We’re sure that they are going to notice and it will be hard for them to get back to the state that the botnet was in.”

Cybersecurity experts said that Microsoft’s use of a U.S. court order to persuade internet providers to take down the botnet servers is laudable. But they add that it’s not apt to be successful because too many won’t comply and because Trickbot’s operators have a decentralized fall-back system and employ encrypted routing.

Paul Vixie of Farsight Security said via email “experience tells me it won’t scale — there are too many IP’s behind uncooperative national borders.” And the cybersecurity firm Intel 471 reported no significant hit on Trickbot operations Monday and predicted ”little medium- to long-term impact” in a report shared with The Associated Press.

But ransomware expert Brett Callow of the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft said that a temporary Trickbot disruption could, at least during the election, limit attacks and prevent the activation of ransomware on systems already infected.

The announcement follows

11
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Consider OpenOffice as a free alternative to Microsoft Word, with no internet connection required

Q: I read your recent article regarding using Microsoft Word without having to pay. I am in the situation where I often do not have internet/Wi-Fi or even phone service (on a private boat). I like Microsoft Word because Wi-Fi is not needed. I keep all of my recipes on Word and access them when I am in remote areas on the boat. Is there any way around having to pay for Word?

— Janet Kvistad

A: If you want the capabilities of Word, including the ability to work without an internet connection, without having to pay for Word, I recommend you take a look at OpenOffice.

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OpenOffice is a free, open-source suite of productivity applications including a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager and a drawing program. The word processor is similar to Microsoft Word in appearance and functionality and works with Word file formats. You can learn more and, if you choose, download OpenOffice at www.openoffice.org.

Q: One of your readers recently inquired about WordPad, having been told by an installer that Word was no longer available except in a $70 yearly subscription.

Last I checked, Office 2019 Home and Student, which includes Word and is just a one-time fee, is still available, no?

Hopefully Microsoft realizes there are a great many people who need Word but don’t need all the bells and whistles of, or can’t afford, a yearly subscription service.

— Matt

A: Microsoft Word Home and Student is available on the Microsoft Store site for a one-time payment of $79.99. And you can get the full version for $139.99.

As for the bells and whistles, yes, there are some if you opt for the subscription instead of the one-time fee. For $69.99 a