Month: May 2019

Amazon Wants To Know How You Feel

Amazon Wants To Know How You Feel

Amazon, Cogito and other technology companies leverage Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Behavioral Analytics to gauge emotions and sentiment. Amazon cares about your feelings. The company is developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions. This consumer wearable device is a wrist-worn product which is described as a health and wellness product in … Continue reading Amazon Wants To Know How You Feel

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More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape

More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape

Innovation is the Mother of Disruption Global Payments (tkr: GPN), and Total System Services/TSYS (tkr: TSS), agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $21.5 billion. One could argue that Global Payments and TSYS needed to merge to better compete with recent payment mergers, in particular Fiserv and First Data. However, what's the … Continue reading More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape

CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority

CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority

Fortune 500 real estate title insurer First American Financial Corp. (ticker: FAF) leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage transactions dating back to 2003. CEOs and Boards Need to Make CyberSecurity A Top Priority We have previously taken the position on our podcast and in this newsletter that CyberSecurity is a C-level/ Board-level … Continue reading CyberSecurity Should Be A CEO and Board-level Priority

F for Fake

F for Fake

F for Fake. No, not the 1973 Orson Welles movie by the same name, but rather deepfakes - one of the scarier AI derivative technologies. Samsung's "Few-Shot Adversarial Learning" models could render a video of you from a single profile photo. Researchers at Samsung's Moscow-based AI research center have developed a "deep convolutional network" capable … Continue reading F for Fake

No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

We will participate on the June 3rd IASA OnPOINT conference panel hosted by SS&C Technologies. Topics covered will include AI, machine learning, deep learning, NLP, RPA and other forms of intelligent automation. There are many prospective use cases for AI and related technologies. However, prior to jumping in with both feet it is important to … Continue reading No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

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Real Estate TechPremium 

From Satellite Imagery to 3D Maps to Home Rentals to Smart Home Devices and More Companies mentioned in this report: Airbnb (private); Alarm.com (ALRM); Amazon (AMZN); Apple (AAPL); ARCHIBUS (private); Autodesk (ADSK); CoStar Group (CSGP); DigitalGlobe/ Maxar Technologies (MAXR); DocuSign (DOCU); EagleView (private); Ellie Mae (private); ESRI (private); Facebook (FB); Fidelity National Financial (FNF); Google … Continue reading Real Estate TechPremium 

Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

Google flexed its on-device computing might last week at its annual I/O developer conference. This should serve as a wake-up call to other technology companies whether they be consumer-focused or enterprise technology companies. I'm still impressed by the fact that Google compressed Google Assistant's footprint by 200x (from 100GB to 0.5GB). Similarly, other advanced Google … Continue reading Google Has Raised the Bar for Technology Companies

It’s Good To Be King

It’s Good To Be King

Google is the AI King. More precisely, the king of AI, machine learning and deep learning. Google held its annual "IO" developer conference yesterday and we were most impressed by Google's ability to run sophisticated AI models entirely on-device. Many technology analysts will cover Google's new Pixel 3A phone and smart home devices. We were … Continue reading It’s Good To Be King

Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft embodies the cloud and all it encompasses including edge computing, AI and machine learning, mixed reality, autonomous systems and more. Microsoft is a good proxy for what tomorrow's cloud-driven economy may look like. Our view? A tapestry of natural language AI-based applications and autonomous systems, all running on core platforms primarily powered by a … Continue reading Microsoft is the Cloud

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft's product design strategy borrows from the automobile industry Microsoft is a different beast under CEO Satya Nadella. One of the most profound changes under Nadella has been the way in which the company builds products. In the past, small independent teams would create new Microsoft products in a vacuum - not dissimilar to experiments … Continue reading Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto