Tag: Artificial Intelligence

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Hear that? Someone is listening. In fact, they all are: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, even Apple (who has positioned itself as a privacy champion). AI - more specifically the neural networks that power voice assistants - are far from fully autonomous. Deep learning models require human assistance at this juncture. Fair. It is when companies do … Continue reading AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Technology + People = Best

Technology + People = Best

Services that Blend Technology and People Are Optimal. Someday in the future complex processes will be able to operate without human intervention. Many complex autonomous processes won't occur in my lifetime. I don't consider warehouse robots nor autonomous vehicles to be terribly complex, it's more a question of repetitions (vehicle miles traveled). I do consider … Continue reading Technology + People = Best

AI, Machine Learning and More

AI, Machine Learning and More

We used Google to search for various terms related to Artificial Intelligence to gauge popularity. We ran queries using Google's trend analysis to gauge the popularity of various search terms related to Artificial Intelligence. You may access our results here. We executed Google searches on the following five search terms: "AI", "Machine Learning", "Deep Learning", … Continue reading AI, Machine Learning and More

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Whether evaluating a company as an investment vehicle or as a potential vendor, the processes are similar. Three elements are at the heart of our due diligence process when we evaluate Technology companies as investment vehicles and when we evaluate them as vendors. 1.) Quality of the Management Team. We listed this attribute first as … Continue reading Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Big Bubbles Get Bigger

Big Bubbles Get Bigger

To borrow a line from one of America's all-time great CEOs, Dr. John Malone - "Big Bubbles Get Bigger - Little Bubbles Disappear" There is less surface tension as bubbles rise thus they continue to expand. The same is true of technology companies both from an M&A perspective as well as from a competitive standpoint. … Continue reading Big Bubbles Get Bigger

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

TEK2day Podcast episode 290: A Conversation with Scott Kurland, Global Head of Product Marketing, SS&C (tkr: SSNC) "Singularity" Predictive Analytics powered by Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing ("NLP"), and general Artificial Intelligence have been part of investment management front offices (especially "quant" shops) for some time. Yesterday we met with Scott Kurland who leads the … Continue reading Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals

The supply of Data Scientists is a constraint toward building Advanced Analytics practices including broadly-defined AI. Therefore, we expect this supply constraint to be a catalyst for M&A activity. We covered this "supply" topic last week in our article "AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity" The supply of data scientists is being stretched … Continue reading Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals

AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity

AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity

Today Artificial Intelligence is viewed by many as a mysterious miracle technology. Tomorrow AI will be as commonplace as electricity, powering all sorts of software applications and smart devices. Whether it be conversational AI, machine learning, deep learning, NLP or RPA, a variety of these technologies will underpin not only discreet applications and workflows, but … Continue reading AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity

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