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Data Cleaning and Preprocessing for Beginners

There are some very basic steps required to work through a large data set, cleaning and preparing the data for any Data Science project. We want you to understand that you need to properly arrange and tidy up your data before the formulation of any model. Better and cleaner data outperforms the best algorithms. If you use a very simple algorithm on the cleanest data, you will get very impressive results. And, what is more, it is not that difficult to perform basic preprocessing!

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Why DevSecOps Is More Than a Technology Stack

DevOps and now DevSecOps provide the tools for a much-needed cultural change inside many of today’s enterprises. Success with DevSecOps comes from being able to separate the technology stack from the data you can derive and channel into business and technology decisions. You can’t buy DevSecOps—the practice of putting security practices into your DevOps methodology—but there’s marketing noise that may make you think that you can buy your way into DevSecOps.  When you’re moving your enterprise teams to a DevSecOps model, you need to see it as more than just a technology stack. Here’s why.

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What’s the Difference Between Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology?

A distributed ledger is a database of replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data that is geographically spread across multiple sites in a network. Distributed ledgers rely on similar principles of consensus to a blockchain. Although distributed ledger technology and blockchain share the same conceptual origin and purpose — a decentralized database or log of records, they are not exactly the same. Even though they are different, the terms Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) are often used interchangeably. This has led to a significant amount of confusion. So, what’s the difference?

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What is Homomorphic Encryption?

There is a type of encryption that completely side-steps the need for decrypting the data before you use it — meaning that data integrity and privacy are protected while you process data in use? There is a way to provide the best and most personalized services to your customers while still preserving their privacy and confidentiality. It’s known as homomorphic encryption (HE). But what exactly is homomorphic encryption and what are some real-world applications for it in data security?

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Six bits of advice for Data Scientists

A data scientist needs to be critical and always on a lookout of something that others miss. But sometimes in day to day job and coding perse, data scientist gets lost in his thought and fails to look at the overall picture. In the end, his business partners have only hired him to generate value, and he won’t be able to generate value unless he develops business critical thinking. So here is some advice that one can include in the day to day data science work to be more diligent and more impactful at the same time.

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Not spending on AI yet? Don’t worry, you probably will

The largest area of AI systems spending this year will be on AI applications and software platforms. AI applications will be the fastest growing category of all AI spending. Significant worldwide artificial intelligence systems spend can now be seen within every industry as AI initiatives continue to optimize operations, transform the customer experience, and create new products and services. Discrete manufacturing, healthcare providers, and process manufacturing are the industries in the top five for AI systems spending this year.

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What is the role of IoT in Smart Cities?

 The future of IoT is unlimited. It provides solutions in all sectors including manufacturing, fashion, restaurant, healthcare, education etc. Smart cities can share a common smart city platform, which makes sense especially for small cities. The cloud-based nature of IoT solutions for Smart Cities is appropriate by sharing a platform based on open data. Small cities can form a common urban ecosystem. In this way, solutions of small and large smart cities are networked and controlled via the central cloud platform.

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The Hidden Risk of AI and Big Data

There is no doubt that big data has already had a critical impact in certain areas. For instance, almost every successful artificial intelligence solution involves some serious number crunching. The first thing to note is that although AI is currently very good at finding patterns and relationships within big datasets, it is still not very intelligent. Crunching the numbers can effectively identify and find subtle patterns in our data, but it cannot directly tell us which of those correlations are actually meaningful.

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Why are we still facing so many security products and vendors?

We need to reflect once more on the staggering number of products and vendors active across the cybersecurity space. Many of those products still aim to address security requirements which are as old as security good practices themselves. They should have consolidated years ago and each should be dominated by a few players – in addition to the usual big names – all bound by healthy competition. The situation is often compounded by the fact that many security tools only end up partially deployed, or simply covering a fraction of the estate – functionally or geographically.

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How to Build Data Culture and Make Data Your Friend

Data culture is a relatively new concept which is becoming pivotal nowadays, when organizations develop more progressive digital business strategies and apply meaning to big data. It refers to a workplace environment that employs a consistent approach to decision-making through emphatic and empirical data proof. It implies that decisions are made based on data evidence, not on gut instinct. To create a data-driven culture is becoming critical in times of global connectivity and data-driven organizations.

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CIOs can’t ignore these 5 realities of blockchain

The low adoption of blockchain technologies lulls many CIOs into thinking they don’t yet have to take action, yet the opportunities for blockchain technology are massive. CIOs need to start thinking about what value blockchain can add to their organization and how to tackle its challenges over the next five years. This will eventually evolve into a digital society, as consumers change behaviors and adopt new practices. Organizations will need to develop the technology, but also the ethics and practices to exist in the digital society. 

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Why Data Annotation is the Secret to Hacking AI

Companies need to think of AI and machine learning as the engines that will drive the amazing things they want to accomplish. Data annotation is quite critical to ensuring your AI and machine learning projects can scale. Even the most technically advanced algorithm cannot address or solve a problem without the right data. We know having access to data is quite valuable, but having access to data with a learnable ‘signal’ consistently added at a massive scale is the biggest competitive advantage nowadays. That’s the power of data annotation.

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Stories of human stupidity in the age of intelligent machines

It’s easy to fall into the doomsday trap, especially if you don’t have any working knowledge of AI and are listening to the, let’s call them media-friendly, celebrities above. But if you’re willing to spend a little bit of time digging into AI and what it can and cannot do, you’ll quickly discover AI’s actual impact on society. And the forecast isn’t so bleak. So what’s the point of the story here? AI is not something to be feared.

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Six Ways Financial Process Automation Improves Fintech Organizations

As Fintech organizations focus on helping consumers and business owners manage their accounts and finances using specialized algorithms and software, they can really improve the whole process using Financial Process Automation. Because managing financial transactions across an organization require a lot of knowledge, expertise, know-how, pressure-handling capabilities, mental ability, and most of all commitment. As a financial manager or CFO, you’re probably aware that today’s financial responsibilities are much more than just math. In this regard, Financial Process Automation is the answer.

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Here’s What You Really Need To Know About Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is not only almost unimaginably powerful, it is also completely different than anything we’ve ever seen before. You won’t use a quantum computer to write emails or to play videos, but the technology will significantly impact our lives over the next decade or two. What’s most important to understand, however, is that the quantum era will open up new worlds of possibility, enabling us to manage almost unthinkable complexity and reshape the physical world. Here’s a basic guide to what you really need to know.

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State Of AI And Machine Learning In 2019

2019 is a record year for enterprises’ interest in data science, AI, and machine learning features they perceive as the most needed to achieve their business strategies and goals. Enterprises most expect AI and machine learning applications and platforms to support a range of regression models, followed by hierarchical clustering and textbook statistical functions for descriptive statistics. Recommendation engines are growing in popularity as interest grew to at least a tie as the second most important feature to respondents in 2019.

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The State of AI in the Enterprise

Most current AI projects are focused on augmenting the capabilities of the workforce, and AI is transforming many jobs, leading to moderate or substantial changes in roles and skills. Also AI empowers employees to make better decisions, and it will increase job satisfaction.  Perhaps the biggest advantage could be new ways of working that blend the best of what machines do with human experience, judgment, and empathy. AI-based augmentation of workers will fuel new ways of working.

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Big data & Blockchain - An Unbeatable Match

The combination of big data and blockchain technologies is unbeatable. The requirements and challenges of big data are perfectly met by blockchain technology with its ability to provide supreme transparency and security. The integration of blockchain with big data is the only way to improve your business analytics. The unique advantageous characteristics of blockchain provide clean and fraud-proof data at the end. This ability provides a golden chance for companies to get their big data analytics done in an efficient way. 

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How Blockchain Is Changing Digital Marketing

Blockchain is changing digital marketing in a disruptive way, potentially wiping out a whole new generation of companies built on its very existence. The real impact of blockchain in digital marketing is not just in the new use cases being developed. It’s in how those use cases will impact entire systems that have popped up as a way to manage the digital marketplace. In a time when digital marketing seems to be changing and growing by the moment, blockchain is changing digital marketing in disruptive, perhaps even irreversible ways.

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AR/VR in retail: Should be sidelined or embraced?

AR and VR are not new, and in retail/e-commerce projects tend to land in one of two buckets: virtual reality and items in physical space. Image recognition paired with AR content can assist in-store shoppers to bypass clunky and complicated mobile navigation. If you want your AR or VR project to be successful it must add value to the customer; be it education, entertainment, or any type of utility,  and encourage either a purchase, a repeat visit or positive brand impression. 

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How AI for code can unlock legacy systems

It has been a long time in the making, but the technology for AI that can write code has finally arrived. In the same way that automation has revolutionised software delivery, AI for code promises to drastically improve the way developers interact with legacy systems. It offers an efficient way—arguably, one of the only viable ways—to upgrade core business applications,  speed up the software delivery lifecycle and remove the costs of legacy code.

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Fire Up Your Cyber Security Career with These 9 Job-Related Tips

The cyber security industry is one with many open doors for those who either have the experience or the drive to gain it. Between rising cybercrime activity and more exacting laws and regulatory standards, the demand for skilled and knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals in 2019 continues to rise. However, it’s not just about just traditional training and education, being successful in the field also often involves. Tips How to get the cyber security job you want or to move up in your existing cyber security career

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Is DataOps the next big thing?

DataOps is a collaborative data manager practice, really focused on improving communication, integration, and automation of data flow between managers and consumers of data within an organization. DataOps is first and foremost a people-driven practice, rather than a technology-oriented one. DataOps is like the DevOps version of anything to do with data engineering. While still in its very early days, data engineers are beginning to embrace DataOps practices. Having a DevOps structure in place can ensure DataOps success

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Can Artificial Intelligence be used to Solve Crimes? The Future of Forensics

Today, we take automated fingerprint comparison, rapid DNA testing, and other tools for granted. But the technological march in forensics is far from over. With consumers more aware than ever of the value of their data and privacy issues, law enforcement needs new tools to fight these new crimes. That’s where AI can help—by using modern tools to solve modern crimes. Here’s what we can expect from artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in preventing and solving crimes of the future.

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