Artificial Intelligence Startup Biggerpan Welcomes World-Renowned Researcher Dr. Gregory Grefenstette as Chief Scientific Officer to Lead its Predictive Technology Works

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Biggerpan, a startup company which develops a predictive artificial intelligence (AI) technology that anticipates people’s needs on mobile, is pleased to welcome Dr. Gregory Grefenstette as Chief Scientific Officer. A world-renowned expert, Dr. Grefenstette brings more than 30 years of experience in the AI industry, and is considered a leading researcher in the field of natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval. In his newly appointed role, he is responsible for driving the continued research and development of Biggerpan’s breakthrough technology.

Gregory Grefenstette, Chief Scientific Officer at Biggerpan, Inc.

Biggerpan’s mission is to make the Internet smart on mobile by building the first AI that predicts what you want, so you don’t have to search. “As we are shifting away from the traditional keyboard and mouse paradigm, people will need to rely more and more on predictive interfaces,” said Eric Poindessault, co-founder and CEO at Biggerpan. “Today we target the mobile user experience, where 75% of the Internet use is happening right now, tomorrow think virtual and augmented reality.”

Derived from the latest research in natural language processing, a branch of AI which extracts meaning from text, Biggerpan’s proprietary technology is able to analyze and understand any web page in real time in order to make the most relevant recommendations. For example, if you are reading an article about a movie, it instantly offers you to watch the trailer or to buy tickets online. Biggerpan’s technology takes text comprehension to new heights, as it understands the meaning of each word based on the context of an entire page rather than just the surrounding words, which allows for a more effective disambiguation. It goes further thanks to a unique multi-class entity recognition approach which allows it to identify topics almost instantaneously.

Dr. Gregory Grefenstette joins the team as an authority in natural language processing, as he has continuously been pioneering the fields of cross-language information retrieval and of distributional semantics, the induction and extraction of meaning from large quantities of text. Sought after as a keynote speaker, he is named inventor in 20 granted U.S. patents, has authored and edited four books, and published hundreds of research papers in the most prestigious scientific journals. Dr. Grefenstette previously held chief scientific officer positions at Xerox Research Centre Europe, search engine company Exalead, Clairvoyance Corporation and with the French CEA, and was a senior researcher at numerous top-tier institutions such as INRIA and the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). A graduate from Stanford University, Dr. Grefenstette initially studied mathematical sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later received a PhD in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.

“Today, the power and capacity of a computer is underused. We can leverage algorithms to provide powerful predictions, avoiding the frustrations of typing and searching on a small device,” said Dr. Gregory Grefenstette. “I am excited to be part of a team that is at the forefront of such innovation and look forward to incorporate my years of research into a useful real-world application through the development of this technology.”

Dr. Grefenstette now brings an unrivaled level of expertise and experience to Biggerpan. His past work and interests acutely align with the company’s forward-thinking vision, fostering ideal conditions for future enrichment of the technology, and overall company success.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Gregory Grefenstette to the team,” said Eric Poindessault. “As a founding father of modern NLP, his extensive knowledge and experience will accelerate the development of our AI technology and propel us forward in achieving our mission.”

ABOUT

Biggerpan is a French-American startup which develops a predictive artificial intelligence that leverages context to make real-time recommendations. The company’s mission statement is to build a brain for the mobile web, to allow a better integration of the technology into our lives, without all the pain and frictions that are found in traditional mobile online activities.

The first product released by Biggerpan is Ulli, a smart mobile web browser that simplifies the experience on a mobile device by recommending the most relevant content, services and purchases for people to navigate based on the context of their current browsing. The iOS app was nominated 2016 Mobile App of the Year by Product Hunt and featured on the Emerging Tech Tour at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Visit www.biggerpan.com for more information including a video.

CONTACT

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1-415-867-4031
luc@biggerpan.com
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Launch of Yext App Directory Makes it Even Easier for Brands to Structure Digital Knowledge for the Intelligent Era

NEW YORK, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Yext, the global digital knowledge management provider, has announced its Summer ’17 Product Release featuring the new Yext App Directory, which allows customers to connect digital knowledge from Yext with software systems across the enterprise. The Yext App Directory integrates digital knowledge seamlessly throughout an organization, creating opportunities for growth and time-saving efficiencies with apps for over 20 leading companies, including Salesforce, HubSpot, Smartling, Domo, and Zendesk.

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Brands today live across a variety of intelligent services, from Google to Facebook to Siri, that show facts like hours, product offerings, and customer reviews. It’s more important than ever for businesses to manage and maintain this digital knowledge everywhere it lives, and yet this crucial data is often scattered across the enterprise. With the Yext App Directory, businesses can connect information from systems across the company — like workforce management systems, CRM databases, and more — to create a single customer-facing view of the public knowledge about their brands.

“Knowledge is powering your company, and it’s powering the next generation of intelligent services,” said Marc Ferrentino, Chief Strategy Officer at Yext. “The Yext App Directory extends the power of a brand’s digital knowledge to many of the other systems it uses every day. With more than 20 self-serve, pre-built integrations with the world’s leading business technologies, businesses can create a fully synced and up-to-date web of data to fuel today’s new era of business and artificial intelligence.”

With the Yext App Directory’s HubSpot integration, businesses can use Yext Reviews to request feedback from their customers stored in HubSpot, helping to improve online ratings, customer engagement, and search prominence.

“Integrating with Yext through the Yext App Directory gives our customers and partners a powerful tool to tie key data sources together across their businesses,” said Brad Coffey, Chief Strategy Officer of HubSpot. “Instead of manually entering information from HubSpot into Yext, this integration allows the two to work together seamlessly to create a more customer-centric organization.”

The Smartling app in the Yext App Directory allows companies to seamlessly push digital knowledge from Yext to Smartling for translation, and return it to Yext for delivery to any market in any language.

“Our integration makes it simple for Yext Customers to translate their digital content for different markets,” said Matt DeLoca, VP Channels & Alliances for Smartling. “Our app in the Yext App Directory is a one-click solution to enable the high quality translation of any content, like a company’s description, special offers, and more, for international audiences around the world.”

Zendesk’s app within the Yext App Directory leverages Yext’s review monitoring to automatically generate a Zendesk support ticket when a review of a pre-specified rating is published online. This can help businesses route dissatisfied customers to the proper support channels, or better engage customers who share positive feedback.

“Zendesk builds software for better customer relationships. Integrations like the one with Yext allow companies to turn online reviews into rich conversations with their customers,” said Douglas Hanna, general manager of Zendesk’s developer platform. “This empowers agents to resolve customer issues quickly and easily, solving a major pain point for customers and ultimately strengthening customer loyalty.”

Other integrations in the Yext App Directory give businesses the ability to publish store hour updates from Storeforce across the 100+ sites in the Yext PowerListings® Network, to generate feedback from customers in Salesforce, and to export data from Yext Analytics into Domo to see it alongside other business data, enabling businesses to make faster, better-informed business decisions.

Sears Auto Center is an early beta tester of the Yext App Directory, and is piloting the Domo app:

“The Yext App Directory allows us to pull the analytics from our online presence from Yext into Domo, where we can combine it with our sales data to capture new insights about how we can drive more leads,” said Marie Lafkiotes, Director of Digital Strategy & Ops at Sears Auto Center. “These integrations will help us get the most out of our digital knowledge to grow our business.”

Ferrentino added, “In order for a business to present the best version of itself throughout the digital ecosystem, it first needs to make sure that all of its internal systems are on the same page. The Yext App Directory creates a more intelligent enterprise by connecting the internal systems that businesses use with their latest digital knowledge, creating new ways to reach customers at their moments of intent.”

The following companies are launching integrations in the Yext App Directory in its first week:

Yext’s Summer ’17 release also includes key updates to the Yext Knowledge Manager, Yext Reviews, and Yext Analytics. For more details about the Yext App Directory, visit the Yext website.

About Yext

Yext puts business on the map. The Yext Knowledge Engine™ lets companies manage their digital knowledge in the cloud and sync it to over 100 services in the PowerListings® Network. Yext Listings, Pages, and Reviews help businesses around the globe facilitate face-to-face and digital interactions that boost brand awareness, drive foot traffic, and increase sales.

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Global Study Reveals Cloud is Gathering Momentum, but Tech Pros Struggle with Optimal Strategy

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the market’s leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, today announced the results of Evolution, a groundbreaking independent global research survey that explores the ways businesses are balancing infrastructure and applications today and beyond.

Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning have changed the way businesses operate and what it takes to thrive in a digital economy. An independent survey of IT leaders in more than 9,000 businesses spanning twenty-four countries across the US, EMEA and Asia Pac found that digital solutions drive around half of revenue (47% on average) for organizations, whether through customer facing applications or more back-office functionality.  It’s clear that digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword, it’s actually happening.

But despite this growth, technical complexity and strategic uncertainty from an infrastructure standpoint have prevented businesses from truly becoming digital. Public, private and hybrid cloud, SaaS and traditional on-premises all have momentum, but businesses still lack confidence in where to place specific workloads:

  • On average, businesses are running 41% of applications with traditional on-premises IT – higher than both public cloud (26%) and private cloud (24%).
  • Public cloud is poised to grow in the next 18-24 months (61% say their use will increase). Alongside this, a combined 87% of respondents see their use of either private cloud (52%) or traditional on-premises (35%) accelerating.
  • Despite strong indications of public cloud growth, a significant number of companies that ran workloads in public cloud environments have actually moved some or all of those workloads back on-premises (43% of businesses in North America have done so). In EMEA, 65% say they have reduced use of public cloud in the last 12 months because of security concerns.
  • Businesses run approximately one in five applications via SaaS currently (22%), and more than half (51%) see their use of SaaS increasing over the next 18-24 months.

“Emerging technologies have started to drive true digital transformation, but businesses remain in a cycle of lure and regret when it comes to public cloud,” said Scott Dietzen, CEO of Pure Storage. “Rather than being viewed as competing options, companies should embrace cloud and on-premises storage as complementary offerings. By doing so, storage infrastructure becomes agile and future-proof, which drives the data advantage that enterprises seek.”

For more on this year’s Evolution survey, check out our blog and the full survey results here.

Methodology
Research was conducted by three separate research agencies – Maru / edr in the US, Madbox in Asia Pac and Insight Avenue in EMEA.  9,302 interviews were conducted in total with IT decision makers in businesses with 500+ employees in EMEA and the US, and 100+ employees in Asia Pac.

About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) helps companies push the boundaries of what’s possible. Pure’s end-to-end data platform – including FlashArray, FlashBlade and our converged offering with Cisco, FlashStack – is powered by innovative software that’s cloud-connected for management from anywhere on a mobile device and supported by the Evergreen business model. The company’s all-flash based technology, combined with its customer-friendly business model, drives business and IT transformation with solutions that are effortless, efficient and evergreen. With Pure’s industry leading Satmetrix-certified NPS score of 83.5, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include organizations of all sizes, across an ever-expanding range of industries.

Connect with Pure Storage:
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Converse on Twitter 
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Pure Storage Unveils the Premier All-Flash Data Platform for the Cloud Era

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today at Pure//Accelerate 2017, Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG) unveiled its vision for the data platform for the cloud era. As modern organizations become increasingly reliant on technology, companies that have existed for decades across a wide range of industries have evolved into fundamentally digital businesses. Globally, digital business tools drive nearly half of revenue for enterprise organizations. Modern digital businesses require a data platform capable of delivering data with speed, agility and intelligence, across increasingly complex workloads and applications.

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The Pure Storage data platform helps customers put their data to work. Now, organizations can run all operations with cloud agility, improve the economics of data analytics at high velocity and scale, and ultimately derive new insights to deliver data-driven customer results never before possible.

Data is the lifeblood of the digital generation. Current estimates are that approximately 50 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be created in 2020 alone (up from just four in 2016), and 180 ZB five years later in 2025 – an unprecedented growth rate. As data creation pivots from humans to machines – driven by sensors, IoT, digital cameras and myriad connected devices – it has exploded in volume. Simultaneously, the ability to analyze this data has transcended human cognition, with traditional analytics giving way to artificial intelligence (AI), machine and deep learning, neural networks and real-time data stream analytics. These new, data-driven applications require a different approach to storage, designed to deliver massively-parallel access to data at a very high bandwidth.

“Modern organizations require a data platform that enables organizations to build a new class of applications, to extract new insights from data and to do so in real-time,” said Scott Dietzen, CEO, Pure Storage. “With an infrastructure in place that supports mission-critical analytics at real-time speed, organizations can increase their pace of innovation, improve time to market and ultimately deliver better results for customers.”

Pure//Accelerate will showcase the ways Pure Storage enables customer innovation and business transformation through a host of comprehensive new hardware and software updates:

Tier 1 Storage, re-defined. For years, organizations have had to choose between the highest reliability (Tier 1 disk arrays) and storage purpose-built for the cloud era (modern all-flash arrays). Pure Storage has made a series of announcements to end this compromise. Now, organizations can leverage Tier 1 reliability (99.9999 percent availability and active multi-site clustering for a true zero RPO/RTO) with the innovation of rich data services, native cloud integration, and 100 percent NVMe flash for the fastest, future-proofed performance.  

From Big Data to intelligent data. The big data movement has helped organizations centralize data, but big data has historically meant slow data. Pure’s revolutionary FlashBlade system makes big data into fast data, and unlocks iterative real-time analytics, advanced AI and machine learning (ML), and rich simulation for data of any size. And now with a fast object interface, tomorrow’s web-scale applications can be big, fast and intelligent, too.

Multi-Cloud, delivered. Cloud is everywhere – in core data centers, and in edge data centers where data volume and latency necessitate local processing. It’s also stretched between multi-cloud IaaS and SaaS providers. No matter what cloud an organization chooses or where they choose to run it, Pure’s data platform helps simplify storage in multi-cloud environments with new advances that deliver the simplest cloud on every platform: Support for VMware VVOLs, Microsoft ODX, Docker Persistent Containers, native data protection integration with public cloud providers, and pre-validated FlashStack solutions to speed the time to cloud.

Self-driving storage. Cars have become more and more autonomous. They can self-navigate, avoid collisions and soon, they’ll drive themselves, too. It’s time for storage to catch up. Pure uses big data, real-time analytics, and advanced AI/ML techniques to change the storage ownership experience, and deliver a new level of reliability through predictive maintenance and support. Meet META, Pure’s new AI Engine, and get ready for a whole new era of storage intelligence and automation.

For additional detail on today’s news, please visit our blog. You can also join us today and tomorrow – June 13 & 14 – for our annual user conference, Pure//Accelerate, at Pier 70 in San Francisco via live stream.

About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) helps companies push the boundaries of what’s possible. Pure’s end-to-end data platform – including FlashArray, FlashBlade and our converged offering with Cisco, FlashStack – is powered by innovative software that’s cloud-connected for management from anywhere on a mobile device and supported by the Evergreen business model. The company’s all-flash based technology, combined with its customer-friendly business model, drives business and IT transformation with solutions that are effortless, efficient and evergreen. With Pure’s industry leading Satmetrix-certified NPS score of 83.5, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include organizations of all sizes, across an ever-expanding range of industries.

Connect with Pure Storage:
Read the blog
Converse on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
FlashStack Solutions

Analyst Recognition:
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays
IDC MarketScape for All-Flash Arrays

Pure Storage, the “P” Logo, Evergreen and FlashBlade are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pure Storage, Inc. All other trademarks or names referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the expected performance and benefits of Pure Storage’s product offerings. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks include, but are not limited to, risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. Pure Storage assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Any unreleased products, features, or functions referenced in this release, our website or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Pure Storage’s discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Pure Storage’s product offerings should make their purchase decisions based upon products, features and functions that are currently available.

 

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Pure Storage Announces Vision for Self-Driving Storage; Powered by Pure1 META AI Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the market’s leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, today announced Pure1® META, it’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform for delivering on the vision of self-driving storage. Pure1 META is delivers global predictive intelligence by collecting and analyzing over 1 trillion array telemetry data points per day and enables effortless management, analytics and support. Pure1 META represents a major breakthrough in enterprise artificial intelligence and machine learning. Through the new Workload DNA generated by Pure1 META, customers will be able, for the first time in the industry, to predict both capacity and performance and get intelligent advice on workload deployment, interaction and optimization.

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With Pure1 META, Pure Storage continues to advance in its vision of delivering self-driving storage. Pure set up the foundation for self-driving storage with array-level automation delivered by Purity, which eliminates manual management and tuning operations. Building a global sensor network with thousands of connected arrays allowed Pure to deliver cloud-based management and predictive support that has prevented more than 500 Severity 1 issues to date. Now, with Pure1 META, customers can get answers to performance forecasting questions, instead of workarounds that resulted in wasted expenses from over-provisioning or downtime from under-provisioning.

“For the first time, customers can leverage intelligent storage that constantly analyzes historical data across our global network of devices to improve their overall environment,” said Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Products, Pure Storage. “Pure1 META helps customers more accurately forecast performance through growth, answer questions about capacity and performance additions, and how their environment will change over time, which allows organizations to manage future needs.”

The key driver behind the global predictive intelligence of Pure1 META, is the META AI Engine, which analyzes a data lake of more than 7 petabytes of data to generate both Issue Fingerprints and Workload DNA. META scans all incoming array telemetry against a library of issue fingerprints to predict and resolve incidents in real-time, before they impact customer environments, and captures hundreds of variables related to performance that are used to forecast performance load.

Customers can leverage META’s Workload DNA through the new Workload Planner in Pure1. This new capability will allow customers to answer questions about new workload deployment, interaction, performance and capacity growth, and workload optimization, helping reduce risk, increase consolidation, and provide better visibility to plan for upgrades or expansions.

Pure also announced the new Global Dashboard in Pure1, which simplifies the management experience by providing key aggregate metrics from an entire fleet of arrays. From a single dashboard, customers will be able to view the total data reduction and average load performance for all arrays. Performance trends for the last 24 hours are also shown and customers can plan more effectively with capacity consumption prediction across all arrays. Recent alerts and messages across the fleet of arrays also enables better visibility of the storage footprint.

To learn more about the new Pure1 META, Workload Planner, VM Visibility, and Global Dashboard, please visit our blog. You can also join us today and tomorrow – June 13 & 14 – for our annual user conference, Pure//Accelerate, at Pier 70 in San Francisco via live stream.

About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) helps companies push the boundaries of what’s possible. Pure’s end-to-end data platform – including FlashArray, FlashBlade and our converged offering with Cisco, FlashStack – is powered by innovative software that’s cloud-connected for management from anywhere on a mobile device and supported by the Evergreen business model. The company’s all-flash based technology, combined with its customer-friendly business model, drives business and IT transformation with solutions that are effortless, efficient and evergreen. With Pure’s industry leading Satmetrix-certified NPS score of 83.5, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include organizations of all sizes, across an ever-expanding range of industries.

Connect with Pure Storage:
Read the blog
Converse on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
FlashStack Solutions

Analyst Recognition:
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays
IDC MarketScape for All-Flash Arrays

Pure Storage, the “P” Logo, Pure1, Evergreen and FlashBlade are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pure Storage, Inc. All other trademarks or names referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the expected performance and benefits of Pure Storage’s product offerings. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks materialize or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks include, but are not limited to, risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including future reports that we may file with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. Pure Storage assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Any unreleased products, features, or functions referenced in this release, our website or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Pure Storage’s discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Pure Storage’s product offerings should make their purchase decisions based upon products, features and functions that are currently available.

 

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ProfNet Experts Available on Facebook’s Anti-Terrorism Pledge, Artificial Intelligence

NEW YORK, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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Facebook’s Anti-Terrorism Pledge Invites a Slippery Slope
Wendy Moe
Professor of Marketing
University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business
[In response to a Facebook executive saying, “We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists,” following the June 3, 2017 London terrorist attacks] “Self-regulation puts social media platforms in a tricky ethical position. On the one hand, they are aiding in the fight against terrorism. On the other hand, they are censoring. When they censor content that promotes terrorism or other criminal activity, this contributes to public welfare. But where do they draw the line? This could easily lead to a slippery slope where these organizations start censoring content that tries to influence the political climate … if they believe it is in the best interest of public welfare. The decision of what to censor and what not to is important and has far-reaching implications. It should not be made by a small number of executives at a given company.”
Moe is director of the Smith School’s Master of Science in Marketing Analytics program, co-director of the Smith Analytics Consortium, and author of “Social Media Intelligence.”
Bio: https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/directory/wendy-w-moe
PR Contact: Greg Muraski, gmuraski@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Not All Robots Are out for Your Job
Ron Selewach
CEO and Founder
HRMC (Human Resource Management Center)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) summons dystopian visions of a labor force crowded out by machines that work 24/7, don’t take breaks, or demand a competitive benefits package. But intelligent automation is an essential new co-worker for the digital age. However, HR (human resources) may be among the last holdouts, which is understandable — no one knows better than HR the threat machines pose, to the jobs of the people they manage and to the core of what they do, which is use their judgment and expertise to engage, evaluate and hire the best talent. Says Selewach: “The challenge is not overcoming/mastering the technology, but in overcoming HR’s concerns and perceptions, and coming to understand the ways in which this technology can augment and elevate their role in the organization. It brings more objectivity, science and rigor to the selection process, significantly shortens time-to-fill, and allows HR to select the great from the good in making the final hiring decision.”
Selewach is a widely acknowledged pioneer in applying AI to candidate selection. He has been published and quoted in and a wide range of HR and business publications on topics related to candidate assessment and screening.
Website: http://www.hrmc.com
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Artificial Medical Intelligence Introduces Hierarchical Condition Category Abstraction Using EMscribe Artificial Intelligence Technology

EATONTOWN, N.J., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Artificial Medical Intelligence (AMI) today announced the release of its full version of HCC Coding as part of the EMscribe® suite of tools in support of medical records processing and abstraction.

The new completed HCC Coding Solution is built on the automatic generation of ICD10 codes and supporting demographic data for reimbursement which includes V22 HCC, the latest version from CMS.

HCC is a payment model mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1997.  Implemented in 2003, this model identifies individuals with serious or chronic illness and assigns a risk factor score to the person. At present, there are more than 9000 ICD-10 codes that map to 79 HCC codes in the Risk Adjustment model. 

AMI’s unique HCC module is offered as an integrated and automated component of its EMscribe coding and clinical abstraction suite which is able to support the requirement of HCC code submission. EMscribe automatically generates the individual’s health conditions using ICD10 diagnoses and demographic data directly extracted from the medical record and assigns the risk adjustment attributes to the case based upon a combination of the individual’s health conditions and demographic details. An HCC score is then generated by the EMscribe system and is either displayed in AMI’s Graphical User Interface or provided through an AMI’s Application Protocol Interface.

“AMI continues to lead with its innovative technology designed to mitigate the constant stream of new and more difficult administrative pressures and requirements on the healthcare system”, stated Stuart Covit, Chief Operating Officer.  “We are focusing on providing Artificial Intelligence to abstract information from the medical record, so when new mandates like MACRA come up we can adjust our technologies to address the required data elements.”

AMI will showcase this at Booth # 1940 at the upcoming HFMA (Healthcare Finance management Association) ANI conference, taking place from June 25th –June 28th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.

About AMI

AMI is a leading software developer of health technology solutions since its incorporation in 2002. Initially targeting medical coding with its proprietary Natural Language Processing solution, EMscribe®, AMI has continued to evolve to meet changing market needs with innovative AI data abstractions.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Fagan
Artificial Medical Intelligence
Tel: (908) 902-1825
Email: kfagan@artificialmed.com 

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Conexant to be Acquired by Synaptics to Boost Technology Portfolio

IRVINE, Calif., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Conexant Systems, LLC, a leading provider of audio and voice technology solutions that enable a more natural user experience, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) pursuant to which Synaptics has agreed to acquire Conexant and its portfolio of silicon and software solutions for audio, voice and imaging applications for $300 million in cash and 726,666 shares of Synaptics common stock in a cash-free, debt-free transaction.

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“I would like to thank each and every employee for their dedication and hard work over the past four years as we turned Conexant into a leader in audio and imaging. We are witnessing a positive inflection point in the business with voice becoming the human interface to machines and with the move to next-generation USB-C headphones,” said Cynthia Paul, Chairman of the Board, Conexant. “I am excited about the next chapter in Conexant’s life as Synaptics helps scale the business.”

Combined, Conexant and Synaptics, together with partners and customers, have the ability to deliver powerful solutions that redefine how people interact with machines, including smart home devices, automobiles, computers, industrial applications, connected devices, IoT products, and wearables. The two companies offer highly complementary, innovative solutions, and the scale of the combined entity should be well positioned to invest in new opportunities that greatly enhance the human-machine-interface experience.

“We have spent the past few years sharpening Conexant’s focus on providing silicon and software solutions for voice-enabled devices, consumer and commercial imaging, and next-generation audio applications,” said Jan Johannessen, CEO, Conexant. “We believe that by joining Synaptics, we will further scale in the USB-C headphone market, while also enabling device makers to develop innovative applications for some of the industry’s most advanced human-machine-interface technologies, including voice.”

Conexant, with a portfolio of more than 480 patents granted or pending, is a leader in far-field voice solutions with more than 27 million units shipped. Conexant’s far-field voice processing solutions have been featured in more than 60 different products, including a variety of home appliances, home audio/video applications, home networking devices, lighting, security devices, set-top-boxes, smart thermostats, robots, and toys.

Recognized for its superior-performing voice solutions, as well as its powerful supply chain and engineering support capabilities, Conexant has been selected by industry leaders to collaboratively develop noise robust, voice-enabled products and development kits for leading artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. In addition to its voice solutions, Conexant is helping the 13-billion-dollar headphone industry go digital with its USB-C CODEC solutions for next generation hearables and wearables.

“At Synaptics, we have a knack for bringing the right technologies to the right growth markets. Adding voice and audio processing solutions to our portfolio blends perfectly into the company’s innovative technology product mix,” said Rick Bergman, President and CEO, Synaptics, “The acquisition broadens Synaptics’ portfolio of human interface solutions and rapidly accelerates the execution of our IoT strategy, driving our next major phase of growth. Conexant adds an established and highly profitable revenue base, a diverse set of customers, new tier-one accounts, impressive global talent, and a deep portfolio of intellectual property.”

The Conexant transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory clearances.

Conexant was advised by Cowen and Company, LLC and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

To learn more about Conexant and this announcement, please visit www.Conexant.com, or follow them on LinkedIn, like them on Facebook, and view their videos on YouTube.

About Conexant Systems, LLC:

Conexant Systems, LLC, is the industry’s go-to source for hardware and software solutions that offer unrivaled performance for audio and voice applications. The company combines its significant IP portfolio in DSP, analog and mixed signal technology with embedded software to enrich and expand audio and voice capabilities of products across nearly every vertical. Conexant also is a leader in advanced imaging solutions designed to improve performance of image dependent electronic equipment, such as document and photo imaging controllers and digital video. Founded in 1999, Conexant is a privately-held fabless semiconductor and audio technology engineering company headquartered in Irvine, California with offices and design centers worldwide.

 

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Australian Start-up Taps IBM Watson to Launch Language Translation Earpiece

SYDNEY, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lingmo International, an Australian technology start-up, has today launched Translate One2One, an earpiece powered by IBM Watson that can efficiently translate spoken conversations within seconds, being the first of its kind to hit global markets next month.

Lingmo International, an Australian technology start-up, has today launched Translate One2One, an earpiece powered by IBM Watson that can efficiently translate spoken conversations within seconds.

With estimates indicating that businesses lose upwards of $2 billion in the United States1 and £48 billion in the United Kingdom2 each year due to language barriers, this technology will meet a growing gap for businesses and consumers alike.

Unveiled at last week’s United Nations Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, the Translate One2One earpiece supports translations across English, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German and Chinese. Available to purchase today for delivery in July, the earpiece carries a price tag of $179 USD, and is the first independent translation device that doesn’t rely on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity.

With IBM Watson’s Natural Language Understanding and Language Translator APIs, the intuitive technology overcomes many of the contextual challenges associated with common languages, as well as understanding the nuances of local slang and dialects. For example, in Spanish ‘LL’ could be pronounced “y”, “j” or “sh”, depending on the dialect.

“By eliminating the friction of the traditional translation process, devices like Translate One2One will not only remove one of the biggest challenges for professionals when meeting and collaborating between cultures, but also offers enormous potential for communities around the world,” said Danny May, Lingmo’s Founder and Director. “As the first device on the market for language translation using AI that does not rely on connectivity to operate, it offers significant potential for its unique application across airlines, foreign government relations and even not-for-profits working in remote areas.”

In addition to the translation earpiece, which works when each user is wearing the earpiece, customers can download an app version, which also includes a currency converter.

“It’s an absolute game-changer for the global translation market, offering significant potential for both commercial and social benefit, which we’ve only just begun to explore,” said Neil Sahota, IBM Watson Master Inventor and keynote speaker at the Summit. “Lingmo’s latest breakthrough demonstrates the transformative potential that cognitive computing platforms like Watson can offer in solving some of the world’s largest and most persistent challenges.”

Media Contact:
Andrea Acton
IBM External Relations, Australia
anacto@au1.ibm.com 
P. 0429 460 327

About the AI for Good Global Summit:
THE AITU and the XPRIZE Foundation have organised the first AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 7-9 June, 2017, in partnership with a number of UN sister agencies. The Summit aims to accelerate and advance the development and democratisation of AI solutions that can address specific global challenges related to poverty, hunger, health, education, the environment, and others.

The Summit provides a neutral platform for government officials, UN agencies, NGO’s, industry leaders, and AI experts to discuss the ethical, technical, and societal and policy issues related to AI, offer recommendations and guidance and promote international dialogue and cooperation in support of AI innovation.

About Lingmo International:
Lingmo International is a leading edge Australian technology company making its mark on the global language translation industry, through the development and implementation of revolutionary custom built software capable of translating across voice and text platforms. The technology is available in retail and commercial versions.

Translate One2One was developed in conjunction with IBM Watson and features a fully independent earpiece, which does not rely on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

For more information on Lingmo go to www.lingmo.global

About IBM Watson – Pioneering a New Era of Computing:
Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world in a way more similar to humans: through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With the help of Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges.

As part of IBM’s strategy to accelerate the growth of cognitive computing, Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries.

For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/Watson. Join the conversation at #ibmwatson.

1 U.S. Committee on Economic Development 

2 UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills

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Lithium Boom 2.0 – The World’s Hottest Commodity Just got Hotter

LONDON, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

This rare-earth metal is the hottest commodity on the planet right now, and investors are trying to profit from it – but they’re doing it all wrong.
Most are making a big mistake and investing in the wrong companies. That’s because, in this game, grade is the key to profitability. Keep an eye on lithium developments include: Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC), Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA)
And the game is lithium: one of the most important components of electric vehicles, high-energy batteries, power storage, a vast menu of consumer electronics-and even Nirvana-reaching drugs.
Even today’s fast-growing EV industry is just the tip of the iceberg compared with where it’s headed to. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 35 percent of all new vehicle sales by 2040 will be EVs, equivalent to 100 million units every year.

That’s 100 times greater than current production.

All that growth will present some serious supply chain challenges. But in this massive opportunity, the key to everything is GRADE. Not all lithium is equal.
The majors can increase production, but only to a certain degree – and not nearly fast enough to meet growing demand. If you are looking for outsized gains on your lithium investment, you need to expand your horizon to new entrants with high-quality reserves.
The #1 secret to hitting a homerun with lithium is watching the grade. And for this, follow the lead of China, which has turned its attention to Chile-one of the world’s richest sources of high-grade, low-cost lithium.
And one little-known miner is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this space while China, Tesla and everyone else battle it out-Bearing Resources (BRZ;  BRGRF).  

This pure-play junior miner has just acquired a world-class resource and the second-largest lithium project in the world-in Chile.
They’ve already undertaken a $7-million exploration program that hit pay dirt. The drilling campaign hit on every single hole-in high-grade brine. In fact, it’s one of the highest-grade projects in the world-second only to the Salar de Atacama, which, right now, produces 100 percent of Chile’s lithium.

With drilling virtually complete, all that is left to do is a definitive feasibility study, which is a construction decision due out in early 2018. They have a free carry through all of this, so no worries about having to raise any extra money or dilute existing shareholders by issuing more shares.
This is the find that will ultimately define CEO Jeremy Poirer’s illustrious career.

Here are 5 reasons to watch Bearing Resources (BRZ;  BRGRF) very closely:

#1 Grade is King, Grade is King, Grade is King 

Featuring extra-high-grade brine, Bearing’s newest resource is the highest grade undeveloped lithium brine resource in the world, bar none.
With the exception of the Salar de Atacama, none of the developed fields even come close in sheer purity and abundance of Lithium in its brine deposits.
The project resulted in the highest grade of lithium anywhere outside of the Salar de Atacama, with average grade of 1,250 parts per million.
The company drilled 18 holes, performing pumping tests, float tests and building evaporation ponds and then hit ‘white petroleum’-hard. The drilling campaign hit on every single hole, some of which were all drill holes targeting 200 meters. One of the holes was 360 meters and still bottomed in high-grade brine.

And a grade of 1,250 parts per million, that’s 2-4 times higher than any Argentinian project grades. The new reserve is expected to be completed sometime in July, and it’s expected to double the company’s current reserves.
High-grade lithium producers are where every EV manufacturer will be looking as they seek to keep battery production costs low.
Watch what’s been happening in China: Prices of battery-grade lithium in China, the biggest Li-ion battery producer, surged above $20,000 per tonne in 2016 – much higher than the global average.
Now, China has traditionally sourced its lithium from Australia, but increasing competition in the EV space and falling prices of EVs has forced it to look elsewhere for cheaper sources. Again, we head back to Chile-a true lithium powerhouse and the largest producer in the world.

And, unlike in Australia where the metal is extracted from hard-rock mines, Chilean lithium is mined from brines located just below easily accessible salt flats. The Atacama salt flat in Chile is the source of 37 percent of the world’s entire lithium production.

Chinese and Korean investors are already engaged in advanced talks with the Chilean government to open up a huge $2 billion Lithium battery plant to feed on the country’s rich lithium reserves. This could kick-off an even more ferocious scramble for the precious metal – especially if China starts hoarding and puts further pressure on already constrained supplies.

So, it’s not surprising that stocks of publicly-listed lithium mining companies in Chile have been outperforming their counterparts from other countries.

                                                              Year-to-Date    Company                          Country of Origin    Change             12-Month Change     Sociedad Quimica y Minera de     Chile                            Chile               25.8 percent         64.1 percent     Red River Resources Ltd.         Australia           3 percent            55.6 percent     Altura Mining Ltd.               Australia           4.5 percent         -36.36 percent     Lithium X Energy Corp.           Canada              4.6 percent         -8.9 percent 

#2 Low Costs, High Flow Rates 

Not only is the resource high grade, but it’s low cost, thanks to the high quality of the resource and proximity to critical infrastructure. Most Lithium mines are located in the outback, which increases mining and operational costs significantly.

Luckily for investors, this project is adjacent to an International Highway, and is adequately supplied with grid power. Flow rates from pump testing at the new project rank among the highest values reported in South America, which will help to keep costs even lower, and profits high.

Low production costs are extremely important for EV manufacturers, now more than ever.

Batteries and powertrains account for the biggest chunk of EV manufacturing costs. The high cost of these line items is the #1 Reason why EVs have remained pricier than they could be. But advancements in battery technology have helped bring costs down – so much so that Tesla can now afford to offer the Model 3 for just $35,000, or half the price of an entry-level Model S.
EV manufacturers are keen to keep lowering their production costs in a bid to quickly grow their addressable markets. Economically recoverable lithium deposits are quite limited, and low-cost lithium producers like Bearing Resources (BRZ;  BRGRF) will be highly sought after.

#3 Chile: World’s Richest Lithium Venue 

Chile is home to the world’s largest and richest Lithium deposits, the salt pans of the formidable Atacama Desert. This is a 600-mile-long strip of land sandwiched between the snow-capped Andes and the Pacific Ocean.
The Atacama Desert is the world’s driest non-polar desert, yet these inhospitable conditions make it one of the best places on earth to extract Lithium.
While lithium may be Chile’s ‘white petroleum’, and the country may be the ‘Saudi Arabia of Lithium’, getting your hands on concessions and permits isn’t easy.
The Chilean government is very stingy when it comes to issuing lithium-mining permits and concessions, so it’s typically a rough venue to get started in. But not for Bearing Resources.
Bearing already has grandfathered concessions – which give the company a major head start over competitors who are trying to come in later to this game.

#4 Lithium Legends with Powerful Partners 

Bearing Resources (BRZ;  BRGRF) has a world-class team with a proven track record, and some partnerships that pack real power in Chile and on the lithium supply scene in general.
Posco, one of the world’s largest steel companies, has already sunk $18 million into Li3 Energy, the company Bearing is acquiring, and it has brought its proprietary lithium technology to the table to make this one of the most potentially profitable lithium projects in the world. This lithium tech has been successfully tested at an impressive 88 percent recovery rate – double the industry standard of 40 percent-60 percent.
And company CEO, Jeremy Poirer, is a proven winner, having successfully negotiated major supply deals with Pure Energy and Tesla.
When it comes to relationships, this company has them in all the high places.

#5 Major Announcement Coming Soon 

Bearing Resources (BRZ;  BRGRF) is on track to close the acquisition of a new project in short order, which it will duly announce to investors.
Again, grade is king, and with world-class partners and advanced production methods, Bearing is slated to become the lowest-cost producer in the industry. This is a potential near-term production timeline. Other lithium projects aren’t anywhere close to production, meaning Bearing is virtually guaranteed a nice pipeline of customers.
Bearing also has a strong cash position and money in the bank-that means that what is basically a $20M market cap company is sitting on super major property.  
We need a huge Lithium supply ramp-yesterday.
Near-future demand is so overwhelming that we are in real danger of massive deficits. Current global Lithium-ion cell production can only supply 900,000-1 million electric vehicles.
Tesla is on course to kick-off production of its first mass-produced vehicle – the Model 3 – in July, and has already amassed 373,000 reservations. That’s five times the company’s 2016 sales.
Tesla has a goal to produce 500,000 Model 3s per year by the end of 2018, and could hit a million units as early as 2020. The company also sells home and industrial energy products, including Powerwalls. About 51Kg of Lithium goes into each Model S, while each Powerwall 2.0 unit packs 10Kgs of the metal.
Global production will ramp up more than 500 percent between 2016 and 2020, with China doing much of the heavy-lifting.
By 2025, the battery market alone will be twice as big as today’s entire lithium market-and then overwhelming becomes…well, even more overwhelming.
Therein, of course, lies the massive opportunity, but it’s not a blanket opportunity: Grade determines who gets rich in this energy revolution. Chile got it, and Bearing is right there.

Honorable Mentions: 

1. FMC (NYSE: FMC): One of the Lithium oligarchs. Plans to rapidly ramp hydroxide production from 10,000 metric tonnes in 2016 to 18,000 metric tonnes in the current year.

2. Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB): Another Lithium giant. Owns brine deposits in the U.S. and Chile, as well as a 49 percent stake in the huge Greenbushes mine Australia. Hopes to double production by 2019 to hit 1.34 million tonnes.

3. General Motors (NYSE: GM): GM, though it’s been surpassed in market cap by Tesla (of all companies) is still the farthest ahead of the Big 3 car makers from Detroit in terms of EVs and self-driving cars. Recently, GM acquired Cruise Automation-a self-driving car company, and it seems determined to forge ahead even faster to play catch-up with the future.

4. Magna International (NYSE: MGA): Based in Aurora, Ontario, Magna a global automotive supplier is gutsy and innovative and definitely tuned to the obvious future – clean transportation. A great catalyst is its development of a combo electric/hydrogen vehicle – a fuel cell range-extended EV (FCREEV). It’s not going to produce them (for now, at least) but plans to use the model to show off its engineering and design prowess and produce elements of the electric drivetrain and contract manufacturing. It’s insightful, forward-thinking and smart value/low cost for shareholders.

5. Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG): With a market cap of over $657 billion, this is the second-largest by market capitalization in the S&P 500. We love Alphabet because its foundation is intellectual property-not tangible assets. Oh, and self-driving cars, definitely a huge part of our energy revolution and the artificial intelligence side of things.  

By. James Burgess

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