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Cognitive Insights: Computer Vision

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

In our last installment, we learned a bit more about natural language processing from our Dev Evangelist, Zach Walchuck. He discussed the purpose and importance of NLP and how REST APIs help developers extract meaningful information from unstructured data. This week, we are covering the topic of computer vision, going into its current capabilities and the future of computer vision technology. We also discuss how computer vision models are trained and what differentiates Alchemy’s training model from others.

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Topics: Computer Vision & Image Recognition

4 Ways to Automate With AlchemyAPI

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By: Zach Walchuk on July 23, 2015 at 12:35 PM

We all know that the AlchemyAPI services make it easier to analyze big piles of unstructured data. You take sentences, tweets, articles, pictures, and whammo-blammo, turn them into annotated, categorized gold. With all this rich, juicy structure, you can sit and find patterns and trends to your heart's delight.

What I'm proposing is cutting out the middle-man—in this case, you. Why do extra work when the machines can do it for you? There are a number of scenarios where it is appropriate, dare I say preferable, to automate tasks based on the output of a cognitive analysis. We've talked about some of these already on the blog, so I'm going to focus on things that live a little outside the box (I live there too, great food!). While these applications may not directly meet your needs, I hope they inspire you to find solutions to real problems.

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Topics: Computer Vision & Image Recognition, Twitter, Application Development

Online Ad Targeting: Using NLP to Score More Bullseyes

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By: Melissa Altese on July 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Back in 2013, experts predicted that the average person see anywhere from 250 to 3,000 advertisements every day1. Imagine what those numbers are today! Whether it’s on TV, in our newspapers, on billboards or online, it has become commonplace to ignore them. However, every once in a while, an advertisement pops up on our Facebook feed tempting us with something we’ve been wanting to buy. Despite the many eyerolls these ads have accrued, online advertising is a steadily growing market. According to the IAB’s 2014 full year report, internet advertising revenue in the United States alone totaled $49.5 billion, a 16% jump from the previous year.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing

Cognitive Insights: Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Last week, we debuted the first video in our Cognitive Insights Chalk Talk Series. We covered the topic of deep learning and debunked some common misconceptions about the technology. This week, we are covering the topic of natural language processing, along with its capabilities, why it’s important and how your business or product can leverage the technology.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing

A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on July 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

As of late, terms such as “Artificial intelligence,” and “software engineer” have become all the hype. And while these terms are becoming more recognized and accepted throughout the business world, not everyone knows what the words mean. What is a software engineer and what does their every day consist of? I pulled Mike, one of the software engineers at AlcheyAPI, an IBM company, out of his office to get the scoop.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI

Serving Cognitive Insights at Wimbledon

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By: Duncan Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Each year at Wimbledon we like to explore new types of technology innovation. This year, IBM’s Watson cognitive technology has been a major part of that innovation and I’d like to give you a peek at what we’ve been up to.

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Topics: IBM Watson

AlchemyAPI for Everyone: Blockspring Integration

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By: Zach Walchuk on July 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

A lot of what I write is aimed at developersespecially developers who are still learning the ropeswith the goal of making it as easy as possible to use the advanced technologies available via APIs. This makes sense; an API is not a full application, and it is the developers who are building applications.

Well, today I have something to tell everyone.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, New Features

Introducing Our Cognitive Insights Chalk Talk Series

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

It’s no secret that AI technology is on the rise, and it’s helping us solve problems that have previously been beyond the realm of possibility. Recent movies such as Chappie and Ex Machina have painted an interesting picture of artificial intelligence technology, portraying it as robots with the ability to think and feel, but the reality is much different. The true face of AI is in your Netflix recommendation system and Siri. It is the technology aiding doctors in patient diagnosis and treatment, not the army of angry robots in iRobot. But if it isn’t war-fighting robots, then how does it work? What is behind this technology?

Not long ago, we began our Alchemist Hour webinar series, which gives attendees a technical overview of various tools you can use to jumpstart your application development. This series is a great resource for developers who are looking to get started with our technology, but we wanted to recognize those who might not be immersed in code on a daily basis. Beginning today, our Cognitive Insights Chalk Talk Series will provide viewers with a high-level overview of a variety of cognitive technologies.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, Deep Learning & Machine Learning

How Actionable Data Could Lower Your Car Insurance & Get You a Souvenir

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By: Sonya Hansen on July 10, 2015 at 11:45 AM

It did not take long for people to start asking “so what?” after big data became a technological reality and an enterprise buzzword, and for good reason. If you can’t turn big data into “actionable data,” it remains a bandwidth devouring, constantly growing, storage monster. To date, the idea of transforming big data into actionable data has primarily been applied to business decisions – CIOs are streamlining business processes, marketing execs can identify content optimization opportunities and sales leaders are able to better understand competitors – and inspiring fundamental changes to how an enterprise operates.

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Topics: Big Data Analysis, Application Development

Using the News API to Understand the NYSE Trade Suspension

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on July 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Around 11:30am ET on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange abruptly suspended trading. For those on the trading floor, news spread instantaneously; thanks to the Internet, the news was made public knowledge virtually just as fast. Was it a security breach? Or was it merely a technical problem? Like wildfire, people from California to London began surfing the web for the answer. What if, instead of perusing Twitter and conducting your own Google searches, you could use a few keywords and action verbs to get all the relevant information returned to you? The News API makes that a reality, taking the speed of news availability to the next level.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation

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