Two weeks ago I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia attending the 23rd ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2017). KDD is one of the largest and most respectable conferences in the data science community. It offers a wealth of knowledge on the latest research in data science, data mining, big data, and predictive analytics. Researchers and professionals come together to learn and discuss novel ideas and technologies to solve challenging problems. My areas of interest lied in time series analysis, IoT streaming, and big data. So here are a few of the interesting things I learned in those areas.
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In part 1 of this two part blog post I talked about why you should start using Machine Learning. In particular, I discussed that the barriers to entry in Machine Learning are going down, and although applying it to your business problems may not be easy, it is definitely within reach and can yield great benefits. In part 2, I would like to offer three guiding principles on how to start using Machine Learning.
“We believe that every successful new application built today will be an intelligent application,” says Soma Somasegar, venture partner at Madrona Venture Group and former head of Microsoft’s Developer Division. Indeed, we are in a transition period where the barriers to entry in Machine Learning are going down dramatically. And at the same time, more individuals and businesses are seeing the potential of Machine Learning to improve existing products and services and to enable completely new applications. The time is now for both software developers and businesses of any size to start using Machine Learning to create more powerful user experiences and bring new ideas to the marketplace.
It's been a few weeks now since EntreFEST 2017 took over downtown Iowa City with the largest gathering of Iowa's entrepreneurial and innovation community. I was there to connect with like-minded people and get energized alongside fellow innovators. I was also there to speak to entrepreneurs about how to capitalize on trends in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to create more engaging experiences for their customers. This conference did not disappoint: I met a lot of fantastic people that are pouring their energy into new ideas with great potential, I rekindled old friendships, and I learned new things from some top-notch speakers. So with the conference now behind us, and some time to process it all, I thought I'd share some of my takeaways.