There are many uses for AI including eCommerce, financial services, medical and military applications but this is one I’m truly excited about…leveraging AI to dominate your family and friends in your March Madness bracket.

For those that are new to my blog, I’ve been in Austin since 2010, but I call Indiana home…where basketball is a religion (queue the movie Hoosiers).

So, I did some research and discovered that Adobe Analytics is attempting to help basketball fans by leveraging their AI and Machine Learning to #HackTheBracket.

Pick your match-up. Predict the winner.

What impact does season-long performance have at the big tournament? We use Adobe Analytics to project head-to-head outcomes and give you a bracket-busting edge.* Select a team from each dropdown list to see the probable result.

Download the full Adobe tournament prediction powered by machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other marketing buzzwords (no promises you’ll beat your family and friends if you copy this).

With that in mind, I’m leveraging these picks as an “AI Experiment” but I do so with great trepidation, because the model is predicting all 4 – #1 seeds to make the Final Four.

Update: I just discovered via a new source (NCAA.org) that all of the #1 seeds making the Final Four has only occurred once in history. Check out this link of details.

In the last decade this has happened twice (2016 and 2009). If you’re a basketball fan and a data junkie check out the stats on this CBS site.


The Amazing Ways John Deere Uses AI And Machine Vision To Help Feed 10 Billion People

  • “Leading the way is John Deere – the 180-year-old manufacturer of farming and industrial machinery which has spent the past decade transforming itself into an artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven business.
  • Stone tells me “Now we’re very much pushing into artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning … what’s amazing is how all of this technology is such a hand-in-glove fit for agriculture.
  • Blue River is the Silicon Valley-based machine learning startup acquired by Deere back in 2017, which has provided the foundation of the multinational giant’s foray into artificial intelligence, with their expertise in computer vision, in particular, proving itself an incredibly valuable asset.
  • Another crucial part of Deere’s strategy to remain on the vanguard of AI and agriculture is its JD Labs ‘start-up collaborator.'”


PagerDuty IPO: Is AI The Secret Sauce?

  • “PagerDuty refers to itself as the central nervous system of a digital enterprise. This means continuously analyzing systems to detect risks but also to find opportunities to improve operations, increase revenues and promote more innovation.
  • “We apply machine learning to data collected by our platform to help our customers identify incidents from the billions of digital signals they collect each day. We do this by automatically converting data from virtually any software-enabled system or device into a common format and applying machine-learning algorithms to find patterns and correlations across that data in real time. We provide teams with visibility into similar incidents and human context, based on data related to past actions that we have collected over time, enabling them to accelerate time to resolution.”
  • The abandon rate is 53% for mobile website visitors if the site takes longer than three seconds to load.
  • A major online retailer can lose up to $500,000 in revenue for every minute of downtime.
  • A survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that 32% of customers say they would ditch a brand after one bad experience.”


Mark Cuban says you — yes, you — need to understand how AI works

“’If you go in my bathroom, there’s a book, Machine Learning for Idiots,’Cuban said on the latest episode of Recode Media. ‘Whenever I get a break, I’m reading it.’

That’s because Cuban — the Broadcast.com co-founder who went on to become an internet investor, Shark Tank star, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks — believes AI and machine learning are so important to the future that they will “dwarf” the internet. That means everyone, including and especially business owners, are at risk if they don’t educate themselves now.”


#SXSW Nightly News

I’d like to formally welcome “all y’all” to my home…Austin, TX…and my artificial intelligence (ai) blog.

A quick Texas vocabulary lesson if you’re new to the state.

y’all = 2 people

all y’all = 3 or more people 🙂

On the topic of AI, be sure to check back nightly for news, updates and information coming out of the SXSW conference


Here are just a few of the latest stories:

AI the hot topic at Austin tech, music and film conference

For the second year running, SXSW Interactive curators have deemed AI to be the zeitgeist centrefold of tech


GOP rep: ‘If we’re not leading on’ AI, that’s going to impact economy

“It’s the future,” Hurd said. “Vladimir Putin said whoever masters AI is going to master the world. I think this is the only thing he and I agree on.”


SXSW 2019 Will Focus on How AI and Automation Will Change the Workforce

Automation will lead to massive changes in the workplace. And several speakers at SXSW including Ellen Shell, who wrote “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change” and Kate Crawford, co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Research Institute, will be talking about the future of the workforce.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we should be excited about automation’

“We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in,” she said.

How AI is Changing Advertising in China

The key driver for AI in advertising, however, is China’s hyper-competitive ecommerce market, which is more than double the size of its U.S. counterpart. China-based startups use AI to analyze, categorize, and rank influencers, creating an open, blockchain-based, micropayments marketplace that can include everyone on social media.


Unanimous AI to Unveil “Swarm” at SXSW – the World’s First SaaS Platform that Amplifies the Intelligence of Business Teams

Unanimous AI, winners of Best in Show and AI Innovation of the Year at the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Innovation Awards, will return to Austin as a finalist for the 2019 awards. At the event, Unanimous AI will announce the beta release of Swarm, the world’s first on-demand SaaS platform for amplifying the intelligence of business teams.



An audience member asked if Zuckerberg should step down. “No,” McNamee said emphatically. “I don’t think this is about the people. I believe that this is about the business model. Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin] at Google and Sheryl [Sandberg] and Mark at Facebook have the moral authority to change the business model. If you don’t change the business model, it doesn’t matter who’s running it, and if you do change the business model, it’s OK whoever’s running it.”


Goldman Rolls Out New ETFs Focused On Artificial Intelligence

“Move over, plain-vanilla passive investing. The machines are taking over.

The latest evidence: On Thursday, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. launched five new exchange-traded funds that rely on indexes built with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The New York investment bank is working with Motif Investing Inc. to identify companies that fit with broad themes that Goldman’s money managers think will drive growth, like ‘finance reimagined’ and ‘data-driven world.'”


DataVisor CEO, an AI expert, to Address Stanford University’s Global Women in Data Science Conference on the Use of Machine Learning to Combat Online Fraud

  • “DataVisor was founded with an ambitious vision, by Xie and co-founder Fang Yu, DataVisor CTO. The company’s mission is to stop fraudsters in their tracks and to restore online trust with the help of big data and machine learning.
  • Xie will present DataVisor’s quarterly Fraud Index Report, which takes a deep dive into the current cyber fraud landscape, based on sample data gathered by the company’s Global Intelligence Network from 44-plus billion events that took place across 800-plus million active user accounts in Q4 of 2018.”


Amazon’s Healthcare Plans Include Insurance, AI Utility

“Artificial intelligence promises to play a significant role in upcoming Amazon healthcare efforts. That’s according to a new — and rare — interview with a leading Amazon executive. Taha Kass-Hout, a former official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who now runs AI operations for the eCommerce firm, talked with medicine and science news outlet Stat about “the increasing power and utility of AI in healthcare” — a topic that includes Amazon.”


This Google App Helps Customers Find Your Business Online, Even If They’re Not Searching for It

“This is now a step closer to reality thanks to Google Lens — an app that cleverly links real-world objects to Google’s massive index of the world’s information.

The app works in a remarkably simple way: point your camera at the object you are seeking to find online, tap on it to separate it from the background and then let Google’s servers do all the heavy lifting for you and deliver relevant search results.

How to Take Advantage of Google’s Indexing of Entities

  1. Make the pictures tell the story.
  1. Label everything correctly.
  1. Tie the pictures to the text.
  1. Think context and perspective.”