Article: Democratizing AI: Is the future of AI open source

Open Software, Open Source

Democratizing AI: Is the future of AI open source

As an increasing number of businesses realize the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), the number of solution providers has also grown. According to recent data from Stanford University, AI start-ups have increased by 14 times in the last 20 years.

While this expansion ensures users have access to ever improving technology, it also leads to unprecedented fragmentation and a greater chance of manufacturers buying incompatible solutions. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, discusses the role of open source in democratizing AI.

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Article: The rise of peer-to-peer lending

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

The rise of peer-to-peer lending

Peer-to-peer lending is a relatively new concept in Ireland but in just a few years it’s expanding to provide finance to thousands of Irish SMEs worth millions in the process.

While it might not be a direct threat to banks (yet), the fact that, internationally, Goldman Sachs are due to launch their own peer-to-peer lending operation points to how seriously traditional banking operations now consider the model.

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Article: Now that networking’s open, what’s next?

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Now that networking’s open, what’s next?

Networking hardware and spontaneous applause don’t often go together, but Facebook’s Omar Baldonado set off a round of cheering this week when he told engineers there’s finally an open-source hardware design that they can use to build switches.

It was a goal the Open Compute Project had been working toward since mid-2013, and though the breakthrough happened late last year, Baldonado’s speech at the organization’s summit in San Jose, Calif. was an occasion for line-rate, no-packets-barred celebration.

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