Nathan Wilson, Nara Logics CTO & Co-Founder to present at RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit Boston 2016.
Biological Foundations for Deep Learning: Towards Decision Networks
The basic principles of intelligence have been pursued by two parallel research communities – computer scientists developing artificial intelligence, and neuroscientists exploring the brain. Recent advances, particularly in deep learning, present a key opportunity for new homologies and cross-pollination. In this talk we will discuss some of the latest learning rules discovered by each community and their surprising convergence. We will then describe how these rules can be coordinated at scale to take learning networks from perception to decisions, to help solve mature enterprise problems that are ripe for AI applications.
The AIconics are the world’s only independently judged Awards celebrating the drive, innovation and hard work in the international Artificial Intelligence Community.This year’s awards feature 5 categories, recognising industry leaders across a broad spectrum of AI technologies.These awards are an annual fixture of the world’s only event dedicated to AI for Business leaders, The AI Summit, and powered by the credibility of the dedicated news portal aibusiness.org. The Awards Presentation Ceremony takes places in the evening of the 5th of May 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane, in London UK.
Nara Logics has been named a finalist for the Best AI Innovator Award, along with IAG and Creative Virtual. Read more >
Nara Logics has been selected as a finalist in the 'Best B2B Technology' category for the 20th Annual MITX Awards. Held annually by the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, the awards recognize excellence in concepts and creations in marketing and technology produced or developed in New England.
Since 1996 the MITX Awards have grown to become the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the country showcasing the best creative marketing and technological accomplishments emerging from New England. This year over 120 senior leaders from Boston businesses judged entries for the 33 MITX award categories.
“For 20 years, MITX has been celebrating the talented and creative minds across New England -innovators that have made this the thriving technology and innovation hub it has become,” said MITX President Amy Quigley. “This year’s finalists are no exception. The ideas keep getting bigger and bolder. We are thrilled to honor their amazing achievements!”
Nara Logics will be recognized with the other finalists in the category of 'Best B2B Technology' at the 20th Annual MITX Awards Ceremony traditionally attended by over 1,000 of the region’s top marketing, technology and design professionals. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 25th at the Westin Waterfront. This year’s ceremony will include host, Boston legend and comedic superstar Lenny Clarke, technology demos from finalists, select final round judging, networking, and of course, the presentation of the prestigious MITX Awards. Learn more >
David Weldon, Editor-In-Chief, Information Management, April 22, 2016
Data professionals are all about speed in 2016, according to recent discussions at the Strata & Hadoop World conference in San Jose, CA. The reason: most believe they now have the proper data management frameworks in place at their organizations, and it’s time to cash in on the potential benefits.
According to Jana Eggers, CEO at Nara Logics, there is a definite fly in that ointment, however: the continued limitations caused by data silos throughout most organizations. This is causing continued frustration for data pros, who are anxious to see action from their efforts to date.
John Biggs, Technotopia, April 22, 2016
Technotopia talks to Jana Eggers, CEO of Nara Logics, a cognitive assistant to help users understand big data. She talks about the future of real AI in our lives. Listen to the Podcast >
Retailers are looking outside their own walls for the next big thing. Competition is fierce and the stakes are high. To stay ahead, Iterate Studio co-founder Jon Nordmark says retailers must capitalize on existing strengths, stay open to new ideas and be nimble enough to act quickly.
Nordmark’s company is “a global ‘speed dating’ platform for enterprises and startups,” a sort of innovation marketplace where larger companies can partner with pioneers in emerging technologies like deep learning, robotics, 3D printing and drones.
Here’s a look at the startups that pitched retail executives at NRFtech’s inaugural “Tour of the Possible” in San Francisco.
"Summoning the demon: My perspective from the belly of the beast of AI"
Jana Eggers has been in and around the field of artificial intelligence for more than 25 years, which gives her a unique perspective on what's been accomplished in AI and what we're still missing.
See Jana's Startupfest keynote talk, "The state of the art in demon summoning, a.k.a. Artificial Intelligence," from the summer of 2015.
Today, the most frequent AI question Jana gets, is whether Elon Musk is right: are we summoning the demons with AI? She'll share with you a sorted version of machine intelligence to help you decide for yourself. She admits it will not be the sordid version of AI presented by people she respects greatly, like Mr. Musk, Mr. Hawking, and Mr. Gates. You'll learn the current state of machine learning, the players and their tribes, what's possible today and a bit into the future, and where she worries and where not, from the perspective of someone who considers daily if she is, indeed, in the belly of the beast.
Jana Eggers is CEO of Nara Logics, an artificial intelligence company based in Cambridge, with a focus on turning big data into smart actions. She will be speaking at @ HUBweek collaborator, the RIC’s Female Founders event on Tuesday, March 22.
You joined Nara Logics about a year and a half ago. What major factors were behind your decision to join the team?
As my career in software had progressed, I had gotten further from my scientific roots, as a mathematician who had worked in both life and physical sciences as well as computer science. I had a recruiter call me for a reference one day and being a great recruiter, he asked me what my dream job would be. I quipped that I had always said when I “retired” I would go back to Los Alamos and work on tech transfer, because I missed the depth of work in the sciences, so I was wondering if I had to wait for that, and if I could find job that had that combination. We laughed at my pipe dream, and then laughed again when he called me a few months later and said, “I have the perfect job for you. Neuroscience enough science for you?” So that’s the beginning of the story.
Most of the Artificial Intelligence recommendation engines are based on clustering algorithms and a limited number of parameters. Nara Logics is pushing the envelope on releasing both constraints, and going to a more granular level of personalisation.
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AIBusiness.org recently met the energetic team of AI start up Nara Logics, at the headquarters at Cambridge, MA USA. Nara is one of most promising players in field of Neural Networks; their CEO Jana Eggers, joined Nara’s CTO Nathan Wilson and Marketing Lead Sean Lorenz in sharing unique insights on the future of the industry and growth plans for their business. Read more >
Watch Jana Eggers' well-received keynote "When AI joins the team: Onboarding the next generation of employees" from Strata + Hadoop World Singapore. In her talk, Jana looks at what it takes to get started with machine learning projects...and why robots need poop detection sensors!
See Jana Eggers and Nathan Wilson visually demonstrate Nara Logics' synaptic intelligence platform at a Live Quark session at Constellation's Connected Enterprise in November 2015. The goal - help organizations connect their data and customers more meaningfully by leveraging relevant data across multiple lines of business, with the goal of making the customer experience simpler, cleaner and more personal.
Artificial intelligence has been having a heyday lately, with open letters and warnings from Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and other household technology names; and large acquisitions and investments to further the industry’s development. With all this activity, the question of how we develop AI and in what context is something we must not take lightly. Read more >
Spielberg meets Jane Austen? In a way, yes. But this is about an algorithm that uses next-generation artificial intelligence to ‘matchmake’ people’s interests and offer them deeply personalised recommendations, making online search for products and services much easier. In sum, the algorithm replaces your brain, to exaggerate a bit. Read more >
The key to Nara’s technology is personalization, Wilson says. Nara is essentially a matchmaking system that finds and understands entities in any data set, from people and places to businesses and abstract concepts, then builds a massive knowledge graph that shows weighted links between those entities. Wilson says Nara inserts users right into that knowledge graph to offer personalized recommendations. Knowing a bit about the user is what allows Nara to light up other things they might like. And the system can scrape public databases to enhance its knowledge. Read more >
One of the leaders in computational neuroscience is taking a role with Nara Logics, a Cambridge, MA, spinout from MIT that marries advanced brain-science research with computer science to create enterprise software capable of making big data manageable. Read more >
Nara Logics, a Cambridge-based developer of an artificial intelligence recommendation engine, announced today that it has expanded its AI-driven data analysis services to the financial and banking industries. Read more >
There’s a pragmatic approach to the great artificial intelligence debate, one that responsibly answers both the trepidations and aspirations of top scientists and technologists in this field. Read more >
Silicon Valley loves a new fad. To judge by the spate of fundraising by start-ups in recent weeks, it has found one in an idea that is more than half a century old: artificial intelligence. Read more >
Moe and Jana Eggers meet up at the Lean Startup Conference 2014 to talk about Nara, the personalization engine saving the world from an overwhelming ocean of data. Read more >
Many technology companies are now focused on a new kind of method for making sense of data: artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and others. This machine intelligence world has recently exploded and is transforming existing industries and also likely creating entirely new ones. Read more >
A small cluster of restaurants are connected to the majority of the other restaurants in cities like New York and San Francisco. Read more >
Cambridge-based Nara Logics, a company that uses artificial intelligence to integrate its understanding of how the brain works with data that can help businesses, announced this morning that they have raised $6 million in what they are calling a Series A-2. Read more >
Tech exec Jana Eggers is returning to Boston after a three-year stint in South Carolina. Eggers, a former senior executive at Lycos, Intuit, and Spreadshirt, joined Cambridge-based Nara Logics this week as president. The personalization and recommendation startup has raised $7 million from investors since its founding in 2010. Read more >
The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it’s too late. That’s why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process. Read more >
Nara Logics Inc., a Cambridge-based computational neuroscience firm, announced Wednesday that it hired a former Google executive and launched its personalization software for businesses to better understand their customers.
Like a super-simple and more personalized version of Yelp, Nara provides hotel and restaurant recommendations in the US and 30 European cities. Set the type of food you’re looking for and the mood you want for pared down choices. The more you use the app, the more tailored and personalized your results become, since Nara uses artificial intelligence to remember your preferences. You can also link up with your OpenTable account to make a reservation. Read more >
There are as many travel apps out there as there are tourists hitting the beach this summer, but each one provides ideas and recommendations for where to go, what to eat, and what to do in different ways. Read more >
A North American-based hotel and restaurant recommendation website has announced an expansion into the UK and 19 other European markets.
In the decade since Google established itself as the dominant search platform, people have naturally asked the question, what’s will the next generation of search look like? For my money, it wasn’t until I first encountered personalized search platform Nara Logics that I had seen anything approaching a compelling answer. Today, the four-year-old, self-described “computational neuroscience” company uses its technology to power hotel and restaurant recommendations, but the breadth of the potential applications is enormous. Read more >
Mediterranean eatery Oleana and Neptune Oyster restaurant are among the most popular restaurants in Cambridge and Boston, as chosen by users of a Web and mobile app made by Cambridge-based Nara Logics, Inc.
If music recommendation service Pandora and user-generated rating site TripAdvisor had a love child, it might be Nara Logics, a US startup. Read more >
When online services tap into your data under the guise of offering a more personalized set of recommendations, the results can often be disappointing. You, after all, know that you are greater than the sum of your parts and the data that you’re freely giving away is a valuable commodity. What if technology could learn from you, and present you with what you want based on your preferences or tastes as they evolve rather than the vague desires of someone ‘like’ you? Read more >
SingTel has just flipped the switch on the Nara engine for its restaurant site, HungryGoWhere Malaysia, which is expected to help generate smarter recommendation and search results. Read more >
HungryGoWhere is currently testing out a recommendations engine that can create a personalized list of restaurants catered to each visitor’s tastes. The technology, dubbed a "Pandora for restaurants", is licensed from Nara Logics, a startup from the United States. Read more >
When Nara announced its existence to the world at the time of a June 2012 Series A round, it made some pretty enormous promises. The company aimed to reinvent search through the use of machine learning and promised to "organize and personalize the Web just for you." Boasting a team of “neuroscientists, creative artists, computer scientists, astrophysicists and technology and Internet industry veterans,” Nara explained its mission as to create a “Web-scale recommendation engine powered by a brain-like architecture.” Read more >
Social media already adds a personal layer to our online experience, but next-generation Web services are tapping the power of the cloud and massive data sets to bring us a new level of personalization in recommendations and behavioral predictions.
Nara, for instance, has tapped PhDs from MIT to build its personal discovery engine. Currently, Nara serves up restaurant recommendations for users through a neural network. It creates a “Digital DNA” for diners that can then be matched up with others to help groups pick a place to eat. Read more >
SingTel has licensed Nara Logics' restaurant recommendation engine in a bid to give its Digital Life assets a shot in the arm. The deal will see SingTel license Nara’s “Pandora for restaurants” algorithm, which is aimed at creating personalized lists of eating places for users. Read more >
Cambridge startup Nara Logics, which offers data personalization technology that aims to mimic the way the human brain thinks, said Tuesday it has partnered with telecommunications giant Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.
Two weeks ago I arrived late in the day in Singapore after a long flight. I had not done much research about restaurants in town, so I dropped off my bags and wandered to Club Street, a hilly lane of restored traditional shop houses in Chinatown. Lively, attractive restaurants lined the street. I randomly picked one place. It was pretty good as well as expensive, as are many things in super modern Singapore. But I left feeling I might have done better with a little more planning.
I thought about that meal after I learned about Nara Logics, a company that promises to find restaurants that you love anywhere, based on your own preferences. The site calls itself a “personal discovery engine,” which means it painlessly leads you to restaurants based on the data you have entered into the site. Read more >
Searching restaurants on the web can be daunting since you can end up with too many search results with a lot of reviews by strangers. A new personal recommendation website called Nara hopes to make it easier for people to find good restaurants with next-generation artificial intelligence to create a network that gives personal recommendations based on the user’s tastes and interests. Read more >
Never heard of Nara? Don’t worry if you haven’t, because until this week it was only available in select Metropolitan areas. Now the the neuroscience-based restaurant recommendation site has gone national and it could change the way you find restaurants. Read more >
Picking a good restaurant can be a challenge, particularly in places full of good places to eat like San Francisco and New York, and Nara is making the process easier for people around the country. Read more >
Most ways of getting restaurant recommendations rely on the assumption that you have the same taste in food as other people. Whether you seek advice from your food-obsessed friend, a Zagat guidebook or the restaurant critic who writes for your local newspaper, you're essentially hoping and trusting that you will like what someone else has liked in the past. Obviously, this is far from a given.
A new-ish website called Nara is trying to change this, using a concept from neuroscience to generate restaurant recommendations tailored to each user's idiosyncratic preferences. Read more >
Nara Logics has spent the better part of three years building the artificial intelligence necessary to deliver personally relevant search results. The company believes that it is no longer good enough to deliver the most universally relevant results to a given search query, but rather that it’s necessary to deliver results tailored to the individual user’s tastes, preferences, and interests. Read more >
Figuring out where to eat with a group may be a first world problem, but it’s still a problem. Invariably, someone will be really vocal with their preferences, while others will just acquiesce and go along with a decision.
Restaurant recommendation engine Nara has just released a solution. Read more >
The Cambridge-based, restaurant-recommending app called Nara has created "a special filter" to help users decide where to go during Restaurant Week, says the Herald. The article quotes a spokesperson as saying they are "Pandorifying" restaurant selection. Read more >
Back in June, my colleague Lisa DeCanio reported on local startup Nara raising $4 million for its restaurant search engine. Today, the company announced it had raised an additional $3 million, according to the BBJ.
Cambridge startup Nara Logics, which offers a restaurant search engine that aims to mimic the way the human brain thinks, has raised $3 million in new funding to take its site to new cities and expand the technology to other types of recommendations, the company said Friday.