In this technical demonstration, we propose a cloud-based Big Data Platform for Social Multimedia Analytics called bBridge that automatically detects and profiles meaningful user communities in a specified geographical region, followed by rich analytics on communities’ multimedia streams. The system executes a community detection approach that considers the ability of social networks to complement each other during the process of latent representation learning, while the community profiling is implemented based on the state-of-the-art multi-modal latent topic modeling and personal user profiling techniques. The stream analytics is performed via cloud-based stream analytics engine, while the multi-source data crawler deployed as a distributed cloud jobs. Overall, the bBridge platform integrates all the above techniques to serve both business and personal objectives.
Not too long ago, I was asked to present a tool to some of my clients. It was a simple prototype, where a person would type in a few things (i.e., advertising channel, product and occasion), and in turn, the machine would give a number of sample ads. When I clicked the button, in just a few seconds, the machine spat out several ads complete with images and text. The first comment was, “Wow, that was really fast.” What would take a person a few hours to do, this machine did in but a fraction. There were a lot of other interesting comments, some even pointing out that this machine was really creative. Then one person spoke out, a comment that put the room into an uncomfortable silence, “This thing is going to take my job.”
Many of today’s consumers prefer using digital payment methods such as Apple Pay, PayPal or Venmo to make the purchasing process more convenient. As a business owner, accepting these types of payments can signal to customers that you have a modern, streamlined checkout process. However, customers may lose trust in your brand if your digital payment system isn’t working properly or if there is ever a security breach.
If you do decide to accept digital payment methods, there are a few important things to consider and set up first. Below, a panel of Forbes Technology Council members offers their best advice for ensuring a secure and easy digital payment process.
How fast is quantum computing? By some estimates, quantum computers may be 158 million times faster than the fastest current supercomputer. Many of us may think such power is destined to be a tool used solely for complex scientific calculations, but it may soon play a significant role in functions and industries that impact our everyday lives. Further, while quantum technology could play a tremendous role in improving everything from human health to energy exploration, in unscrupulous hands, our increasingly digital work and personal lives could be at added risk.
Tech experts are clear: The time to prepare for the impacts of quantum computing (both good and bad) is now. Below, 12 members of Forbes Technology Council discuss some of the industries and focuses that could soon be revolutionized by quantum computing.