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The Vector Database Index

Measuring the popularity of different Vector Databases. By Ben Lorica and Leo Meyerovich. Introduction Vector databases and vector search are on the radar of a growing number of technical teams. A key driver is that advances in neural networks have made dense vector representations of data more common. Interest has also grown due to theContinue reading “The Vector Database Index”

New open source tools to unlock speech and audio data

Introducing Lhotse, a Python library for handling speech data. By Piotr Żelasko, Jan Vainer, Tomáš Nekvinda, and Ben Lorica. Introduction Of the many voice applications for AI, speech recognition is the most widely known and deployed as a building block of voice assistants. Voice and speech recognition market alone is expected to grow from $9.4Continue reading “New open source tools to unlock speech and audio data”

Confidential Computing and Machine Learning

Measuring the popularity and exploring the readiness of Confidential Computing tools. In order to have a comprehensive data protection and privacy policy, organizations must ensure the confidentiality and integrity of your data in these states: at rest, in use, and in transit. We previously reviewed the ecosystem of tools for protecting data while in use.Continue reading “Confidential Computing and Machine Learning”

Foundation Models: A Primer for Investors and Builders

A non-technical guide and market map. By Kenn So and Ben Lorica. What are foundation models? Foundation models (FM) are a class of machine learning models that are trained on diverse data and can be adapted or fine-tuned for a wide range of downstream tasks. The term “foundation” is controversial among some researchers, but setting asideContinue reading “Foundation Models: A Primer for Investors and Builders”

Summer of Orchestration

From the Data Exchange podcast, we present recent conversations with creators of popular open source data and machine learning orchestration frameworks. Modernizing an organization’s data infrastructure is increasingly difficult without an orchestrator. At a high-level, these are tools that enable developers to write, schedule, monitor, and manage pipelines. In the early stages of gathering andContinue reading “Summer of Orchestration”

Tech companies are gearing up for the Metaverse

Major technology companies are investing in the Metaverse. Enterprises should take early action to stay ahead of the curve. In the aughts, I was a user and proponent of earlier versions of virtual worlds (specifically of Second Life). Unfortunately, the technology was clunky and the user base never really grew beyond a few hundred thousandContinue reading “Tech companies are gearing up for the Metaverse”


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