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We've taken a look at the IT companies that fall within the City of Edinburgh council area, which is particularly known for its finance sector.

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Big Data for Humans was founded by Peter Ellen [ previously founder of Fopp - sold to HMV plc and Maxymiser Inc - sold to Oracle] and Steven Rose [ formerly Maxymiser, Inidcia]. We provide SaaS software that helps retail and travel companies around the world understand who their customers are so they can make more money. Clients include Selfridges,Tesco and AirAsia.

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Many real-world scheduling and routing problems are difficult to solve, for a long time AI techniques worked towards simply finding a feasible solution. It was enough to build a plan for scheduling a production process, organising a set of deliveries or rostering staff, producing an error free plan represented a significant challenge. In many cases such an automated plan might well not be as useful as the plan produced by an experienced supervisor who has an intimate understanding of the business process

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Hi there, could you tell us a little about StartEdin got started and what your mission is as a company?

In the film ‘Back to the Future II’, Doc Brown tells our hero Marty McFly: “the justice system works swiftly in the future now that they've abolished all lawyers.” Doc was referencing an imagined 2015, but in 2016 lawyers are far from being abolished. The legal profession, traditionally slow to embrace technology, is now at least partly embracing the opportunities associated with algorithm driven computer technology. At either end of the opinion spectrum there are two main schools of thought: 1) AI spells the end of the legal profession versus 2) AI provides the profession with opportunities it should embrace.

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Datafest 2017 is an international summit held across two days, March 23rd and 24th, in Edinburgh Scotland. The focus of the summit is to hear from international experts, innovators and other key players to consider the impact that data has on society at large. The hashtag #DataChangesEverything which the festival was announced under is a clear example of the scope and ambitions of the festival, which is organised by Data Labs.

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re:infer is a spin out from the machine learning research group at University College London. We met each other through David Barber a lecturer in machine learning at UCL. I [Ed] did my PhD with David, that’s where I met Marius who started his PhD with David a few years later.

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The problem of assessing the effectiveness of publishing on social media is not a lack of measurement, but rather a paradox of choice: there are so many metrics, but no clear consensus on what the best metric for gauging the effectiveness of the platform might be.

Company Connecting’s Artificial Intelligence Infographic takes a look at the information Company Connecting has on AI companies and their characteristics i.e. skills, size, sectors, and main focus areas. Included in our Artificial Intelligence infographic are companies with related skills including Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning.

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We’re into our second week of our spotlight on Artificial Intelligence here at Company Connecting, and next, we bring you an interview with UK based AI company, Stepsize. Stepsize helps to put software developer’s code into context, and in turn helps them develop better software in less time.