Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has announced that The Globe and Mail has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider and standard for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads. A range of AWS ML services including Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Rekognition, and Amazon Textract are helping reporters and editors more effectively find, tell, and promote stories that matter to their audience without the need for manual review, custom code, or machine learning experience. The Globe runs applications like its recommendation engine and its proprietary Sophi predictive analytics platform on AWS. The Sophi platform uses AWS services, including Amazon SageMaker, to learn how readers respond to and engage with content. Using machine learning systems trained by news editors, it can predict how valuable a story is likely to be prior to publication. This helps the team identify which stories should go behind a paywall, as well as which content should be promoted, when, where, and for how long. The Globe also uses Amazon Polly, turning readers into listeners by converting text articles to audio in English, French, and Mandarin, including the newly unveiled Amazon Polly Newscaster voices.
SMPTE, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, has announced the full lineup for its annual technical conference and exhibition. SMPTE 2019 will be held Oct. 21-24 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. A redesigned conference schedule this year features concurrent sessions, Monday through Wednesday, with 40 papers to be discussed on topics ranging from machine learning and artificial intelligence tech in professional content creation; new compression techniques and implementations; advances in audio; standards-based security in collaborative media spaces; and more. In addition to technical sessions and exhibits, SMPTE 2019 will include sponsored “pop-up” happy hours offering opportunities for face-to-face interaction between attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. Find a detailed schedule and registration info here.
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