The year's favorites: The 5 posts you read the most

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The year's favorites: The 5 posts you read the most

This year we've covered a vast range of topics, from health to sports to all the different uses for Artificial Intelligence. We've had many exciting posts, but a few stood out as the ones you, our readers, enjoyed the most!

So, as an end of the year treat, we have collected some of your favorite posts, before we ring in the new year with some fresh new content.

Figure 1. All the Data that is processed should be anonimized and agreggated to protect users 

If you are interested in Big Data, we have rounded up 5 Data courses that are free of charge, and from the comfort of your own home! In this article you can find courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on the most innovative technologies, or start from scratch, now is a good a time as any to check out these courses, and see which one is the best fit for you. 

Blockchain was first conceptualized in 2008, and has grown so much in popularity since then, that it has even been called "the most disruptive technology since the invention of the internet" by some experts. Although blockchain might seem hard to grasp, we have laid out some examples to help you understand what it's all about, and how these "blocks" of information work. Speed, transparency and security are only some of the benefits that blockchain brings. Don't miss the second part of this series here.

First identified in Uganda in 1947, it was not until  2015 that Zika was all over the news. Between 2015 and 2016, there was a massive Zika outbreak in the Americas, leaving many affected by the disease. Transmitted through a mosquito bite, the virus is then easily spread when more people get infected and then bitten. In these cases, mobility data becomes key to understand the spreading of the epidemic. With the help of Big Data, population movements across Colombia, the second country most affected by Zika, were tracked. This mobile data was a low-cost and endless source of valuable information, for identifying human movements at an unprecedented scale.

Digital photography is a market on the rise. Professional and amateur photographers have more tools than ever to capture the perfect image. By 2021, the market is expected to be worth $100.79bn. What role does AI play in all this? By applying Machine Learning, phones like the Google Pixel 2 are now able to detect which parts of the image should be in focus, and which should be blurred for a "bokeh" effect. Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) are also used in photography, to perfect and enhance images, and Neural Networks are also the key for tools like Arsenal, which uses these networks to find which settings will fit the image best. Arsenal does this by comparing the image being taken to a library of thousands of photos it has been trained on.

With the rise of e-commerce and intense competition, traditional retailers face the issue of not getting to know who their customers really are. Online retailers know when, where and what their customer are purchasing, so what could traditional retailers do to keep this competitive edge? La Vaguada Shopping Center in Madrid wanted to better understand their client and face the challenges with the help of LUCA and the insights that using Big Data could provide.

Stay tuned for more, next year will be filled with more Data, more AI and more exciting content!

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