Tiernan Ray

Contributing Writer

Tiernan Ray has been covering technology and business for over 24 years. He was most recently technology editor for Barron's where he wrote daily market coverage for the Tech Trader blog and wrote the weekly print column of that name. He has also worked for Bloomberg and SmartMoney, and for the prestigious ComputerLetter newsletter covering venture capital investments in tech. His work has been published in the New York Times, Fortune magazine, and CNN Money. He is a graduate of Princeton University and a native of New York City.

Tiernan Ray has no direct investments in any securities whatsoever. His only investments are a 401K plan managed by Fidelity that is invested in a variety of broad security classes across different funds.

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Facebook pumps up character recognition to mine memes

Facebook pumps up character recognition to mine memes

Facebook described how they applied convolutional neural networks, already widely used for image recognition, to detect whether there's text in an image and then transcribe that text. It could be useful for helping visually impaired users, though the immediate appeal of the system would seem to be to mine the vast quantities of internet memes being uploaded by the millions.

September 11, 2018 by in Artificial Intelligence

Is IBM’s AI demonstration enough for a quantum killer app?

Is IBM’s AI demonstration enough for a quantum killer app?

IBM reports results of running a machine learning classifier on two qubits of its "IBM Q" quantum computer. The researchers haven't yet found the "quantum advantage" over classical computing, but are hopeful they're going in the right direction. Is there approach of massive compute enough to dispel deep learning's fascination with hierarchies of representation?

March 19, 2019 by in Artificial Intelligence