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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Why chatbots still leave us cold

Why chatbots still leave us cold

A competition administered by Facebook's AI researchers, with help from Microsoft and others, shows the state of the art in getting machines to engage in chit chat is still soul-crushingly boring and nonsensical. New technology and benchmarks may help down the road.

February 8, 2019 by in Artificial Intelligence

Ciena uses machine learning to heal the scars, horror of network management

Ciena uses machine learning to heal the scars, horror of network management

Network management has classically been a bit like building the pyramids, constructing elaborate systems of rules to anticipate every possible combination of network problems. Ciena’s Kailem Anderson, who heads up engineering for the company’s Blue Planet software division, argues that deep learning can figure out those possible failure scenarios with much less sweat and toil.

April 18, 2019 by in Artificial Intelligence

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