Conversations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) range from the extremely progressive views on the possibilities it offers to the other side of the spectrum where the chatter is all humdrum and the fear of losing jobs to machines overtakes everything else. Well, the fact is, both perspectives are right and matter equally.
Engineers and product managers at Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino these days are obsessed with the idea of embedding artificial intelligence (AI) into every aspect of consumer’s digital touch points. That’s because Apple chief Tim Cook wants AI to be like air, all pervasive yet invisible.
With more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally, Facebook Inc.-owned messaging application WhatsApp undoubtedly knows how to keep consumers engaged on its network. Will WhatsApp, however, be able to gain similar traction when it eventually launches its payment and WhatsApp for Business apps?
On March 2, 2017 Symantec announced the launch of Symantec Ventures – its latest effort to help startups by contributing capital, reducing expenses and accelerating time to market. Per the company, Symantec Ventures is the next step post its partnership with Frost Data Capital Partner in 2015. Initially while the company aimed to foster up to 10 Security and IoT Analytics startups per year, with Symantec Ventures it plans to further its investment in areas like Machine Learning and Security Analytics.
On 12 June, 2016 Symantec announced its agreement to acquire Blue Coat for USD 4.65 billion.
As a result of this acquisition, the company will now have 385,000 customers, a vast repository of data sources and over 3,000 researchers and engineers worldwide. Post this acquisition, Symantec will have USD 4.4 billion in combined revenue (on pro-forma, non-GAAP basis) in FY16. By the end of FY18, Symantec expects to realise USD 550 million in run-rate cost savings. In addition, the combined entity will have access to vast Security and Threat Intelligence data sources including Telemetry gathered from 175 million protected endpoints; more than 2 billion emails scanned per day; 1.2 billion web requests monitored per day across 55 languages; 12,000 Cloud applications monitored and controlled.