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Firewalls, in their most basic form, protect systems and network by limiting access to (and from) source and destination addresses and ports. By doing this, they limit the external attack surface, so...
Answered by: Doug Kersten
Chief Information Security Officer
As machine learning (ML) becomes more accessible and more businesses start to use it, there can be a lot of confusion around some of the common terminology used. Unfortunately, machine learning...
Answered by: Andrew Amann
CEO and co-founder, NineTwoThree Venture Studio
The typical answer when someone describes the difference between batch processing and stream processing is that batch data is collected, stored for a period of time, and processed and put to use at...
Answered by: Rob Malnati
COO, thatDot
On one hand, artificial intelligence can improve cybersecurity in many ways. On the other hand, it's a devastating tool in the hands of malicious hackers. What's the truth?The GoodArtificial...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into health care is revolutionizing the delivery of care. Right now, hospitals are buying AI systems, not with the intention of replacing humans, but...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
Artificial Intelligence systems essentially involve two main ingredients: Code and Data. The code reflects AI model or algorithm which is trained using the data. The conventional model-centric AI...
Answered by: Dr. Tehseen Zia
Assistant Professor at Comsats University Islamabad
How is AI technology going to affect the workplace in the near future?First things first – there's no such thing as "the effect of AI on jobs in general." Each industry and sector...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
There are several ways IT pros and business professionals can show off their knowledge of machine learning (ML) basics in a job interview. It all comes down to explaining simply and clearly how ML...
Unstructured data can be very valuable to a business in many different kinds of scenarios. It can help organizations discover new insights by analyzing data that isn't stored in a relational...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
When people use machine learning without investing enough time in planning, it’s no surprise that the results will be inferior.Project managers and other stakeholders who fall into this...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
I think I look at this a little different than most. At the very minimum, you need mid-level Excel skills, curiosity, critical thinking and the ability to learn quickly. Excel is pretty much the most...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and fake news seem to be inescapably linked together. On one hand, critics of the newest technologies claim that AI and automation processes have been instrumental in...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
The idea that “technology” may cause addiction and brain damage is likely nothing but a vastly exaggerated misconception. Although it’s not exactly a “myth” since the...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
As one of the top tools for machine learning (ML), Google's TensorFlow open-source resource pack for neural networks and machine learning projects has a lot of practical applications in this...
As one of the most fundamental questions in the technology world, this one is a little tough to answer. The long and short of it is that self-driving cars, or autonomous cars, could be safer than...
Professionals involved in working on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have been making a lot of money for a while. The reasons for the current explosion in the salaries of these tech-savvy...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
It's a big question – all over the IT industry, cybersecurity professionals are very much in demand. Companies need help circling the wagons, protecting trade secrets and sensitive data...
There are many ways that companies can use virtual machine use cases to learn more about how virtualization components work in a virtual architecture. Use cases can identify how the virtual machine...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
There are a few different reasons why people are talking about the “tipping point” of machine learning and how this type of technology will apply to future applications.First, as the...
Answered by: Justin Stoltzfus
Contributor, Reviewer
Natural language processing (NLP) is one of the latest applications of artificial intelligence (AI). NLP allows computers to process and understand the complexities of human language, and derive...
Answered by: Claudio Buttice
Data Analyst, Contributor
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