Monday, June 13, 2016

Diego Ventura Sheds Light on AI within the Construction Industry

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG is a podcast hosted by Peggy Smedley centered around the construction industry. "As a new radio show voice for construction equipment technology, the podcast will examine how manufacturers are developing technology that is rapidly enhancing efficiency and reducing operating and maintenance costs, all while maximizing peak performance levels."

During the last week of May, Diego Ventura was invited back by Peggy Smedley to talk about his take on the construction industry, and how he thinks Artificial Intelligence will positively impact that space. He goes into details surrounded four different areas of construction: equipment, administrative, methodology, and post-construction. Click here to hear Diego's insight on this topic. (He joins the show in the third segment.)

Friday, June 10, 2016

How the NBA Finals are Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Players' Moves

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In the midst of the NBA Finals, basketball fans are eagerly anticipating the start of Game 4 in Cleveland tonight. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the two teams: which team is playing better, what players are doing the best, etc. But something fans might not know is how both teams are utilizing Artificial Intelligence to make game-changing tactical moves, A start up called Second Spectrum "uses AI and computer vision techniques to extract a trove of data fro video footage of NBA games. With their software, teams can better understand tendencies and probabilities of complex game strategies by running data-driven analysis that takes seconds - work that previously could take months of human analysis." (Wall Street Journal)

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The Cavs and the Warriors are not the only teams in the NBA to take advantage of this type of technology. About 14 other teams use it to determine where there is room for improvement. Here is an example of what the software can do:

"For example, a team defending a LeBron James pick-and-roll may want to know if a defense works better when James's defender goes over the top of a pick, or if the bigger defender should switch onto James - and when to make that choice different conditions."

We have been watching Artificial Intelligence becoming more of a prominent force within a wide array of industries: consumer electronics, support, IT, health, financial, legal, and now it is playing a larger role within sports. 

Enjoy the weekend! Cheers!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Exclusive Insight on the Internet of Things Coupled with Artificial Intelligence

The Internet of Things (IoT) has continuously developed and matured throughout the past few years. And with 2016 being an explosive year for Artificial Intelligence/ chat bots, coupling IoT and AI is going to have a profound impact on our daily lives. 

Join Diego Ventura, CEO of noHold, on June 23 at 6:30 PM PST as he presents two specific cases in which IoT and AI work together to simplify our lives. This event is sponsored by BAIA Executives and will take place at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Francisco (601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, San FranciscoCA). For more information on the event, please click here. You are also able to RSVP via the meetup webpage.

"Everybody will have a butler at their beck and call, just like Tony Stark in Iron Man. This will open new business opportunities and business models. It will change the way we shop and consume the products we purchase."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Spacecrafts to Space Factories

In light of Throwback Thursday, I was doing some searching on what happened on this day in tech history. According to the blog, June 2, 1966 was when "NASA's lunar lander Surveyor lands in Oceanus Procellarum ("Ocean of Storms") on the Moon, becoming the first US spacecraft to soft-land on an extraterrestrial body." 

Fast forward to 2016, and people are imagining a future with more than just spacecrafts existing in space. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, recently talked about his thoughts on space and AI at this weeks Code Conference. He believes that to sustain the Earth, we should take high-energy production and move it into space. "Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial," he explained. "You shouldn't be doing heavy energy on earth. We can build gigantic chip factories in space." (

Another hot topic at the Code Conference was Artificial Intelligence. Amazon's CEO, as well as CEO's of Google and IBM all went on to emphasize the huge impact they foresee happening with AI in the near future. Even greater than what is happening right now. "Whether we call it AI, cognitive computer, or smart assistants, one thing's for sure. It's real. Tech giants are betting big on it. And we're just beginning to scratch the surface of what AI can do to enhance our lives and our work..." (Fox Business

Friday, May 27, 2016

noHold Recognized as 2016 Best of Milpitas

Having our headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA) has been such a positive experience for noHold. We are able to provide leading brands with exceptional technology, employ some of the brightest people in the industry with the same passion for technology and Artificial Intelligence, and be at the fore front of almost all major tech developments as they surface. 

"Each year, the Milpitas Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community." noHold is honored to be awarded the 2016 Best of Milpitas Award in the category of Computers. 

To read the full press release, click here. 

Cheers to a great Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

noHold Virtual Assistants Integrate with Oracle Knowledge Base

Enhancing the Customer Experience for a Leading Security Software Company

May 26, 2016, MILPITAS, CA –noHold developed a connector that allows a Virtual Assistant to leverage content that is stored in Oracle's knowledge base.

One of the world’s largest dedicated security technology companies, and long-standing customer of noHold, has implemented this type of connector to continue to provide their customers with a world-class customer support experience, without having to transfer existing content to a new knowledge platform.

This security software company needed a way to keep their content in its current location (Oracle), improve the quality of the Virtual Assistant's solutions (embedding the solutions within one interface), and still maintain the diagnostic and intuitive aspect that the Virtual Assistant is known for. Before the connector was in place, the Virtual Assistant answered users’ questions with links directing out to relevant articles hosted on Oracle's site. Now, with the connector, the Virtual Assistant can pull content from Oracle's knowledge base, and display it directly on the Virtual Assistant interface.
This integration has proven beneficial for multiple reasons:
  • Avoid content duplication - eliminates the need to maintain same content in different repositories.
  • Ability to track performance metrics - Metrics captured with the Virtual Assistant can be used to improve content quality in Oracle's knowledge base.
  • Single Point of Search - provides a seamless experience for users.

“Single Point of Search is strategic to providing a consistent end user experience even if content resides in different repositories. In the future, Virtual Assistants will be connected with almost anything we can think of, from repositories of information, to multiple devices, to other Virtual Assistants.” -Diego Ventura, CEO of noHold.

About noHold, Inc.
noHold is a privately held company established in 1999 and is headquartered in Milpitas, CA, USA (Silicon Valley). noHold is the acknowledged leader in Web based Self-service solutions with a mission to deliver real answers to real questions – real fast. Simple to use, easy to implement and as close to human as you can get, noHold turns automated customer support into cognitive customer interactions. noHold customers include Cisco, Dell and a host of industry leaders. More information can be found at or click here to subscribe to Diego’s vlog.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

How Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance the Construction Industry

man in construction hat looking at an iPad on a construction job siteAs we are approaching the middle of the year, we have all been hearing the hype about Artificial Intelligence. It is becoming a part of our every day lives without us realizing it. As Google, Apple, Facebook, and more big tech brands are investing in Artificial Intelligence, this technology is all around us. But as I've mentioned before, tech companies are not the only industry that is benefiting from AI/ Virtual Assistants. 

Recently, Diego Ventura, noHold's CEO, was invited to speak with Peggy Smedley on ConExpo-Con/Agg Radio. "As a new radio show voice for construction equipment technology, the podcasts will examine how manufacturers are developing technology that is rapidly enhancing efficiency and reducing operating and maintenance costs, all while maximizing peak performance levels" ( Diego will discuss how he foresees AI fitting into the construction industry.

He will call in to the show on May 31st at 10:30 AM CT. You can access the podcast by following this link and then clicking the 'Listen Live on Tuesday at 10am' link in the third paragraph. 

Have a great weekend!