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Microsoft Azure, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence! – LUIS

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Azure, which is Microsoft’s great platform for virtualizing an Active Directory environment, or at least that is what it started out being. Since its introduction in October of 2008 and its release into the production for masses on February 1st, 2010, Azure has grown into a lot more than just a virtual Active Directory. Azure has now become the world’s largest platform for virtual technology. This includes app development, deployments, and the introduction of PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS. These technological advancements within the Azure space allows Azure to not only be manipulated, but also enhanced to include Machine Learning.

Machine Learning is the next phase in technological revolution. Machine Learning gives the life to systems allowing them to self-correct and self-rewrite their programming to be more fundamentally correct. Machine Learning is already in most of the products that we use daily such as Amazon’s Echo which utilizes speech to determine products and services that best suite you, the consumer.  Other examples are Siri within the iPhone, Cortana with Windows, and Google Assistant. All these technologies work together with a simple purpose. That purpose is to learn the habits and functions of human beings to become better and more sufficient.

The connection flag ship with allows all these devices and machine learning products to interface is called IoT or the Internet Of Things. IoT connects devices such as your smart phone, home security, bluetooth enabled appliances, and more on to one unified management platform that they call interconnect and they are easier to manage. IoT is the next wave in technological advancement being presented by Microsoft along with other large competitors such as Amazon and Google. IoT is becoming the next big thing when it comes to full home automation. Machine learning interprets all information being gathered from analytics, bots, IoT experiences, including conversational components into a spoken dialogue called LU. LU or Language Understanding determines the intent of a sentence including the machine-enabled meaning representation.

In an effort in increase Machine Learning, Microsoft has launched LUIS which is its Language Understanding Intelligent Service. LUIS will allow Software developers to create cloud-based machine learning LU models that are designed around their specific application domains. This allows the code to be written and interpreted with very little Machine Learning experience. LUIS is now a cloud-based application which does most of the background work for Machine Learning in the background while giving users the agility and flexibility to cater the experience more towards their application and organization.  The application uses user experiences from the developer and learns how to obtain an HTTP endpoint in Azure which will then receive real-time traffic.  This is called “Active Learning”.  Through these “Active Learning” utterances, LUIS identifies the key features needed to make the experience and solution unique to that user.  These active learning sessions are done until optimum levels of requirements are met. Bear in mind that active learning is also utilizing machine learning, so the learning curve is very small, while the results are extraordinarily accurate.

LUIS runs off of three main functions and they can be categorized as Intents, Utterances, and Entities. All three aspects engage LUIS functionality and ability to learn the user habits. A more detailed overview of these functions are listed below:


Intents: The input done by a user to express actions with a purpose that the user wishes to perform or a goal which the user is trying to accomplish.  This could be as simple as booking flight, hotel, or pulling up a newspaper article. The name of the action can then be associated with the action.


Utterances: This can be a combination of text inputs that regulate an action to obtain results. Such actions in a text can be “check flight status” or “what was the score from the game?”.  Because of so many variations to an utterance, they may not always be perfectly formed sentences, but all desire a intent.

Entities: An entity is a specific detail within an utterance which governs the direction the utterance will take.  An example of this is “hotels in Jamaica”. “Jamaica” is the location. LUIS can determine the location, then using the other intents to understand the utterance, then provide a response.


LUIS utilizes powerful entity extractors for it to achieve learning capabilities and become more successful with its responses. LUIS allows developers to quickly build language understanding applications. The applications can then combine with customizable pre-built apps to include music, dictionaries, calendars, and devices. Through interaction with the developer and the information being constantly pulled from the internet, the learning, and solutions that LUIS provides becomes more intuitive with each use.  Once the applications are created using LUIS, the app can then be customized and tailored to the users which the app is designed for giving all of them that unique experience.

LUIS uses two ways to build a model, that is through “LUIS.ai web app” and “Authoring APIs”. Whether the user goes with the LUIS.ai web app or the Authoring APIs, they both give control over the LUIS model definition.  Another fundamental and creative method that developers have found is to combine both to build a model.  Management within the model includes models, versions, external APIs, collaborations, training, and testing.

LUIS is another segment in the Machine Learning process in the revolution of Artificial Intelligence. As machines begin to learn increasingly about human behavior and what we like, they also become aware of errors that we make including how to fix or to alleviate the errors all together.  Error free, automation, increase in productivity, and cutting cost is the motive behind AI. The Microsoft Azure cloud space is proving to be a formidable place for this technology to not only thrive but to maximize on limitless possibilities. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will ensure that we provide updates to our supporters as we are a trusted Microsoft Partner and a certified Microsoft Cloud Partner.

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New Tech Possible Use in Mayweather Vs. McGregor Fight! Blending Physical with Tech!

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Now who in the world of technology, sports, or entertainment has not heard of the huge Main Event on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. The main event which I am speaking of is McGregor Vs. Mayweather. This fight has been all over the news since the beginning of the name calling, extravagant photo scenes, press conferences, and live appearances by both boxers to show their personalities. From the young to the old which has a television, smartphone, tablet, computer, radio, or just general access to the internet has heard of this event for months in the making. McGregor coming from a Mixed Martial arts background winning multiple titles to Mayweather which is an undefeated boxing legend, both these box office smashers bring a plethora of experience from different arenas to this one history making event.  These two titans are engaged to a battle which will reveal one victor.

As sports fans and entertainment enthusiasts gather to watch the event either live or via multiple broadcasting platforms, technology experts are geared up to see the possibility of the introduction of a new technology to the Main Event arena. This new technology which we speak of is called “StrikeTec”. These are wearable sensors which the boxers would wear to keep track of their movements, force, number of punches thrown, and speed. This valuable data can give accurate information which the naked eye can sometimes miss and data that can be further used for training and even gaming software.

The StrikeTec wearable sensors progress and learn along with the user. The more the user wears the devices is the more accurate the data is evaluating the performances and giving meaningful insights and reports designed to increase performance.  Coaches can use the data to determine the force of a punch, the speed at which the punches are being thrown, and determine the exhaustion rate more accurately than ever. More than just using previous techniques that have been effective in the past, this data can prove that technology can blend naturally with physical improvement.




The sensors themselves are 7mm in height and 18mm in length. The sensors are attached to the user’s wristband and communicates via Bluetooth to the StrikeTec Boxing Training App. The user’s routines, and current stats are translated into real-time data which is used to determine how the coach will increase or decrease the boxer’s activities during a fight.


Between Mayweather and McGregor, it is possible to see this technology being utilized to analyze how the boxers are performing and how the coaches communicate with them. Even though unconfirmed that McGregor and Mayweather fight will be using this exact technology, the boxing and technology world is a buzz with the possibilities that technology and boxing are blending in this huge Main Event.

For the gamers amongst us, this data will surely be used in future games to be brought out by EA sports and other large gaming companies. Previously the data from fights and training of these boxers were either compiled through the naked eye in the past or through suits the boxers wear with multiple sensors to monitor movement. The data used in previous games was sometimes viewed as biased, however, with the current evolution of technology and its accuracy gamers are certain to get more accuracy with their games. This invaluable data which is currently being captured by StrikeTec is not only being transitioned from boxing, but into other sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, and Kickboxing. As the water resistant capabilities expand with this technology, swimming and other water sports are sure to follow in the line of sports that this technology will be used to monitor athletes! IT GURUS OF ATLANTA is always there at the edge of cutting edge technology and we will embrace the efforts of StrikeTec as they expand their growing reaching in the sporting arena.










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