Recently, Primer was named one of the Best Midsize Companies to Work For in the Bay Area. This was our first time making it on this list, and I’m especially proud because it happened in 2020 - a year when we needed to push outside our comfort zone and think innovatively about our culture.
If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore.
On Oct. 14, Facebook and Twitter made the decision to remove a dubious New York Post story from their platforms—provoking heated debate in the internet’s various echo chambers. The article in question purportedly revealed influence peddling by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, and the social media giants suspected that the uncorroborated claims were based on hacked or fabricated correspondences.
Today I’m thrilled to announce the addition of retired General Raymond Anthony “Tony” Thomas III (USA) and retired Lieutenant General VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson (USAF) to Primer’s Advisory Board. As two of the DoD’s top former leaders, they possess extensive experience implementing emerging technologies to support national security priorities. Their counsel and strategic advice will help us continue to strengthen our partnership with the Defense and Intelligence Communities.
Today, I’m excited to announce that Primer has won a multi-million dollar Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and enhance the machine learning capabilities of our airmen and special operations forces.
Today, we're thrilled to announce the public launch of Primer Labs.
Labs is a free, public facing platform where we’ll showcase the evolving machine learning technology that powers Primer. We designed Labs to be accessible and intuitive, emphasizing interactive experiments that will appeal to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned data scientist, or just curious about artificial intelligence and want to experience it for the first time.
What do Qassem Soleimani, Mohammed Bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have in common?
If you have been following news in the Middle East and North African region, you probably guessed correctly. These are the names of highly influential figures in Middle Eastern geopolitics over the last several years.
Swiss scientists have shown how randomly testing the population can allow for a reboot of the economy much quicker and more safely than waiting the 14-day period for symptoms to show.
Today I’m thrilled to announce the addition of Susan “Sue” M. Gordon as a strategic advisor to the Board and Brett McGurk as an independent Board Director. As two of the nation’s most distinguished national security and foreign policy experts, their remit will be to strategically guide the direction and expansion of Primer’s product offerings to the world's largest government agencies, financial institutions, and Fortune 50 companies.
There were 1646 new COVID-19 research papers and scientific articles published in the past 7 days bringing the total number of papers published to 6140.
Computational warfare and disinformation campaigns will, in 2020, become a more serious threat than physical war, and we will have to rethink the weapons we deploy to fight them.
There have been 960 new research papers and scientific articles published in the 7 days from April 6th to April 12th bringing the total number of papers to 3993 papers. The growth of research into COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2 continues to increase exponentially with a doubling time of 14.5 days.
In early April, Primer's Senior Director for National Security, Brian Raymond sat down with Cipher Brief COO Brad Christian to discuss how machine learning is impacting national security. What follows is a lightly edited version of the State Secrets podcast.
Automatic text summarization is one of the most challenging and most valuable commercial applications of natural language processing. Saving the typical business or intelligence analyst even just half an hour per day of unnecessary reading is worth billions of dollars.
Science is one of humanity’s most important weapons in the fight against COVID-19. It is through science that we will understand how COVID-19 spreads through a population, how it interacts with the cells in our lungs, and how it jumped from animals to humans. It is also through science that we will create vaccines and treatments to stop this pandemic. Since the virus was first observed in China in December 2019, there have been over 2,500 articles written by over 8,000 authors in PubMed, arXiv, MedRxiv, and BioRxiv. In total, we estimate that this research represents hundreds of thousands of hours of work from some of the brightest minds in the world.
Primer's NER model has surpassed the previous state of the art models of Google and Facebook on F1 accuracy score. Graph adapted from Sebastian Ruder, DeepMind.
Applying machine learning at Primer to extract all the people, places, and things named in Harry Potter fan fiction books
Welcome to the age of machine-generated headlines.
NLP technologies are also eroding the tradeoff analysts historically have had to make between making timely judgments and judgments based on a comprehensive analysis of available intelligence. These technologies are enabling analysts to read-in each morning in a fraction of the time, and interact with all of the reports hitting their inboxes each day, not just those flagged as highest priority or from the most prominent press outlets. The effect of these algorithms goes beyond accelerating the speed and scale that individual analysts can operate, to also mitigating hitherto unavoidable analytic biases associated with source bias. This is lowering the cost analysts face for pursuing hunches, exploring new angles to vexing issues, and creating time for them to learn about new issues.
Enterprise software has typically been a challenge to get in the hands of customers, especially when it involves integration with their own infrastructure. By leveraging cloud native technologies, Primer has seen decreased implementation time and effort with its customers.
Human-generated knowledge bases like Wikipedia have excellent precision but poor recall. To help the humans, we created a self-updating knowledge base that can describe itself in natural language. We call it Quicksilver.
We’re thrilled to be recognized by the World Economic Forum today as a 2018 Technology Pioneer. Primer is one of the 61 companies selected from around the world building technologies that are having a significant impact on both business and society.
It has become standard practice in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community. Release a well-optimized English corpus model, and then procedurally apply it to dozens (or even hundreds) of additional foreign languages. These secondary language models are usually trained in a fully unsupervised manner. They're published a few months after the initial English version on ArXiv, and it all makes a big splash in the tech press. But can English-trained models be naively extended to supplementary non-English languages, or is some native-level understanding of a language required prior to a model update?
Let's get our hands dirty and train a state-of-the-art deep learning model to summarize news articles. We'll introduce TensorFlow, discuss how to set up the training task, and present some tips for implementing a seq-to-seq model using RNNs. Once we have a working model, we'll dive into some insights for how to train the model much more quickly (decreasing time from three days to under half a day).
We analyzed the things journalists described with color in 33 million English-language news articles published in 2017. This was the year of black holes, white supremacists, and pink hats.
We love getting more information: from news, social media, and even blog posts. Given the bottleneck of reading long-form text, wouldn't it be amazing if we could immediately grasp their main ideas?
Algorithmically generating human-level summaries is a challenging task: it requires identifying entities, concepts, and relationships, and converting learned information into grammatical sentences. In this post, we'll look at how the latest deep learning methods, using recurrent neural networks and attention mechanisms, try to achieve these tasks to bring you smarter summaries.
At Primer we deploy natural language processing (NLP) pipelines that need to support many different languages, including English, Russian and Chinese. One powerful NLP approach is to apply machine learning techniques on raw text by representing words as vectors. In this post, we look at how to encode Chinese words as vectors. But are algorithms developed for English NLP effective on Chinese text? How can we take advantage of the unique linguistic features of the Chinese language?
What would a map of the world's attention look like? What if you compared Russian vs. English speakers? We chose the topic of terrorism to test out our first prototype of this visualization. We call it a diff map.
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