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Nvidia Will See Tougher Competition in AI, but It’s Hardly Time to Panic

“Intel has made impressive claims about the NNP’s memory bandwidth, I/O connectivity and (thanks to a unique architecture it calls Flexpoint) processing efficiency” writes Eric Jhonsa for thestreet.com. And as noted in a recent column by The Information, quite a few chip startups are now also taking aim at Nvidia.Whereas the first-gen TPU (unveiled in 2016) could only handle AI inference work (e.g., running AI algorithms against real-world requests), a competitive space in which Intel, Nvidia, Xilinx (XLNX) and others participate, the second-gen version can also handle training, a field…

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AI in 2017 can’t nearly match the smarts of ‘Star Wars’ droids — it barely understands us

“One of these complicated machines, Google’s AlphaGo Zero, made giant news in 2017” writes Mark Kaufman for mashable.com. But while smarter machines may have entered our lives in 2017, humanity’s AI is still in its elementary stages.Why, in the great realm of AI  evolution, our machines are like primordial fish trying to leave the ocean. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Monex to launch new AI service for Forex traders

“Japanese online trading company Monex Inc, a subsidiary of Monex Group, Inc. (TYO:8698), is planning its next push into Artificial Intelligence” reports financefeeds.com. The main goal of the new service, whose launch is scheduled for January 2018, is to help Forex traders improve their trading strategy.We have to wait to see whether this technology will be able to solve the riddles of the Forex market too. More than 1,000 patterns of portfolio combinations are available to help customers manage their assets on their own policy.The company has unveiled a partnership with…

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Andrew Ng’s Landing.ai wants to bring artificial intelligence to the manufacturing industry, starting with Foxconn

“The manufacturing industry is the first focus of the company, though Ng is clearly looking to expand beyond this initial vertical” writes Minutes Ago Josh for techcrunch.com. The idea here is to help bring AI to industries outside the traditional IT world.Landing.ai’s first strategic partner is Foxconn and Ng says he’s been working with them since July.For the whole world to experience benefits of AI, it must pervade many industries, not just the IT industry.” So what will Landing.ai actually do?.  Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back into China, Announces A.I. Center

“On Wednesday, it unveiled a small but symbolically significant move toward that end: a China-based center devoted to artificial intelligence” writes Carlos Tejada for nytimes.com. Google said the center would have a team of experts in Beijing, where the company has hundreds of employees in research and development, as well as other roles.The center will be led by Fei-Fei Li, who runs Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and leads the artificial intelligence arm of Google’s Cloud business, and Jia Li, the head of research and development for the A.I. division…

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Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China

“Besides publishing its own work, the Google AI China Center will also support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research community,” Li said” writes Sherisse Pham for cnn.com. Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted in September that whoever becomes the leader in artificial intelligence “will become the ruler of the world.”. Its artificial intelligence unit DeepMind teamed up with Chinese authorities to hold a five-day festival in the country earlier this year.The Chinese government is aggressively using…

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AI and augmented reality could make fixing your router a little more bearable

“By identifying the products and problems over AR, the human customer service reps are, essentially, training their robot replacements” writes Dec Est for theverge.com. They send you a text with a link to a web app, which you tap to access TechSee’s platform on your browser.This then lets a customer service rep see a live view from your phone’s camera.TechSee’s platform will be doing this training in the background, even as it provides its human-assisted AR platform; giving companies an on-ramp to automation without extra expense.That’s the proposition from Israeli…

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Nvidia teams up with Japan’s Komatsu to make building sites safer using AI

“(Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp will partner with Japanese construction and mining firm Komatsu Ltd to use its artificial intelligence (AI) technology to make building sites safer” writes Sanjana Shivdas for businessinsider.com. Komatsu will use Nvidia graphics processing units to visualize and analyze construction sites, Nvidia said on Tuesday.”Future machines will perceive their surroundings and be continuously alert, helping operators work more efficiently and safely,” Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang said. Its shares have soared 79 percent since the beginning of the year, powered largely by these expansion efforts….

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Google is blocked in China, but that’s not stopping it from opening an AI center there

“Google’s parent Alphabet said in a statement that it had launched the Google AI China Center on Wednesday in Shanghai, the company’s first facility of its kind in Asia” writes Str Afp for cnbc.com. With AI talent in short supply, Google’s latest push in China is also an opportunity for the company to snap up top researchers in the world’s second-largest economy.Google’s popular search service might be blocked on the Chinese mainland, but that’s not stopping the company from expanding its presence in the country’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector. Source: cnbc.com…

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Google to Open Beijing AI Center in Latest Expansion in China

“But the company says the AI center is more focused on attracting top-notch researchers coming out of China, rather than data” writes David Ramli for bloomberg.com. Artificial intelligence applications like image recognition only become accurate and useful once they are fed with huge reams of detailed user data.Without a strong Chinese user base, Google doesn’t have data that goes that deep on people in the country. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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