"Taiwan has been the epicenter of the PC revolution, and it will serve as a key center for the next industry revolution focused on AI," said NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. "We are delighted to be working closely with MOST to ensure that Taiwan fully harnesses the power of this technological wave." "AI is the key to igniting Taiwan's next industrial revolution, building on the long-established strength of our IT manufacturing capabilities," said Dr. Liang-Gee Chen, Minister of Science and Technology. "Our focus is on drawing academics, industry and young talent into our AI Grand Plan to create an ecosystem based on AI innovation." Under the agreement, the National Center for High-Performance Computing will build Taiwan's first AI-focused supercomputer powered by NVIDIA DGX AI computing platforms and Volta architecture-based GPUs.
I've said before that Computex is ASUS' show -- and what better demonstration than having the recently-elected President of Taiwan "talk" to your newly announced home robot? Crowd noise necessitated several repeated commands to ASUS' Zenbo play some music, but if it was apparently a live demonstration (ASUS' PR affirmed to our Engadget Chinese colleagues that it was), then it's pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the Zenbo's SOS "lifesaving" feature failed in the midst of the trade show chaos. Check out the successful part of the interaction between world leader and... 600 house robot, right after the break.
TAIPEI – A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice. Chen Forng-Shean, who has also sculpted the face of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong on rice, said the staple was a fitting medium for his work because it met the basic needs of ethnic Chinese. "Rice gives nourishment to the proverbial belly of the ethnic Chinese people. I used rice (as a medium) to encourage Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, hoping that she can take care of the common people, so they don't need to endure hunger, and improve their financial situation," he said. He outlined the facial features and accompanying Chinese characters with a needle-point pen onto the surface before carving and then dabbing black paint into the grooves.