AI programs are constructed within a complex framework that includes a computer's hardware and operating system, programming languages, and often general frameworks for representing and reasoning.
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This is a very important consideration that is often overlooked by many in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). I suspect there are very few academic researchers who understand this aspect. The work performed in academe is distinctly different from the work required to make a product that is sustainable and economically viable. It is the difference between computer code that is written to demonstrate a new discovery and code that is written to support the operations of a company. The former kind turns to be exploratory and throwaway while the the latter kind tends to be exploitive and requires sustainability.
Training unprecedentedly large networks with'codistillation': …New technique makes it easier to train very large, distributed AI systems, without adding too much complexity… When it comes to applied AI, bigger can frequently be better; access to more data, more compute, and (occasionally) more complex infrastructures can frequently allow people to obtain better performance at lower cost. One limit is in the ability for people to parallelize the computation of a single neural network during training. To deal with that, researchers at places like Google have introduced techniques like'ensemble distillation' which let you train multiple networks in parallel and use these to train a single'student' network that benefits from the aggregated learnings of its many parents. Though this technique has shown to be effective it is also quite fiddly and introduces additional complexity which can make people less keen to use it. New research from Google simplifies this idea via a technique they call'codistillaiton'.
Blockchain is a technology that everybody seems to think will revolutionize the global economy. If nothing else, the cryptocurrency boom has produced a flood of VC money that's trying to cash in on every potential application for this distributed hyperledger technology. It's no surprise that the artificial intelligence (AI) community is also trying to board the blockchain train. Blockchain as an AI compute-brokering backbone: AI developers need the ability to discover, access, and consume distributed computing resources when preparing, modeling, training, and deploying their applications. The Cortex blockchain allows users to submit bids, in the form of AI "smart contracts," for running AI algorithms in a distributed, trusted on-demand neural-net grid.
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Dinesh Verma is an IBM Fellow, the company's pre-eminent technical distinction granted in recognition of outstanding and sustained technical achievements and leadership in engineering. Dinesh has worked in IBM Research for nearly 25 years, holds more than 150 patents, is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and heads a team that is focused on Distributed Artificial Intelligence (AI). The IBM THINK Blog caught up with Dinesh recently to talk about his current work, as well as his career at IBM. The following is an excerpt and is part of our Perspectives series featuring stories by and about IBMers who take the "long view." THINK: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at IBM? Dinesh Verma: I lead the Distributed AI team at IBM Research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY.
We consider joint estimation of multiple graphical models arising from heterogeneous and high-dimensional observations. Unlike most previous approaches which assume that the cluster structure is given in advance, an appealing feature of our method is to learn cluster structure while estimating heterogeneous graphical models. This is achieved via a high dimensional version of Expectation Conditional Maximization (ECM) algorithm (Meng and Rubin, 1993). A joint graphical lasso penalty is imposed on the conditional maximization step to extract both homogeneity and heterogeneity components across all clusters. Our algorithm is computationally efficient due to fast sparse learning routines and can be implemented without unsupervised learning knowledge. The superior performance of our method is demonstrated by extensive experiments and its application to a Glioblastoma cancer dataset reveals some new insights in understanding the Glioblastoma cancer. In theory, a non-asymptotic error bound is established for the output directly from our high dimensional ECM algorithm, and it consists of two quantities: statistical error (statistical accuracy) and optimization error (computational complexity). Such a result gives a theoretical guideline in terminating our ECM iterations.
This article discusses the Thirteenth International Distributed AI Workshop. An overview of the workshop is given as well as concerns and goals for the technology. The central problem in DAI is how to achieve coordinated action among such agents, so that they can accomplish more as a group than as individuals. The DAI workshop is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in this field. This year's workshop took place on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State on 28 to 30 July 1994 and included 45 participants from North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.