Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said AI would drive long-term demand because it is the "single most powerful force of our time." Nvidia reported earnings and revenues that beat analysts' expectations as demand for graphics and artificial intelligence chips picked up in the second fiscal quarter. Huang also said his company's near-term growth will come from gaming and a couple of variants of the company's artificial intelligence chip business: inferencing and AI at the edge. During a conference call with analysts, Huang said artificial intelligence is the "single most powerful force of our time" and that there are more than 4,000 AI startups working with the company -- as compared to 2,000 AI startups in April 2017. In an interview with VentureBeat, Huang said the actual number of AI startups Nvidia is tracking is closer to 4,500.
Sony has revealed the first details of the PS5, giving a wide-ranging look at what's inside the brand new console. The console will include a whole host of new hardware including CPUs and GPUs that can power technologies never before seen outside of the highest end computers, PlayStation claimed. But perhaps it's most significant new feature, which it says will be "a true game changer", is a new hard drive. The much faster solid state drive will allow the console to work far more quickly than existing hardware. An operation that once took 15 seconds will now take less than one, according to its architect Mark Cerny, who revealed the plans in an interview with Wired.
Artificial intelligence may seem like a futuristic concept, but we're already experiencing it in real ways in our lives, whether we know it or not -- in areas including speech recognition, spam filters and even loan processing. And AI is only going to get more sophisticated from here. That was one of the messages from Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Etzioni spoke with us for this week's episode of the GeekWire radio show and podcast. Our conversation comes amid a boom in everyday AI, from self-driving cars to a computer that has mastered the game of Go. Microsoft put its stake in the ground with an AI-driven vision that CEO Satya Nadella calls "Conversation as a Platform," with virtual agents working on our behalf. Etzioni takes a much more optimistic view of AI than some of his peers. "The existential risk is just way overblown," he says. "It's much more likely that an asteroid will strike the Earth and annihilate life as we know it than AI will turn evil. Listen to the show below, download the MP3 here, and continue reading for an edited transcript of this week's show. Todd Bishop: Oren, in your current position, you really have a sense for the state of artificial intelligence. I think a lot of people out there see it in their daily lives in a very primitive form. They're watching Google's DeepMind beat a world champion Go player. The potential of artificial intelligence is there in a rudimentary form.
Despite his own role in the advancement of artificial intelligence, Elon Musk has long warned that the technology built by humans could one day lead to our destruction. And, the tech giant has now revealed he's kept a'wary eye' on the growth of AI for years as an investor in DeepMind, which was acquired by Google in 2014. While humans may be able to stop a runaway algorithm, there would be'no stopping' a large, centralized AI that calls the shots, Musk argues in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. Despite his own role in the advancement of artificial intelligence, Elon Musk has long warned that the technology built by humans could one day lead to our destruction. And, the tech giant has revealed he's kept a'wary eye' on the growth of AI for years as an investor in DeepMind Last summer, when asked at the Code Conference in southern California if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was'yes', Elon Musk said the answer is'probably'.