Nvidia has revealed its new EGX edge supercomputing platform, a new push from the chipmaker to put GPUs at the forefront of artificial intelligence, IoT and 5G network infrastructure for edge environments such as factory floors, manufacturing inspection lines and city streets. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said the new EGX platform, announced at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles on Monday, has already been adopted by Walmart, BMW, Procter & Gamble, Samsung Electronics, NTT East as well as the cities of San Francisco and Las Vegas. In addition, the company announced a new EGX integration with Microsoft Azure for edge-to-cloud AI capabilities. The new high-performance, cloud-native EGX platform, which combines Nvidia's CUDA-X software libraries and Nvidia's certified GPU servers and devices, is targeting demanding compute workloads that need to be processed close to where the data is collected. "We've entered a new era, where billions of always-on IoT sensors will be connected by 5G and processed by AI," Jensen Huang, Nvidia's CEO and founder, said in a statement.
We'll find out this week what the tech giant is planning and how virtual and augmented reality factor into its goal to remain the world's most valuable company, as well as updates on the world's most popular operating system, Android, and possibly details on a return to China. On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre -- a 15-minute walk from his office at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters -- and deliver an update on the company's current and coming projects. Nominally a conference for developers, Google I/O is really a way of keeping everyone updated on what it is working on, to help give products that are underperforming a promotional push and to remain in the public eye about other projects that may have slipped from the public memory due to being in development so long. Last year, it was all about a big update to Android; the previous year Google pushed Android TV and Android Wear; in 2013 it was the launch of Google Music; and 2012 saw a team of skydivers drop onto the Moscone Center stage in San Francisco during the keynote, shooting their exploits on Google Glass and live streaming it to an awestruck audience. This year, while we will hear about Android, Chrome OS, driverless cars and Project Ara, the big focus will be on the tech world's hot topic: virtual reality.
Data privacy is a continually growing concern in the wake of news of election tampering and Cambridge Analytica scandals. As the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take full effect, it's not only big corporations that need to be wary of protecting their users' privacy. Facebook is now partnering with TeachPrivacy in the US for community events held to train small and medium businesses on ten specific things they need to know about customer data protection. Sessions will be held in Baltimore, New Orleans, San Diego, Palo Alto and Edison, New Jersey. Facebook is working with the Promontory consulting group to train folks in the EU, as well.
Alison Weber, left, instructs Peijun Guo on using the Oculus Rift VR headset at the Oculus booth at CES International in Las Vegas in January. SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is losing its "screen queen." Mary Lou Jepsen, who heads up display technology for Facebook's Oculus VR division, plans to leave in August to work on imaging technologies to aid in treating and curing disease. "I have decided to leave Facebook and Oculus to work on curing diseases using some new imaging technologies I've been incubating for awhile," Jepsen said during a keynote talk at the Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision awards in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday evening. Jepsen, part of Facebook's ambitious push into virtual reality, said she planned to work on shrinking down MRI machines into wearable consumer devices which would have the ability to treat cancer and other diseases, according to Tech Insider.
Facebook has acquired Ozlo, a Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup, to help Messenger build out a more elaborate virtual assistant for users. Ozlo specializes in understanding text-based conversations, and claims it can understand and provide answers to questions that don't necessarily have simple yes or no answers -- what Ozlo calls "probabilistic assertions of truth." On the company's website, for example, a short demo shows its AI assistant answering a question about whether or not a restaurant is "group friendly" based on pulling and understanding multiple reviews. Ozlo's website claims it has 30 employees, and a Facebook spokesperson says the "majority of the team" will be joining Messenger in Facebook's offices in either Menlo Park, Calif., or Seattle, Wash. Facebook is buying the company's technology and workforce, and it sounds as though Ozlo's technology will fold into Messenger's existing AI efforts, though it's unclear if that includes Messenger's existing virtual assistant, M. "They're just going to be working with [Messenger] to continue their work with artificial intelligence and machine learning," a spokesperson said.