As Watson matures, IBM plans more AI hardware and software

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Just over five years ago, IBM's Watson supercomputer crushed opponents in the televised quiz show Jeopardy. It was hard to foresee then, but artificial intelligence is now permeating our daily lives. Since then, IBM has expanded the Watson brand to a cognitive computing package with hardware and software used to diagnose diseases, explore for oil and gas, run scientific computing models, and allow cars to drive autonomously. The company has now announced new AI hardware and software packages. The original Watson used advanced algorithms and natural language interfaces to find and narrate answers.


Intel chases AI with new chips, but still lacks a potent GPU

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Intel is taking a new direction in chip development as it looks to the future of artificial intelligence, with the company betting the technology will pervade applications and web services. The company on Thursday said it is developing new chips that will handle AI workloads, which will increasingly be a part of its chip future. For now, the AI chips will be released as specialized primary chips or co-processors in computers and separate from the major product lines. But over time, Intel could adapt and integrate the AI features into its mainstream server, IoT, and perhaps even PC chips. The AI features could be useful in servers, drones, robots, and autonomous cars.


Microsoft, Nvidia work to speed up AI platform powering Cortana

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Thanks to artificial intelligence, we have autonomous cars, chat bots, and speech recognition. Microsoft's CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit) is one among many platforms that trains computers to learn, and it's getting an upgrade. CNTK drives the Microsoft services Cortana and Skype language translation, and it boasts more than 90 percent accuracy in speech recognition tasks. Microsoft will soon release an upgraded CNTK toolkit, and one hardware maker wants to ensure the toolkit works best on its hardware. Nvidia is partnering with Microsoft to optimize its GPU development tools for CNTK.


Smarter, Faster, Stronger – The Rise of the Super Robots - Computer Business Review

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What is driving the'robot age' and how can businesses leverage the capabilities being produced? Artificial intelligence is one of the 21st century's dominant fields of innovation. So it's no surprise that cutting-edge robots and other advanced smart machines fall under the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, which is projected to reach 25 billion devices by 2020. Every day we're reading headlines on machines getting'smarter' and robotics transforming a variety of industries, but what's driving this'robot age' and how can businesses successfully integrate and leverage this advanced automation? It's clear that artificial intelligence (AI) is a new industrial revolution, one that's driving the rise of robotics.


On the importance of democratizing Artificial Intelligence

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We all know about the incredible progress that deep learning has made in recent years. The previous technological revolution, the Internet revolution, turned out pretty well. The world that the Internet created has turned out to be open --amazingly open, in fact, a world that empowers individuals like never before. Much like almost anyone today can create a web app, because the tools and technologies underlying the web are easy to use, open-source, completely free, and learning resources are available everywhere with an Internet connection --again, for free.