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Google Cloud's New TPU v4 ML Hub Packs 9 Exaflops of AI

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Almost exactly a year ago, Google launched its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) v4 chips at Google I/O 2021, promising twice the performance compared to the TPU v3. At the time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google's datacenters would "soon have dozens of TPU v4 Pods, many of which will be operating at or near 90 percent carbon-free energy." Now, at Google I/O 2022, Pichai revealed the blue-ribbon fruit of those labors: a TPU v4-powered datacenter in Mayes County, Oklahoma, that Google says is the world's largest publicly available machine learning hub. "This machine learning hub has eight Cloud TPU v4 Pods, custom-built on the same networking infrastructure that powers Google's largest neural models," Pichai said. Google's TPU v4 Pods consist of 4,096 TPU v4 chips, each of which delivers 275 teraflops of ML-targeted bfloat16 ("brain floating point") performance.


What to expect from Google I/O 2022

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Google I/O 2022, the most awaited developers' conference of the year, is around the corner. With more than 200 speakers, the summit will cover a broad spectrum of topics and will have a slew of announcements on the latest innovations in AI and ML. The I/O adventure also makes a comeback this year: Users can explore the platform to see product demos, chat with Googlers, earn Google Developer profile badges and virtual swag, engage with the developer community, create an avatar, and look for easter eggs. Seek out your next Adventure at Google I/O 2022! The conference is scheduled to start at 10:30 pm IST on May 11, 2022, and will kick off with Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai's keynote speech.


No Joke: Google's AI Is Smart Enough to Understand Your Humor

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Google's natural language AI is smart enough to define jokes. The ability to understand the nuances of human language will lead to better and more natural interactions with machines. Google wants to educate people about the benefits of these kinds of AI smarts through upcoming devices like its Pixel 7. Amid a flurry of new hardware including the Pixel 7, the Pixel Buds Pro and a new Pixel Tablet, Google dropped one development at its I/O developer conference that went largely unnoticed: Its AI can now understand jokes. Jokes, sarcasm and humor require understanding the subtleties of language and human behavior. When a comedian says something sarcastic or controversial, usually the audience can discern the tone and know it's more of an exaggeration, something that's learned from years of human interaction.


Google's vision for AI is the right one

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Artificial Intelligence can help us, dammit. The notion of a coming AI apocalypse has grown tiresome, especially because it invariably makes the leap from the nascent forms of AI we experience now to a terrifying future were every robot can out-think and, eventually, annihilate us. I'm not saying it's not an eventuality, but it is also decades or more away. It's time to focus on the now, which is why I was so pleased with Google's I/O 2017 developer's keynote on Wednesday. In it, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the fundamental shift from a mobile-first landscape to an AI-first one.


Google parent Alphabet posts revenues of $65bn as ads move online

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Google parent Alphabet continued big tech's profitable march through earnings season, reporting third-quarter results that exceeded Wall Street's expectations and a near doubling in profits as advertisers chased the consumer shift to online. Alphabet's revenue rose 41% to $65.12bn over the last three months, its largest revenue figure in 14 years. It posted a profit of over $21bn, nearly three times the figure it reported before the pandemic. The company, which has seen its share price increase 57% for the year to date, making it the best performer of the "Faang" companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google), saw advertising revenue rise to $53.13bn – up from $37.1bn last year. Revenue from its cloud division, which trails Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure, climbed 45% to $4.99bn.