How people get around is changing. Who wins among players in the evolving mobility ecosystem will ultimately be determined by consumers' demand for cost, convenience, and connectivity, but the impact on traditional automakers, technology companies, energy companies, federal, state and local government, and others will create opportunity and disruption.
OpenAI, a non-profit research company devoted to advancing artificial intelligence, has become one of the proud owners of a DGX-1, NVIDIA's so-called "supercomputer in a box," a server specifically designed for machine learning work. The system, which was hand-delivered to the company's headquarters in San Francisco by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, will be used to run some of OpenAI's most computationally challenging applications. More generally, the DGX-1 will be used to support the company's mission, namely to "advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return." The non-profit is being backed by Silicon Valley icons like Elon Musk and Peter Theil, and managed to attract more than a 1 billion worth of funding at the time it was founded in December 2015. The company only expects to spend a tiny fraction of that amount over the next few years.
Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company has created a new chip, the Tesla P100, with 15 billion transistors for deep-learning computing. It's the biggest chip ever made, Huang said. Huang made the announcement during his keynote at the GPUTech conference in San Jose, Calif. He unveiled the chip after he said that deep learning artificial intelligence chips have already become the company's fastest-growing business. "We are changing so many things in one project," Huang said.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, aims to gain the upper hand in the budding field of artificial intelligence with a new lineup of chip products in 2017, a senior executive said. Vice President Raejeanne B. Skillern's comments came as Intel's main rival in the AI chip market, Nvidia, is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on chip products that can handle massive amounts of video, images and voice recognition tasks. "Nvidia has gotten a very tiny piece of the market right now," Skillern told the Nikkei Asian Review in early December. "We take the competition very seriously. While Intel controls 98% of the global market for data center server chips, Nvidia's graphics-oriented products have become the preferred option for internet titans like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, along with researchers striving to train computers to recognize complex patterns and objects.