John Markoff & Steve Lohr: Race is on to control AI, and tech's future

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The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence programme over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement - not so much to professional game players as to Google's competitors. Many of the tech industry's biggest companies, like Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, are jockeying to become the go-to company for AI In the industry's lingo, the companies are engaged in a "platform war". A platform, in technology, is essentially a piece of software that other companies build on and that consumers cannot do without. Become the platform and huge profits will follow. Microsoft dominated personal computers because its Windows software became the centre of the consumer software world.


The AI race: To the victor the spoils

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SAN FRANCISCO • The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence (AI) programme over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement - not so much to professional game players as to Google's competitors. Many of the tech industry's biggest companies, like Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, are jockeying to become the go-to company for AI. In the industry's lingo, they are engaged in a "platform war". A platform, in technology, is essentially a piece of software that other companies build on and that consumers cannot do without. Become the platform and huge profits will follow.


Google, IBM and biggest tech companies aims to dominate AI - RajDomains.com

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The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement not so much to professional game players as to Google's competitors. SEE ALSO: Chief of LG said Apple iPhone SE is'same old tech' Many of the tech industry's biggest companies are jockeying to become the go-to company for AI. In the industry's lingo, the companies are engaged in a "platform war." If true believers in AI are correct that this long-promised technology is ready for the mainstream, the company that controls AI could steer the tech industry for years to come. "Whoever wins this race will dominate the next stage of the information age," said Pedro Domingos, a machine learning specialist.


Top 10 Machine Learning APIs: AT&T Speech, IBM Watson, Google Prediction

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Machine learning is everywhere these days. It's in your email account filtering out spam and other emails you don't want to read. It's in your connected car helping the voice-controlled interface understand you. Right now, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft are the biggest players battling to dominate the very fast-growing machine learning cloud services market. IBM further strengthened its position in the market with the recent acquisition of AlchemyAPI, a leading deep learning-based machine learning services platform.


How Machine Learning is Changing the Face of the Data Center

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Machine learning and artificial intelligence have arrived in the data center, changing the face of the hyperscale server farm as racks begin to fill with ASICs, GPUs, FPGAs and supercomputers. These technologies provide more computing horsepower to train machine learning systems, a process that involved enormous amounts of data-crunching. The end goal is to create smarter applications, and improve the services you already use every day. "Artificial intelligence is now powering things like your Facebook Newsfeed," said Jay Parikh, Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure for Facebook. "It is helping us serve better ads.