Webinar summary - Semantic annotation of images in the FAIR data era CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture


Digital agriculture increasingly relies on the generation of large quantity of images. These images are processed with machine learning techniques to speed up the identification of objects, their classification, visualization, and interpretation. However, images must comply with the FAIR principles to facilitate their access, reuse, and interoperability. As stated in recent paper authored by the Planteome team (Trigkakis et al, 2018), "Plant researchers could benefit greatly from a trained classification model that predicts image annotations with a high degree of accuracy." In this third Ontologies Community of Practice webinar, Justin Preece, Senior Faculty Research Assistant Oregon State University, presents the module developed by the Planteome project using the Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment (BISQUE), an online image analysis and storage platform of Cyverse.

Microway Helps Enable Next-Level Research and Education at Oregon State University


PLYMOUTH, Mass., September 9, 2019 -- Microway, a leading provider of computational clusters, servers, and workstations for AI and HPC applications, announces it has provided Oregon State University with six NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer systems, deployment services, and bringup expertise. Each DGX-2 packs 16 fully connected Tesla V100 GPUs, giving Oregon State a linked network of the world's most powerful AI systems powered by 96 GPU accelerators. The new, massively increased computing capabilities at the College of Engineering resolved a significant campus hardware gap and helped support cutting-edge research on medical imaging, nuclear science, bridge construction, robotics, and driverless vehicles. When planning expanded capability, university faculty and administrators determined they needed enough GPU capacity to serve the diverse needs of undergraduate classes and research workloads, plus lightning-fast storage. The University selected the NVIDIA DGX-2 platform for its immense power, technical support services, and the Docker images with NVIDIA's NGC containerized software.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chip Market Worth $91.18 Billion, by 2025 at 45.2% CAGR: Allied Market Research


Allied Market Research recently published a report, titled, "Artificial Intelligence Chip Market by Chip Type (GPU, ASIC, FPGA, CPU, and others), Application (Natural Language Processing (NLP), Robotic, Computer Vision, Network Security, and Others), Technology (System-on-Chip, System-in-Package, Multi-chip Module, and Others), Processing Type (Edge and Cloud), and Industry Vertical (Media & Advertising, BFSI, IT & Telecom, Retail, Healthcare, Automotive & Transportation, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2025". According to the report, the global AI chip market was pegged at $6.64 billion in 2018 and is projected to attain $91.18 billion by 2025, registering a colossal CAGR of 45.2% during the forecast period. Rise in demand for smart homes & smart cities, surge in investments in AI startups, and advent of quantum computing have boosted the growth of the global AI chip market. However, dearth of skilled workforce hampers the market growth. On the contrary, rapid adoption of AI chips in the emerging countries and development of smart robots are expected to create numerous opportunities in the near future.


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Wow, educational toys have changed a lot since I was a kid. I remember inserting floppy disks (!) into a computer in order to play classic games like "Number Munchers" and "The Oregon Trail". I learned very quickly that "Dog" was not a day of the week, and that it was very easy to die of wasting diseases in the western US in the 19th century. As the world becomes more and more digitally inclined, parents and teachers alike want toys that teach kids computer-and technology-related skills, both for their future employability and for being a citizen in a society built on 1's and 0's. One emerging trend is toys that teach kids how to write computer programming code. Coding is becoming essential knowledge because the world runs on computers, and computers themselves run on code. As a person with a degree in a STEM field, I had to learn how to code later in life, and it was a miserably long learning curve (even if it's one of my favorite things to do now).

Amazon launches Personalize, a fully managed AI-powered recommendation service


Amazon today announced the general availability of Amazon Personalize, an AWS service that facilitates the development of websites, mobile apps, and content management and email marketing systems that suggest products, provide tailored search results, and customize funnels on the fly. It's available in select AWS regions to start, including US East (Ohio), US East (North Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and EU (Ireland). Additional locations are on the way. "We are excited to share with AWS customers the expertise we've developed during two decades of using machine learning to deliver great experiences on Amazon.com," said AWS' VP of machine learning Swami Sivasubramanian. "Customers have been asking for Amazon Personalize, and we are eager to see how they implement these services to delight their own end users. And the best part is that these artificial intelligence services, like Amazon Personalize, do not require any machine learning experience to immediately train, tune, and deploy models to meet their business demands."

Watch Airbus' radical autonomous air taxi complete its 'most exciting' test yet

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A radical electric passenger drone developed by Airbus has completed its first full transition flight, proving its ability to take off vertically and accelerate to over 100 miles per hour before slowing down for a soft landing. Vahana, the project working to bring the craft to life under Airbus's innovation arm, shared incredible footage of the accomplishment this week. The test marked Vahana's 66th flight, a number it has since surpassed by more than a dozen. In a blog post announcing the milestone, Vahana's Zach Lovering said the test'represents everything we set out to achieve when we began our flight test campaign.' The successful full transition flight was performed on May 3 in Oregon.

Can Artificial Intelligence Help with Preventing Teen Depression? - blueFire


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AWS is now making Amazon Personalize available to all customers – TechCrunch


Amazon Personalize, first announced during AWS re:Invent last November, is now available to all Amazon Web Services customers. The API enables developers to add custom machine learning models to their apps, including ones for personalized product recommendations, search results and direct marketing, even if they don't have machine learning experience. The API processes data using algorithms originally created for Amazon's own retail business, but the company says all data will be "kept completely private, owned entirely by the customer." The service is now available to AWS users in three U.S. regions, East (Ohio), East (North Virginia) and West (Oregon), two Asia Pacific regions (Tokyo and Singapore) and Ireland in the European Union, with more regions to launch soon. AWS customers who have already added Amazon Personalize to their apps include Yamaha Corporation of America, Subway, Zola and Segment.

AWS launches Textract, machine learning for text and data extraction


Need to extract content from a document quickly and automatically? Amazon today announced the general availability of Textract, a cloud-hosted and fully managed service that uses machine learning to parse data tables, forms, and whole pages for text and data. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) regions and will expand to additional regions in the coming year. Textract is more capable than your average optical character recognition system. From files stored in an Amazon S3 bucket, it's able to suss out the contents of fields and tables and the context in which this information is presented, like names and social security numbers in tax forms or totals from photographed receipts.

Ford's vision for package delivery is a robot that folds up into the back of a self-driving car


The first time you see a strange robot walking down your street, it might be delivering a parcel. That's the future envisioned by Ford in a new research project that explores how robots and self-driving cars could work together to deliver groceries, fast food, and more. The robot in question is called Digit, and it stands just over five feet tall. It has a pair of skeletal legs, two arms ending in shapeless nubs, and a sensor array where its head should be. It's the creation of startup Agility Robotics, which has been developing bipedal robots since 2015 when the company was spun out of research from Oregon State University.