On a tower in the Brazilian rain forest, a sentinel scans the horizon for the first signs of fire. They don't blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference between a dust cloud, an insect swarm and a plume of smoke that demands quick attention. In Brazil, the devices help keep mining giant Vale SA working, and protect trees for pulp and paper producer Suzano SA. In the future, it's a system that may be put to work in California, where deadly wildfires abound. The equipment includes optical and thermal cameras, as well as spectrometric systems that identify the chemical makeup of substances.
It's easy to forget that Silicon Valley starts with'silicon', and that there would be no technology innovation without innovation at the silicon level. And Graphcore is well aware of that as the Bristol-based company is designing its own dedicated AI chipset. That's why I'm glad to announce that Graphcore co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Graphcore has managed to attract a ton of attention from day one. Originally founded in 2016, the startup has raised more than $300 million from top investors, such as Sequoia Capital, BMW, Microsoft, Samsung and a ton of others.
Thirteen years ago, in Silicon Valley, a company was born. One simple goal of this company was to prove that electric cars could be better in every way over the traditional fuel-powered cars. Since then, Tesla led by Elon Musk has become a household name in the automotive industry, especially when it comes to manufacturing electric cars. They are said to be the pioneer in manufacturing electric cars, but they were not the first one to make electric cars. What they did first was to create a large consumer base who would want to try out new technology, and Tesla did not let their car owners down.
You may have heard that, on Monday, Silicon Valley startup Cerebras Systems unveiled the world's biggest chip, called the WSE, or "wafer-scale engine," pronounced "wise." It is going to be built into complete computing systems sold by Cerebras. What you may not know is that the WSE and the systems it makes possible have some fascinating implications for deep learning forms of AI, beyond merely speeding up computations. Cerebras co-founder and chief executive Andrew Feldman talked with ZDNet a bit about what changes become possible in deep learning. There are three immediate implications that can be seen in what we know of the WSE so far.
During The AI Summit London 2019, TechXLR8's own Tech TV team sat down with Anthony Impey, CEO of Optimy and a Board Member of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to discuss the role AI has to play in the future of London's business landscape. With flagship shows in San Francisco, London, New York, Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cape Town, 2019 will see over 30,000 delegates from businesses globally joining the AI revolution through The AI Summit events. The AI Summit series uniquely has the support of tech's elite, with our 2019 Industry Partners featuring Agorai, AWS, IBM Watson, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, HCL, Publicis Sapient, Genpact, Intel alongside 300 sponsors and partners. Exclusive, inspirational insights from acclaimed speakers are frequently reported by the world's foremost press including official media partners CBS, Reuters, BBC, The Times, Quartz, Tech Radar.
IBM Research labs are part of a tradition where large tech companies had extensive research labs. IBM Research, along with the original Bell labs and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), have developed many innovations. And IBM Research continues that tradition to today. I got to visit IBM's Almaden Research center, nestled in a bucolic part of the south San Jose area, up on a hillside, surrounded with fields of grazing cattle and a thin fog from the Pacific Ocean just over the Santa Cruz mountains. But in that lab a lot of amazing research is underway.
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O'Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced the lineup of speakers presenting at the O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, presented with Intel. The event will take place from September 9-12 in San Jose, Calif. at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Through detailed case studies, technical sessions and trainings, the AI Conference will offer a unique opportunity to tap into the leading minds in AI and network with thousands of innovative researchers, data scientists, engineers, senior developers and executives across industries. Together, Conference Chairs Ben Lorica (O'Reilly), Julie Shin Choi (Intel) and Roger Chen (Computable Labs), along with Honorary Co-Chairs Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly) and Peter Norvig (Google), have created a conference program designed to help organizations successfully apply AI from both a business and technical perspective, covering emerging AI techniques and technologies. In advance of the conference, O'Reilly will release a report, "How Organizations are Sharpening their Skills to Better Understand and Use AI," that explores the data- and AI-related topics technology experts are most interested in.
The Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, CA, is a U.S.-based think tank. It was established in 1968 as a spin-off from the RAND Corporation to help organizations plan for the long-term future. Roy Amara, who passed away in 2007, was IFTF's president from 1971 until 1990. Amara is best known for coining Amara's Law on the effect of technology: "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." This law is best illustrated by the Gartner Hype Cycle,a characterized by the "peak of inflated expectations," followed by the "trough of disillusionment," then the "slope of enlightenment," and, finally, the "plateau of productivity."
Fox News Flash top headlines for August 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition. The Vermont senator's proposal to "ban the use of facial recognition software for policing" is part of his broader criminal justice reform agenda. Facial recognition technology has drawn the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, some of whom have called for a "time out" on its development.