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Artificial Intelligence: Beyond the Hype

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If there is one true indicator to measure the disruptiveness of a new technology, it's certainly the public outpouring of fear and suspicion. If we use societal angst as a measure, the current renaissance of artificial intelligence (AI) is a good candidate for groundbreaking technological disruption. AI will change life as we know it, as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and other great minds have told us. The widespread anxiety about the harmful consequences of AI applications is not an unparalleled reaction to technological change but rather an expression of the societal unease that commonly precedes the changes associated with new technologies and the vast potential that comes with them. We're looking beyond today's IoT, toward a future where smart connected devices not only talk with each other but where they use AI to interact with each other on our behalf.


Driving financial inclusion using Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence tools are rapidly changing how financial institutions operate, manage data, and interact with customers. The revolution brought by the AI – a blend of three advanced technologies: machine learning, natural language processing and cognitive computing – has huge implications for the financial services industry in Nigeria. According to Microsoft Nigeria Country Manager, Mr Akin Banuso, with the use of modern tools like Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning platform, Financial Service Providers can crunch large volumes of data faster and more accurately, which considerably lessens time-to-market to deliver products and services. "The AI has the potential to advance nearly every field of human endeavour and address countless societal challenges. This is why we are investing in not only making the technology more accessible, but also building capacity in the use of machine learning concepts to address analytical gaps in financial inclusion and other areas," Banuso says.


TensorTask - Artificial Intelligence Markets Powered by Stellar

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In many respects, we are reinventing modern programming tools for the A.I. age. Models and expensive resources like talent, data and computing power are currently centralized within large tech corporations. TensorFlow, Tensorflow Hub, AutoML, Algorithmia, and cloud computing are all examples of increasing decentralization of artificial intelligence. Accelerate development (1000 brains are better than 100). Make A.I. safer (more people involved to check and balance development).


Your Guide to AI and Machine Learning at re:Invent 2018 Amazon Web Services

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As you plan your agenda, artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly a hot topic on your list. This year we have a lot of great technical content on AI, machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL)--with over 200 breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, deep-dive chalk talks, and more. You'll hear success stories about machine learning on AWS firsthand from customers and partners such as Sony, Moody's, NFL, Intuit, 21st Century Fox, Toyota, and more. This year's re:Invent also includes the AI Summit, where thought leaders in the academic community will share their perspectives on the future of AI. Here are a few highlights of this year's lineup from the re:Invent session catalog to help you plan your event agenda.


MIT to Found AI College - AI Trends

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a $1 billion initiative to reshape how the college operates and make artificial intelligence a part of its curriculum for all students. The shakeup is being made, MIT president L. Rafael Reif said, to "prepare students of today for the world of the future" and represents the biggest change to curriculum at the school since the 1950s. The effort will be spearheaded by a $350 million donation from from Blackstone investment firm CEO Stephen Schwarzman. An additional $300 million has been raised for the $1 billion project. The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will work on incorporating computing and AI into all fields of study at MIT, encouraging cross-disciplinary endeavors, and exploring ways to create a shared structure between the university's five existing schools.


AI will impact 100% of jobs, professions, and industries, says IBM's Ginni Rometty

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Businesses have entered the most rapid period of technological change in history, and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the cusp of revolutionizing the entire workforce, Ginni Rometty, chairman, president, and CEO of IBM, said in a keynote address at the 2018 Gartner Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando on Tuesday. "The pace is unabated," Rometty said. "You have to change the way you work, because this isn't going to stop." AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI in clear business terms.


Where artificial intelligence could take agriculture

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Typically, when AI is brought up around farmers, the conversation turns to how many brood cows they covered this year for breeding. In this article, AI refers to artificial intelligence. The ability to capture data on the farm has never been more readily available than it is today. Many questions about how to use and implement data are daunting and prevent producers from moving beyond the comfort of basic yield monitors and autosteer. To make the leap into data management less daunting, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and farm management information system groups have shifted their attention toward taking some of the burden out of making data-based decisions by using machine learning algorithms.


MIT is Building a New $1 Billion College Dedicated to All Things A.I. Digital Trends

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You would expect one of the United States' premier tech universities to be on the very forefront of artificial intelligence (A.I.) research -- and that's exactly what the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated with a massive $1 billion planned investment. The impressive cash lump sum will go toward creating a new college of computing that is intended to offer the best possible education to future machine learning experts. "As computing reshapes our world, MIT intends to help make sure it does so for the good of all," MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement. "The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will constitute both a global center for computing research and education, and an intellectual foundry for powerful new A.I. tools. Just as important, the college will equip students and researchers in any discipline to use computing and A.I. to advance their disciplines and vice-versa, as well as to think critically about the human impact of their work."


Penguin Computing Launches Artificial Intelligence Practice

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Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. and leading provider of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data center, and cloud solutions, today announced the formation of the Penguin Computing Artificial Intelligence Practice, a full service consultancy dedicated to working with organizations to achieve their AI goals. Penguin Computing is launching this practice in response to increased customer demand for guidance and support on building and deploying AI and machine learning (ML) projects. With technology advancements making AI a more practical option to extract value from massive data sets, research from Goldman Sachs indicates that AI will become a $109 billion market by 2025 as an increasing number of senior technology officers move their organizations to this new computing paradigm. The new AI Practice will be led by Penguin Computing Chief Technology Officer Philip Pokorny and will operate as a full-service consultancy, delivering system design expertise, building custom technology solutions, and providing professional services (including management and hosting of AI clusters) and advanced level support. Penguin Computing has already designed, built, managed, and supported many large AI systems, resulting in Penguin Computing being named Americas HPC Partner of the Year for 2017 by NVIDIA, an AI leader.


MIT commits $1 billion to make AI part of every graduate's education

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced a $1 billion initiative to reshape how the college operates and make artificial intelligence a part of its curriculum for all students. The shakeup is being made, MIT president L. Rafael Reif said, to "prepare students of today for the world of the future" and represents the biggest change to curriculum at the school since the 1950s. The effort will be spearheaded by a $350 million donation from from Blackstone investment firm CEO Stephen Schwarzman. An additional $300 million has been raised for the $1 billion project. The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will work on incorporating computing and AI into all fields of study at MIT, encouraging cross-disciplinary endeavors, and exploring ways to create a shared structure between the university's five existing schools.