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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.


AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

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In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack a lot of processing power into comparatively small devices. The way forward for that idea will be to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) computing techniques--for so-called AI at the edge. While some are concerned about how technologists will tackle AI for applications beyond traditional computing--and some are wringing their hands over which country will have the upper hand in this new frontier--the technology is still pretty early in its development cycle. But it appears that still-too-early-yet status is about to change a bit. Researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, have managed to equip a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device with a form of artificial intelligence, marking the first time that any type of AI has been included in a MEMs device.


MIT is investing $1 billion in an AI college

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Ever since the beginning of the AI boom in the early 2010s, there's been a corresponding drought in talented AI developers and researchers. The way to fix this is to educate more of them, and today, MIT announced a $1 billion initiative to do exactly that: it will establish a new college of computing to train the next generation of machine learning mavens. Instead, it will focus on what MIT president L. Rafael Reif calls "the bilinguals of the future." By that, he means students in fields like biology, chemistry, physics, politics, history, and linguistics who also know how to apply machine learning to these disciplines. Two-thirds of the planned $1 billion commitment has been raised so far, with $350 million coming from Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of the private equity firm Blackstone.


Huawei new AI chips and AI strategy

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Huawei has announced two new chips for artificial intelligence applications. The Ascend AI IP and chip series, the world's first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt. The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario, whether it's minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers. Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios. The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, which were announced at today's event, mark Huawei's leading AI capabilities at the chip level – the bottom layer of the stack.