Facebook has figured out a new way to train computer vision models that will massively accelerate the company's work with artificial intelligence. Using the new technique, the company can train an image classification model in an hour while maintaining its accuracy. At peak performance, the new system Facebook laid out in a paper today can train 40,000 images per second using 256 GPUs, without sacrificing the quality of the resulting model. It's an achievement that should help improve the quality of future research by helping data scientists test their hypotheses faster. Accelerated machine vision training is incredibly important for Facebook, which sees augmented reality and machine learning as key to its future business.
Tim O'Reilly believes we need to have a reset. This means more coming from him than it does from most people. The 63-year-old CEO, born in Ireland and raised in San Francisco, is one of the most influential pioneers and thinkers of the internet age. His publishing company, O'Reilly Media, began producing computer manuals in the late 1970s and he has been early to spot many influential tech trends ever since: open-source software, web 2.0, wifi, the maker movement and big data among them. His new book, WTF: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us, looks at work and how jobs will change in a world shaped by technology.
Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century. Signed by luminaries like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, the letter has defined debates over AI in the years since. Bill Gates said in a Reddit AMA that he agrees with the letter. But, at last, there is a high-profile skeptic: Facebook giant Mark Zuckerberg, who has just come out strongly against the idea that AI is a threat to humanity. At a backyard barbecue over the weekend, Zuckerberg fielded questions from Facebook Live.
Why is everyone talking about it all of a sudden? If you skim online headlines, you'll likely read about how AI is powering Amazon and Google's virtual assistants, or how it's taking all the jobs (debatable), but not a good explanation of what it is (or whether the robots are going to take over). We're here to help with this living document, a plain-English guide to AI that will be updated and refined as the field evolves and important concepts emerge. Artificial intelligence is software, or a computer program, with a mechanism to learn. It then uses that knowledge to make a decision in a new situation, as humans do.
With messaging apps on the rise, chatbots are all the hype now. Chatbots are artificial intelligence systems that interact with users via messaging, text, or speech. Many are deployed on chatbot platforms such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Slack, or text messages. Facebook's expansion with Facebook Messenger has been giving businesses the opportunity to better reach their target audience through different APIs, and chatbots are becoming a necessity in certain industries. Despite the complexity of artificial intelligence used to pick content and context from conversations with users, there are a number of platforms and frameworks available to build a sophisticated chatbot.
Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry camera on the new robotic hand that was installed during a spacewalk two weeks ago. The two men were supposed to go spacewalking earlier this week, but NASA needed extra time to rustle up the repair plan. Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The Deep Space Gateway will orbit Earth and the moon and will open up opportunities for future exploration of deep space, as well as a return to the moon and missions to Mars.
According to Intel chief Brian Krzanich, his company is working with Facebook, on a super-fast chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence. Intel & Facebook Are Collaborating on Artificial Intelligence Technology. The chip making company is partnering with Facebook and other internet titans to invest heavily in artificial intelligence to create a family of "Nervana Neural Network Processors". This neural network would be designed to tailor to the needs of the emerging technology. "I think we are just at the beginning of a transformation, Artificial intelligence is going to be similar to what the internet was back in the 1990s."
By 2021, early adopter brands that redesign their websites to support visual- and voice-search will increase digital commerce revenue by 30%. Gartner has found that voice-based search queries are the fastest growing mobile search type. Voice and visual search are accelerating mobile browser- and mobile app-based transactions and will continue to in 2018 and beyond. Mobile browser and app-based transactions are as much as 50% of all transactions on many e-commerce sites today. Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft's investments in AI and machine learning will be evident in how quickly their visual- and voice-search technologies accelerate in the next two years.
Bots can augment human interaction, create greater business efficiencies, and remove friction from customer interactions. It's a market that has already rolled up $24 billion in funding for companies at every stage, from startup to multinational. Industry leaders from IBM to Facebook are making big efforts to take advantage, spending significant resources to encourage developers to create new bots that enable more personalized customer interactions. In March 2016, Cisco announced the Spark Innovation Fund, a $150 million investment in bots and developers who want to make new products for Cisco endpoints in offices around the world. Some of the most obvious uses for bots revolve around communication, customer service, and ecommerce.