If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
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To help accelerate AI research, Pichai announced that the Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) it uses to train machine-learning models is available in the Google Cloud Platform for anyone to use via the Google Compute Engine today. "We want it to be possible for hundreds of thousands of developers to use machine learning," Pichai said. Our new Cloud TPUs accelerate a wide range of machine learning workloads, including training and inference https://t.co/aWvTVMn54Q The CEO also announced that Google will be using the neural nets it creates to build other neural nets with AutoML. The system takes a set of candidate neural nets (Pichai called them baby neural nets) and iterate them using a reinforcement training approach until the best one is found.
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In other words, he hopes the new chip and the new service will set Google's cloud business apart from services offered by its main rivals, including Amazon and Microsoft, the unnamed competitive threat underlying his I/O keynote. Between its two AI labs--Google Brain, based at company headquarters in Silicon Valley, and DeepMind, a London AI startup Google purchased a little more than three years ago--Google is leading the new wave of artificial intelligence research and development so rapidly changing entire industries and economies. But the company believes cloud computing--where computing power is rented over the internet to businesses and software developers--could one day bring in far more. Google built its new chip as a better way of serving its own AI services, most notably Google Translate, says Jeff Dean, the uber-engineer who oversees Google Brain, the company's main AI lab.
This week, at an event in China, the venerable tech giant trumpeted the arrival of Project Evo, a sweeping plan to build hardware devices that work a lot like Google Home or the Amazon Echo. But as these companies develop services for speech recognition and natural language understanding, they're also using many of the same underlying technologies -- loosely called deep learning -- to build all sorts of artificial intelligence. But the company is strongly positioned to benefit from the virtuous circle formed by digital assistants, AI, and the cloud. It was the first big player to move speech recognition toward deep neural networks, a form of machine learning that has rapidly advanced the field in recent years.
Microsoft is making available to hardware partners a Cortana Devices software development kit (SDK) which will allow them to build devices on a variety of platforms that will work with Cortana. Microsoft officials said the devices SDK will work with devices running Windows IoT, Linux, Android "and more." Last week, Microsoft officials told OEMs that devices running Windows 10 IoT would need to have screens in order to work with Cortana. The kit will allow developers to take advantage of bots created with the Microsoft Bot Framework and publish them to Cortana as a new skill or repurpose code from an Alexa skill to create a Cortana skill.
Even IBM's Watson, which acted somewhat like a human when playing Jeopardy, wasn't using anything like the rational processes humans use. For example, Davis and NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus wrote in the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery of "common sense" tasks that computers find very difficult. Machines can learn, said Kathleen McKeown, a professor of computer science at Columbia University. Google Translate, for example, uses a large corpus of text in a given language to translate to another language, a statistical process that doesn't involve looking for the "meaning" of words.
At long last, Microsoft has set a public target of bringing consumer devices--that aren't PCs--to market in 2017 with its personal digital assistant, Cortana, inside of them. With the struggles of Windows Mobile, Cortana has been largely relegated to Windows 10 PCs instead of the mobile devices that users are increasingly turning to. Microsoft really needs a flagship consumer device to show off its AI capabilities--and it sounds like it's planning on having a bunch of them. Interactions with Cortana are generally terse: Microsoft measures interactions with Cortana and its chatbots using a metric called conversations per session, where a conversational turn is a response from both parties in the conversation.
Datacenters, especially the really big guys known as the Super 7 (Alibaba,, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Tencent), are experiencing significant growth in key workloads that require more performance than can squeezed out of even the fastest CPUs. And Xilinx announced last month a'reconfigurable acceleration stack' that reduces the time to market for FPGA solutions with libraries, tools, frameworks and OpenStack support for several datacenter workloads. Amazon is not the first company to offer FPGA cloud services, but they are one of the largest. First and foremost, this deal with the world's largest cloud provider is a major design win for Xilinx over their archrival Altera, acquired last year by Intel, as Altera was named as Microsoft's supplier for their FPGA enhanced servers.
Cloud Machine Learning (ML) Platforms: Technologies like Azure Machine Learning, AWS Machine Learning and the upcoming Google Cloud Machine Learning enable the creation of machine learning models using a specific technology. AI Cloud Services: Technologies like IBM Watson, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Google Cloud Vision or Natural Language APIs enable abstract complex AI or cognitive computing capabilities via simple API calls. Cloud Machine Learning (ML) Platforms: Technologies like Azure Machine Learning, AWS Machine Learning and the upcoming Google Cloud Machine Learning enable the creation of machine learning models using a specific technology. AI Cloud Services: Technologies like IBM Watson, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Google Cloud Vision or Natural Language APIs enable abstract complex AI or cognitive computing capabilities via simple API calls.
Microsoft is expanding its real-time Skype translation tool to cover calls made to mobile phones and landlines. The software giant has announced that Windows Insiders -- those who have signed up to access early builds of the Windows operating system -- can now access the new features through the Skype Preview app on Windows 10. So far, Skype Translator has been limited to Skype-to-Skype calls, but opening up to cover calls made on mobile phones and landlines goes some way toward enhancing its usefulness, as you no longer have to rely on the other person using Skype. Microsoft hasn't revealed when the new translation smarts will graduate from beta testing, but now that it's open to the public through the Windows Insider program, it should find its way into the full version of the app fairly swiftly.