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Top 10 Free Deep Learning Massive Open Online Courses

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To compile this list, we explored deep learning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) published by top universities, colleges, and leading tech companies. Dedicated to beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners, and covering most concepts of Deep Learning, from the most basic to the cutting-edge, all of these courses are free and self-paced, and some of them even offer certificates. It goes without saying that all of these courses come with some prerequisites: basic knowledge of mathematics, how to manipulate GitHub repositories, and a good command of programming languages like Python. Google has published an online course dedicated to deep learning via Udacity, the online course platform. Google's MOOC trains intermediate to advanced developers free of charge for 12 weeks on many aspects of deep learning, such as how to build and optimize deep neural networks.


Nearly 70% Indian firms might deploy AI before 2020: Intel

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BENGALURU: As firms' appetite for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) grows, a report on Thursday said 68.6 per cent Indian organisations might deploy it before 2020. The Intel India commissioned report, undertaken by the International Data Corporation (IDC) that surveyed 194 Indian organisations across sectors, said 71 per cent are looking at increased process automation as a key benefit which could drive spike spends on this technology by 2020. The report also said that nearly 75 per cent of the firms surveyed anticipate benefits in business process efficiency and employee productivity with the use of AI. While 64 per cent of the respondents believe that this technology can empower them in revenue augmentation through better targeting of offers and improved sales processes, 76 per cent of the companies are or believe that they will face a shortage of skilled personnel to harness the power of AI. "This research is a small step towards comprehending this knowledge, and enabling companies, such as ours, shape strategy and move ahead in the right direction," Prakash Mallya, Managing Director, Sales and Marketing Group, Intel India, said in a statement. Intel currently powers 97 per cent of data centre servers running AI workloads worldwide and has been investing in the development of the ecosystem in India.


Forget The Hype: What Every Business Leader Needs To Know About Artificial Intelligence Now

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"Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after industry, AI will now do the same." Artificial Intelligence – it's on the lips of the leaders, and on the 2018 agendas of the board meetings, of almost every global company today. Directors and operating executives alike know, or think they know, that this "new electricity" is going to be the next transformative force of our world. To ignore it now could be fatal to their long-term competitive position, not to mention survival. AI-powered companies that know what they are doing -- primarily born in the Internet and mobile eras – have not only gained tremendous advantage in improved efficiency and increased profitability, they have literally changed the competitive landscape of successive industries.


Joint Lab on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision Established

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Megvii (Face) yesterday on establishing a joint laboratory on artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision. The lab will be dedicated to improving people's living and advance knowledge frontiers through researches in AI and image recognition and analysis, marking a new milestone in the collaboration between HKUST and Megvii. Artificial Intelligence is an indispensable part to our future development. As a pioneer in computer vision and deep learning, Megvii, commonly known as Face, possesses world leading hardware technology and algorithm – including "Paying with Face" and "City Skynet" which were widely used in the mainland. Complementing its strength, HKUST also has an internationally recognized profile in computer vision research, in particular its work in object and environment recognition, adding on to HKUST's competency in robotics and autonomous systems as one of the University's five research focuses, the two parties are set to create more innovative applications in AI and computer vision.


NASA uses Google machine learning for exoplanet detection ZDNet

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An eighth planet orbiting a Sun-like star over 2,500 light years away called Kepler-90 has been detected by running the data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope through a Google neural network. The network was trained using 15,000 previously vetted signals from the Kepler exoplanet catalogue, NASA explained, before it moved on to learning how to detect weaker signals. "We got lots of false positives of planets, but also potentially more real planets," said NASA Sagan postdoctoral fellow Andrew Vanderburg. "It's like sifting through rocks to find jewels. If you have a finer sieve, then you will catch more rocks but you might catch more jewels, as well."


Google just helped NASA find an alien planet thousands of light-years from Earth

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Thanks to Google and some fancy artificial intelligence, we now know that our solar system is just slightly less unique than we may have thought. Scientists have discovered an eighth planet circling the sunlike star Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years away. This means that our solar system and Kepler 90 are now tied for the most number of known planets within a star system. SEE ALSO: Now you can own NASA's Golden Record on vinyl So yeah, maybe we're not that special after all. The newfound planet, named Kepler-90i, was found using machine learning technology from Google that effectively teach a computer to spot patterns in large datasets.


Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

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"The Computer Society's predictions, based on a deep-dive analysis by a team of leading technology experts, identify top-trending technologies that hold extensive disruptive potential for 2018," said Jean-Luc Gaudiot, IEEE Computer Society President. "The vast computing community depends on the Computer Society as the provider for relevant technology news and information, and our predictions directly align with our commitment to keeping our community well-informed and prepared for the changing technological landscape of the future." Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president, said, "The following year we will witness some of the most intriguing dilemmas in the future of technology. Will deep learning and AI indeed expand deployment domains or remain within the realms of neural networks? Will cryptocurrency technologies keep their extraordinary evolution or experience a bubble burst?


Why Hardware Matters in the Cognitive Enterprise - DZone AI

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As the industrial age gives way to the digital era, automation and various forms of artificial intelligence (AI) are driving a fundamental shift in how enterprises engage with customers, deliver services, and optimize business functions. Leading organizations are using AI to enable rapid decision-making, capture and codify value-driving organizational expertise, and deliver actionable insights at the point of engagement. The application of these technologies demands that organizations reshape both their organizational models and their technology stack to transform themselves into what we call a cognitive enterprise. While most enterprises are at some stage of their technology transformation, many of them are taking too narrow a view and looking only at the software layer as they do so. This limited focus may prove to be a mistake, as the demands of the cognitive enterprise require a reimagining of the stack from hardware on up.


California Lawmaker Introduces Resolution to Ban 'Killer Robots'

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A California lawmaker introduced a resolution Tuesday to ban the use of autonomous weapons. According to KPIX 5, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is looking to press Congress and the United Nations to restrict the development of "killer robots." On Tuesday, Canepa introduced a resolution to ban, in his own words, "autonomous weapons, AKA, killer robots." If the resolution is adopted, San Mateo County would be the first in the United States to urge Congress and the United Nations to restrict weaponized robotic technology. "As policy makers, for us to catch up with technology we ourselves have to be out in front of it," Canepa said.


Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days – was found using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers "learn." In this case, computers learned to identify planets by finding in Kepler data instances where the telescope recorded signals from planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets.