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World-leading AI research and inclusion at the forefront of this year's NVIDIA GTC

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This article is part of the VB Lab / NVIDIA GTC insight series. "The story of GTC is in many ways the story of NVIDIA, and it's also the story of what's happening in technology," says Greg Estes, VP of corporate marketing and developer programs at NVIDIA. Twelve years ago, GTC began as a conference focused squarely on GPUs, and at that time, that meant primarily graphics and gaming. "But then people figured out that GPUs are the perfect architecture for AI," says Estes. GTC is now billed as the conference for AI innovators, developers, technologists, startups and creatives, and this year it will offer over 1,500 sessions covering breakthroughs in AI, data center, accelerated computing, autonomous vehicles, health care, intelligent networking, game development, and more.


This AI Makes Users a Virtual Doppelgänger for Video Calls - Nerdist

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Last year, graphics processing chip manufacturer NVIDIA released a new AI platform for video calls. The AI platform, Maxine, offers several intriguing features, including the game-changing ability to make it look like you're paying attention when you're not. Now, NVIDIA scientists have come up with another video-conferencing AI; one that'll let people use what are essentially deepfake versions of themselves for calls. The company's obviously building out Maxine, and looking for ways to make video conferencing better in general. The purpose of this particular AI is to lessen the amount of information that needs to be transmitted through the network in order to have clear video calls.


Why Chip Companies Are Important to the Future of Tech

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Over the past 12 months, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index rallied about 90% as global demand for chips surged through the pandemic. Stay-at-home trends boosted sales of new PCs, data centers installed more chips to keep pace with the surging usage of cloud and AI services, and new technologies -- including driverless cars, automated factories, and 5G networks and devices -- gobbled up more chips. That demand propelled the price of many leading chip stocks, including Qualcomm, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), to historic highs. Taiwan's Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM), the world's largest contract chipmaker, also benefited from those surging orders. The global semiconductor market could still expand at a compound annual growth rate of 10% from 2021 to 2026, according to research firm EMR, as companies across a wide range of industries purchase more chips.


Awesome AI-Powered Machine Automatically Shouts Compliments to Dogs Passing By [VIDEO]

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Ryder Calm Down created an amazing invention using AI. The device he made automatically detects dogs and compliments the owner. The piece of technology is built with Raspberry Pi, a camera, and a megaphone. With a bit of programming, he developed an exciting machine that took his neighborhood by surprise. It has been scientifically proven that just staring at these furry buddies can elevate a person's serotonin and dopamine, ultimately giving a booster shot of happiness.


NVIDIA Jarvis Conversational AI on Python

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This lecture attempts to demystify conversational AI by covering its counterparts that include, but not limited to: Automatic Speech Recognition, Natural Language Processing & Understanding, Text-to-Speech Synthesis, Intention Extraction and Identification, etc.. We use NVIDIA's Jarvis, an application framework for multimodal conversational AI services that delivers real-time performance on GPUs, to perform sophisticated conversational AI tasks. By the end of the lecture, we present a Question/Answering Demo powered by NVIDIA's Jarvis. About "True conversational AI is a voice assistant that can engage in human-like dialogue, capturing context and providing intelligent responses. Such AI models must be massive and highly complex," Sid Sharma from'What Is Conversational AI?'.


Researchers Take Steps Towards Autonomous AI-Powered Exoskeleton Legs

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University of Waterloo researchers are using deep learning and computer vision to develop autonomous exoskeleton legs to help users walk, climb stairs, and avoid obstacles. The ExoNet project, described in an early-access paper on "Frontiers in Robotics and AI", fits users with wearable cameras. AI software processes the camera's video stream, and is being trained to recognize surrounding features such as stairs and doorways, and then determine the best movements to take. "Our control approach wouldn't necessarily require human thought," said Brokoslaw Laschowski, Ph.D. candidate in systems design engineering and lead author on the ExoNet project. "Similar to autonomous cars that drive themselves, we're designing autonomous exoskeletons that walk for themselves."


Samsung unveils next-gen memory for data-hungry AI and computers

The Japan Times

Samsung Electronics Co. will release a new generation of memory chips in late 2021, its first in seven years, that promises to double speeds and offer the biggest capacity yet to keep pace with the growth of data centers and artificial intelligence demands. The world's largest memory chipmaker said it developed 512GB DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5) memory modules based on a High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) fabrication process that's traditionally been used in logic chips. DDR5 memory will be twice as fast as the current DDR4 while reducing leakage and using about 13% less power, the company wrote in its announcement. Samsung expects the transition to DDR5 to begin in the second half of this year. The chip industry has been anticipating the adoption of the new memory standard and support for it will arrive with Intel Corp.'s upcoming Xeon Scalable processors, codenamed Sapphire Rapids.


A strong Intel is what the tech industry needs right now

Engadget

Yesterday, while watching Intel's new CEO lay out his plan for the company's future, I started thinking back on the last 15 years of tech. In 2005 I owned a smartphone powered by an Intel processor. The HTC Magician was, like every smartphone in 2005, not great, but it was fully functional, well-received and powered by an XScale ARM chip. A year after I bought the Magician, Intel sold its XScale business for $600 million, believing it would have an ultra-efficient (0.5W!) x86 CPU capable of running Windows Vista by 2010. ARM-based chips were sold inside phones, laptops, games consoles and thousands of IoT devices.


Sweden's AI Catalyst: 300-Petaflops Supercomputer Fuels Nordic Research

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A Swedish physician who helped pioneer chemistry 200 years ago just got another opportunity to innovate. A supercomputer officially christened in honor of Jöns Jacob Berzelius aims to establish AI as a core technology of the next century. Berzelius (pronounced behr-zeh-LEE-us) invented chemistry's shorthand (think H20) and discovered a handful of elements including silicon. A 300-petaflops system now stands on the Linköping University (LiU) campus, less than 70 kilometers from his birthplace in south-central Sweden, like a living silicon tribute to innovations yet to come. "Many cities in Sweden have a square or street that bears Berzelius's name, but the average person probably doesn't know much about him," said Niclas Andersson, technical director at the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) at Linköping University, which is home to the system based on the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review: Lenovo drops the mic with its light, fast, and long-lasting ThinkPad

PCWorld

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is just the kind of powerful, light, and long-lasting laptop you'll want to take with you on post-pandemic business trips--and it's handy even now just because it's so easy to take all over the house. It also performs right there in the ballpark with other 11th-gen Tiger Lake competitors, and at a hair under two pounds, it weighs less than almost all of them. Equipped with an IR camera for facial recognition, a presence-detecting radar, a 2K display with Dolby Vision HDR, and a premium keyboard, the X1 Nano covers the most bases for corporate users, and we haven't mentioned the superlative battery life yet. But with only two available ports (Thunderbolt 4, at least), you'll need to invest in a USB-C hub to connect legacy accessories. Lenovo offers nine versions of the ThinkPad X1 NanoRemove non-product link on its retail website.