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."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) systems are rapidly being adopted across the economy and society. These AI algorithms, many of which process fast-growing datasets, are increasingly used to deliver personalised, interactive, 'smart' goods and services that affect everything from how banks provide advice to how chairs and buildings are designed. There is no doubt that AI has a huge potential to facilitate and enhance a large number of human activities and that it will provide new and exciting insights into human behaviour and cognition. The further development of AI will boost the rise of new and innovative enterprises, will result in promising new services and products in – for instance – transportation, health care, education and the home environment. They may transform, and even disrupt, the way public and private organisations currently work and the way our everyday social interactions take place.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has connected the Middle East to its global network with the launch of its Bahrain AWS region. The cloud supplier already has infrastructure in the region, but the launch of the Bahrain AWS region, with three datacentres, will connect to its global network. This will bring the Middle East region up to par with its other global AWS regions as the Middle East accelerates its digital transformation. Andy Jassy, CEO at AWS, said the cloud could unlock digital transformation in the Middle East. "Today, we are launching advanced and secure technology infrastructure that matches the scale of our other AWS regions around the world and are already seeing strong demand in the Middle East for AWS technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, data analytics, IoT [internet of things] and much more," he said.
The automotive industry isn't just being driven by people -- it's also driven by data, particularly as automobile manufacturers move toward autonomous, self-driving vehicles. Last year, Waymo cars drove 1.2 million miles in California. Meanwhile, Tesla, with its Autopilot program, is actively collecting data from hundreds of thousands of vehicles to predict how its cars might perform autonomously. So far the company has collected hundreds of millions of miles worth of data. What are these autonomous vehicle manufacturers doing with all of that data?
AI isn't science fiction or a future technology we're waiting to adopt. It is, right now, affecting every aspect of our daily lives, and that includes how we develop applications, products, and services. Every few years, there's a new buzzword technology that drives mass hype as it promises to disrupt the status quo: software, mobile, IoT, 3D printing, virtual reality, blockchain. In 2016, every company desperately wanted to latch on to artificial intelligence (AI). So while the earliest innovators (think Alan Turing) were studying how computers could mimic humans in the 1950s, we just recently witnessed a hype cycle triggered by the potential for AI to cause the next generational shift in computing.
VMworld 2019 US and Europe events feature many opportunities to learn about the latest in VMware vSphere server virtualization technology and operations. This page is a quick reference to the VMworld 2019 sessions and other events where customers are able to engage with VMware experts on a range of topics, as well as network with industry peers. Links to the EU sessions will be added to the coming days. You can also still access the presentations, recordings, and session information from last year here – VMworld 2018 Archive. How PowerCLI Makes vSphere Configuration Management Easy Level 300 – [US: CODE2214U] Configuration management is a key DevOps principle. PowerShell and PowerShell DSC are easy ways to make use of config management in your environment. However, there's one area that's been missing that ability: VMware. PowerCLI has introduced the key to close that gap, and it's open-sourced! The Art of Code That Writes Code Level 300 – [US: CODE2216U] REST APIs are everywhere these days. A majority of those are backed by what's known as OpenAPI (swagger) specifications. Using the vast ecosystem of OpenAPI tooling, we can generate documentation, SDKs, and even PowerShell modules.
Kairos, facial recognition solution provider, has introduced an on-premise version of its Facial Recognition APITrack this API. An on-premise version of the API allows users to better secure their applications, and reduces latency that can arise when using Kairos' hosted version. "As we've matured as a company, so has the market, and our customers' needs have evolved too," Cole Calistra, Kairos CTO, commented in a press release. "In response we began work earlier this year on the biggest ever project at Kairos. Taking our popular cloud service and'containerizing' it, enabling businesses to install a private version of [Kairos]."
HPCwire: Walk us through the program, give us a sense of what these AI and science town halls are all about and what they are trying to accomplish? RS: If you remember back in 2007, we had three town hall meetings – at Argonne, Berkeley and Oak Ridge – that launched the whole DOE Exascale project and so forth. At that time the idea was to get people together and ask them, for exascale, what if we could build these faster machines, what would you do with them. It was a way to get people thinking about the possibility of that and of course it took long time to get the exascale computing program going. With these town halls we are kind of asking a variation on that question. Now we're asking the question of what's the opportunity for AI in science or the application of science, particularly in the context of DOE, but more broadly because DOE's got a lot of collaborations with NIH and other agencies. So really asking the fundamental question of what do we have to do in the AI space to make it relevant for science. The point of the town halls – three in the labs and one in Washington in October – is go get people thinking about what opportunities there are in different scientific domains for breakthrough science that can be accomplished by leveraging AI and working AI into simulation, and bringing AI into big data, bringing AI to the facility and so forth. So that's the concept; it's really to get the community moving.
Former Global Head of End User Engineering at Barclays and leader of Vodafone's Cloud and Hosting Services, Simon Walkden is steeped in experience at leading international organisations. He has a particular depth and breadth of expertise in ITaaS. This is embodied in the development, while MD of Flourishing IT Ltd, of an IT Healthcheck service that enables companies to improve delivery, while achieving new levels of internal efficiency and regulatory compliance. Recently, the Financial Times highlighted the uncomfortable discovery that 40% or so of European AI start-ups were not using AI. This is hardly a surprise.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has become quite the public buzzword. Companies and investors are pouring money into the field. Universities -- even high schools -- are rushing to start new degree programs or colleges dedicated to AI. Civil society organizations are scrambling to understand the impact of AI technology on humanity, and governments are competing to encourage or regulate AI research and deployment. One country, the United Arab Emirates, even boasts a minister for AI. At the same time, the world's militaries are developing AI-based weaponry to defeat their enemies, police agencies are experimenting with AI as a surveillance tool to identify or interrogate suspects, and companies are testing its ability to replace humans in menial or more meaningful jobs -- all of which may change the equation of life for all of the world's people.