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Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

Updated: AT&T, Dell Partner to Advance 5G Cloud

AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies ...

Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Talk to Me: Nvidia Claims NLP Inference, Training Records

Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more ...

AI Agent Provides Rationale Behind Decisions

AI Agent Provides Rationale Behind Decisions

Frameworks for explaining the rationales underlying AI-based decisions continue to make progress in the form of an ...

Cisco Adds AI-Based Meeting Transcriber

Cisco Adds AI-Based Meeting Transcriber

Cisco Systems is beefing up its Webex collaboration platform with new AI and automated speech recognition tools ...

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August 15, 2019
AT&T added to its growing list of 5G wireless partnerships this week, announcing collaboration with Dell Technologies to develop “cloud-oriented 5G” wireless infrastructure built upon an open source tools used to automate cloud provisioning. Among the goals of this and other partnerships is leveraging 5G's higher data rates along with infrastructure upgrades to handle high-end workloads at the network ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Nvidia says it’s achieved significant advances in conversation natural language processing (NLP) training and inference, enabling more complex, immediate-response interchanges between customers and chatbots. And the company says it has a new language training model in the works that dwarfs existing ones. Nvidia said its DGX-2 AI platform trained the BERT-Large AI language model in less than an hour ... Full article
August 14, 2019
Frameworks for explaining the rationales underlying AI-based decisions continue to make progress in the form of an AI agent that attempts to provide straightforward English explanations in a readily interpretable form. Eventually, users could seek alternative explanations. (See also Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accountability.) University researchers tackled the explainable AI dilemma by training ... Full article
August 13, 2019
Cisco Systems is beefing up its Webex collaboration platform with new AI and automated speech recognition tools acquired through its purchase of Voicea, an AI-based transcription and voice search specialist. Webex is the keystone of Cisco’s Cognitive Collaboration portfolio that is being steadily upgraded with automation tools designed to preserve notes and assemble action items from conference calls. The ... Full article
August 12, 2019
IBM has introduced a toolkit of algorithms to enable interpretability and explainability of machine learning models – i.e., algorithms for understanding algorithms (have we mentioned lately that AI is a bit complicated?). In simpler terms, IBM’s AI Explainability 360 is designed to help AI users address customers’ (such as bank or insurance company customers) concerns whether AI has treated ... Full article
August 12, 2019
 The impact of AI becomes evident in an organization as existing processes get re-written and automation capabilities are deployed. But without clarity about how AI will support business goals, a lot of money and goodwill could be wasted. Stakeholder involvement is essential, as is overall team organizational support. How can companies best work to integrate AI both top-down and ... Full article
August 9, 2019
An open source group is expanding its third-party security audits to include the popular but vulnerable Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced this week it would add Kubernetes to its pilot program of public security audits. Earlier audits of other open-source projects—CoreDNS, Envoy and Prometheus—uncovered security issues ranging from “general weaknesses to critical vulnerabilities,” the group ... Full article
August 8, 2019
This week’s big tech news – AMD’s release of the Epyc Rome CPU, the industry’s first 7nm server chip – got a major boost when Google confirmed that it now uses the new processor for internal workloads and will soon make it available to Google Cloud customers. In AMD’s struggle to take market share from Intel in the lucrative ... Full article
August 8, 2019
The latest security vulnerability discovered within the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator could allow intruders to access, modify or delete computing and storage resources configured across a cluster. The flaw in the Kubernetes server API, designated CVE-2019-11247, allows access and deletion of those “custom resources.” Intruders could access cluster-wide resources with only standard role-based access control, or RBAC, permissions. In response, ... Full article
August 5, 2019
Kubernetes, the de facto standard cluster orchestrator, continues to transform an expanding ecosystem of enterprise cloud vendors to the point where some are changing their identity to reflect the steady shift to cloud native and open source tools aimed at scaling distributed applications. Case in point is D2iQ, the new handle for Mesosphere, the datacenter operating system (DC/OS) specialist ... Full article
August 2, 2019
Another potential source of skepticism about self-driving cars has cropped up, one that the auto industry may need to quell in the public mind: a new report depicts hackers causing autonomous vehicle (AV)-driven gridlock tying up entire parts of cities. And it wouldn’t be very difficult: it’s a matter of randomly stranding a portion of internet-connected cars at strategic ... Full article
July 31, 2019
Data may have been a major – and under-appreciated – factor compelling Big Blue to plunk down $34 billion for Red Hat, a deal (the third largest in tech industry history) that closed earlier this month. The acquisition’s overt rationale, of course, is Red Hat’s open source enterprise Linux and OpenShift platforms for workload portability and interoperability across clouds ... Full article
July 30, 2019
Kubernetes security has emerged as a booming business as deployments enter production and security vendors release a steady stream of user surveys pinpointing specific pain points in production container rollouts. The latest example comes from StackRox, a security vendor targeting enterprises struggling to lock down their application container and Kubernetes cluster orchestrator deployments. StackRox, which pitches a Kubernetes-native container ... Full article
July 30, 2019
IDC estimates worldwide data volume is set to rise by 61 percent between 2018 and 2025 – eventually reaching 175 zettabytes – with much of this generated by businesses. So how can this be harnessed to optimize business processes, improve day-to-day operations and inform decision-making? The answer lies with “humanized machine learning platforms,” which are making advanced ML capabilities ... Full article
July 26, 2019
The march of money – big money – into AI continues. On the heels of Microsoft’s investment of $1 billion in OpenAI’s R&D of artificial general intelligence, SoftBank has announced a blockbuster $108 billion private fund comprised mainly of American and Asian investors. Softbank Group Corp. said it will invest $38 billion and that the remaining $70 billion will ... Full article
July 24, 2019
Persistent storage emerged as an early requirement for shifting application containers to full production. Industry standards groups have since taken up the cause by launching so-called “cloud-native” storage projects around key components like the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. Among those efforts is Rook, an open-source (Apache 2.0) storage effort launched recently by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Rook is ... Full article
July 23, 2019
The latest enterprise version of the Docker software container platform is aimed at delivering cloud-native applications from hybrid cloud deployments out to emerging network edge devices. The container pioneer announced general availability of Docker Enterprise 3.0 on Monday (July 22). The new version also strengthens the application platform’s links to the de facto standard Kubernetes cluster orchestrator. Docker said ... Full article
July 23, 2019
VMware has championed the virtues of virtualization of the x86 architecture for more than 20 years, and now the company plans to extend its commitment to virtualizing new architectures used for training AI models. VMware has announced its intended acquisition of Bifusion, provider of a multi-cloud AI infrastructure “disaggregation platform” for GPUs and FPGAs – i.e., hybrid virtualization of ... Full article
July 22, 2019
Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is AI’s moonshot, the next giant leap for the AI field. Microsoft regards it to be feasible enough to warrant a $1 billion investment in OpenAI, the not-for-profit research organization formed in 2015 by Elon Musk and others. AGI would mean breaking AI from its current, narrow confines in which AI handles specific tasks and ... Full article
July 19, 2019
Having witnessed advancements in facial recognition from the start, I’ve marveled at the accumulation of use cases as companies familiarize themselves with the technology. Facial recognition facilitates enhancements to everyday life — helping us organize our online photos, replacing badges for secure access on corporate campuses, rewarding repeat customers in retail spaces and more. On the other end of ... Full article

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