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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 ...

Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accountability

Explaining AI Decisions to Your Customers: IBM Toolkit for Algorithm Accoun...

IBM has introduced a toolkit of algorithms to enable interpretability and explainability of machine learning models – ...

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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 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
From a gala event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco yesterday (Aug. 7), AMD launched its 2nd generation Epyc Rome chips, based on its 7nm process technology. The new AMD Epyc 7002 series is a follow-on to the first-gen 14nm Epyc Naples CPUs, released in June 2017. The announcement marks a significant competitive step for AMD ... Full article
August 7, 2019
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Advanced Micro Devices are claiming a batch of benchmark performance records for HPE servers equipped with AMD’s latest Epyc processor. The virtualization performance and power efficiency world records announced this week were achieved on HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL385 servers equipped with the second-generation AMD Epyc Rome processor that launched today (Aug. 7). The partners ... Full article
August 7, 2019
No summer doldrums here. In an intense week for leading chip and server companies, Lenovo today launched two new single-socket servers, the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655, built with AMD’s new Epyc 7nm 7002 CPU, with up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe lanes. The news follows FPGA launches earlier this week from  Xilinx and Intel, whose new chip is ... Full article
August 6, 2019
Intel today announced that its forthcoming Cooper Lake Xeon Scalable processors, based on Intel’s 14nm++ process, will come with up to 56-cores in a socketed form factor, leveraging the capabilities from its Xeon Platinum 9200 series. The new chip — the first to support bfloat16, targeting AI workloads — is packaged in a multichip module (MCM), like the Platinum ... Full article
August 6, 2019
The two FPGA market leaders, Intel and Xilinx, both announced new accelerator cards this week designed to handle specialized, compute-intensive workloads and unburden already overworked CPUs in data center servers. Xilinx today announced the Alveo U50 accelerator card, which the company said delivers between 10 and 20x improvements in throughput, latency and power efficiency for “domain-specific acceleration” of compute, ... Full article
August 5, 2019
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared last December and has been updated to reflect recent developments at Liberty Defense. AI may be on the cusp of making inroads against two menaces of modern life: mass shootings and terrorism. Two start-ups have technologies under development designed to spot bad actors and bad cargo before they can cause harm. Liberty Defense ... 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
In a year of major M&A activity in the high performance technology sector, Xilinx announced today the closing of its acquisition of low latency network provider SolarFlare, whose speedy network interface card (NIC) technology is widely used by financial services and hyperscalers. When the planned acquisition was announced in April, Xilinx said the acquisition would help the company to ... Full article
July 30, 2019
Intel didn’t wow chip lovers earlier this year with the launch of its 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors “Cascade Lake” processors, which are based on the same 14nm process as the first generation processors. But the launch also included the delivery of Optane Data Center Persistent Memory Module (DCPMM), which is poised to deliver big benefits for SQL ... 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 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
July 18, 2019
Oh, to be a data scientist now that AI is here. Money, prestige, deference and little interference, since few understand much of what data scientists do. Still, it isn’t all beer and skittles, they face the daily grind, too. We recently spoke (under condition of anonymity) with a data scientist at a North American financial institution, a resource-rich company ... Full article

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