Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many big moonshots fail not because of the technology but because of the lack of coordination and for, perhaps the first time ever, we now have both thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative   A while ago I wrote an article about how, given all...

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SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over half the worlds population has no access to the internet, or the services, or benefits it offers. These audacious global internet programs want to resolve that.   Internet access is cheap, fast and available everywhere. Mobile phone and communications companies throw unlimited data plans...

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Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pushing artificial intelligence to the edge of the network – to the device, and untethering it from the datacenter, will help make devices smarter and revolutionise the software that runs on them, making it exponentially more powerful and capable   In a speech today at...

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Googles new advertising terms unmask the identities of billions of users

Googles new advertising terms unmask the identities of billions of users

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Google takes tracking and identifying individuals to a whole new level.   Whether it is online, or offline, your privacy is under attack – and you’ve known this for a long time but the level of “surveillance” is about to increase – exponentially. Online you are...

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Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI, the Genie we’ve let out of the bottle is on the cusp of improving at an exponential rate and we need to talk about the potential consequences.   Artificial intelligence is hitting its stride, already giving us machines that can drive themselves, talk to...

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Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology behind Google’s AlphaGo is about to give Google Translate a major upgrade and it’s within a whisker of being as good at it as humans are.   Last year, a computer system built by a team of Google engineers beat one of the world’s...

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SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Facebook CEO said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ in explosion of Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellite intended to provide internet coverage to parts of Africa   In October last year Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks CEO, proudly announced his first project to deliver internet from space. The post read: “As...

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Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s might destroy other AI’s but at least humanity is safe…?   The chief scientist leading Facebook’s research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) doesn’t believe the technology is a threat to human existence – unless we are very stupid. So there’s still a chance then…  ...

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Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebook have kick started a trend of AI’s building more AI’s and it’s only going to accelerate.   Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are taking over the internet. DNNs, unlike their more basic pattern matching Machine Learning cousins are able to learn and replicate human like tasks by...

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Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world is connected, Facebook’s connecting the other half.   Facebook has achieved the first successful test flight of the Aquila drone, marking another notable milestone in the firm’s efforts to deliver internet access to 4 billion people worldwide who are still off...

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Bots, disruption and the advent of conversational commerce

Bots, disruption and the advent of conversational commerce

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bots are disrupting businesses and industries by changing the way consumers buy products and services.   Take a good look at the people around you. If Governments and Academics are correct then the jobs of between a third to half of the people you’re looking...

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Google reinvents hyperscale storage

Google reinvents hyperscale storage

Organisations that operate hyperscale cloud data centers, such as Alibaba, AWS, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent have always pushed the limits of what’s technically possible with yesterday’s hardware so in 2011 it came as no surprise that they formed the Open computing Project alliance, a program that set about to...

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Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connect another 4 billion people to the internet. Check. Disrupt the communications industry. Check.   Approximately 40% of the world is connected to the internet and of those who aren’t, many are offline for one major reason – connectivity is expensive.     If you think...

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Pt. 2 of 2. The rules of business have changed, adapt or die

Pt. 2 of 2. The rules of business have changed, adapt or die

In Part 1 we looked at how Entrepreneurs are catching many business leaders off guard and changing the rules of business. In this article we look at how they’re managing it and what legacy multi nationals can do to transform their businesses in mid flight to compete. Whichever continent, whichever industry and whichever...

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