If a company wanted to tap into today's hot new artificial intelligence technology, not long ago it would've had to hire a stable of Ph.D.s to figure everything out. No more. At its Build conference this week, Microsoft is detailing how it's moved its own Project Brainwave AI technology out of its research lab and into its widely used Azure cloud-computing service, starting with an accelerated option for image recognition. You're not likely to tap into Project Brainwave yourself, but it's the kind of thing that eventually could improve all kinds of services at companies you do deal with — anything from insurance to package delivery. Project Brainwave brings two important differences to conventional AI. First, it uses a fast and flexible but unusual processor referred to as FPGA, for field programmable gate array. It can be updated often to accelerate AI chores with the latest algorithms, and it handles AI tasks rapidly enough to be used for real-time jobs where response … [Read more...] about Microsoft promises Project Brainwave will speed up today’s AI with fast, flexible chips
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Today is the day. It's the beginning of the end, according to practiced doomsday diviner David Meade. On April 23, 2018, Meade says, the sun, the moon and Jupiter will line up in the constellation Virgo (in actuality, they will not be in that constellation) — an alignment that has biblical disaster written all over it. In the Bible, Revelation 12:1-2 speaks of a "woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head," who labors to give birth to a dictator who will ultimately bring about the world's end. Meade did a lot of numerical and cosmic gymnastics to come up with today's apocalypse — one that, of course, will not come to be. The same passage used for today's prediction was also the basis for Meade's end-of-the-world prediction last year, when he said the sky would essentially fall on Sept. 23. It did not. [End of the World? Top 10 Doomsday Threats] And, in fact, his current forecast seems to have long … [Read more...] about The ‘End of the World’ Is Today. Here’s Why We’re Still Here.
The good news for software engineering students is that the job prospects have never been better. Today, every company is a software company, no matter the industry or what it sells, so demand for your skills remain high.But in addition to keeping up-to-date with an always changing technology industry, there’s a new type of intelligence that today’s students need to succeed—the artificial type.Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, chatbots. These are not only some of the hot new areas of software development, but they’re also the future of the industry. Now that we can train software to perform tasks that previously required human intelligence—like recognizing patterns, speech and images—companies can predict outcomes, provide better customer service, or gain greater insights. The value of AI can’t be overstated and it’s being used everywhere, from providing personalized customer advice to banking customers and predicting … [Read more...] about Today’s software engineering students require a new level of intelligence
“Low-code” technology is certainly receiving its fair share of press recently. So much so that even leading analyst firms are weighing in with their opinions on the trend; in fact, Forrester predicts more than a 68 percent revenue growth in low-code, making the overall market size $15.5 billion by 2020.So why are low-code solutions getting so much attention lately? And is it warranted?These days it’s difficult to cut through the constant buzz to determine which technological trends are worth paying attention to. Often when you take a step back to understand why a trend or movement is occurring, its value (and the level of corresponding attention it has been receiving) becomes much clearer. When it comes to low-code, the answer is twofold:1. Today’s organizational agility imperativeThe ability to be agile and respond quickly and efficiently to internal and external changes is often the most crucial component of success for modern businesses. When trying to attain … [Read more...] about Low-code: today’s latest buzzword or technology worth the buzz?
One of the most influential people in the gaming industry, John Carmack, the person behind Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, predicted that mobile devices will be comparable in power to what today's consoles offer. "It’s unquestionable that within a very short time, we’re going to have portable cell phones that are more powerful than the current-gen consoles," Carmack said in an interview for IndustryGamers. "People have exaggerated the relative powers - the iPad2 is not more powerful than the 360. It’s still a factor of a couple weaker. But the fact that it’s gotten that close that fast - that means that almost certainly, 2 years from now, there will be mobile devices more powerful than what we’re doing all these fabulous games on right now."The iPad has grown to have over 100,000 apps in slightly less than a year and a half, a stunning growth for a device that opened a new form factor. But it's not just the user who benefits from this growth – … [Read more...] about Id’s John Carmack predicts mobile devices as powerful as today’s consoles in two years