PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE: Since 1997 © Copyright (PHNO) http://newsflash.org



PHNO SCIENCE & INFOTECH NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI): MICROSOFT SHOWCASES FIRST 'AI' SUPERCOMPUTER IN ACTION, EMBEDDED IN MS CLOUD


OCTOBER 3 -Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about the future of AI (artificial intelligence) before a jampacked crowd of 23,000 IT professionals at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia at the opening of this year’s Microsoft Ignite technology conference. Microsoft is betting big on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it looks like its investment in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or programmable computer chips is paying off. At the opening of Microsoft Ignite’s conference for IT professionals here, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella boasted of the power of a hyperscale AI supercomputer embedded in the Microsoft Cloud. Doug Burger, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft Research, demonstrated how a single 30-watt Microsoft-designed FPGA-board on a server of Azure, Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud computing platform, can classify images faster than a cloud-based server running only on CPUs. “This single board turbo charges the server, allowing it to recognize the images significantly faster. It gives the server a huge boost for AI tasks,” he said. Throw in four boards and a more sophisticated neural network to translate languages on the same FPG-enabled server using 24 high-end CPU cores. It can translate Leo Tolstoy’s 1,440-page novel “War and Peace” from Russian to English in two and a half seconds. “The deep neural network (DNN)-based approach we are using here is computationally much harder, it requires much more compute but it’s achieving record-setting accuracy in language translation,” Burger explained. READ MORE...

ALSO Exponential Intelligence: Microsoft Is Building the First AI Supercomputer


OCTOBER 5 -ROBOT INTELLIGENCE The next 30 years will tell the story of the rise of machine intelligence. We're already having intelligent conversations with our cell phones. In the months and years to come, artificial intelligence will start materially changing our world. We're talking self-driving cars, heads-up displays with facial recognition, and robots on a quest to pass the Turing Test. But what's the endgame here? And what happens when robots are doing all the work that humans used to do?
Google's Azure can translate 5 billion words into a different language in less than one-tenth of a second, half the time it takes a person to blink. By hosting this supercomputer on the cloud, Microsoft is bringing the power of artificial intelligence to the masses. A MORE POWERFUL CLOUD Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big thing in the world of computing, and it is expected to change the way we look at computers. Even the tools and methods used to create AI (machine learning, deep neural networks, etc.) are starting to power everything from search engines to your Facebook feed. Microsoft wants to stay ahead in that game and has announced the way it plans to do so: via the cloud. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Microsoft showcases first AI supercomputer in action


OCTOBER 3 -Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about the future of AI (artificial intelligence) before a jampacked crowd of 23,000 IT professionals at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia at the opening of this year’s Microsoft Ignite technology conference.

ATLANTA, OCTOBER 10, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Eden Estopace  October 3, 2016 -  Microsoft is betting big on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it looks like its investment in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or programmable computer chips is paying off.


Satya Narayana Nadella is an Indian-born American business executive. He is the current chief executive officer of Microsoft. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Wikipedia

At the opening of Microsoft Ignite’s conference for IT professionals here, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella boasted of the power of a hyperscale AI supercomputer embedded in the Microsoft Cloud.

Doug Burger, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft Research, demonstrated how a single 30-watt Microsoft-designed FPGA-board on a server of Azure, Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud computing platform, can classify images faster than a cloud-based server running only on CPUs.

“This single board turbo charges the server, allowing it to recognize the images significantly faster. It gives the server a huge boost for AI tasks,” he said.

Throw in four boards and a more sophisticated neural network to translate languages on the same FPG-enabled server using 24 high-end CPU cores. It can translate Leo Tolstoy’s 1,440-page novel “War and Peace” from Russian to English in two and a half seconds.

“The deep neural network (DNN)-based approach we are using here is computationally much harder, it requires much more compute but it’s achieving record-setting accuracy in language translation,” Burger explained.

READ MORE...

The Microsoft engineer is confident that the new architecture Microsoft has built, which effectively embeds an FPGA-based AI supercomputers into the company’s global hyperscale cloud, will change what’s possible for AI. “We get custom speed, scale and engineering,” he explained.

By definition, FPGA is an integrated circuit designed to be configured by a designer after manufacturing.

Thus, Burger says it provides the efficiency of hardware but also gives you flexibility because you can change the functionality on the fly.


Microsoft engineer Doug Burger proudly shows the Microsoft-designed programmable computer chip that powers its AI supercomputer.

He disclosed that over the past two years, Microsoft has quietly deployed FPGA in its global hyperscale data centers in 15 countries spanning five continents.

This deployment is expected to bring Microsoft customers some of the world’s fastest, most intelligent and productive services from the Microsoft Cloud.

While customers cannot directly access Microsoft’s FPGA deployment at this time, they can interface with the technology through the endpoints of Microsoft Cloud services that leverage its FPGA deployment.

3 BILLION WORDS ON WIKIPEDIA

So what if the supercomputer is asked to translate all five million articles (over three billion words) written in English on Wikipedia? If printed on paper, Burger said it would be a stack of a quarter of a mile high.

“Of course we have this fabric which is global at hyperscale so we can easily throw 50 nodes at FPGA boards, which would take us to about 100 trillion operations per second. We can translate five billion words into another language in less than a 10th of a second,” Burger claimed, adding that the company has 10 times the AI capability of the world’s largest existing supercomputer.

The same set of FPGA nodes on the fabric could also translate the Library of Congress, about 38 million books, in 76 seconds – about the time it takes people to walk and get a cup of coffee at work.

“It allows us to do things at a scale that hasn’t been seen before. We can solve problems with AI that haven’t been solved before, the things that weren’t even possible a few years ago,” Burger said.

Nadella’s highly anticipated innovation keynote before an audience of approximately 23,000 IT professionals at the jampacked Philips Arena has touched major points on AI.

'DEMCRATIZING AI"

He said the future of technology resides in the notion of intelligence. Thus, Microsoft is seeking to “democratize AI” or make it accessible for all.

“We’re building the world’s most powerful AI supercomputer and making it available to anyone, via the cloud, to enable all to harness its power and tackle AI challenges, large and small,” he said.

The plan calls for infusing every application that people and organizations interact with on any device at any point in time with intelligence, and make these same intelligent capabilities that are infused in the apps available to every application developer in the world.

“As we infuse intelligence into everything, whether it’s your keyboard, your camera, or business applications, we are essentially teaching applications to see, to hear, to predict, to learn and take action,” Nadella said.

NOT TO BEAT HUMNS

He cautioned though that Microsoft is not pushing AI to beat humans. “We are pushing AI so that we can empower every person and every institution so that they can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our economy and our society,” he concluded.


FUTURISM.COM

Exponential Intelligence: Microsoft Is Building the First AI Supercomputer WRITTEN BY AUTHOR Jelor Gallego EDITOR Kristin Houser 4 hours ago OCTOBER 5, 2016


ROBOT INTELLIGENCE The next 30 years will tell the story of the rise of machine intelligence. We're already having intelligent conversations with our cell phones. In the months and years to come, artificial intelligence will start materially changing our world. We're talking self-driving cars, heads-up displays with facial recognition, and robots on a quest to pass the Turing Test. But what's the endgame here? And what happens when robots are doing all the work that humans used to do?

Microsoft
IN BRIEF

•Google's Azure can translate 5 billion words into a different language in less than one-tenth of a second, half the time it takes a person to blink.

•By hosting this supercomputer on the cloud, Microsoft is bringing the power of artificial intelligence to the masses.

A MORE POWERFUL CLOUD

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big thing in the world of computing, and it is expected to change the way we look at computers. Even the tools and methods used to create AI (machine learning, deep neural networks, etc.) are starting to power everything from search engines to your Facebook feed. Microsoft wants to stay ahead in that game and has announced the way it plans to do so: via the cloud.

READ MORE...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has boasted that Microsoft’s Azure Cloud will be the world’s first AI supercomputer, and that sounds like a match made in heaven. AI, machine learning, neural networks…all of those require massive processing power, and the cloud is the perfect vehicle to deliver that power as it can utilize multiple processors and devices instead of relying on one big processor.


Azure - Cloud Academy Blog

Microsoft has been adapting Azure and its other services, such as Bing and Office 365, to accommodate the infrastructure for AI. The company’s cloud processing is not based on just traditional central processing units (CPUs), but also graphical processing units (GPUs), which can handle parallel processing much better.

It has been integrating Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in its cloud servers as well. These FPGAs are key to increasing the flexibility of the hardware Microsoft is using because they can be reprogrammed to “change their functionality on the fly,” according to Doug Burger of Microsoft Research during an address at Microsoft Ignite.

The result is a super-fast, intelligent cloud with the ability to translate 5 billion words from one language into another in less than one-tenth of a second, “half the amount of time it takes for a human to blink,” according to GeekWire.


https://youtu.be/CXTM6k9UotQ

YOU GET AI, AND YOU GET AI…

Microsoft is not the only company bundling AI into its core services.

Google has been a frontrunner in the AI race, and everything from Google’s search engine to its self-driving cars use AI.

Amazon also has its own GPU-powered cloud computing service that handles everything from seismic analysis to genomics.

However, Azure may be the product to truly bring AI to the masses.

Microsoft has claimed that Azure Cloud will “democratize” artificial intelligence since the service can be used by anyone.

Soon there will be no restrictions on who can integrate AI functions into their programs or businesses.

AI technology will become a part of everyday life, and that’s when we’ll really see what the technology is capable of doing.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/iUuNJbus7UwFPGA TECHNOLOGY

 
https://youtu.be/iUuNJbus7Uw


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
© Copyright, 2016 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE