Informatics

Representation of translations made by the GNMT system (Image courtesy Google)

A few weeks after announcing that the Google Translate service would be upgraded to use an machine learning system called Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT), the engineers who run it announced that the new system has made great progress. In particular, it showed that it can translate from one language to another without specific training through an interlingua created on its own.

At the Watson Developer Conference held in San Francisco, IBM announced Project Intu, a new platform designed to make its Watson cognitive computing system accessible from any device. Launched for now in an experimental version, it gives developers who have a Bluemix account to have access to Watson Intu Gateway and create applications using Watson using the SDKs provided as free software through Watson Developer Cloud, Intu Gateway and GitHub.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf (Photo courtesy Qualcomm. All rights reserved)

The multinational semiconductor producer Qualcomm Incorporated announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors N.V., which operates in the same field, for a total of about $47 billion to be paid in cash at $110 per share. This is the largest acquisition in the history in the semiconductor field.

Map of the outages caused by the October 21, 2016 attacks (Image courtesy Downdetector.com)

A few days after the attacks incredibly massive attacks suffered in two stages by Dyn, a provider of Internet service including the DNS management, information, estimates on affected devices and theories on the potential culprits keep on arriving. Very high profile sites such as the social networks Twitter and Reddit, famous online services such as e-Bay, Netflix and Spotify and other sites have been hit more or less hard. The involvement of many devices for the Internet of Things shows how their security is too often non-existent.

IBM chip with artificial neurons (Image courtesy IBM Research. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature Nanotechnology” describes the creation by IBM of artificial neurons using phase change materials to record and process data. The company created a chip that contains the devices that constitute the “heart” of these neurons on a chip and there may be even millions of them. The aim is to mimic biological neurons to achieve progress in the development of neuromorphic techniques to be applied for example to cognitive computing.