Google unveiled the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) tailored for machine learning. The company has been experimenting with this type of solution in its data center for over a year and stated that its performance per watt are an order of magnitude better-optimized.
IBM announced Watson for Cyber Security, a new version of its cognitive computing system specializing in the field of information security. The company will partner with eight universities to expand the knowledge Watson was trained with in this field.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Pennsylvania State University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; New York University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); the University of New Brunswick; the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo are the universities that will expand the Watson Cyber Security system training. Like the other versions of Watson, this one is designed on the IBM Cloud platform so it can work simultaneously with all of them.
The OpenAI project, the nonprofit organization opened at the end of 2015 with the goal of developing artificial intelligence for the good of all humanity, released the public beta of OpenAI Gym, a sort of virtual gym for this type software. Developers can go on GitHub, the hosting service specializing in free software, and download the toolkit to test the artificial intelligence they created.
Last Saturday the Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson passed away, possibly due to a heart attack. He was best known for his inventions that created the modern e-mail system.
Raymond Samuel Tomlinson was born on April 23, 1941 in Amsterdam, New York, USA. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a master’s degree in electrical engineering at MIT in 1965. For his contributions to the development of the Internet, over the years, Ray Tomlinson received a number of honors such as the George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award, the Webby Award, the IEEE Internet Award and the Prince of Asturias Award. When the Internet Hall of Fame was opened in 2012 he was one of the first that were inducted in it.
At the TED2016 conference, the XPRIZE founder, president and CEO Peter Diamandis and the head of IBM Watson David Kenny announced a new initiative called IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. There’s a $5 million prize money for those who will be able to give a speech at the TED2020 conference after the participating teams will challenge each other at the IBM’s annual conference called World of Watson. The peculiarity is that the speeches won’t be held by humans but by artificial intelligences.