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.
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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.