Baidu and China Life set up US$1 billion AI fund

China Life and Baidu (China Search engine company) will set up a US$1 billion investment fund in Artificial Intelligence and Fintech. China Life on Thursday said it had teamed up with internet search company Baidu to form a 7 billion yuan (US $ 1 billion) private equity fund. China Life will invest 5.6 billion yuan …

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Intel AI accelerator capable of Trillion operations per second per watt

Intel today introduced its new Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU), advancing Intel’s end-to-end portfolio of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to deliver more autonomous capabilities across a wide range of product categories including drones, robotics, smart cameras and virtual reality. Myriad X is world’s first system-on-chip (SOC) shipping with a dedicated Neural Compute Engine …

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Deep Learning at 15 Petaflops from Intel and partners

An Arxiv paper, presents the first, 15-PetaFLOP Deep Learning system for solving scientific pattern classification problems on contemporary HPC architectures. Intel researchers and parters developed supervised convolutional architectures for discriminating signals in high-energy physics data as well as semi-supervised architectures for localizing and classifying extreme weather in climate data. Our Intelcaffe based implementation obtains ∼2TFLOP/s …

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Imec shows Finfet transistors can work down to 2-3 nanometers

Designers can extend Moore’s Law scaling beyond the 5-nanometer node by choosing two-dimensional anisotropic (faster with the grain) materials such as monolayers of black phosphorus, according to Imec (Leuven, Belgium). Monolayer black phosphorus based FETs with different device designs can fulfill the high-performance logic energy-delay requirements till sub-5 nm gate lengths. Although the monolayer black phosphorus …

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US still not killing Space Launch System and not yet engaging Spacex for Mars

There is a $19.5 billion funding bill that has been approved by the US congress. This is a slight increase from last years $19.3 billion funding. It is more of the same NASA funding that has been mostly repeating since George Bush 2 and even George Bush 1 and Clinton and Obama. The new plan …

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UK will add £2 billion a year by 2020-21 for a UK version of DARPA and £23 billion over 5 years to boost economic productivity

The UK government has confirmed that it will spend an extra £2 billion a year by 2020-21 on collaboration between business and scientists as well as creating a technology fund modelled on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the US military research agency credited with developing the internet. Prime Minister Theresa May announced the …

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China Is Planning a Massive Sea Lab almost two miles underwater

China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according …

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Machine Learning is the engine that will drive Google’s Future

The latest ABC earnings call had the following highlights Google’s report is basically a state of the global internet and ecommerce report. * total quarterly revenue was $21.5 billion, up 21% year­over­year, and up 6% sequentially [Annual numbers would be about 4.2 times bigger] * U.S. revenue was up 25% year­over­year to $10 billion. U.K. …

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DARPA looks for innovations to counter Small Unmanned Air Systems

The rapid evolution of small unmanned air systems (sUAS) technologies is fueling the exponential growth of the commercial drone sector, creating new asymmetric threats for warfighters. sUASs’ size and low cost enable novel concepts of employment that present challenges to current defense systems. These emerging irregular systems and concepts of operations in diverse environments require …

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Google could replace some passwords with a ‘trust score” by the end of the year

Conventional passwords might soon be a thing of the past, or at least on devices running Android. Google announced at I / O last week that it’s pushing ahead with plans to replace passwords with “trust scores” that incorporate various data points about users to determine whether or not they’re legitimate. Its Trust API is …

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Sensors in body armor will enable safe full contact weapons-based martial art competition

A new full contact combat training and competition body armor is made with Kevlar reinforced with carbon-fibre composites. On top of that are various polymers and other materials, which Chiron Global is keeping secret. The new armored body suit weighs 19 kilograms. It is neither too heavy nor cumbersome to prevent even aerial cartwheels, but …

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