Graphcore Chips Could Speed Up AI by 100 Times

Graphcore’s IPU (Intelligence Processing Unit) accelerators and Poplar software together make the fastest and most flexible platform for current and future machine intelligence applications, lowering the cost of AI in the cloud and datacenter, improving performance and efficiency by between 10x to 100x. Graphcore recently closed a new $200 million funding round which values the …

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IBM Investing $2 Billion in an AI Center and Targets 1000 Times Improvement by 2029

IBM will invest $2 billion to develop artificial intelligence hardware and boost AI performance by 1000 times over the next ten years. IBM is partnering with State University of New York to develop an AI Hardware Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany. New York will also provide a subsidy of $300 million. The IBM …

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DARPA wants to speed up computers by over 1000 times while using less power

DARPA has revealed the research teams selected to drive two efforts to go beyond Moore’s law. DARPA’s $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) wants to jumpstart innovation in the electronics industry. Three Dimensional Monolithic System-on-a-Chip (3DSoC) program has groups from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Skywater Technology Foundry …

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Image Sensor chip key to augmented reality in smartphone

The REAL3image sensor chip from Infineon Technologies AG plays a key role in the newest innovative Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone by ASUS. The mobile device was launched yesterday at International CES ® 2017 (International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The ASUS Zenfone AR is the world’s thinnest smartphone that offers a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) …

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Pokemon Go and other games will be the nexus of making the augmented reality everywhere and gaming enhancing wearables on everyone

Pokemon Go became the top US mobile game within days of its launch. Many see it reaching 1 billion global installs to surpass the 550 million peak of Candy Crush. Pokemon Go and the follow on Mario and Zelda augmented reality games could get to over 1.6 billion mobile phone installs to surpass Facebook. Nintendo …

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China signs more high speed rail deals for Africa and is in talks for Asian projects

China has signed a deal to build a 480km railway link between Kenya’s largest seaport of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi — the first stage of a line that will eventually link Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. The railway, built at a cost of US$3.8 billion, is the first to be built in …

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Test Version of Planetary Resources Space telescope Scheduled to Launch Today

Planetary Resources is a leader in developing asteroid mining. More than 1,500 are as easy to reach as the Moon and are in similar orbits as Earth. Asteroids are filled with precious resources, everything from water to platinum. An Orbital Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft destined for the International Space Station (ISS) …

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Broad Group CEO Zhang Adamant that 200 story Skycity skyscraper will be built in 2014

Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 million) and has grandiose aspirations, the biggest of them to build an 838 metre tall tower he calls “Sky City” by the year’s end. It is designed to be 10 metres higher than the current title-holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — which took five …

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Dwave Systems 512 qubits projected to be 10 billion times faster than an Alienware Workstation for a particular problem

Venture Capitalist Steve Jurvetson (Draper Fisher Jurvetson is an investor in Dwave Systems) describes the speedup for Dwave Systems’ Adiabatic Quantum computers. At 2000 to 4000 qubits, Dwave Systems adiabatic quantum computer should become faster than classical computers for discrete optimization problems. Dwave should reach that level of qubits by about 2015. Steve Jurvetson Describes …

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