Artificial Intelligence explained

Up until the last 10 years or so, artificial intelligence was the stuff of science fiction: machines that could learn from a variety of interactions to make decisions and take actions that would normally require a human to execute. Because of that science fiction, there are those who fear AI as the beginning of the rise of intelligent robots. So, ethical development of AI has become an important issue in the IT community.

Artificial intelligence is having a big impact on application development. Today, we see AI in many different computing environments. It is also popping up in customer service call centers, in dialog boxes on websites, in the Industrial Internet of Things, as well as in our children’s toys, our homes and businesses. When coupled with automated processes, machines can take over many of the more mundane tasks businesses have to complete on a daily basis.

Of course, applications of AI are much broader and more sophisticated. AI can be found in automotive controls, such as applying the brake when your car is quickly approaching the one ahead. It’s found in data analytics, processing and management, where AI can learn to spot anomalies in data and trigger alerts and actions to remediate the issue.

SD Times news digest: Instana’s new monitoring and tracing capabilities, Synopsys’ embARC, and Facebook Fizz DoS vulnerability

Instana has added monitoring and tracing support for NGINX and Envoy Application Proxies. This will provide developers with performance visibility and individual traces for every transaction in the browser. This data is automatically captured and integrated with Instana’s sensor and tracing technologies, the company explained. “While Application Proxies are an important part of creating on-demand … continue reading

Stanford University launches new institute that will focus on human-centered AI

Stanford University wants to change the way the world views and develops AI. It has launched a new institute for advancing AI “research, education, policy, and practice to improve the human condition.” The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) will build on the tradition of the university’s AI leadership and will focus on collaboration … continue reading

SD Times news digest: TimescaleDB on Azure, SAP Analytics Cloud, and Rockset’s new cloud service

Timescale has announced a new partnership with Microsoft Azure to support TimescaleDB on Azure Database for PostgreSQL. This will enable customers to deploy production-ready instances of TimescaleDB on Azure. “We recognize that many of our users are modernizing their existing data infrastructure or building new IoT applications, and many of them want to do this … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Google’s new app icon specification, Android Q’s restrictions on how apps access network information, and SUSE is now its own company

Google has introduced a new design specification for app icons. App developers will be able to submit new icons to the Google Play Console starting in early April. After May 1, developers will no longer be able to submit icons that do not meet the new specifications. By June 24, all icons, new and old, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Neurala Brain Builder, LEADTOOLS 20, and the Cosmos Network

Neurala has launched a new end-to-end SaaS platform for creating custom vision AI solutions. The Brain Builder platform will provide a single tool for data tagging, training, deployment, and analysis. This will make AI more accessible for developers of all skill levels, Neurala explained. “While investments in AI have increased exponentially in recent years, a … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Microsoft’s AI Business School, Altibase’s sharding technology, and Kony Quantum

In an effort to help business leaders answer questions related to their AI journeys, Microsoft has launched its AI Business School. The course was designed with the goal of empowering business leaders to confidently lead in the age of AI. The course includes case studies and guides, lectures, perspectives, and talks that can be viewed … continue reading

Organizations are using AI to speed up test automation

More and more businesses are looking to leverage artificial intelligence to tackle their testing initiatives and speed up development and delivery. Perfecto announced this week an AI-based testing solution for automating the process of writing test scripts. Perfecto Codeless uses machine learning to give teams of all skill levels codeless testing capabilities. According to the … continue reading

NVIDIA announces $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox

NVIDIA is expanding its mark in the processing and high performance computing industry with the acquisition of Mellanox. The company is acquiring Mellanox for $125 per share, approximately $6.9 billion total. According to NVIDIA, the acquisition will help tackle the growing data and compute load necessary for AI, scientific computing and data analytics. Together, NVIDIA’s … continue reading

TensorFlow to expand AI capabilities into mobile, IoT, JavaScript

It has been three years since the open-source machine learning platform TensorFlow was launched, and now the team is announcing new and ambitious plans for the AI library. The TensorFlow Developer Summit took place in Sunnyvale, CA this week, where the TensorFlow team announced the alpha version of Tensor 2.0, TensorFlow.js 1.0, TensorFlow Lite and … continue reading

Biotech firms turns to open source for speed

Founded 10 years ago by a group of MIT scientists, Massachusetts-based biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks has found great success in leveraging a number of open-source technologies to speed up and automate a wide variety of synthetic biology laboratory tasks. The organization’s main focus is the genetic engineering of compound-producing bacteria for a range of industrial … continue reading

Google focuses on accessibility and compatibility for the future of Android

The future of Android-powered devices includes greater accessibility to the broader features of its mobile operating system. Google laid out its plan for upcoming developments and features in the Android ecosystem during MWC Barcelona this week. In addition to highlighting new kinds of hardware, such as the folding-screen smartphones from Samsung and Huawei, the company … continue reading

The LF Deep Learning Foundation picks up the deep probabilistic programming language Pyro

The LF Deep Learning Foundation has accepted Pyro as its latest project. The LF DL Foundation is a Linux Foundation project meant to accelerate the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning open-source projects. Pyro is a probabilistic programming framework created by Uber that is designed to bring together the best of both … continue reading

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