Topic: research

New chip by MIT researchers may push IoT technology, and Ford and Pivotal team up on FordPass software—SD Times news digest: Feb. 8, 2016

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a new chip specifically to implement neural networks. This chip may enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial intelligence algorithms and help “usher” along the Internet of Things. The chip is 10x as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable devices to run … continue reading

Google’s AI system beats ancient Chinese strategy game Go

This week, there was a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence researchers. Google’s AI system AlphaGo won a contest of the ancient strategy game Go, the first time an AI system was able to do so for it. The rules of Go are simple: Players take turns placing black or white stones on a board, and … continue reading

Facebook to open an office for Oculus virtual reality research

Pittsburgh is a city that is home to many technology researchers, so it makes sense that Facebook is setting up an office in the Steel City. This new office will focus on Oculus virtual reality research, according to reports. A report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed that Facebook was leasing a 20,000-square-foot space in the … continue reading

Microsoft’s pull request to Node.js with ChakraCore, Microsoft Philanthropies, and OpenStack adoption—SD Times digest: Jan. 20, 2016

Microsoft has submitted a pull request to the Node.js mainline in order to enable it to work with Microsoft’s recently open-sourced ChakraCore. According to Microsoft, the open-sourcing of ChakraCore helps the technology better align with Node.js release schedules. The pull request would allow Node.js to use the ChakraCore JavaScript engine, and to enable Node.js developers … continue reading

DARPA’s I2O calls for ‘revolutionary’ software development proposals

The U.S. government’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), a subsidiary of DARPA, has released a broad agency announcement calling for “revolutionary research” proposals for software development with two primary objectives: to “empower humans within the information ecosystem,” and to “guarantee trustworthy computing and information.” According to the I2O’s announcement, the office is seeking “unconventional approaches that … continue reading

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