Amazon just acquired a training ground for retail artificial intelligence research – GeekWire

Amazon just acquired a training ground for retail artificial intelligence research  #ai

  • Amazon didn’t acquire an iconic grocery store brand just for the quinoa: Whole Foods operates hundreds of retail data mines, and Amazon just married a world-class artificial intelligence team with one of the best sources of in-store consumer shopping data in the U.S.
  • Obviously, Amazon already collects a ton of data on consumer purchasing behavior, but it’s relatively new to groceries and brick-and-mortar retail in general.
  • Whole Foods instantly gives Amazon a reliable source of the purchasing habits of well-off Americans, and that data can be used to train artificial intelligence models that will allow retailers to better predict demand and someday automate much of the labor involved in grocery retailing, no matter what the company said Friday about layoffs.
  • The logistics of shipping fresh food around the country are not easy, and that generates a ton of specialized data that Amazon can use to improve its own distribution strategies as well as build a cloud retail AI product for AWS customers.
  • A few years down the road, if you’re an established but aging grocery brand — say Safeway or Albertson’s or Publix (try the subs) — you’ll either watch Amazon and Whole Foods eat your lunch with improved efficiency and incredible reach, or you’ll become an AWS customer because you’ll need the retail AI products that could emerge from this deal to compete.

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Partnership on AI Update

Partnership on #AI Update -  announcing the inaugural Board of Trustees  @PartnershipAI

  • The Board of Trustees will provide direction and oversee the general activities of the Partnership on AI.
  • Today, we are announcing the inaugural Board of Trustees, the board that oversees the Partnership on AI.
  • Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member.
  • The first meeting of the Board of Trustees is taking place on Friday, February 3rd in San Francisco.
  • Diversity of thought across the organization is crucial to ensure that we effectively explore and address the influences of AI on people and society, provide guidance on AI best practices, and seek to advance the public’s understanding of AI.

It has been rewarding and energizing to see all of the enthusiastic support about the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) following our announcement in September. In the months since then, we’ve been working with colleagues and partners from a range of disciplines to build out a robust multi-stakeholder organization and to formulate directions for forthcoming research programs and activities. Today we have some important updates to share.
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IBM’s Project Intu Offers Developers Unprecedented Access to its Watson A.I.

IBM Offers Unprecedented Access to Its #Watson #AI 
  [via @bludevelop_tor] #IBMWatson

  • Project Intu could help IBM make sure those developers choose Watson.
  • If people take advantage of this program, Watson could make sure their supposedly “smart” products aren’t quite as elementary as they are now.
  • Watson is about to get a lot busier .
  • Watson has already been used to do everything from enable robot concierges to help a professor at Georgia Tech manage the online forums of his A.I. course.
  • The question is whether those groups will tap Watson, Alexa, Google’s DeepMind, or some other service to provide those A.I. capabilities.

IBM’s Project Intu will make the Watson A.I. more available to developers of robots, Internet of Things products, and more.
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GitHub

.@mza announcing a new deeplearning benchmark:  #reInvent

  • To run comparisons in a deep learning cluster created with CloudFormation
  • The runscalabilitytest.sh script runs scalability tests and records the throughput as images/sec in CSV files under ‘csv_*’ directories.
  • Step 1: Create a deep learning cluster using CloudFormation .
  • Scalability Comparison Scripts for Deep Learning Frameworks

Contribute to deeplearning-benchmark development by creating an account on GitHub.
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IBM’s Project Intu Offers Developers Unprecedented Access to its Watson A.I.

IBM Offers Unprecedented Access to Its Watson #AI

  • Project Intu could help IBM make sure those developers choose Watson.
  • If people take advantage of this program, Watson could make sure their supposedly “smart” products aren’t quite as elementary as they are now.
  • Watson is about to get a lot busier .
  • The question is whether those groups will tap Watson, Alexa, Google’s DeepMind, or some other service to provide those A.I. capabilities.
  • Watson has already been used to do everything from enable robot concierges to help a professor at Georgia Tech manage the online forums of his A.I. course.

IBM’s Project Intu will make the Watson A.I. more available to developers of robots, Internet of Things products, and more.
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Marc Andreessen on the atomization of AI

Marc Andreessen on the atomization of #AI

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  • It seemed particularly daunting to investors given the data that big companies are able to amass and slice and dice and use to train AI. “The theory went that if you were a startup, even if you could get people, you couldn’t get the data,” he said.

Earlier this year, Andreessen Horowitz investor Chris Dixon noted that how challenging it’s become for investors to help groom promising AI startups, given..
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