Baidu Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 AI Developers in July

.@Baidu_Inc Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 #AI Developers in July

  • Baidu Will Convene a Conference of 4,000 AI Developers in July

    (Yicai Global) June 21 — Chinese internet behemoth Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ: BIDU] will hold an artificial intelligence developer conference, Baidu Create 2017, at Beijing National Convention Center on July 5, Chinanews.com reported.

  • Baidu unveiled its new open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo, at Auto Shanghai show on April 19, and it plans to disclose details of the project for the first time to the Beijing conference.
  • Robbin Li, its founder and chief executive and group president and chief operations officer Lu Qi will talk about the development strategy and technology solutions for the open AI platform at the event, per information shown on the conference website (Create.baidu.com), saying that they will be joined by Baidu’s leading AI technology developers and scientists.
  • The Beijing-based tech firm will debut to the public its entire AI technology system, including basic modules such as voice, image, natural language processing and Big Data user profiling, as well as emerging applied technologies ranging from automated driving and operating system based on man-machine interaction with intelligent cloud computing.
  • Baidu plans to hold an AI developer conference every summer in future.

Chinese internet behemoth Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ: BIDU] will hold an artificial intelligence developer conference, Baidu Create 2017, at Beijing National Convention Center on July 5, Chinanews.com reported.
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Machine learning is driving growth at Airbnb

Machine learning is driving growth at Airbnb

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  • Machine learning (ML) has had a “profound” effect on Airbnb’s business growth, according to the company’s VP of engineering, Mike Curtis.
  • Airbnb uses ML to optimize matching between guests and hosts, connecting millions of guests to hosts using personalized criteria:

    Optimizing matches between hosts and guests will be critical to Airbnb’s success as it continues to grow.

  • The variety in types of accommodations Airbnb has is an advantage, as long as it ensures guests can easily find a host that meets their criteria.
  • And as Airbnb adds to its 3 million current listings, ensuring both guests and hosts are satisfied will become more crucial.

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The app is dead. And the IoT killed it. Internet of Things blog

Jane Jetson didn't use #apps - ! #TheJetsons #IoT #AI #H2M

  • Like millions of people around the world, you may have received a shiny new device as a holiday gift at the end of last year.
  • The world has changed for the better because WE NO LONGER NEED A SEPARATE APP to use our things, the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • — @Libovness (Source)

    Text is still superior to voice, as anyone who has used Google Home or Amazon Echo (yes, I have one, and I love it) and/or tried to use voice while waiting in an airport security line without having other people overhear: 1) your proprietary business information, 2) your squeeze’s silly nickname, or 3) your holiday weight gain, can tell you.

  • , increase product usability (no apps to learn, even grandmothers can message, especially when they get to choose their own channel), and focus on what they do best (i.e., I have yet to meet a product engineer who loves managing dozens of communications platforms’ constantly changing Application Processing Interfaces (APIs)).
  • Learn more about how UIB is enabling products and software to communicate with people and things, and see the latest smart home, Industry 4.0, and smart city use cases now at unifiedinbox.com and unificationengine.com.

Ken Herron of IoT messaging company Unified Inbox, explores how the IoT means we no longer need a separate app to use our things.
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Microsoft releases version 2.0 of its deep learning toolkit

Microsoft releases version 2.0 of its deep learning toolkit  #CompBindTech

  • Microsoft today launched version 2.0 of what is now called the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.
  • This open-source toolkit, which was previously known as CNTK, is Microsoft’s competitor to similar tools like TensorFlow, Caffe and Torch, and, while the first version was able to challenge many of its competitors in terms of speed, this second version puts an emphasis on usability (by adding support for Python and the popular Keras neural networking library, for example) and future extensibility, while still maintaining — and improving — its speed.
  • Because it was essentially an internal tool, though, it didn’t support Python for example, even though it’s by far the most popular language among machine learning Microsoft originally built this toolkit for speech recognition systems, it was very good at working with time series data for building recurrent neural nets.
  • Huang stressed that the first version of the Cognitive Toolkit outperformed its competitors pretty easily on a number of standard tests.
  • Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is stressing the fact that the Cognitive Toolkit is a battle-tested system that it uses to power most of its internal AI systems, including Cortana, and that it can train models faster than most of its competitors.

Microsoft today launched version 2.0 of what is now called the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. This open-source toolkit, which was previously known as CNTK, is..
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Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry

Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry

  • You can listen to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify (mobile only), TuneIn, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
  • An entertainment-minded robot may seem more trivial on the surface, but Sofman argued that the success of Cozmo’s integration into the home could have big ripples throughout the tech industry.
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Anki CEO Boris Sofman talks about making a robot that can compete with pets on the latest Recode Decode.
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Google is giving a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs to researchers for free

Google is giving a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs to researchers for free

  • At the end of Google I/O, the company unveiled a new program to give researchers access to the company’s most advanced machine learning technologies for free.
  • The TensorFlow Research Cloud program, as it will be called, will be application based and open to anyone conducting research, rather than just members of academia.
  • If accepted, researchers will get access to a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs for training and inference.
  • If that level of openness isn’t your cup of tea, Google is also planning to launch a Cloud TPU Alpha program for internal, private sector, work.
  • The application for the program isn’t open yet, but Google is directing interested parties to fill out a form indicating interest.

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Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning

Google’s latest platform play is artificial intelligence, and it’s already winning

  • It wants to wield influence in the wider AI ecosystem, and to do so has put together an impressive stack of machine learning tools — from software to servers — that mean you can build an AI product from the ground up without ever leaving the Google playpen.
  • The heart of this offering is Google’s machine learning software TensorFlow.
  • They attract talent to Google and help make the company’s in-house software the standard for machine learning.
  • “There are technical differences between [different AI frameworks], but machine learning communities live off community support and forums, and in that regard Google is winning,” he tells The Verge.
  • Yesterday, for example, Google announced that Android now has a staggering two billion monthly active users, and to keep the software’s edge, the company is honing it with machine learning.

Google has always used its annual I/O conference to connect to developers in its sprawling empire. It announces new tools and initiatives, sprinkles in a little hype, and then tells those watching:…
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