Why Commerce Players Must Invest In Artificial Intelligence Today

Why Commerce Players Must Invest In #ArtificialIntelligence Today by @mevans14

  • The power of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the consumer journey dominated the conversation at Shoptalk this week.
  • Below are four ways that artificial intelligence has the potential to transform tomorrow’s commerce experience:

    As more retail sales shift to online channels, a number of retailers are looking at ways to better incorporate technologies into the physical retail environment in order to empower store associates and improve the in-store experience.

  • Consumers abandon e-commerce experiences because the product results are often irrelevant, according to Amir Konigsberg, the CEO of Twiggle, which helps e-commerce search engines think the way human beings do.
  • Using artificial intelligence, brands are able to more intelligently and efficiently comb through petabytes of data to better predict consumer behavior and offer recommendations tied to individual consumers.
  • Artificial intelligence will be critical to doing so with chatbots and personal assistants driving the conversation in this next era of conversational commerce.

There is no way to spell “retail” without AI. While companies have been collecting petabytes of data for years, most struggle to make sense of it all. Artificial intelligence enables brands to better synthesize mounds of data and incorporate those learnings into an improved commerce experience.
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NVIDIA Scores Yet Another GPU Cloud For AI With Tencent

Excited to announce that Tencent Cloud has adopted NVIDIA #Pascal for #AI cloud computing.

  • And today, NVIDIA added TenCent to their list of cloud service providers that offer access to NVIDIA hardware in their clouds for AI and other compute intensive applications.
  • The exception is the world’s largest datacenters, aka the “Super Seven” (Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Tencent) whose server farms probably crunch proprietary machine learning algorithms with thousands, or even tens of thousands, of speedy GPUs, 100% of which bear the bright green NVIDIA logo.
  • With this announcement, NVIDIA is now able to claim that every significant cloud service provider is a customer and supplier of GPUs as a service, including Amazon, Google, IBM Softlayer, Microsoft, Allyun (Alibaba Cloud), and Nimbix.
  • They built custom servers that support up to 8 high-end NVIDIA Tesla P100 (Pascal) GPUs interconnected with NVLINK, the first major cloud provider to do so.
  • The virtuous cycle of innovation in Artificial Intelligence will be built in the cloud, and not just in the USA, but especially in Asia, where Tencent-hosted NVIDIA GPUs stand to help accelerate that cycle globally, adding even more momentum to the AI flywheel.

NVIDIA has announced that Tencent, the Chinese Internet giant, will offer its latest GPUs to its customers who want to build Machine Intelligence applications. This move completes NVIDIA’s clean sweep of every major cloud provider offering its GPUs to accelerate Machine Learning training/inference.
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Baidu’s AI Chief Andrew Ng Resigns: He’s Coy About What’s Next

Baidu's #AI Chief, Andrew Ng, Resigns; He's Coy About What's Next

  • Andrew Ng, one of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers, said in a Medium post that he is resigning as the head of AI initiatives at Baidu Corp., one of China’s largest Internet companies.
  • Ng said he said he will “continue to shepherd” the growth of AI in society, but provided few clues about what might come next.
  • He portrayed his departure from Baidu as amicable, saying: “the team is stacked up and down with talent; I am confident AI at Baidu will continue to flourish.”
  • The full text of Ng’s post can be found here.
  • Ng has held a multitude of high-profile positions in Silicon Valley in the past decade, serving as a computer science professor at Stanford University, as head of the Google Brain project, and as chairman of Coursera, an online-education company that he co-founded with Stanford faculty colleague Daphne Koller.

Andrew Ng, a leading artificial intelligence researcher, said he has resigned as head of AI initiatives for Baidu, one of China’s largest Internet companies. Ng portrayed the departure as amicable but provided few clues about what comes next.
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Becoming Human: Intel is Bringing the Power of Sight to Machines

Becoming Human: Intel is Bringing the Power of Sight to Machines  #MachineLearning

  • Becoming Human: Intel is Bringing the Power of Sight to Machines
  • With the existing applications of Intel’s RealSense platform, Movidius is even better equipped to realize its dream of giving sight to machines.
  • “We see massive potential for Movidius to accelerate our initiatives in new and emerging technologies.
  • Intel acquires eight-year old startup Movidius to position itself as the leader in computer vision and depth-sensing technologies.
  • While the details of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Intel and Movidius both stand to gain from this deal.

Intel acquires eight-year old startup Movidius to position itself as the leader in computer vision and depth-sensing technologies. While the details of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Intel and Movidius both stand to gain from this deal.
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Bill Gates talks about why artificial intelligence is nearly here and how to solve two big problems it creates

Bill Gates talks about why artificial intelligence  via @Recode

  • Melinda Gates noted that you can tell a lot about where her husband’s interest is by the books he has been reading. “
  • Bill Gates is excited about the rise of artificial intelligence but acknowledged the arrival of machines with greater-than-human capabilities will create some unique challenges.
  • Bill Gates talks about why artificial intelligence is nearly and how to solve two big problems it creates
  • Gates has talked about that in the past, saying that he plans to spend time with people who have ideas on how to address that issue, noting work being done at Stanford, among other places.
  • “The dream is finally arriving,” Gates said, speaking with wife Melinda Gates on Wednesday at the Code Conference .

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The real challenge is ensuring humans stay in control.


Bill Gates talks about why artificial intelligence is nearly here and how to solve two big problems it creates