Strategic AI shapes economy, policy

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According to an annual AI index released this week by Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, AI is gradually reshaping segments of the global economy in sectors like bioscience and healthcare. Those investments have caught the attention of policy makers. The index notes growing congressional attention to AI technology as a strategic asset. To that end, U.S. lawmakers concerned about China’s expanding AI strategy this week proposed the creation of an interagency office to coordinate AI and other technology research.

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Microsoft launches AI-Backed Semantic Search

Azure AI Cognitive Search

Microsoft has been steadily upgrading its enterprise search capabilities, recently targeting previously “unsearchable” unstructured data in the form of PDFs, Word documents, text files and JPEGs. The result was Azure Cognitive Search, a cloud-based service with built-in AI capabilities.

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C3 AI launching a technology licensing office after getting broad AI software Patent

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Enterprise AI software platform vendor C3 AI will begin licensing its model-driven architecture and other technologies later this year after receiving a broad, new “omnibus” U.S. patent for its flagship product, the C3 AI Suite.

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Fuji joins Investors backing AI Robotic startups

Robot Investing

The integration of AI with robotics applications continues to attract tech investors who presumably sense that machine learning tools can help transform static industrial robots into agile assemblers of different products in varying volumes. The latest example is a collaboration between […]

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Deloitte’s upcoming Center for AI Computing aims to help customers grow AI use

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With AI use continuing to grow in adoption throughout enterprise IT, Deloitte is creating a new Deloitte Center for AI Computing to advise its customers, explain the technology and help them use it in their ongoing business and growth plans. Designed to provide a cloud-accessible accelerated platform that Deloitte clients can […]

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars: Here’s How It Is Using AI

Mars Perseverance

After its ambitious Feb. 18 landing on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is already getting critical help from the multiple onboard AI systems that are designed to guide its two-year exploratory mission on the red planet.
Perseverance successfully completed its 293-million-mile voyage from Earth to Mars and landed safely on the Martian surface at 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday.

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Peak expands access to AI ‘Decision Intelligence’

AI Decision Intelligence

AI deployments are steadily migrating to retail applications as commercial brands seek to get a better handle on supply chains along with marketing and sales.
Increased demand for embedded AI software used to guide those decisions is on the rise, benefitting early movers offering automation tools designed to inform decisions on logistics and marketing. Among them is U.K.-based Peak AI, which this week announced a $21 million Series B venture round, bringing its total investor funding to $43 million.

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NASA’s latest Mars Rover, Perseverance, will get help from AI on the Red Planet

Mars rover Perseverance

As NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, prepares to land on the Martian surface Feb. 18 (Thursday) after a six-month flight to the red planet, the use of AI will quickly become an important part of the rover’s mission once it begins to traverse the landscape. As Perseverance jumps into its goal of searching for traces of microscopic life on Mars that dates back billions of years, the rover will use an AI-powered device…

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Sunlight’s AI Hypervisor gains Nvidia GPU support to boost Edge deployments

Edge Computing

Sunlight, the U.K.-based specialist in virtualizing data-intensive applications, announced Nvidia GPU support for its “lightweight” hypervisor designed to boost the performance of edge AI deployments. GPU support for its NexVisor platform would…

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Microsoft, HPE Bringing AI, Edge, Cloud to earth Orbit in preparation for Mars missions

Space Station

The International Space Station will soon get a delivery of powerful AI, edge and cloud computing tools from HPE and Microsoft Azure to expand technology experiments aimed at preparing NASA for launching future crewed exploratory missions to Mars. The new equipment and software, including HPE’s specialized, second-generation Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), will mark the first time that broad AI and edge computing capabilities will be available to researchers on the space station, Tom Keane, Microsoft’s vice president of Azure Global, wrote in a Feb. 11 post on the Azure blog.

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AI software tool helping Quantum Computers to ‘Self-Tune’ for improved performance

Quantum computing

With the overriding goal of reducing hardware errors and instability caused by environment noise, quantum computing software startup Q-CTRL has unveiled an AI-based toolset billed as enabling quantum computers to “self-tune” for noise and error suppression.

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AI Tool emerges to accelerate COVID-19 Vaccines that battle new virus mutations

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A growing list of global COVID-19 variants is prompting disease researchers to employ AI models trained using bioinformatics data to speed up vaccine development in the critical search to find improved vaccines that can effectively fight the virus mutations.

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IBM, Palantir partner on AI Apps

AI Apps

IBM and data analytics software vendor Palantir Technologies Inc. will release a cloud data platform in March designed to deploy AI-based applications built around Watson. The service, dubbed Palantir for IBM Cloud Pak for Data, will run on Red Hat OpenShift, enabling hybrid cloud deployments, the partners said Monday (Feb. 8). It also integrates Palantir’s Foundry operations platform designed to integrate data management with analytics.

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New Open AI Energy initiative launches to expand AI Use in Energy Industry

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Shell, C3.ai, Microsoft and Baker Hughes are collaborating on an Open AI Energy Initiative (OAI) that aims to grow AI use across the energy and process manufacturing industries. The OAI is envisioned by the partners as an open ecosystem of AI technologies that will provide a framework for energy operators, service providers, equipment providers and the software vendors who serve them to create new AI and physics-based models, monitoring, diagnostics and more to help solve critical industry needs, according to the group.

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Utilities turn to AI to manage assets, field operations

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Public infrastructure operators are joining a growing list of AI technology adopters as they seek to streamline operations and better manage assets. Among the latest is the El Paso, Texas, water utility, which this week announced plans to work with AI services vendor KloudGin Inc. The field service and asset management provider, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., also works with other state and local water and gas utilities along with telecom providers.

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Quantum AI consortium grows, seeks Open Ecosystem

Plan QK

The emerging field of quantum-assisted AI is gathering momentum as partners take the initial steps toward developing an ecosystem based on open platforms.
Furthering that progress, software and algorithm specialist Cambridge Quantum Computing and Germany’s PlanQK quantum AI research consortium will collaborate on an effort to extend the reach quantum-assisted AI, or QAI.

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How enterprise AI use will grow in 2021: Predictions from our AI experts

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Among IT executives, leaders, experts and supporters in the field of AI, the opinions and insights vary widely. In this AI 2021 predictions roundup for EnterpriseAI readers, we have gathered the thoughts and comments from a sampling of our experts who shared their thoughts with us on the AI marketplace and coming innovations over the next year. Their conversations are intriguing.

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Graphcore IPU gets a public Cloud Boost

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Graphcore, the U.K. AI chip developer, is expanding its roster of cloud partners to include Cirrascale Cloud Partners, a deep learning infrastructure specialist. The result of the collaboration is a scalable AI cloud platform dubbed Graphcloud that provides access to Graphcore’s second-generation intelligent processing unit, or IPU, and accompanying software stack.

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AI Virtualization and Orchestration Startup Run: AI Captures $30M in Series B Funding

AI Stack of the Future

Upstart AI vendor Run:AI dove into AI by creating Kubernetes-based software to help customers get more production out of their existing AI infrastructure investments. Run:AI’s software is an orchestration and virtualization layer that pools together compute resources so they can be instantly allocated on demand as needed.

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U.S. leads world in AI, but here comes China

USA China Race

The United States is maintaining its early lead over China and the European Union in development and application of artificial intelligence technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). But while the Americans’ lead is still substantial today, China is poised to close the gap, while the EU is largely failing to keep up, the report found.

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