Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

www.theregister.co.uk | 1/20/2019 | Staff
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Roundup Hello, here’s a very quick roundup of some of the interesting AI announcements from this week. Read on if you like robots and GPUs.

Nvidia robotics lab opens: Nvidia’s AI robotics lab has officially opened its doors after CEO Jensen Huang paid a visit to its Seattle office.

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The lab was announced back in November last year with an initial staff of 14 researchers, but is now hoping to expand to 32 by the middle of 2019. It will be led by Dieter Fox, who is currently on leave from his role as a professor of computer science at the University of Washington.

Researchers will focus on merging AI software with hardware to create robots for manufacturing and healthcare purposes. “We want to develop robots that can naturally perform tasks alongside people,” said Fox. “To do that, they need to be able to understand what a person wants to do and figure out how to help her achieve a goal.”

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At the moment, their main project revolves around making a robot that is useful in the kitchen. Dubbed the “kitchen manipulator,” the robot will be expected to do tasks like retrieve objects like cutlery and plates from drawers and cupboards.

“All of this is working toward enabling the next generation of smart manipulators that can also operate in open-ended environments where not everything is designed specifically for them,” Fox added. “By pulling together recent advances in perception, control, learning and simulation, we can help the research community solve some of the greatest challenges in robotics.”

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Rent T4 GPUs in Google Cloud now: Huzzah, commoners can now rent Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs via Google's Cloud Platform.

The service was previously only available to private customers, but has now expanded for users living in Brazil, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Tokyo, and the United States.

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