Welcome to the weekly report covering the latest happenings in the world of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. This piece will cover developments in software, hardware, and other industry related news.
Asian superpowers – India and China – become AI partners
Asian superpowers India and China have decided to forge an Artificial Intelligence alliance. This development has surfaced after leaders of both the nations met informally last month. The National Association of Software and Services (Nasscom) and the Chinese Government will be looking after the developments with regards to this project.
Artificial Intelligence has been the point of discussion and coverage in the last couple of years as leading nations are trying to invest more time and investment into it. This has resulted in a race between the governments globally in which China targets to be a superpower by 2030. India also isn’t far behind and is already a leader in Asia with regards to AI adoption which saw a jump from 29% to 69% between 2016 and 2017.
Artificial Intelligence not creating the anticipated impact on productivity
AI and automation may have become a regular part of our daily social feeds but the desired impact on productivity is yet to be witnessed fully, it seems. A study run by Swedish economist, Roger Josefsson, has pointed out key statistics which reveal that the productivity statistics has seen much difference in the last 10-15 years.
He wrote in his blog, “It’s “the modern productivity paradox,” he wrote recently in his blog. You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”
Tech behemoths focus on reorganisation
Microsoft, Google and Apple recently stirred up their Artificial Intelligence departments.
Microsoft has split itself into two engineering divisions – Experiences and Devices, and Cloud and AI platforms. Another change which the company witnessed was Terry Myerson, the executive VP of Windows and devices group stepping down from the position and deciding to leave the company. He joined Microsoft 21 years ago.
In a similar update, John Giannandrea, the SVP Engineering at Google AI has transitioned to join Apple as the head of AI.
Google’s plans to develop the controversial Pentagon drone, which was supposed to be executed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defence, has been brought to a halt after facing scrutiny from its own AI developers. The idea, named as Project Maven, would have seen Google use its cloud computer vision capabilities to increase the ability of drones systems to detect objects.
AI Hardware market to witness a rapid boom
According to a report published by Goldman Sachs, the AI hardware market is poised to grow from $12 billion in 2017 to $35 billion /100 billion by 2020/2025. The growth will be primarily driven by higher bill materials, AI-related work and the requirement for powerful computing power memory to train networks.
Microsoft aims to gain an edge in the hardware market
Microsoft is ready to dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence hardware. Harry Shum, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s AI and Research group, revealed that Microsoft may come up with very exciting AI-powered devices as a result of the work put up by its AI engineers and devices group.
Nvidia launches two new products to power autonomous robots
Nvidia, the chip designer, unveiled two new products – Nvidia Isaac and Jetson Xavier – at the Computex 2018 event. It has also worked on the development of a new developer platform and AI computer to boost the development of intelligent machines.
CEO Jenson Huang believes that these two products will help the AI innovation further and make autonomous robots even smarter.
“AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines,” said Huang. “Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”