The AI Weekly usually dives deep into a single subject, but with Microsoft and Google hosting their annual developer conferences, this is no ordinary week.
Each conference — here’s everything from Microsoft’s Build and everything from Google’s I/O — resulted in dozens of headlines, making it tough to interpret what really matters. Well, here’s a handful of important developments to follow from both events at the heart of the AI world.
FPGA and TPU
Perhaps the most important advances in computing power for training AI systems announced this week were the beta release of Microsoft’s Project Brainwave, which uses field programmable gate array (FPGA) chips, and Google’s plans to release a third generation of tensor processing unit (TPU) chips.
Two new AI services worth following
Also announced this week: The ML Kit SDK for fast application of AI for Android and iOS developers is now available, and edge deployment of Microsoft Cognitive Services is coming later this year.
Duplex is bananas
Duplex is without question the most talked about news from both Build and I/O. The conversational AI allows Google Assistant to make phone calls to schedule appointments or make reservations in a human-sounding voice. It’s been called unethical and presented in a way that reflects Google’s corporate DNA. I call it the beginning of AI carrying out real-world tasks for customers and businesses.
It’s still just an experiment, but Duplex is about getting people and businesses used to the idea of a bot carrying out activity in the world on your behalf.
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