Friday, December 11, 2015

OpenAI: Elon Musk and Others Found a $1 Billion AI Initiative
"OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company."

  • "OpenAI's research director is Ilya Sutskever, one of the world experts in machine learning. Our CTO is Greg Brockman, formerly the CTO of Stripe. The group's other founding members are world-class research engineers and scientists: Trevor Blackwell, Vicki Cheung, Andrej Karpathy, Durk Kingma, John Schulman, Pamela Vagata, and Wojciech Zaremba. Pieter Abbeel, Yoshua Bengio, Alan Kay, Sergey Levine, and Vishal Sikka are advisors to the group. OpenAI's co-chairs are Sam Altman and Elon Musk."
  • "Sam, Greg, Elon, Reid Hoffman, Jessica Livingston, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Infosys, and YC Research are donating to support OpenAI. In total, these funders have committed $1 billion, although we expect to only spend a tiny fraction of this in the next few years."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Google TensorFlow

TensorFlow is an Open Source Software Library for Machine Intelligence

"TensorFlow™ is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Nodes in the graph represent mathematical operations, while the graph edges represent the multidimensional data arrays (tensors) communicated between them. The flexible architecture allows you to deploy computation to one or more CPUs or GPUs in a desktop, server, or mobile device with a single API. TensorFlow was originally developed by researchers and engineers working on the Google Brain Team within Google's Machine Intelligence research organization for the purposes of conducting machine learning and deep neural networks research, but the system is general enough to be applicable in a wide variety of other domains as well."

Microsoft Station Q

"Station Q is a Microsoft Research lab, located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, focused on studies of topological quantum computing. The lab and its collaborators are exploring theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit." 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Toyota Creates $1B AI, Robotics Institute in US$1-billion-ai-robotics-institute-in-us/d/d-id/1323040

  • "To be called: Toyota Research Institute (TRI)"
  • "...headquarters near Stanford University in Palo Alto, California"
  • "A second location is planned near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts"
  • "...begin operations in Jan. 2016, and plans to hire 200 staff members"
  • "AI and robotics research institute headed by former DARPA project manager and MIT professor Gill Pratt"