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Cloud To Make Robots Cheaper And Smarter

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Sohini Bagchi.

Cloud robotics is gaining significant momentum in recent times. Experts believe increasing investments in cloud-based technology will fuel innovations in the robotics sector, which in turn can have a profound impact on the enterprise – leading to cutting edge innovation and increased efficiency at a much lower cost.

Simply put, cloud robotics is about empowering a robot to work beyond its physical ability. In an interaction with the New York Times, Ken Goldberg, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, defines Cloud robotics as a new way of thinking about robots. “For a long time, we thought that robots were off by themselves, with their own processing power...

Alibaba Cloud Harnesses AI and data analytics expertise to advance China's innovations in urban governance and astronomy

Grazed from NetworksAsia. Author: Editorial Staff.

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced recently at its Computing Conference that it will provide its artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and data analytics capabilities to two new cutting-edge developments in China, demonstrating its role as a leading driver of the country's technological advancements.

Initiated by the Hangzhou government, the “Hangzhou City Brain” is set to address the city’s urban living challenges. As the hub to consolidate data and provide real-time analysis, the “Hangzhou City Brain” will rely on Alibaba Cloud’s AI program “ET” and big data analytics capabilities to perform real-time traffic prediction with its video and image recognition technologies...

What Is the Cloud, Anyway?

Grazed from Thrillist. Author: Joe McGauley.

"Just save it to the cloud!" You've heard this, probably in the same sentence with some other obnoxious tech buzzwords. Run out of space on your iPhone? Buy some more space in the cloud! Your mom can't figure out how to email you photos from her dog's birthday party? Upload them to the cloud! But, do you actually understand what exactly the cloud is, or how it works? There's no shame -- it's confusing as hell. To clear things up, here's what you should know.

The cloud is not a physical object

First things first: you cannot reach out and touch "the cloud." That's because it's not a physical object in space, not some gigantic hard drive in the sky, but rather an enormous network of remote servers all around the world that we are all constantly saving and retrieving data to and from via our high-speed internet connections...

Microsoft Is Building AI Supercomputer On Azure Cloud Platform

Grazed from ITechPost. Author: Victor Thomson.

At an event in Dublin, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company's Azure Cloud will become the first artificial intelligence supercomputer. Microsoft explained on the company's website how its Azure cloud computing offering will bring a new wave of apps based on AI technologies. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are defining the next generation applications powered by the cloud. Following this emerging trend, Microsoft is building the first AI supercomputer on its Azure cloud platform.

According to ZDNet, in order to achieve this goal, Microsoft is going beyond the traditional CPU architecture, building cloud processing power based on GPUs. GPUs can be scaled so that banks of GPUs can process tasks in parallel, so they best fitted for dealing with high workloads. The traditional approach of using individual machines with ever faster CPUs is reaching its limits...

Serverless - the next evolutionary step in cloud computing?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Divina Paredes.

Imagine you are in charge of running a large manufacturing plant - let's say an electric car production facility. After you have placed a large order for solid state batteries, Werner, one of your trusted component suppliers walks your factory floor with you and stops in front of a raft of different CNC machines - some that cut or mould pieces; others assemble these and other parts together.

He points at them and says: "Recently we installed these super machines in our warehouses that can do pretty much anything and we have come up with a really exciting new business model. Would you be interested in hearing more about this?" Of course, any analogy goes only so far and comparing this setup to cloud computing is no different. But bear with me for a moment and ignore the logistics of raw materials and finished goods...

Cloud Computing: Moving Intelligence to the Edge

Grazed from Electronics360. Author: Tom Kevan.

Something about the Internet of Things (IoT) is not quite right. The dynamics between data sources, such as sensors and the cloud, fall short in critical applications. The result: big data may just as well be no data. Seeing the discrepancy between concept and reality, many technology visionaries and systems providers now advocate a topology called “fog computing” that creates a layer between the two poles of the network. This layer will aggregate compute, storage, control and network resources closer to the sources of data.

Proponents of fog computing do not see this distributed approach replacing the cloud, but complementing it instead. Fog computing promises to move data to the best place for processing and, in doing so, mitigate or eliminate shortcomings that prevent the IoT from delivering the benefits its creators have promised...

Read more from the source @ http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/7437/moving-intelligence-to-the-edge

Amazon's Cloud Computing Uses Nvidia GPUs For Enhanced Performance

Grazed from ITechPost. Author: Victor Thomson.

The Amazon could computing division Amazon Web Services has just announced a new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type. Dubbed P2, this new Amazon cloud service is taking advantage of Nvidia high-performance GPUs in order to offer massive computing performance.

According to Hot Hardware, Nvidia GPUs help Amazon avoid the inherent limitation and bottlenecks of the current CPUs and architecture. By adding Nvidia GPUs in its cloud architecture, Amazon is able to enhance the performance of its cloud computing services. Jeff Barr, Amazon's Chief Evangelist at Amazon Web Services, explains in a blog post on the AWS website that the GPU scales out instead of up...

Microsoft's Cloud to Spread Over France

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Next year, Microsoft is planning to open new Azure cloud data centers in France. The announcement was made in Dublin at the Microsoft Experiences event today, the first day of a four-day tour of Europe, in which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith will meet with the region's leaders and businesses. Other stops include Paris, Berlin and London.

Dublin is a highly symbolic site for Microsoft. Not only does the Redmond, Wash., software company operate a cloud data center in the Irish capital, it was an email stored there that sparked a major court case with cloud privacy and data sovereignty implications. The U.S. Department of Justice served Microsoft with a warrant in 2013 for emails stored in the Irish facility...

Cloud Computing: You Can Get Control by Giving It Up

Grazed from Baseline. Author: Mike Elgan.

Giving up control is probably the best way to develop more competent employees and happier customers. And those outcomes add up to professional success for you. People need a sense of control. Understanding this fact helps you make better management decisions, career choices and products. So many fraught circumstances can be explained or understood by the human need for control.

Why do supervisors micromanage? And why do the people being micromanaged hate it so much? In both cases, the culprit is control. When tasks are assigned or delegated to a subordinate, the manager feels a loss of control. This out-of-control feeling is interpreted as, "They can't do it as well as I can." Or "They'll get the credit for this instead of me."...

Renault-Nissan will allow Microsoft to plug cars into the cloud

Grazed from AutoNews. Author: Anita Nussbaum.

Microsoft Corp. agreed to provide cloud-computing services for cars made by the Renault-Nissan Alliance as the two automakers push ahead with developing connected vehicles. Microsoft will build cloud infrastructure for Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. that can host navigation data and allows drivers to predict gas usage and check on their cars remotely, the software producer said in a statement today.

The U.S. company will also help Renault and Nissan, which are both run by CEO Carlos Ghosn, develop user interfaces for their brands. Vehicles with the new features could reach the market as early as 2018, with more than 10 models with autonomous driving technology to be available two years later...

Read more from the source @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM06/160929878/renault-nissan-will-allow-microsoft-to-plug-cars-into-the-cloud