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Emergent // Future: AMD Takes On NVIDIA, Recapping NIPS, and More

Issue 34
This week we look at
AMD’s effort to take on NVIDIA in the high performance computing space, recap what happened at NIPS2016, and highlight the best things to read that explore technology through the lens of artificial intelligence, data science, and the shape of things to come.

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AMD Takes On NVIDIA 🚀

AMD’s finally getting into the high performance computing market with their new Radeon Instinct.  

The new chip is a combined hardware and software stack aimed at taking on NVIDIA in the server market for deep learning, machine learning, and neural networking tasks.

The Radeon Instinct will be available in the first half of 2017.

AMD already owns the graphics chips in PlayStation 4, Wii U, and the Xbox One, but rumors are swirling that Intel may also use AMD GPUs to challenge NVIDIA’s rising power.


Recapping NIPS 2016 🤓

The Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundationwrapped up their annual conference in Barcelona last weekend.

The big news to spill out is that Apple is going to start publishing their AI research.

NVIDIA and Yann LeCun announced a toolkit for teaching deep learning at the university level.

Plus, both DeepMind and OpenAI open sourced their platforms for measuring and training AI.

Missed NIPS? Don’t worry. We’ve got the deck from Yann LeCun’s presentation on Predictive Learning, and the Andrew Ng deck for Building AI Applications Using Deep Learning. Plus, the NIPS 2016 spotlight videos.


What We’re Reading 📚


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