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Emergent // Future: Open Sourced AI, AWS AI Tools, FPGA’s, and more

Issue 33
This week we look into the efforts to
open source artificial intelligence by Google DeepMind and OpenAI, how Amazon AWS is re:Inventing its platform for AI with new services and FPGA’s for EC2

Plus our favorite articles from the past week about AI and some of the projects making us smarter.

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Open Sourcing AI ⚡️

You might have heard: Google DeepMind is open sourcing its AI training platform and making the code available on GitHub for researchers and developers to experiment with.

By open sourcing the 3D game-like platform, DeepMind hopes the research community can make use of it and help shape the development of the platform going forward.

But did you know… The move comes after OpenAI open sourced Universe, their platform that features a thousand different environments for training AI to play games and use apps.

Universe lets AI agent “use a computer like a human does: by looking at screen pixels and operating a virtual keyboard and mouse.”

Plus: In keeping with our mission to democratize access to AI, we’ve open sourced the AWS AMI for training your own style transfer models.

re:Inventing AWS ☁️

Amazon AI launched with three tools for developers at re:Invent last week: image recognition, text-to-speech, and a chatbot builder.

The platform is Amazon’s answer to the Google Cloud ML platform, which provides machine learning services with pre-trained models.

Quick overview of the three tools:

Amazon also debuted their FPGA instances for EC2, called F1. These reprogrammable chips make it easy to switch context within an application without having to switch the hardware.

ALSO: Amazon and Techstars are partnering on a 13-week conversational AI startup accelerator. They’re offering companies $20K in initial investment and $100K convertible note option upon completion of the program.

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Things Making Us Smarter 🛠

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