Tesla is dumping Nvidia chips for in-house ones, Media has got AI horribly wrong, UCLA’s AI tool that mimics human brain, AI and e-commerce

The following are some of the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data topics we are tracking:

Tesla says it’s dumping Nvidia chips for a homebrew alternative

Tesla's driverless cars will be powered by a completely new AI chip which is faster than Nvidia chips that Tesla currently uses. CEO Elon Musk said during a call with investors on Wednesday told them that the new AI chip for Autopilot will be incorporated next year and will be backward compatible with current-gen Tesla vehicles. Tesla's chip efforts have been spearheaded by Pete Bannon, an engineer who oversaw the development of the A5 chip at the heart of the iPhone 5 and worked on a number of iPhone chips since then. Source: Ars Technica.

'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong

Is AI a villain in disguise? Is AI the gateway to doomsday? No, not really says Oscar Schwartz. He blames media for negative AI coverage. According to Schwartz, the mainstream and social media has misinformed and sensationalized AI for decades, leading to unrealistic expectations and distracting from the actual consequences of AI. Read his full article on The Guardian.

UCLA Researchers Develop Optical AI Device That Mimics Human Brain

A team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has built a gadget that can detect and classify images at the speed of light. The device, which the researchers have dubbed a “diffractive deep neural network,” is able to use light bouncing off an object to identify it almost instantaneously. It’s built from a series of polymers wafers with uneven surfaces that is able to diffract light in such a way as to enable a trained network to recognize what it’s “seeing.” Read more about the diffractive deep neural network on Top500.

4 Powerful Ways Artificial Intelligence is Molding E-Commerce

One field that AI is being used extensively is e-commerce. According to marketing guru, Seth Godin, “Artificial intelligence does a job we weren't necessarily crazy about doing anyway, it does it quietly, and well, and then we take it for granted.” A similar thing is happening in e-commerce where AIis enhancing the entire buy-sell experience for both buyers and sellers. Read how AI is helping e-commerce companies serve their customers better on Forbes.

AI is Vodafone’s go-to for better customer retention (VB Live)

Like e-commerce, telecom companies are also deploying AI for better customer retention. Vodafone pours buckets of money into customer service, engagement, and retention because the telecom game in India is very competitive right now. There are four major telecom players in India — Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, and Jio — which means an ongoing price war in the market, as well as instant churn. An unhappy consumer can immediately switch to a competitor that will be happy to welcome them with open arms. To beat this competition, Vodafone has turned to AI for analyzing consumer behavior across a wide variety of channels to uncover which is the customer’s most preferred communication channel — the RFM analysis, or recency, frequency, a monetary analysis. Read how Vodafone is relying on AI in India to retain customers on Venture Beat.

 

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