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AI is not “magic dust” for your company, says Google’s Cloud AI boss

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2018

Essential to understand prerequisites and impact of AI. Google knows whom to recruit for leadership positions ! (hfk)  

Date: 10-11-2018
Source: Technology Review by Will Knight

Andrew Moore says getting the technology to work in businesses is a huge challenge.

Andrew Moore is the new head of Google’s Cloud AI business, a unit that is striving to make machine-learning tools and techniques more accessible and useful for ordinary businesses.

To that end, his team announced several new tools today. These include AI Hub, a modular framework for connecting different machine-learning components, and Kubeflow Pipelines, software that makes machine-learning projects more portable.

Efforts to make AI more accessible are likely to define the technology’s impact. They will also prove very important to the future of companies like Google.

Moore spoke with MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI, Will Knight, ahead of today’s announcement.

Like you, lots of AI researchers are being sucked into big companies. Isn’t that bad for AI?

It’s healthy for the world to have people who are thinking about 25 years into the future—and people who are saying “What can we do right now?” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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ECB President Calls on Eurozone Nations to Cut Debt

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2018

Date: 08-11-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Mario Draghi says move will help protect them from potential shocks like Brexit

ECB President Mario Draghi said he expects the region’s five-year-old economic recovery to continue, but noted a number of risks including rising trade protectionism, weaknesses in emerging markets, and financial-market volatility.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi urged eurozone governments on Thursday to pay down their national debts to strengthen the currency bloc against potential economic shocks such as Brexit.

The warning comes amid a dispute between Italy’s government and the European Union over the nation’s planned budget deficit for next year, which the EU says is too high.

Speaking with lawmakers at Ireland’s Parliament, Mr. Draghi said he expects the region’s five-year-old economic recovery to continue, but noted a number of risks including rising trade protectionism, weaknesses in emerging markets, and financial-market volatility. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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‚We Can’t Stop Brexit‘

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2018

SPIEGEL ONLINE
11/09/2018 06:00 PM

Interview with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes that politics have left young people behind. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks about Brexit, the crisis of social democracy in Europe and the uphill battle to unite his party.

The man upon whom the hopes of young men and women in Britain rest enjoys taking pictures of drain covers and making jam. He wears baggy blazers and, when necessary, smuggles English cheese into his Mexican vacation lodgings. In other words, he leads the averagely eccentric lifestyle of your standard British retiree.

Except that Jeremy Corbyn, 69, has his sights set on becoming the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. Ever since the man from the London borough of Islington became the surprise Labour leader in 2015, the party has been experiencing an unprecedented boom. Not unlike Bernie Sanders in the United States, Corbyn’s decidedly socialist and pacifist positions have been received enthusiastically by mostly young voters. With its 540,000 members, Labour is now the largest political party in the European Union. In the 2017 election, it received 40 percent of the vote, despite significant attacks on the party from the British media and a bitter internal battle. Since then, left-wing and social democratic parties from across Europe have been making pilgrimages to London to learn the secret to Corbyn’s unlikely success. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

Posted by hkarner - 10. November 2018

Date: 09-11-2018
Source: The New York Times By David Gelles

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most turbulent period in its history.

Google is facing more challenges today than at any time in its 20-year history. Employees are outraged over sexual harassment. Executives are under scrutiny for an effort to secretly make a censored version of its search product for China. Google will shut down its social network next year after a data breach was discovered. Political and social debates, including one over building military-grade artificial intelligence, are roiling the work force.

Yet the man responsible for leading Google through this minefield is not one of the company’s founders — Larry Page and Sergey Brin — or even Eric Schmidt, the company’s former chief executive and chairman, who was ushered aside last year. Instead, the man in charge of arguably the most influential company in the world is Sundar Pichai, a soft-spoken engineer who grew up in Chennai, India.

Mr. Pichai was a voracious reader as a boy, and attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, then Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received advanced degrees. After stints at Applied Materials and McKinsey, he joined Google in 2004. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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