This Week in Analytics & AI News

AWS announces new EC2 instances that leverage Habana Gaudi AI processors. Retailers turn to AI and the IoT for safe in-store holiday shopping. AI continues to blaze trails in healthcare. AI guru Yann LeCun joins the “Intel on AI” podcast. And TACC supercomputers take urgent computing to new heights.

AWS Leverages Habana Gaudi AI Processors

The ever-increasing complexity of machine learning models is driving up both cost and the time it takes to train them. At AWS re:Invent 2020, AWS announced new EC2 instances that will leverage up to eight Habana Gaudi accelerators, delivering up to 40 percent better price performance than current graphics processing unit-based EC2 instances for machine learning workloads.

IoT Solutions Aim to Support Urgent Retail Industry Needs

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, retailers are preparing for a safe return to in-person shopping. Combining video, sensors, and location-based tools powered by Intel technologies, Sensormatic’s ShopperTrak system uses AI and data analytics to monitor occupancy levels and social distancing compliance, while also providing insights on customer behavior, traffic flow, and store safety.

Survey Shows the Next Era of Healthcare Will Be Powered by AI

Whether it’s helping clinicians develop personalized protocols, streamlining clinical workloads, or unlocking genomics insights, AI’s impact on the health and life sciences industry may soon be much more prevalent than initially expected. In fact, a recent Intel survey of U.S. healthcare leaders found that 84 percent of those surveyed have already deployed or expect to deploy AI in their clinical workflows.

"Intel on AI" Podcast: A Modern History of AI With Turing Award Winner Yann LeCun

Considered one of the godfathers of AI, Yann LeCun—Facebook’s chief AI scientist, ACM Turing Award Laureate, and NYU professor—has seen the ups and downs of AI for decades. In this episode of the “Intel on AI” podcast, LeCun and host Abigail Hing Wen talk about the history and adoption of AI, how the ideas and advancements in technology proliferated, and what the future of AI holds.

Urgent Computing at the Texas Advanced Computing Center

Ever since the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, when resources were used to quickly guide investigators to shuttle debris, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT Austin has focused on urgent computing. Whether for COVID-19 research, extreme weather and earthquake forecasting, or mitigating human-made disasters, TACC has shown that its supercomputers are up to the task.