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Intel demos AI on its Nervana platform

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There is no denying that the era of artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us, and Intel’s leaders agree that AI is the next big wave in computing.
In fact, AI is the fastest growing workload in the data centre, growing at 2-times the overall computing market. By 2020, the industry expects more servers running data analytics than any other workload, and analytics predictors will be built into every application.
Still in the relative formative days of this exciting technology, AI promises to transform how people engage with the world from work to play and other positive ways in between, according to Diane Bryant, executive vice-president and GM of Intel’s Data Centre Group, addressing a recent South by Southwest gathering.
In her discussion, “AI: How Tech’s Next Revolution Will Change Lives”, Bryant outlined several examples of how AI is poised to usher in a better world and how Intel technology and programs are helping unlock AI’s potential.
Bryant discussed how AI can help enhance food production. She introduced FarmLogs and its farm management software that provides timely, actionable and unbiased field insights and recommendations to help growers effortlessly and remotely achieve optimal yield. Ultimately, the product’s aim is to increase field profitability and eliminate waste.
She also covered how AI can benefit the workplace by introducing Clinc, an innovative AI startup that developed Finie, a customisable, voice-activated personal financial assistant and intelligence platform for banks.
Using a sophisticated natural language processing engine and advanced scientific discoveries in AI research, Finie emulates human intelligence and allows users to converse with their bank account to complete banking tasks in their own natural language with no special keywords, rule-based commands or templated questions to learn.
These are just two examples of how Intel is engaged through its technology and programs to help unlock AI’s potential. Intel has introduced the Intel Nervana platform as the foundation for optimised AI solutions.