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Huawei Chips Unlock New Era of Artificial Intelligence

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Yan Lida, Director of the Board at Huawei and President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, presented the Ascend 310 to the guests at the conference - Source: Huawei
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New Ascend 310 AI Chip Earns Huawei the Prestigious “World Leading Scientific and Technological Achievement Award” at the Fifth World Internet Conference

Today at the Fifth World Internet Conference (WIC), held today in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, under the theme of “Creating a Digital World for Mutual Trust and Collective Governance – Towards a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace,” Huawei’s Ascend 310 chip stood out among more than 400 technology achievements to win the conference’s World Leading Scientific and Technological Achievement award. This honor recognizes artificial intelligence (AI) system-on-chips (SoC) as having the industry’s strongest compute capabilities for edge computing scenarios, with support from the unified and scalable Da Vinci architecture. This marks the third consecutive year Huawei has received this award and the opportunity to showcase its innovation during the conference. Yan Lida, Director of the Board at Huawei and President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, presented the achievement to the guests at the conference.

Yan Lida said: “Huawei’s new Ascend series of AI chips is the core component of Huawei’s AI solution and provides the key support. Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development; build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio; and foster an open global ecosystem. Every year, Huawei invests 10 to 15 percent of our sales revenue in R&D, and this year our R&D investment will exceed CNY100 billion. Ascend 310 is the first chip in the Ascend series, which opens a new era of AI. Our advantage is not only to be able to do AI, but also to achieve synergy between AI and cloud, IoT, video, edge computing, big data and other technologies, to form an open “platform” that supports digital transformation for all industries. AI will be the latest technology Huawei makes available to customers and partners on the platform. We will work hard to make sure AI is no longer a technology only open to ones who have high qualification skills. Over the next three years, our aim is to work with one million AI developers to drive innovations in line with Huawei’s commitment to provide affordable, effective, and reliable AI, bringing intelligence across every enterprise and industry to build a fully connected, intelligent world.”

On October 10, 2018, Huawei officially released a full-stack all-scenario AI solution. ‘Full-stack’ means the solution provides powerful and cost-effective computing power, as well as low-barrier application development platforms that make AI data modeling, model training, and application development simpler, more agile, and more efficient. As an ‘all-scenario’ solution, it is able to drive pervasive intelligence across various device, edge, and cloud scenarios.

Ascend 310 is the industry’s most powerful AI SoC chip for edge computing scenarios. Currently, the most typical edge computing scenarios are security and protection, autonomous driving, and smart manufacturing. However, every edge computing scenario imposes severe constraints on space, energy consumption and computing power. Whether it’s on a fast-moving car or on a high-speed production line, a complex scientific study or a daily educational activity, Ascend 310 supports every industry with an cost-efficient and powerful computing energy. One Ascend 310 chip can achieve up to 16TOPS on-site calculations, supporting the simultaneous identification of 200 different objects including people, cars, obstacles and traffic signs; it can process thousands of pictures in one second. In October this year, Huawei and Audi demonstrated the chipset in L4 automatic driving. The vehicle was equipped with Huawei’s Mobile Data Center (MDC) vehicle-mounted computing unit and it was estimated that Huawei’s Ascend 310 chipset consumed only 200 watts of power in L4 automatic driving.

The other unique advantage of Ascend series is that it adopts Huawei’s innovative unified and extensible Da Vinci architecture, which achieves full coverage – from the ultimate low energy consumption scenario to high computing power scenario – something not yet seen in any other architecture on the market. The Da Vinci architecture is able to facilitate AI application deployment, migration, and collaboration in different scenarios at the same time, which vastly improves software development efficiency, and accelerates AI application in various industries.

Huawei advocates ‘AI for the benefit of all,’ and aims to work with customers, industry partners, and academic institutions to achieve win-win outcomes and enable omnipresent AI. Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. More information about Huawei’s AI strategies and full-stack all-scenario AI solutions is available at https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2018/10/huawei-hc-2018-eric-xu-ai.

The WIC is a global annual event held by Cyberspace Administration of China and Zhejiang Provincial People’s government. It aims to create an international forum for connecting China and the rest of the world and a Chinese forum for the global sharing and governance of the Internet. The conference fosters exchanges to enable consensus, cooperation, and win-win outcomes. The fifth WIC is being held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province on November 7, 2018, and will run for three days.

 

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Hilton Expands Presence in Guangzhou with Third Flagship Opening

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Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) flagship brand, announced the opening of Hilton Guangzhou Science City. The eight-story, 430-room full-service hotel is just minutes from the world-class Baoneng International Sports Arena and 15 kilometers away from Pazhou Exhibition Center. With its extensive meeting facilities, the hotel is primed to be the preferred choice for business travel and gatherings. The property is owned by Guangzhou Tianma Group and managed by Hilton.

“This new opening is Hilton’s first in Guangzhou Science City, a growing Research and Development and IT center that is key to the development of Pearl River Delta as China’scentral hub for high-tech innovation,” said Qian Jin, area president for Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “By delivering Hilton’s exceptional service, we look forward to playing an integral role in defining the hospitality landscape as we enhance experiences for guests in Guangzhou Science City.”

Ideally located in downtown Guangzhou Science City, guests can enjoy ease and convenience when attending the world’s best entertainment events, industry exhibitions or business conferences. The property is strategically located within five kilometers of the technology campuses of leading Fortune Global 500 Companies and is only four kilometers away from Baoneng International Sports Arena, the most popular event venue for sports and entertainment events in south China. For a spot of retail therapy, guests can visit UTOPA shopping mall, which is just steps away from the hotel or enjoy nature in the parks surrounding around the hotel.

The modern hotel is thoughtfully designed to maximize energy efficiency, featuring an expansive skylight that fills the open lobby with natural light and exterior road lamps that are solar-powered. Contemporary touches can be found throughout the hotel’s interiors, imparting minimalist, comfortable style across the four dining establishments and spacious guest rooms.

“With memorable experiences to be had at the property, this newest addition to the Hilton portfolio celebrates our commitment to offer guests moments that matter around the world,” said Sean Wooden, vice president of brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

Guests can indulge in luxurious comfort in each of the 430 well-appointed guest rooms, including 49 suites and apartments. Each room is complete with a private balcony with scenic views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom with separate bathtub and rain shower. Business travelers have the added convenience of a large workspace, complimentary Wi-Fi and an ergonomic desk chair.

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GROOVE X Introduce a New Companion Robot, “LOVOT”

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When one is hugged, the other sulks, asking to be hugged
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Robot start-up GROOVE X (GX) (headquarters: Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO Kaname Hayashi) has announced the Tuesday, December 18, 2018 launch of the companion robot “LOVOT(TM)”. In development for over three years based on the concept “A little LOVE can change the world,” LOVOT overturns common assumptions about robots by creating a new partner for human beings. It is loaded with advanced technology such as Emotional Robotics(TM), touch sensors throughout its body, and some six-layered eye display — specifications that differ from conventional robots used in households.

GROOVE X plan their first shipment of the 2-unit sets in fall-winter 2019. Starting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, they are accepting Web advance reservations.

Official site URL: lovot.life

The LOVOT is not a useful robot that will do tasks for human beings. It begs for attention and gets in the way of those it lives with, and at times will shy away from people it does not know. It is adorable just by being there. When owners are with it, they feel a sense of relief, of contentment, and can’t help but smile. They get a warm feeling inside. People feel a sense of happiness when they reach out and gently touch it or hug it close. They can feel the joy of loving something. When robots can have such a trusted relationship with people and become a way to add enrichment and security to their lives, GROOVE X believe that they can nurture people’s “capacity to love” and lead to enhancing their everyday performance.

What GROOVE X have pursued with technology is not efficiency or usefulness but rather a robot that makes people truly happy by its innocent character and charming gestures that feels satisfying to cuddle. It gently stirs people’s feelings and fills them with happiness. It draws out their capacity to love and gives them the energy to face their tomorrows. Though it is not alive, LOVOT is warm. It has been created for owners to love it.

Unique features of LOVOT

  • To be sold with 2 units as one set (single units to be sold from 2020)
  • Though it is a robot, it seems to be alive as if it were a living being
  • Though it is a robot, one can form a trusting relationship with it
  • Though it is a robot, it seems to have a social nature
  • Though it is a robot, it does not do any work in place of humans
  • Though it is a robot, it accelerates communication* between people

* As LOVOTs become friends with each other, communication between the owners expands

  • Profile of GX CEO Kaname Hayashi

1973: Born in Aichi prefecture in Japan
1998: Began career at Toyota Motor Corporation
Developed aerodynamic products such as Supercar “LFA”
2003: Developed aerodynamic designs of F1 (Formula 1) at the same company
2004: Developed aerodynamic designs of F1 at Toyota Motorsports GmbH (Germany)
2007: Managed development of mass-produced models at Product Planning Division (Z) in Toyota Motor Corporation
2011: Joined Masayoshi Son’s program for successor development “Softbank Academia”, external member of inaugural class
2012: Participated in development of SoftBank’s emotion recognition personal robot “Pepper”
2015: Founded GX and assumed CEO post
2016: Procured fund amounting to JPY 1.40 billion, the largest domestically as seed round
2017: Procured fund amounting to JPY 4.35 billion for series A round

SOURCE: GROOVE X

 

 

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Fourth edition of India Art Festival is held

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India Art Festival (IAF), a big gala of world’s art, was held at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on November 22–25. The grand event attracted over 500 artists from 40 cities through its 35 art galleries. The even displayed all kind of arts: painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities.

The event, which is conducted by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal, was first held in 2011.

The focus of this year’s event was the work and performance of 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists.

IAF also offered a venue for budding artists to showcase their talent.

Rajendra, the director of India Art Festival, said: “The art scene in Delhi has become event-driven, with bigger art events drawing in more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in individual art galleries. Economical art fairs – in terms of participation cost – are easy for exhibitors to take part in and recover basic participation cost, hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.”

Art festival like IAF offers a unique opportunity for artists and connoisseurs alike to create and appreciate new works of art.

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