Viewing posts from July, 2016

Machine Learning Takes Aim at Blindness Prevention

For the first time, Google’s DeepMind machine learning technology is being used in a medical research application, in this case, for the detection of two of the most common eye diseases: diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If the software is as successful in this endeavor as it was with AlphaGo, the DeepMind-powered application that vanquished Go champions Fan Hui and Lee Sedol, ophthalmology may never be the same.

Aussies Build HPC Cluster/Cloud Hybrid

The University of Melbourne has deployed a new type of HPC system that combines both a physical cluster and a virtual one. Called Spartan, the new machine is built around the idea that there are basically two types of HPC users: the so-called power users, who want lots of compute, memory, and bandwidth for long-running applications; and those with more modest requirements, who need to run a plethora of much smaller jobs. Spartan provides resources aimed at both audiences.

Watson Spawns Digitized Legal Assistant

If ROSS was an actual human, he would certainly be the highest paid legal assistant in history. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of legal texts, and devours new ones quickly and effortlessly. Better yet, he can work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and requires no office supplies, health insurance or retirement programs. Yes, ROSS is a computer program and his designation as a male is just one of convenience.