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Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains

Nvidia's new products to power autonomous robots with AI

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Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains
Nvidia Launches AI Computer to Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains. (IANS)
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US-based chip-designer Nvidia Corporation unveiled two new products, “Nvidia Issac”, a new developer platform and “Jetson Xavier”, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computer in an attempt to power autonomous robots.

“‘Isaac and Jetson Xavier’ were designed to capture the next stage of AI innovation as it moves from software running in the cloud to robots that navigate the real world,” The Verge quoted Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang as saying on Monday.

The developer platform “Nvidia Issac” is a set of software tools including application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect to 3D cameras and sensors, a library of AI accelerators to keep algorithms running smoothly and a new simulation environment “Isaac Sim” for training and testing bots in a virtual space.

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Representational image (AI). Pixabay

On the other hand, Nvidia’s AI-based computer, “Jetson Xavier”, is made of over nine billion transistors and processing components including deep learning accelerators and processors for static images and video, capable of delivering over 30 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of compute, consuming just 30 watts of power, the report added.

“AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines,” Hunag was quoted as saying.

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The cost of one “Jetson Xavier” along with access to the “Issac” platform is $1,299.

Nvidia announced the products at Computex 2018, Taipei.

Nvidia’s chips are already used to power robots made by a company called “Fellow”. (IANS)

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Google: We Won’t Develop Deadly AI Weapons, But Will Help The Military

Google won't deploy AI to build military weapons: Pichai

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After facing backlash over its involvement in an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Pentagon project “Maven”, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has enphasised that the company will not work on technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm.

About 4,000 Google employees had signed a petition demanding “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology”.

Following the anger, Google decided not to renew the “Maven” AI project with the US Defence Department after it expires in 2019.

“We will not design or deploy AI in weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people,” Pichai said in a blog post late Thursday.

“We will not pursue AI in “technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms,” the Indian-born CEO added.

“We want to be clear that while we are not developing AI for use in weapons, we will continue our work with governments and the military in many other areas like cybersecurity, training, military recruitment, veterans’ healthcare, and search and rescue,” Pichai noted.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

Google will incorporate its privacy principles in the development and use of its AI technologies, providing appropriate transparency and control over the use of data, Pichai enphasised.

In a blog post describing seven “AI principles”, he said these are not theoretical concepts but “concrete standards that will actively govern our research and product development and will impact our business decisions”.

“How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come. As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right,” Pichai posted.

Google will strive to make high-quality and accurate information readily available using AI, while continuing to respect cultural, social, and legal norms in the countries where it operates.

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“We will seek to avoid unjust impacts on people, particularly those related to sensitive characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, income, sexual orientation, ability, and political or religious belief,” Pichai noted.

Pichai said Google will design AI systems to be appropriately cautious, and seek to develop them in accordance with best practices in AI safety research.

“We will design AI systems that provide appropriate opportunities for feedback, relevant explanations, and appeal. Our AI technologies will be subject to appropriate human direction and control,” he added. (IANS)