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Getting a robotic exploration vehicle safely to a destination that’s hundreds of millions of miles away is an amazing feat in and of itself. And the good folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) should be congratulated for their current success with the latest machine sent to Mars to “look around” – the MSL Curiosity. However, getting the craft to Mars was just the start of the challenge: Once there, how do you control it? In Curiosity’s case, the answer lies with...
The Dark Knight Rises, the final movie in Warner Bros. trilogy starring everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader, has “Batman Fever” at an all-time high. Outside of the films, there’s a bounty of excellent ways to feed your hunger for more Batman thrills on your 3D Vision-equipped PC. The following games all provide top-notch 3D experiences, feature Batman in a starring role, and all are available now.    Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn’s Revenge  The first...
NVIDIA is pleased to announce the first Photo Champion for 3D Vision Live, Nick Saglimbeni. Regular visitors to the site should be well familiar with Nick's images. His Warehouse Wonderland image won the site's first monthly Photo Contest, and he was also the first repeat winner of the Contest two months later with Kim Kardashian's Wild West - one of the site's first 3D celebrity images. Nick is receiving the 2012 3D Vision Live Photo Champion Award as our formal...
Sorry folks for the delay in announcing the winner for May's Photo Contest - we had an issue with the search function and needed to make sure all entries were considered. Without further ado, on to the results! Alex Savin has been submitting some excellent images from his European adventures for some time now, and his "Fontana di Trevi" is a wonderful example of stereo photography that just plain works. The composition is top notch and the image is sharp throughout, which...
James Cameron continues to pioneer 3D technology. With the first Avatar he showed what 3D could add to the film experience. After criticizing the fast conversions from 2D to 3D that many Hollywood studios have released since Avatar, Cameron oversaw a team that turned Titanic into a 3D blockbuster. That film has been a commercial and critical success, showing what a year of meticulous conversion and $18 million can add to a 15-year-old movie. The director talks about Avatar,...

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This April 22 put a little AI in your Earth Day.

Whether you’re cleaning up a beach, planting a tree or starting a garden, iNaturalist makes it easy to get in touch with nature.

iNaturalist is a crowd-sourced species identification app powered by AI. For the casual nature observer, the app allows people to snap photos of such easy targets as backyard plants and bugs and upload images for its AI to provide a match or for members of the community to identify.

The app is also a social network for nature enthusiasts to record information on species, meet others with similar interests and learn. It’s available on Android and iOS , where it’s already been downloaded nearly a million times.

It began as a website, iNaturalist.org, founded in 2008 by students at the University of California, Berkeley. Now it’s a joint program of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

Previously it took 18 days on average for species to be identified by the website’s community. But that all changed after iNaturalist worked with researchers from Caltech and Cornell to build a computer vision AI into the app.

Now species can be identified in a matter of milliseconds, and much more accurately, with the use of AI, said Scott Loarie, co-director of iNaturalist.

“Our goal is to get millions of people outside exploring and connecting to nature and engage them to become lifelong stewards of the natural world,” Loarie said.

People mostly put up observations of plants to iNaturalist, but posts of birds, insects and other organisms can be found as well.

The app harnesses NVIDIA GPUs and the CUDA deep neural network library along with the TensorFlow deep learning framework, allowing training of the neural networks on a database of images that have been labeled by the site’s community of experts.

Today iNaturalist boasts 8.6 million observations uploaded and more than 155,000 species observed.

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Assessing risk is a concern in most industries, although perhaps never more so than following a merger or acquisition. It turns out AI may be just the tool to help.

GPU Technology Conference attendees last month got a high-level education in how AI can bring speed and precision to this process from Congruity360, a Massachusetts-based data management consultancy.

Mitigating Risk in M&A

Two people deciding to live together can see all of their belongings and make quick decisions about what to do with them. But a company that’s joined another is almost always saddled with data that’s not so easy to categorize.

While AI may not be well suited to analyzing text-based documents, Congruity360 has developed a method for parsing text data with GPU-powered machine learning.

“GPUs are not going to operate on text,” said Chris Ryan, vice president of sales engineering at Congruity360. “We need to come up with a mathematical representation of text documents.”

Doing so has allowed Congruity360 to classify unstructured documents based on whether they look the same or contain some of the same keywords. At its essence, the company’s work involves taking data it knows nothing about — “dark data,” as Ryan called it — and assigning high-level headers so it can separate the data into buckets related to topics such as invoices, taxes, intellectual property or even code.

The result is a visual representation that groups data in topical clusters, some of which stand on their own and some of which overlap. Companies can use this method to zero in on clusters of riskier documents, such as those that have regulatory implications.

Turning Data into Useful Information

Congruity360’s approach starts with the assumption that as much as 80 percent of all corporate data is unstructured, and seeks to answer the question, how can GPUs help machine learning turn raw text into information?

Most obviously, GPUs bring speed to the equation.

“If you’re a data scientist and you want to do this, you don’t want to wait weeks and weeks for models to run,” said Jonathan Bailey, vice president of analytics at Congruity360.

Speeding up the process translates to identifying — and mitigating — risks sooner. M&A activity involves working with legal teams, which are typically most concerned with ensuring that data is defensible. Congruity360 uses GPUs to perform comparisons of documents and compute their defensibility. It’s a process took four weeks using CPUs, and now unfolds in just 20 seconds on GPUs.

“We’re just trying to give users a tool to learn about data,” said Bailey. “We want to see if there’s any risky data in there.”

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