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Day: August 8, 2023

Day: August 8, 2023

Nvidia CEO: We bet the farm on AI and no one knew it

Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said today that the company had made an existential business decision in 2018 that few realized would redefine its future, and help redefine an evolving industry. It’s paid off enormously, of course, but Huang said this is only the beginning of an AI-powered near future — a future powered primarily by Nvidia hardware. Was this successful gambit lucky or smart? The answer, it seems, is “yes.” He made these remarks and reflections during a keynote at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. That watershed moment five years ago, Huang said, was the choice to embrace AI-powered

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Cruise inches into Waymo’s territory in the Phoenix area

Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors, has expanded its robotaxi radius in the Phoenix area by 20x as it seeks to compete with Alphabet-owned Waymo in its home court. Cruise soft-launched its robotaxi service in Chandler, a city southeast of Phoenix, in December 2022. The expanded arena will now include Tempe and Scottsdale, according to a map of the region shared by CEO Kyle Vogt on Twitter. The service is free for now and will be available from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Vogt said the expansion will hit “power users” first, then roll out to everyone else. Power

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Google launches Project IDX, a new AI-enabled browser-based development environment

Google today announced the launch of Project IDX, its foray into offering an AI-enabled browser-based development environment for building full-stack web and multiplatform apps. It currently supports frameworks like Angular, Flutter, Next.js, React, Svelte and Vue, and languages like JavaScript and Dart, with support for Python, Go and others in the works. Google did not build a new IDE (integrated development environment) when it created IDX. Instead, it is using Visual Studio Code — Open Source as the basis of its project. This surely allowed the team to focus on the integration with Codey, Google’s PaLM 2–based foundation model for

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Sling TV struggles to keep subscribers, drops nearly 100K users in Q2

It appears that Sling TV is still in hot water as it continues to experience subscriber churn. Parent company Dish reported its Q2 2023 earnings results on Tuesday, revealing a loss of 97,000 Sling TV subscribers. In retrospect, this is a slight improvement from the whopping 234,000 customers who left the service in Q1. However, the fourth quarter only saw a drop in 77,000 users. The decline is significant considering that Sling TV was among the first live TV streaming services to hit the market in 2015. Now it lags behind competitors Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV with only

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These robotics companies are hiring

I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to say the robotics industry is recession-proof, but it’s remained remarkably stable through a turbulent few years of economic instability. Automation is was accelerated dramatically by the pandemic and interest only continues to grow. That’s a good thing for the people who are needed to create and build these machines. We started collecting robotics job openings amid massive the widespread tech layoffs of the last few years. We’re well-positioned among tech workers and companies alike, and I’ve long felt that helping people find work is the least I can in this role. It’s

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Nvidia teams up with Hugging Face to offer cloud-based AI training

Nvidia is partnering with Hugging Face, the AI startup, to expand access to AI compute. Timed to coincide with the annual SIGGRAPH conference this week, Nvidia announced that it’ll support a new Hugging Face service, called Training Cluster as a Service, to simplify the creation of new and custom generative AI models for the enterprise. Set to roll out in the coming months, Training Cluster as a Service will be powered by DGX Cloud, Nvidia’s all-inclusive AI “supercomputer” in the cloud. DGX Cloud includes access to a cloud instance with eight Nvidia H100 or A100 GPUs and 640GB of GPU

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Nvidia’s AI Workbench brings model fine-tuning to workstations

Timed to coincide with SIGGRAPH, the annual AI academic conference, Nvidia this morning announced a new platform designed to let users create, test and customize generative AI models on a PC or workstation before scaling them to a data center and public cloud. “In order to democratize this ability we have to make it possible to run pretty much everywhere,” said Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang during a keynote at the event. Dubbed AI Workbench, the service can be accessed through a basic interface running on a local workstation. Using it, developers can fine-tune and test models from popular

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The Volvo EX30’s interior is the IKEA take on Tesla’s playbook

Comparisons will inevitably be drawn between the Tesla Model 3’s sparse interior and that of the new Volvo EX30. But Volvo’s electric crossover goes big on the minimalist, space-maximizing Scandinavian charm you’d find in an IKEA store, not just ruthless cost-cutting for its own sake. Make no mistake, however: there’s plenty of that too. The EX30 represents one of the smartest examples of rethinking car interior design that can be found on the market today — and not just because it’s a master class in how to add Scandinavian minimalism without making it feel too sparse. There is an end

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