Timbuktu manuscripts get new home

first_imgSouth Africa handed over the brand new library for the Timbuktu Manuscripts to the Malian government in May. South Africa was instrumental in the building of the facility and the training of archival staff.Abdel Kader Haidara is a leading manuscript expert in Timbuktu. His collection includes an ancient Koran previously owned by several Moroccan kings. (Image: Mental Floss, Most Resource.org)Janine ErasmusOn 29 May 2010 South Africa officially handed over the brand new library for the Timbuktu Manuscripts to the Malian government. South Africa was instrumental in the building of the climate-controlled facility and the training of archival staff.The facility will be known as the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. It can house between 200 000 and 300 000 documents, and has space for exhibitions too.South Africa, represented by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, transferred the building to the Malian minister of higher education and scientific research, Siby Ginette Bellegarde.The construction of the library was instigated by former president Thabo Mbeki, who visited Timbuktu in 2001.Mbeki later said he had been “moved” to see the dedicated staff at the Ahmed Baba Centre struggling to preserve the priceless documents with very little resources or funding. At that time there were about 18 000 manuscripts in the building. The centre is Timbuktu’s only public library.Without properly sealed rooms and climate control, the manuscripts were in danger of being irreversibly damaged by insects, the dry air and the abrasive Sahara sand.After seeing this Mbeki resolved to do something to intervene, and he declared the library’s construction an official Presidential project.On Africa Day in 2003 the project was initiated under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. Fittingly, Africa Day in 2010 was celebrated on 25 May, just four days before the handover ceremony.The entire project was managed through a trust fund, which helped to raise funds through various activities, such as public exhibitions in South Africa of some of the manuscripts in 2006 and 2008.The project had a threefold aim: to build the new library to cutting-edge specifications; to train Malian staff in the proper techniques of preservation and restoration; and to raise public awareness of the need to preserve this valuable part of Africa’s heritage.The South African National Archives was closely involved in the training process, both in South Africa and Mali.The existing Ahmed Baba Centre also underwent an extensive upgrade.Ancient hub of learningThe historic city of Timbuktu, which lies about 15km north of the Niger River in Mali, was founded around 1100 by Tuareg nomads, but it was only in the 11th century that a permanent settlement was established.Timbuktu was inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage list in 1988. In its heyday, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the city was renowned as a centre for learning and Islamic studies. Scholars came from all over Africa to study at the many prestigious institutions which flourished there.Although many of its people are now impoverished, modern Timbuktu still evokes a sense of the golden days, not only in the historical buildings scattered all around, but in the many private libraries that still exist. These family-run libraries sprang up all over Timbuktu as more and more Muslim scholars passed through the city, leaving behind them a written legacy in subjects ranging from astronomy, mathematics and geography to religion and legal matters.Although nobody knows exactly how many manuscripts still exist, it is estimated that between 300 000 and 700 000 of the priceless tomes are preserved, most of them in private homes.Three imposing, ancient mosques – Djingareyber, Sankoré and Sidi Yahia – stand in the city as a reminder that the University of Sankoré once housed the largest collection of books since the one found in the ancient Library of Alexandria. The university still functions today, and accommodates about 15 000 scholars.While Africa is most often associated with an oral tradition of passing down learning and culture, the Tumbuktu manuscripts are proof that it also has a substantial written heritage – that was much greater than that found in Europe during the same era.The legendary Ahmed Baba was a scholar at Sankoré – he is honoured in the name of the current facility, built in the 1970s by the Malian government with the assistance of Unesco, which has tried to preserve, restore and digitise the documents.Sources: Unesco’s World Heritage Convention, AfricaDay.info and New Partnership for Africa’s Development.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Review: The HTC One M8 Is Android’s Cream Of The Crop

first_imgIf you’ve ever used a Moto X, you know you can check the time on the Active Display screen just by tilting the phone or picking it up off a table. The Moto X knows when you’re holding it and the gesture-based interaction made it the smartest of the smartphones when it came out last year. Other smartphones have similarly employed a swipe-from-offscreen interaction (Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry 10, iPhone with iOS 7) model that allows users can access certain functions from behind a locked screen with a simple swiping.These instant-access interactions now come to the HTC One M8, with a swipe down from the top to open voice control, a swipe up from bottom to bring you to your last-used app, a swipe left to visit the home screen and a swipe right to BlinkFeed, HTC’s content feed screen. Like LG devices, if you double tap the screen from an off position (power on, screen off), it will take you to the locked home screen.Gesture control like this is not exactly a new concept; if anything, this is proves that HTC can take cool concepts from other phones and seamlessly incorporate them to create a unique user experience. The HTC One M8’s Dot View cases allow for easy gesture-specific controls while the front cover is closed. If you swipe down on the cover, HTC One M8’s voice system activates, and you can tell your phone who you want to call. If you double tap the case, you can see the time and weather at a glance. If you are a fan of cases (which I am not), the Dot View case is a cool conversation starter that employs an imaginative gesture-based user interface.Whining: Sense, Zoe, BlinkFeed, M8 Tags:#Android#Google#HTC#HTC One M8#HTC One M8 review#HTC Sense#Reviews Every so often, a product comes along and takes the best of almost everything that came before it and packages those things into a beautiful and functional device that’s hard not to admire. The HTC One M8 is such a product.Almost every smartphone comes with its fair share of warts, and the HTC One M8 is no different in that regard. But the M8 has learned from user behaviors and the competitive landscape, which amounts to an excellent device that stands atop the Android heap and next to (if not above) Apple’s iPhone or any Nokia Lumia available.A Company In FluxFor the second year in a row, HTC has built what will likely be one of the year’s best reviewed smartphones (if the M8 can withstand the competition over the rest of 2014), but the company’s revenue and market share remain flat.See also: How The HTC One M8 Smartphone Camera Performs In The Real WorldThe reason for HTC’s stagnation is open for debate. HTC will claim it hasn’t been able to effectively market its phones. The manufacturer recently just hired the Samsung marketer responsible for the “Next Big Thing” campaign but HTC cannot compete with Apple and Samsung in marketing dollars. Another argument is that HTC has been damaged by cellular operators that lust after exclusive agreements to carry a device. Maybe the decline has come from production and shipping delays of its last two flagship devices, or patent battles with the likes of Apple.In reality, HTC’s failures are a combination of all of the above. The question continually asked by pundits is whether the newest HTC flagship can pull the company out of the mire. At ReadWrite, we tend to believe in quality products, so the answer is a definite “maybe.” It’s hard to be positive knowing all the extenuating factors: Motorola made a great smartphone with the Moto X and hemorrhaged money until Google had to sell it to Lenovo. Nokia has done some fine work with the Lumia series and hemorrhaged money until it sold to Microsoft. If HTC is to fail with its own flagship smartphone, it represents a pox on all of the houses in the smartphone manufacturing world. A pox on Apple and Samsung for creating an anti-competitive market. A pox on HTC for failing to achieve the success that its design chops deserve. A pox on Google for allowing the maker of some of the best smartphones on the market to whither and die. So where does the HTC One M8 shine and where does it need to improve? Let’s break it down.Shining: Industrial Design & PerformanceAs long as the manufacturer is alive, HTC should take home the industrial design award basically every year.With all due respect to Apple and certain Nokia devices, the One series has been phenomenally designed over its three generations. The One M8 is a compact and beautiful phone with a full metal casing and no hard edges. Everything that was good about the original HTC One has been refined in the One M8, including the forward facing speakers, the slightly larger screen, the weight and the grip. From an aesthetic point of view, the One M8 is gorgeous.  dan rowinski Let’s just get one thing out of the way. The name “One M8” is just all kinds of terrible. The HTC One was originally codenamed the “M7” but the moniker was dropped before the phone was released. The “M8” moniker was the development codename for the device that somehow found its way into the actual product name. Good luck with that, HTC marketing.When it comes to skins—the unique user interfaces manufacturers add to Android smartphones—beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may prefer the interface of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or one of LG’s G series smartphones. Some users (usually Android “purists”) prefer the Google Experience of Nexus devices. HTC employs what its calls HTC Sense. The sixth iteration of Sense is what is shipped with the One M8 and, yes, it does feature some improvements over the last version of the launcher. The gesture-based controls and contextual computing is technically part of Sense and those features definitely add to the positive experience and feature parity of the phone. At the same time, HTC—like Samsung—loves to push its marginal “features” that basically amount to a small mountain of frustrating and annoying features. For instance, Zoe is HTC’s dual-still-photo-plus-video-feature that is confusing to use and difficult to share. Zoe is like adding all of the motion and “best shot” features of other smartphone cameras (notably, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5) into one setting within the camera app. The HTC One M8 camera is particularly good outside of Zoe, so I’d imagine most people won’t need to use this setting. To note, these types of frailties are of the nitpicking variety. Even the Google Experience Nexus devices have the Google Now home screen you can’t really get rid of if you want. The Galaxy S5 has a magazine-like homescreen pre-loaded onto the device. These device-specific feeds are popular on Android products right now. Similar less-than-stellar user experiences exist in just about any device you pick up, from the iPhone to any Windows Phone to the Nexus 5, Moto X, LG G2, Sony Xperia, or Galaxy S5.Overall, the HTC One M8 packages excellent industrial design with a more refined user experience that its predecessor which makes for an excellent Android-based smartphone. If you like Android, you are probably going to dig the HTC One M8. It’s the best of Android and the best of HTC together in one sterling device. Related Posts Sense 6 also employs the next version of HTC’s “BlinkFeed,” a feature that takes an entire homescreen to act as a social feed and newsreader.BlinkFeed in Sense 6 is actually much improved from that found in the last version of Sense shipped with the HTC One in 2013, allowing users to add more customized feeds and publications. But the same basic problem exists with BlinkFeed in Sense 6 as it did in Sense 5: You cannot delete it and maintain an additional customizable home screen. You can either have BlinkFeed or you don’t. You can’t get rid of it to add an extra screen and HTC Sense 6 only allows for five homescreens (unlike Google Experience Android which will let users add as many as they like).You can delete BlinkFeed, as Phil Nickinson explains in the video from Android Central below, but note that once you get rid of BlinkFeed, you lose the ability to access that panel unless you want the feed back.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The camera on the HTC One M8 is a little hit-and-miss, but overall it is a marked improvement over the HTC One camera that introduced the concept of “ultrapixels” into the popular lexicon, confusing the heck out of smartphone buyers everywhere. (See our full review of the HTC One M8’s camera here.)Gestures & The Pixel CaseThe HTC One M8 is highly similar to its predecessor, but it also comes with a few new features. Gesture control and screen tapping should be familiar to Android users that have used either a Moto X or LG G2, while the chic pixel case—known as Dot View—is a curiosity all on its own.  The performance of the One M8 is none too shabby. The One M8 employs the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and it shows up in just about everything that can be done on the phone. From taking pictures (more on the camera below) to switching between CPU-intensive apps, the One M8 is on top of the “superphone” hardware spectrum that essentially puts a powerful PC in your pocket. Given that the One M8’s release comes in the first half of 2014, it will likely be eclipsed in the hardware department by the end of the year, but right now it is fast and responsive and has the ability to run just about any app you might want … and then some.The One M8 is also successful in two areas consumers greatly care about: The screen, and the battery life. The HTC One M8’s 5-inch, 440 ppi display is notably crisper than last year’s model and comparative to other Android flagships within the past 12 months, including the Samsung Galaxy S5. And its battery (2,600 mAh) is only slightly bigger than last year’s (2,300 mAh) design, but the performance is much improved and also comes with a built-in battery saver function that Samsung Galaxy device owners may be familiar with.Let me give you an example of the HTC One M8’s battery life. This past weekend, I traveled with the One M8 while driving down to Washington, D.C., from Boston. Starting from a full charge, the One M8 went to the zoo and snapped many pictures (especially of Bao Bao the giant panda) that were automatically uploaded to Google+, found me directions to get home, played Spotify for about five hours and then helped me navigate around traffic on the George Washington Bridge.In all, the One M8 withstood a solid nine hours of non-stop activity, and still had about 9% of its life left. A quick refresh with an external charger and the battery jumped back up to 26% and played Spotify for another four hours to get me back to Boston. The HTC One could not have performed this feat (though the Galaxy S5 may have). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ground Yourself In What is Timeless

first_imgFor the last decade, there has been a trend towards believing that what worked in the past is automatically wrong for the future—and, more still, ineffective right now. The purveyors of this thinking believe that there is no progress without the type of disruption that comes with tearing down what came before it. As I have written here before, evolution transcends and include what came before, not eliminating it altogether.A few examples are helpful. If you read a book on a Kindle or a tablet, that form is different from a bound book. But the core of a book is that it is a method for sharing the written word. That has not changed.Streaming audio provides much more control over what you can listen to and when. It’s much better than radio (terrestrial of a satellite), and it’s a fair bit better than cassette mix tapes. What radio was—and is—the ability to share words and music across great distances.Television and movies are also now streaming to any device with a screen, and the production of content has been liberated from the hands of a few to the masses. This is a massive shift in power, but not that does not change the medium much. You still watch programs that educate and entertain you.Not everything that is new is good or healthy. For proof, look at the food most people eat. Much of it is efficient in delivery while lacking when it comes to delivering nutrition.Many of those who write about sales mistakenly misunderstand how things evolve. They believe that a new medium, namely the Internet, destroys everything that has come before, even if a Digital newspaper is no different than a paper newspaper; the form has changed but the function has not.They argue that cold calling is no longer a valid method for prospecting because there are new ways to communicate. They suggest that permission marketing is the right choice and then send unsolicited emails and InMails. They criticize interruptions while working hard to cause you to stop scrolling with your thumb.They suggest that closing is dead, without understanding that one must still gain commitments, oblivious to that fact that most salespeople wouldn’t know how to pressure someone to buy or execute a hard sell. This, when all the evidence points to companies struggle to make decisions and needing more help and more prescriptive direction.When it comes to pitching, that too is old and must be replaced with something new, which is often framed as sharing information and being helpful. The idea that one should never pitch is always written as if it were a law handed down on Mt. Sinai. It’s black and white, with all context removed. Even when there is a time to pitch, and even when some prospects want to be pitched.In a time of constant, accelerating, disruptive change, you are right not to become too attached to the things that are likely to change. You may want to be more agnostic and more willing to take in new ideas and new technologies and tools. At the same time, however, you would do well to ground yourself in the things that are timeless. There have been disruptions before, and they were in many ways more jarring. What helped people succeed then is what will help you succeed now. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame star Zoe Saldana on James Gunns comeback

first_imgGamoraGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Instagram (guardiansofthegalaxy)James Gunn is rehired by Disney to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans of this series are excited that the production of this movie will finally start after such delay. Movie’s star, Zoe Saldana has recently opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn.James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after there was outrage over his tweets from a decade ago. In those tweets, Gunn joked about rape and paedophilia and many considered that the best way to punish the acclaimed director is to fire him from the franchise.Guardians’ cast member like Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and others wrote a heartfelt open letter. Over the last couple of months, a lot of director’s name surfaced who would be replacing James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s writer-director but in the end, Marvel and Disney decided to rehire Gunn, who is currently busy with DC’s reboot to Suicide Squad.Zoe Saldana, who was last seen as Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, has now opened up about Disney’s decision for rehiring James Gunn. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Avatar movie star praised the studio for showing “redemption is important.” Director James Gunn attends The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Getty Images”I’m proud of him. I’m happy that he’s coming back. I’m so proud of Disney, actually, that all the leaders right now behind that big corporation decided to lead by example, and spreading the word and the message of redemption is important.”After James Gunn’s dismissal from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seemed in dark. The movie was supposed to release before Avengers: Endgame and there were several speculations that the story of Guardians 3 will somehow affect the plot of Avengers: Endgame.Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana’s character, Gamora, was “sacrificed” by her father, Thanos, in order to get the Infinity Stone in 2018’s release, Avengers: Infinity War. There are several theories that suggest that we will get to see some time travel in Avengers 4. and If that happens then there are chances that Gamora will get to live again. Since Saldana has to reprise her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie, there are chances that these time travel or reversing theories would be accurate.last_img read more

Accenture plans to offer 1 lakh jobs in FY16 invest 1 billion

first_imgBringing cheer to thousands of job seekers, global software giant Accenture said on Wednesday that would recruit nearly 100,000 people in its current financial year ending August 2016.The company also plans to spend about $1 billion on acquisitions, as it focuses on new technologies to boost its revenues.”Last year we hired roughly 100,000 people. Though the number isn’t set for this year, we expect to hire roughly in the same range,” The Economic Times quoted David Rowland, chief financial officer at Accenture, as saying. The scale of hiring outlined by Accenture is far above the jobs offers planned by the Indian IT companies for the fiscal year ending March 2016. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s biggest IT firm, plans to hire about 65,000 people in FY16.Besides, the estimated amount to be spent by Accenture on acquisitions is a massive figure compared to that of domestic IT majors. It spent nearly $850 million on acquisitions in FY15.In January, India’s second largest IT firm, Infosys, had increased the size of its start-up fund by five times to $500 million, but it still remains well short of Accenture’s spend on acquisitions.Further, Accenture said that it would put more focus on three ‘new’ technologies — digital, cloud and cyber security. These technologies account for $10 billion or a third of its total revenue.The company earned a revenue of $7 billion from the digital segment in its financial year ending August 2015.Accenture’s headcount in digital space has now increased to 36,000 people, said its CEO Pierre Nanterme.”I would say that in our digital and operations business, we are the market makers. I spend a lot of my time looking at the competition, but there I would say we make the market. Our competition in digital is very fragmented and isn’t doing what we are doing,” said Nanterme.Analysts have said that Indian IT companies could remain laggards in the digital space due to “Accenture’s aggressive moves” in the segment.last_img read more

Bdeshi nationals on trip to India for medical care looted

first_imgBalurghat: Police arrested a toto-puller for allegedly looting two Bangladeshi nationals within 24 hours after the crime took place. Cops recovered the stolen money, mobile phones and passports from him. The accused, Rabi Das, (22) was produced before the Balurghat court on Thursday.According to a police source, Mosammad Farhana (31) arrived in Balurghat with her ailing elder brother Sahajad Husain (52) for treatment from Bangladesh through the Hili border with valid documents on April 22, a day before the elections. They had to reach to board the Balurghat-Howrah train scheduled to depart from Balurghat station at 8.30 pm. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs there was no transport between Hili and Balurghat station due to the elections, the duo booked Das’s toto to reach their destination. As the route was unknown to Farhana and Husain, the accused took them to a secluded place, which was about 2 km from the station and allegedly looted them with the help of another person. They allegedly thrashed ailing Husain when he opposed them. As they shouted for help local residents rushed to the spot. A complaint was lodged with police in this regard. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateInspector in-charge of Balurghat police station Jayanta Dutta formed a team led by officers Krishna Bera and Debasish Acharjee and asked them to immediately arrest the culprits. Later, with the help of the CCTV footage and after interrogating some toto pullers the police identified Das. After interrogating Das, cops detained a person from Hili. About Rs 82,000 in cash, passports and mobile-phones were recovered from him. Farhana said: “We came to India for my elder brother’s treatment in Chennai.”last_img read more

Road blocked due to accident

first_img (Image: Inrix) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: The road reopened shortly before 10pm A road is closed in a Staffordshire Moorlands village following an accident this evening. Park Lane in Knypersley is blocked in both directions and there is slow traffic from Harlech Drive to Woodland Street. Traffic is reported to be getting heavy on A527/ Tunstall Road all the way back to Millhayes Sports Ground Northbound but has cleared Southbound. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports recovery has been called to the scene – with the accident thought to have taken place at around 6.30pm. A StokeonTrentLive reporter who went to the scene said: “I can see two police cars, there are no ambulances. “Cars coming from Biddulph Moor direction are diverting down Moorland Street.” One eyewitness reported police, paramedics and firefighters were at the scene earlier, although we are yet to confirm that independently. Read MorePolice warn cyclists not to ride on motorways in West Midlands Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Tensor Processing Unit TPU 30 Googles answer to cloudready Artificial Intelligence

first_imgIt won’t be wrong to say that the first day of the ongoing Google I/O 2018 conference was largely dominated by Artificial Intelligence. CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t hide his excitement in giving us a sneak-peek of a whole host of features across various products driven by AI, which Google plan to roll out to the masses in the coming days. One of the biggest announcements was the unveiling of the next-gen silicon chip – the Tensor Processing Unit 3.0. The TPU has been central to Google’s AI market dominance strategy since its inception in 2016, and the latest iteration of this custom-made silicon chip promises to deliver faster and more powerful machine learning capabilities. What’s new in TPU 3.0? TPU is Google’s premium AI hardware offering for its cloud platform, with the objective of making it easier to run machine learning systems in a fast, cheap and easy manner. In his I/O 2018 keynote, Sundar Pichai declared that TPU 3.0 will be 8x more powerful than its predecessor. A TPU 3.0 pod is expected to crunch numbers at approximately 100 petaflops, as compared to 11.5 petaflops delivered by TPU 2.0. Pichai did not comment about the precision of the processing in these benchmarks – something which can make a lot of difference in real-world applications. Not a lot of other TPU 3.0 features were disclosed. The chip is still only for Google’s use for powering their applications. It also powers the Google Cloud Platform to handle customers’ workloads. High performance – but at a cost? An important takeaway from Pichai’s announcement is that TPU 3.0 is expected to be power-hungry – so much so that Google’s data centers deploying the chips now require liquid cooling to take care of the heat dissipation problem. This is not necessarily a good thing, as the need for dedicated cooling systems will only increase as Google scale up their infrastructure. A few analysts and experts, including Patrick Moorhead, tech analyst and founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, have raised concerns about this on twitter. The TPU is keeping up with Google’s growing AI needs The evolution of the Tensor Processing Unit has been rather interesting. When TPU was initially released way back in 2016, it was just a simple math accelerator used for training models, supporting barely close to 8 software instructions. However, Google needed more computing power to keep up with their neural networks to power their applications on the cloud. TPU 2.0 supported single-precision floating calculations and added 8GB of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) for faster, more improved performance. With 3.0, TPU have stepped up another notch, delivering the power and performance needed to process data and run their AI models effectively. The significant increase in the processing capability from 11 petaflops to more than 100 petaflops is a clear step in this direction. Optimized for Tensorflow – the most popular machine learning framework out there – it is clear that TPU 3.0 will have an important role to play as Google look to infuse AI into all their major offerings. A proof of this is some of the smart features that were announced in the conference – the smart compose option in Gmail, improved Google Assistant, Gboard, Google Duplex, and more. TPU 3.0 was needed, with the competition getting serious It comes as no surprise to anyone that almost all the major tech giants are investing in cloud-ready AI technology. These companies are specifically investing in hardware to make machine learning faster and more efficient, to make sense of the data at scale, and give intelligent predictions which are used to improve their operations. There are quite a few examples to demonstrate this. Facebook’s infrastructure is being optimized for the Caffe2 and Pytorch frameworks, designed to process the massive information it handles on a day to day basis. Intel have come up with their neural network processors in a bid to redefine AI. It is also common knowledge that even the cloud giants like Amazon want to build an efficient cloud infrastructure powered by Artificial Intelligence. Just a few days back, Microsoft previewed their Project Brainwave in the Build 2018 conference, claiming super-fast Artificial Intelligence capabilities which rivaled Google’s very own TPU. We can safely infer that Google needed a TPU 3.0 like hardware to join the elite list of prime enablers of Artificial Intelligence in the cloud, empowering efficient data management and processing. Check out our coverage of Google I/O 2018, for some exciting announcements on other Google products in store for the developers and Android fans. Read also AI chip wars: Is Brainwave Microsoft’s Answer to Google’s TPU? How machine learning as a service is transforming cloud The Deep Learning Framework Showdown: TensorFlow vs CNTKlast_img read more