August 08, 2017

"The race to make computers smarter and more human-like continued this week with IBM claiming it has developed technology that dramatically cuts the time it takes to crunch massive amounts of data and then come up with useful insights."

fortune: Deep learning, the technique used by IBM, is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that mimics how the human brain works. It's a huge focus for companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and IBM. by Barb Darrow

'IBM's stated goal is to reduce the time it takes for deep learning systems to digest data from days to hours. The improvements could help radiologists get faster, more accurate reads of anomalies and masses on medical images, according to Hillery Hunter, an IBM Fellow and director of systems acceleration and memory at IBM Research.

'Until now, deep learning has largely run on single server because of the complexity of moving huge amounts of data between different computers. The problem is in keeping data synchronized between lots of different servers and processors.'

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