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Name The New Irish Supercomputer

A public vote has launched to name the new Irish supercomputer that will join Fionn in the National High Performance Computing Service in Waterford in August. The system will have 13,440 CPUs and 64TB of RAM.The public are being asked to vote from a list of Irish scientists and the winner's name will be given to the new supercomputer. You can vote here until May 24.

Google Duplex

Google unveiled Duplex at this year's Google IO. Duplex is a mind-blowing AI voice bot that can have conversations with real people in order to complete tasks like dinner reservations. The examples are amazing, the system can deal with interruptions and can clarify details during the call in a realistic manner.Have a listen to the call below:

Microsoft AI + DJI

Microsoft have partnered with drone maker DJI to allow Microsoft Azure IoT Edge AI code to be deployed onto drones using an SDK. The video shows a demo of the partnership duing Microsoft Build 2018 where a DJI Mavic Air with an onboard image recognition AI detects a structural anomaly in some demo pipes.

Using AI on The Vatican Secret Archives

Researchers in Italy, on a project called In Codice Ratio, are using OCR and AI to begin to digitise hand written manuscripts from The Vatican Secret Archives. The challenge lies in creating an OCR system efficient enough in recognising hand written Latin script. The researchers have pioneered a mehtod called jigsaw segmentation, where a word is segmented into blocks analogous to pen strokes, as opposed to segmentation by letter.

Stack Overflow For Teams

Stack Overflow has launched a teams product, which includes a private searchable questions and answers knowledgebase and Q&A engine, stored on a dedicated network in a logically seperated database. Pricing starts at $10 per month for the first 10 users and $5 per user per month thereafter.

Snap Spectacles 2.0

Snap has released the second version of its Spectacles smart(?) glasses. These ones are $150, shoot HD video and, new to this version, can take HD photos. According to The Verge, they are less bulky and easier to use. If predictions come true, we'll all be wearing glasses like these, or better ones from Apple, in the next few years.

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