While Microsoft is not what it could have been for consumer-AI, the intersection of quantum computing and supercomputers with AI is fascinating. Microsoft is among the leaders in enterprise AI.Subscribe to the Last Futurist, for more articles like this (enter Email top right).With Cloud adoption and Azure’s incredible success, Microsoft has entered another golden age.
While Amazon, Apple and Google race to tame AI for the healthcare sector, Microsoft needs to position itself in other domains.Now on May 20, 2020, Microsoft has built one of the top five publicly disclosed supercomputers in the world. Think of the scale here, the Azure machine has 285,000 processor cores and 10,000 GPUs to tackle a new class of artificial intelligence tasks.
No alt text provided for this imageMicrosoft needs to position itself to acquire OpenAI. Why are supercomputers relevant to the future of artificial intelligence? Well Supercomputers, the most powerful computing machines on the planet, are typically used for the most taxing problems. These powerful brains can think about jobs like simulating nuclear weapons explosions, predicting the Earth’s future climate and more recently, seeking drugs to fight the coronavirus. Microsoft needs to lead the AI for good movement.
Because China won’t do it. Google hasn’t done it. It has to be Microsoft!Microsoft’s stock is approaching all-time highs and is a defensive and a growth stock in troubling times. Microsoft has pooled together an incredible ecosystem of developers and B2B partners. AI ethics and innovation must be high on Microsoft’s list at it approaches its zenith of global influence in its lifecycle as a company.While making new infrastructure available in Azure to train extremely large artificial intelligence models, the company is doing a lot of little things right in the AI enterprise space. At some point in the future, Microsoft and OpenAI believe their massive computer will bring new sophistication to AI.
This is debatable.Large-scale AI models are beginning to learn in new ways across text, images and video, but for the U.S. to have a chance to keep up with China in the next few decades in AI, Microsoft needs a team like Google has with DeepMind. Microsoft’s collaboration with OpenAI is good, but it’s not enough to contribute largely to the future of AI.Microsoft’s Build 2020 developer conference reminds us that Microsoft is connected, but it’s still not an AI-focused company that it could be. OpenAI’s goal is not just to pursue research breakthroughs but also to engineer and develop powerful AI technologies that other people can use, however all that remains to be seen.
Chinese AI startups show a lot more potential in impacting the world in the short-term.Microsoft won’t always be great, so what will it use its legacy for? Microsoft is a 45-year old company, and while it’s on an interesting track, what would it take for it to be not just a Cloud and enterprise giant, but truly an artificial intelligence company? Is has to take more risks.The mission of OpenAI is closely aligned with Microsoft’s mission of democratizing AI so that every individual and business in the world can achieve more, an especially relevant thing in a Pandemic world where there is a reset in several sectors and massive unemployment.
Microsoft needs a nexus of AI talent and that nexus is OpenAI.It cannot just be about propping up Azure, whose growth is slowing. Azure Machine Learning and DeepSeed are great, but Microsoft needs to make bigger moves in AI to attract the top talent. In the future of self-supervised learning, Microsoft needs to be a leader. It takes more than just a supercomputer, it takes a more cohesive and rigorous AI business strategy.Subscribe to the Last Futurist, for more articles like this (enter Email top right).
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Kaan Gunay, who was born in Germany, raised in Turkey, and now living in America. Gunay’s journey started with an education, in this case an Ivy League one at Brown University. During business school at Stanford, Gunay got to thinking with his childhood friend Onur Kardesler, about the gig economy and rideshare drivers in particular. These drivers had become the backbone of the transportation industry. Uber and Lyft had both helped address the United States dearth of public transportation as well.
Gunay has raised a total of $51.5m USD for Firefly, which is proving to be a win-win business and attracted a number of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists and angel investors including GV, NFX, Pelion Venture Partners, Decent Capital (Tencent founders), Jeffrey Housenbold (SOFTBANK Vision Fund), Cross Culture Ventures, Muse Capital, and StartX.
Forbes:Firefly Raises $30 Million To Expand Its Billboard Business To Tops Of New York Taxis, Ubers
Six months after emerging from stealth, Firefly is bringing its digital taxi toppers to New York City, thanks to a fresh $30 million funding round led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) with participation from existing investor NFX.
Techcrunch:Firefly raises $30M to bring more ads to Ubers, Lyfts and taxis
Firefly, a startup that allows ride-hail drivers to make money from advertising, has raised $30 million in Series A funding.
The company is about to launch in New York City, where it’s also acquiring the digital operations of advertising company Strong Outdoor. Co-founder and CEO Kaan Gunay said this will allow Firefly to start working with traditional taxis in a big way.
Crunchbase: Firefly raises $30M To Place Digital Ads On Cars, Expands Beyond SF To NYC Crunchbase:
San Francisco’s Firefly, which puts digital advertisements on top of taxis, food delivery and ride-sharing cars, has raised $30 million in its Series A, led by GV. After launching out of stealth in December, the company has raised $51.5 million to-date.
Venturebeat: Firefly raises $30 million to put electronic ads on ride-hailing cars Venturebeat:
The gig driving economy might be growing, but excepting cities with minimum wage laws for ride-hailing drivers, the pay certainly isn’t getting any better. Lyft says its drivers’ median earnings work out to $18.83 an hour nationally. A Buzzfeed survey found that Uber drivers in Denver, Detroit, and Houston earned just $13.25 an hour on average. And in a recent survey disputed by Uber, MIT researchers reported that Uber and Lyft drivers’ median pretax profit was $3.37 per hour.
San Francisco Business Times: S.F. startup takes smart advertising atop Ubers and Lyfts bi-coastal San Francisco Business Times:
San Francisco-based Firefly has found the latest frontier for targeted advertising: the roofs of Uber and Lyft vehicles.
The outdoor advertising platform, which came out of stealth in December, has netted $30 million in a round led by GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, bringing its total funding to $51.5 million, the company said Thursday.
Firefly is the first-mover in mobility-based smart displays and proprietary “situationally aware” software designed for taxis and TNCs, supporting drivers, small businesses, and nonprofits, while generating actionable data to promote smarter cities.
Gunay moved from Turkey to the United States at age 18 to attend Brown University, where he studied mechanical engineering.
More info: https://www.kaan-gunay.com
In this prost we will discribe how to install squid proxy with Active Directory authentication.
The Squid installation it is done on Debian 6.0.4
Firstly, we need to configure the name server.
To connect to the server over SSH, we need to install SSH.
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]apt-get install ssh[/blockquote]
Install NTP Server:
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]apt-get install ntp-simple[/blockquote]
Edit the ntp file and add the frensh ntp servers:
Before installing squid we need to install:
- samba used for connexion between Linux and Windows ;
- krb5-user eand libpam-krb5 used by Kerberos for authenticating users to Active Directory
- ntpdate : Used to synchronize date
- winbind:used by samba to communicate with Active Directory.
After installing Kerberos, we need to synchronize the date using the command
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo ntpdate 126.96.36.199[/blockquote]
After synchronizing the date, we will configure the Kerberos configuration file.
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]vi/etc/krb5.conf[/blockquote]
Now we will test Kerberos using the command:
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo kinit Administrateur[/blockquote]
If doesn’t work, try to type [email protected]
And if doesn’t work try to restart the server.
After configuring Kerberos, we will start configuring samba. First, we need to stop Winbind and Samba and modify the file smb.conf:
Now, we will start samba and winbind
Join the domain:
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]sudo net ads join -U Administrateur [/blockquote]
After joining the domain, we will start squid installation:
[blockquote align=”left” author=””]-get install squid3 [/blockquote]
After installing squid, we will start squid configuration.
In this post, we will describe the steps of configuring netscreen 5400 Firewall.
First of all, we must log to the firewall using line console with Speed 9600.
In this post, we will describe how to use regex for connecting to destination web site using squid.
- Open the squid configuration file:
- Defining the destination url
Acl google_api url_regex ^http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/*
- Authorize access:
http_access allow google_api
- After saving the configuration we will proceed to reload squid process