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May
2017

Computer AI Demonstrates Intellectual Feel With Go Championship Win

by Bill

 It was only a year or so ago when AlphaGo, Google’s deep learning AI system built to learn how to completely dominate the Chinese game of Go, defeated a professional Go player for the first time. Now it has done the unthinkable and defeated the world’s best Go player, Ke Jie. The machine has now learned what many experts consider to be the world’s most complex game – one with nearly infinite move possibilities and a style described by master players more as a feel than a thought. After the match, Ke Jie admitted that playing against AlphaGo is like playing against a “god of a player.”

Years ago computers bested the world’s greatest Chess human chess players, but some pointed out that Chess is a purely analytical game with a predefined number of possible moves and a linear progression from start to finish in a narrowly defined set of legal moves. Go on the other hand is far less structured and requires intuition more than prediction.

In fact, Go has more possibilities for play than the number of atoms in the entire universe. This win is likely to be only a sign of things to come as machines using artificial intelligence become as smart or smarter than their human inventors, and use fine-tuned judgement along with artificial intuition to make the smartest decisions. Artificial intelligence is going to become more than just Siri in your iPhone. It might one day help humanity to make incredible life altering choices.

National Net is always keeping an eye on the technological trends. Deep learning and artificial intelligence is a tech concept that is on the rise, and when it becomes a commercially viable way to improve your hosting, you can be sure we will implement it to the benefit of all our clients as effectively as possible… probably with the help of an AI robotic assistant.

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18
May
2017

Google Unveils Free Cloud Based Access to World’s Most Advanced AI Chips

by Bill

At their annual Google I/O conference Google’s top execs unveiled what many in the tech industry are calling a revolutionary new piece of hardware. A chip more advanced than any other in history, specifically geared toward machine learning and artificial intelligence. However, while the chip’s existence is big news, the way they intend to deploy it has become an even bigger story.

According to CEO Sundar Pichai Google is now an “AI first company” and as he explained to Wired Magazine, Pinchai believes “One of the most exciting things we all can do is demystify machine learning and AI. It’s important for this to be accessible by all people.”

For that reason, Google is making its new AI chips available to everyone via cloud based services that will enable developers, researchers, and even marketers to utilize their raw data and an unprecedented amount of computing power to make better decisions about nearly everything.

Until recently in human history, businesses were always tasked with finding ways to acquire sufficient amounts of data. In the last decade or so that challenge has changed completely. Now, most businesses are drowning in too much data and are in desperate need of a way to analyze it all. If these new chips live up to their lofty expectations, it could represent a quantum leap forward for consumers and merchants in nearly every sector imaginable.

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15
May
2017

New Home Sensors Redefine AI Smart Houses & Data Security Risks

by Bill

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University just unveiled the next generation of in home sensors that could lead to a fully “smart home.” These sensors do all the things that current sensors do, but in a whole new way that greatly expands their reach. Instead of just detecting if your light is on or off, they detect factors such as heat, light, magnetic properties and other qualities that would let it know if a light is on or off. This means that the sensors can basically sense anything that is happening in your home, and could be the first step towards your house knowing when you need more paper towels and ordering them from Amazon or WalMart online even before you notice you are low.

This is a great progression of technology but it is a little scary, simply because of how much data would be available to the general public. This would make hosting for the makers of these devices’ data very important. Not only would there be more data, but there would be more devices and a DDOS attack to your home would be very devastating. There have been way too many sci-fi movies where the computers controlling everything have gone wrong and ruined more than just the day of the main characters. For example, the researchers making this technology did not even want to put a camera on the sensors because of privacy concerns. Whoever takes this technology and makes it a commercial product is going to have to work very hard to address the security issues that it may present.

However, don’t let these warnings scare you off from trying new technology. It’s important to be open to trying new things, but make sure you and your data are protected by using smart and safe hosting and web services from National Net.

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02
May
2017

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Dismantle Net Neutrality

by Bill

Net Neutrality is ThreatenedDuring a speech today in Washington Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai announced his intention to reverse an FCC decision to classify broadband Internet access providers under the Obama administration as “Title II” common carriers, which put them in the same category as traditional telephone companies. That re-classification had allowed the FCC enough authority to impose Net Neutrality as a requirement for all wireless and desktop broadband providers. If the Title II status is changed, the FCC would no longer have that authority and Net Neutrality would soon be extinct.

“Going forward, we cannot stick with regulations from the Great Depression meant to micromanage Ma Bell,” Pai said.

The FCC will vote on the proposal during an open meeting May 18th and that will kickoff a series of intense legal battles with proponents of Net Neutrality clinging to hope that the Administrative Procedure Act if 1946 will be able to save it. That law prohibits federal agencies from enacting “capricious” decisions, with the intent of the law helping to foster stability and order. Since the FCC successfully argued in favor of Title II reclassification in federal court last summer under the previous administration, legal scholars believe Pai will have to show with solid supporting evidence that enough has changed since that time to justify a complete reversal of policy.

Huge money is at stake for broadband providers and mobile carriers wishing to create ‘toll lanes’ on the Internet, while content providers like NetFlix and YouTube stand to gain or lose billions of dollars depending on the outcome as well.

Perhaps even more important to this controversial policy change is the role of regulators in a grander sense. Are administrative bodies like the FCC intended to take a long term view of regulations, or are we destined to live in a world where each election brings sweeping reforms aimed at vanquishing the rules established by a prior administration and leaving everyone with far more chaos to content with as we attempt to do business online?

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