Microsoft invests $1 billion in Elon Musk’s OpenAI

Microsoft is investing $1 billion in Elon Musk’s OpenAI to build artificial intelligence that can tackle more complex tasks, the companies announced Monday.

Through the partnership, the companies will build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies and Microsoft will become OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider, according to the announcements.

The companies said the technology they plan to build, artificial general intelligence, will be able to solve more complex problems that AI currently is capable of.

“Modern AI systems work well for the specific problem on which they’ve been trained, but getting AI systems to help address some of the hardest problems facing the world today will require generalization and deep mastery of multiple AI technologies,” the companies wrote in a press release.

“OpenAI and Microsoft’s vision is for artificial general intelligence to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges such as climate change, more personalized healthcare and education.”

Rather than build its own product to make up the costs of building AI technologies, OpenAI said in its announcement that it decided to license some of its “Pre-AGI technologies” and make Microsoft its preferred commercialization partner.

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IBM closes $34 billion Red Hat acquisition: Now it’s time to deliver

IBM has closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, vowed to keep its new unit independent, deliver innovative hybrid cloud stacks and grow.

Here are the key items to watch now that Red Hat is part of IBM. Can Red Hat growth continue and grow IBM overall? IBM’s cloud revenue is 25% of total sales on a run rate of $19 billion, but Red Hat is small with fiscal 2019 sales of $3.4 billion, up 15% from a year ago.

Although Red Hat’s revenue profile is fairly substantial with strong levels of profitability, we note that purchase accounting treatment of the target company’s deferred revenue will make IBM unable recognize a meaningful portion of Red Hat’s deferred revenue as it converts to actual revenue; this is while IBM will have to incur 100% of Red Hat’s operating expense.

Will Red Hat truly remain neutral and independent? IBM buying Red Hat is probably the best outcome if you believe in open source.

“Independence is essential to ensuring Red Hat partners will have an equal shot. Red Hat and IBM feels strongly about that,” he said.

Is IBM-Red Hat a multi-cloud point guard? IBM reiterated that with Red Hat it will continue to expand partnerships with all the leading cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Alibaba.

Will developers stick with Red Hat? It is worth noting that Red Hat and IBM spent a lot of digital ink on what the deal means for developers.

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Repeated radio signals coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, scientists announce

Scientists have spotted repeated blasts of radio signals coming from deep in space.

The breakthrough is only the second time scientists have seen such a repeating radio burst.

It both deepens the mystery and offers a potential opportunity to finally understand what might be throwing out the burst from a galaxy billions of light years away.

Of the more than 60 fast radio bursts detected so far, only one of them has ever repeated.

“Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles-where they’re from and what causes them,” said Ingrid Stairs, a member of the CHIME team and an astrophysicist at UBC. Seeing two repeating signals probably means that there exists – and that humanity will probably find – a “Substantial population” of repeating signals, the researchers write in one of the two papers published in Nature.

Having two sets of repeating bursts could also allow scientists to understand what distinguishes them from single bursts, helping them understand more about their source and watch for future blasts.

Some scientists had worried that the range of frequencies it can pick up would be too low for it to receive the FRBs – but it found far more than expected, and scientists expect it to identify even more.

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