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39 minutes | a day ago
Inside Intel Labs: Human and AI Collaboration – Intel on AI – Season 2, Episode 10
In this episode of Intel on AI guests Lama Nachman, Intel Fellow and Director of Anticipatory Computing Lab, and Hanlin Tang, Sr. Director of the Intel AI Lab, talk with host Abigail Hing Wen about the intersection of humans and AI. The three discuss a wide range of topics, from keeping humans in the loop of AI systems to the ways that AI can augment human abilities. Lama talks about her work in building assistive computer systems for Prof. Stephen Hawking and British roboticist Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan. Hanlin reveals work on a DARPA program in collaboration with Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital that’s trying to restore the ability of patients with spinal cord injury to walk again. Follow Intel AI Research on Twitter: twitter.com/intelairesearch Follow Hanlin on Twitter: twitter.com/hanlintang Follow Abigail on Twitter at: twitter.com/abigailhingwen Learn more about the Intel’s global research at: intel.com/labs
42 minutes | 9 days ago
From the Creators of Thanos: The Making of a Virtual Human – Intel on AI Season 2, Episode 9
In this Intel on AI podcast episode: guest Doug Roble, the senior director of software research and development at Digital Domain, joins hosts Abigail Hing Wen and Amir Khosrowshahi to talk about how Digital Domain creates virtual effects for blockbuster movies. Doug, Abigail, and Amir discuss how Digital Domain developed virtual characters for Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Josh Brolin in Avengers: Endgame, the technology and AI models that go into creating such complex visuals, and the virtual humans the company is working on today. To see the latest digital humans the company is developing, watch this YouTube video at: youtu.be/RKiGfGQxqaQs. Follow Digital Domain on Twitter at: twitter.com/digitaldomaindd Follow Abigail on Twitter at: twitter.com/abigailhingwen Learn more about the future of AI at: intel.com/ai
36 minutes | 10 days ago
Tech Tonics: Dr. Sally Shaywitz: Advancing Science, Driving Policy, Overcoming Dyslexia
Dr. Sally Shaywitz – Yes, she is David’s mom – has brought an entrepreneur’s mindset to her life’s work in dyslexia, recognizing the condition as a prevalent and underappreciated need, then working tirelessly to advance the science and enact the policy required to fully unlock the potential within so many brilliant individuals. Sally has helped a huge array of individuals access what she has famously termed their “sea of strengths”. The daughter of two immigrants who had escaped Eastern Europe at the turn of the century and arrived in America in search of a better life, Sally was born and grew up up in the Bronx, New York. The family wasn’t well-off: her father was a dressmaker, her mom, a homemaker. Yet she describes her childhood, with her parents and older sister, Irene, as “overflowing with love.” Sally attended college at the City College of New York (CCNY), and after initially contemplating a career in law, found herself drawn to medicine, and was accepted early into the medical school of her choice, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Tragically, the same year, Sally’s mom was afflicted with endometrial cancer, and despite what initially seemed like an encouraging prognosis, she grew progressively ill and ultimately passed away, a particularly devastating experience given the family’s especially close emotional bonds. While entering medical school with a heavy heart, Sally soon found she resonated with what she describes as the humanity and warmth of medicine; she was especially drawn to pediatrics, pursuing it herself and marrying a pediatrician, Bennett Shaywitz, she met the summer after her first year of medical school. While Sally was one of only four women in a class of 100, she generally found the men to be far friendlier; similarly, during her pediatrics training. When she wanted to organize her schedule so she could take time off to be with her first child, it was her female colleagues, she said, who resisted and rejected the idea. After completing her training in pediatrics and a fellowship in developmental pediatrics, Sally and her family – now with three children – moved to Dayton, OH, where her husband had been assigned by the Air Force to run a research center during the Vietnam War. Sally decided she wanted to focus on her children, and put her career on hold. She loved the experience, and wrote about it for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, focusing on the contrast between, as she describes it, what “enlightened women” were taught about motherhood and how, in her experience, it was so much more instinctive, positive and fulfilling. The family subsequently relocated to suburban Connecticut after Bennett accepted a position at Yale Medical School. Sally says she initially planned to be a stay-at-home mom, but found the available social environment intellectually deadening. She began to see patients out of her home – an experience she wrote up for Ms. Magazine – and was soon recruited by Yale to care for the learning disorder patients that apparently no one else was interested in seeing. The field was viewed at the time as a bit of a backwater (the starting point of so many entrepreneurial journeys!), but Sally found she really enjoyed taking care of patients with dyslexia, and was determined to drive their care forward. This mission would come to define Sally’s career (and soon, Bennett’s as well, as they began to work as a team), starting with a transformative longitudinal study (now in its 37th year, and counting!) that evolved into an extensive clinical research program. Their research revealed that dyslexia was surprisingly common – affecting about 20% of the population – and that it doesn’t spontaneously regress with age. Sally developed what’s now commonly called the “sea of strengths” model, which describes dyslexia as a localized deficit in the way language is processed, so reading takes longer. It is a problem often seen in children with tremendous strengths; thus, it becomes particularly important to evaluate dyslexics on what they do know – their reasoning ability, say – and not to mistakenly undervalue their potential simply because they are slow readers. Accommodations such as additional time for tests can prove transformative in allowing a dyslexic’s intrinsic ability to be revealed and meaningfully assessed. As a consequence of impact of this research, Sally and Bennett achieved exceptional academic success – both are endowed professors at Yale Medical School, elected members of the National Academy of Medicine, and have led many NIH grants and program projects. Yet – like many entrepreneurs — they were also determined to drive the science into palpable change, in this case for dyslexic students and their families. Together they co-founded the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and have relentlessly focused not only on advancing the research, but also on ensuring the knowledge finds expression in public policy. They frequently testify before Congress and state legislatures, for example. In 2003, Sally summarized her learnings in her best-selling book, Overcoming Dyslexia; earlier this year, she released a completely-revised and updated second edition, which has been similarly well-received. We are grateful to Manatt Health for sponsoring today’s episode of Tech Tonics. Manatt Health integrates strategic business consulting, public policy acumen, legal excellence and deep analytics capabilities to better serve the complex needs of clients across America’s healthcare system. Together with it’s parent company, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, the firm’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping its clients across all industries grow and prosper. Show Notes: “Catch-22 For Mothers” – by Sally Shaywitz, New York Times Sunday Magazine, March 4, 1973 Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC) “Success Stories” – profiles of exceptional dyslexics, from YCDC site “The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia” by Katie Hafner, New York Times, September 21, 2018 “Test Early To Detect Dyslexia – Our Children Deserve Nothing Less” by Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writer’s Group (syndicated column, October 2020). Overcoming Dyslexia, 2nd Edition (Knopf, 2020) About the Yale Dyslexia panel – 2015 – featuring Ari Emanuel, Diane Swonk, Brian Grazer, Toby Cosgrove, David Boies, with remarks by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and by Valerie Jarrett.
36 minutes | 13 days ago
Business Group on Health: The Case for Honoring Caregivers
Even before COVID-19, the U.S. was facing a caregiving crisis. And now, well over half of Americans are worrying about, taking care of, or looking out for a friend, neighbor or family member due to pandemic. But as these unpaid caregivers pour their love and energy into this role, many are suffering as a result. In this episode of the Business Group on Health podcast, we speak with Alex Drane about the majesty of caregiving, as well as the human and business imperative of supporting our supporters.
14 minutes | 14 days ago
Using AI Sense to Stay Safe During a Pandemic – Conversations in the Cloud – Episode 214
In this Intel Conversations in the Cloud audio podcast: Alok Mishra, founder of Wesense, joins host Jake Smith to talk about how the company, in partnership with Wipro, developed Clearhealth—a safety compliance product for COVID-19 in India that combines touch-free attendance, temperature checks, sanitization compliance, and mask protection compliance for offices and retail locations. The two talk about the importance of technology helping solve emerging problems and how Wesense improved inference time using Intel optimized TensorFlow, Intel Distribution of OpenVINO, and Intel Distribution for Python. Follow Wesense on Twitter: twitter.com/wesenseai Follow Jake on Twitter: twitter.com/jakesmithintel
18 minutes | 17 days ago
How Intel Prepares Partners for New Technology – Conversations in the Cloud – Episode 213
In this Intel Conversations in the Cloud audio podcast: Michael Hall, director of technology and ecosystem enablement at Intel, joins host Jake Smith to talk how Intel works with partners to ensure the market is properly prepared for technology coming out three to five years into the future. The two talk about how the PCIe standard is evolving for lower-latency and all the compatibly and testing work that goes into next generation chips. Michael also talks about what changes he’s excited about in the industry. Follow Jake on Twitter: twitter.com/jakesmithintel
23 minutes | 21 days ago
At the OpenMP Forefront
Who better to have a spicy discussion with about #OpenMP than Tim Mattson and Bronis de Supinski? These two have truly lived at the forefront of the amazing, decades-long OpenMP journey, from its inception to its preeminence as a foundational tool for HPC application programmers. Listen to what’s coming in 5.1 and beyond, how the C++ ecosystem is evolving, why Python in HPC, and have fun as these two razz each other. Guests: Bronis de Supinski, Chief Technology Officer, Livermore Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; Chair, OpenMP Language Committee Tim Mattson, Senior Principal Engineer, and Manager, Programming Systems Research Group, Intel To learn more: OpenMP.org Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit oneAPI
47 minutes | 22 days ago
A Modern History of AI with Turing Award Winner Yann LeCun – Intel on AI Season 2, Episode 8
In this episode of Intel on AI guest Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Facebook and professor at NYU, joins host Abigail Hing Wen to talk about the history and adoption of AI. Considered one of the “godfathers of AI” and an ACM Turing Award Laureate, Yann has seen the ups and downs of AI for decades. Yann and Abigail talk about the origins of AI, how the ideas and advancements in technology proliferated, and what the future of AI holds. Follow Yann on Twitter at: twitter.com/ylecun Follow Abigail on Twitter at: twitter.com/abigailhingwen Learn more about the future of AI at: intel.com/ai
19 minutes | 22 days ago
Celebrating Women Innovators: Two Trailblazers Who Are Advancing Technology
Denisa Constantinescu, a PhD student in Mechatronics, and a researcher in the Computer Architecture Department at the University of Malaga, and Maura Tokay, a lead software programmer at Science Systems and Applications, Inc., and a computer scientist within the Department of Agriculture, share how their work is helping advance the fields of robotics, economics, manufacturing, agriculture and more, supported by oneAPI and the Intel DevCloud. They inspire us with glimpses of their journeys into tech, and what they’re looking forward to. Guests: Denisa Constantinescu, a PhD student in mechatronics and a researcher in the Computer Architecture Department at the University of Malaga Maura Tokay, computer scientist and lead software programmer at Science Systems and Applications, Inc., and recent Master’s graduate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) To learn more: denisa-c.com devmesh.intel.com/projects/predicting-corn-wheat-and-soybean-yield oneapi.com/events/devcon2020 oneAPI devcloud.intel.com/oneapi/get_started
0 minutes | 23 days ago
Intel Manufacturing Automation Gets Performance Boost in the VMware vSAN Cache Tier
IT Best Practices: Intel Manufacturing factories rely on advanced technology for smooth 24/7 operation. Each factory includes two data centers with hundreds of servers to manage materials, equipment automation, process control, inventory, analytics, and more. Manufacturing IT recently built a separate and completely virtual integration environment for Intel’s Non-volatile Memory Solution Group (NSG) factory. This offered an opportunity to introduce Intel Optane SSDs as cache tier on I/O-intensive workloads to reduce the number of disk groups required. Whether running applications, websites, databases, file servers, or other services, storage performance is often the most important factor in delivering high-performing business solutions. And higher disk throughput is key to achieving performance. We targeted web, application, and database servers using common factory workloads and the results were outstanding. Testing revealed that two disk groups performed as well as three and write-intensive workloads performed even better. We compared automation system use cases involving defect analysis application servers and database servers on a virtualized platform with Intel Optane storage media against systems with NAND SSD (All-Flash) systems. With nearly 200 physical servers hosted in the integration environment, the results gave us confidence to virtualize most factory integration compute environments with servers that simulate the factory setting before applying changes in production.
3 minutes | 23 days ago
When Apps and Data Are Streamed
Increasingly, employees and students reply on streamed applications rather than having apps run directly from their computer’s hard drive. In this video animation, learn how end user computing, a catch-all phrase, is changing as technologies like desktop as a service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) stream experiences from the cloud or a data center. Ruben Spruijit, senior technologist at Nutanix narrates. Follow the enterprise cloud tech revolution at The Forecast by Nutanix.
12 minutes | 23 days ago
Realizing The Agile Manifesto
Rapid iteration that has become essential to technology innovation is something well defined in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: individuals and interactions over processes and tools; working software over comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration over contract negotiation; responding to change over following a plan. That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Follow the enterprise cloud tech revolution at The Forecast by Nutanix.
36 minutes | 24 days ago
Matthew Zachary – Making Noise and Making a Difference that is Music to Patient’s Ears
Matthew Zachary, CEO of Offscrip Media has had multiple careers despite the fact that he shouldn’t have had any. He had studied to be a concert pianist and composer and conductor through college, but at the age of 21, on his way to study in a USC graduate music program with Hans Zimmer, he was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told he had 6 months to live. That was in 1995. Matthew credits his uncle, a geneticist, with saving his life, serving as his medical “Sherpa” and helping him “having the chutzpah to challenge established treatment.” But his healthcare experience, and especially the 6 years it took to recover his immune system post-treatment, made clear to him that young patients weren’t getting the information they needed nor the support required to thrive after a medical crisis. Matthew had a thriving media career when a chance meeting of another recovered patient who had the same brain cancer led him to realize that there was a vast gap between patients’ need for knowledge and community and the system’s ability to deliver it. He founded Stupid Cancer in 2006 to help fill this gap, focused especially on helping young people who had survived cancer and were seeking to live out life as normally as possible. During the 12 years he led the organization, every health tech company focused on cancer knocked on Matthew’s door; it led him to the realization that entrepreneurs, by and large, just don’t understand how to build for or reach the right people to ensure their offering makes sense. Matthew has a special beef with how Silicon Valley thinks about healthcare, feeling that the culture leads to building the wrong things for the wrong people. And he further thinks that venture investors don’t care enough to invest in the right things most of the time. As such, Matthew is firm believer in the essential role of peer to peer care and the importance of life hacks, especially when the traditional delivery system doesn’t provide the answers. It is his view that for-profit companies can’t address cancer in an interesting way unless it stops being profit driven, though he recognizes the limitations of the not-for-profit sector as well. Join us for this fun show where we talk to Matthew about his long career in and around healthtech and media – he had the first healthcare-related radio show and interviewed 2000 people over 14 years. He was also the first speaker (and piano player) at the inaugural Health2.0 Conference. We talk to him about what it’s like to see healthtech having its moment, what led to the formation of Stupid Cancer and what it was like to turn the organization over to others, and his new initiative, OffScrip Media, which has reconnected him with his love of being behind the microphone and which is billed as, “a podcast that calls out all sorts of stupid BS in healthcare through raw conversations about advocacy, heroism, and the audacity of health.” We are grateful to Manatt Health for sponsoring today’s episode of Tech Tonics. Manatt Health integrates strategic business consulting, public policy acumen, legal excellence and deep analytics capabilities to better serve the complex needs of clients across America’s healthcare system. Together with it’s parent company, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips the firm’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping its clients across all industries grow and prosper. Show Notes: Matthew composed and plays Simplicity, his favorite of his own works.
26 minutes | a month ago
Business Group on Health: Meeting Women’s Unmet Health Needs with Femtech
For far too long, investments in digital health solutions for women have been underfunded. According to Rock Health, just 3% of the US digital health deals since 2011 have focused on women’s health and well-being. But that’s all changing. Increased interest and investment in Femtech – digital health solutions for women – is opening the door to address previously unmet needs. In this episode of the Business Group on Health podcast, we speak with Sari Kaganoff about the Femtech landscape, including areas “ripe for innovation,” as well as how the digital health sector as a whole can become more inclusive.
16 minutes | a month ago
How Wipro is Dealing with the Effects of COVID-19
The effects of the coronavirus on technology will be studied for years to come. The ways people responded and new directions companies took are creating a new normal. IT leaders were forced to build more robust, resilient, secure data systems that support remote working. Global IT service providers were on the front lines to help businesses take on challenges brought by the pandemic. Wipro, based in Bangalore, India, touch more than a million users. When a million users needed to suddenly work from home, Wipro made that happen even though they, too, were working from home. Wipro advises companies to take a holistic approach to manage the technical challenges of enabling remote workers during and after the global health crisis. “There is a huge urgency to reimagine the workspace,” said Satish Yadavalli, vice president for global cloud and infrastructure services (CIS) at Wipro Limited. “Because of the lockdown, none of our finance folks could come to the office,” Yadavalli said. “So, we had to deliver them access to all mission-critical ERP and financial tools from home. Within 12 hours, we were able to enable access to all these applications safely and securely to all our finance executives.” Follow the enterprise cloud tech revolution at The Forecast by Nutanix.
22 minutes | a month ago
In Pursuit of the Holy Grail: Portable, Performant Programming
Dr. Tom Deakin, senior research associate and lecturer in the High-Performance Computing Research Group at the University of Bristol, and Dr. James Brodman, software engineer at Intel, unpack the tricky topic of performance portability to reveal what this concept truly means and ways to achieve it. As contributors to the Khronos SYCL Working Group—from the user and implementer perspectives—they talk about the exciting growth of the SYCL community, marked, in part, by its implementations that now support a variety of hardware architectures, including DPC++ and hipSYCL. Guests: Tom Deakin, Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, High-Performance Computing Research Group, University of Bristol Dr. James Brodman, Software Engineer, Intel Data Parallel C++ compiler Khronos SYCL Intel DevCloud SYCL.tech High-Performance Computing Research Group, University of Bristol hpc.tomdeakin.com oneAPI Supercomputing 2020
33 minutes | a month ago
Data for Black Lives with Yeshi Milner – Intel on AI Season 2, Episode 7
In this episode of Intel on AI guest Yeshimabeit (Yeshi) Milner, founder and executive director of Data for Black Lives, joins host Abigail Hing Wen to talk about how AI technology is falling short for too many. Yeshi and Abigail talk about how AI can exacerbate the historically negative impacts on the Black community, improving accountability and transparency in fintech, how to break down the silos between scientists and activists, and why it’s important to have a diverse set of voices in the room when monumental decisions in technology are being made. Follow Yeshi on Twitter at: twitter.com/yeshican Follow Abigail on Twitter at: twitter.com/abigailhingwen Learn more about the future of AI at: intel.com/ai
39 minutes | a month ago
Tech Tonics: Kevin Lyman – From Halo to CEO
Kevin Lyman was once the world’s highest ranked Warlock in Worlds of Warcraft and a professional Halo2 player. But that wasn’t his original plan. In fact, growing up in New Jersey, Kevin always wanted to be a scientist, even before he was sure of what that meant. While a student at Renselaer Polytechnic, Kevin took a number of jobs, including toy designer at Hasbro, sensor designer on the Falcon rocket for SpaceX and on the Excel team at Microsoft. But it was his first full time job as an engineer at Enlitic in 2015 that made him realize he wanted to apply his scientific ingenuity to healthcare, a field that he views as one of the few where you can help do something that really helps people. Enlitic took a number oof twists and turns as it built its imaging analytics products, and when those roads came back together as a result of his leadership, Kevin became the CEO in 2018. Kevin talks about what it’s like to be an under-30 CEO, the good and the bad of AI, and how one effectively balances intuition with the logical model inherent in an AI-focused company. He also talks about his current creative outlet – drawing – a sample of which you can see in evidence behind him in his photo. We were delighted to have Kevin on the show. We are grateful to Manatt Health for sponsoring today’s episode of Tech Tonics. Manatt Health integrates strategic business consulting, public policy acumen, legal excellence and deep analytics capabilities to better serve the complex needs of clients across America’s healthcare system. Together with its parent company, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, the firm’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping its clients across all industries grow and prosper.
38 minutes | a month ago
Overcoming Health Disparities to Achieve Health Equity
Black women in the U.S. are two to three times more likely to die during or following childbirth than white women. And although Black women are about as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as their white counterparts, they’re almost 40% more likely to die from it. Why is this the case in 2020? In this episode of the Business Group on Health podcast, we speak with Dr. Montgomery Rice about the state of health disparities in the U.S., and what steps we can take, especially in this moment of enhanced awareness and forward momentum, to ensure an equitable and healthy future. Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG | President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine LuAnn Heinen | Vice President, Business Group on Health
11 minutes | a month ago
Ways 5G Will Superpower Digital Experiences
The ideas behind 5G got their start at NASA, which was seeking to improve space communication for satellites. As telcos roll out 5G networks with speeds of up to 10 gigs, the new wireless technology is poised to bring powerful internet connections to IoT, VR, AR, AI, edge computing and enterprise applications. In this interview with Satyam Vaghani, VP and GM of IoT and AI at Nutanix, learn about the opportunities and challenges 5G brings to enterprises. Related article: 5 Ways 5G Will Impact the Enterprise Follow the enterprise cloud tech revolution at The Forecast by Nutanix.
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