Friday, 14 December, 2018

AWS re:Invent 2018 Roundup: Machine Learning, Blockchain and AWS Outposts

AWS goes deep and wide with machine learning services and capabilities Amazon brings AWS hardware and services direct to the data centre
Francis Osborne | 01 December, 2018, 15:16

The vehicle is rewarded for staying on the track, avoiding obstacles and more, helping the auto to learn to drive more accurately over time. The fully autonomous race auto uses reinforcement learning models from SageMaker and allows the developers to race against each other for prizes in their own DeepRacer League.

The designers of DeepRacer have equipped the autonomous vehicle with an artificial intelligence (AI) technique called reinforcement learning, which was inspired by how animals learn from responses to their behavior. Also, it is equally hard to find people who know how to build right and ethical ML models and train, tune and deploy those. The company has announced at their re-invent cloud conference in Las Vegas. With reinforcement learning's steep learning curve and blockers for adoption, AWS's introduction of the AWS DeepRacer and the DeepRacer League is one more step in AWS's mission of putting machine learning and reinforcement learning into the hands of everyday developers.

"This is still not our focus, although people want us to make more of these things". AWS RoboMaker connects the Robot Operating System to AWS' machine learning, monitoring and analytics services so robots can "stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend and learn", the company said in its overview.

Amazon SageMaker RL addresses the complexity of reinforcement learning, which uses an algorithm achieve a complex goal that learns from right and wrong decisions as it explores its environment, usually in a simulator. The whole experience was good fun, and I haven't even begun to scratch the surface in terms of the service's capabilities.

AWS DeepRacer cars can be pre-ordered today on Amazon.com for delivery in 2019, just in time for the opening of the DeepRacer League in the new year.

GE Healthcare is training computer vision models with Amazon SageMaker that are then deployed in its MRI and X-Ray devices.

AWS Managed Blockchain is a managed blockchain service which supports Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. "We see this update as an effective enabler to reduce development time for IT teams and businesses who are adopting AWS services".

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This will be the final meeting of BRICS Leaders chaired by South Africa before Brazil assumes the Presidency on 1 January 2019. USA officials in recent days have also renewed their criticism of Beijing in advance of the Xi-Trump meeting.

Peace at last between North and South Korea?
The Korean folk song "Arirang" has a similar story - the South's was recognised in 2012, followed by the North's two years later. North Koreans are usually forbidden to enter Japan , under the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for its missile and nuclear tests.

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Sikh pilgrim wait for food at the shrine of their spiritual leader Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur , Pakistan, Nov. 28, 2018. Sidhu seems to have more love and respect in Pakistan than what I noticed over here.

The blockchain service, Amazon Managed Blockchain is a fully managed service.

E-retail giant Amazon is trying to get deeper into the health space and for that, the company has launched a new Machine Learning software for analysing medical records which will help in better treatments of the patients and also in reducing the expenditure.

DigitalGlobe is the world's leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data and analysis.

Amazon Web Services is set to launch a satellite connection service that will make it faster for satellite operators to retrieve and secure their data.

The blockchain-based Amazon platform is going to be a part of Amazon's Web Services.

QLDB or Amazon Quantum Ledge Database will serve as a centralised ledger for recording transactions cryptographically.

"Still there are some companies that have said they will be running applications on-premise for the foreseeable future, but still want access to the tools and fine-grained services we build on the AWS platform, so now we get to package all of that up and ship it to the client's data centre in two days".

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