Cerebras Unveils Computer Using Largest Chip Ever Built: Last week, Cerebras Systems announced the CS-1, a computer designed around its Wafer Scale Engine. The WSE, released in August, is specialized for deep learning. It is also the largest computer chip ever produced, at more than 50 times larger than standard chips. The CS-1 provides the infrastructure for users to work with the chip, beginning with Argonne National Laboratory, the company’s first partner. Cerebras says the CS-1 delivers the performance of 1,000 GPUs combined, though this claim has not been verified.
Toolkit for Explaining Natural Language Processing Predictions: Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI created “AllenNLP Interpret,” a set of tools to help explain results from natural language processing models. The software can identify which words in a given input have the most influence over a model’s prediction, and identify hypothetical alterations that would result in different predictions. The demo uses saliency maps to display words most important for the model’s output. The authors hope AllenNLP Interpret will help researchers better understand the models they develop.
Hikvision Markets AI Camera that Identifies Uyghurs: Hikvision, the world’s largest video surveillance product manufacturer, marketed an AI camera that can automatically distinguish Uyghurs from Han, surveillance information platform IPVM reported. When contacted by IPVM, Hikvision removed the product page from its website and refused to comment. IPVM’s Charles Rollet wrote that Hikvision’s rapid removal of the item suggests other companies engage in similar identification but self-censor. This is the second time in two years that the Chinese company has been confronted by IPVM about minority analytics and removed information from its website.
2019 Annual USCC Report Highlights Emerging Technology:The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission submitted its annual report to Congress on the national security implications of the economic relationship between the United States and China. The report includes a section on emerging technologies and military-civil fusion that argues Chinese advancements in AI could undermine U.S. economic and military advantages. The Commission makes several recommendations to Congress, including reestablishing a higher education advisory board under the FBI to identify signs of technology transfer. However, critics have noted errors and hyperbole in the report regarding China’s space program.
China’s Plan to Build a National Tech Transfer System:The Program to Build a National Technology Transfer System: Translation of a PRC State Council plan issued in 2017. It briefly addresses China’s system for acquiring foreign technology but primarily focuses on the transfer of technology within China.
Hewlett Foundation:CSET was awarded a $2 million grant to support a new Cybersecurity and AI project led by Ben Buchanan. CyberAI will explore the effects of automation on cyber offense and defense.
Syracuse University News: As part of a new $500,000 partnership with CSET, Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law will assist CSET in investigating the legal, policy and security impacts of emerging technology. Judge James Baker is the grant’s principal investigator.