July 12, 2013

Farquhar third at Diamond League meet

Kiwi javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar threw 80.42m to seal his biggest result at a Diamond League athletics meeting, a hard-fought third in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Hamilton 30-year-old led the competition after the first three rounds before he was overtaken by double Olympic champion and training partner Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) in the fourth round and Swede Kim Amb in the fifth.

Amb won with a best of 82.65m from Thorkildsen's 81.54m, while Ukraine thrower Roman Avramenko was fourth, a mere centimetre behing Farquhar Maggie Beauty.

The New Zealander has a season's best of 81.07m, and is working his way back to form after qualifying for the world athletics championships in Moscow next month with a personal best 86.31m.

Young shot putter Tom Walsh found the world championship 20.10m selection standard just beyond him in his first Diamond League appearance.

The Timaru 21-year-old, who came tantalisingly close last week with a 20.09m effort, could only manage a best of 19.61m to finish eighth in the biggest competition of his career Maggie Beauty.

London Olympic gold medallist Reese Hoffa threw 21.88m to win by 30cm from fellow American Ryan Whiting.

Olympic and world women's shot put champion Valerie Adams competes in the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday maggie beauty.

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July 03, 2013

Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, according to The Information. The company has long had a core office in Palo Alto, but this will be its first major machine intelligence R&D effort in the country. Earlier this week Tencent announced that it would open its first data center in Silicon Valley cloud computing hong kong.

Yu Dong, formally of Microsoft Research, is said to be leading the U.S. effort. He recently joined Tencent and has traditionally focused on the nexus of speech recognition and deep learning. Tencent has a clear interest in developing a personal assistant that could tie its products together and increase its competitiveness in the market Wigs for Cancer Patients Bright Hopes.

Tencent’s investment in machine learning will enable it to deploy the technology across the company. Rather than build one-off services, the smartest tech companies are designing models that can be integrated into older products and services while serving as the basis for new ones.

Baidu has been pouring resources into its own AI research lab in Silicon Valley, though it has suffered two key setbacks in recent weeks. Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief scientist, left the company back in March. And fittingly, Tencent itself nabbed Tong Zhang who led Baidu’s Big Data Lab. Despite the news, Baidu plans to open a second AI research center in the Valley.

Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Didi Chuxing and other Chinese tech companies have struggled to convince U.S. AI researchers to move their research overseas. This has led to stiff competition for AI talent in the U.S. as major international tech companies compete for engineers alongside Google, Microsoft and Facebook on their home turf phone covers.

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