Day: July 27, 2020

This AI tool can identify individual birds with 90% accuracy

Birdwatchers armed with binoculars and fields books can be great at spotting species, but they struggle to identify individuals in a flock.

Luckily for them, a new AI tool can do the tricky task for them — and potentially offer new insights into bird behaviors.

Scientists first trained the AI on labeled images of wild great tits and sociable weavers, as well as captive zebra finches. They then tested the system on new pictures of the same birds that it had never seen before. The team says the AI correctly identified over 90% of the wild species, and 87% of

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What comes after Kubernetes? | InfoWorld

“Boring.” That’s one of the best compliments you can pay an infrastructure technology. No one wants to run their mission-critical applications on “spicy!” But boring? Boring is good.

Boring means that a technology has reached a certain level of ubiquity and trust, that it’s well-understood and easily managed. Kubernetes, in production at 78 percent of enterprises, has arguably passed that point, having become widely recognized as standard cloud-enabling plumbing that “just works.”

Or, otherwise said, has become “boring.”

Even as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation helps coordinate the development of a range of other projects to fill in any

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6 ways Alibaba Cloud challenges AWS, Azure, and GCP

Most folks will by now have heard of Alibaba, the giant Chinese conglomerate, with business interests that include retail, financial services, logistics, media, and digital branding and marketing. The technology backbone underpinning these business units, Alibaba Cloud, is the third largest cloud provider globally, behind Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. And while Alibaba Cloud provides broadly similar offerings to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, it does have a few surprises.

A relative newcomer to the international cloud market, Alibaba Cloud has deep pockets, and a keen desire to get ahead of Amazon globally. In April of this

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