Alibaba says ‘open sesame’ to AI, 1000 new jobs in bn cash splash

Alibaba’s cloud arm is planning a new billion-dollar partnership with Nvidia to expand its deep learning and big data systems over the next three years. The plan, announced on Tuesday at a press conference in Shanghai, will see AliCloud use Nvidia’s silicon to run the new services, and will be offering them from data centers around the world. “The Big Data Platform fulfills our vision of sharing our vast data troves that will create immense value to our users,” said Simon Hu, the division’s president, as reported in the South China Morning Post. “What we want to do at Alibaba is turn the data-processing capacity and data-security capabilities that we’ve accumulated over the last decade into a product, so that data becomes a resource and a service that we can…


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