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CIAT Reveals Key Technology Advantages of Taiwan’s Server Industry

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Cloud Computing and IoT Association in Taiwan (CIAT) held its annual general membership meeting today (Dec. 8).  In addition to inviting Vice Premier Cheng Wen-Tsan to present the “2023 Cloud Computing & IoT Innovation Award” and the “11th CIAT Acceleration Program Award”, CIAT also invited Kung Ming-Hsin, Minister of National Development Council, Lin Jyun-Siou, Deputy Director General of Administration for Digital Industry, Chen Mi-Shun, Deputy Director General of Small and Medium Enterprise and Startup Administration to attend the meeting with nearly 300 industrialists.  In response to the global technology industry’s trend, “Everything of AI,” the demand for AI servers and AI chips is rising simultaneously.  CIAT specially invited heavyweight lecturer Kung Hsiang-Tsung, who is the Willian H. Gates Professor at Harvard University, an Academician of Academia Sinica, and Principal of Taiwan AI Academy, to share his experience on “Distributed Computing for AI”, exploring the technological edges that Taiwan’s server industry can enter. 

TrendForce estimates that AI server shipment will reach 1.2 million units in 2023, an annual increase of 38.4%, accounting for nearly 9% of the overall server shipment, and will account for 15% in 2026, simultaneously upwardly revised the 2022~2026 compounded annual growth rate of AI server shipments of 29%.  Lee Chih-Kung, Chairman of CIAT and also Chairman of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Institute of Information Industry (III), indicated that the most significant breakthrough in the technology industry in the past year was the introduction of the generative AI ChatGPT, which has been visited by more than 1.7 billion users globally, and that Taiwan’s industry should seize the business opportunity and quickly enter the high-end AI server market.  Another major trend that deserves attention is that the communications era is moving from 5G to 6G to optical communications, which will provide high-speed network connectivity, high-capacity, low-latency, and low-power broadband communications that can meet the demand from the infrastructure.  Two years ago, CIAT joined the Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) International Forum, which was formed by NTT, Intel, SONY, and others to promote Taiwan’s industrial sector to grasp the innovative telecommunication technology of all-optical network as early as possible.  In addition, CIAT also actively bridges with international communities to help its members develop business opportunities.  In the field of ORAN, CIAT leads its member companies to visit NTT East Local 5G Lab. in Japan to get public network business opportunities in addition to linking 5G private networks.  Regarding Massive IoT, CIAT links the Japan AHPC Promotion Council to introduce Japan’s new Wi-Fi technology, which has a transmission distance of up to one kilometer.  In the field of future satellite space, CIAT invited 16 international space companies, including India and the Czech Republic, to come to Taiwan to look for business opportunities with Taiwan’s industry, accelerating Taiwan’s space manufacturers’ entry into the international space industry chain, and fully realizing the industrial vision of “From the Cloud, into the Universe, and the Space.”

The “Taiwan Cloud Computing and IoT Forum” held in the afternoon continued the theme forum in the morning session. In response to the future AI era of significant computing power demand for complex data, multi-node, ultra-high-speed, low-power consumption distributed cloud computing with AI servers will give rise to a comprehensive range of innovative applications of the IoT.  For O-RAN issues, the Association assisted in promoting the industry’s development. Also, it aligned itself with the international community by inviting Sadayuki Abeta, the Vice President of Japan NTT DOCOMO, to share his practical experience in creating a global O-RAN ecosystem and meeting the needs for customer service.  Chen Wei-Chao, Digital Director and Senior Vice President of Inventec; Wu Han-Chang, General Manager of ASUS Cloud and Taiwan Web Service, Supervisor of CIAT; Lee Rong-Ruey, Director of the Broadband Network Research Institute of the Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories; and Chang Chee-Wei Chang, Distinguished Professor of National Central University and Consultant of the CIAT Satellite IoT SIG, shared the viewpoints of domestic and foreign experts on issues of generative AI, enterprise innovation, all-optical network, satellite technology, etc., and concluded that the future technological development would be based on “Distributed Artificial Intelligence,” focusing on applications such as intelligent manufacturing, smart agriculture, satellite image recognition, environment sensing, and smart city, etc.

In the “Cloud Computing & IoT Innovation Award,” a major annual industry-government-research collaboration event of governmental organizations, this year, three governmental organizations were awarded the Outstanding Application Award, namely, the “One-Finger Inquiry for Real Estate Information” by the Land Administration Bureau of Taichung City Government in conjunction with Systex Corporation, the “New Taipei City Emergency Management Information System” by Fire Department, New Taipei City Government in conjunction with Taiwan Research Institute and the “Three-Dimensional Alert Display System for Flash Flood Hot Spots in Mountainous Areas” by National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction in conjunction with Global Power Technology. The “CIAT Accelerator Program in Taiwan” created by CIAT and StarFab Accelerator is entering its 11th year this year, has assisted 168 start-ups and large corporations in co-creative cooperation, and has made a fruitful achievement of accumulative fund-raising of more than NT$3.9 billion in the past 11 years. The eight corporate mentors of the CIAT Accelerator Program include Far EasTone, NVIDIA, Hwacom, Syscom System, Inventec, Delta Electronics, Chunghwa Telecom, and Industrial Technology Research Institute. In the end, “Moldintel” and its corporate mentor “Delta Electronics” won the first place of the System Innovation Award, “Choozmo” and its corporate mentor “NVIDIA” won the second place of the System Innovation Award, and “Clarity Wind” and its corporate mentor “Syscom System” won the third place of the System Innovation Award.  In recent years, StarFab has also established the “Tech-Startup Japan Award” specifically for Japanese market expansion.  This year, CIAT Accelerator also combined the results of creative cooperation between 8 CIAT mentors and 10 startups to obtain the intention of a 50-million investment.

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Banglalink’s Parent Company VEON Achieves ‘AA’ ESG Rating

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VEON, a leading global digital operator, and parent company of Banglalink, has been upgraded to an ‘AA’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI).

MSCI provides critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. 

Banglalink, alongside other VEON operators across the world, has positively contributed to the overall rating through its commitment to fostering a sustainable and digitally inclusive future.

In Bangladesh, the commitment to the “4G for all” initiative has been transformative, empowering communities with access to innovative digital services in line with the government’s Smart Bangladesh vision. 

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In alignment with its ESG agenda, Banglalink aims to increase its female customer base by three percent, reaching 29 percent by 2026. This goal was formally announced in collaboration with the GSMA’s Connected Women initiative at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

Additionally, Banglalink will continue to impact millions of lives through its awareness and educational activities via its unique digital platforms, such as the MyBL Super App and Toffee. Currently, the MyBL SuperApp, the country’s first telco super app, has over eight million monthly active users. 

Furthermore, Banglalink has recently upgraded its network with modern and sustainable technologies that not only emit fewer carbon emissions but also align with environmentally friendly practices.

This achievement underscores VEON’s commitment to fostering employee engagement and satisfaction. VEON Group CEO, Kaan Terzioglu, has expressed pride in the company’s employee management, which boasts an above-industry-average score. 

At the heart of VEON’s success across its six markets, serving 160 million customers, is its strategic focus on integrating and implementing practices that generate a positive societal impact, uphold ethical governance standards, and contribute to environmental stewardship.

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Erik Aas, CEO of Banglalink, remarked, Erik Aas, CEO of Banglalink, remarked, “The ‘AA’ rating of VEON has not only underscored Banglalink’s dedication to the ‘4G for all’ initiative but has also been a transformative force in enabling community access to innovative digital services. Our digital operator strategy and ESG agenda have had a positive impact on both social and environmental fronts, with a keen focus on fostering an inclusive workplace, driving initiatives for diversity and inclusion, and championing environmental sustainability.”

This achievement places VEON in the esteemed ‘Leaders’ category among 131 telecommunication services companies globally, underscoring its unwavering commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices.

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ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit 2024 puts tech to the test for people and planet

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​​​​​​​​Global leaders and innovators in artificial intelligence (AI) will join the humanitarian community at the AI for Good Global Summit 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland on 30-31 May to explore how new technology can drive sustainable development. 

This year’s edition of the AI for Good summit event will showcase innovations in generative AI, robotics,​ and brain-machine interfaces that can accelerate progress in areas such as climate action, accessibility, health, and disaster response. 

Summit speakers, including some of the world’s foremost AI luminaries, will explore the latest breakthroughs in AI and examine actions to ensure that AI works to humanity’s benefit. 

“ITU’s annual AI for Good Global Summit brings together a diverse set of voices to look at the latest AI developments and find ways to ensure this technology remains a force for good, driving inclusive growth and sustainable and equitable progress for all,” said ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. “This summit and our year-round AI for Good platform are powerful tools for accelerating progress in our race to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

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​On 29 May, discussions dedicated to AI governance will explore the surge in global efforts to craft AI policy, regulation, and governance frameworks. AI Governance Day – bringing together representatives of governments, companies, academia, civil society, and UN agencies – aims to forge pathways to transform dialogue around AI governance into impactful action.

​The UN platform for AI powered by ITU

AI for Good identifies practical applications of AI to accelerate progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals and connects AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers to help scale up AI solutions globally.

ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, organizes the yearly AI for Good Global Summit together with 40 partner UN agencies. The event is co-convened by the Government of Switzerland.  

AI for Good discussions foster international cooperation and innovation to create equitable access to new technologies. The discussions support ITU in spurring timely policy exchanges, developing best practices and technical standards, and catalysing partnerships for AI solutions to contribute to sustainable development. 

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Thought leaders and thought-controlled machines 

In addition to talks by AI thought leaders, this year’s summit will host machine learning masterclasses, curated by experts for experts, covering topics from deepfakes and climate change to brain-machine interfaces, AI for public services, explainable AI, and machine learning in communication networks.

Start-ups, young people and creatives will demonstrate their ideas at the AI for Good Innovation Factory Grand FinaleRobotics for Good Youth Challenge, and Canvas of the Future art contest

The summit’s exhibition space will feature an array of cutting-edge demos, including AI for accessibility, collective drone swarms, bio-inspired rescue robots, a RoboCup robot football tournament, performance-boosting exoskeletons, and AI-inspired art.

Exhibition highlights will include demos of brain-machine interfaces – an AI advancement that promises to open new frontiers for neurotechnology. A press conference on brain-machine interfaces will highlight new technologies enabling mind-controlled movement and communication for persons with disabilities, offering insights on how progress in the field could impact the future of human performance, mental health, and wellbeing. 

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The 2024 edition of the summit comes in conjunction with the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event. The World Summit on Information Society event brings together the world’s digital development community to discuss concrete actions to advance sustainable development. 

The AI for Good Global Summit will take place at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

Registration for media accreditation for reporters wishing to cover the AI for Good Global Summit is open. Registration for the public​ is also open and is free of charge. Registrants can attend either in person or online to connect with an expected 2,500 participants in Geneva and over 25,000 professionals worldwide who are part of the AI for Good Neural Network. Capacity is limited and early registration is encouraged.  Confirmed speakers include:   ​

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin – ITU Secretary-General
  • Geoffrey Hinton – Advisor for the Learning in Machines & Brains, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (presenting remotely)
  • Sam Altman – CEO, OpenAI (presenting remotely)
  • HRH Princess Beatrice – United Kingdom
  • Abeba Birhane – Senior Fellow in Trustworthy AI, Mozilla Foundation, Time 100 AI 
  • Stuart Russell – Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, and author of “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control”
  • Daron Acemoglu – Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and New York Times bestselling author of “Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty”
  • Gary Marcus – Scientist, best-selling author, and serial entrepreneur, New York University
  • Nicholas Thompson – CEO, The Atlantic
  • Fatmah Baothman – CEO, Alothaim Investment AI and R&D Company
  • Vincent Vanhoucke – Senior Director of Robotics, Google DeepMind 
  • Mo Gawdat – Former Chief Business Officer at Google X, and best-selling author of “Scary Smart” and “Solve for Happy”

See all of the AI for Good Global Summit 2024 speakers here.  ​Demos of robots, drones, and brain-machine interfaces include: 

The AI for Good Global Summit 2024 is supported by Immersion4 (Diamond sponsor), DLA Piper (Diamond sponsor), AWS (Gold sponsor), Alibaba DAMO Academy (Gold sponsor), ZTE (Gold sponsor), and KUKA (Networking sponsor). 

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Future of COMPUTING is Coming – At CES 2024, GIGABYTE to Present Key Innovations and Accelerate AI-empowered and Sustainable Breakthroughs

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Taipei, December 13th, 2023 – GIGABYTE Technology, an IT pioneer whose focus is to advance global industries through cloud and AI computing systems, and elevate user experiences with hardware innovation, is coming to CES with the “Future of COMPUTING” theme which aims to highlight the product performance that enables successes in an AI-empowered and green-conscious era.

GIGABYTE will make its presence with product lineups that fast-track the transformation of the tech landscape. By delivering massive computing resources from the cloud and data centers to the edge and end users, GIGABYTE’s innovative products drive agile operations and faster time-to-insight for businesses and experts in diverse markets, also providing an enjoyable and immersive experience for consumers.

GIGABYTE showcases its all-around expertise with the most powerful AI/HPC servers, advanced cooling solutions, industrial PCs, autonomous vehicle technologies, gaming and creator products. The spectacular exhibits will be held from January 9th to 12th, at Booth #9637, North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

Unlock Endless Possibilities in AI with GIGABYTE’s AI/HPC Servers 

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At CES 2024, GIGABYTE and its subsidiary, Giga Computing, will present the latest AI/HPC server lineup. Incorporating top-notch GPU and accelerators, GIGABYTE offers versatile solutions turbocharging the most demanding AI workloads, such as generative AI, large-scale language model training, metaverse, digital twins, rendering and 3D graphics, showcasing the essential data center solutions for tomorrow’s AI.

GIGABYTE’s server products address diverse IT deployment scenarios. GIGABYTE will exhibit a storage server tailored for large language models, an Arm server for cloud-native deployments, and an edge server optimized for 5G applications. These diverse servers will empower various industries to embrace future opportunities with flexible and pain-free IT upgrades.

The Advanced Cooling Solutions, AIoT, and Automotive Technology Exemplify GIGABYTE’s Well-rounded Expertise

As a leading expert and integrator for advanced cooling solutions, GIGABYTE will exhibit its portfolio of single-phase immersion cooling and direct liquid cooling systems at CES. These solutions exemplify GIGABYTE’s commitment to providing sustainable, energy-efficient data center solutions. GIGABYTE’s solutions are widely trusted by the world’s leading enterprises and institutes including global semiconductor giants, telecom companies, and research centers.

GIGABYTE’s advanced cooling solutions support the latest CPU/GPU technologies from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, providing a diverse range of server options suitable for various IT deployment strategies and unlocking the maximum potential of CPUs/GPUs. The optimized server performance is accompanied by reduced energy consumption, providing exceptional sustainability benefits and a favorable total cost of ownership. 

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GIGABYTE’s comprehensive technologies extend the reach of computing power from data centers to connected applications close to end users. Industrial PCs facilitate process automation in manufacturing plants and outdoor signages, delivering top-tier performance under harsh environments. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle telematics facilitate a highly intelligent autonomous driving experience. These hardware innovations demonstrate GIGABYTE’s role in facilitating AI-driven digital transformation.

The Gaming and Creator Lineups Push the Frontier of Performance and AestheticsIn addition to enterprise products and solutions, GIGABYTE will showcase an exciting array of computer product lineups, encompassing AORUS, AERO, and GIGABYTE laptops, motherboards, graphics cards, and OLED gaming monitors. Notably, the new flagship AORUS gaming laptops will feature a sleek, revamped design, coupled with powerful performance, a captivating edge-to-edge display, and seamless integration of next-gen AI applications, promising an unparalleled gaming experience. Creators will find delight in the AERO 14 OLED laptop’s professional 2.8K OLED HDR display, featuring world-class color calibration and exclusive AI eyecare technology. Console players will be amazed by the world’s first 48-inch 4K/120Hz OLED monitor and how it delivers a lifelike audio-visual delight. For DIY computer enthusiasts, the motherboards and graphics cards will win their hearts with user-friendly designs and robust performance for resource-intensive features.

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