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UF’s new AI supercomputer will change how college students be taught | Opinion

Joe Glover, Your Turn
Published 6:01 a.m. ET April 29, 2021

Contrary to what some individuals might imagine, Henry Ford didn’t invent the car. That distinction belongs to Karl Benz.

What Ford did, nonetheless, is equally vital: Ford perfected the meeting line for auto manufacturing, which led straight to creating cars markedly cheaper and placing them inside attain of tens of millions of Americans.

In impact, Ford democratized the car, and in that I see a direct analogy to what the University of Florida is doing for synthetic intelligence.

If you’re not acquainted with it but, UF in July introduced a $100-million public-private partnership with NVIDIA that may catapult UF’s analysis power to deal with a number of the world’s most formidable challenges, create unprecedented entry to AI coaching and instruments for under-represented communities, and construct momentum for remodeling the way forward for the workforce.

At the center of this effort is HiPerGator AI – essentially the most highly effective synthetic intelligence supercomputer in greater schooling. The supercomputer, in addition to associated instruments, coaching, and different sources, is made doable by a donation from UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky, in addition to from NVIDIA, the Silicon Valley-based know-how firm he co-founded and a world chief in AI and accelerated computing.

State assist additionally performs a important function, significantly as UF appears so as to add 100 AI-focused college members to the 500 new college just lately added throughout the college – a lot of whom will weave AI into their educating and analysis.  

UF will doubtless be the nation’s first complete analysis establishment to combine AI throughout the curriculum and make it a ubiquitous a part of its tutorial enterprise. It will provide certificates and diploma applications in AI and knowledge science, with curriculum modules for particular technical and industry-focused domains. The end result? Thousands of scholars per yr will graduate with AI expertise, rising the AI-trained workforce in Florida and serving as a nationwide mannequin for establishments throughout the nation. Ultimately, UF’s effort will assist to deal with the essential nationwide drawback of practice the nation’s 21st- century workforce at scale.

Further, as a result of unparalleled capabilities of our new machine, researchers will now have the instruments to resolve utilized issues beforehand out of attain. Already researchers are eying establish at-risk college students even when they’re studying remotely, bend the medical value curve to a sustainable degree, and remedy the issues going through Florida’s coastal communities and contemporary water provide.

Additionally, UF just lately introduced it will make its supercomputer out there to the  total State University System for academic and analysis functions, additional bolstering analysis and workforce coaching alternatives and positioning Florida to be a nationwide chief in a subject  revolutionizing the best way all of us work and dwell. Soon, we plan to supply entry to the machine much more broadly, boosting the nationwide competitiveness of the U.S. by partnering with academic establishments and personal {industry} across the nation.

If Henry Ford have been alive at the moment, I consider he would acknowledge the significance of what’s occurring at UF. And whereas he didn’t graduate from school, I consider he could be proud to see it occurring at an American public college.

Joe Glover is provost and senior vp of educational affairs on the University of Florida.


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