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Accelerate Semiconductor machine learning initiatives with Amazon Bedrock

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✍️ Author: Michael Wallner

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Machine Learning

🏭 Vertical: Semiconductor

🏢 Organizations: AWS

Manufacturing processes generate large amounts of sensor data that can be used for analytics and machine learning models. However, this data may contain sensitive or proprietary information that cannot be shared openly. Synthetic data allows the distribution of realistic example datasets that preserve the statistical properties and relationships in the real data, without exposing confidential information. This enables more open research and benchmarking on representative data. Additionally, synthetic data can augment real datasets to provide more training examples for machine learning algorithms to generalize better. Data augmentation with synthetic manufacturing data can help improve model accuracy and robustness. Overall, synthetic data enables sharing, enhanced research abilities, and expanded applications of AI in manufacturing while protecting data privacy and security.

Read more at AWS for Industry

How Audi improved their chat experience with Generative AI on Amazon SageMaker

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✍️ Authors: Fabrizio Siciliano, Bruno Pistone, Domenico Capano

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Retrieval Augmented Generation

🏢 Organizations: AWS, Audii, Reply

Audi, and Reply worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on a project to help improve their enterprise search experience through a Generative AI chatbot. The solution is based on a technique named Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG), which uses AWS services such as Amazon SageMaker and Amazon OpenSearch Service. Ancillary capabilities are offered by other AWS services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS Lambda, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Cognito.

In this post, we discuss how Audi improved their chat experience, by using a Generative AI solution on Amazon SageMaker, and dive deeper into the background of the essential components of their chatbot, by showcasing how to deploy and consume two state-of-the-art Large Language Models (LLMs), Falcon 7B-Instruct, designed for Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks in specific domains where the model follows user instructions and produces the desired output, and Llama-2 13B-Chat, designed for conversational contexts where the model responds to user’s messages in a natural and engaged way.

Read more at AWS Blog

Customize large language models with oil and gas terminology using Amazon Bedrock

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✍️ Authors: Walt Mayfield, Felipe Lopez

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model

🏭 Vertical: Petroleum and Coal

🏢 Organizations: AWS, Equinor

The Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor has made Volve dataset, a set of drilling reports available for research, study, and development purposes. (When using external data, be sure to abide by the license the data is offered under.) The dataset contains 1,759 daily drilling reports—each containing both hourly comments and a daily summary—from the Volve field in the North Sea. Drilling rig supervisors tend to use domain-specific terminology and grammar when describing operations in both the hourly comments and the daily summary. This terminology is standard in the industry, which is why fine-tuning a foundation model using these reports is likely to improve summarization accuracy by enhancing the LLM’s ability to understand jargon and speak like a drilling engineer.

Generative AI has the potential to improve efficiency by automating time-consuming tasks even in domains that require deep knowledge of industry-specific nomenclature and acronyms. Having a custom model that provides drilling engineers with a draft of daily activities has the potential to save hours of work every week. Model customization can also help energy and utilities customers in other applications that involve the generation of highly technical content, as is the case of geological analyses, maintenance reports, and shift handover reports.

Read more at AWS Blog

Cognite Announces Beta Launch of Generative AI-Powered Remote Operations Control Room for Celanese Clear Lake Facility

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏭 Vertical: Chemical

🏢 Organizations: Cognite, Celanese

Cognite, a globally recognized leader in industrial software, today announced the beta launch of a generative AI-powered Remote Operations Control Room (ROCR) at the Celanese facility in Clear Lake, Texas. Celanese, a global chemical and specialty materials company, plans to use the ROCR to deliver full visibility into the real-time operation of its sites worldwide, thereby expediting workflows and gaining operational insights orders of magnitude more efficiently.

By integrating generative AI into a Remote Operations Control Room, Cognite will increase visibility to our site leaders and their teams and enable a multitude of possibilities – from monitoring equipment performance to enhancing root cause analysis to streamlining and enhancing our processes,” said Brenda Stout, vice president of Acetyls Manufacturing at Celanese.

Read more at Cognite Press

Siemens and AWS join forces to democratize generative AI in software development

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Siemens, AWS

Siemens and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are strengthening their partnership and making it easier for businesses of all sizes and industries to build and scale generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Domain experts in fields such as engineering and manufacturing, as well as logistics, insurance or banking will be able to create new and upgrade existing applications with the most advanced generative AI technology. To make this possible, Siemens is integrating Amazon Bedrock - a service that offers a choice of high-performing foundation models from leading AI companies via a single API, along with security, privacy, and responsible AI capabilities - with Mendix, the leading low-code platform that is part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.

Read more at PR Newswire

Intel GenAI For Yield

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✍️ Author: Dylan Patel

🔖 Topics: Simulation, Generative AI, Diffusion Network, Generative Adversarial Network

🏭 Vertical: Semiconductor

🏢 Organizations: Intel

Diffusion networks are much better suited to the task. Real samples with added noise are used to train the model, which learns to denoise them. Crucially, diffusion networks in this application were able to replicate the long tails of the sample data distribution, thus providing accurate predictions of process yield.

In Intel’s research, SPICE parameters, used in the design phase as part of device simulation, are used as input for the deep learning model. Its output is the predicted electrical characteristics of the device as manufactured, or ETEST metrics. And the results show the model is capable of correctly predicting the distribution of ETEST metrics. Circuit yield is defined by the tails of this distribution. So, by correctly predicting the distribution of ETEST metrics, the model is correctly predicting yield.

The potential here is clear: better optimization of chip yields at the design stage means lower costs. Fewer mask respins, shorter development times, and ultimately higher yield would all be strong differentiators for foundries and design teams that can implement models into their PDK/design flows.

Read more at Semi Analysis

Revolutionizing Design: The Power Of Generative AI

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🔖 Topics: Facility Design, Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Parsons, LookX AI

One of the key benefits of Generative AI in architectural design is its ability to optimize designs for specific criteria or constraints. For example, an architect could use Gen-AI to explore different options for a building’s energy efficiency or structural stability. By inputting specific parameters such as materials, site conditions, and budget constraints into the algorithm, Gen-AI can generate multiple design options that meet those requirements (e.g. establishing the column numbers in a parking garage structure).

With text-to-image generation tools becoming more accessible and user-friendly, artists without extensive technical skills can create higher-quality digital art with ease. This breakthrough has the potential to streamline the design process for clients and architects, allowing both to bring concepts to life faster than ever before. The LookX.AI text-to-image application represents a significant step forward for visual content creation by enabling users to create high-quality imagery quickly and efficiently while also pushing boundaries beyond what was previously possible using traditional methods.

Read more at Parsons Blog

Explainable generative design in manufacturing for reinforcement learning based factory layout planning

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✍️ Authors: Matthias Klar, Patrick Ruediger, Maik Schuermann, Goren Tobias Gören, Moritz Glatt, Bahram Ravani, Jan C. Aurich

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Generative Design, Facility Design, Reinforcement Learning

🏢 Organizations: RPTU Kaiserslautern

Generative design can be an effective approach to generate optimized factory layouts. One evolving topic in this field is the use of reinforcement learning (RL)-based approaches. Existing research has focused on the utilization of the approach without providing additional insights into the learned metrics and the derived policy. This information, however, is valuable from a layout planning perspective since the planner needs to ensure the trustworthiness and comprehensibility of the results. Furthermore, a deeper understanding of the learned policy and its influencing factors can help improve the manual planning process that follows as well as the acceptance of the results. These gaps in the existing approaches can be addressed by methods categorized as explainable artificial intelligence methods which have to be aligned with the properties of the problem and its audience. Consequently, this paper presents a method that will increase the trust in layouts generated by the RL approach. The method uses policy summarization and perturbation together with the state value evaluation. The method also uses explainable generative design for analyzing interrelationships between state values and actions at a feature level. The result is that the method identifies whether the RL approach learns the problem characteristics or if the solution is a result of random behavior. Furthermore, the method can be used to ensure that the reward function is aligned with the overall optimization goal and supports the planner in further detailed planning tasks by providing insights about the problem-defining interdependencies. The applicability of the proposed method is validated based on an industrial application scenario considering a layout planning case of 43 functional units. The results show that the method allows evaluation of the trustworthiness of the generated results by preventing randomly generated solutions from being considered in a detailed manual planning step. The paper concludes with a discussion of the results and a presentation of future research directions which also includes the transfer potentials of the proposed method to other application fields in RL-based generative design.

Read more at Journal of Manufacturing Systems

LLM-based Control Code Generation using Image Recognition

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✍️ Authors: Heiko Koziolek, Anne Koziolek

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model, ChatGPT, Programmable Logic Controller

🏢 Organizations: ABB, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eastman Chemical

LLM-based code generation could save significant manual efforts in industrial automation, where control engineers manually produce control logic for sophisticated production processes. Previous attempts in control logic code generation lacked methods to interpret schematic drawings from process engineers. Recent LLMs now combine image recognition, trained domain knowledge, and coding skills. We propose a novel LLM-based code generation method that generates IEC 61131-3 Structure Text control logic source code from Piping-and-Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) using image recognition. We have evaluated the method in three case study with industrial P&IDs and provide first evidence on the feasibility of such a code generation besides experiences on image recognition glitches.

Read more at arXiv

TwinCAT Chat integrates LLMs into the automation environment

Generative AI for Process Systems Engineering

Unleashing the Potential of Large Language Models in Robotics: RoboDK’s Virtual Assistant

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model, Virtual Assistant

🏢 Organizations: RoboDK

The RoboDK Virtual Assistant is the first step towards a comprehensive generalized assistant for RoboDK. At its core is OpenAI’s GPT3.5-turbo-0613 model. The model is provided with additional context about RoboDK in the form of an indexed database containing the RoboDK website, documentation, forum threads, blog posts, and more. The indexing process is done with LlamaIndex, a specialized data framework designed for this purpose. Thanks to this integration, the Virtual Assistant can swiftly provide valuable technical support to over 75% of user queries on the RoboDK forum, reducing the time spent searching through the website and documentation via manual methods. Users can expect to have an answer to their question in 5 seconds or less.

Read more at RoboDK Blog

Silicon Volley: Designers Tap Generative AI for a Chip Assist

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✍️ Author: Rick Merritt

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model, Computer-aided Design, Chip Design, Virtual Assistant

🏭 Vertical: Semiconductor

🏢 Organizations: NVIDIA

The work demonstrates how companies in highly specialized fields can train large language models (LLMs) on their internal data to build assistants that increase productivity.

The paper details how NVIDIA engineers created for their internal use a custom LLM, called ChipNeMo, trained on the company’s internal data to generate and optimize software and assist human designers. Long term, engineers hope to apply generative AI to each stage of chip design, potentially reaping significant gains in overall productivity, said Ren, whose career spans more than 20 years in EDA. After surveying NVIDIA engineers for possible use cases, the research team chose three to start: a chatbot, a code generator and an analysis tool.

On chip-design tasks, custom ChipNeMo models with as few as 13 billion parameters match or exceed performance of even much larger general-purpose LLMs like LLaMA2 with 70 billion parameters. In some use cases, ChipNeMo models were dramatically better.

Read more at NVIDIA Blog

Celanese's Vision for an Autonomous, Self-Optimizing Plant Powered by Generative AI

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✍️ Author: Jonathan Katz

🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏭 Vertical: Chemical

🏢 Organizations: Celanese, Cognite

One of the key things we’ve been planning to do in 2023 is scaling the (Cognite) platform, bringing all the data together, putting the right context, the right meaning to it, getting it contextualized and modeling it. As part of that investment, we’re using artificial intelligence and generative AI capabilities. But our artificial intelligence journey or generative artificial intelligence is only as good as our underlying data. So, the biggest effort for us has been to standardize the data on common data models, bring it all together, contextualize it and then start leveraging AI capabilities on top of that.

You have to make sure that whatever you’re architecting actually is intuitive and works and addresses the needs of the people. For example, you have this phone, right? I don’t need a user manual or training for this. It just works, and I am married to it. I can’t live without it. So we have to find the balance of making the right solutions for the people and keeping that in mind. Also, we have developed what we call a Digital Manufacturing Academy that is now available globally for all our users. And that academy is really around giving people the ability to upskill, have more data literacy, more digital literacy skills, and even give people the opportunity to start learning how to code, if they need to.

Read more at Chemical Processing

Eureka! NVIDIA Research Breakthrough Puts New Spin on Robot Learning

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✍️ Author: Angie Lee

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model, Industrial Robot, Reinforcement Learning

🏢 Organizations: NVIDIA

A new AI agent developed by NVIDIA Research that can teach robots complex skills has trained a robotic hand to perform rapid pen-spinning tricks — for the first time as well as a human can. The Eureka research, published today, includes a paper and the project’s AI algorithms, which developers can experiment with using NVIDIA Isaac Gym, a physics simulation reference application for reinforcement learning research. Isaac Gym is built on NVIDIA Omniverse, a development platform for building 3D tools and applications based on the OpenUSD framework. Eureka itself is powered by the GPT-4 large language model.

Read more at NVIDIA Blog

To excel at engineering design, generative AI must learn to innovate, study finds

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✍️ Author: Jennifer Chu

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Generative Design

🏢 Organizations: MIT

“Deep generative models (DGMs) are very promising, but also inherently flawed,” says study author Lyle Regenwetter, a mechanical engineering graduate student at MIT. “The objective of these models is to mimic a dataset. But as engineers and designers, we often don’t want to create a design that’s already out there.” He and his colleagues make the case that if mechanical engineers want help from AI to generate novel ideas and designs, they will have to first refocus those models beyond “statistical similarity.”

For instance, if DGMs can be built with other priorities, such as performance, design constraints, and novelty, Ahmed foresees “numerous engineering fields, such as molecular design and civil infrastructure, would greatly benefit. By shedding light on the potential pitfalls of relying solely on statistical similarity, we hope to inspire new pathways and strategies in generative AI applications outside multimedia.”

Read more at MIT News

Making Conversation: Using AI to Extract Intel from Industrial Machinery and Equipment

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✍️ Author: Rehana Begg

🔖 Topics: Large Language Model, Generative AI

🏭 Vertical: Automotive

🏢 Organizations: iNAGO

What if your machine could talk? This is the question Ron Di Carlantonio has grappled with since he founded iNAGO 1998. iNAGO was onboard when the Government of Canada supported a lighthouse project led by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) to design, engineer and build a connected and autonomous zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) concept car and its digital twin that would validate and integrate autonomous technologies. The electric SUV is equipped with a dual-motor powertrain with total output of 550 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.

The general use of AI-based solutions in the automotive industry stretches across the lifecycle of a vehicle, from design and manufacturing to sales and aftermarket care. AI-powered chatbots, in particular, deliver instant, personalized virtual driver assistance, are on call 27/7 and can evolve with the preferences of tech-savvy drivers. Di Carlantonio now sees an opportunity to extend the use of the intelligent assistant platform to the smart factory by making industrial equipment—CNC machines, presses, conveyors, industrial robots—talk.

Read more at Machine Design

Toyota Research Institute Unveils Breakthrough in Teaching Robots New Behaviors

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🔖 Topics: Industrial Robot, Generative AI, Diffusion Policy, Large Behavior Model

🏢 Organizations: Toyota

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced a breakthrough generative AI approach based on Diffusion Policy to quickly and confidently teach robots new, dexterous skills. This advancement significantly improves robot utility and is a step towards building “Large Behavior Models (LBMs)” for robots, analogous to the Large Language Models (LLMs) that have recently revolutionized conversational AI.

TRI has already taught robots more than 60 difficult, dexterous skills using the new approach, including pouring liquids, using tools, and manipulating deformable objects. These achievements were realized without writing a single line of new code; the only change was supplying the robot with new data. Building on this success, TRI has set an ambitious target of teaching hundreds of new skills by the end of the year and 1,000 by the end of 2024.

Read more at Toyota Press

Solution Accelerator: LLMs for Manufacturing

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✍️ Authors: Will Block, Ramdas Murali, Nicole Lu, Bala Amavasai

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model

🏢 Organizations: Databricks

In this solution accelerator, we focus on item (3) above, which is the use case on augmenting field service engineers with a knowledge base in the form of an interactive context-aware Q/A session. The challenge that manufacturers face is how to build and incorporate data from proprietary documents into LLMs. Training LLMs from scratch is a very costly exercise, costing hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.

Instead, enterprises can tap into pre-trained foundational LLM models (like MPT-7B and MPT-30B from MosaicML) and augment and fine-tune these models with their proprietary data. This brings down the costs to tens, if not hundreds of dollars, effectively a 10000x cost saving.

Read more at Databricks Blog

The treacherous path to trustworthy Generative AI for Industry

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✍️ Author: Geir Engdahl

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model

🏢 Organizations: Cognite

Despite the awesome first impact ChatGPT showed and the already significant efficiency gain programming copilots are delivering to developers as users2, making LLMs serve non-developers – the vast majority of the workforce, that is – by having LLMs translate from natural language prompts to API or database queries, expecting readily usable analytics outputs, is not quite so straightforward. Three primary challenges are:

  • Inconsistency of prompts to completions (no deterministic reproducibility between LLM inputs and outputs)
  • Nearly impossible to audit or explain LLM answers (once trained, LLMs are black boxes)
  • Coverage gap on niche domain areas that typically matter most to enterprise users (LLMs are trained on large corpora of internet data, heavily biased towards more generalist topics)

Read more at Cognite Blog

Frontline Copilot | The greatest advancement of the year?? | Digital Factory 2023

Chevron Phillips Chemical tackles generative AI with Databricks

Lumafield Introduces Atlas, an AI Co-Pilot for Engineers

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model

🏢 Organizations: Lumafield

Lumafield today unveiled Atlas, a groundbreaking AI co-pilot that helps engineers work faster by answering questions and solving complex engineering and manufacturing challenges using plain language. Atlas is a new tool in Voyager, Lumafield’s cloud-based software for analyzing 3D scan and industrial CT scan data. Along with Atlas, Lumafield announced a major expansion of Voyager’s capabilities, including the ability to upload, analyze, and share data from any 3D scanner.

Read more at Lumafield Articles

🧠 AI PCB Design: How Generative AI Takes Us From Constraints To Possibilities

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✍️ Author: Michael Jackson

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Generative Design

🏭 Vertical: Computer and Electronic

🏢 Organizations: Cadence

Cadence customers are already reaping the benefits of generative AI within our Joint Enterprise Data and AI (JedAI) Platform. Chip designers are realizing Cadence Cerebrus AI to design chips that are faster, cheaper, and more energy efficient. Now, we’re bringing this generative AI approach to an area of EDA that has traditionally been highly manual—PCB placement and routing.

Allegro X AI flips the PCB design process on its head. Rather than present the operator with a blank canvas, it will take a list of components and constraints that need to be satisfied in the end result and sift through a plethora of design possibilities, encompassing varied placement and routing options. This is hugely powerful for hardware engineers focused on design space exploration (DSE). This has long been par for the course in IC design yet it has more recently become critical to PCB due to the fact that today’s IC complexity doesn’t reduce when it gets onto the PCB—it increases.

However, it’s important to understand that this isn’t Cadence replacing traditional compute algorithms and automation approaches with AI. We remain as committed to accuracy and “correct by construction” as we’ve ever been, and while Allegro X AI is trained on extensive real-world datasets of successful and failed designs, we don’t use that data to determine correctness.

Read more at Semiconductor Engineering

🧠 Toyota and Generative AI: It’s Here, and This is How We’re Using It

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Predictive Maintenance

🏢 Organizations: Toyota

Toyota’s initial goal in 2016 was to engineer a resilient cloud safety system, and that led to the development of Safety Connect, a service powered by Drivelink from software company Toyota Connected North America (TCNA). The Safety Connect service is designed to leverage key data points from the vehicle to identify when a collision has occurred and send an automatic notification to call center agents. Should the driver become unconscious, telematics information can provide a more complete picture of the situation, enabling agents to contact authorities faster when it’s needed most.

Vehicle maintenance has also been a focus of AI-driven enhancements. Connected vehicles have hundreds of sensors, and we have been using data from these vehicles to build machine learning models for the most common maintenance items, including batteries, brakes, tires, and oil, and are currently investigating dozens of other components, using daily streaming data from millions of connected and consented vehicles. This suite of predictive maintenance models will help make customers aware of potential maintenance needs prior to component failures, so they can enjoy more reliable mobility experiences.

Read more at Toyota Pressroom

AI and AM: A Powerful Synergy

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✍️ Author: Robin Tuluie

🔖 Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Computer-aided Engineering, Generative AI

There’s an urgent opportunity, right now, to fully exploit the tools of computer-aided engineering (CFD, FEA, electromagnetic simulation and more) using the capabilities of AI. Yes, we’re talking about design optimization—but it’s optimization like never before, automated with machine learning, at a speed and level of precision far beyond what can be accomplished by most manufacturers today.

AI accomplishes this feat by solving the CFD or FEA equations in a non-traditional way: machine learning examines, and then emulates, the overall physical behavior of a design, not every single math problem that underlies that behavior.

Read more at Design and Development Today

🧑‍🏭🧠 Hitachi to use generative AI to pass expert skills to next generation

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✍️ Authors: Yoichiro Hiroi, Tsuyoshi Tamesue

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Worker Training

🏢 Organizations: Hitachi

Japan’s Hitachi will utilize generative artificial intelligence to pass on expert skills in maintenance and manufacturing to newer workers, aiming to blunt the impact of mass retirements of experienced employees. The company will use the technology to generate videos depicting difficulties or accidents at railways, power stations and manufacturing plants and use them in virtual training for employees.

Hitachi already has developed an AI system that creates images based on 3D data of plants and infrastructure. It projects possible malfunctions – smoke, a cave-in, a rail buckling – onto an image of an actual rail track. This can also be done on images of manufacturing sites, including metal processing and assembly lines. Hitachi will merge this technology into a program for virtual drills that is now under development.

Read more at Nikkei Asia

⛓️🧠 Multinationals turn to generative AI to manage supply chains

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✍️ Author: Oliver Telling

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Supply Chain Control Tower

🏢 Organizations: Unilever, Siemens, Maersk, Pactum, Walmart, Scoutbee, Altana Technologies

Navneet Kapoor, chief technology officer at Maersk, said “things have changed dramatically over the past year with the advent of generative AI”, which can be used to build chatbots and other software that generates responses to human prompts.

New supply chain laws in countries such as Germany, which require companies to monitor environmental and human rights issues in their supply chains, have driven interest and investment in the area.

Read more at Financial Times

U. S. Steel Aims to Improve Operational Efficiencies and Employee Experiences with Google Cloud’s Generative AI

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: US Steel, Google

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) (“U. S. Steel”) and Google Cloud today announced a new collaboration to build applications using Google Cloud’s generative artificial intelligence (“gen AI”) technology to drive efficiencies and improve employee experiences in the largest iron ore mine in North America. As a leading manufacturer engaging in gen AI with Google Cloud, U. S. Steel continues to advance its more than 100-year legacy of innovation.

The first gen AI-driven application that U. S. Steel will launch is called MineMind™ which aims to simplify equipment maintenance by providing optimal solutions for mechanical problems, saving time and money, and ultimately improving productivity. Underpinned by Google Cloud’s AI technology like Document AI and Vertex AI, MineMind™ is expected to not only improve the maintenance team’s experience by more easily bringing the information they need to their fingertips, but also save costs from more efficient use of technicians’ time and better maintained trucks. The initial phase of the launch will begin in September and will impact more than 60 haul trucks at U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations facilities, Minntac and Keetac.

Read more at Business Wire

Ansys Accelerates Innovation by Expanding AI Offerings with New Virtual Assistant

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Ansys, Microsoft

Expanding artificial intelligence (AI) integration across its simulation portfolio and customer community, Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) announced the limited beta release of AnsysGPT, a multilingual, conversational, AI virtual assistant set to revolutionize the way Ansys customers receive support. Developed using state-of-the-art ChatGPT technology available via the Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service, AnsysGPT uses well-sourced Ansys public data to answer technical questions concerning Ansys products, relevant physics, and engineering topics within one comprehensive tool.

Expected in early 2024, AnsysGPT will optimize technical support for customers — delivering information and solutions more efficiently, furthering the democratization of simulation. While currently in beta testing with select customers and channel partners, upon its full release next year AnsysGPT will provide easily accessible 24/7 technical support through the Ansys website. Unlike general AI virtual assistants that use unsupported information, AnsysGPT is trained using Ansys data to generate tailored, applicable responses drawn from reliable Ansys resources including, but not limited to, Ansys Innovation Courses, technical documentation, blog articles, and how-to-videos. Strong controls were put in place to ensure that no proprietary information of any kind was used during the training process, and that customer inputs are not stored or used to train the system in any way.

Read more at Ansys News

Sight Machine Factory CoPilot Democratizes Industrial Data With Generative AI

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Sight Machine, Microsoft

Sight Machine Inc. today announced the release of Factory CoPilot, democratizing industrial data through the power of generative artificial intelligence. By integrating Sight Machine’s Manufacturing Data Platform with Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service, Factory CoPilot brings unprecedented ease of access to manufacturing problem solving, analysis and reporting.

Using a natural language user interface similar to ChatGPT, Factory CoPilot offers an intuitive, “ask the expert” experience for all manufacturing stakeholders, regardless of data proficiency. In response to a single question, Factory CoPilot can automatically summarize all relevant data and information about production in real-time (e.g., for daily meetings) and generate user-friendly reports, emails, charts and other content (in any language) about the performance of any machine, line or plant across the manufacturing enterprise, based on contextualized data in the Sight Machine platform.

Read more at Sight Machine Press

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Retentive Network: A Successor to Transformer for Large Language Models

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✍️ Authors: Yutao Sun, Li Dong, Shaohan Huang, Shuming Ma, Yuqing Xia, Jilong Xue, Jianyong Wang, Furu Wei

🔖 Topics: Retentive Network, Transformer, Large Language Model, Generative AI

In this work, we propose Retentive Network (RetNet) as a foundation architecture for large language models, simultaneously achieving training parallelism, low-cost inference, and good performance. We theoretically derive the connection between recurrence and attention. Then we propose the retention mechanism for sequence modeling, which supports three computation paradigms, i.e., parallel, recurrent, and chunkwise recurrent. Specifically, the parallel representation allows for training parallelism. The recurrent representation enables low-cost O(1) inference, which improves decoding throughput, latency, and GPU memory without sacrificing performance. The chunkwise recurrent representation facilitates efficient long-sequence modeling with linear complexity, where each chunk is encoded parallelly while recurrently summarizing the chunks. Experimental results on language modeling show that RetNet achieves favorable scaling results, parallel training, low-cost deployment, and efficient inference. The intriguing properties make RetNet a strong successor to Transformer for large language models.

Read more at arXiv

LongNet: Scaling Transformers to 1,000,000,000 Tokens

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✍️ Authors: Jiayu Ding, Shuming Ma, Li Dong, Xingxing Zhang, Shaohan Huang, Wenhui Wang, Nanning Zheng, Furu Wei

🔖 Topics: Transformer, Large Language Model, Generative AI

Scaling sequence length has become a critical demand in the era of large language models. However, existing methods struggle with either computational complexity or model expressivity, rendering the maximum sequence length restricted. To address this issue, we introduce LongNet, a Transformer variant that can scale sequence length to more than 1 billion tokens, without sacrificing the performance on shorter sequences. Specifically, we propose dilated attention, which expands the attentive field exponentially as the distance grows. LongNet has significant advantages: 1) it has a linear computation complexity and a logarithm dependency between any two tokens in a sequence; 2) it can be served as a distributed trainer for extremely long sequences; 3) its dilated attention is a drop-in replacement for standard attention, which can be seamlessly integrated with the existing Transformer-based optimization. Experiments results demonstrate that LongNet yields strong performance on both long-sequence modeling and general language tasks. Our work opens up new possibilities for modeling very long sequences, e.g., treating a whole corpus or even the entire Internet as a sequence.

Read more at arXiv

🧠 Toyota Research Institute Unveils New Generative AI Technique for Vehicle Design

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏭 Vertical: Automotive

🏢 Organizations: Toyota

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today unveiled a generative artificial intelligence (AI) technique to amplify vehicle designers. Currently, designers can leverage publicly available text-to-image generative AI tools as an early step in their creative process. With TRI’s new technique, designers can add initial design sketches and engineering constraints into this process, cutting down the iterations needed to reconcile design and engineering considerations.

TRI researchers released two papers describing how the technique incorporates precise engineering constraints into the design process. Constraints like drag (which affects fuel efficiency) and chassis dimensions like ride height and cabin dimensions (which affect handling, ergonomics, and safety) can now be implicitly incorporated into the generative AI process. The team tied principles from optimization theory, used extensively for computer-aided engineering, to text-to-image-based generative AI. The resulting algorithm allows the designer to optimize engineering constraints while maintaining their text-based stylistic prompts to the generative AI process.

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🧠 What is Visual Prompting?

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✍️ Author: Mark Sabini

🔖 Topics: Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Landing AI

Landing AI’s Visual Prompting capability is an innovative approach that takes text prompting, used in applications such as ChatGPT, to computer vision. The impressive part? With only a few clicks, you can transform an unlabeled dataset into a deployed model in mere minutes. This results in a significantly simplified, faster, and more user-friendly workflow for applying computer vision.

In a quest to make Visual Prompting more practical for customers, we studied 40 projects across the manufacturing, agriculture, medical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, and satellite imagery verticals. Our analysis revealed that Visual Prompting alone could solve just 10% of the cases, but the addition of simple post-processing logic increases this to 68%.

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Retrocausal Revolutionizes Manufacturing Process Management with Industry-First Generative AI LeanGPT™ offering

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🔖 Topics: Generative AI, ChatGPT

🏢 Organizations: Retrocausal

Retrocausal, a leading manufacturing process management platform provider, today announced the release of LeanGPT™, its proprietary foundation models specialized for the manufacturing domain. The company also launched Kaizen Copilot™, Retrocausal’s first LeanGPT application that assists industrial engineers in designing and continuously improving manufacturing assembly processes and integrates Lean Six Sigma and Toyota Production Systems (TPS) principles favored by Industrial Engineers (IEs). The industry-first solution gathers intelligence from Retrocausal’s computer vision and IoT-based floor analytics platform Pathfinder. In addition, it can be connected to an organization’s knowledge bases, including Continuous Improvement (CI) systems, Quality Management Systems (QMS), and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) systems, in a secure manner.

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What does it take to talk to your Industrial Data in the same way we talk to ChatGPT?

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✍️ Author: Jason Schern

🔖 Topics: Generative AI, Large Language Model

🏢 Organizations: Cognite

The vast data set used to train LLMs is curated in various ways to provide clean, contextualized data. Contextualized data includes explicit semantic relationships within the data that can greatly affect the quality of the model’s output. Contextualizing the data we provide as input to an LLM ensures that the text consumed is relevant to the task at hand. For example, when prompting an LLM to provide information about operating industrial assets, the data provided to the LLM should include not only the data and documents related to those assets but also the explicit and implicit semantic relationships across different data types and sources.

An LLM is trained by parceling text data into smaller collections, or chunks, that can be converted into embeddings. An embedding is simply a sophisticated numerical representation of the ‘chunk’ of text that takes into consideration the context of surrounding or related information. This makes it possible to perform mathematical calculations to compare similarities, differences, and patterns between different ‘chunks’ to infer relationships and meaning. These mechanisms enable an LLM to learn a language and understand new data that it has not seen previously.

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Will Generative AI finally turn data swamps into contextualized operations insight machines?

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🔖 Topics: Large Language Model, Generative AI

🏢 Organizations: Cognite

Generative AI, such as ChatGPT/GPT-4, has the potential to put industrial digital transformation into hyperdrive. Whereas a process engineer might spend several hours performing “human contextualization” (at an hourly rate of $140 or more) manually – again and again – contextualized industrial knowledge graphs provide the trusted data relationships that enable Generative AI to accurately navigate and interpret data for Operators without requiring data engineering or coding competencies.

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